Who would have thought that when Colin Kaepernick took over for Blaine Gabbert in week 6 @ Buffalo, he would be the 2nd best quarterback in fantasy? Behind only that guy in green bay, Mr. Rodgers. Kaepernick has been simply outstanding in his 6 starts this season. Tallying 10 passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Included in the touchdown production is 373 rushing yards and 1,440 passing yards. Those are QB1 numbers for sure. Just let this sink in for a second, Kaepernick is 32nd in the NFL in rushing yards. So what you have here is essentially a RB2 throwing the ball 25 times per game. This week he gets Chicago, a defense that is 18th against the run and 12th against the pass which aren’t terrible numbers but they just lost one of their best defensive players for the year, Danny Trevathan. To make a long story short, Colin Kaepernick needs to be started every week as a high upside QB1.
Please do not fall into the trap of “well he’s had two rough games in a row”. Golden Tate goes up against New Orleans this week, don’t overthink this one. Tate is a strong candidate to have a huge bounce back game against the 6th worst team against the pass this season. New Orleans has allowed 17 passing touchdowns this season and only has 22 sacks on the year which is tied for 20th in the league. What’s the recipe for fantasy goodness you ask? Having any player on your squad go up against the sieve like defense in New Orleans. Fire Tate up as a WR2 this week.
To put it simply, he’s the only guy in town. The bernard injury hurts the Bengals offense there is no denying that. But it also clears up a what you only can describe as a cloudy, murky and dare I say yucky fantasy running back situation. Hill owners finally can see what their 4th round investment has when he’s the only guy toting the rock. He gets a Eagles defense this week that is 18th against the run allowing 103 rushing yards per game and has given up 6 rushing touchdowns. In a game at home and looking to have a bounce back performance, look for Hill to run the ball 20+ times on sunday!
It’s here, trade deadline week for most fantasy leagues. I know this week can be annoying for some players who want to make deals and can’t get anything done. I know I feel your pain, I thoroughly enjoy trading. Some like to stand pat and not making any moves. To each his own I guess but if you’re in the playoff hunt and need to make some moves, I’m here to help with a few you should look to get.
Matchup proof is what Cousins has become. 20+ fantasy point outings in 7 games this season. He’s currently in the 3rd quarter against the Green Bay Packers as I am writing this and well on his way to an 8th. His weapons are finally getting healthy and for opposing teams, that is terrible news. Cousins may be on the bench of an Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson owner and if so, make an offer and set yourself up for the playoff run!
Tampa Bay, Carolina, Oakland and Cleveland. No they aren’t cities in the running to host the olympics one day. They are the playoff matchups for the San Diego Chargers this season. Tyrell Williams has really come one the past 4 games posting a line of 334 yards a 2 touchdowns. That’s borderline WR1 numbers. Williams has the ability to win you your league title this season. Go get him!
The Muscle Hamster. That never gets old and neither does watching Martin run the ball. Finally healthy, Martin has posted double digit fantasy point outings in 2 straight. He now has 40 rush attempts in these two games and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. He has a game against San Diego and two against New Orleans in the fantasy playoffs, that spells success. Martin has the chance to be a top 15 RB the rest of the season so if you can go grab him, do it!
OK, so normally you read this article and it’s filled with players that are flying under the radar in a positive way. Today I thought, “let’s go the opposite way”. That may sound a little negative but there are a few players that are always being put into positions by some that they flat out do not deserve. So let me ramble off a few!
Ertz could simply be the most irritating player to own in fantasy. If you don’t trust your gut that is. Ertz is consistently put into the top 10 of TEs for some reason, I am still trying to figure out what that reason is. Ertz has 26 fantasy points through 9 games this season, yup you heard me, 26. That’s 30th overall and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better any time soon. Simply put, Ertz does not need to be owned in any leagues! Stop putting him in your lineups at once!
Let’s face it, the Jets stink. I love saying that, and for fantasy owners of Brandon Marshall, it’s even worse. He only has 2, count them, 2 100 yard games this season. Keeping with the theme of 2, he also only has 2 touchdowns this season. With numbers like that, Marshall does not deserve to be in the top 20 WR discussion. Marshall has some favorable matchups coming up after their bye week, but he also had 3 favorable matchups the past 3 against Cleveland, Miami, and Los Angeles. For me Marshall is in the WR3 discussion, but a low one at that.
So, I will start this one out by saying, this has nothing to do with Mark Ingram. This is all on the Saints coach Sean Payton and the play calling. I say this because I know, I too was an Ingram owner. There is no doubt that Ingram is the most talented Running Back on the saints team, which makes this just an odd situation. Ingram exploded last week for 158 yards on 15 carries and added 13 yards on 2 catches and another touchdown. And yet, the Saints still say they are committed to a time share. We don’t understand it, nor do we have the luxury to be patient enough to figure it out. We are getting down to the nitty gritty here, if you can sell, do it.
As we come down to the last few games before the fantasy football playoffs, teams need to start finalizing their rosters. Whether it’s through trades or free agent pickups, this is the time of year that can make or break a team. Today I am going to go over a few players that may not have immediate value, but for the owners of the players ahead of them, they need to be owned!
We have seen Bennett have value already as a TE2 this season. He had a huge 3 td game against the Browns in week 5. He hasn’t done much since, mainly due to that Gronk guy coming back. Like we have seen in the past, Gronk does have some injury concerns that come along with his beast-like play. Even with Gronk playing and neering 100% healthy, Bennett is averaging 5 targets per game. If some of those come in the red-zone, he could have stand-alone value as a low end TE1. For now, Bennett just needs to be owned by the Gronk owner, but if there is any sort of time missed due to injury for Gronk, he is a legit top 3 TE.
It’s pretty obvious to everyone that Rawls hasn’t played much this season due to injury. Though, we have seen Rawls play like a RB1 when he’s been in there. Through 12 games last season, Rawls had 830 yards on 147 carries and 4 touchdowns. He added 9 receptions and a touchdown as well. Rawls’ value as a RB1 may not happen unless there is an injury, but if you are a Christine Michael owner, he needs to be added!
The Muscle Hamster, awesome nickname, is trying to get back to 100% health and hopefully for his owners, he gets there. Martin is the lead back in Tampa Bay and there is little argument about that. He is about a week or so away from playing, hopefully it’s sooner rather than later because he is a top 10 back when healthy. If you’re in league where his owner dropped him, go pick him up! For the most part, I would assume he is still owned in your league and if that is the case, make an offer.
Let’s all sit back, close our eyes and think what the prototypical running back in the NFL looks like. I am willing to bet that not one of us came up with 5’6 tall and 210 lbs. In the same way Maurice Jones-Drew was at one point a top 5 fantasy running back, Rodgers is pushing out that same type of production! In his two starts for the Bucs he has a whopping 56 rushes, which has produced 255 yards. The touchdown production will come soon enough, though it’s not really hurting his RB1 status while Martin sits. What do I say every week? We want consistency every week, and Rodgers is giving that to us! Fire up Rodgers until further notice!
OK, so let’s take away the crazy performance Thursday night. Adams, before Thursday, had 218 yards and 3 touchdowns. Which is only 75 yards shorter than number 2 wide receiver Randall Cobb. Though out-gained yardage wise he caught 2 more touchdowns than Cobb and he missed time due to a concussion. The offense in Green Bay, though struggling some, is still high octane and has that Aaron Rodgers guy throwing the ball around. Adams is a high end wr3 with huge wr2 upside!
Don’t look now, but the Golden one is not done yet! With 22 targets in the past 2 games, he is finally getting the volume everyone thought he would coming into the season. My gut is telling me he is back to being a top target for gunslinger Matthew Stafford and that is great news for owners who were about to give up on him. Who knows, maybe they did already and someone else picked him up (so check your waiver wire!) I will say temper your expectations for touchdowns with 2 out of their next 3 games against the crazy good Minnesota defense. Regardless of the opponent, he is a high end flex play every week.
Since my article is called “Gut Check”, this one is a complete gut call. Edelman has certainly struggled so far this season. Let’s remember, he has only had his buddy Tom Brady tossing him the ball for 3 games. In those three games he has 18 catches which is 1 catch less than he had in the 4 games without him. Edelman is the epitome of a “buy low”. My gut is telling me to go out and trade for him if you can, because his big games are coming, along with touchdowns!
So, what do you get when you turn a Illinois State quarterback into an NFL wide receiver? Why leading the Chicago Bears in targets in his first two starts, that’s what! 27 targets in two games and he has caught 20 of them for 243 yards and a touchdown! That is a crazy stat line for a guy making his first two starts in the NFL. The Bears will have to continue to throw the ball a ton due to their defense not being able to stop anything! Fire him up as a borderline wide receiver 2 in all leagues! There’s a good chance he is available in your league as he is only owned in 32% and 51% in ESPN and yahoo leagues.
OK, this may look like I am just putting Ajayi in here because he had one good game on Sunday. You would be right. Though it wasn’t your normal, “one good game” type of performance. Ajayi exploded with 204 yards and 2 touchdowns. That is the type of play that wins you the starting job and that is exactly what Ajayi did Sunday afternoon. Foster cannot stay healthy and Damien Williams is just a nice change of pace guy. Miami changed their entire outlook in the offensive side of the ball and it worked out perfectly for them. Ajayi is the lead back in Miami and it’s not close! Fire Ajayi up as a RB 2 from here on out and chances are he is available in your league, with ownership 42% and 30% in ESPN and Yahoo leagues! GO OUT AND GET HIM!
Don’t look now, but Enunwa has only one game with less than 50 yards receiving! That’s pretty darn good considering Ryan Fitzpatrick throws to the other team just as much as he does his own team! Enunwa is as steady a wide receiver as there is in the NFL. No, he is not going to get you 100 yards and two touchdowns every week, but we want consistency in fantasy football! He is a darling in PPR leagues with 27 catches so far this season, that’s an average of 5 per game and he’s averaging about 50 yards per game, so he is the picture of consistent. Now, with Eric Decker done for the season, expect Enunwa’s numbers to rise! He is owned in about half of ESPN and Yahoo leagues! Pick him up and bolster your roster!
Week 5 is just about in the books and what a great week it was! Everything from comeback wins to blowouts to surprise victories! As a football fan this is the type of football Sunday you hope for every week! As I say that I think in my head, how did this great weekend of games translate into fantasy? Well, for me, it turned out pretty good! But as a whole, what did we see from some players that aren’t talked about as much as others, or some players that, until now, have not reached their potential? Well, let’s examine a few!
OK, so his numbers today weren’t very special, but McKinnon got 20 carries Sunday afternoon and in addition had 3 passes his way, of which he caught 1. That type of usage is tremendous for a fantasy player. That’s 2 weeks in a row he has 20 plus touches! There may be a times when “Mr goal line touchdown” Matt Asiata, vultures a touchdown from 1 yard out, but sign me up every week for 20 plus touches! He is only owned in about 85% of fantasy leagues, which is about 15% short of what it should be! If he is available in your league, go get him!
He’s baaaaaack! The addition of Tom Brady is enormous to everyone in the Patriots offense. For James White, it means everything. He’s been quiet so far this season, but today he showed what he can bring to the table. Now, he only carried the ball 4 times, but it’s the receptions that you love! He caught all 5 of his passes Sunday and almost took one to the house. His huge day is coming, but for now he is a flex in standard leagues and a must start in ppr leagues. If you can believe it, he is only owned in 38% and 46% of ESPN and yahoo leagues respectively! Go get him and start him with confidence!
Mr. Beasley is one of the steadiest wide receivers in the league so far. For the same reasons you start players like, Jarvis Landry or Julian Edelman, you should start Beasley. So far this season he has not caught less than 50 yards in a game, which is more than I can say for the other two players i mentioned earlier. He has 1 touchdown, but in a ppr league he is a solid wide receiver 2. In standard leagues he could be owned in 12 leagues and keep your eye on him in 10 team league as well. He is probably available in your league as he is only owned in 40% of leagues!
The San Diego Chargers love to sling the rock up and down the field. With their young group of wideouts, who can blame them. The one with the best skill set and physical attributes to be great in this league is Tyrell Williams. His combination of size and speed is a dream for quarterbacks everywhere in the NFL, and it just so happens that one of the NFL’s best has him on his side. Williams is only owned in a little over 60% of both yahoo and ESPN leagues. That is mind blowing considering what he is doing so far in his short NFL career. He is on pace for 80 plus catches, 1,000 plus yards and 7 touchdowns. Those are wide receiver 1 type numbers! Go out and get him if he is in your league! Start him every week and feel great about it!
“Why do I keep listening to these guys, when they are never right?” I hear this question from almost every person I know that plays this crazy thing we call Fantasy Football. My response to this question is always the same, “Believe what you see, trust your gut!” Now this statement may sound too good to be true, and most things that sound too good to be true, usually are. To me the closest thing to an exact science is looking at things through your own eyes. Too often in fantasy football you see people not trusting their own gut and then you end up asking the question I put in the beginning of my rambling! This article is meant to assist players in making decision every week that maybe aren’t talked about as much as they should. Here goes nothing!
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Jimmy Graham is a superstar, why is he in this article”? Well my fantasy football loving friend, I am going to explain it to you! His 2015 campaign was a dismal one, with getting acclimated to a new offense and injury, it was one to forget! Looking into this season so far, he has 16 catches for 266 yards and a touchdown. Looking at that stat line compared to other tight ends he is right at the top of the list! Just watching him so far this season he has looked healthy and excited to be in this offense! So, the reason he is in this article is the fact that he is owned in 76% and 83% in ESPN and yahoo fantasy leagues respectively. That needs to change, he needs to be 100% owned and started every week going forward!
Most of my articles are going to be about trusting your gut with players that are flying under the radar. Although every now and again I will come across a player that is almost 100% owned and is started consistently every single week. Jackson is that player this week. Now I am not saying to go out right now and drop him, or trade him for a pack of jelly beans, though let’s be honest, jelly beans are awesome! Jackson so far has, 15 receptions for 243 yards and 1 touchdown. 105 of those 243 yards came on 3 catches. My point with Jackson is that he is the definition of boom or bust. Jackson is owned in over 90% of all leagues and that is fine, but does not need to be started like a #2 receiver!
It’s hard to believe, with how terribly the Chicago Bears offense looks on paper, that their rookie running back would make this article. Jordan Howard is now the starting ball carrier for the Bears and if you ask me, he is not letting it go! Jeremy Langford was just awful before he got injured, and for the Bears, why not give the rookie the rock from here on out. They did so today and he looked very impressive. 111 rushing yards and 21 receiving yards, Howard looked every bit of a starting running back in the NFL. Howard is a surefire top 20 running back from this point forward, and he is only owned in 82% and 81% of leagues in yahoo and ESPN leagues respectively. Use your gut here people, believe what your eyes are telling you, he is a great start every week!