The struggle of being a college student is hitting hard right about now for me. This week I have been cramming for two exams, in addition a couple presentations that I have to watch from companies, and I need to present on a couple. So, this post will be cut a little short and I will talk about one guy to add, unless there is really another guy I should be talking about.
This week seems to have been the week of the running backs. LeSean McCoy had 3 TDs on the ground, David Johnson had 3 TDs on the ground, Jay Ajayi went for 200 yards rushing, Lamar Miller went for 170 all-purpose yards and 2 TDs. Not to mention Odell Beckham Jr. had himself a day too going for 222 yards and 2 TDs. Additionally Gronk finally decided to leave his mark on a game two weeks in a row getting over 100 yards each game and last game adding a TD.
Brian Hoyer – CHI (owned in 20.5% of ESPN leagues): All of you out there who had Roethlisberger go down this week and are looking for a QB this week looking at Mariota seeing he went for 57 over the past two weeks it is an easy replacement choice right? No, if you look at Mariota he has been fantasy football relevant only when he scores a TD, and he has actually only scored a TD in 4 of 6 weeks. So, I would suggest picking up Brian Hoyer, and you might be wondering why because he started the season as a backup and might think that he is only playing because cutler is hurt; however, Hoyer has made the most out of his starts, and I think that he has won the job. Looking at his stats, he has at least 300 yards and two TDs in 3 of the 4 games that he has started this season. Now that you know I think that he will continue to start for the rest of the season, you probably want me to convince you as to why you should pick him up. Hoyer has put up 18.25 points per start this year, and the guys who will be on the other side of the football, the Packers have given up more points to opposing QBs than league average. They have given up 2 TDs a game this year to opposing QBs, along with 287 yards per game. Hoyer is a good bye week/injury fill-in, and could be productive fantasy wise for the rest of the year.
Jacquizz Rodgers – TB (owned in 29.9% of ESPN leagues): Rodgers got the start last week due to a hamstring injury by Martin and with Sims on the IR, and he took the opportunity and ran with it, 30 times to be exact. Do not get me wrong, as soon as Martin gets healthy again he will be the starter, but a hamstring injury is one that can be easily tweaked in practice or in a game, and Martin has yet to practice this week. If Martin is out Rodgers will have another good week, the Buccaneers trust him as they gave him 35 touches last week. Rodgers and the Bucs play the 49ers this week who just gave up 140 and 3 TDs to Shady McCoy. Now, Rodgers does not have the skill that McCoy does, but they have given up at least 130 yards rushing in 5 of their first 6 games, and 9 rushing TDs. Rodgers should hold some value if Martin cannot play this week, and even if Martin does play he could take over a similar role that Sims had before injury and be a PPR machine.
Jamison Crowder – WAS (owned in 35.6% of ESPN leagues): Jamison Crowder has been one of the most consistent WRs in fantasy wise. Crowder has racked up double digit points in all but one week this season. Crowder has yet to have a 100 yard day this year, but that day is coming soon, and he has been consistently getting receptions which in PPR is almost a free point. The Redskins are playing the Lions whose defense has had a rough year trying to contain opposing WRs. I think that Crowder is the most consistent Redskins receiver and I am looking for him to beat up on the Lions defense this week.
Hunter Henry – SD (owned in 49.4% of ESPN leagues): Hunter Henry has been absolutely lights out the past 4 weeks, originally playing because Antonio Gates got hurt, but now showing that the Chargers can play effectively in two TE sets. Henry has at least 60 yards in the past four weeks, and over the past three he has a TD in each. He has been wildly effective and part of that is because the Chargers have dealt with many injuries at WR, and this is why he needs to be added in all formats. In dynasty leagues you are getting a TE that will be a top 3 TE within the next 3 years. This week Henry and the Chargers are playing the Falcons who have given up the second most points to opposing TEs, but Henry is not just a bye week fill-in. I was at aw when I saw that he was owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues, if he is available in your league you need to pick him up.
Ravens D/ST (owned in 46.5% of ESPN leagues): I talked about the Ravens last week, so I will try and keep this one short. The Ravens defense has 11 turnovers in 6 weeks, along with 11 sacks. This week they play the Jets who rank last in terms of fewest fantasy points scored by opposing defenses, they on average give up 11 points per game to them. The Ravens are your best streaming defense out there this week.
The scoring that I have used is based off of ESPN’s standard PPR scoring. Good luck on the waiver wire this week and in your upcoming match-ups. Remember to follow me on twitter and the Fantasy Life app @FantasySportGM and tweet me your start/sit or trade questions this week
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