We are a little over half-way done with the season. Is your fantasy team soaring into the playoffs, or is your roster full of boring losers? Here’s some info to help you finish the rest of the season on a high note!
Soaring! (guys to target)
Yes it’s the man that nobody knows when to start, but let me ease that concern for you a little. Watkins has 16 targets in his last two games. He also has a goaline target in every game but one this season. Tyreek Hill came away with a groin strain in week 8, that could mean a bump for Mr. Watkins! So don’t let him sit on your bench this week and fire him up while the getting is good!
You could put Drake in the boring category for the first quarter of the season but that is mainly because of his coach and his fellow running back, the most boring (and maybe oldest) person in football Frank Gore…but Drake is averaging almost 14 touches over his last four games and he hasn’t had fewer than 78 yards in that span. I like what I am seeing from a usage perspective with Drake and wouldn’t be afraid to throw him in my lineup as a flex/RB3. He might be of use to your team and you can still probably get him at a decent price.
Lindsay finally got the backfield to himself….well almost to himself, he did yield some work to Booker. Lindsay ran 18 times for 95 yards with a rushing TD, and also added 3 receptions for 17 yards. It is clear that he is the most talented back on that roster who can do it all. One reason I want to grab this guy is looking at his schedule. He plays Houston this week and then goes on a bye, so there may be some opportunity to buy low there. He comes back and gets the Chargers and Steelers in games that should have high over under scores. In Weeks 13-16 he gets Cincinnati, San Francisco, Cleveland, and Oakland! I see great things ahead for Lindsay the rest of the year, even with Freeman coming back.
We have heard a lot of rumors regarding Thomas and or Sanders being moved at the deadline. I think Thomas ends up being the one on the move and Sutton would benefit from this! UPDATE: Thomas has been traded to the Texans! This is the perfect scenario for Sutton owners. Look for Sutton to see a big boost in targets and production. If you have the number one waiver priority and he is out there, use it!
He didn’t have a big week vs Minnesota but he ran 92% of the routes and is the clear #2 wideout. Brees won’t be held under 200 yards passing every week, and I look for some big games to come from Smith.
Soaring (guys to pick-up)
D.J. Moore: breakout game vs a very good defense. If you need a receiver go get him!
DeVante Parker: I put this here because a lot of people are high on him now, I am not. Pick up at your own risk/need.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling: Out producing Allison and looks like he could be in line for more solid production.
Peyton Barber: If you ever had him earlier you probably dropped him, but he is the starter and looking good. The rookie Jones also will be out with a hammy injury, go get him.
Elijah McGuire: Remember this guy? McGuire returned to practice last week and is scheduled to come off the IR this week. Powell is on IR and Cannon hasn’t done much to distance himself. If you have the roster space he’s a good one to get.
Josh Adams: Most productive back last week but they are on bye. This will still be a headache but he’s probably out on your wire.
Keke Coutee: Will Fuller is out and this is a guy that was also probably dropped. Someone other than Hopkins will have to catch the ball. This is of course dependent on if they make a trade or not. Update: Demaryius Thomas has been traded to the Texans! This of course hurts Coutee’s production. Coutee could still be productive but temper your expectations for him moving forward.
Jack Doyle: The guy wears a C on his jersey. He out snapped Ebron and looked great, if he is out there game on!
David Moore: been very productive and has 4 touchdowns in 3 games. Doug Baldwin who?
Ryan FitzMAGIC: He’s back and has been named the starter, averaged 400 passing yards a game at the beginning of the season when he was a starter.
Boring: (Guys I’m looking to move)
Last week I said I thought Doug Baldwin would return to form after showing some promise before bye week. That was wrong and if he is on any of my teams I’m looking to move him to someone who is old enough to remember when he was good. Since his return from injury he is averaging only 4 targets a game and 3.5 receptions totaling 39 yards….You can find more production on the waiver wire.
What happened to this guy? Last week we heard all the hype about a new offensive coordinator making Johnson a focal point. Well can the coordinator play offensive line? Johnson saw 20 touches in week 8 and still wasn’t able to produce for fantasy. Poor offensive line play, with a rookie qb seeing stacked boxes has Johnson on the low end of production every week. The owner of this guy has to be sick of running him out there every week, so luckily they are on bye. If I’m a team competing for a playoff run, I’m looking to move Johnson to a team who likes watching highlights from 2016. Cut your ties and see what you can get for that name value!
What happened to this so called number one WR? He has 3 targets over his last two games and it is clear he is not the number one wr on his team. There is some talk that Golden Tate may be traded and this would take Golladay off this list for me, but if Tate stays, I would look to either bench or see what I can get for Kenny G! UPDATE!!!! Golden Tate was traded today to the Eagles and will be on bye in week 9. Like I said yesterday before the trade, this takes Golladay off my sell list. I look for Golladay and Jones to both see a big boost in Targets and production!
At what point do we start seeing Cook on the wire? This nagging bag of injuries has been useless since week 3 of last year. Rumor now is he won’t play until week 11 and that’s not even a given. If you don’t own Murray there’s no point to hold onto Cook. I wouldn’t recommended dropping just yet, but I’d be fine with cutting ties at this point and try to package him with someone else to upgrade at a position if you can.
Boring: (go ahead and cut)
Raheem Mostert, Al Morris: What a headache this backfield has been for fantasy owners! If I’m not a breida owner I want nothing to do with any of these guys and I’d be fine using their spot on my team to house a second defense with good matchups.
Cameron Meredith: Anyone else tired of holding this guy? He’s been a non-factor, even after the Ginn injury. He could have one or two good games by the end of the season, but you can’t trust him.
Geronimo Allison: Being outplayed by the rookie and looking like a waste of a roster space. (this could also be said for his teammate Ty Montgomery).
Duke Johnson: Guy has been on a lot of rosters still leading up to week 9…that is something to be said for a guy who has had 6 or fewer touches in every game this season. What are you waiting for? Go find yourself lighting in a bottle somewhere else, because it does not live in Cleveland.
This one hurts, because I was high on him all off-season. It is time to cut ties and say goodbye. Lindsay is the local kid who has taken total control of this backfield. Freeman can be dropped in all leagues, unless you are a Lindsay owner with a deep bench.
Cooper is gone, where was his WR1 performance? The closest he came to the number 1 was the 1.90 fantasy points he scored this week. The week before the bye he sat at 1.60 and has been a ghost ever since. When you start losing your job to Brandon Lafell it’s time for you to retire. Well retire from my fantasy team at least, he gone!