FFGB: Last Bye
For the year's that this site has been in existence I've kept it about Fargo area sports as close to 100% of the time as I could. Did I mix other things some times and make parallel's that extend beyond the field, court & track? Absolutely, but only when the comparisons and inclusions made sense to me. Until now that is.
I'm quite certain that talking Fantasy Football will still be relevant to many of you but I admit that it has little to do with the prime directive.
I've talked Fantasy ball for almost half my life but being able to talk about something does not as naturally translate to the keyboard as you may think. Now that the season is under way, I've decided to lock in on the four key aspects of running a Fantasy team. There's a bit of tongue in cheek with the four categories but each are my personal recommendations for this week. All player considerations will be based on ownership and usage in Myfantasyleague leagues.
If you're like me this week, you're facing complications due to the last group of bye week teams. With Minnesota, Kansas City & LA - C all sitting this weekend, there are a load of holes to try and fill. Add in that Kyler Murray and Arizona are out and that adds a couple more to the list. So let's get started, shall we!
What should I do with Josh Allen and Kyler Murray and their matchups?
Considering that Murray may be on a beach somewhere or at least at the Canyon it's a pretty easy choice. Denver has a good defense, as they showed for a half against Minnesota on Sunday, but rushing touchdowns by Allen are very much in play and is an equalizer for what he can't do throwing the ball. He's a good starting option, not great but good.
I have quite a few good receivers on my team and am trying to figure out the odd man out. Feel like Davante Adams and DJ Chark are must starts. Between Beckham, Landry & Marvin Jones what receiver would you SIT?
With Cleveland taking on Miami both Beckham and Landry are extremely startable this week. Which leaves the guy that I would sit even if the former Tigers weren't going to feast on ocean meat. Jones is as boom or bust as they get but without Stafford and with some video of Driskel to work off of, I don't think Detriot will be able to have near as effective a game passing this week. Between the two I don't think there is a more clear cut choice of one over the other. Each has gotten a lot of chances over the last few weeks and they've made some good on them so you're in a good position!
PPR league, should I drop Marlon Mack to pick up Jaylen Samuels?
I'm surprised he's still up for grabs in a PPR. Mack may be back before the end of the season but Pittsburgh has three juicy matchups coming up while Mack might be returning against a couple of the top run defenses. If you could find a way to keep Mack that may be the best course of action but Samuels will help you so add him.
Who are some good TE's on the waiver wire?
The best option at tight-end this week on the waiver wire may be Jacob Hollister. Three of the last four weeks he's had at least 6 targets and he's been very successful at making good on those chances during the two games before the bye. Both Philly & Minnesota have proven to be susceptible to big pass plays so he may continue to be an option for Wilson over the next two games.
PPR league, Amari Cooper or Julian Edelman?
Saved the toughest question for last. New England is notorious for taking away the opponent's best option. With the way that Dak is going right now, they may view that as Amari Cooper or they may plan to hold Zeke down and see if Prescott can keep doing what he has been. It didn't work very well for Minnesota to go that route but Belichick is on a different level than Zimmer so maybe Boston can manage it. On the other side, Brady complained publicly about their offense which may lead to some tweaks by Josh McDaniels and Edelman may benefit from that. It's almost a coin flip but with the PPR format in mind I think I would go the way of Edelman.
Even though he didn't see the field in his first week with Philly, Jay Ajayi should be rostered well above his current 39%. If he can fill some of Jordan Howard's role than he will have a double-digit day while Howard is out. His startability does depend on how long he remains in that role but I think there is validity to the speculation that JH will miss more than just one week so it could be several weeks of chances for Ajayi. Especially if you're thin at running back make the move!
This year has not been kind to the quarterback position. Several guys have thoroughly underwhelmed while others have missed time. So as the playoffs loom you may be stuck as to what to do at the position. Matthew Stafford's injury doesn't help provide any clarity either. There's a chance he gets back on the field before the fantasy championship but I would not be at all surprised if Detroit plays it safe with their franchise quarterback in another non-playoff season so you may not be able to afford to wait for a possible return. So maybe not a full-on must drop just to play keep away on the off-chance that he does get back but don't expect anything from him over these playoff push weeks or into the "second" season.
A bonus add also may be a sneaky good start option for the next couple of weeks. Jonathan Williams turned 13 carries into 116 yards plus another 31 through the air on one target. That's about as good of a first impression as one could make. With only 16% of leagues having him on a roster, there is ample opportunity to get some instant gratification from his addition!
If you have a specific question, send it in and I'll respond. This week there isn't a glaring must sit or really probably should sit candidate who isn't already most likely on your bench, from the stats that I've been looking at.
But that's all for now.
Until next Tuesday, happy Fantasy hunting!