A mixed bag of fantasy discussion.
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Non-PPR, should I start Chase Edmonds or Brandin Cooks at Flext this week?
Can't ignore that Cooks exploded last week against Jacksonville so he and Watson may be getting into a rhythm, but I would like to see more before making that more than a slight possibility. If he can get at least 18 against a much better defense then he'll be a very good option as a flex going forward. But as things are today, Edmonds has more consistency, even if he may not offer the same level of boom. If he's ever going to get into the high 20s & beyond this is as good a week as any!
Who to start in the flex Terry McLaurin, Joe Mixon, or Chase Claypool?
Second player first, Indianapolis is a top defense so far this year. But good running backs have still managed to have ok days against them, including Frank Gore and the now unemployed Kalen Balage (in PPR). But on the other hand, they have yet to allow a 20 point scorer this season, so the ceiling is limited for Mixon.
Back to 1 - Just when I was starting to think that McLaurin was QB proof he put an absolute dud. I'm willing to consider it a mirage because of the unique circumstances surrounding the QB play last Sunday. With another week of acclimation & a much softer defense, I expect he'll be who he was during the first four games of the season.
And then there's the guy that was at the top of everyone's waiver wish list. I wouldn't criticize anyone who chose to ride the hot hand after that asteroid destroyed Philadelphia because he could do half as well and still end up one of the top scoring receivers this week.
I think it's a coin-flip between McLaurin & Claypool but if I had to choose I would go with the one who is playing in a game with a better chance of becoming a shootout - that being CC this week.
Who would you start this week, Gardner Minshew or Ryan Fitzpatrick?
Detroit has given up solid performances by all the starters they've faced this year. So if you feel like he should be the guy, cool - go for it! Fantasy Football is supposed to be fun and Minshew can make it fun.
But starting all players against the broken-down war-planes is the advice all season.
Standard league, should I start Tim Patrick or AJ Green this week?
You've got plenty of time, I would suggest scanning the free agent pool for a better option.
PPR, should I start Jonnu Smith or Mark Andrews?
I don't think you'll go wrong with whoever you decide to start. It's a 51/49 kind of split but I give the slight edge of Smith since he's had 13 or more every week, while Andrews has been a bit more hit or miss so far.
With the All-Pro Dalvin Cook out for tomorrow's still on-schedule game against Atlanta, I think Minnesota will go with a partial committee approach. Mattison is likely to get 60-70% of the carries but whatever he doesn't get will almost surely go the way of Mike Boone. He of only 18% ownership so you could steal some point this week by adding him for a bargain.
So I'll admit, this one doesn't come quite to the level of a "must" but it is a "strongly consider."
Diontae Johnson may have a great career, it's too early to rule that out. But unless you're in a dynasty league you may do well to cut ties with the guy now that he has an enigmatic "back" injury.
Greg Ward has quickly replaced Hot Rod as the guy I'm banging the drum for. With 38% ownership & 21% start he's outplaying his respect level by a considerable margin! Even as Philly's players continue to regain health I think he'll have earned Wentz's confidence enough to remain a viable option.
$4,100 coming off the game of his life, Travis Fulgham is a no-brainer this week. Will he perform like he did last week? Unlikely, but he's gotten to double-digits over the last two games so Wentz clearly likes what Fulgham is doing!
But that's all for now.
Until next week, happy Fantasy hunting!