Category Archives: Players

Things to Be Thankful For (Fantasy Edition)

Here are a few things to be thankful for during this holiday season.

The Ageless Wonders: Once again, the Quarterback position is a position of stability. As just like in past seasons, the great quarterbacks have stayed great. Quarterbacks such as Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Big Ben, and Tom Brady have been their normal elite self. Each Quarterback is within the top 10 basically every week and has brought consistency across the NFL season.

The New Age Wonders: Some of the New Quarterbacks have stepped up their game this year. Names such as Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, Dak Prescott, and Kirk Cousins are all young Quarterbacks who have leaped into top 10 territory for the season. All of them (for exception of Cousins which is his 5th year) are in their third season or less. Huge for Dynasty and keeper leagues.

First Round Picks: Subtract Deandre Hopkins, Adrian Peterson, and Todd Gurley, and you will realize that most first round picks have performed up to the measures in which you have them. You ask for consistency out of the early draft Picks. And it seems like most of them have done just that.

Return of the workhorse backs: One man running back committee has been a little bit of a lost art recently, but this year, it has swung back the other way. The following are dominating their workload: David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, Melvin Gordon, Demarco Murray, Ezekiel Elliot, Lesean McCoy, and Lamar Miller and Todd Gurley. Some have performed better than others, but the touches are there. They should all be gone by the second round next year.

 

Kirk Cousins Says Pay Him… But Should You Play Him?

Kirk Cousins is in a weird situation as a Quarterback. He has proven himself to be a quality quarterback for over a year and a half now. Known well as the person who backed up RG3 for a few years. But Jay Gruden put his trust into Kirk Cousins as his quarterback, but no one else truly has. Kirk Cousins, after last night’s game shouted at his GM “How you like me now.” This is because Cousins is playing on a Franchise Tag instead of the new contract he wanted last offseason. They wanted more proof. But do the fantasy owners need more proof?

In most 10 team, or even 12 team leagues, he was drafted more as a QB 2. But even when he was criticized in real life early in the season for missing opportunities, he was still pretty good. In standard league scoring, he his first five games of the season point totals were 9,19,18,17,12. Not great but not good awful either. Those included hard games against foes such as dallas, New York Giants, and Baltimore. But in his last five games, his points have been 16,21,24,18,27. That stretch included tough games against teams like Minnesota and the Eagles. But what about the future.

If Kirk Cousins has showed us anything is that he is pretty consistent. He has consistent weapons with Reed, Jackson, and Garcon. It appears the run game is improving. But he does have a tough schedule for the rest of the season which include at Arizona, at Philadelphia, against a good Chicago defense, and a tough Giants Defense. With that said, Kirk Cousins is still a safe play. With only 2 turnovers in his last 4 games, he has been protecting the ball better. And most of the defenses I named is even better against the run, so he will have to throw. Cousins is a safe play the rest of the way but don’t expect too many 25+ point games.

What To Make Of The Eagles Backfield Mess…

Another week, and another week where we don’t know what is going on in Doug Pederson’s offense. First thing to touch on, if you have Carson Wentz on your team, drop him. If he couldn’t do it against the Falcons defense, I don’t know when he will do it. Shouldn’t be owned in anything other than 14-16 team leagues as a backup. Now to get on to the confusing part.. the Eagles backfield.

Yesterday afternoon something interesting happened. Ryan Matthews broke 100 yards and had two touchdowns. Wendell Smallwood, someone who was believed to be disappearing from this offense, had 13 carries, for 70 yards. Darren Sproles stayed involve, he had two carries for 19 yards, and eight catches for 57 yards. Really, a three man split?

Well this is what I make out of this split. The only running back to own is sproles in 10 team leagues. Matthews should be owned in 12 team leagues, and smallwood in 14 team leagues and bigger.

Sproles is still the main focus of the offense. He is in the game on third down, hurry up, two minute offense, and honestly, on first and second down throughout the game. Matthews and Smallwood will take turns (with Sproles) doing the early down work. Most weeks Matthews will get more looks and will get the goaline touches. Smallwood stays involved though, and sometimes he’s not really used at all. To be honest Matthews and Smallwood shouldn’t be started unless needed to. And ideally nothing more than a flex. Sproles is a solid PPR flex, low end standard league flex.

For Real Or For Now?

It was an interesting week of football to say the least. We saw Odell Beckham Jr. be the player that every owner thought they were getting. We saw Drew Brees break the record for the most 400 yard passing games by one player (the previous record was 14 that was held by Peyton Manning). But we expect the stars to shine. What about the little guys who may be trending up. Are they just legit or are they on a streak? Let’s take a look.

NFL: Preseason-Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota: After getting off to a slow start to begin the season, Mariota has become a fantasy star the last two outings. He has combined for 57 standard league points in the last two outings. With that said I am not really buying into him for a few reasons. He still plays on a run first offense led by Demarco Murray. Besides Murray and Delanie Walker, he does not have top tier weapons. He still has mental lapses when he plays. And lastly, his last two games came against two of the worst pass defenses in the league. He can be a matchup play from time to time, but not a QB1 right now.

lamar-millerLamar Miller: Miller is in an interesting situation. He has all the talent in the world. You saw that on display last night when he racked up 149 rushing yards and 29 receiving yards and two touchdowns combined. That is why owners drafted him as a fringe first round pick (I drafted him 8th overall in front of Adrian Peterson; dodged a bullet there). But he has been relatively disappointing. But you have to stick with him, even with a pretty bad run blocking offensive line. There’s been only one game when he had less than 20 total touches. The volume is there, and he will be a low end RB1 with a high ceiling for rest of the season.

Jay Ajayi: Ajayi was a player that was played only if your team was filled with bye week players and had no other option. Well he came away with 205 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Go figure. But I don’t trust him yet. That backfield is still a mess on a very bad team. And if he does become the lead running back, the dolphins will be losing  more times than not. So they will be throwing the ball way more than running the ball most times. Ajayi is nothing more than a low end flex.

DSC_1776Golden Tate: Biggest bust of the fantasy season thus far had a breakout performance. He had eight catches for 165 yards and a touchdown. I personally need to see more before I trust Tate again. The Lions have been making a concerted effort to get him the ball. Running diverse routes and even making him even a running back. But one game does not negate the huge sample size that we have seen throughout the season.

Is Marvin Jones For Real

Calvin Johnson surprised the world with his retirement during the off-season. Still young and dominant, if it wasn’t for injuries, we would probably still see number 81 terrorizing defenses. But his retirement forced the Lions to find a new lead dog in the passing game.

Everyone thought that would mean more touches and targets for Golden Tate. He has been in the system for a few years, and everyone thought it was his time. Except for me. I knew Golden Tate is not a number one receiver. He is a good number two, at least I thought he was. Through four games; he has 14 catches for 95 yards and no touchdowns. He has basically been invisible. But Marvin Jones can’t say the same.

Jones stats through four games is 23 catches for 482 yards and two touchdowns. I had a feeling he was the wide receiver to own, and I was correct. Why?  Jones is more of Calvin Johnson then Tate is. Jones can go up and grab the ball in one on one coverage. He is a bigger body, more explosive, and the typical target Stafford likes to throw to. He was always a gifted wide receiver. He was just Hampered by injuries and lack of opportunities; it is Jones’ time to shine.

You should be starting Jones every week. Match-ups against teams like the Broncos, I would understand you to be hesitant. But his floor is high, his ceiling is even higher. As for Tate; he is almost worth dropping. I’m sure it hurts taking him in the 3rd or 4th round and dropping him so early. But if there are other options out there (like Terrelle Pryor) it might be about that time.