Category Archives: Studs and Duds of the week

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.

 

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.