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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.

Struggling Stars

Fantasy Owners go through this every year. Sometimes it happens to the same owner in consecutive years. We draft a player, but they don’t perform to your expectations. Hell, sometimes they even bomb all together. But halfway through the season this is the time to make a decision on some of these high draft picks. But here are some of those players that you may need to make a decision on.

Odell_Beckham_Jr..jpgOdell Beckham Jr: If you are in a PPR league you absolutely have to keep him. Unless you get a deal that blows you away or you have too many Wide Receivers, he needs to stay. Standard league is a different situation. Listen at this rate you won’t be getting fair value back. The addition of weapons, weak offensive line, and an erratic Eli Manning has diminished Odell’s value. But he is still a top 5 WR in the game. I would keep faith in Odell, he still has big games ahead of him. For someone who was a top 5 pick in most leagues and top 3 in most PPR, he’s killing you, but stick with him.

RB_Todd_Gurley_II_Rams,_2015.jpgTodd Gurley: I must say this one didn’t surprise me and neither did the next name. But Gurley’s hype is based off of a 5 game stretch last year when he came back from injury. After that stretch reality set in. He is a great running back, behind an awful offensive line, playing for quite frankly a bad team. They are 3-4 now, but don’t see them doing any better than 6-10. He’s finished in single digits in five of his seven games in standard, and finished with less than 13 points in 4 of his 7 games. He’s finished with 20 0r more points just once. Hes suddenly being used in the passing game, so there’s a slight uptick. But if you can sell him for value, I would take it.

Allen Robinson: I knew he wouldn’t have the year he had last year, but the reason its hapenning confuses me. I was on board with the better defense, better running game idea which would lead to less garbage time and throwing. I still thought Robinson would be a top 15 Wideout. Coming into this week he was the 34th ranked Wideout in PPR. Subtract his two touchdown game in week 3, he has not scored more than 16 fantasy points in a game all season in a PPR league. Three out of those five games were singe digit scoring… in PPR! You probably won’t get much back for him now. Time to bench him until you see something worth playing. Blame Bortles, he looks awful.

Military service members honored during Chicago bears gameAlshon Jeffrey: He may be a little maddening to you at this point for some one reason, he has not reached the end zone. But with that said he has been consistent. Aside from two games, he has at least 5 catches and 70 yards in four of the five other games. That last game he had only four catches, but 105 yards. And if you would of told me Brian Hoyer was going to get knocked out the game this past week, I could of predicted Jeffrey’s low point total. But Jay Cutler is coming back soon. And you know he loves to force the ball to Jeffrey. Be patient, good days are coming.

23101745414_eb54c55b03_mRussell Wilson: In real life I’m a fan. But in fantasy, at least this year, not so much. He is playing with an injury, which explains some of his poor performances. He can’t real run  and move the way he wants to. As a result it is hurting his fantasy value, but helping players such as Jimmy Graham. Solid Chance you may not have much better, but if you have a top 15 QB, don’t be afraid to play them over Russ at this point. Also look for streamers, they may pay off week to week.

 

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.