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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.

 

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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.