If you haven’t grabbed Chase Edmonds of your waiver wire or made an offer, then you are doing this #FantasyFootball thing wrong. Easily the best handcuff in the league (that isn’t in an ‘RBBC), and with David Johnson having back tightness late in the week, Edmunds would be a must-start against Atlanta at home who still hate Running Backs who can catch.
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Here were are in Week 4 of the #fantasyfootball season and I can't wait to go over it with you!
There are a few teams left at 3-0 and I expect that to continue for all but Buffalo, naturally because they get New England who have been on a different level this year and this week I believe it’s where I their run of form run stops. The Patriots are red-hot right now and I don’t think the Bills will keep up.
And Detroit, if not for that stumble in Week 1 at Arizona could be also 3-0, and face Kansas at home and are likely to chase the game. But they have a sneaky good offense (Kerryon Johnson, T.J. Hockenson, Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola with Matt Stafford) a solid front five - they could cause a few mismatches this week. They are underrated, and if they have a touch of luck on their side they could cause an upset...
...alternatively, it is Kansas. And the Lions could get pantsed and exposed for 35 by Pat Mahomes before halftime and whoever the hell he wants to throw it to… So there’s that too.
Tampa trusted a kicker, which has to be the funniest thing I've ever heard of, and maybe the saddest thing I've ever seen, which gave us the ‘Danny Dimes’ breakout game as he rushed for 2 touchdowns and passed for 2 also; all the while losing Saquon Barkley to a high ankle sprain. Darius Slayton in deeper leagues looks promising, so feel free to throw a few bucks at him and stash moving forward.
The Giants, however, face a Landon Collins revenge game in Week 4, which is something the back pages should be all over in the big apple, and as a Giants fan, him walking for nothing still stings a bit and boggles the mind at the same time.
The Cleveland Browns are clearly #TankingForTua, the Eagles look like they're playing with clipped wings and now hold the same honorable record as an Eli Manning Giants team (thats 1-2 for those keeping score at home), and we still don't know which running back to play in San Francisco (it’s been 5 years already Kyle, quit bangin’ on tables and give us a clue already, jeez).
Chicago is trying to fool everyone into believing that they're a decent team and I have news for all of those who believe that…: they're not very good at all, and Mitchell Trubisky should give Khalil Mack his wages, as he proves himself to still be the ‘Zoolander’ of the NFL (yeah he still can’t throw left).
And while we are talking about amateur Quarterbacks, congrats to Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Allen who got wins, and to Mason Rudolph, Josh Rosen and Luke Falk who started also but didn’t get to ‘eat a W’, it’s coming, relax, better times are coming.
So much happened, so much unraveled, so here’s what Week 5 has me looking at, starting with some deep league plays that could be Waiver Wire applicable:
Get your Rookie: I said it once before and I said his name again today, but get on Darrius Slayton. And if Slayton is a little deep for you...
Then get on Diontae Johnson: who skinned Jason Verrett for a 39-yard touchdown last week and probably cost Donte Moncrief his job in the process. He faces an ordinary Bengals secondary at home this week. but if you like him, then...
You gotta pay up for Phillip Dorsett: who is still virtually free (for example, still only rostered on 29.1% of leagues on ESPN). There’s no more Antonio Brown and Julian Edelman cracked his ribs so who knows how he will cope. He’s averaging roughly 14.4 points per game AND has three touchdowns for the year already. He is quietly breaking out and no one is talking about it.
In the sports betting world -
I, ironically, love Cleveland this week: opening up at +7 in Baltimore. They haven't shown any signs of life, but this to me has shootout potential, and covering the spread could be well within their range of outcomes for the week.
Speaking of trash secondaries again: Washington at New York and the ‘Overs’ for me could be on the cards also. I’m going to wait and see how it settles later in the week but currently at mybookie.ag its set at 49.5.
I mention them in the DFS section below, but: the Colts (-7 against the spread) are at home against the haphazard Oakland Raiders. They did allow Atlanta back into the game which caused some nervousness, but I don’t believe that the Raiders have the quality to force the ‘overs’ set at 46. So the Colts and the ‘Unders’ to me look tasty also.
And finally, on Draft Kings, there are a handful of stacks that are probably a little overlooked that I love this week -
New York vs Washington: Daniel Jones ($5300), Terry McLaurin ($4500), Evan Engram ($5700), and Darrius Slayton ($3200) - I’ll take all four of them thanks!
Seattle at Arizona: Russell Wilson ($6100), Tyler Lockett ($6300), Will Dissly ($3600), but if you need the cash, D.K. Metcalf ($4800) can be subbed in for Lockett. Christian Kirk ($5100) could shine also.
Colts vs Raiders: Jacoby Brissett ($5400), Marlon Mack ($6100), Eric Ebron ($4000) and the Colts DST ($3100) - again I think the Colts will dominate this.
And there you have it!
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We are back and Week 1 is done. Dusted. Totaled. In the books. Finito. It’s over and we are ready to roll into Week 2 with gusto, machismo and all the hype carried over.
Yes, indeed the NFL proved that results may vary for those we touted for 8 months. Grinding tape, studying metrics and numbers. All of it was chewed up and processed and some did well, some did not - but they all lived to fight another day.
Here we go again! It’s time for another year of fantasy football, and let’s be honest….when I say that….I mean DYNASTY fantasy football!
So, in a rare article by your friend BARK, we will talk my guys that will bring you the hardware this season.
Straight off the bat I don’t believe Tyreek Hill is out of the doghouse with the NFL (see Elliott, Ezekiel; mid-season suspension for a ‘closed case’) just yet and the rumors of Kansas City shopping him, although quiet whispers at best, are enough to bother me. I love the move for Odell Beckham, Jr. to Cleveland - but they have a stack of options and I don’t believe Baker Mayfield will just lock in on him only. Ben Roethlisberger will, however, lock in on the one guy he trusts and target him constantly making Juju Smith-Schuster for me the guy to take in this range.
Todd Gurley, LAR – It really is a shame that Gurley has this chronic injury issue with the arthritic knee. It is possible that we have seen Gurley’s best years on the football field already, even though he is only 24 years old. With that said, it is possible that Gurley could still be productive. I do not think he will ever be as productive as he was though. The Rams backfield could become one where Gurley still sees a healthy portion of carries but Malcom Brown and Darrell Henderson play significant roles. That’s the way the wind is blowing, so if you scoop up Gurley (late), make sure you pick up Brown or Henderson. For me, I’ll be watching camp closely to see if I can figure out who the true RB2 is, and then I will draft accordingly.
Forget the question marks around Todd Gurley and the impact Darrell Henderson might have, have a look at the trio of receivers that the Rams have at their disposal. At one point before Cooper Kupp was lost for the season, the Rams had three receivers in the top 20 with a QB in the top 10. For all the ‘it's a Todd Gurley Offense’ speech there was last year, quietly, their passing game dominated.
Now I know what you are thinking… “Yes, I do love a slot receiver.” I also love a second-year breakout, and I love that when D.J. Moore started to get more time on the field, he started commanding more looks and love from Cam Newton.
I also low-key love what Carolina is building. Out with the big, bulky, slow, receivers and in with the quick and dangerous little fellas that can all be used with versatility. The NFL is changing rapidly. Speed kills and Carolina is built for the modern game moving forward, led by Moore, McCaffrey and Samuel.
Here we are at the beginning of the 2018 redraft season. Some deeper league slow drafts are starting to prop up and casual gamers are starting to hit the mock draft lobbies. That, in turn, has started to show fluctuations and inconsistencies with ADP. If you have been following along all offseason, it could throw the proverbial spanner in your ‘works’ as to where you thought players might go in the draft. Some guys that go early may seem like a reach right now. Ah yes! Those three little letters that can tilt the crap out of #fantasytwitter because people must be right - all the time - and everyone else must be wrong - all the time. Our memories are now shorter with recency bias. They are inflated by the offseason madness of coaching changes and rookies hitting their stride. Shout-out to 2018’s Jordan Howard and Jarvis Landry hype trains from the online preachers. Neither really mattered, nor did any ‘hot takes’ as the kids all said last year. But you know by now, I thrive in the grey area where there is no such thing as wrong - just measured.
Carson Wentz sees the return of DeSean Jackson to Philadelphia, a healthy Alshon Jeffery, and the elite Zach Ertz. On top of that, Dallas Goedert can take a step forward in his second year as a red zone threat and at the same time, they beefed up their offense with rookies like JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Miles Sanders - and they also sniped the Houston Texans by grabbing offensive lineman Andre Dillard, who could well be the best at his position in this year’s draft class, protecting their newly paid play-caller. The Eagles are loaded.
Some of these narratives were great like - readily available targets (Hi Miami target share, sans Jarvis Landry), the influx of rookie quarterbacks loving their tight ends (remember #DavidNjokuSZN when Baker Mayfield arrived), star recruit free agents on the move and their impact and naturally the excitement around rookies like Saquon Barkley and others. Where the rookies were touted and vouched for and how much work they would hypothetically be lined up for had almost everyone in the fantasy football world riled up (remember when Calvin Ridley was the new number one because Julio Jones was a no show at the start of O.T.A’s?) - yep, that was a fun one!
the Ronald Jones truthers have reunited after a wash of a 2018 season. Jones was the athletic shot in the arm that some looked at as a sure-fire hit last season. The term “bust” gets thrown around a fair bit, but to say that last year was a bust for the second round prospect would probably be the understatement of the year. As a result, you would think that the Buccaneers would make the Running Back position a priority either in Free Agency or the Draft but oh, contraire. The best offer on the table was UDFA Bruce Anderson out of North Dakota State (in 2018 posted 124-924-9 TDs on the ground with 12-199-3 TDs in the air) and although a few names have been linked to Tampa, there’s really been nothing said about their playersf you have been reading between the lines, comments from people backing Jones within the organization has been lighter than you would like if you have held on to him, in fact, it has been Peyton Barber, again, who has been getting the shine and support.
What’s going on fantasy football freaks? We’re a couple weeks out from the draft and dynasty drafts are either underway or drawing near. The Back Row Fantasy Show’s FANTASY IMPACT SERIES continues – this time with key draft additions! Which players have the best combination of talent, opportunity and landing spot to really make a difference in fantasy football? Let’s take a look.
Phillip Lindsay, as a senior, had a 301-1474-14 TDs on the ground with a 23-257-1 TD season as a senior at Colorado in 2017 (12 games). Barkley, in 13 games, had a 217-1271-18 season on the ground (84 more attempts, 203 more yards for Lindsay, 4 more touchdowns for Barkley) and a 54-632-3 season in the air (31 more receptions, 375 more yards and 2 more touchdowns than Lindsay). Barkley stepped ahead, but only slightly, right?
So… It’s put up or shut up time and I decided to put up for once (unlike me, I know I would normally sit on the fence for all of this), and give a few names that were either touched upon slightly or did not gather enough steam with offseason that I would like to bring to your attention.
This week I decided to open the door on a few of these parts of fantasy football gaming, just in case you didn’t know such things were going on around you. Just as iron sharpens iron, this can only make your tools that much sharper as the year progresses on, making you that much more knowledgeable when crunch time happens. Yes, my ‘compost analogy’ has come full circle, by telling you that planting the ‘information’ seeds now, fertilize with that ‘knowledge’ compost so you can pick the fruits of your labor when selecting your team when the season arrives.
Haskins has a talent for fitting the ball into tight windows, especially in the short and intermediate area. He has shown great pocket awareness avoiding rushers and moving up and around the pocket to bide time for his wide receivers. While he hasn’t had to be TOO mobile at times, he can get outside the pocket and run when needed. He does a good job working through his progressions and does a great job on anticipation throws.