This week a few cloudy position battles have cleared up…a little. In Jacksonville, it looks like Marqise Lee is going to pick up most of the slack vacated by Allen Robinson, and it looks like Jermaine Kearse is the clear #1 WR as long as Josh McCown is throwing the ball for the New York Jets. At the quarterback position, Smokin’ Jay Cutler has shown us that he may be fantasy relevant this year, if needed. All that being said, this looks like it’s going to be a crazy year in fantasy football, and unless you have a stud, decisions whether to start certain players are going to be week to week propositions. Here are a few players I would recommend you target this year based on their percent ownership across all Yahoo leagues.
Jay Cutler – QB Miami Dolphins – Miami @ NYJ – 29% owned – In week 2, Derek Carr put up 21.20 fantasy points against the Jets and in week 1 Tyrod Taylor put up 19.76 against them, both of which were top 6 performances. Cutler looked alright in his debut against the Chargers this weekend and he is owned in only 29% of Yahoo leagues. Cutler has big time weapons in Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Jay Ajayi and if he’s priced cheaply enough, he will be a great DFS play this week as well. Through the first 2 weeks of the season, the Jets look like a defense we want to target, so he’s a good streamer option.
DeShone Kizer – QB Cleveland Browns – Cleveland @ Indianapolis – 11% owned – Kizer didn’t have the greatest game against the Ravens, but then again the Ravens defense looks like a monster you might want to avoid early in the season. Although Kizer only had 4.88 points this week, he did so against the same defense which relegated Andy Dalton to negative fantasy points in week 1. Kizer will sling the ball against the Colts this week who gave up 16.88 fantasy points to an aging Carson Palmer and let Jared Goff throw for 306 on them in week 1. If you are in a pinch, Kizer might be a high upside option for you, especially since he can do damage in the running game, running at 4.3 yards per carry with 1 rushing TD so far on the year.
Marqise Lee – WR Jacksonville Jaguars – Jacksonville vs Baltimore (London) – 34% owned – We now have a 1 week sample of the Jaguars offense without Allen Robinson in the lineup and we saw Marqise Lee get 12 targets, snagging 7 of them for 76 yards. People may have been on Lee last week, but he is still only owned in 34% of leagues so if he’s still available in your league and you need WR depth, go get him, because Lee looks like he is the man in the passing game in Jacksonville.
Jermaine Kearse – WR New York Jets – NYJ vs Miami – 6% owned – Jermaine Kearse was the #2 WR in standard scoring leagues in week 2, behind only Michael Crabtree. Through the first 2 weeks of the season, Kearse is by far the WR to own on the Jets, leading the team in targets (14), catches (11), yards (123) and touchdowns (2). Kearse is only owned in 6% of leagues so if you are struggling he looks to be a high volume guy you can plug in to your lineup. I am going out on a limb here and predict that the Jets are going to be playing from behind most of the season, so you can count on his volume to remain steady. The Jets face Miami next week who doesn’t appear to have a lock down pass defense by any means.
Geronimo Allison – WR Green Bay Packers – Green Bay vs Cincinnati – 0% owned – Monitor the situation with Jordy Nelson’s quad. If you have Nelson and don’t have great WR depth, you may want to consider adding Allison. After Nelson left the game with his quad situation on Sunday night, Allison entered the game and had 3 catches for 24 yards off 5 targets. Allison is a high upside option playing in a high octane offense with arguably the best QB in the league. Randall Cobb is also banged up, so if he misses time, Allison’s value will really shoot up. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb owners should be more aggressive than others bidding for him on waivers.
Rashard Higgins – WR Cleveland Browns – Cleveland @ Indianapolis – 11-7-95 – 0% owned – Fresh off the practice squad, Higgins came in and lit up the Baltimore Ravens with 7 catches for 95 yards. With Corey Coleman out for a few weeks with a broken hand and Kenny Britt looking like a horrible football player, Higgins looks like he’s the man in Cleveland. Go get him, regardless of your WR depth, go get him. The more #1 receiving options you have on your team, the better off you are, even if he’s just a bye week filler.
Chris Thompson – RB Washington Redskins – Washington vs Oakland – 11% owned – With Rob Kelley banged up Chris Thompson looks to see even more work in both the running and passing game. The Redskins face off against the Raiders in week 3 whose defense hasn’t been great but it hasn’t been a sieve either. The Raiders can put up points, so the Redskins should be looking to use their pass catching back early and often.
Jalen Richard – RB Oakland Raiders – Oakland @ Washington – 4% owned – Through the first 3 games of the NFL season, Marshawn Lynch has played 55 snaps, Jalen Richard has played 31 snaps and DeAndre Washington has logged 29. The Oakland backfield (behind Lynch) is still shaking out but the fact is that Jalen Richard has a more defined role in the offense than DeAndre Washington at this time. In PPR leagues Richard has some appeal right now if you are desperate. Richard’s snaps went up from week 1 to week 2, while Washington’s snaps are trending downward. It is still early in the season and we only have a 2 game sample, but if Richard’s role grows even more in week 3, it will be too late to add him, everybody will be on him.
Theo Riddick – RB Detroit Lions – Detroit vs Atlanta – 57% owned – Riddick is an extremely intriguing option for week 3 because the Lions play the Falcons who give up a lot of points to running backs in the passing game. Riddick is 57% owned across Yahoo leagues, most of which figure to be PPR leagues, but this week Riddick is worth a look in standard leagues as a matchup play.
Samaje Perine – RB Washingtin Redskins – Washington vs Oakland – 22% owned – Samaje Perine stepped in for Rob Kelley after he went down with a rib injury and ran the ball 21 times for just 67 yards. Perine only had 3.2 yards a run but he got volume in the Redskins backfield. Kelley owners need to be more proactive trying to get Perine than non-Kelley owners because he’s day to day with his rib injury. If Kelley does miss time, however, Perine will be a great value looking forward with 2 of the Redskins’ next 3 games coming against the Raiders and 49ers. If you are fortunate enough to get Perine on your roster this week, you don’t need him, and you don’t own Kelley, you may want to dangle him out there to the Rob Kelley owner.
Chris Carson – RB Seattle Seahawks – Seattle @ Tennessee – 38% owned – Eddie Lacy was a healthy scratch on Sunday, meaning he is all but done. Cut him if you haven’t already. CJ Prosise still has his pass catching role in the offense, but Carson dominated the early down snaps even with Thomas Rawls healthy. The Seahawks’ offense traditionally starts slow and Carson is likely to really get rolling as they improve. Carson is coming off a 20 carry 93 yard outing against the 49ers and has RB2 potential from here on out.
Dwayne Allen – TE New England Patriots – New England vs Houston – 8% owned – Monitor the Rob Gronkowski groin situation because if he is going to miss time, Allen is a solid option. If you own Gronk, you may want to add Allen as insurance. Given the injuries to Edelman and Amendola, Allen would be a good bet to produce should Gronk miss time.
Charles Clay – TE Buffalo Bills – Buffalo vs Denver – 25% owned – Through the first 2 weeks of the season, Charles Clay is a top 10 fantasy tight end and is top 10 in targets at the tight end position. With the current landscape at the tight end position, Charles Clay is almost a must add, especially with Rick Dennison leading the offense. The Bills play against the Broncos this week who just gave up a huge day to Jason Witten who had 10 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown against them in week 2. The Bills are likely to play from behind just like the Cowboys did, so Clay is a solid option for this week and moving forward.
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Major League Fantasy Baseball Show Episode #134, 8/26/2018 Host Brian Roach, Jr., Co-Host Cole Freel, Guest Bryan Luhrs
Major League Fantasy Baseball Show Episode #134, 8/26/2018 Host Brian Roach, Jr, Co-Host Cole Freel, Guest Bryan Luhrs
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