LeGarrette Blount leads the league with
8 rushing TDs making him the perfect sell-high candidate.
Week 7 Review
Let’s start out by taking a look at last week’s results…
Britt: After exploding in Week 6 Britt tumbled back down
to reality with a 3-for-43 stat line. He still gets a lot of targets
but doesnít have a competent offense, QB, or consistent ability
to make plays.
Wright: Like Britt, Wright turned in a dreadful performance
turning 4 targets into 2-for-12. Iím not saying he canít bounce
back Thursday night against Jacksonvilleís bottom of the barrel
defense, but his days of over 100 yards and a score are likely numbered.
Thielen: Thielen leveled off in Week 7 with 2-for-52
and played 4th fiddle (is that a thing?) to Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph,
and even Cordarrelle Patterson (who is heating up in targets and
TDs). Patterson is an intriguing waiver add and streamer option
this week so if you sold him and want to get into the Vikings offense,
thatís where I would go.
Charles: Spencer Ware is certainly getting his share
of carries still and news of soreness in his knees doesnít bode
well for Charlesí immediate future. Iím still trying to buy into
Jamaal as he could turn the lights on at any moment and carry a
team to fantasy glory. Weíll keep him parked here for now.
Eifert: Eifert played limited snaps and came away with
1 catch. Heís trending in the right direction, but I wonít move
him either way until we get a full complement of snaps. His touchdown
upside is elite, and Iím still buying shares where I can. I just
recently traded LeGarrette Blount and Travis Kelce for Kelvin Benjamin
and Eifert so clearly Iím bullish on his upside.
Baldwin: Even with playing Arizonaís stout pass defense,
Doug Baldwin led the team in targets (9), receptions (6), and yard
(66). As these numbers arenít very eye popping outside of targets,
Iíll hold my judgment until after this week when they face New Orleans.
Dixon: His touches have tailed off big time, but Iím
going to give this until after his bye week to see what he can do.
The coaching staff loves him, and Terrance West didnít do himself
any favors by rushing 8 times for 10 yards. Dixon remains a hold
in deeper leagues as his upside is massive.
Washington: Personally I donít understand the infatuation
the coaching staff has with Latavius Murray. He is a plodding runner
with little to no big play ability. I am going to give Washington
another week here to see if he can turn the tide against Tampaís
bottom 10 run defense.
Ajayi: I am very proud to call Ajayi a miss considering
my current level of stock in him. I tried to move him in 2 leagues,
and like me people thought his Week 6 production might be fluky.
If you were in my position and tried to sell but could not then
you landed a surefire, high-end RB2 for the rest of the season.
The cherry on top was Arian Foster’s surprise retirement!
I made some more shifts this week. Allen Robinson as a buy is
tough to swallow at this point so I moved him to a miss. If things
change (as I think they will) I will move him back. Golden Tate
as a rock bottom buy from a few weeks back was solid advice at
this point so I moved him to the hits.
After Week 8 concludes I will re-evaluate this whole list and
discuss trades I’ve taken part in, have seen, and have heard
of through direct interaction with the fantasy community.
And now on to Week 8…
Blount: Some might consider this blasphemous. A lifelong
Patriots fan selling a player leading the team and the NFL in
touchdowns? (only Melvin Gordon and David Johnson are tied for
the top spot with 8) Hear me out. The Patriots offense is a potent,
well-oiled machine that prides itself on making one or two fantasy
players (outside of Tom Brady) relevant each week. With the emergence
of James White and near return of Dion Lewis, Blount’s best
games are most likely behind him. He gets two tasty matchups ahead
(Bills this week and San Francisco Week 11) but outside of that,
it’s pretty ominous. If you can sell high this week and
land a great player then you should do so now before his stock
Crowder: Jordan Reed is very close to returning so
now is the time to package Crowder with another player and try
to capitalize on a better alternative. Sell now!
Wallace: Going into the bye, Wallace has averaged 10
targets a week which easily leads the team. He caught 10 passes
for 120 yards last week, and looks to be the No.1 receiver. This
would be nice if Steve Smith wasnít waiting in the wings. Trade
him now before the ageless wonder returns and reduces Wallace
to an older version of John Brown.
Rivers: Denver defense two out of three weeksÖ How
can the NFL hate Rivers so much? I see this as a great opportunity
to buy low. He threw for 178 yards and a score two weeks ago at
home and gets them in Denver this week. Expect a poor performance
as Denver is easily one of the toughest stadiums (fans + lack
of oxygen) to play in. Buy in now or wait until next week after
a poor performance and then reap the rewards of the rest of season
schedule that is top 5 easiest in the league.
Landry: The Dolphins are on an impressive winning streak
after a massive upset at home against Pittsburgh and beating Buffalo
in Week 7. Jay Ajayi’s emergence will mean loaded boxes
and more space for Landry to work. His last four weeks have been
decent for flex play in PPR, but his best games are in front of
him. Adam Gase is famous for having a workhorse back and one fantasy
relevant receiver. Get him now while you still can.
I’m looking forward to my mid-season review coming next
week. I’m all about accountability to my readers.