Injuries mounting. Six teams on bye this
weekend (Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New
York Giants and Philadelphia). That make’s Week 9 one of
the toughest for fantasy owners to assemble a viable lineup.
“With the truth, all given facts harmonize; but with
what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note.” –
1) All aboard the Marvin Jones train.
Here is how to go from a ghost to fantasy relevance in three
days. Jones hadnít produced much since the arrival of Kenny Golladay last season, but Sunday he racked up 117 yards and two
touchdowns. On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions sent Golden Tate to
Philadelphia for a third-round pick opening up almost 10 targets
a game. Jones and Golladay should be every week starters from
here on out.
2) ďHeís (Kelvin Benjamin) just one Popeyeís
biscuit away from being a tight endĒ, said football analyst Booger
McFarland Monday night.
True. Benjamin might just as well try being a tight end, because
his wide receiver numbers havenít been fantasy-worthy since
leaving Carolina. He averaged 60.6 ypg with the Panthers and is
averaging 34.2 ypg after being shuffled off to Buffalo midway
through the 2017 season. Benjamin is listed at 6-foot-5, 245 lbs.,
but his hair might weigh that much. He needs to get out of northern
New York as quickly as possible if he wants to be viable again.
3) Ryan Fitzpatrick in back in the saddle
True and heís going to be a fantasy stud again too. Heís
averaging 31 FPts/G as a starter. That number would be even higher
if he wasnít pulled at half-time of the game with the Bears.
And the best news is that he was probably dropped in your league.
Heís only owned in 10% of all Yahoo leagues. With all the
receiving talent on the Bucs, itís a great team to be the
quarterback. Your won/loss record might not be good because of
the defense, but fantasy owners will love you.
4) What knee surgery?
Carson Wentz was averaging 25.1 FPts/G last season and was a
candidate for the NFL MVP before the ACL injury against the Los
Angeles Rams cost him the final three games of the regular season
and the playoff run. After six games this season heís averaging
Ö 25.1 FPts/G. The difference for his team is heís
throwing for more yards (298 ypg vs. 253) and fewer touchdowns
(2.16 TDs per game vs. 2.53). Thatís the difference between
going 3-3 and posting an 11-2 record. The addition of Golden Tate
can only help his fantasy production, but the lack of a running
game will keep the Eagles from repeating a Super Bowl run.
5) Davante Adams could easily end up with
better totals than Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill or Adam Thielen.
Heís gotten very little press this season, at least compared
to the other three guys mentioned, but Adams has produced numbers
that place him right in the running for top receiver. Adams is
averaging 15.0 FPts/G, ahead of Brown (14.7) and Hill (14.6) and
trailing only Thielen (16.3). And while Thielen has to share the
workload with Stefon Diggs, Brown with JuJu Smith-Schuster and
Hill with Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins, Adams has no such star
wideout on the other side of the line.
ďA lie told often enough becomes the truth.Ē Ė
1) The Steelersí James Conner can continue to produce top-five
numbers (20.9 FPts/G) though the playoffs.
Sorry, no. See Alvin
Kamara. Kamara averaged 24.3 FPts/G before Mark
Ingramís return and 12.3 FPts/G after. Holdout LeíVeon
Bell must return before Week 10 or he doesnít get credit for
the year and wonít be eligible to be a free agent this offseason.
How it plays out after this week is anyoneís guess, but if you
own Conner you should already have a plan for the playoffs. Trading
him now should also be considered as once Bell returns, Connerís
fantasy value takes a gigantic hit.
2) After racking up 27.9 and 26.9 fantasy
points the last two games, Marlon Mack should be considered elite.
Nice numbers, but they were against Buffalo and Oakland in a
couple of blowout Colts wins. I like Mack, but the road gets a
lot tougher after the bye. He faces three teams ranked top-10
in RB fantasy points allowed in the next four games. If someone
wants to pay you for him like heís elite, take the deal.
Like I always say, buy low, sell high.
3) The most important transaction at the
deadline was either Tate or Demaryius Thomas.
Iím going to have to go elsewhere and say Ha
Ha Clinton-Dix going to the Washington Redskins was the most
significant. The Washington defense was already top-10 against
the pass and top-five in points per game allowed (19.1) and the
addition in Clinton-Dix can only help them. They face a lot of
good fantasy quarterbacks going forward (Matt
Watson, and Carson
Wentz x 2) and this will make it a lot tougher on the opposition.
4) If Jacksonville fans are calling for
Blake Bortlesí head on a platter, why arenít Raiders fans doing
the same thing?
They should be. Blake
Bortles has thrown for 2,022 yards with 10 touchdowns and
eight interceptions. Derek
Carr has thrown for 2,027 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
One is averaging 21.7 FPts/G the other 21.6 FPts/G. The Raiders
are 1-6, the Jaguars, with a much better defense are 3-5.
5) Demaryius Thomas will be a better fantasy
option in Houston because he has a better quarterback throwing
to him in Deshaun Watson.
While itís true that Watson is much better than Case Keenum,
Thomas didnít get any faster by traveling east from Denver
to Houston. He didnít suddenly figure out how to separate
from defenders. And he wonít be the deep speed threat that
Will Fuller was, the man he will be replacing. In Denver, Thomas
and Emmanuel Sanders saw similar target totals (56 and 65 respectively),
but that wonít be the case in Houston where DeAndre Hopkins
is the clear No. 1.
Steve Schwarz served as the fantasy sports editor of The Sports Network and is the 2014 FSWA Football Writer of the Year.