This seasonís NFL trade deadline could be more active than
in past seasons as weíve just seen Mohamed Sanu and Emmanuel Sanders traded on Tuesday and at least four other recent trades
as we near the deadline. While it may complicate things, FFToday
will keep you up to date as to the implications of these mid-season
moves. In the meantime, weíre just over the halfway point
of the fantasy regular season, so keep plugging away.
Bye Week - Baltimore and Dallas
“The truth, it is a beautiful and terrible thing, and
should therefore be treated with great caution.” - J.K.
1) Over the past three games, Kirk Cousins is averaging more
fantasy points than Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson.
Fact. Heís No.2 at 29.6 FPts/G including a league-leading
10 TD passes and only Deshaun Watson is in front of him. But I
think heís at the highest point heíll be all season
and this might be a great time to ďsell high.Ē Two
things are working against him for Week 8 Ė the Vikings
are heavy favorites over Washington which means Minnesota will
likely be running the ball a lot against the 23rd-ranked RB fantasy
defense, particularly late. Second, Adam Thielen is very likely
sidelined with a hamstring injury. Thielenís replacement
is Olabisi Johnson. ďWho?Ē is a reasonable response.
2) Donít get too excited about the addition of Sanders,
it wonít make Jimmy-G a fantasy-worthy starter.
True. In the 49ers run-first-play-defense and win strategy, Jimmy
Garoppolo is averaging just 15 fantasy points over the past three
weeks (ranking 29th) and an equally anemic 17.1 for the season.
Sanders isnít that good and wonít make a five-point
per game difference which is what it would take to make Garoppolo
a top-12 starter (22.1 FPts/G).
3) Melvin Gordonís return has ruined multiple Chargers fantasy
Unfortunately true. Melvin owners have seen him produce just
8.8 FPts/G, good enough for 31st at the position. Thatís
not what you expected when you drafted him. Meanwhile, Austin
Ekeler dropped from No.1 earlier this season to ninth over the
past few weeks. And in an effort to get the running game going,
Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen have forgotten each other. Allen
ranks seventh overall for the season, but just 70th over the last
three weekends (10 catches, 112 yards and zero TDs) and Rivers
ranks 13th. Not coincidently the Chargers have lost three in a
4) Trade Lions wideout Marvin Jones immediately.
His value will never be higher and the odds are very good he
wonít give you another big game. Over the past seven years
(89 games) Jones has produced just eight 100-yard receiving games
and six games with two-or-more touchdowns and five of those games
overlapped. Heís not going to give you a repeat performance
this season. What do I always say Ö sell high.
5) Auden Tate is averaging more FPts over the past three games
than Mike Evans, Jarvis Landry and Brandin Cooks.
True. As long as A.J. Green is sidelined Tate is a viable fantasy
option. Iíd like to see him catch a higher percentage of
his targets, however. Heís caught just 22-of-42 for the
season. Three other 42-target receivers around the league (Sanders,
Diggs and Sanu) have caught 30, 30 and 33 balls, respectively.
Up your game Mr. Tate and you will help the 37-percent of fantasy
teams where you are owned, though perhaps not Sunday, because
Cincinnati travels to the west coast to play the Rams.
“Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.”
- Yogi Berra
1) Adam Schefter thinks Tom Brady is leaving the Patriots soon.
His reasoning is flawed, however. Schefter said Bradyís
house is for sale, his trainerís house is for sale and his
contract can be voided after this season. Sorry, but Iím
not buying it. Brady is not going to play for the Jacksonville
Jaguars or the Las Vegas Raiders. But when he retires he will
leave the Boston area for California. Heís a California
kid. He and Gisele will fit there. And it probably takes a lot
longer to sell a $35 million estate in Boston than in California.
So they are getting an early start. Until then, heíll be
a Patriot for the rest of his football life.
P.S. - if Bill Belichick is smart heíll ride into the sunset
alongside his quarterback Ö perhaps if his team goes 19-0
this season after one more ring.
2) Sammy Watkins (19.4 FPts/G) and DeSean Jackson (17.7) are
elite fantasy wide receivers.
False. They have the ability to score big at any time, but they
canít get on the field often enough to be elite. Watkins
has played four of seven games and Jackson just two. Bill Parcells
was famous for saying the most important ability is availability.
Watkins (hamstring) might return in Week 8, but will find the
going tough with backup Matt Moore under center. Jackson (abdomen)
still doesnít have a clear timetable for return and the
Eagles are in complete disarray.
3) Remember in preseason when every pundit said it was Travis
Kelce, Zach Ertz, George Kittle in Tier 1 and then all the rest?
Not so much. For the season Kelce ranks sixth, Kittle seventh
and Ertz ninth. Hunter Henry (18.6 FPts/G), Darren Waller (17.5)
and Austin Hooper (17.5) lead the position. Henry is the one Charger
playing well during the teamís three-game losing streak.
Without Antonio Brown, Waller is the Raiders No. 1 target and
Hooper is dominating while opponents key in on Julio Jones and
4) If losing Kerryon Johnson has left a huge hole in your lineup
there arenít many options at this point but making a trade.
Here are a few options besides trading. Ty Johnson (6-percent
owned) should pick up the early-down work as he did last weekend
where he say 10 carries. J.D. McKissic (2-percent owned) should
be a viable option in PPR leagues as the receiving back for the
Lions. Stafford has always liked throwing to his backs. Remember
how useful Theo Riddick was from 2015-18. Alexander Mattison (25-percent
owned), the backup to Dalvin Cook, could see extensive playing
time in Week 8 if the 14.5-point underdog Redskins play as expected.
Houstonís Duke Johnson is only owned in 62-percent of all
5) There is nothing out there to help you through disappointing
play from the likes of Jared Goff and Carson Wentz or bye week
quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott.
Three of the most generous defenses to opposing quarterbacks
could help make your Week 8 lineup selection easier. The Steelers
Mason Rudolph (7-percent owned) has cleared concussion protocol
and gets the 30th-ranked Miami Dolphins Swiss cheese pass defense.
The Dolphins have allowed 16 touchdown passes and intercepted
just one ball all season. Mason threw two touchdown passes in
each of the two full games he played (San Francisco and Cincinnati).
Teddy Bridgewater (18-percent owned) goes up against the 29th-ranked
Arizona Cardinals who have allowed 17 touchdown passes and picked
off one pass. Bridgewater has seven TD passes in the last three
games as heís grown into the job of leading the Saints in
Breesí absence which should last one more game. Finally,
Tennesseeís Ryan Tannehill (6-percent owned) faces off against
Tampa Bay who is ranked 28th against opposing quarterbacks. Heís
coming off a 312-yard, two-touchdown games versus the Chargers.