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Ben Hogan's Fantasy Philanthropy 9/16
by Ben Hogan,posted Sep 16 2014 8:39PM
Fantasy Football Tuesday Tidbits
by Ben Hogan
Well, Week 2 in the NFL proved that we know nothing about Fantasy Football after just one week. It was also a tumultuous two weeks for the NFL for stuff off the field as we saw Ray Rice get an indefinite suspension from the league and Adrian Peterson turn himself in to authorities in Texas on child abuse charges. I am not going to get into all of that, but rather give you guys to pick up off the waiver wire to help achieve success in Week 3 and beyond.
DISCLAIMER: If you are 0-2 and you have some key guys go down, do not give up, plenty of
season left and there are always guys that come out of nowhere to finish as a Top-10 fantasy
Now, to the picks.
Pluck and Play
These are guys that are the cure for your guys that may be out a week or two, but should not be counted on to make an impact all season long.
● Knile Davis - Chiefs
If the guy in your league did not handcuff Davis to Jamaal Charles and he is on the waiver wire, he needs to be your number one target. Charles is dealing with a high ankle sprain, which is an injury that could linger all season, but will at least keep him out a game or two. Insert Davis. He came into the game after Charles went down and rushed for 79 yards and 2 TDs; last season he started Week 17 in place of Charles and had 2 TDs as well. I am not guaranteeing 2 TDs for Davis, but he will be the guy in KC as long as Charles is out, so get him now if you can.
● Kirk Cousins - Redskins
It is the moment that everyone expected to happen eventually, but it wasn’t the way everyone expected and that is RGIII went down with an injury… without contact. Yes, RGIII may not be out for the whole season, but Cousins has shined every time he has stepped in to replace Griffin. He is a serviceable QB and with bye weeks starting next week, he is a guy you need to go ahead and pick up.
● Streaming Defense of the Week - Texans D/ST vs NYG
Others: Khiry Robinson - Saints; Donald Brown - Chargers; Niles Paul - Redskins
It seems every week, whether due to injuries, off-the-field incidents, or just playing better than the guy in front of them, there are two or three guys worth picking up off the waiver wire that could be season savers.
● Ahmad Bradshaw - Colts
In a league that uses and gets rid of running backs so frequently, it’s strange to be writing about Bradshaw because this is a guy that a lot of folks thought was done. But, after two weeks, he looks like the Colts’ best option in the backfield. Plus,with Trent Richardson fumbling twice on Monday Night Football Richardson’s leash is getting shorter and shorter, which should increase
● James Jones - Raiders
It may in fact be true that the Oakland Raiders are the worst team in the NFL, but Jones is certainly a guy you need to look at if you need help at the receiver position. Jones is just two years removed from leading the league in touchdown receptions. While Derek Carr is certainly no Aaron Rodgers, Carr has found a favorite target in Jones, who already has a hundred yard game and 2 TDs this season. Couple that with Rod Streater being hampered by an injury and James Jones could post big numbers for a bad team that will be playing catch-up in most games.
Others: Davante Adams - Packers; Travis Kelce - Chiefs
All of these guys below are players that have underwhelmed so far this season and if you need to pick up somebody else, feel free to drop these guys.
● Ladarius Green - Chargers
This is a guy that I was really high on coming into the season because I was banking on Antonio Gates being in and out of lineups with injuries. Instead, Gates is catching 3 TDs in a game and Green is not getting any looks. Cut him now and prepare for bye weeks with better options.
● Jake Locker - Titans
Maybe he bounces back after an abysmal performance against the terrible Cowboys defense, but in the end, it’s what you are going to get. Good week and then a bad week, inconsistency is the name of the game with Locker and if you have the patience to deal with it, then props to you;
but me, I’m looking for other options.
Others: James Starks - Packers; Danny Amendola - Patriots
Predicting which running back is going to get the majority of the carries in a timeshare can be tough, so let me figure it out for you. Each week I will break down 2 running backs by committee.
● Buffalo Bills - Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller
The 2-0 Buffalo Bills have a good problem on their hands, but for fantasy owners it can be rather frustrating. While the Bills have no problem switching these guys in and out, you are not so lucky. I wouldn’t be alarmed with the drop in touches for Jackson from Week 1 to Week 2, but Spiller is the #1 guy. I would use Jackson as a Flex/bye week replacement, whereas with Spiller I would keep him in my lineup every week.
● New England Patriots - Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen
This is probably the most frustrating backfield battle for fantasy owners because in Week 1, Vereen was used prominently in the passing game as he had five receptions for 35 yards and even recorded a TD on the ground. As for Ridley, he carried the ball only eight times on the ground. Move ahead to Week 2, Vereen wasn’t used that much and Ridley carried it 25 times because that is the way the game went for New England. I would put more stock in Vereen for the season, but in the end it really is a guessing game in New England and start em if you got em, but if you don’t, be happy you don’t have to ponder over the decision.
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