The stars keep falling for me in fantasy sports.
This week it was Odell Beckham’s pedestrian five catches for 38 yards. Week 2, Jeremy Hill .6! In Week 1 Dez Bryant 5-48. On the opposite end of things most of my filler players have been on point. It kicked off in the opening weekend with Austin-Seferian Jenkins and Steve Johnson. Followed by Donte Moncrief in Week 2, Chris Johnson in Week 3 and finally Martellus Bennett (although many jumped on him after all the media blitz and “Raiders can’t cover tight ends” made it to the masses) last Sunday.
I sit 7,426 out of 172,413 at press time on FanDuel’s $150K Sun NFL Squib. I need one more filler to come through – Seattle’s Thomas Rawls. With a great performance I could move up but you’ll know how Rawls did by the time this gets printed.
As the season moves along it’s time to start monitoring guys just outside of the mainstream. As an example, owners have been rewarded the past two weeks with Devonta Freeman benefiting from back-to-back 35-plus point games. Part injury and part opportunity made his explosion possible. He was not regarded as one of the top running backs in fantasy but his salary has risen to that level. So who will be the next Freeman at RB? Who are some WR’s to keep your eye on?
One of my preseason favorites, rookie Todd Gurley, broke out against Arizona for 146 yards. I was a week early in the paper but make use of this dynamo before he reaches LeVeon Bell prices.
Washington’s Chris Thompson has surprisingly carved out a role for himself in the Redskins offense and could be in line for more work if rookie Matt Jones falls out of favor with the coaches.
For wide receivers, keep your eye on Willie Snead of New Orleans who went from an afterthought to all of a sudden being second in targets last Sunday behind Brandon Cooks. Preseason and Week 1 hype was on Brandon Coleman but Snead could be worth a shot the next couple weeks with Brees getting comfortable with him. Look out for Chicago’s Eddie Royal to do something now that Jay Cutler is back. He had 10 targets last Sunday.
LeVeon Bell, RB, Pit (FD $9,000; DK $8,500): Right now there is no one better at running back. A guy I work with compared him to a hybrid of Barry Sanders and LaDainian Tomlinson. That’s a bold statement but one Bell looks likely to live up to. Projection: 23-145-2.
Diamonds in the Rough
Willie Snead, WR, NO (FD $5,300; DK $3,000): As I said above, Brees is starting to trust Snead and that’s what I look for in QB-WR tandem; targets should come Snead’s way aplenty in Philadelphia. Projection: 7-81-1.
Antonio Andrews, RB, Ten (FD $5,600; DK $3,500): Before the bye week, Andrews was finally healthy and shockingly jumped right into the flow of the Titans backfield. Maybe Ken Whisenhunt realized what I did in the preseason, the Tennessee backfield isn’t good. Projection: 13 carries, 64 yards, TD.