It as yet another strange and sometimes frustrating week for fantasy footballers. I have read several testimonies of close losses due to injuries (Rodgers, Winston), or benching the wrong players (Peterson, Henry). I am right there with you after watching my QB Winston jog on the sideline for a half and losing my game by 3 points! Enough about my team though. Who thinks AP keeps it going? Let’s talk about that and more in this week’s Buy Low, Sell High.
Big Ben has mostly underperformed this season but if you just lost Aaron Rodgers, Ben might be just what you need. He faces a Bengals team that he has owned, going 8-1 against them since 2014. After that, he faces the Lions and Colts in their respective dome stadiums, then a poor Tennessee secondary, and then a weak group in Green Bay who just lost their starting QB. If you need injury relief or a flat streamer, Big Ben provides big upside over the next month.
Deshaun Watson is currently QB3 and offering a solid floor with his rushing ability. I suggest selling him for scheduling reasons. He faces a Seattle secondary that has a way of lowering the upside of any quarterback. Also, take a look at his playoff schedule for your potential championship round. If you play a 2-week round he will have Jacksonville and Pittsburgh. Those two defenses are top-5 in points allowed to opposing QBs. I don’t think Watson’s value will be higher than it is right now. If you play in a 1- quarterback league, see what someone will pay for the electric rookie.
All-Day went off on Sunday. If you watched him run, you saw an elusive and powerful back. He does not have the break-away speed that he once did, but still gets to the second level and is a load to bring down. His offensive line is not among the league’s best, but Peterson should see plenty of light boxes with the bevy of weapons in the Arizona passing attack. Peterson faces some middle-of-the-road defenses over the next several weeks and as evidenced by zero touches for Andre Ellington, the Cards fully intend to give Peterson the full workload.
The Giants RB ripped off more yards than Zeke Elliot, LeSean McCoy, and Melvin Gordon combined against the Denver defense. Was it a fluke? Maybe. Darkwa did not rip off any huge runs but was effective throughout the game. After Seattle and a bye, The Giants face the bottom two defenses in the league against opposing runners. Darkwa may be a flash in the pan but 2 plus matchups should certainly put him on your radar.
Teams have begun to figure out what makes the Rams offense work. Todd Gurley has been limited to just 3 receptions over the last 2 weeks and faces a top 10 run-defense in 5 of his next 7 games. Gurley has undoubtedly been a huge asset to your team thus far and I suggest using him to find another one. The volume will be there so there is a good floor but the upside is lower than expected due to the matchups.
Ingram is going to offer a nice floor especially in PPR leagues but consider the fact that Alvin Kamara is a younger and is also a complete back. Ingram had a season-high point total last week due to an unusually strong performance by the Saints’ defense and found the end zone for the first time. The touches in the backfield will continue to be split and if the Saints continue to get into shootouts, Kamara is going to be a bigger factor. Be reminded of Ingram’s extensive injury history as he has missed 18 games in his 7-year career.
What has happened to this guy? After improvements in each of his first two seasons, Cooper has been an absolute dud to this point. Cooper now has a healthy Derek Carr and with a favorable matchup at home this Thursday, things should level out. He is too talented and his price is as low as dirt. There won’t be a guy with as much upside on the waiver wire so make an offer and see what happens.
With injuries to OBJ and Brandon Marshall, Shepard should benefit the most. Evan Engram has garnered at least 8 targets in all but one game this season and hs having success. Sterling Shepard has made a living roaming the middle of the field and that’s where the openings are going to be in this offense with Engram as the focal point. Quick timing routes and pick plays are tailor-made for Shepard and this makes the second-year stud a must-have in PPR formats.
The 2nd-year wideout is on an amazing tear. He has almost as many TDs as catches and has become a viable deep threat in Bill O’Brian’s pass-oriented offense. His totals are simply unsustainable and someone in your league who is desperate for receiver help may be willing to make you a deal. Fuller has the speed but he has very low floor to go with that high ceiling.
The loss of Aaron Rodgers hurts all Packer wide receivers but I chose Nelson because of the long-standing chemistry with Rodgers. Nelson has been one of the most targeted red-zone wide receivers in the league due to his hands and the pinpoint accuracy of Rodgers. New signal-caller Brett Hundley will surely regress from that trend and lean more on the Montgomery/Jones combination. Nelson has a proven track record and can currently command a good price. Use this and move him before Hundley’s play makes that impossible.
I hope you are able to turn some trades that bring your team closer to a league title! Please check thefantasyauthority.com each and every week for all your fantasy needs. These men and women know their stuff! Hit me up with your questions regarding trades, adds and drops, or anything else on Twitter, @Sparkman386. Good luck in Week 7!