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Signing the Waiver
By Joshua B, aka Generallyaware
This time of the season most fantasy owners are just trying to keep their head above the water. Just trying to field a decent starting lineup amid all the Bye weeks and injuries. The depth you built in the first 6 weeks through trades and waivers will really start to show.
But sometimes there’s no avoiding four or five of your starters having the same Bye week. Sometimes the injuries add up.
It’s for weeks like this that I write this column and I hope you all have gotten some use out of it. I am pretty confident in this week’s Deep Starts and hope they serve you well.
Brandon Coleman, WR New Orleans vs Tampa Bay
Sunday 11/5 @ New Orleans at 1:00pm
Really excited to pick this guy. I’ve been high on him in deep leagues since before the season and I was upset with myself that I missed his Week 2 breakout against the Patriots. He’s been putting up decent numbers all season with a lot of touchdowns.
This is a start your Saints matchup. The Tampa Bay defense has struggled all season. And the Saints and Brees are at home.
- Weak TB passing defense
- Consistent opportunity for Coleman
Ben Watson, TE Baltimore vs Tennessee
Sunday 11/5 @ Tennessee at 1:00pm
While Tennessee’s season long numbers versus Tight Ends aren’t the worst, they have been vulnerable lately giving up production to Doyle and Cleveland’s trio of TEs.
The Ravens are struggling on offense, Flacco got knocked around last week and I think he reverts to his comfort blanket Tight End: Ben Watson.
- Weakness to TEs has been exposed recently.
- Raven offense gives TE high usage.
- We know Ben is capable.
Brice Butler, WR Dallas vs Kansas City
Sunday 11/5 @ Dallas at 4:25pm
Kansas City has had a reputation for stout defenses, but you can throw that out the window lately. To this point this season the Chiefs have given up the second most PPR points per a game. While much of that is their 3rd most yards allowed to wide receivers, it’s mostly their league most 13 touchdowns allowed. And it’s not like they have given up the most receptions (8th) either, so that speaks to how they are prone to the big play.
High efficiency on low targets? Chunk plays and touchdowns?
That’s Brice Butler to the T. I made this pick thinking Elliott would be out and the Cowboys would be relying on the passing game more, but as I am finishing this article we have learned that Zeke will be playing week 9. But I’m sticking with the pick, as I don’t think this hurts Butler all that much, if anything Zeke will draw attention away from Butler.
The Cowboys know they will be without Zeke before long, and they will need to get Butler, a better pass catcher than Terrence Williams, more involved.
- KC is vulnerable to big plays and touchdowns.
- Butler has been the better WR2 in Dallas when given opportunity.
- Zeke demands attention to open up big play.
I don’t really do quarterbacks much as this is largely a flex start column, but with the Watson injury I thought I’d share my thoughts on a couple:
Taylor played Thursday and had a great game, so this is a bit late, but don’t doubt it. If you need a second QB don’t hesitate to grab Tyrod.
Bortles has a dream schedule after this week.
Chargers, Browns, Cardinals, Colts, Seahawks, Texans, 49ers (Ten wk 17).
Don’t be afraid to Bortle your way to the playoffs. He’s got Dede Westbrook coming back which may help him return to 2015 form when Hurns was making big plays.
Kittle was almost a Deep Start pick, but I just can’t trust Beatheard. Maybe not for this week, but you want Kittle on your bench going forward if you have a question about your TE slot.
High risk high reward option here. In a league where my only active RBs are Montgomery, Breida and Washington….I’m starting Deandre with some real hope. He showed up well in Lynch’s absence and Lynch is doing nothing on the field or off it to really demand bellcow work. Think there’s opportunity for the other backs, but it may simply be Richard instead.
Week 8 Review
Tre McBride 12.2pts
If you started McBride as a flex this week you are likely very pleased. He had a 45 yard reception on the second drive and then two more later to add up to 92 yards on 3 catches. He definitely has room to grow and improve with Trubisky.
- Still a vulnerable secondary CORRECT Even though Trubisky didn’t look great.
- Game script will demand a passing game CORRECT 32 Attempts by Trubisky
- McBride being targeted deep by Trubisky when he’s allowed to air it out. CORRECT
D’Onta Foreman No Points
Both the coaches and Foreman have said that Foreman leaving practice in protest of owner Bob McNair’s comments had nothing to do with Foreman not seeing the field until the 3rd and never getting a carry or target.
What else would you expect Foreman to say?
Bennie Fowler III 5.5pts
A dropped touchdown is the difference between me ripping Fowler for a terrible night, and me bragging about a great pick. Fact is this wasn’t my bold pick, that was McBride. This was supposed to be the safe pick and he disappointed.
Fowler simply didn’t look good except for one short catch and run in the second half. And his quarterback isn’t going to help him out in Denver. You can drop him now.
- Chiefs giving up the 2nd most PPR points per a game to receivers. CORRECT Well it is…
- Sanders is still out and Fowler still the WR2 CORRECT
Honorable Mention Review
None of them flashed, but none of them killed you either.
- Jared Cook 9.7pts
- Tyler Kroft 9.6pts
- Nick O’Leary 7.1pts
- Brandon Lafell 8.4pts
- Case Keenum 17.5
I’ll Just Leave This Here
- Listen, no one actually knows what Ty Montgomery’s usage will be. He’s 4 weeks out from his rib injury. Three weeks is a common recovery time for broken ribs and basing assumptions on his future usage on the game before their Bye, on the game three weeks after his injury, is a bit presumptive. I like Aaron Jones, returning readers know this. But that doesn’t mean we know he is taking over that backfield. I still see Ty Montgomery as a having a floor similar to Duke Johnson or James White going forward.
- Please don’t veto trades. As long as both players are trying to improve their team and they are not colluding to disproportionately improve one team without question, or the trade is being paid for by something outside of fantasy football, just don’t vote no. I understand those are difficult things to prove, that’s fine. Just don’t play Fantasy Football with people you don’t trust.
- *whisper* Psst…hey…play Sammy Watkins.
- Last week the Colts had success against the Bengal defense, which forced Dalton to throw the ball and have a decent day. That was about a best case scenario for Dalton and he still only managed 18.7pts. I’ll double down against him this week with Eli, Goff, Brissett, Bortles, and even Stanton. Not only is Dalton not good, but AJ Green has to face off against Jalen Ramsey. Rambo himself. If you have another top 30 WR to start instead of AJ you might consider it.
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