Alright everybody. It’s that time. Grab your fingerless, studded leather gloves, tease your hair out so it looks like you stuck your finger in a light socket and send your red leather jacket through a paper shredder. Yes, we’re gonna rock out to some Billy Idol and listen to the buy low tale of Alfred Morris. But wait, what, huh? How’s a guy who’s performing well – currently a mid-range RB2 in most formats – be close to consideration as a buy low you ask? Well, under the hood there’s some stats. Morris is currently 4th in rushing yards per game (78.7), 8th in total rushing yards (472 with his bye week already passed), tied for second for 20+ yard runs on the year (5) and 4th in yards per attempt (5.2). With all of that, how in the world could he be underrated you ask? Simple: touchdowns. Morris is currently tied with a plethora – word of the day – of guys who are stuck at 3 rushing touchdowns ranging from Brandon Jacobs (yuck sauce) to Kendall Hunter (yes, a backup RB). This whole pile is 1 TD behind Morris’ teammate Roy Helu. You know, the guy who got every rushing TD in the game on Sunday. Three actually. Frustration creates opportunity if you’re ready to seize it. Given the dearth of injuries this last week and the steady nature of The Butler, a ROS RB6 or RB7 is well within sight and this could be your last chance to get in on that. Buy while you still can and let out a little Rebel Yell while you do. In other buy/sell news for 2013 Fantasy Football…
Kendall Wright – Strictly a PPR league call. I’m not telling you I love the guy - I don’t – but there’s something to be said for consistency. He’s had one bad PPR game – week 1 with 2 receptions and 11 yards – but he was gimpy heading into that game. Since, he’s averaged about 5.5 receptions and 70 yards a game. Half-PPR leagues, that’s about 9.5 to 10 points a game and it’s almost been money in the bank. Near the end of the year, having that on your bench when you need a WR that’ll help you out is huge. Again, we’re not talking Josh Gordon break out ability here but sometimes simple and cheap gets you through the week much better especially when it’s on bye and no one is that excited about it to begin with.
T.Y. Hilton – This one feels obvious. And yet, the buzz is about DHB taking over the WR1 role in Indy. I question if the people saying this have actually watched a football game in their lives and are strictly looking at depth charts with that kind of response. DHB stands for ‘Drops His Balls’ and I’m not referring to puberty here. DHB laments like the Rock Biter on about every other pass thrown to him. I’m not saying TY will replicate Wayne’s production but barring any trades I think the consistency will now be there to become a WR2 ROS. Couple that with the Colts being on bye, say TY to the TY owner who trades him to you. Oh and by the by, Lavon Brazill: deep league player of interest now.
Jarrett Boykin – Cobb down and out for quite a while. Jermichael has a bruised spinal cord. James Jones is slowly recovering from a PCL sprain. And Jordy can’t be thrown to on every one of Rodgers’ average 36 attempts a game. You just never know with these kinds of buys. Maybe the Packers grab the reigns of their division early and don’t need Cobb back immediately. Maybe James Jones plays it safe for a few more weeks and Boykin gets a chance to shine. It’s all about opportunity in this game and if Jarrett can seize it, you know what the Packers offense can do. Invest while the price should be fairly low.
Danny Woodhead – Someone asked if they should pick up Woodhead in their ten team league this week. Pick up? Don’t you mean trade for? It’s week 7 and a guy who’s just one spot behind Alfred Morris in standard scoring for running backs in fantasy football is on waivers somewhere? Ok, maybe that’s not the greatest example as we know he’s owned everywhere but you either think he’s going to keep up this solid production or you don’t. And I do think he’s an RB2 ROS at this point given the Chargers and how they’ve used him. And he’s on bye. See if the owner is desperate and needs a play this week and is willing to move him. And before you ask, yes this pretty much applies to all the Chargers that are ownable at this point (Rivers/Mathews/Allen/Gates) to varying degrees. Gotta love bye week crunch trade plays.
Zac Stacy – Too much negativity surrounding the Rams at this point. I get it for the passing game but I think Stacy is a volume play that you can get for peanuts. I don’t expect much from him this week vs the Seahawks but he’s gonna be that RB2 at the end of the year you wished you added when everyone else got scurred. Pull out your big cojones and wave them proudly by getting Stacy.
Brandon Bostick – Deep league alert! It sounds like Finley is going to need surgery and Bostick is what’s described as a true ‘move’ tight end. Hey, if a receiving TE of Aaron Rodgers doesn’t move you, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.
Jacquizz Rodgers – Yeah, it’s obvious. This isn’t even about the SJax return to practice at this point. The kid’s just not that good. Sure he scored you 2 touchdowns last week through the air. But he had 16 yards on 8 carries on the ground. Sixteen is divisible by eight to the tune of 2 yards per carry. Moving forward, I don’t trust his role in the offense. If the poopa-loompa sweetens a deal you’re itching to make, stop scratching and just do it already.
Harry Douglas – Look, I get it. He just went 7/7 on receptions and targets, had a career high in yardage with 149 and a touchdown and has almost zero competition to be a volume-play stud…right? Wrong. He’s still Harry Douglas. If someone wants to pay to play with your Harry D, do it now.
Michael Vick – He’s back as the starter! Hooray! Now sell him like he hasn’t failed you for a couple of weeks before getting hurt. To put this sell to you another way: 25/34/15/13/11/0/0. That’s his output each game this season per ESPN. You noticing the trend? Yeah, ain’t purty. Yes, his run game gives him a nice floor but he hasn’t really hit his ceiling much of late and I don’t think a 34 year old QB who’s coming off a hammy issue is really that good of a get but someone out there might. Exploit it like you’re Madoff…only don’t get arrested and die in jail of course.