Hey, we weren’t last this week! But there is still a lot of work to be done. Sitting in 8th place (out of 8) after 4 weeks may require some drastic changes. Because this is a total points league and not weekly head to head, my plan is to treat this team like a daily fantasy tournament lineup. A consistent floor won’t get KJ where he wants to be, so we need to be shooting for upside to make up some ground. What we’re looking for is weekly waiver fill-ins who should get touches in high scoring games and hope for the best. If it crashes, well KJ is no worse for the wear.
Week 5 offers a few opportunities to add players on teams that have top 10 implied point totals such as Cincinnati and San Francisco. Players specifically in the Arizona/Cincinnati game are appealing as both teams play fast and have bad defenses. Good thing KJ already has Tyler Boyd.
Week 4 points – 227.95 (7th)
Total Points – 929.93 (8th)
Trial and Error
Looking at last week’s moves some were hits, but one regret stands out:
One step forward, one step back. DW 2.0 was great but Samuels is now someone who should be rostered after the Steelers got creative and gave Samuels 21 opportunities and he piled up 114 total yards and a score.
Perhaps we dropped Mayfield too soon, and certainly Jones was not the right substitute despite a jackpot matchup. For the record the good doctor recommended Jameis Winston who went HAM for 30 points.
Both players are “whatever”. Although Williams is looking like he’ll miss time after a vicious hit on Thursday night.
Damon Harrison ⇒ John Ross III
KJ picked up Ross after he was dropped, which was smart, although now he’s injured for at least a month and can probably be dropped again.
You Could Stand To Lose A Few
There are a few Week 5 matchups that should be avoided and some injured players we’re going to have to cut loose. Because of the short, 4 man bench I recommend just cutting most of these players for better options that fit the needs of this team.
Take These and Call Me in the Morning
Jameis Winston and Jimmy Garropolo
- Winston looks to have figured it out and gets a matchup against the 2nd most QB friendly defense.
- JGQ is a play based on a top 10 point total, and at least better than the matchups Daniel Jones and Josh Allen have.
UPDATE – got both!
- Deebo is part of a top 10 team for projected points and is JG’s most targeted reciever.
- Allison should inherit targets with Adams sidelined. Dallas is not a particularly great matchup but I think that this game has shootout potential.
- Johnson is matching JuJu’s targets since Rudolph took over, and so far producing JJSS.
- Tate should act as the Bengals WR2 now that John Ross is out. This is a game worth targeting for upside plays and an Auden Tate/ Tyler Boyd stack would be exciting.
UPDATE – Got Deebo. Geronimo was taken. KJ hates the Bengals offense (I can’t blame him) so no go on Tate.
- Nyheim Hines is the ultimate upside play in a game where the Colts are projected to be trailing all game. He just racked up 6 catches for 39 yards against the Raiders. Those numbers don’t pop, but that was with a healthy Marlon Mack. With Mack hobbled and this game flow I think Hines could see double digit targets. If he slips into the endzone that would make for a great FLEX day.
- Jaylen Samuels just saw 21 touches on Monday Night Football. He ran point in a wildcat formation, shovel “passing” 3 times and lining up all over the field. It is difficult to know if this was an anomaly or a new offensive philosophy. It’s worth having Samuels to find out.
- Duke in a top 4 offense this week and his game matches up well with what Atlanta historically doesn’t do well, which is cover RBs out of the backfield. This year, however, the Falcons are not yielding so many points to passing backs because they are just getting routed by opposing receivers. Duke still seems like a decent upside play in a high scoring game with poor defensive play on both sides.
UPDATE – Landed Samuels and Hines.
- Watson returning from suspension gives the Patriots a NFL caliber TE for the first time this season. I don’t really claim to know what to expect but I think I would rather have him than Jason Witten’s 6.3 yard average depth of target.
- Graham is at least interesting coming off a 9 target outing. With Adams sidelined in what could be a shootout I think KJ could do worse.
- Eifert has no made much noise yet but it’s commonly known the Cardinals don’t even bother to guard the TE position. He has caught a TD this season and caught 11 balls in 4 games. Again, that’s nothing special but he’s being used and it’s the Cardinals.
UPDATE – Graham was taken. We’ll roll with Witten and Knox.
Don’t Get So Defensive!
Linebacker – The lifeblood of IDP is an every down linebacker who can rack up tackles, pass deflections and an occasional interception. One player I think KJ can stand to cut is Cole Holcomb who hasn’t played 70% of snaps since week 2. One replacement would be David Mayo who steps into an opportunity for snaps due to injuries on the Giants. This week is a good matchup as well as Minnesota allows 15 solo tackles to linebackers with their run heavy scheme.
Defensive Line – We’ve got some holes to fill along the DL this week due to byes as a DE and DT spot are open. Carlos Dunlap is available and jumps off the page going up against a Cardinals line that has allowed the most sacks in the NFL. He should be a fine choice to wreak havoc on the field and in our lineup. This league has a DT specific spot so we’d be looking for run stuffers that can rack up tackles. This is a low scoring position, but we have to start someone and will go with Sheldon Richardson. He’s safe to produce about 5 fantasy points which will play.
I actually feel pretty good about this weeks lineup. Any time you’re attempting a run from the bottom to the top some lucky breaks need to fall for you. KJ is set up with some upside plays and should make up some points in week 5.
Changes to the starting lineup will be switching out the QBs, obviously adding Le’Veon Bell back in, and a likely FLEX trio of Hines, Johnson, and Darrel Williams. If KC is healthy and DW looks to be in a 3 man committee this weekend, I would sub in Deebo Samuel. Jaylen would probably get in over Hines if Conner (knee) is ruled out. With mid-week injuries seeming to pop up like never before, it’s good to have options.
For those that have been with Fantasy 911 since the beginning, our dear friends P&E are 2-1 after winning in week 4 and now officially can plug in MGIII this week. That squad is happy and healthy at the season’s quarter pole.
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