For the past 13 weeks, I have presented you with fantasy football lineups that your league mates might set for you if you got drunk, passed out, and left your laptop open and logged in. While some were fitting you for a roman soldier helmet, others were laughing it up as they picked some of the shittiest options available for your lineup and changed your team name to something terribly immature. Well here’s another such group of players that appear to be a guaranteed one-way ticket to last place. But once again the joke’s on them as this lineup combined for 214.42 points in Yahoo! half point leagues and undoubtedly would have won any head-to-head match up.
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick (39.32)
RB: Tre Mason (35.90)
RB: Roy Helu Jr. (14.60)
WR: Donte Moncrief (27.50)
WR: Kenny Stills (24.70)
TE: Jordan Reed (16.80)
FL: Eddie Royal (16.60)
K: Connor Barth (17.00)
DST: Jacksonville Jaguars (22.00)
At this point in the season are any of these players actually worth rostering? You betcha!
You might be saying “what the funk is Tre Mason doing on this list”? Well, he is only owned in approximately 71% of Yahoo! leagues. Here’s what I will say about that. Before last week, that ownership percentage sounds about right as Mason was averaging 64 yards per game and had only scored 1 touchdown in those 7 games. Everything changed this week as Mason carried the ball 14 times for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns, adding another 47 yards and a TD in the air. With the fantasy playoffs about to begin Mason might not be a guy you plan to start, but it’s advisable to at least get him on your bench and, at a minimum, keep your opponent from having the option of starting him against you.
Jordan Reed tied his career high with 9 catches on Sunday. How about this coincidence. Colt McCoy has a history of favoring his tight ends. Nearly 30% of his 792 career pass attempts have been targeted for a tight end. The biggest concern with Reed however is his health. But if he can stay on the field I like his chances of being a fantasy asset down the stretch. Especially in PPR leagues.
What do you get when you combine a Pittsburgh Penguin, a New Orleans Saint, a Los Angeles Laker and the pitcher with the most wins in the history of Major League Baseball? Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young! There has been a fair amount of chatter about Kenny Stills in the past 2 weeks. With Brandin Cooks out of the picture, Stills has shined. Over the past 3 weeks he has 17 receptions for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns. The high powered Saints offense faces 4 teams in the bottom third of the league with respect to fantasy points given up to wide receivers.
Congratulations if you’ve made it to the playoffs. If you haven’t, but are still reading this post, thanks. Now it’s time to win the championships. Most likely you don’t need any of these players, but they might make a nice insurance policy on your bench should one of your mainstays falter or get injured. Good luck!