I really wish Devonta’s last name was Soulman. I’m a soul man would have been a much better title and then I could have linked you to a Youtube clip from the movie. Oh there’s a song too? I guess I could provide a link to that as well. Here’s week three’s team.
Last week’s team combined for 201.84 points. Even that monster performance would fall short of this week’s selections. This group of waiver wire fodder has joined forces to score 211.42 points. Man… I need a freaking time machine so that I can get a hold of these posts a week early. Anyone have any leads on a flux capacitor?
Andy Dalton – When a player makes this list twice in the first three weeks it’s time to take notice. After week one I said that Dalton deserves to remain on the waiver wire. I’m starting to have a change of heart. I like what I’m seeing in WKRP in Cincinnati and I think Dalton is a top 12 fantasy quarterback. You know what that means? He should be owned. If you own Big Ben (Parliament) and Andy is on your wire, you best be getting your waiver claim in. Last week he led the league with 383 yards and 3 touchdowns. He even ran one in. Only Aaron Rodgers threw for more touchdowns.
Devonta Freeman – If Freeman is on the wire in your league, please send me an invite next season. And if I don’t get any invites I know that some of you are lying because Freeman is unowned in about 37% of leagues. I estimate that I have approximately 20 readers. 37% of 20 is 7.4 readers. If I round down that means I should receive seven invites. Back to Devonta. How does 141 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns sound? Not enough? How about 5 receptions and 52 yards receiving? As they say in New Hampshire, live free or die!
Chris Johnson – Six years ago Johnson rushed for 2006 yards, earning the nickname CJ2K. It’s been downhill since then. After last season he should have been renamed CJ600. On 22 attempts he rushed for 110 yards and found the end zone twice. He also had a catch for 40 yards. I don’t trust him, and his opportunities should be short lived with Andre Ellington set to return soon. And let’s not forget about David Johnson. If you have free space on your roster it might not hurt to stash him with Ellington’s injury history, but otherwise I’m don’t expect him to be reliable enough to start unless you absolutely have to.
Rishard Matthews – This week he had 6 receptions for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. That makes 3 touchdowns in 3 games. When a player is averaging a touchdown a game, it’s necessary to take notice. It seems as if Matthews has jumped ahead of DeVante Parker as the number two target in Miami and I think Tannehill has yet to get going. Once he does, I expect a boost to all Dolphin receivers.
Rueben Randle – With only 14 targets in the first three games Randle is averaging just under 5 targets per game. With Victor Cruz set to return, I don’t see that number growing. Even if it remains steady, those aren’t quite numbers that make we want to own him. He did put up nice numbers this week, 7 catches for 116 yards and a TD, but the touchdown was a 41-yard catch that kinda happened to end up in his hands. Take that away and you’re looking at a 6 catch, 75 yard game. I’ve got a handle on Randle and I’m letting go.
Gary Barnidge – Nice game, but no thank you. Like Randle, Barnidge had one big play, a 40-yard touchdown, that made his day. Without that catch his line would have been 5 catches for 75 yards. I need a few weeks of those stats before I consider adding him to my watch list.
Marvin Jones – Jones is averaging just 5 receptions and 50 yards through the first three games. Those numbers do not jump out at me. However, as I mentioned when discussing Dalton, I like what is going on in Cincy. I’m not rushing out to grab Marvin, but if you’re starvin for receivers, you could take a flyer. I just wouldn’t have high expectations. Unless, of course, you’re hanging with Josh Gordon.
Josh Brown – What can Brown do for you? Not much more than a lot of other kickers in the league. I think trying to pick the right kicker is a complicated science. Just pick one on a team you expect to score a lot of points and be done with it.
Vikings DST – I take defense one week at a time.
And here’s the team I’m sure everyone of you would have loved to put out there last week. I’m sure you know how that move would have turned out.