It was another crazy week around the league. At least the Dolphins lost so Some things remained normal. We are now getting into the heart of the fantasy season. Moves can become more critical. We have a good chunk of information to base decisions on. Now it is up to us to make those decisions in hopes of getting to the playoffs. Because after all, if you don’t get to the playoffs, you can’t win the cash.
So, looking towards building those winning rosters, who are some players to get out from under. And who are those players to grab on the cheap?
Derek Henry| RB| Tennessee Titans
Henry finally got to 100 yards in a game. And it only took him 27 carries to do it. This Titans team is bad. Marcus Mariota is also bad. As much as Tennessee wants to be a running team, it will be tough to do so while trailing in many of their games. Houston and Indianapolis are not playing great. But they are still potentially elite offenses. This means the Titans have to score to keep up. Unfortunately, this means relying on Mariota throwing the ball. There is one thing Derek Henry does not do, catch the ball.
Even in Sunday’s win over the Falcons, Henry only recorded one reception. If the Titans are losing, it could easily become the Dion Lewis show in the backfield. If you can trade Henry now, based on his performance this week it would make sense to do so. It very well may have been the best game he will have this season.
It is going to be tough to get full value for Gurley. He still has knee concerns and his usage has been reduced this season. But this is why you should not have drafted him in the first place. Just saying. Todd Gurley had two touchdowns on Sunday. It came on only five carries. Sure, the Rams were playing from behind. But he still had only six receptions equaling 11 total touches. Not a great touch number from one of the most talented backs in the NFL. The Rams said they wanted to be careful with the work they gave to Gurley and they’ve done just that. With three top 20 wide receivers, they are able to do this and still win. So why would they go back to previous methods? They won’t. Gurley still has name value. He still holds some value to fantasy players. Obviously don’t trade him for nothing. But if you can get a top 20 back in return and maybe a bit more? You should do so now and get out while you can. Who knows when his knee will finally give out? Oh, and don’t forget, C.J. Anderson is available for them to go get again.
The Vikings offense is terrible right now. More accurately, their pass offense is terrible. Kirk Cousins is not looking like a top 15 fantasy quarterback many thought he would be this season. And the fact Minnesota is running the ball at a historically high pace is not helping matters. Even though Stefon Diggs finally had a good game this weekend, it is Adam Thielen who is the receiver to own. Being the slot receiver in a check down heavy offense, Thielen is going to be the consistent contributor to the pass game. No, we should not expect multi-game runs of 100 yards or a touchdown like we saw last season. But there will be games in which this happens. When it comes to Diggs, you may have seen his peak on Sunday. I mean, Diggs kills the Bears and he did so again.
Adam Thielen, usually quiet, called out the offense after the game. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and this could mean an uptick in targets. At least for a while. Oh, and they play the Giants and their outstanding secondary this week. Can you sense my sarcasm in that comment? Good.
Grab Thielen if you can. His owner may be disenchanted over the lack of production he has given as a third-round pick and may be willing to part. If you can trade for him, without overpaying, this is a move to make as the Vikings are going to have to start throwing more if they want to remain competitive in the division. Let alone the NFC.
Last season, Josh Rosen and more so the coaching staff decimated the fantasy value of the weapons in Arizona. With a new offense coming in this season, things were supposed to change. As it turns out, the offensive scheme doesn’t matter without an offensive line. This is why through four games; David Johnson has less then 300 rush yards this season. But he is still one of the premier three-down backs in the NFL. He had 99 receiving yards against Seattle this past Sunday and this should remain steady. The rushing numbers should hopefully increase as the season goes forward and Murray gains more confidence. Once this occurs and added to the receiving yards, Johnson should return to be a top-tier running back. Until then, the work he is receiving keeps him firmly in the top 15. If you can get him for another disappointing player like Joe Mixon you should pull the trigger. And if someone wants him from you? Don’t trade him for less than top 12 value. Otherwise you will be upset come season’s end.