Ahhhhh Fantasy Football, how I loathe you. Gentlemen and four ladies, we’re living in a world where Larry Fitzgerald, Dion Lewis, and Tyrod Taylor have more points than early rounders like DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy, and the bane of my existence, C.J. Anderson. Speaking of Crunk Juice Anderson, can I vent for a minute? I can? Thanks! So I’ve been playing in a league with some of my former co-workers for about nine years now. [Jay’s Note: This sounds familiar, almost as if I’ve read about this somewhere…] Over the years, the league has developed into a 14 team 0.5 ppr league with two keepers that can only be kept for a single year. For the first time in the league’s history, I missed the playoffs last year. Mostly due to a costly oversight on my part where I let Marshawn Lynch go as a first-round keeper for lesser players I perceived to be “better value”. Coming into this season, I found myself in a seemingly “better” situation with C.J. Anderson essentially free as a last-round keeper. I built a rather formidable squad on paper around Anderson drafting Antonio Brown, Peyton Manning, Jimmy Graham, and Lamar Miller. Not bad right? Well I’m 0-3, and the laughing stock of the league once again. Damn you Crunk Juice! Now, I’m not going to say all of those aforementioned lads are without fault this season, but none of them have sucked quite as bad as Anderson. So here’s the question I’ll pose for today: When is it time to move on from a player you heavily invested in? I’m not there yet with Anderson, but Ronnie Hillman is sitting on my bench and I wouldn’t be upset if Anderson missed a few games with an injury. Not wishing it on the guy, but it would make it easier to move on. Right? Anyway, we got byes this week and you might need to fill in a few spots, or maybe you own a sh*tbird or two you’re looking to dump. Well, not to worry, I have plenty of suggestions to fill your voids. Wait… what?
Karlos Williams (Yahoo 28% owned – ESPN 24% owned) – With the news that LeSean McCoy could potentially miss next week’s clash with the Giants, Karlos “the jackal” looks ready to explode onto the scene. McCoy’s still feeling the effects of his pre-season hamstring injury, and it’s almost a certainty that Williams will see an uptick in usage this week regardless of McCoy’s status. Over the first three weeks Williams has been far from a typical backup. Scoring double digit points and finding the endzone in each game. In fact, Williams currently ranks as the eleventh overall RB in our RCL formats. Expect Williams to be the most added player this week.
Michael Vick (Yahoo 3% owned – ESPN .6% owned) – PETA’s going to be busy the next couple of weeks. I guess it’s a pick your poison as a Steelers fan, cheer on a rapist or a convicted dog killer. The choice is yours! The Steelers kickoff the Week 4 slate as the winless Ravens and their whiny b*tch of coach come to town. I can’t tell you what this Vick-led Steelers offense will look like the next couple of weeks, but it’s safe to say this is the best situation Vick has had in quite some time. Defiantly worth a stream as a one week replacement for a Brady or any of the other injured signal callers.
Antonio Andrews (Yahoo 1% owned – ESPN .1% owned) – Out-touched Bishop Sankey 13-7, and looks like he could be a solid grab and stash as the Titans head into the bye. More of a target in deeper formats but isn’t a bad add if you’re looking for running back depth. I wouldn’t expect a ton going forward as the Tennessee offense is rather blah with a double side of meh.
Thomas Rawls (Yahoo 4% owned – ESPN .4% owned) – Do you own Beast Mode? Are you nervous about his balky hamstring and worried he could miss some time? Then go grab Rawls you knucklehead! I can’t say for sure if he’s related to Lou, or if Lou’s ghost does in fact go through the vocal booth walls. But I can say he did gain 104 yards on 16 carries, and looked capable of filling in for the man who’s here just so he won’t get fined. Keep an eye on Lynch’s status and add Rawls while you’re at it. If Lynch is inactive, get Rawls in all of your FanDuel lineups.
Alfred Blue (Yahoo 24% owned – ESPN 40.2% owned) – With Arian Foster’s Week 4 status still very much up in the air, it may not be such a bad idea to go back to the well again this week with Blue. After two poor weeks, Blue had been largely forgotten by fantasy players. So in what’s becoming an alarmingly all too familiar trend this season, Blue went off for 139 yards and a TD on 31 carries. This week Blue and the Texans face an Atlanta run defense that was continually abused by the Cowboys last week. I wouldn’t expect 140 yards and a TD again but 75-100 and a score is likely. Especially if Blue once again sees that volume of carries. Go ahead say it… You’re my boy Blue!
Marvin Jones (Yahoo 22% owned – ESPN 19.5% owned) – Over the past two weeks Jones has seen his role in the Bengals offense expanded seeing target totals of 5 and 8 respectively. After missing the entirety of the 2014 season, Jones is back and easily regaining the WR3 tag he wore in 2013. Right now, the Bungals offense is moving the needle and it’s worth owning any of the Red Rocket’s targets. Even if that bastard son of a motherless goat Tyler Eifert put up a putrid goose egg.
Lance Dunbar (Yahoo 17% owned – ESPN 13.2% owned) – Well It looks like Brandon Weeden is now to be known as Captain Checkdown king of the Fairy People. Hitting Dunbar on all 10 passing attempts that went Lance’s direction. To be fair Dunbar was split out wide a few times as a receiver so it wasn’t all screen passes, but that’s besides the point. Until Romo returns late in the season, Dunbar could be a PPR maven in the form of Weeden’s safety valve (or corroborator?).