Time To Worry About Ty Montgomery, Aaron Jones Is Taking Over

Before the 2017 regular season began, I was as high on Ty Montgomery’s first full season as a running back as anyone. You can check back to my article here, where I say not to worry about him even after some preseason injury scares. I was so confident, I made sure I drafted him in as many leagues as possible (four out of five to be exact).

My assumptions that Montgomery would be a fantasy star were spot on to start the season, but with seven weeks in the books, he has just about hit rock bottom due to injuries and the rise of yet another rookie running back, Aaron Jones. The Packers need to lean on a running back with the loss of Aaron Rodgers and Jones has looked like the running back to carry the burden. While it pains me to say it, I believe it may soon be time to wave goodbye to what could’ve and very well should’ve been a quality fantasy running back.

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Waiver Wire: Week 8

Thankfully, there are no major injuries heading into Week 8. Outside of a Marshawn Lynch suspension, it’s another quiet week on the waiver wire, but there are still a few players worth streaming or playing during the bye weeks.

 

(For each position, players are listed by waiver priority and are <50% owned in Yahoo leagues)

 

Quarterback:

 

Case Keenum, MIN (9%)

 

Since his 3 TD explosion against Tampa Bay, Case Keenum has slowed down quite a bit. Over the past 4 games, he only has two TD passes to go along with two INTs. Good thing for Keenum and the Vikings’ skill players, they face the Browns this week. Although they have been excellent against the run, they have not been as good against the pass. The Browns have allowed 14 TD passes, which is tied for second worse with the Giants and Cardinals, and a 105.9 passer rating to opposing play callers (just behind Oakland’s 109). If you are in need of a QB this week, Keenum is the guy I’d look to add first.

 

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NFL DFS: Week 7 Alternate Storylines

NFL DFS is all about stories. What story can you tell yourself about a game that is plausible and (if it happens) will provide value? Something that people won’t be on that can give you an edge. I’m going to do a couple of quick possibilities here that I think could be interesting this week if things break the right way. Remember, GPP lineup building is all about finding an edge. Don’t pay attention to these stories for cash, but throwing these scenarios into a GPP could pay off.

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Evan Engram: Not Your Typical Rookie Tight End

On April 27th, NFL fans saw a group of talented tight ends selected in the first round of the draft, one of them being Evan Engram out of Ole Miss. In the past, rookie tight ends post poor fantasy seasons which made fantasy owners hesitant to take Engram in their fantasy drafts. Why risk the pick when first-year tight ends typically fail to produce adequate statistics? Engram was brought onto an offense with plenty of weapons – Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard – but his pass-catching talent could not be overlooked.

Now with the loss of Beckham, Marshall and Dwayne Harris for the rest of the 2017 season and Shepard dealing with an injury of his own, Engram is believed to be the main target for Eli Manning for the rest of the season. It’s unfortunate to see superstars lost for the season but it gives younger players the opportunity to show their talents and make plays for their team.

In my opinion, Engram is a must-start tight end in every fantasy league. His season totals are the complete opposite of what we’ve seen from rookie tight ends in previous years. Here’s my take on Engram and why I have confidence in his abilities given the situation in New York.

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Waiver Wire: Week 7

We are already heading into Week 7, as over a third of the fantasy season has already passed us by.  If you were the unfortunate owners of Aaron Rodgers, Jameis Winston or Golden Tate, you have to deal with yet another injured player to replace. There are slim pickings on the waiver wire this week, but lets see what it has to offer up.

 

(For each position, players are listed by waiver priority and are <50% owned in Yahoo leagues)

Quarterbacks:

Andy Dalton, CIN (@PIT) 46%

 

It is a rough week for streaming QBs, unless you want to play Blake Bortles. Dalton is still unowned in over 50% of Yahoo leagues. Dalton has not been great this season, but he has put together a solid string of starts over the previous three weeks (7 TDs to only 2 INTs). The Bengals are coming off their bye, and should be well rested and prepared. Divisional games are always tricky, but you could do a lot worse this week if you have your starting QB on a bye.

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Adrian Peterson, The New Orleans Backfield, and a Hype Train Off the Tracks

Grief has many different stages, and so do reactions to fantasy football trades. When news broke of Adrian Peterson getting shipped off to Arizona, NFL Twitter blew up. It caught my attention obviously, but I’m not sure much has changed in New Orleans and I’m pretty sure that Adrian Peterson is still not intriguing. It’s a huge piece of news that is more likely than not to be insanely inconsequential.

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Fantasy Phenom or Fantasy Phony?

Fantasy football man… this industry has a way of making you crazy. We knew rookie running backs were going to be a thing this year… but did you expect Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette to be outscoring Le’veon Bell after 5 weeks? Did you expect Mr. Average Alex Smith and a rookie QB in Deshaun Watson to both be outscoring Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees? Or how about Stefon Diggs and Chris Hogan being top 5 receivers? I didn’t either. There is still plenty of season to go… and it is more likely than not that a lot of these players will regress back to the mean, but some players might have actually just began their run as household fantasy names. You may be lucky enough to have some of these late round values on your teams, but should they stay there? Fantasy studs all have to start from somewhere – lets take a look at a few of this season’s early surprises and I’ll be the judge of whether they are fantasy phenoms or fantasy phonies.


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Waiver Wire: Week 6

It is status quo once again, as another week has gone by with another plentiful list of injuries. Nonetheless, the waiver wire has many players who can help your fantasy team if you have been affected by injuries or are running into bye weeks.

(For each position, players are listed by waiver priority and are <50% owned in Yahoo leagues)

Quarterbacks:

 Jacoby Brissett, IND (12%)

Brissett has filled in admirably for Luck while he has been out with an injury. He has even elevated the rest of the offensive players, as the offense looked like a black hole while Scott Tolzein was leading it. Brissett’s ability to run allows time for his receivers to get open and the potential to gain fantasy points on the ground. Luck should be back relatively soon (or so they say), but he’ll still be out this week as the Colts get the porous Titans’ defense. Brissett will be worth a streaming option heading into the week. Add where needed.

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Fantasy Football: Deshaun Watson is the Real Deal

Rookies across the NFL have been extremely impressive through five weeks of the 2017 season, though over the last three weeks, no rookie – if not any NFL player – has been more impressive than Deshaun Watson. The 12th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft out of Clemson rightfully extinguished Tom Savage of his starting job after the first half in week one and has been a dynamic play-caller since. The Houston Texans held tough against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in a 42-34 loss while Watson threw five touchdown passes, including three to Deandre Hopkins. The Texans sit at 2-3, but Watson is poised to lead the Texans and your fantasy team to the playoffs this season. Here’s why I believe he is a must-own and must-start quarterback in all fantasy football leagues.

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