We are in the thick of it now. There is no more wait and see what happens. Owners are actively jockeying for position in the standings with the Fantasy Playoffs just weeks away. The Playlist is here to hold you down with tunes and player value analysis once again this week. Now that bye weeks are wrapping up and trade deadlines are passing us by, we’ll be beta testing a new format for The Playlist starting in the next couple weeks. It will still be a harmonizing duet of Fantasy information and song lyrics, just delivered in a different way.
Carry Me by Josh Wilson
Tyrod Taylor (QB, Bills)- “So carry me, carry me, carry me now. From my sinking sand to Your solid ground. The only way I’m ever gonna make it out. Is if You carry me, carry me, carry me now. God carry me, carry me, carry me now.” Taylor has been carrying the Bills offense all season long. Sure, he’s had some help from LeSean McCoy, but it seems like Taylor produces no matter what the talent level is around him. He continues to make for a great streaming option, especially this week against the Bengals. Cincinnati has allowed 21 TDs and over 2,400 passing yards to opposing QBs. Taylor’s rushing ability gives him a built-in floor and he is consistently returning at least three times value on DraftKings. Taylor can be considered a QB1 in deeper leagues, especially if he gets Sammy Watkins back. For dynasty purposes, Taylor has certainly proven that he can be a competent passer in this league and he is not strictly a gimmicky rushing QB. He’s a high upside backup but lacks elite upside over the long-term.
Little Toy Guns by Carrie Underwood
Andy Dalton (QB, Bengals) – “I wish words were like little toy guns No sting, no hurt no one, just a bang bang Rolling off your tongue (I wish words were like little toy guns) Yeah, no smoke, no bullets No kick from the trigger when you pull it, no pain, no damage done.” Last season Dalton had played 12 full games and totaled more than 3,200 passing yards and 28 TDs. He had multiple TDs in 75-percent of his games. This year, the TD production is way down, with only 12 in nine contests. While he has elite weapons around him, Dalton is a streamer / matchup play. He’s someone you feel ok about starting if your QB1 is hurt, on bye or playing the Broncos, but not someone you want to count on for the long haul. For this week, he is best left reserved. The Bills have been stingy against QBs, allowing only 11 TDs and despite having Tyler Eifert back, Dalton has passed for one TD in each of the last two (seven times overall, he’s had one or no TDs in a game).
Just Can’t Get Enough by Depeche Mode
Spencer Ware (RB, Chiefs) – “And when it rains. You’re shining down for me. And I just can’t get enough. And I just can’t get enough.” With Jamaal Charles undergoing more knee surgeries than trips to the end zone in the last calendar year, Ware has perhaps permanently assumed the workhorse position in Kansas City. He is a big, bruising RB with soft hands and an underrated burst. His work in the passing game has elevated his ceiling to that of a legitimate RB1. Charcandrick West has been taking on a change of pace role, but does not seem to be a threat for more carries at the moment. Ware is a quality daily play this week as the Bucs have allowed 1,352 total yards and nine TDs to opposing backs. He is also a strong buy in dynasty formats and a Top 15 back in redraft leagues. It will be interesting to see if the soon-to-be 30-year-old Charles is on the Chiefs roster for Week 1 of 2017. Either way, Ware’s stock is up big time from this summer.
Recognize by The LOX
C.J. Prosise (RB, Seahawks) – “Recognize, Recognize, Recognize (Ruff Ryders) Don’t get it twisted y’all.” There might not be a hotter name in these Fantasy streets than C.J. Prosise right now. He looked so good against the Patriots that the Seahawks cut Christine Michael, a Top 15 Fantasy RB, just a few days later. Michael lands in an interesting spot with the Packers, so he is definitely worth holding onto. Prosise will definitely share touches with the now-healthy Thomas Rawls, but should stay as the lead back for the time being. His pass-catching prowess is elite and it gives him the ceiling of a very rich person’s Theo Riddick. He’s a better between the tackles runner than the Lion’s diminutive weapon as well. It remains to be seen how much Rawls gets involved in the coming weeks, which makes Prosise’s season-long value a question mark. He’s at least a FLEX player because of his receiving role, but could push all the way to a high upside RB2 depending on volume. In dynasty, he would be a buy but the price is probably through the roof given all of the hype. He will likely be one of the most popular affordable RBs in daily this week as well.
Rampage by EPMD featuring LL Cool J
Tyrell Williams (WR, Chargers)- “The Ripper, the master, the overlordian’. Playing MC’s like a old accordion. I get the inspiration from unnecessary station.” What a find Williams has turned out to be for Fantasy owners. The 24-year-old was seldom used last season, but has emerged with Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead out for the year. Williams has speed to burn and checks in at 6’4”, making him a dangerous downfield receiver. Williams has continued to step up with Travis Benjamin banged up, logging his best Fantasy game yet with a 5-125-1 line. It is fair to question his dynasty value with a healthy Allen and Benjamin in 2017, but he’s definitely a player on the rise. Rivers has found his new Malcom Floyd.
Ball and Chain by Janis Joplin
DeAndre Hopkins (WR, Texans) – “Loves got a hold on me, baby,
Feels like a ball and chain. Now, loves just draggin me down, baby. Feels like a ball and chain. I hope there’s someone out there who could tell me.” We thought he was matchup and QB-proof, but that was before we saw Brock Osweiler run the Texans offense. Hopkins is still on pace for more than 150 targets, but he’s averaging a pathetic 10.7 yards per catch. I believe a healthy Will Fuller and a more confident Osweiler would clearly give him a bump, but he’s a WR3 at this point. Hopkins is an obvious buy low candidate for dynasty purposes and you should pursue aggressively. He will play all of next season as a 25-year-old and we have seen what type of ceiling he has based on 2015.
Watch Out Now by The Beatnuts
Jerell Adams (TE, Giants) – “Aiyyo my song’s on, I gotta get my grub on some to-to. (I love dough-oh) Order three buckets of Mo’-Mo’. We gettin more dough, off the books (you gettin gelly).” With Larry Donnell being demoted, Will Tye has assumed the starting TE role for the Giants and becomes a sneaky streamer. The player to pay attention to for the long-term, though, is Jerell Adams. The raw rookie out of South Carolina, Adams has been getting more involved in the passing attack the past few weeks. Keep a close eye on his usage down the stretch as he could end up being a sleeper next season. He has the size and athletic ability to be a very useful asset for Eli Manning and Fantasy owners alike. He does not have seasonal value just yet, unless anything happens to Tye. If you play in very deep or TE-premium dynasty formats, he’s a player to target.
Invisible by Skylar Grey
Dennis Pitta (TE, Ravens) – “Why do I always feel invisible, invisible. Everyday I try to look my best. Even though inside I’m such a mess. Why do I always feel invisible, invisible.” Pitta got some shine early in the season after a couple solid games, but it was more because he had played just seven games since the beginning of 2013. It is a great comeback story, but Pitta is no more than a PPR friendly TE2 at this point. He has not found the end zone yet this year and hasn’t topped 40 yards since Week 5. With bye weeks almost over, you can safely drop him for higher upside options available on your waiver wire. Pitta’s dynasty value is very limited as well because of his age (31), as well as the presence of Maxx Williams and the expected return of free agent signee Ben Watson.