Seasonal leagues are heading into a pivotal stretch, where contenders separate themselves from the pack. Thanks to numerous injuries, difference makers are emerging seemingly at every turn. Thanks to C.J. Anderson’s season ending injury, Devontae Booker is the latest backup running back to now play a starring role. It is a must that you stay on top of the waiver wire, not only to add usable depth but to also keep players away from your opponents. Values are fluctuating with every play and we are here to analyze those shifts. As a bonus, we set it all to music. Before you press play on the Playlist, check me out on Touchdown LIVE!, an NFL web show out of Amsterdam.
Really Don’t Care by Demi Lovato
Jay Cutler (QB, Bears)- “But even if the stars and moon collide. I never want you back into my life. You can take your words and all your lies. Oh oh oh I really don’t care.” Cutler is a classic underperforming talent. People have been chasing the QB1 upside since Denver, but it has rarely materialized for more than a few weeks at a time. Luckily for the Bears, Cutler has miraculously healed just in time to step in for Brian Hoyer, who broke his arm last week. For Fantasy purposes, he is no better than a streaming option when the matchup dictates. Perhaps he can look solid enough to get a look from a different team in 2017, because his future with the Bears is murky at best. If he does get a fresh start, consider that your chance to trade him away.
Off And Running by Big Wreck
Jared Goff (QB, Rams) – “Well a fool’s gold is all I make. But everything blows away. Hold you in my arms. Maybe for one more day.” What must Goff look like in practice if people are saying he’s not even close to being ready for the field yet? Scary to think about as a Goff dynasty owner, that is for sure. Case Keenum has not been terrible, but he is a placeholder. One would guess that Goff gets at least a handful of starts this year in order to see what they have invested all of that draft capital into. His peers (Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and even Cody Kessler) have significant leads on him in terms of instant returns. Goff’s best case scenario was going to be in the Eli Manning range of production. Sometimes QB1, but most likely a solid, reliable QB2. It is fair to wonder if that was too ambitious. Since we have not seen him in a regular season game yet, I’ll reserve judgement. If you play in a 2-QB dynasty league, now’s a good time to swoop in and try to get him on the cheap.
Runnin’ Wild by Duke Ellington
Jay Ajayi (RB, Dolphins) – “Runnin’ wild, lost control. Runnin’ wild, mighty bold.” Ajayi has ran like a man possessed during the last two weeks, picking up over 400 yards and three TDs. His play basically forced Arian Foster into retirement. Well, probably not, but with Foster out of the picture, Ajayi is sitting in the driver’s seat of the Dolphins run game. That makes him a volume-based Top 15 back, not bad for someone who was getting cut a few weeks ago. If you own him and somehow already have quality backfield depth, try to flip him for a Top 20 WR. In dynasty formats, I am selling as quickly as I can. Between the previous injuries, running style and underwhelming performance (outside of Weeks 7 and 8), Ajayi does not have the look and feel of a long-term fixture.
Let It Be by The Beatles
Mark Ingram (RB, Saints) – “When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be And in my hour of darkness She is standing right in front of me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.” Despite zero 100-yard rushing performances and just three TDs, Ingram remains an RB1 option in all formats. Seeing double-digit touches, receiving work and goal line carries in a high-powered offense is a recipe for Fantasy success. While it has not materialized into any big games for Ingram yet, stay patient. Continued involvement on passing downs is encouraging, even if he’s had more than 20 touches only once this year. It is not a bad time to buy low in seasonal and dynasty formats. He hasn’t touched the ball less than 13 times in a game and has been a proven producer over the past two and a half years. It is a tough matchup versus the Seahawks this weekend, so he might only be in play as a contrarian DFS play in addition to being locked into your season-long lineups.
Let Me Love You by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber
Allen Robinson (WR, Jaguars)- “You got me feelin’ hella good. So let’s just.” Ugh. Robinson worked himself into the first two rounds of most seasonal drafts this summer following a tremendous sophomore outburst. We expected a regression from Blake Bortles, but now the wheels are completely coming off this offense. He still has not had more than 72 yards in a game this year and has just three TDs. In seasonal formats, Robinson should be downgraded to WR3 territory. Obviously, that comes with upside for more, but it is far from a guarantee. I am buying him wherever I can in dynasty and keeper formats though. He is too talented not to rebound at some point, even if it is in 2017. He’s an elite player caught in a difficult situation and it is clearly affecting his play and temperament.
What More Can I Say by NxWorries
Michael Thomas (WR, Saints) – “I keep tryna tell ya, you can’t keep me on a leash. No matter how hard you train me.” There were a lot of questions on Michael Thomas coming into the draft, but he landed in the perfect spot for a young receiver to develop. If there is one thing the Saints and Drew Brees can cultivate, it’s offense. All Thomas has done is produce thus far. He has only one game with less than 11 double-digit Fantasy points in PPR and that nine-point effort came in Week 2 against the Giants. His size and speed certainly distinguish him from the other Saints receiving options and Brees has taken advantage of his assets. For the remainder of 2016, he is at least a WR4 option that you could definitely start on a weekly basis. For the long-term, there is even more upside for him to be a consistent volume producer. Thomas could give Brandin Cooks a run for the most valuable Saints receiving option before all is said and done.
Without Me by Eminem
Tyler Eifert (TE, Bengals) – “Guess who’s back…I’ve created a monster, ’cause nobody wants to see Marshall no more they want Shady I’m chopped liver. Well if you want Shady, this is what I’ll give ya.” Eifert only played 15 snaps last week, but the good news is he is back. Expect more involvement this weekend, but I would not be in a rush to start him unless you’re desperate. The Bengals have a bye next week and it is expected that he’ll be a full go in Week 10. Eifert is clearly a red zone asset, but there is more upside than he has shown as a receiving option. Injury issues are still a major concern in long-term formats, but the talent is too enticing. Consider him a Top 5 option in both year-long and dynasty leagues. Despite missing almost half of the season, it would not be a shock if he finishes inside the Top 10 TEs.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
Jack Doyle (TE, Colts) – “I was born in a cross-fire hurricane. And I howled at my ma in the driving rain. But it’s all right now, in fact it’s a gas. But it’s all right, I’m jumpin’ Jack Flash. It’s a gas, gas, gas.” Remember all that talk of a Colts TE breaking out this season? They were absolutely correct, but people just kept spelling Jack Doyle wrong. While Dwayne Allen is a solid all-around TE, he’s miscast as a top Fantasy option. It is just not in his skill set to be an effective high volume receiver. Doyle is not the type of athletic playmaker that Coby Fleener flashed previously, but he’s been very reliable nonetheless. He could be a product of being in the right spot at the right time, but right now he looks like a borderline TE1 moving forward. When Allen comes back, he will siphon looks, especially in the red zone. In long-term formats, consider Doyle an intriguing backup/bench player.