Don’t Give Up On DeAndre Hopkins
Injuries and bye weeks continue to press owners into tough waiver wire decisions. This is a great time to make trades with desperate owners in an attempt to take advantage of their urgency. You should also be scouring the waiver wire daily for potential gems that were dropped by fellow owners. And finally, it is always a great time to stash injured players if you have the roster space. Tyler Eifert, Ladarius Green, Dion Lewis and Tony Romo are all impact players who could be returning within the next month. Now let’s get into the Playlist for Week 6.
Breakups2Makeups by Method Man featuring D’Angelo
Brock Osweiler (QB, Texans) – “You know I know; so go find another sucker yo, I been there and been done that befo', and don't need it no mo', That's, my, word! So go to your own with that there, word up.” Osweiler was respectable for the Broncos in nine games last season filling in for Peyton Manning. He parlayed that into a massive deal with the Texans to become their next new signal caller. Thus far, things haven't exactly gone smoothly considering all of the weapons that are at his disposal. Osweiler is merely a QB2 option, but one that might give way to Tom Savage at some point. He is a decent streamer this week against the Colts, but nothing more than that until he rights the ship. The time to sell in dynasty leagues was the day he signed with the Texans. All you can do now is hold and hope he can turn things around even just a little bit.
Sam’s Song by Bing Crosby and Gary Crosby
Sam Bradford (QB, Vikings)- “Here's a happy tune you'll love to croon. They call it Sam's song. It's catchy as can be, the melody. They call it Sam's song.” Bradford has been all potential and little production since college. Sure, he’s flashed for the Rams when he wasn’t hurt, had a couple nice games for the Eagles and is now off to an impressive start with the Vikings. He has a decent supporting cast and a terrific defense backing him up, which is more than he has ever had in his career. For Fantasy, he’s the quintessential QB2. He’s not going to hurt you much if you have to start him a few times, but he’s not someone you want in your lineup when the chips are on the line. He has a revenge game coming up against the Eagles in Week 7, and then two elite matchups against the Bears and Lions to follow that up. Bradford is still relatively young for a QB in the NFL, so you might be able to sell him off at a nice profit in a dynasty league in the next month.
Quiet Storm by Young M.A.
Theo Riddick (RB, Lions) – “I'm from the jungle, to feel success you gotta struggle. To get where I'm at I had to hustle, that's why I'm humble.” Everyone knows Riddick is miscast as a lead back, but that should not be confused with the fact that he is a dynamic asset. The clear strength of his game is in the passing game, in which he is basically a younger Darren Sproles. Even before Ameer Abdullah got hurt, Riddick had carved out a significant offensive role and RB2 value in PPR formats. With increased usage in the run game, he’s got an even higher Fantasy floor. Unfortunately, he has been ruled out with an ankle injury for Week 6. Expect him to see double-digit carries once he gets healthy. Riddick is the type of back that could be underrated for his entire career while being a steady producer. Make a strong effort to own him in long-term formats that involve at least a half point per reception.
40 Oz. To Freedom by Sublime
Matt Forte (RB, Jets) – “And you look so fine, when you lie, it just don't show, But I know which way the wind blows. A forty ounce to freedom is the only chance I have to feel good. Even though I feel bad.” After 59 touches through two weeks, Forte was looking like a RB1 with plenty left in the tank. Just three weeks later, we find him in the midst of a committee with Bilal Powell. Forte is still the lead back, but he hasn’t topped 17 touches in the last three weeks. Powell has 10 touches per game Since Week 3, including 18 receptions. That is certainly eating into Forte’s appeal and dropping him to mid-range RB2 territory. He’s already 30 years old and has been a workhorse throughout his career, so his long-term value is severely limited. Make sure you handcuff Powell because if anything happens to Forte, you’ll have a ready-made RB2 to plug in.
Really Doe by Danny Brown featuring Kendrick Lamar
Sammie Coates (WR, Steelers)- “Yeah, they say I got the city on fire. I ain't boomin', that's a goddamn lie, woah. Really doe, like really doe.” Coates was an interesting yet raw size/speed prospect out of Auburn, but when Martavis Bryant was suspended for the year, he became a popular summer sleeper. The fling ended in Week 1 when rookie Eli Rogers stepped and had a solid game, including a TD off of a Coates deflection. Coates has continued to produce on limited snaps, though, with no less than 50 yards in every game. Last week, we hit peak Coates, as he hauled in two TDs along with 139 yards and for the second week in a row, six receptions. He is no doubt an exciting offensive weapon playing in one of the best offenses in football. The issues with Coates are drops and volume. He has plenty of game speed and is a dangerous playmaker downfield. If he can carve out a regular role over Rogers and the lackluster Markus Wheaton, he could stay on the WR3 radar. He is not Martavis Bryant, but he’s the closest thing the Steelers have to replacing him. While he is dealing with a broken finger, Coates expects to play on Sunday. He’s chalky, but still worth starting in daily lineups as a tournament play. In dynasty formats, he’s likely being overvalued and could make an interesting sell. Either way, it will be exciting to see how he continues to develop.
Still D.R.E. by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg
DeAndre Hopkins (WR, Texans) – “I'm representing for them gangstas all across the world. Still hitting them corners on the lo-lo's, girl. Still taking my time to perfect the beat. And I still got love for the streets, it's the D-R-E.” After a monster 2015, Hopkins was a locked in WR1 option and the alpha dog in the Texans’ offense. So far, he’s only got one game with more than 56 yards, which was also his only game of double-digit targets this year. The play of Will Fuller could certainly have contributed to the issues, as can the play of Osweiler (see above). Hopkins is a terrific buy-low candidate in dynasty formats. You are still going to have to pay a massive price, but he has elite talent and will rebound. If you can acquire him as a WR2 in seasonal formats, you won’t regret it.
Headache by Rick Ross featuring French Montana
Ladarius Green (TE, Steelers) – “Small talk, give me a headache. F*** boys, give me a headache. Fake b****s, give me a headache. Little money, give me a headache. All them fake jewels give me a headache.” Green has had one of the stranger offseasons on record. He finally got out of Antonio Gates’ shadow, landing in the high-powered Steelers offense as a free agent. The hype was full steam ahead for a perennial sleeper and dynasty owners were ready to cash after a four-year wait. That was until an ankle injury put him on the shelf indefinitely. Then there were the rumors of concussion issues having him on the verge of retirement. While those have not been proven true, Green’s dynasty stock sank like a stone. He went undrafted him most seasonal leagues as well after starting the season on PUP. He is said to be coming back in Week 7, and that means it is time to pluck him off the waiver wire if he’s available. Green is still only worth a minimal investment in long-term leagues due to injury concerns, but he’s got Top 10 potential.
I Should Have Cheated By Keyshia Cole
Jordan Cameron (TE, Dolphins) – “You can't accuse me of all the things you know that you are guilty of. And I see that it is easy for you to blame. everything on me. If that's the case I should go have my fun and do all the things you say I do. Boy I can't continue to take this from you.” Cameron suffered the fourth concussion of his NFL career a few weeks ago and is said to be contemplating his future. Aside from his breakout 2013, Cameron has been a pedestrian Fantasy player. Despite the size and athletic ability to be a pass-catching weapon, he’s been a major disappointment. While only 28 years old, there is a chance that Cameron is done or one hit away from being finished. His dynasty value has been on a three-year spiral and he’s only in deeper and 2TE formats at this point. He can safely be dropped in all seasonal leagues.
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