Engel’s Angles on Tion Green, Josh Gordon and More
Of course, we have all run into the non-Fantasy Football types who swear they cannot play our game because it clashes with their rooting interests. Last year, I met Jerry from New Jersey, who runs a sprawling, deluxe tailgate at Jets games. He was hosting tons of people and does it every week; it was very generous and impressive. He asked me how it was possible to play Fantasy Football for a person like him, because he can’t root for anyone but the Jets, and could never see himself rooting for other players. “If we’re playing the Raiders, I don’t want Derek Carr scoring against the Jets. I want to see him get his legs broken,” he joked.
I told him what I always tell these non-Fantasy Footballers. Rooting for your team or against the other side is not going to control the results. For instance, Sunday night, as a Seahawks fan, I so much wanted them to beat the Eagles. But rooting against them was not going to prevent Philadelphia from scoring. So you hope for the best for the team you root for and expect and accept that the other team is going to score at some point. And when they do, you hope the scoring comes from a player from your Fantasy team.
So, things worked out perfectly for me. The Seahawks delivered their most impressive victory of the season, and thanks to Nelson Agholor, who had a career night, I won a critical Week 13 Fantasy game that will push me into the playoffs in a very important league. And the most satisfying part of Agholor’s performance was that I had to use him in place of an uncertain Antonio Brown, and he delivered a Brown like performance statistically!
Fantasy Football Playoff Angles
Mike Davis breaking the ankles of the entire Eagles defense. pic.twitter.com/aNp7ksLidE
— NOT_SCTop10 (@NOTSCTop10PIays) December 4, 2017
-You can confidently use Mike Davis of the Seahawks as a flex play. Jacksonville would seem to be a tough matchup for Week 14, but Davis totaled 101 scrimmage yards against an Eagles defense that was pretty stout against RBs coming into Week 13. Davis had a 21-yard run that showcased his unique skill set and it was the most impressive run by a Seattle RB in some time. He is a big back who can catch passes and he’ll continue to get frequent looks.
-Marshawn Lynch has carried 43 times in the past two games. With matchups against the Chiefs and Cowboys upcoming, he is a must-start to take you deeper into the Fantasy playoffs. Smile if ya got Beast Mode.
-Undrafted rookie Tion Green had a rather impressive debut when pressed into action by the Lions, but he is too unproven to use him in your playoffs just yet. He does have good vision and some juke but runs very upright and if Ameer Abdullah can make it back next week, his role may quickly become reduced or unclear. Put in a bid on him if your RB depth is thin, but I can’t recommend starting him in a one and done playoff game based on just one promising outing. You have to start your more proven players when it counts most.
-You can bench Kareem Hunt now, and you can stop waiting for him to resurface while he is actually in your lineup. The numbers have been crunched enough already. The biggest takeaway from this week is that the Chiefs scored 31 points and he was not really involved much. Really, how much longer can you wait? Enough. It was enough before this past week.
-Mike Wallace has double figure PPR outings in three of his past four games. He has a big “Revenge” game against the Steelers next week before friendlier matchups with the Browns and Colts. Wallace is healthy now and suddenly looks like he deserves strong consideration for regular lineup play during your playoffs.
-Trent Taylor caught six passes for 92 yards with Jimmy Garoppolo in the lineup. Taylor has flashed some potential to be a decent possession receiver before. If you are desperate for WR help, he’s worth an add.
Josh Gordon making an impact right where he left off 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/Oy16QxSEZ0
— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) December 3, 2017
-Josh Gordon’s return was impressive enough. He certainly displayed his athletic ability and unique skill set, especially on one downfield throw against Casey Hayward in which he used his height and strength to pluck the ball away from him. He was targeted 11 times and as he gets back into the flow of the offense even more, some bigger outings are possible. Plug him in confidently as a WR3 no matter the matchup. I didn’t think he could make much of an impact after the long layoff, but it already looks like I was wrong.
-As of this writing, Josh McCown is the second highest scoring Fantasy QB of the week, with 31.1 Fantasy Points on ESPN. He does have two road games coming up, though, and McCown has thrown for above 210 yards just once away from home this year. He did have a three-TD outing at Miami, but he has an 87.5 QB rating on the road as compared to 103.2 at home. Denver’s defense is no longer fearsome, but a Week 15 matchup at New Orleans could be more daunting. Before you get too excited about the Broncos matchup, though, keep in mind McCown scored 12.5 Fantasy Points in a supposed great matchup at Tampa Bay in Week 10.