With the Fantasy football playoffs in full swing, there is no need to discuss player values in the traditional sense. It is time for a playoff primer with a glimpse into the future for dynasty purposes.
Best Day Ever by Mac Miller
Ben Roethlisberger is heating up at just the right time for Fantasy owners. After throwing for 506 yards on Sunday night, Roethlisberger gets a susceptible Patriots secondary at home this weekend, and then the Texans in Week 16. With Juju Smith-Schuster back in action after a one game suspension (assuming the hamstring injury suffered in Thursday’s practice is minor), Roethlisberger has a full complement of weapons to dismantle opponents. Start your Steelers this weekend in what promises to be a shootout with the Patriots.
Jesse James was a major beneficiary of Big Ben’s big day, snagging 10 passes for 97 yards last week. While he is not an exciting weekly option and probably never will develop into one, there is going to be some added DFS and streaming appeal this week. The Patriots have been stingy against the position all year and especially strong in the last month. I would hesitate to roll with him in an important matchup.
I Look To You by Whitney Houston
Nick Foles is already etched in Fantasy folklore, thanks to a 27:2 TD-INT ratio as the Eagles starter in 2013. It hasn’t gone quite as well since then and he settled back into Philadelphia as Carson Wentz’s backup. With Wentz out for the season, what can owners expect if they are forced to pluck Foles off the waiver wire? The Eagles’ offense is rolling and Foles can step in as an instant QB2 option. The ground game may be relied upon more in the next few weeks, but Foles can sling it if he needs to. If you lost Wentz and someone like Blake Bortles isn’t available on the wire, Foles could be your guy.
With Zach Ertz cleared from concussion protocol, he is back as a no-doubt TE1, but don’t forget about Trey Burton in dynasty formats. Burton has impressed while filling in for Ertz this season and could make another team very happy as a receiver-first TE sometime in the future. He makes for a very intriguing stash.
Rappin Rodney by Rodney Dangerfield
Alex Collins continues to impress as one of the more underrated waiver wire gems this season. He now has five TDs in his last four games and totaled a season-high 166 yards last week. He has become a focal point on an otherwise underwhelming offensive attack. It is time to give Collins respect as a potential high-end RB2, especially with matchups against the Browns (Sunday) and Colts (Week 16) on the horizon. His dynasty value is still very much in question however, with Kenneth Dixon due back and the Ravens potentially seeking to upgrade the position through the draft. Still, for the price you paid, Collins has already returned profitable dividends.
Dreams by The Game
Duke Johnson has at least four receptions in six of his last seven games. While not as involved on the ground, he deserves RB2 consideration in PPR formats. If he can continue to find 10 or more touches per game, he’s got a great shot at racking up at least 50 yards. Can he be more than what he is? I do not believe he’s built to run between the tackles like a true workhorse, but Johnson can certainly do more than he is. If he can get closer to averaging 15 touches per game, he could be close to an RB1 in PPR leagues. It is unlikely we see that this year unless Isaiah Crowell gets hurt, but it is possible in 2018 depending on how the Browns address the backfield situation. He’s a buy in dynasty formats this offseason.
DNA by Kendrick Lamar
Mike Evans has been a Fantasy bust this season given the average draft capital invested. Evans has racked up at least 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons, but we expected a leap in production or similar to 2016. Evans should be a TD machine, having in two separate seasons found the end zone 12 times. He should be dominating secondaries every Sunday. Yet he sits at 55/760/4 with three games left this year. I’m starting him this week despite the very recent struggles, but he’s no lock. Evans is more of a high-end WR3 option that could go off at any moment and win you a title. In dynasty formats, I am buying the 24-year-old all day long.
Rock Star by Post Malone and 21 Savage
Davante Adams has emerged as the clear-cut number one receiver in Green Bay. Even before Aaron Rodgers injury that rendered Jordy Nelson useless, Adams had been gaining traction as the most feared receiving option. He is showing that the career 180 in 2016 was not a fluke, as he has nine TDs and is just 172 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard season. Adams is a free agent in 2018, but my guess would be that the Packers do everything in their power to keep him. If anyone needs a fresh start it is Randall Cobb, especially with Geronimo Allison and others waiting in the wings.