First, is everyone’s favorite “stash” RB going to get some carries?
It didn’t appear that Christine Michael was going to have Fantasy value in 2014. The sophomore, athletic freak out of Texas A&M, has a size/speed combo that had scouts drooling when he entered the league last season.
Michael is probably a future RB1, but he was buried behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin on the Seattle Depth chart and written off as merely a keeper-league stash. He’s only owned in 16 percent of CBSSports.com leagues and rightfully so… for now.
While Michael still might not impact Fantasy teams in 2014, things have changed in the last two weeks. He didn’t receive a single carry through Week 6, but then the Seahawks started playing Turbin at fullback after an injury to Derrick Coleman.
With Turbin busy, Michael picked up two carries in Week 7. Then the modest total doubled to four carries in Week 8. Turbin has only received two carries in each of those games, but did add six receptions for 56 yards. Michael even got a whole drive all to himself last week and it’s becoming clear that Seattle plans to hand him the keys in 2015.
Michael won’t be worth using in Fantasy leagues unless Lynch misses time, but he’s the type of talent that would be worth blowing your entire FAAB budget on if he’s ever lined up for a heavy workload. It seems like he’s slowly passing Turbin to be Lynch’s primary handcuff down the stretch.
1. I’ve given Arian Foster a lot of flack this season for being the most annoying player to own in the history of Fantasy football. While he still is the GOAT in that category, I mean it as a compliment. He wouldn’t be annoying to own if he wasn’t so ridiculously productive when healthy. The thing that makes him so annoying is that he’s always a game-time decision or battling a nagging injury. He’s been amazing lately and the fear of him missing time is clearly worth it.
2. Foster might be the most annoying player over his career; he doesn’t crack the Top 5 at the moment, but that could change on any given day considering his history. Players can be annoying to own for a variety of reasons. The Week 9 ranking of “Most Annoying Player to Own in Fantasy” goes as follows:
1. Calvin Johnson
2. A.J. Green
3. Doug Martin
4. Reggie Bush
5. Wes Welker
3. Based on Twitter questions, it seems like people think Antone Smith is a viable Fantasy contributor. He’s not. His five TDs are very nice, but they’re also very fluky. Smith is only averaging about 11 snaps per game and simply doesn’t see enough touches to be considered a flex option. Owners can’t rely on 50-yard TDs every week. The Falcons have four capable RBs, but when a team has that many… you basically have zero for Fantasy purposes.
4. If you stream defenses and already have a playoff spot locked up, go ahead and stash the Titans. The Jets travel to Tennessee in Week 15, when most leagues have their Fantasy semi-final.
5. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards last week and still trails Andrew Luck by 351 yards on the season.
6. Cordarrelle Patterson leads the NFL in yards per touch at 17.2, but he doesn’t touch the ball enough to satisfy Fantasy owners. He’s playing better and received 12 targets last week. Patterson’s six catches in Week 8 are a season high and it appears he could finish strong and salvage his lofty preseason expectations.
7. Don’t count on Montee Ball helping your Fantasy team anytime soon. He still isn’t practicing because of his groin injury and won’t return to action in the foreseeable future. Ronnie Hillman is simply the better option for the Broncos’ offense and owners holding Ball should lower their expectations.
8. Expect Jeremy Hill to have a monster game against Jacksonville this week if Giovani Bernard is out.
9. Andre Johnson has 33 targets over his last three games and 75 targets through eight games this season. It’s incredible that he’s never scored double-digit TDs in a season, and that isn’t changing anytime soon with only one TD so far in 2014. To put things in perspective, Dwayne Allen has six TDs on only 35 targets. If only Johnson had a legitimate QB…
10. It seems like everyone loves Donte Moncrief, and the third-round rookie out of Mississippi has a ton of talent. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano even stated that he’d like Moncrief to get “as many touches as possible.” That all sounds nice, but Moncrief remains behind T.Y Hilton, Reggie Wayne (when healthy), Dwayne Allen and possibly even Hakeem Nicks in the pecking order for targets. Moncrief is a nice stash in keeper leagues but he isn’t going to win anyone a Fantasy league in 2014.
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