It’s Time To Trade Away Lions’ Ameer Abdullah
Week 4 is off to an injury-riddled start with half of the Packers offense going down on Thursday night. You’ll be seeing a lot of Aaron Jones hype in the next few days as we learn more about the severity of the Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams injuries. Jones is a very talented back who could be featured in a powerhouse offense. Let’s hope for no more casualties this week. As you prepare your Fantasy Football lineups and continually evaluate your roster, let the music guide you.
Bad Luck by Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes featuring Teddy Pendergrass
[caption id="attachment_259279" align="alignright" width="425"] Ameer Abdullah belongs on your Fantasy bench until he shows some signs of being productive. Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire[/caption]
Jacoby Brissett opened some eyes last week with an efficient passing afternoon and two rushing TDs. Yes, it was against the Browns, but it was an impressive performance nonetheless. On a team with solid offensive weaponry and a terrible defense, Brissett could be a viable streamer and DFS play in the coming weeks. Just not this week, as the Colts travel to Seattle for a tough road matchup. If Brissett continues to hold his own, you have to wonder if the Colts will even bring Andrew Luck back this season. The Luck situation remains very sketchy with a tremendous lack of actual details. For those in two-QB dynasty formats, there is starter potential in Brissett down the road, be it for the Colts or another franchise.
Jack Doyle was an exciting waiver wire addition last year and he earned starter reps for your Fantasy squad in PPR formats. Without Andrew Luck, he has been hit or miss after being drafted as a potential TE1. He is still worth hanging onto if your TE situation is struggling, but you need to be exploring options on the waiver wire (Austin Seferian-Jenkins or the guy we’ll talk about a couple paragraphs down) or via the trade market, though, that is unlikely to be cheap. If we can get any type of clarity or timeline on Luck’s return, it would be easier to either hang onto him for a few more weeks or just cut bait now.
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Tyrod Taylor has been remarkably consistent in his career as a starting Fantasy QB. His rushing ability gives him Top 12 upside nearly every week. The Bills weapons in the passing game leave much to be desired and their offense is predicated on the run. Part of that is because Taylor has flaws as an actual QB, which is why the Bills organization always seems hesitant to commit to him long-term. He’s a streamer and always an intriguing DFS play and this week is no different. There are many game flow scenarios in which you can see the Bills having to throw the ball more than 30 times, something he does in less than 50-percent of starts.
Charles Clay ($7,400 on FantasyDraft) has been very productive to start the year and even dating back to the second half of last year. Stating the obvious, the Bills are not a juggernaut passing attack, but Clay is a focal point of it. There’s nothing to get too excited about here, but if you are riding the TE carousel, he can help you out. This week, he should see plenty of opportunity against a Falcons team that has not fared particularly well against the position.
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Kareem Hunt has set the Fantasy world on fire in his first three games. He is a well-rounded talent in a terrific situation for production with Kansas City. Despite the obvious fact that he is unlikely to keep up these numbers, Hunt is not a sell high candidate in seasonal formats. He’s already established himself as one of the five most valuable backs in Fantasy, so what type of upgrade are you really getting by dealing him away? The volume is going to be there all season long, even if he doesn’t break a long TD. He is a quality receiving back, which further enhances his value. He's the second most expensive back on FantasyDraft this weekend at $16,100 and his production has been worth even more than that. In a dynasty format, Hunt is pure gold right now and should be valued as such in any trade negotiations. Congratulate yourself for drafting him where you did.
A Million Reasons by Lady Gaga
Outside of an impressive pre-season in 2015, Ameer Abdullah has been nothing short of mediocre. He doesn’t have a play longer than 36 yards and owns four career TDs in 21 career games. In theory, he can be a viable Fantasy asset with solid burst, good hands and shiftiness. In reality, he plays for a team that hasn’t established the run in years, he’s not an ideal goal line back and Theo Riddick is a better pure receiving back. That adds up to a lot of hopes and dreams, with not much actual production. If Abdullah can’t get anything going against the Vikings on Sunday, it is time to relegate him to your bench (assuming he’s not there already). With bye weeks coming up, maybe you can pawn him off on a desperate owner. If you own him in a dynasty league, you’ll never recoup the price you paid for him, so it may be best to just cut your losses and move on.
Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller
DeVante Parker seems to have good chemistry with Jay Cutler as many tall, strong receivers with excellent ball skills have over the years. While the entire team struggled against the Jets, Parker was the lone Fantasy bright spot. He now has 12-161-1 in two games thus far. He has a perfect matchup this weekend against the Saints in London, making him a WR3 with Top 15 upside. Jarvis Landry continues his role as the possession receiver, but Parker can make plays downfield and we know Cutler loves to take shots. His arrow is pointing up after two weeks. Parker is well on his way in establishing himself as a reliable asset.
I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons
It hasn’t been the start Amari Cooper owners were expecting and they are rightfully starting to get frustrated. That is especially true after seeing Michael Crabtree score a hat trick in Week 2. Now Cooper and the Raiders get the Broncos defense, which has dominated them recently. I’ll still play Cooper unless I have an established alternative, but I am not expecting much production. What I am also doing is targeting Cooper in seasonal and dynasty formats after this weekend. The drops have been ugly, the stats have been nonexistent and the season will be a quarter of the way over. He’s a potential Top 5 WR and all of 23 years old, so I am nowhere close to giving up on him. If you can get anywhere close to a ‘discount’ on him, consider it a win. Brighter days are definitely ahead if you are patient.
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