Le'von Bell, Steve Smith Sr., Matt Forte, Kennan Allen. Looks like the beginning of a top ten list for fantasy points this season but unfortunately it isn't. Three of those four are done for the season and Matt Forte will miss a good chunk of time with and knee injury. Among other big Injuries these four will unquestionably change the direction of your entire fantasy football league, not just for the owners of those players.
More than ever in recent memory, everyone's league is about to have a massive trading uptick. Some folks are down an RB1 or their number one wideout.
What about Kaepernick owners in deep leagues?
Are you really going to start Blaine Gabbert?
Doubtful. Whether injury or benching are affecting your team, there has to be a way out of it, right?
If you don't own any of these players but you also don't have the depth to make trades, you'll be able to attack your league though the waiver wire once you've finished reading this.
How? Because you're a waiver wire warrior!
In a 10 team PPR league I am apart of, I was searching around the waiver wire looking for a good pickup this week. I almost dropped my cell phone when I saw that the seventh best quarterback in fantasy football was still available. Even after lighting up the number defense overall? Even after helping his rookie wideout to one of the hottest starts at the position in recent memory? There is no scenario or league where Derek Carr should not be owned.
Don't believe me? Ok, I'll change that with one single statistic. In his last three games Carr has thrown three touchdowns in each nor did he throw an interception in any of those games. Do you know the only other QB that has done that in consecutive games this season? Tom Brady. Anyone who is having similar streaks as Brady should be owned, don't you think?
While it is obvious that Jeremy Langford and D'Angelo Williams will be the top running back targets in your league this week I'm not about to take that route here. There is currently a mid-season shakedown going on in San Francisco. Among major injuries to the top two running backs on their depth chart they are also switching quarterbacks and will start Blaine Gabbert this week ar gainst the Atlanta Falcons. Also due to the injuries one of the best pass-catching backs in the last decade signed on with the 49ers this week. Pierre Thomas is set to start this week and even if he doesn't he will see the majority of the snaps at the position.
Although he will have a tough return against a Falcons team that is unforgiving against backs, he is familiar with the Falcons from his years in New Orleans. But my biggest reason for my love of Thomas this week is the new quarterback starting against a team with a steady pass-rush. I imagine Gabbert will be under pressure and quick to get the ball out. This is me putting my nomination in for Gabbert as the mayor of "check down" City, making Pierre Thomas his running mate and giving you a great flex position play this week.
Vote for Gabbert, he will fund Thomas.
Unlike the previous position, the injuries that occurred last week make this player extremely relevant. With target machine and third best fantasy wide receiver Kennan Allen going on IR with a lacerated kidney, Phillip Rivers and the Chargers will be looking to place 15 targets in someone's lap. While I don't think it will be one guy, l think the mixture of Stevie Johnson and this guy should make Rivers happy. Dontrelle Inman has a chance to be not only the add of the week, but possibly the guy who could catapult you into the playoffs. He hasn't had a game with five catches yet this season but that is all about to change. Inman can be mid-level as well as a deep threat and with him being on a team with a quarterback who is chucking the ball an average of 52 times a game, I like my chances. So should you.
Man, slim pickings at the position this week. Charles Clay on a bye, Eric Ebron. Vernon Davis got traded to the Broncos before the deadline so he got snatched up before you're reading this. Joe Flacco is on a bye so he won't throw three tochdown to three different tight ends. What's a fantasy owner to do in a situation like this? Honestly? It's not pretty you sure you want me to tell you my idea? Okay... but I warned you!
You start Colby Fleener because the one weak spot of the Denver Broncos defense is the middle of the field and Luck has been best throwing to Fleener over the middle so far this season. Oh ya, cross your fingers. Good luck!
Told you it was ugly...
Not much going on at this spot either due to bye's this week. The numbers say start a strong home defense in the San Francisco 49ers against a struggling Matt Ryan who has thrown five interceptions in his last four games and always has trouble away from home. Julio Jones will probably get loose for one but it's certainly better than starting Washington against the unstoppable Patriots offense.