On the Fringe: Players who will soon determine their worth in Fantasy

Eric Adams, Staff Writer, Beard Guy

We are entering week 4 of the 2017 NFL Season and while some players have determined their worth in Fantasy Football, others have yet to reveal their true value. In this article, I will take a look at who has yet to round into form and what to expect from here on out.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Giants: The Giants have gotten off to a terrible start. A bad O-line has compromised Eli Manning’s ability to do much of anything and us here at Top 2 are starting to believe they’d be better off starting a tight end in the backfield over a running back. It’s not all doom and gloom, however, as the Giants were able to finally put together a solid offensive effort against the Eagles. Also noteworthy was Brandon Marshall catching 8 passes on 11 targets for 66 yards. After catching one pass in the first two games apiece, Marshall may finally be feeling the benefit of being opposite a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. Look for Marshall to have a strong game against the Bucs on the way to a respectable WR3/WR2 season.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders: Everybody’s favorite dancer (maybe not the Jets’ favorite) has been up and down this season. After carrying the ball 18 times for 76 yards in the opener and 12 times for 45 yards and a touchdown against the Jets, Lynch fell all the way to only 6 carries for 18 yards against the Redskins. It’s unclear whether the Raiders have cooled on Lynch or it was simply the flow of the game, but Marshawn will be managed this season so he remains fresh for the playoffs. That is not what fantasy owners want to hear so I would suggest trading Lynch after his next big performance.

Lamar Miller/D’Onta Foreman, RBs, Texans: The Texans have been an interesting team early on. After pulling Tom Savage and going with Deshaun Watson, Houston has managed to resemble a potent offense. They got whacked by the Jaguars, squeaked out a win in Cincinnati and then played the Patriots tough on the road. So Lamar Miller is starting to look more appealing, right? Nope, the early season tealeaves seem to be falling the way of the rookie Foreman. He has looked very solid in a split role with Miller and if you own Miller, you better find a way to grab Foreman as a handcuff. The rookie may very well be getting the bulk of the carries sooner rather than later.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Falcons: Sanu has been very serviceable this season, scoring at least 10 PPR points in each week. A lot of people may not look at Sanu as WR1 but he damn sure is a WR2, and a good one. I view the Sanu situation the same way the Emmanuel Sanders situation worked out. Sanders was never a special player in Pittsburgh before going to Denver where he became a 1,000-yard receiver. I’m seeing the same exact thing happen with Mohamed Sanu. I’m not saying break the bank for him, but he is a very worthy pick-up and very worthy of starting.

Ryan Griffin, TE, Texans: With CJ Fiedorowicz on IR with a concussion, Ryan Griffin has become the starter in Houston. After missing the Bengals with a concussion of his own, Griffin starred in the game against the Patriots catching 5 balls on 7 targets for 61 yards and a score. Someone going to the IR for a head injury is very troubling and I would bet against that person returning this season. Keep an eye on Fiedorowicz’ health but I like Ryan Griffin right now. He showed an early rapport with Watson and the job is clearly his for the time being. You can do worse at tight end so give him a shot, especially against a Titans team that was victimized by the tight end position last weekend.

About Matt Hicks

Matt’s writing at Top2 is focused on dynasty fantasy football. He loves blending his experience writing research in the field of education with fantasy football stats. Matt currently lives in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @Top2Matt

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