Matt Hicks, Staff Writer
Leonard Fournette-Still Hot
You’re right to be nervous about Fournette, after his miserable outing vs. the Chargers (1.9 yards/carry on 17 attempts) for 6 fantasy points, and we can’t forget his random scratch the week before. Don’t panic though, this is still the fantasy player that averaged 22 fantasy points per game through the first 6 weeks. Better yet, Fournette is playing the Browns this week. Don’t sell this guy, he’s still your ticket to the fantasy championship.
Rob Kelley put Thompson out of fantasy relevance, leaving him scoring 16 points combined the last two weeks. With Kelley out, Thompson is back to prominence in PPR formats. In weeks 6-8, this dual threat piled up 27 carries for 89 yards and 17 receptions for 207 yards and 1 touchdown. At minimum, Thompson is worth a start, at best he’s a difference maker down the stretch for you.
James White-A Grease Fire Waiting to Happen
There’s too many cooks in New England’s kitchen. White’s 10 points last week were far for his course, but he finished behind both Lewis (17) and Burkhead (14). White had just 18 total yards in week 10 and was bailed out with a short receiving touchdown. I know he’s been good to you, but back off White before he burns you.
Martavis Bryant-Hot Garbage
It. Is. A. Trap. Bryant put up 9 fantasy points last week, which makes all of the Bryant truthers eager to speak up again. Big Ben spread the ball out against a weak Colts defense, however, Bryant still saw less targets than Brown and JuJu (7). Bryant also averaged just 14 yards per reception, which eliminates the big-play-upside argument for him. JuJu is red hot, and Brown is still Brown. There’s not room for Bryant to succeed in Pittsburgh or in your starting line-up.
Melvin Gordon-When He’s Hot, He’s Hot
In Week 10, Gordon scored below 10 fantasy points for the 3rd time this season. As frustrating as that is, Gordon gets 14.7 carries per game and is averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Gordon also has pulled in at least 5 receptions in 5 games this season. He’s scored 4 receiving and 4 rushing touchdowns; this dual-threat makes him the 5th best running back on the season. Gordon haters are abound but don’t let them get to you. Gordon’s value is high, and he’s a critical part of your playoff push.
Joe Mixon-He’s Always Been Hot Garbage
Give it up, people: he’s not a good player. If you take 1 play out of each of Mixon’s last three games, he’d be irrelevant. He’s skated by with an average of 10 fantasy points/game the last three weeks; primarily because of 2 touchdown runs and 1 big reception. He’s averaging just 3 yards a carry and hasn’t scored more than 14 points all season. Sell him off to the delusional Mixon lover in your league (there’s always one) and get an asset that can actually support your playoff hopes.
LeSean McCoy-Luke Warm
McCoy has just 10 combined fantasy points in his last two games. The bad news is he’s gotten just 20 carries in those two games combined. The good news is that’s not the norm; in 5 of his 9 games this season he’s gotten at least 19 carries. In the games he gets the ball at least 19 times, McCoy has scored between 14 and 29 fantasy points. I expect McCoy to struggle with Peterman under center; and get less than 19 carries/game on a less dynamic offense. If you can sell Shady, go for it. If not, buckle up because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Kelvin Benjamin-Hot Garbage
Benjamin pulled in 3 of his 6 receptions for an oddly low 14 yards per catch. In Carolina, Benjamin had 4 games where he averaged more yards/reception and 5 games with more yards/target. I expect things to also get worse for Benjamin with an inexperienced rookie throwing to him. I believe this guy has serious talent, but it’s being wasted by his new team. He’s nothing more than a panic flex play until further notice.
Alfred Morris-Heating Up
I seem to be the only person seeing the upside on Morris. I was sweating watching him spend most of the game contributing zero points to my fantasy offense, but he finished the week at 5.5 yards/carry. He only scored 5 fantasy points but had the majority of carries (11) compared to the 4 combined carries of Smith and McFadden. I don’t love Morris just yet, but I think he deserves more credit and is worth a flex play in a standard league.
Doug Martin-Hot Garbage
I wanted to believe in Dougey fresh, but he’s scored below 10 fantasy points in 4 straight weeks. It’s not for lack of opportunity: in 3 of those 4 weeks he’s gotten at least 18 carries. Martin is scraping together just 3 yards/carry on the season and just 2.7 since Week 7. As the Bucs continue to struggle, Martin’s value continues to fall. He’s down to a flex option at best, and a playoff bust at worst.
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