We have in-depth rankings for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 classes, which we update throughout the season. We also have a breakdown on what the heck a devy league is, in case it’s foreign to you.
This week gives us the premier matchup of the season thus far as Louisville and Clemson tangle in what could be a thrilling game. We also get to see Michigan host Wisconsin in another battle between top-10 teams, although we won’t feature that game here.
Wake Up and Watch
No. 14 Miami at Georgia Tech (ESPN, Noon)
For our purposes, this game is all about the Hurricanes.]]>
Sammy Watkins, WR BUF
It seemed that this was inevitable, but the Buffalo Bills placed wide receiver Sammy Watkins on the injured reserve list due to complications from his foot injury. Watkins missed last week’s game after suiting up the first two weeks of the season. There is a chance he comes back eight weeks from now, but this is essentially a lost season for the talented wideout. Just as I would suggest with Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, now is the time to send out some trade offers for Watkins if you don’t already own him. He remains a top 15 option at his position, at worst.
Eric Decker, WR NYJ]]>
The Cook Is Back In The Kitchen
Dalvin Cook, RB Florida State]]>
Let’s face it, people overreact to small sample sizes. This is especially true when it comes to the world of fantasy football. We have a very strong tendency to let what happens in just 60 minutes completely overpower and sometimes erase what we studied for months or what we’ve seen for years. Every once in a while we need to step back from the ledge, take a deep breath, and remember that extremes happen. Sometimes a perfect storm comes along and a player is great for a brief period before never being heard from again (Bryce Brown, I’m looking at you!). The exact opposite is of course true as well. There have been a ton of players who hit a little slump before leading more fantasy teams to the playoffs than beers consumed at a game in Lambeau Field!
That’s where I come in. For the last few years, I’ve been doing my best to be an objective voice of reason each and every week. I try to pick one or two “breakout” or slumping players each week. I take some time to objectively look at the good news, the bad news, and then give you what I hope is the truth about what you can expect moving forward. I’m not always right (then again, no one is!), but I like to think I’m right way more than I am wrong. I’m not afraid to say something unpopular or against the hype if it is what I believe. I was one of the first to tell you it is time to bail on Trent Richardson when the Browns traded him what seems like decades ago. I always felt Bryce Brown was a splash in the pan who wouldn’t hold dynasty value, and I was one of the voices telling you Allen Hurns was good enough to stay the starter opposite Allen Robinson. All three of those were rather unpopular takes at the time, but they are exactly what all of the evidence point towards. People just needed to step back and take it all in, and I’m just here to help you do that.
Through the first two weeks of the season I spent some time talking about a pair of young receivers in Willie Snead and Travis Benjamin. I’m going to stick to the receiver trend in week three, or at least I think I am, because I’m not exactly sure what we call Terrelle Pryor. He played most of his snaps at receiver, but took a healthy number of snaps as the wildcat quarterback as well as spending a little bit of time at safety. Because he’s such a unique case, took the time to watch each and every play he was involved in one more time to try and get a handle on what we can expect from him moving forward.
Terrelle Pryor, WR (?) CLE]]>
Each week, I’ll choose three players, try to pinpoint their value in relation to 2017 dynasty rookie picks and let my Twitter followers do the rest. I’ll post each question as a Twitter poll with a goal of at least 500 votes to provide a relevant sample size.
This exercise should not only provide insight about how the specific players are being valued, but also the players’ positions as a whole, along with the daunted incoming rookie class of 2017.
Here’s the first ‘The Player or the Pick?’:]]>
Often, things like quarterback hurries, quarterback knockdowns or snap counts don’t appear in the box scores – these are key indicators of potential value changes that may be forthcoming as they show a particular player is getting after the quarterback and a string of sacks may be on the horizon or a linebacker may be coming off of the field more than originally expected.
The goal is to largely avoid stellar IDP players since many of those individuals are already heavily in the eyes of IDP owners. Instead, here are some key trends based on week three performances:
Premier Conference Performer
Fred Ross, WR Mississippi State (Sophomore)
Eight receptions, 126 yards, two touchdowns vs. Massachusetts
The truth is the Bulldogs of Mississippi State just aren’t very good this year, despite their current 2-1 record. One bright spot for the Dogs though is senior wide receiver Fred Ross. Often overlooked by the national media and certainly devy dynasty players, Ross had another spectacular game as Mississippi State held off UMass last week. Ross had eight grabs for 126 yards and two scores. Ross is on pace for another 1,000 yard season, which is even more impressive when considering he missed most of the off-season after undergoing groin surgery. At 6’2” and 205 pounds, Ross has the size to compete in the NFL if he gets a chance. I expect Ross to be a late draft pick, or even go undrafted, but he’ll be a player that I keep on my radar.
Premier Conference Performers
WR Ishmael Zamora, Baylor Bears
Eight receptions for 175 yards and two touchdowns
Returning from a three game suspension generated by an ugly incident with his dog, Ishmael Zamora took advantage of KD Cannon’s mid-game injury to torch Oklahoma State and cement his status as Baylor’s number two receiver. While Blake Lynch has had a promising start to his career, he’s not quite ready to emerge as the Bears’ big receiver next to KD Cannon and Zamora’s presence proved a nice boon for Seth Russell, whose sluggish start to the season had some Baylor fans cursing Jarrett Stidham’s departure. While not an electric athlete, Zamora is smooth and offers jump ball ability; one of his touchdowns Saturday was a jump ball play and he was an accomplished track athlete in high school. Perhaps due to his run-heavy high school system, Zamora was not a huge high school recruit yet still offers enormous upside in his redshirt sophomore season. He’s currently a pretty well-kept secret, though it could change in a heartbeat as he piles up in numbers on Baylor’s high-octane offense.