Each week I will be walking through the Twitterverse extracting some of the best commentary from trusted fantasy football minds. Twitter can be overwhelming with the amount of information that streams live, but it also proves to be one of the fastest and easiest ways to communicate. In 140 characters or less you can learn something about a player you may have never thought of from trends, stats or analysis.
Tweet of the Week
I never enjoy reading straight stats and actually like a little humor and entertainment while also gaining valuable fantasy knowledge. That being said, one of the funnier guys on the Twitter landscape offered this after Andy Dalton’s abysmal performance on Thursday night,
Andy Dalton completing 28% of his passes tonight. Similar to a toddler hurling macaroni and cheese from a high chair.
— Rummy (@RumfordJohnny) November 7, 2014
Thursday probably seems like an afterthought after Sunday and Monday’s NFL action, but don’t forget how putrid a performance old Andy put together.
Michael Floyd, WR ARI
One of the most tweeted about players from Sunday was Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd. The common thread between all the commentaries was mainly confusion as Rob Leath highlighted,
Football is always a mysterious game. But Michael Floyd’s disappearance will puzzle me until the day I die.
— Rob Leath (@RobLeath24) November 10, 2014
Entering the season many believed Floyd to be the true number one for Arizona with Larry Fitzgerald slowing down towards the end of his Hall of Fame career. He was also a consensus top 15 receiver in dynasty. This season he has been relegated to mainly a deep ball specialist and the targets and opportunities have just not been available. Once being considered the best receiving option on the team, he may be fighting for third best as Josh Moore tweeted on John Brown’s emergence,
Loved Floyd coming into 14 as much as anybody, but John Brown doing much more than stealing production, out-targeting & out-producing Floyd.
— Josh Moore (@4for4_Josh) November 10, 2014
When it comes to redraft leagues Nick Mensio is on point and I cannot imagine holding any longer.
I considered dropping Michael Floyd in my lone re-draft league this past week. Held off. Might have to just do it this coming week.
— Nick Mensio (@NickMensio) November 9, 2014
In terms of dynasty though, where does Michael Floyd rank? Top 20 is out of the question for me and even players like Emmanuel Sanders, Golden Tate or even Cardinals teammate Brown (who I have seen all ranked outside of the top 30 at the position) would seemingly make for better values. While this has been a devastating year in terms of fantasy, Floyd remains a young, talented receiver and still a buy very low player.
C.J. Anderson, RB DEN
In terms of fantasy, no position appears to have the weekly volatility and uncertainty like we see at running back. More often than not there is a capable, and even better, player waiting on the sideline and even the slightest ankle tweak can mean losing reps and even jobs. C.J. Anderson was the latest player to use injury and a good matchup to lay claim to more touches. For starters, if you missed why the hype is building catch this tweet from one of the DLF crew,
CJ Anderson’s TD catch and run… http://t.co/TeuBaEb9C9
— 7 Rounds in April (@7RoundsInApril) November 10, 2014
Other writers and analysts chimed in as Anderson’s performance against the Raiders unfolded tweeting,
CJ Anderson is so much better than Hillman.
— Cian O’Fathaigh (@Cianaf) November 9, 2014
I’ve been telling you every week: CJ Anderson is the best RB on the Broncos roster
— Allen Bassett (@Allen_Bassett) November 9, 2014
Coming out of California, Anderson was not graded highly and the Denver Broncos signed him as an undrafted free agent last season. Before week ten’s 160 yard outburst, C.J. was in a tight race with Juwan Thompson for third-string duties. So the main question is what role will Anderson receive moving forward? Montee Ball is expected back against the Rams this week. Ronnie Hillman had previously looked to have taken the job from Ball, but struggles in pass protection and diminishing output running the ball have once again opened the door to change. As much as the fantasy community may question coaching staff decisions when providing touches to players, we still need to follow their lead. Ball was given the starting job to start the season for a reason and Hillman was declared next in line. I would expect a few more touches for C.J. in the coming weeks, but barring injuries, double digits are unlikely. In the end I would look to sell on all pieces of the Broncos backfield if buyers are available. Adam Harstad tweeted what might be the most accurate point stating,
C.J. Anderson looking good is probably the worst possible outcome for owners of the Denver backfield. This might get messy.
— Adam Harstad (@AdamHarstad) November 9, 2014
Golden Tate, WR DET
Looking for a receiver who is in the top five in number of targets, receptions and yards this season? Golden Tate is your man. He has yet to catch fewer than five passes in a game and is averaging 101 yards per contest. While many expected the return of Calvin Johnson to diminish his weekly returns, that clearly was not the cast as Raymond Summerlin shared,
Golden Tate had 13 targets despite Johnson playing. No one else had more than 3.
— Raymond Summerlin (@RMSummerlin) November 10, 2014
The absence of Megatron might have been the best thing for the Lions offense in the long run as DLF’s Ty Miller suggested,
Stafford just needed to know he can rely on Tate. He learned that while Mega was out. Hopefully you didnt sell him off b/c of Mega’s return.
— Ty Miller (@Ty_In_StL) November 10, 2014
Looking long term this was a very important season for Tate and his fantasy owners as well. At only 26 years old and signed for the next four years, consistent production in the Lions offense should be expected. As we head towards the fantasy playoffs in 2014, Golden Tate might become even more dangerous as defenses roll to protect against Calvin and Stafford clearly understands he has a second option with the ability to make plays. 4for4’s Josh Moore might have provided the best news for Tate owners proclaiming,
— Josh Moore (@4for4_Josh) November 10, 2014
I highly suggest checking out 4for4.com’s Strength of Schedule Hot Spots as an invaluable fantasy football tool.
Marshawn Lynch, RB SEA
[inlinead]?Coming into this season, Marshawn Lynch held out upset over his current contract. The Seahawks were not willing to extend his deal and it seemed like Seattle was potentially willing to not give in. (Christine Michael fantasy owners could have only hoped.) But they did eventually come to an agreement to guarantee more money that was previously tied up in roster bonuses and the future leaving both sides happy. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, Lynch and fantasy owners, round two is close at hand. The problem the Seahawks face, particularly after Sunday’s four touchdown performance, is how much is the running back truly worth. Many analysts chimed in sharing their thoughts including DLF’s Jacob Feldman and Rotoworld’s Evan Silva.
When do we start wondering if the Seahawks will actually keep Lynch for 2015? Everyone was 100% convinced he’s gone. Still certain?
— Jacob Feldman (@feldmanjacob) November 10, 2014
Still not 100% sold #Seahawks won’t bring back Lynch next year.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) November 10, 2014
Coming off a two game stretch where Lynch racked up over 200 yards and six touchdowns is likely not the best time to be making any future assumptions. The main reason I say this is important for both the rest of 2014 and beyond. Lynch’s remaining schedule is downright brutal the rest of the way as pointed out two weeks ago,
— FFGator (@FFGator) October 29, 2014
Next up is Kansas City, who has yet to allow a rushing touchdown. In week 12 Lynch squares off against the Cardinals who have yet to allow a 100 yard rusher. Seattle then faces the 49ers in weeks 13 and 15 and one more matchup against the Cardinals. During weeks 5 through 8 against stronger competition, Marshawn averaged under 80 total yards per game and scored only one time. Combined with Russell Wilson’s struggles in the passing game I would be looking to sell Lynch in both redraft and dynasty leagues for a big return.
Russell Wilson, QB SEA
Staying with Seattle and focusing on their signal caller, rough times might also be in store down the stretch. As noted above, the Seahawks play against some tough competition and as JJ Zachariason tweeted passing is not Russell Wilson’s game,
Over 40% of Russell Wilson’s fantasy production has come from his legs this year. For comparison, it’s 19.8% for Colin Kaepernick.
— JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) November 10, 2014
Remove Wilson’s rushing numbers and he is essentially Ryan Fitzpatrick (Houston’s quarterback who just lost his starting job). Evan Silva provide a little more insight on the pasting struggles tweeting,
RE: Russell Wilson passing struggles. Cosell has said #Seahawks WRs asked to ‘win’ on isolation routes, not winning & not helped by scheme.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) November 10, 2014
So while Russell is the number five overall fantasy quarterback after 10 weeks, I am betting against that finish the remainder of the season. The Seahawks will also need to start looking for better options in the passing game after both Golden Tate and Percy Harvin have moved on.
Tre Mason, RB Rams
Not that you want to look to invest heavily in the St. Louis Rams offense, but we may finally be getting some clarity in the backfield as Mike Clay noted,
Tre Mason led the Rams in carries (14), rush yards (48), receptions (4) and targets (6) today. #Workhorse
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) November 10, 2014
Rueben Randle, WR NYG
After New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz was sent to the IR, Reuben Randle was expected to be a consistent fantasy asset. Surprisingly, things have actually gotten worse and it is not due to a lack of targets as Rich Hribar commented,
Randle literally has no area of strength at all at this point in his game to lean on. He’s pretty much a black hole of target volume.
— Rich Hribar (@LordReebs) November 10, 2014
Randle has poor hands as seen in his 57% catch rate on the season, a number that has dropped to 47% over the last three weeks. He also has shown zero ability to extend a play as teammate Preston Parker has more yards after the catch despite half as many catches. In week ten, Randle had only two yards of YAC, meaning the six foot tall receiver essentially was able to fall forward one time after immediately catching the ball. DLF’s Eric Hardter also remarked on the stark difference between Randle and rookie Odell Beckham Jr.’s seasons to date,
OBJ has 39% of Randle’s targets, but 47% of his receptions, 71% of his yards & 150% of his TD’s. Not sure who this says more about…
— Eric Hardter (@EDH_27) November 4, 2014
Eventually you would expect the Giants coaching staff to realize Rueben does not offer the same return on targets as other options in the receiving game.
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