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Twitter Reactions: Week Ten

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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,

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,


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,

When it comes to redraft leagues Nick Mensio is on point and I cannot imagine holding any longer.


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,

Other writers and analysts chimed in as Anderson’s performance against the Raiders unfolded tweeting,

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,

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,

The absence of Megatron might have been the best thing for the Lions offense in the long run as DLF’s Ty Miller suggested,


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,

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.

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,


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,

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,


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,

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 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,


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.

Special call out to Pro Football Focus’ Premium Stats for providing a great tool to pull some of the data and information in this article.

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Luke Wetta

Writer at Dynasty League Football
Luke loves to read and spends his days sharing the best articles and analysis from the ever-expanding world of fantasy football. Playing fantasy for 14 years his favorite player stat line still belongs to Jerome Bettis' 5 attempts for 1 yard and 3 touchdowns game (It helped he started "The Bus" that week). He holds no allegiance to any particular NFL team and is more upset about a loss on his fantasy team than any outcomes in real life. If he has time for a vacation the destination is always Vegas.

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  1. KB

    November 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I’m in a dynasty salary cap league. I have Phillip Rivers, but am looking for some QB depth down the stretch this year and also down the road. I’ve got Michael Vick, Ryan Mallet and Orton now, but McCown, Stanton and Bridgewater are all available via waivers. If you had to pick 2 of those guys out of the 6, who would you take for now and the future?

  2. Jim

    November 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I think the obvious long term answer from that group is Bridgewater so long as they drop Norv who I don’t trust to develop him correctly. Short term I’m going to go with a shocker, Drew Stanton. I think he is just as good as Palmer and he’s willing to take his shots downfield. I don’t think the Cardinals will miss a beat though his inexperience might hurt come NFL playoffs.

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