“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.” -1 Samuel 17:1-25:7
Don’t fret, you are still at Dynasty League Football. The story of David and Goliath is oft quoted to describe any underdog situation. As a society, we are enamored with cheering for people to not only defy the odds, but doing so in simplistic yet spectacular fashion. Hollywood has capitalized on this desire as movies like the Mighty Ducks or the Karate Kid (the 80s version, not the nonsense remake with Jayden Smith) highlight a person or team defying all odds to bring home the trophy.
David’s slingshot, the Flying Vof the Ducks, or Danielson’s Crane Kick all highlight an important idea; sometimes it only takes a simple action to bring down a giant. Enter the below list of players. Now let me be perfectly clear about one thing, I am NOT advocating starting anyone mentioned in this article over any reliable, consistent fantasy contributor or a stud player who has had a few down weeks. Please read my article from a few weeks ago if you’re considering this at ANY point during this stretch run.
These players are designed for those dynasty degenerates who may be facing long odds in their playoff matchup and/or are searching for that last starter in a Flex spot in leagues with no kickers or defenses (the preferable way to operate a dynasty league).
It’s playoff time! Are you ready?
The playoffs can be a stressful time for all of us as each decision is magnified and one wrong move can end your season. Dynasty owners of James Conner (hand raised), Kareem Hunt (grrr, check), Melvin Gordon, Odell Beckham, Jr. and Emmanuel Sanders might feel like Jesse Spano coming down from a caffeine pill high (not sure if that’s actually a thing) as you are without one or more of your most important fantasy contributors at the most crucial time of the year. Below, I’ll give you some players who have the ability to help fill the void left in your roster by those players who are MIA this week.
Week 13 Slingshot Plays
Case Keenum, QB DEN: 12/21 151 yards, TD- Miss
Nyheim Hines, RB IND: 9 Targets, 9 Recs, 50 Receiving Yards; 4 Rushes/5 Yards- Hit
Adam Humphries, TB WR: 9 Targets, 7 Recs, 61 Yards, TD- Hit
Curtis Samuel, WR CAR: 11 Targets, 6 Recs, 88 Yards: 1 Carry, 8 Yards- Hit
Chris Herndon, TE NYJ: 6 Targets, 2 Recs, 31 Yards- Miss
Humphries has caught a touchdown in four of his last five games and is a weekly WR3 with WR2 upside until further notice. If you’re in a bind with your final flex spot, you can play either Curtis Samuel or Nyheim Hines. Yet, buyer beware they are likely to see a much lower target volume this week as Devin Funchess and Marlon Mack return to full health. Samuel has the much higher ceiling as he’s given touches around the red zone more frequently. Herndon continues to see a respectable number of targets, but it’s tough to trust anyone in the Jets offense right now. Case Keenum is officially off the fantasy radar for the remainder of 2018 with the loss of Emmanuel Sanders.
Week 14 Slingshot Plays
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