Andrew Ferris, @AndyFerrisFF
Ferris Wheelin' & Dealin': Drop This Player Before You Lose Everything
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I’m buying Bengal offensive players wherever I can this week now that Ken Zampese isn’t weighing them down with terrible offensive coaching. Through two weeks the Bengals were putrid enough on offense to make a change and bring in Bill Lazor. Lazor, if you remember, was the OC for the Dolphins when Ryan Tannehill threw for 4,095 yards and ran for another 311. He also effectively utilized Mike Wallace, as well, as Lamar Miller. I think this is a huge step up for all three players that I mentioned.
Sell: Aaron Rodgers | QB | Green Bay Packers
This might not be a popular sell but through two games, never has it been more evident that streaming QBs is the wave. Through two games, Rodgers has only found the end zone 3 times. The injuries to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb don’t help matters either. While I don’t expect Nelson or Cobb to miss much time, I think it would behoove owners to stay ahead of things and sell Rodgers for a high-end RB2 or WR2.
Pick-up: Chris Godwin | WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last week, Godwin saw two end zone targets! He may not have pulled them in but the sentiment remains the same: Jameis Winston trusts him enough to look his way when it matters most. I also want to point out that Bucs and Dolphins players hold extra value because they don’t have a bye week. The only player that the 16 straight games are a concern for, in my opinion, is Jay Ajayi and his 80-year-old knees.
Drop: Brandon Marshall | WR (not LB) | NY Giants (Not Denver Broncos)
Marshall enraged Giants fans and fantasy owners alike on Monday with a lackluster performance. Couple that with the ineffectiveness of Eli Manning and Sterling Shepard/Evan Engram’s youth, I don’t see Marshall ever being consistent enough to make an impact on your fantasy team. Here’s what I’m envisioning
Brandon Marshall lays two more eggs; enraged, you decide that it appropriate to Tweet at him. Unfortunately, the bravery that it took to fire off a mistimed Tweet doesn’t carry over to your fantasy team and you don’t drop him. Finally, he scores two touchdowns on 4 targets… ON YOUR BENCH! You’re so tilted that you multi-enter some $300 primetime slates and lose your whole bankroll. So, you chase the points for another week, only to be let down. Now it is Week 7 and you’re out of the playoff hunt because you didn’t listen to me and drop Brandon Marshall. And your wife or husband probably left you.
Play: Ricardo Louis | WR | Cleveland Browns
This min. priced player has a chance to be a low-owned stud this week. With many owners flocking to Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins, pull the leverage play with Louis. Louis is still the best deep threat the team has and has a comparable skill set, albeit different frame, as J.J. Nelson. Nelson just torched the Colts secondary and I think Louis has a chance to, as well. Drop down from Higgins to Louis for a contrarian roster.
Fade: Deandre Hopkins | WR | Houston Texans
Hopkins has been the most targeted WR in the league through two games which puts a giant target on his back going into his game against the New England Patriots. I expect the Patriots to shut down the Texans offense this Sunday with a game plan centered around stopping Nuk.
Last week, I was able to sell Kenny Golladay, Vance McDonald, 18 3rd for Austin Seferian-Jenkins, an 18 1st, and an 18 2nd. I also traded Melvin Gordon for Devonta Freeman and ASJ. Now reports are saying ASJ is out-of-shape and may not suit up this week. How the hell do you go from the best player on the team in the preseason to out-of-shape in 2 weeks?! Character concerns are real, folks. And in dynasty, you are investing in players like stocks. Character concerns are okay when the possible R.O.I. heavily outweighs the original investment. In the above-mentioned cases, I was getting a player with high potential as a throw in. My point is, always be aware when investing in a player with character concerns that he could get fat in two weeks.
I told you last week that Josh Rosen would need every ounce of leadership to push UCLA through the east coast doldrums for a win! I told ya! I’m excited to see Okie State battle TCU. This game features a great QB prospect in Mason Rudolph, a great RB prospect in Sewo Olonilua, and a great WR prospect in James Washington. Earlier in the day, FSU true freshman James Blackman will make his debut against the stout DL of NC State. What is most important in the devy world, however, is this is Cam Akers first game against not-Alabama. It seems like ages ago that he shook the soul of out Shaun Dion Hamilton.
Later on in the night, Mississippi State travels to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs. Nick Fitzgerald will drop dimes in primetime once again. Before the season, he was one of my favorite devy targets but I don’t think he’s the only player to keep an eye in this game. Aeris Williams is a seasoned back with a future and on the other side, Jake Fromm looks to gain a stranglehold on the QB1 position at UGA.
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