Andrew Ferris, @AndyFerrisFF
Ferris Wheelin' & Dealin': Pre-Season Edition
Welcome to my new weekly column that is a one-stop-shop for all things fantasy. Want a buy-low target for seasonal? Got it. Need the best pickup on the Waiver Wire? I’m your man. Need dynasty stashes? I have dyno nuggets galore. DFS plays and fades? Of course. I may even throw in a devy blurb once in a while for all you lovable degens out there. Without further ado, let me, the Fantasy Leonardo DaVinci, help improve your fantasy performance through a little Wheelin’ & Dealin’.
The Julian Edelman injury has sent shockwaves through many expert rankings. Where will those vacated targets go? Chris Hogan? Malcolm Mitchell? Austin Carr? Certainly not Danny Amendola. I think that the two biggest beneficiaries are Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks. Subsequently, I have pushed Gronk into the early second round. At his current ADP of 20, I see plenty of room for him to return value.
Going along the same vein, if you own Chris Hogan, it is definitely time to sell. Last season, he was on the field for over 80% of pass plays but was unremarkable, to say the least. For me, Hogan is a best ball-only kind of player with a huge variance in his week-to-week output. No time like the present to sell this hot commodity.
One player that is probably floating around on your waiver wire is Austin Seferian-Jenkins. If he is, pull up your fantasy football app and pick him up before you finish this article. With the announcement of Josh McCown as QB, ASJ has moved to TE16 in my rankings. In past years, McCown has made stars out of Martellus Bennett and Gary Barnidge. This year, ASJ will continue the trend and help your team win a championship.
Drop your kicker. There is no reason to have a kicker on your roster until 5 minutes before the roster lock. The extra roster spot that will open can allow you to gain a better perspective on some high-upside player’s roles this season.
Some of my favorite DFS plays for the opening week are Carson Wentz ($5,300), Todd Gurley ($6,000), Kendall Wright ($3,200), Zach Ertz ($3,500), and Rams DST ($3,200). These plays would leave an average of $7,200 for the 4 remaining roster spots on DraftKings.
Christian McCaffrey. I’m sure that the combination of preseason highlights and that little green number 32 near his name will sway tons of ownership towards McCaffrey. But keep in mind, he has very little touchdown upside to go along with the expected ownership.
The following take needs eclipse glasses to view because it is that hot.
Okay, glasses on? What does Danny Woodhead do that Smoke Mizzell can’t? The answer is nothing. Smoke Mizzell is younger, cheaper, and more talented than Danny Woodhead. If you have any room on your dynasty roster, Mizzell needs to be added ASAP.
This weekend has a ton of great match-ups on the college slate. An under-the-radar game is NC State vs. South Carolina. On offense, NCSU has a Swiss-Army Knife player in Jaylen Samuels. Last season, Samuels had 6 TDs on just 33 rushing attempts and 7 TDs on 55 receptions. In the NFL, Samuels seems like he could be a new-age Kimble Anders. On the South Carolina side, Rico Dowdle, Bryan Edwards, Deebo Samuel, and OrTre Smith all have NFL futures.
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