Welcome to the 2018 version of Ferris Wheelin’ & Dealin’. I’m going to give you the lowdown on who to target via trade, who to pick up, and who to keep an eye on in the future. I’ll cover redraft, dynasty, devy, and college football fantasy.
Gio Bernard | RB | Cincinnati Bengals
With Joe Mixon out for several weeks, Gio Bernard might be the best waiver addition of the year. He has always been incredibly productive when given the opportunity and for the next few weeks he will be given one. In fact, when Bernard gets at least 12 touches, he has averaged 16.4 fantasy points. This puts him squarely in line to be a RB2 for the next 2-4 weeks.
Chris Ivory/Marcus Murphy | RB | Buffalo Bills
There is a chance Lesean McCoy misses a game or two, due to cracked ribs. DO NOT use Ivory or Murphy unless you drafted the worst team possible. The Bills OL has been abysmal in run blocking for McCoy and game script has forced the Bills to abandon the run in both games this season. These guys will be touchdown-dependent plays on a team that struggles to move the ball.
Jameis Winston | QB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Ryan Fitzpatrick stuff is great and all but are you really expecting him to keep up these numbers? Fitzmagic is in his mid-30s and on his 7th team. He’s had short stretches of good play in the past, but we’ve seen this movie before. Use this time to buy the QB who will be throwing in this explosive offense at the end of the season. Keep in mind that in the final 5 games of the 2017 season, Jameis Winston was the QB1. So, from Week 13 in 2017 until Week 2 of 2018, Tampa Bay’s QB position has outperformed all others. This is a definite buying opportunity.
Josh Gordon | WR | Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon has had peaks and valleys of value like no player I have ever seen. I think this is a psychological thing because most of us don’t feel he should have been suspended for weed. Our disagreement with his suspension has made us root for him like no player before. But Gordon hasn’t been a game changer since 2013. It is currently 2018. That’s a significant bit of time. I had a daughter in August of 2013 and she’s now in kindergarten. Why you have this asset is beyond me but there will be no better time than to sell Josh Gordon right now while our imaginations are full of Tom Brady touchdowns.
Cam Akers | RB | FSU
Florida State is currently starting their Back-up LT, a converted DT, their back-up RG, and their 4th String RT. Cam Akers isn’t going to do shit this year but he’s still the same player who was largely looked at as 1.01 in devy drafts. With the huge performances from AJ Dillon and Jonathan Taylor, now is best opportunity to buy Akers.
Newly Minted Starting QBs
Malik Cunningham and Alan Bowman are distinctly different QBs but they are both walking into situations ripe with fantasy points. Bowman will be taking over the reigns at Texas Tech, where QBs get the chance to throw like no other. There is huge opportunity there. Cunningham is taking over for an ineffective Puma Pass. Cunningham is much more of a dual threat than Pass and it should help cover up the Louisville OL that has been bad. Cunningham gets to throw to one of the best sets of WRs in the country, perhaps behind only Ole Miss and Bama.
Blake Banham | WR/RB | E. Michigan Eagles
This guy is the MAC version of Olemide Zaccheaus, meaning he has eligibility at WR and RB and can help open up your squad. Banham has been an explosive player this season averaging 15.7 yards per catch despite his diminutive frame. He also comes from great bloodlines as his sister is a professional basketball player. Grab Banham for your team as MACtion will begin soon, giving you the opportunity to watch weeknight football with some skin in the game.