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 pick-up on the Waiver Wire? I’m your man. Need dynasty stashes? I have dyno nuggets galore. 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’.
Buy: Kelvin Benjamin | WR | Buffalo Bills
Kelvin Benjamin brings his big ass north to become the Buffalo Bills WR1. Earlier in the year, I told you to buy Tyrod Taylor because of his rest-of-season matchups (Here.) The same applies to Kelvin Benjamin. Taylor is also 15th in RZ passing but 3rd in completion percentage of all QBs over 30 attempts. LeSean McCoy leads the Bills in RZ target percentage at 25.8 percent leaving a sizable chunk for Benjamin. Benjamin is currently WR25, a mere .5 points behind Julio Jones and Michael Thomas. I think that his move to Buffalo will result in an uptick in targets and vault him into the top-20 of WRs after Week 9.
Sell: Cameron Brate | TE | Tampa Bay Bucs
Brate has been one of the most consistent TEs in the league this year. Currently, Brate sits at TE4 and I don’t see him falling out of the top-10. UNLESS something goes awry with the Jameis Winston AC Joint injury. Winston has always been a fan of his TEs and should a change be made to Ryan Fitzpatrick; the entire Buccaneers offense would fall into even more disarray. I would be far more comfortable with trading Brate for an RB or WR that won’t be tied to Fitzpatrick. Streaming TEs is relatively easy, so gaining an every-week starter at RB or WR would be a great trade.
Pick-up: Rod Smith; De’Veon Smith | RB | Dallas Cowboys; Miami Dolphins
Neither of these players has an especially interesting athletic profile. They are just bets against Alfred Morris and Kenyan Drake. I’ve picked some interesting hills to die on and neither Morris or Drake is worth being all-in on. The preferred of the two Smiths that I mentioned is definitely Rod Smith, who is currently the RB2 on the Cowboys Week 9 depth chart.
Drop: Delanie Walker | TE | Tennessee Titans
This probably should’ve been done last week but Walker’s injury is still lingering. Corey Davis is also coming back from injury in Week 9 and Eric Decker has been more productive as of late. I just don’t see Walker as a TE worth rostering for weeks on end without the chance of playing. On top of all that, Walker plays Arizona, San Fran, and L.A. Rams, all of whom defend TEs well, in the fantasy playoffs.
It’s getting to the point in your dynasty season where you can tell if you’re going to have a chance at a title or not. If not, here’s my advice. Buy on players like Dalvin Cook and Chris Carson before you go selling players for picks. This coming draft season is Saquon Barkley and then a bunch of guys who will be completely dependent on their landing spot.
The last time we saw Josh Gordon in the regular season he was meh. The last time we saw him in the preseason, he looked pretty decent. The last time we saw him on the gram, he looked like he was chiseled out of granite. I might be in the minority but I think Gordon is worth a shot in dynasty. Think of all the guys you drafted in the third round of last season’s draft. Any of them have a chance to be what Josh Gordon can be?
The newly minted number one team, Georgia Bulldogs has four RBs that are worth a roster spot in devy.
That’s crazy depth.
Speaking of RBs. Josh Adams is making a case for RB2 with every week but his OL at Notre Dame is one of the better OLs in recent memory.
One last piece regarding depth has to do with SMU’s WR room. Everyone knows about Courtland Sutton but former Little League great, Trey Quinn has been showing out this season. Away from the cancerous LSU offense, Quinn has unlocked the potential everyone saw as a H.S. All-American. He’s worthy of being on your radar.