Andy Ferris, @AndyFerrisFF
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 the Week 2 moves to make in redraft, dynasty, devy, and college football fantasy.
Hold: Adrian Peterson | RB | Washington Football Team After a strong showing in Week One, my first inclination was to sell high on Adrian Peterson. I still think that selling high on Peterson is an optimal strategy, however, with his juicy Week Two match-up, next Monday will be the day to target trading AP. Last week, Indy gave up a boatload of fantasy points to Joe Mixon and this week will be no different. Both Peterson and Thompson will be feasting on the Colts D. Pick-up: Quincy Enunwa | WR | NY Jets Quincy Enunwa is one of the best big slot WRs in the league when healthy. In 2016, Enunwa averaged 10.56 fantasy points per game but was injured last season. In that season, he had seven startable weeks and that will only improve in 2018 which makes this one of the most important week 2 moves to make. Don’t Pick-up: Jonnu Smith | TE | Tennessee Titans After watching Delanie Walker go down to a season-ending injury, acquiring Jonnu Smith might be on your week 2 moves to make agenda. Not so fast my friend! Last Sunday, Smith was only targeted on 7.5-percent of his snaps which is under the 8-percent that Luke Stocker received. That small sample size doesn’t mean much but there is another cause for concern, Matt LaFleur. In his one season as an OC, LaFleur’s TE1 finished 35th overall. Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett averaged 2.8 and 2.0 targets/game. When LaFleur was QB coach in Atlanta, his TEs were also largely abandoned, as well. All of this could be moot anyway if Marcus Mariota isn’t healthy or is actually a bum. No one wants Blaine Gabbert’s 4th progression in an offense that will be centered around two RBs.
Sell: Josh Gordon | WR | Cleveland Browns Josh Gordon is everyone’s feel-good story but outside of his touchdown catch, Gordon’s numbers were concerning. He was fifth on the team in targets and is clearly the WR2 (at best) in that offense. Todd Haley is using Jarvis Landry as his Antonio Brown and Gordon seems to be the go route option (i.e. Martavis Bryant). I think you can get a decent amount for a guy who is four years removed from a good fantasy season.
Target: Old QBs In many cases, devy puts a premium on youth but with so many stud QBs in the college ranks, I think you can safely target players like Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, and Philip Rivers. Justin Herbert and Daniel Jones both look like potential studs, Tua Tagovailoa has some Steve Young to his game, and Trevor Lawrence hasn’t done anything to dispel talks of his generational talent. The older QBs can be your bridge to the newest generation. Acquire: Laviska Shenault | WR | Colorado Buffaloes Whether it be finding a way to get 1.01 or trading for him, if someone was smart enough to draft him, Laviska Shenault has a chance to be one of the most special WRs we have seen. His game reminds me of a healthy Sammy Watkins. He has strong hands and a great YAC ability.
Pick-up: Jakobi Meyers | WR | NC State Wolfpack In Week One Meyers caught 14 balls but injured his ankle. Last week, Meyers sat out and was left off many CFF rosters. This week Meyers and the Wolfpack get the West Virginia Mountaineers in what, weather permitting, will be a shootout. Regardless of this week, Meyers is a great PPR guy who also has a good bit of long speed. *edit*- The game has been canceled. Meyers is still a great pickup. Drop: Squally Canada | RB | BYU Cougars Squally Canada has one of the coolest names in college football and broke out in Week One with a 3 TD game. Unfortunately, Canada regressed in Week Two to the tune of 3.1 ypa. Normally, one inefficient week wouldn’t scare me but last year Canada only averaged 3.9 ypa. I think with Canada we’ve got a big, plodding RB who may have weekly TD spikes but will never be startable. Check out my previous article to see if I’m full of shit! Season Kickoff Article