Andrew Ferris, @AndyFerrisFF
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. 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’.
Buy: John Brown | WR | Arizona Cardinals
I think there is one more week before the buy-low window closes for John Brown. The next two weeks, Brown gets to attack the Eagles and the Bucs. Each of these teams has one significant weakness, their cornerbacks. Brown will have a field day against the Eagles this week. Also, looking ahead, Brown gets the Tennessee Titans in Week 14 which could be the opening round of your playoffs. It doesn’t take much to make me a believer in John Brown, so let’s hop in his bandwagon together.
Sell: Isaiah Crowell | RB | Cleveland Browns
Normally I wouldn’t advise selling low on a player but after last week’s RB Armageddon, I think you should offer the Dalvin Cook owner in your league Crowell. He or she will see that Crowell is playing the NY Jets this week and may bank on a breakout. But the next stretch in Crowell’s schedule is brutal. In fact, Crowell doesn’t have a favorable matchup until Week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. By then it’s possible that the team will have moved on from a player who will, most certainly, not be on their team next year.
Pick-up: Josh McCown | QB | NY Jets
In a year where QB-streamers have been the formula for success, let’s not stop now. This week, McCown is taking on the Cleveland Browns and next week McCown will be leading the Jets into a possibly important game against the Patriots. You aren’t going to find a sweeter stretch for an unowned QB this season.
Drop: Josh Doctson | WR | Washington Football Team
It pains me to say but I think the Josh Doctson dream is dead. The health issues are becoming too much to overcome. He was trending in the right direction going into Monday Night Football but a TD drop, a shoulder injury, and a huge decrease in snap share is enough to get me completely off my 2016 NFL Draft WR1. With the embarrassment of riches that Washington possesses at TE, I would expect Jay Gruden to use more 12 personnel going forward.
I mentioned earlier that I thought the Browns might move on from Isaiah Crowell before the season is over and the beneficiary would be Matthew Dayes. Make sure that he is owned in your dynasty leagues. Last week, Keelan Cole was in on 59% of Jacksonville Jaguar snaps and was targeted 6 times. That kind of usage is very intriguing moving forward. Also, Ryan Griffin is on the field almost every snap and has shown a connection between him and Deshaun Watson.
Tonight, the Louisville Cardinals travel to NC State in what should be a great contest. If you’ve never seen a game in Raleigh, be sure to notice how close the fans are to the players. It’s almost like a Cameron Indoor Stadium-type feel. Also, watch Lamar Jackson take on another great DL.
This weekend, TCU will clash with West Virginia in a game that features future NFL players like Justin Crawford, Darius Anderson, Sewo Olonilua, and possibly Will Grier. Another interesting game will be Stanford @ Utah. Utah comes in undefeated but will they be able to stop Bryce Love? Love has rushed for 1088 yards already this season on just 98 carries. Utah also features an interesting devy prospect, Darren Carrington II. Carrington was kicked out of Oregon but has resurfaced in Utah. He currently has 30 receptions for 485 yards and 4 TDs. So tune in Saturday night to watch two of the NCAA’s most explosive players.