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. 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: Jameis Winston | QB | Tampa Bay Bucs
For some God-forsaken reason, the Bucs haven’t ended Winston’s season. The latest word is that he will be starting against the Green Bay Packers this weekend. The Packers are a good matchup for any QB, giving up 20.4 aFPA per game which is good for 30th in the NFL. Tampa Bay is equally bad at defense and this game has sneaky shootout potential to help with your playoff push. The Bucs also have Atlanta in Week 15 which could be a game that vaults you into the Fantasy Super Bowl.
Sell: Josh McCown | QB | NY Jets
No one has a more difficult playoff schedule than Josh McCown. He plays at Denver, at New Orleans, and then home against the Chargers. This an incredibly difficult run that should have you trying to unload Josh McCown for a more useful piece. It would be startling if you couldn’t stream QBs with much better matchups in the playoffs so start picking up streamers like Tyrod Taylor, Blake Bortles, and Case Keenum. It’s never too early to set yourself up for a successful playoff run.
Pick-up: Seth Roberts | WR | Oakland Raiders
The waiver wire is getting pretty damn thin at this point in the year but Seth Roberts is backing his way into being the WR1 against the NY Giants this week. The Giants have likely already quit on their coach and Janoris Jenkins is having season-ending surgery. Seth Roberts could put up WR2 numbers this week and help you with your last-minute playoff push.
Since the Waiver Wire is picked clean, let’s talk about handcuffs to grab before the stretch run. In today’s NFL, the RB position is a specialized position. In the event of an injury to a star, three-down RBs, most coaches would break-up the player’s responsibilities to several players. But here are a few RBs who could be league winners if a workhorse RB gets injured during the playoff push.
T.J. Yeldon (some stand-alone value)
Check your WW and make sure to trim some of your depth to add these high-upside RBs.
Drop: C.J. Anderson
It’s official. The CJA dream is dead. Over the last 2 weeks, Devontae Booker has taken over as the lead back of the worst offense in the NFL. John Elway is a huge fraud that lucked into Peyton Manning.
It looks like Austin Ekeler is carving out a spot in the Chargers offense which is awesome because Melvin Gordon isn’t good. Since Week 9, Ekeler has averaged 16.9 PPR points per game. Sure, Alvin Kamara has been a star but Ekeler has been great in his own right. Speaking of great, the Minnesota backfield has been underrated since the off-season. As a whole, their RBs have scored 276.9 PPR points. For comparison’s sake, the LA Rams backfield has 267.8 PPR points and the Steelers RBs have 236 PPR points. If you have Dalvin Cook, you’re looking at a top 5 RB in 2018.
This week we are going to go over some of my favorite underclassmen.
QB: I fucking love Justin Herbert. In high school, Herbert was a 3-star recruit that was recruited to Oregon by then-offensive coordinator Scott Frost. Fast-forward to 2017 and Herbert is a 6’6 225 lb dual-threat QB that reminds me a bit of Carson Wentz.
RB: Benny Snell is such an underrated prospect. At 5’11, 220 lbs, Snell is a powerful runner with sneaky big-play ability.
WR: If Jimbo Fisher leaves for Texas A&M and Jhamon Ausbon can manage to learn all 26984773 route concepts in his offense, I will love him even more. At 6’2, 220 lbs, Ausbon has a unique body type for playing the WR position in college. This season, Ausbon caught less than 50% of his targets but that number will increase drastically under new coaching.