Julio Skywalker Jones
Simply because I am a huge nerd and because this is just all too fitting. There have been whispers and ancient text regarding the long foreseen “ Chosen One”, but the proof has not been there. Some hold true and know that he will show himself one day bringing balance to the force of your team and moving you one step closer to playoff berth or pushing you another round in championship contention bringing peace to the galaxy. Others doubting the existence of this false magic and lost faith; trading him off or disregarding him. Well, in week 12 Julio Skywalker Jones decided he would arise. Defenders trembled where they stood when they lined up across from him Sunday as he continue his on slaughter of catches and moving the marker. 268 yards, 2 touchdowns and 11 depleted souls later the Falcons claimed victory. We hope you are the faithful and prospered off of this rather than suffer.
While Julio brought balance to force for the time being, remember an awakening is always around the corner. A special talent has arisen from the swamplands. He had the potential inside him all season long, and suddenly he seems to have more power than any could have ever dreamed. The young Alvin Kamara has burst onto the scene and the force is definitely strong with this one. The one time free agent padawan has surpassed those that once stood ahead of him and controls the fate of many fantasy universes.
To those entering the postseason, whether you squeaked in with a .500 record or if you’re the #1 seed, anything can happen here on out. Fantasy football is a long and rigorous quest, and the game is played all season long. Good Luck Gents!
Put Me In Coach: Waiver Wire
Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI TE - Still characterized as a boom or bust player RSJ is a risky but sexy pickup. Although the high snap count that is hoped for, he has seen a great usage rate. Plus, near the end zone he seems to have a great connection with Blaine Gabbert. If you are desperate at the TE position you could find worse options for sure. Owned in 1%.
Corey Coleman, CLE WR - Coleman has seen 18 targets in his two games back with the team and looks to be a main point of the offense moving forward. The return of Josh Gordon could actually make life a little easier on Corey giving him more red zone opportunities to get open, although his targets will take a small hit. Still a great add right now going into playoffs. Owned in 33%.
Austin Ekeler, LAC RB - For three straight weeks regardless of Melvin Gordon’s health Austin Ekeler has been involved in both the run and pass game. He is for sure worth rostering in most leagues for a handcuff to Melvin in case something were to happen and even if not still has a chance to produce weekly for you in PPR leagues. Owned in 25%.
Rod Smith, DAL RB - Darren McFadden was officially cut and then retired from the NFL leaving only two backs that matter for the next few weeks in Dallas. Right now Smith and Morris are sharing touches, but he continues to look like the more explosive of the two and may see more looks going forward if Dallas hopes to win some games with creativity. Owned in 21%.
Marquise Goodwin, SF WR - Although Goodwin only has 5 receptions in his last two games his stats still read well; 5 receptions, 160 yards, 1 TD and 8 Targets. Most of the time that would be a player worth rostering in all leagues strictly because of the potential and his lock at the WR1 for the team. With Jimmy G starting for the rest of the season (hopefully) Goodwin should see an increase in targets and his speed should pay off after the catch. Owned in 11%.
Zay Jones, BUF WR - Jones looks like he will be taking over as the WR1 with Kelvin out for the season despite the lack of time he actually spent with the team. Zay has seen 17 targets in the last two games and although the yards don’t show it, he has been a bright spot on the team. Luckily the team has a pretty good schedule moving forward and Jones should be worthy of a flex spots in most leagues with a decent floor for volume. Owned in 10%.
Dede Westbrook, JAX WR - In his first two weeks of playing with the team Dede quickly took over the target share for WRs. His speed, athleticism and pure talent should prove useful on a Jags team looking for any help outside of the injured Fournette. Despite the lack of skill from QB Blake Bortles, Westbrook should continue to see fantasy relevance with the targets in PPR leagues. Owned in 8%.
QB: Brady, Cousins, Newton, Wilson, Wentz, Rivers
RB: Bell, Gurley, McCoy, Ingram, Kamara, Howard, Gordon, McCaffrey, Hyde
WR: Brown, Jones, Green, Baldwin, Thielen, Thomas, Hopkins, Evans, Allen, Cooks
TE: Gronkowski, Kelce, Ertz, Engram, Graham, Walker, Rudolph
QB: Taylor, Roethlisberger, Goff, Keenum, Brees
RB: Lewis, Perine, Burkhead, L. Murray, Miller, Johnson Jr., Fournette, Lynch
WR: Landry, D.Thomas, Hill, Crowder, Funchess, Shepard*, Diggs, Adams, Anderson, Bryant
TE: Olsen*, Cook, Davis, Doyle, Witten, ASJ, Henry, Hooper, Clay
QB: Smith, Carr, McCown, Ryan, Bortles, Mariota*, Stafford, Dalton
RB: Darkwa, D. Murray, Hunt, Mckinnon, Crowell, Forte, Collins, Peterson, Drake, Williams, Woodhead
WR: Fitzgerald, Sanders, Tate, Hogan, Jeffery, Kupp, Lee, Sanu, Smith-Schuster*, Jones Jr., Matthews,. Davis, Doctson, Ginn Jr., Goodwin, Inman, Richardson, Jones
TE: Kroft, Watson, Fiedorowicz, Thomas, Seals-Jones, Gresham, James
Roll the dice:
QB: Winston*, Prescott, Gabbert, Hundley, Siemian, Garoppolo, Savage, Gabbert
RB: Freeman, Coleman, Henry, Mixon, Smith, Morris, Gore, Abdullah, Powell, Booker, Martin*, Ajayi, White, Mack, Ekeler, Mckissic, Blount, Yeldon
WR: Nelson, Agholor, Hilton, Maclin, Roberts, Parker, Kearse, Jackson, Locket, Stills, Patterson, Watkins, Coleman, Gordon, Wallace, Richardson, Hurns*, Golladay, Cobb
TE: Howard, Lewis, Kittle, Sims, Njoku, Ebron, Higbee, Brate
Round Table: Weekly discussion
The Chargers looking Electric
-The Chargers have a great schedule moving forward and with their current momentum should carry some strong performances on both sides of the ball for the next few weeks: CLE, WAS, KC, NYJ and OAK to finish the year.
-With the recent surge from the team a few players have stepped up into bigger roles. Keenan Allen has seen his workload increase, especially near the end zone. Additionally, Austin Ekeler has proven to be a great asset to the team receiving passes out of the backfield.
-If Rivers can continue to chunk the ball with efficiency the defense should be able to hold out and carry this team to some more wins and fantasy production for its players.
Falcons Fly High
-Finally Julio owners got what they drafted for and have been waiting on. This year has been rough for fantasy owners with him only breaking the 20 point barrier one time before this monster 50 point game.
-The Falcons all together are starting to look better and fantasy is showing it. Coleman has produced when needed, Sanu continues to be consistent and reliable, Julio is demanding the ball and Matt Ryan looked a little better as of late.
-Atlanta’s schedule coming up favors its Wide receivers and will hopefully show us more of Julio’s magic and Sanu with more solid production. You should have confidence moving forward with Jones, Coleman, Freeman and Sanu...hopefully Ryan will step up a little more in this last push towards the playoffs.
Tomahawk the Chiefs
-The Chief’s entire offense caused many unexpected teams to jump out to early leads in their league standings. However, the spark has lost some sizzle. Kelce is the only remaining player that is an absolute 100% start.
-We have to start wondering whether Smith , Hill and Hunt will truly get rolling again. Since week 8: HIll hasn’t gone for over 70 yards as well as only having 1 td during the 4 game spread. Smith has only only 1 game with more than 250 yards and more touchdowns than turnovers (4 tds 4 turnovers). Hunt has 60 car for 173 yds (2.8 ypc 43.25 ypg) 11 rec 59 yds (14.75 ypg)
-Critically analyze whether these players are worth the starting spot. Don’t let your nostalgic bias persuade yourself they are must starts. Go with your gut, and understand other are in the same boat. This team showed how talented they are and could bounce back into form, but caution is advised.
The Dallas Duds
-It starts with the coaching staff and trickles down to Dak and the rest of the team. The lack of imagination is just dumbfounding since losing Zeke to suspension. Each drive looks the exact same and when the announcers are calling plays before they happen you know that opposing coaches and defenses are doing the same.
- With that comes Dak looking awful the last few weeks and shaking the faith of those that weren’t completely sold after last years efforts. He now has three straight games with under 200 passing yards. With that of course comes a lack of production across the board for fantasy players.
- Dallas has a schedule that is winnable moving forward if they can start to make some drastic changes. Force Dez the ball more, use more creative middle of the field plays for Beasley and make sure Witten (the one true reliable cowboy left) is involved!
- The Raiders just don’t look right lately. Derek Carr is having a down year in comparison to rankings for the season and both receivers are under producing for different reasons.
- WR trouble: Crabtree can’t stay on the field because of health issues and has seen his production drop lately, add the suspension and it only gets worse. Then they also have the whole Amari Cooper dropping balls disaster, add a concussion and ankle injury to that as well. Now you are left with three wide receivers that never had much spotlight on them.
- Moving forward the schedule is actually favorable to opposing wide receivers and it would be very beneficial for the team to get both of their stud WRs back and healthy by week 14. If not, the team could fall out playoff contention and in reality most other fantasy players would take a hit for the team. There would be a strong focus for Defenses to stop the run-game leaving Carr to throw to his unprepared receivers.
Pack is Back?
-Hundley looked great this last week and despite a poor outing against a good Baltimore defense, he has looked half decent for the past few weeks. With this the run-game should open up a bit more for Williams/Montgomery and also it seems he is getting a pretty good connection going with one of his WRs.
- Davante Adams looks like he is confident start weekly again moving forward after being targeted 19 times in the last two weeks and over 200+ total yards. Also, Cobb has slowly got back in the mix and has been relevant in deeper PPR leagues. Sadly Jordy Nelson has fallen of the young QBs radar. He seems that amazing QB/WR was strictly between Rodgers and Nelson.
- The team is slowly looking more and more like a team that can win games and is only 1 game behind Detroit right now in the division. The Packers are looking to keep any hope alive and will continue to push this young QB to be more explosive with the ball in his hands and better with his decision making. Be ready for more weeks of relevance from the Packers team we all thought might be lost without their fearless leader.
Lottery Tickets: Week 13 Bold predictions
+Kirk Cousins throws for 300 yards 3 TDs against the Cowboys,
+Josh Mccown Throws for 250 and 2 TDs vs the Chiefs
+Marshawn Lynch goes for 100 totals yards and 1 TD
+Jordan Howard goes for 120+ yards and 2TDs
+Cooper Kupp goes for 100+ yards and a TD
-Nelson Agholor Back on a slow week with less than 50 total yards
-Alvin Kamara held to under 100 total yards and 0 TDs
-Jimmy Garoppolo throws 3 interceptions and 0 TDs in his first start with SF
+Cam Newton throws for 300+ yards and 2 TDs against the Saints
+Jimmy Garoppolo throws for 250 yards and 2 TDs in his first start with SF
+Le’Veon Bell has 150+ total yards with 2 TDs
+Matt Forte has 100+ total yards and a TD
+Michael Thomas gets 120 yards and TD against the Panthers
-Leonard Fournette is not the highest scoring fantasy running back for JAX
-Sammy Watkins falls back to earth with less than 50 yards and no TDs
-Josh McCown throws for under 200 yards and only 1 TD
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed it. Next week we will be touching on Dynasty leagues and would love some feedback about what you guys want to hear or players you are concerned with. Make sure to check back next week for another post and hopefully some more helpful hints from the two of us. Good luck this week!
- Mike and Devin