Trades… injuries… bye weeks… what can you do? Let us see:
1. Kenyan Drake… is he worth a shot?
Kenyan Drake probably won’t be much worse than Jay Ajayi was with Miami this year. Everyone kept hawking Ajayi’s 4.8 yards per carry from last year, but the truth is without his pair of 200-yard games, Ajayi averaged under 4.0 yards in 2016, too. Drake’s problem has been mastering the Dolphins’ playbook. They may have to simplify things the rest of the season. Damien Williams will see an increase in usage, but he is primarily a passing back, averaging 3.3 yards per carry himself.
My gut tells me that Jay Cutler and the receivers will see a bump in value as Miami becomes a pass-heavy attack. That also makes Williams the better choice of the two Miami running backs.
2. Did Kelvin Benjamin’s stock go up or down with the trade to Buffalo?
This looks a move that will have little impact on Benjamin’s target and catch counts, but Devin Funchess was taking most of the red zone targets in Carolina. It is possible that Benjamin will move ahead of Andre Holmes and tight end Nick O’Leary immediately as Tyrod Taylor’s go-to guy in the end zone. I like this move for Benjamin owners. I think it raises his ceiling.
3. Marlon Mack or Joe Mixon as my RB-2 this week?
That’s a close call. Both face tough defenses expected to mostly shut down the offense. Each offers check down and garbage time possibilities. I am leaning toward Mack only because I think Brissett has a better chance of creating opportunities for screens and dump offs than Dalton will have.
4. Is it time to drop my Broncos wide receivers?
If Brock Osweiler is the starter this week, I am sitting everyone. The key here is not the quarterback though. It is the absence of Emmanuel Sanders. He can not only get open, but he’ll take the double teams away from Demaryius Thomas, making him a viable play, too. When Sanders gets back on the field, you can try to put the Denver receivers back in your lineup.
5. Blake Bortles is still the Jaguars’ QB. Is he worth streaming this week?
Even when he threw for 300 yards before the bye week, Bortles only managed one touchdown and 16 points. That’s not awful, but with Leonard Fournette back on the field and playing a tougher defense in the Bengals, I don’t see him repeating that performance this week. I am streaming Jay Cutler this week, ahead of Jared Goff.
6. I have Marshawn Lynch, Adrian Peterson, and Frank Gore. Is there a winner there?
Frank Gore will have a difficult day with the Houston Texans’ top rushing defense. I don’t see Lynch breaking big runs, so with limited touches, he offers a limited ceiling. Adrian Peterson fresh off the bye week could be your best bet, although I would not count on an awful lot from him, either.
7. Can the Ravens repeat last week’s beatdown? I own the Ravens and Giants D/ST
Baltimore got a lot of hype about being “back” after beating up on a bad offense led by a backup quarterback playing on a short week. They should shut down the Titans running game, but Marcus Mariota with a healthy hamstring is a far cry from Matt Moore. The Giants are getting better, too, but Todd Gurley and company might be too much for them. I’d play the Ravens, but expect closer to ten points than the 29 they got last week.
8. Robby Anderson, Ted Ginn, Mohamed Sanu, and Tyler Lockett- I need two this week.
Against Buffalo on a short week, I don’t like the Jets passing game, and I picked Washington as a sleeper D/ST. So, I would go with Ted Ginn against the terrible defensive secondary of Tampa Bay and hope Mohamed Sanu continues to get targeted by Matt Ryan this week against the Panthers.
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