Weekly Fantasy Football: Edelman Is A Prized Catch
By Jake Ciely
Weekly Fantasy Football
Week 1 is in the books, and I captured a win in the Salary Cap Game with a good, not great, performance in the Fantasy Challenge Game. I was able to overcome David Wilson’s stinker, as I had both Michael Vick and Robert Griffin in my lineup. Again, get a QB in that Flex spot! It’s simply too much of an advantage. The Falcons disappointed in the Challenge, scoring just 17 points. Obviously, anyone who took the Broncos was at a huge advantage.
It’s time to invest in some trades or use your free one if you are a Wilson owner like me. Yes, I still believe Wilson will return to lead duties, but we can’t have him taking up $11.2 million in our lineup until then. I wouldn’t use your Free Trade Certificate unless you have several players you need to swap out (Shane Vereen, Kenbrell Thompkins or Zach Sudfeld – thanks Pats). Try to save that for a few more weeks until we have a good grasp on the season.
Julian Edelman – He was already a top replacement for this week – look at you, Thompkins owners – after his Week 1 performance (nine targets, seven catches… oh, and those two TDs). Then came the news that Shane Vereen would miss time, even better for Edelman. But wait, there’s more! Danny Amendola didn’t even make it two weeks, as he will miss Thursday’s game with a groin injury. At just $5.6 million, Edelman must be in all lineups.
Reel Them In
Michael Vick – I still love Vick at $15.5 million as at least one of your QBs. That Chip Kelly offense is going to put up points every week. Vick doesn’t even reach the Top 10 for cost at QB, and with 203 passing yards, 54 rushing yards and three TDs (two passing), Vick is looking as good, if not better, than his elite days of old.
Reggie Bush – Still an amazing value at $10.9 million. Bush is a must own in any PPR format. Add in a price that has him 20th at RB behind the likes of Lamar Miller, and you have a steal. Bush will put up numbers every week based on catches alone, and he could near 80-90 receptions before all is said and done.
Darren Sproles – If you are looking for a quality replacement for Wilson, look no further than Sproles at $10.0 million. Sproles is a borderline RB1 in PPR leagues, and when you consider that you just saved $1.2 million with the switch, you can help but feel better about losing Wilson.
Jordan Cameron – I don’t like using tight ends, pretty much at all in a setup that doesn’t require one, but Jordan Cameron is enticing at $6.1 million. As expected, Cameron blew up for 108 yards and a TD on nine catches, plus he led the team with 13 targets. If you need to save money, he’s is more than a decent gamble.
Daryl Richardson – Since we’re still rolling with the QB-Flex play, we do have to find one more bargain at the RB position, and I’m taking Daryl Richardson. He proved that he’s a quality pass catcher and can create missed tackles. Isaiah Pead is back, but I don’t expect him to cut into DRich’s production unless Richardson gets hurt.
David Wilson – I still expect Wilson to regain the job, but until he overcomes the fumbling issues and regains Tom Coughlin’s full trust, he simply isn’t worth the cost. You simply can’t spend $11.2 million on any RB who will be sharing the workload.
Shane Vereen – Pretty obvious, but just in case some didn’t hear, Vereen is on the short-term IR. His weekly game value is possibly done for the year.
Kenbrell Thompkins – Some might want to stick with him another week with Vereen and Amendola out, and given his price, it is a decent gamble, but one I’m not taking. When I can get Edelman for $0.1 million more, I’m going to do it every time. And, I’m not doubling up on WRs from the same team – just too much risk involved.
Zach Sudfeld – Patriots bashing huh? It’s their own fault. Sudfeld wasn’t on the field for good portions of the game, and now he is nursing his own injury and could be a game-time decision. Also, Rob Gronkowski is likely back in Week 3, which means Sudfeld’s value equals his output in Week 1: zilch.
Quinton Patton – If you were trying to save big money at receiver, hey, I don’t entirely blame you. There was real chemistry there in the preseason, but that’s where it stayed. Patton was behind Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore in Week 1, and chemistry or not, that won’t result in fantasy points. It’s time to move on from this deep flier.
As a reminder, Vegas lines (Over/Under) are a good way to see who the odds favor to score big. This week, you have to like the Broncos again after seeing how much the Giants defense struggled with the Cowboys. The Bucs defense has improved, but not enough to slow the Saints too much. The Eagles are an obvious pick now given what we saw from that Kelly offense… just, wow! The Falcons have a tougher go this week against the Rams, and they didn’t do too well against the Saints. Roddy White’s health is a huge factor. The Lions likely won’t do as well against the Cardinals, and look out Terrelle Pryor fans, the Raiders get the Jags at home.