Every week we get caught up in the major headlines and stories in the NFL because that is what you, the fans want to tune in and listen too. What I am going to do is find under the radar stories that is currently happening in the NFL that I “like It” or “Dislike It.” This way you, the fans, have more information to win and smack your friends in fantasy football. Let’s get to it!
- Like It
The Texans offensive line. We all know we don’t draft offensive lineman in fantasy football, but our players on our team are greatly affected by them. Heading into this season the Texans arguably had one of the worst offensive lines in football, but they went out and spent the 23rd and 55th overall pick on offensive lineman in the 2019 NFL draft to fix it. That wasn’t enough though. In a blockbuster deal, a week before the NFL season began, they acquired Laremy Tunsil from the Dolphins that shook the league. Yes, the offensive line got pushed around by the Saints in week 1, since then they have held their own. On Sunday against a talented Charger’s defensive line, they played the best in years and Watson looked as comfortable as ever back there. If you have Watson, Nuk or anybody else on that offense you should be more excited than a fat kid in a candy store. This offense is going to be a top 5 offense this year.
- Dislike It
Chris Carson. I loved Chris coming into this season. He ran for 1,151 yards and 9 touchdowns last season on a heavy run-first team according to Pro Football Reference. I saw little to no bust potential, the Seahawks said they were going to get him the ball in the passing game more, Penny was a distance 2nd on the depth chart and Carson is a tough, physical runner the type the Seahawks love. Boy was I wrong. Through 3 weeks into the 2019 season Carson has 3 fumbles and looks like he could/should be going to the dog house. With Penny playing well when healthy and Pete Carroll frustrated with Carson’s fumble as any coach would be. It’s only a matter of time before Carson loses his job if not a chunk of his touches to Penny. If you have Carson on your team, go and grab Penny before its too late. Carson is an RB2 until further notice.
- Like It
Evan Engram and Greg Olsen. With a show of hands, how many of us predicted Engram and Olsen as two of the top tight ends in football through week 3? That’s what I thought, none of us. Engram is doing his best to impersonate OBJ with one hand catches and Danny Dimes continues to prove the entire NFL wrong with his great play. Engram will not be slowing down anytime soon even with Golden Tate coming back next week. Engram if he stays healthy will end up a top 3 tight end in fantasy this year. Coming back to Greg Olsen, he has been hurt consistently over the last 3 years and I thought his career was coming to an end. Well, Greg must have heard me because he is flexing. It doesn’t matter if it’s Cam, Kyle or Grier if he hits the field. Olsen is playing out of his mind. Through 3 games he already has 25 targets according to Pro Football Reference, that is something you love to see. Olsen is a must-start every week and has crept back into the top 5 tight end group again. Keep flexing Greg, as you are going to win a lot of people a lot of games.
- Dislike It
Stefon Diggs. Diggs was between the 10th to 14th receiver selected in most leagues. A high price for what was most peoples WR1 or WR2 on their team. Kirk Cousins is averaging a pitiful 21 pass attempts a game, gross. Stefon Diggs is averaging 4 targets a game, gross. Gary Kubiak was hired as an offensive assistant on the Vikings staff and his teams historically are run first, gross. Diggs is not living up to his draft selection, nor is there much hope for that to change anytime soon, especially with Theilen on the opposite side. If I were you, I would trade him faster than tuna sandwich back in junior high lunch. You can hold onto him and see what happens, but he stills holds some value and I would send some feelers in your league to see what you could get for him.
- Like It
Phillip Dorsett. I remember when the Patriots traded for Dorsett last year and we were all laughing as it showed their desperation and lack of receivers. Man, do things change in a year. Let me build his case to show he’s legit.
– He has caught 13 of 14 passes thrown to him for 187 yards and 3 touchdowns according to Pro Football Reference.
– He has played 84% and 92% of the offensive snaps when AB was not present according to Pro Football Reference.
– AB is gone and Edleman and Gordon are banged up.
Dorsett is a must-own in all fantasy leagues and formats. If Gordon or Edleman ever have to sit out, Dorsett would be a must-start. Go out and get him if he’s available.
- Dislike It
The Packers backfield. I had a couple of opportunities to nab Aaron Jones but I passed because of my fear of Jamal Willimas sneaking some touches away from Jones. Through the first 2 weeks Jones was holding him off and was beginning to look like the bell cow back, but Williams had other plans. In week 3 Williams out-touched Jones 14-11 and Matt Lafleur sounded completely ok with it in his presser. Would I be worried about Williams if I owned Jones? Yes. Should I go and get Williams off of waivers? Yes. Should I bench Jones? No. Give it another week or two before you go and make any rash decisions. The Packers played three of the hardest defenses they will play all year. Look for the Packers to get it going on offense soon which means more points for your boys at running back. Jones should be looked at as a low-end RB2 with the emergence of Williams.
- Like It
Derrick Henry. Man, was I wrong about Henry. I avoided Henry like the plague in my fantasy drafts this year and I’m regretting it. Since week 11 last year, Henry has the most yards and fantasy points for running backs. He is continuing right where he left off last year. Yes, Thursday night wasn’t a great night for him but he did get a touchdown and that was against a good Jacksonville team who was playing out of their minds. Last year Henry had the most carry’s in the red-zone last year for running backs since their QB situation is straight booty. Henry is a top 10 running back in fantasy and is creeping near the top 5. He has proven that over the last 10 games and he continues to get fed with about 19 touches a game. I would definitely try and trade for him in your league as the general overall fantasy thought of Henry as the 10th to 16th best running back in fantasy. Plus their left tackle, Taylor Lewan will be back from suspension in week 5. Henry is going to be a stud and a steal this year.
- Dislike It
Sony Michel. Based on all the Patriots blow out losses, you would assume Sony is having a hay day this season. According to Pro Football Reference Sony has 45 carries for a measly 108 yards. That is Dolphins awful considering the opponents they have played. Not only that, Sony has only broken one tackle all season. ONE TACKLE! His backup Rex Burkhead has much better stats and has been way more efficient. I don’t know what is happening to Sony, but it’s not good. With Rex playing well, old reliable James White, and the Patriots 3rd round pick Damien Harris out of Alabama. This backfield is stacked and there is a small margin for error. If Sony doesn’t start picking up his game, he will start to see others eat away at his carries. Sony should be considered an RB3 moving into their game this week against the Bills.