#DoingThings: Your weekly series from the Gut Feeling Podcast Crew, Jason Tran (@JasonTran) and Derek McCreath (@TheFFRx) along with FLAFFL host Kevin Cutillo (@wallycentral)
For those of you that are new to this series, it will have a streaming type feel to it. As with most things in the FLAFFL House though, it will have a competitive component. Each week Jason, Derek, and Kevin are going to pick one player and build a brief summary as to why you should start them. The one caveat to this however is the player chosen MUST not be leading their team in any fantasy relevant statistical category (read: score points, therefore targets not included) at their respective position.
Another week, another L for Jason. I hope some things never change. Kevin took home his first win of the series with Martavis Bryant and in turn gave Jason the most disturbing avi for the weekend to date.
Well I knew I had a low probability of winning last week with rookie wide receiver Mike Williams, but at least he had a couple catches to his name, unlike Tre Mcbride.
I’m going to pivot this week from a rookie in a terrible matchup to a vet in a dynamite one. Kenny Stills and the Dolphins are facing a porous Bucs secondary in this week 1...er I mean week 11 contest. Stills is definitely the type of boom/bust guy who might end up with zero receptions but he has shown he could catch 3 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. As I already mentioned, the Tampa defense is not very good and they are prone to the deep ball. Josh McCown [Editor’s Note: Derek actually wrote McGOATn but I just couldn’t let that slide] didn’t tear them up in week 10 like many were expecting but he did connect with Robby Anderson four times for 85 yards and a score. I think Stills will put up similar numbers, if not better, with Smoking Jay Cutler DGAFing (definitely a word) the ball to him on Sunday.
Boy, am I good at picking the players who aren’t going to do anything. Let’s see if I can keep the cold streak going! This week, I am going with another risky, backup football player! I am choosing Atlanta’s now backup running back, Terron Ward. Is typically the third running back in Atlanta’s offense but moved up to second after Devonta Freeman left the game with a 6concussion. He is dealing with an injury that has him limited in practice which does worry me, however, if he plays he will serve as the backup to Tevin Coleman. Last week, after Freeman went out with an injury, we saw Coleman finish with 20 carries on the game. The intriguing number, is that Ward ended up with 9 carries himself. This seems like a significant number of carries for someone who is the 3rd back in the depth chart, unexpectedly getting inserted into the game.
My strategy of not having to do the work to create an avatar for the loser has paid off so far, let’s see if I can keep it going.
Last week was an absolute breeze and I’m starting to wonder if I’m actually playing against the guys who made up this game? They’re definitely making it a little tougher on me this week since I am pretty high on Kenny Stills as well and Ward should see some volume with Freeman out. I’m going to try and throw them a bone here and choose a guy whose usage has been all over the map this year. Not only has the usage been up and down but technically he is the third running back option in an offense that doesn’t score much. Sounds intriguing right? This week, I’m going with TJ Yeldon from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
On the season, Yeldon has only 23 carries for 174 yards and a touchdown. He also has 10 receptions on 14 targets for 65 yards and no scores in the passing game. Again, he sounds intriguing right? But keep in mind he’s only played in three games this year. Of course, it doesn’t help my case that 122 of his ground yards came in week 7 with Leonard Fournette because of an injury. What does help my case, you ask? Well, for one, there is a chance that Fournette sits out the week 11 game with an ankle injury. While Chris Ivory figures to be in the game and get a large portion of the rushing attempts, if Fournette isn’t out there will definitely be increased opportunity for Yeldon. Secondly, even if Fournette does play this week, it might not kill Yeldon’s value as much as you think. Last week, with Fournette in the game, Yeldon saw eight targets, of which he caught six for 39 yards. Do you know who’s terrible at defending running backs in the passing game? The Jaguars Week 11 opponent, the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have given up the fourth most receptions and yards per game with 65 receptions for 567 yards. In point per reception scoring, give me Yeldon to get a decent amount of receptions leaving anything he gets on the ground as extra gravy.