FANTASY FOOTBALL PICKUPS – WEEK 4

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Quarterbacks –

Trevor Siemian (DEN) – Mentioned in this space last week, Siemian completed 23-35 passes for 312 yards and four scores in his first road start in Cincinnati – a sign that the former seventh-round pick is emerging as more than a game-manager. On the season Siemian is on pace for 25 TD’s and has Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Thomas among the weapons at his disposal. Siemian remains on many waiver wires as much of the focus remains on running backs and wide receivers. As bye weeks come into play this is the last chance to grab Siemian.

Sam Bradford (MIN) – Also a repeat from last week, Bradford got off to a slow start against Carolina but he and his team came away with a win to improve to 3-0. In his short stay with Minnesota, Bradford has completed 40 of 59 passes. He at least works as a streamer at home against the Giants on Monday night.

Running Backs –

Jordan Howard (CHI) – In serious leagues, Howard has already been snatched by speculative owners. With Jeremy Langford out 4-6 weeks, the former UAB/Indiana product becomes a major player to jumpstart the Chicago offense. He should also be an asset in PPR formats, he caught four passes for 47 yards last week. A $350-$400 bid will be needed at this point in auction formats and Howards also comes dirt cheap in daily ($3,700 on DraftKings).

Dwayne Washington (DET) – Ameer Abdullah is done for the year and the leash was short on Theo Reddick after he struggled early last Sunday. Washington performed better later on in the game and is projected to see more work against Chicago in Week 4. Washington has also been spoken for by speculative owners.

Wendell Smallwood (PHI) – If Howard and Washington is not available in your league, you should have better luck with Smallwood. With Ryan Mathews banged up, the fifth round pick from West Virginia rushed 17 times for 79 yards in the Eagles Week 3 win over Pittsburgh. Do note the Eagles have a Week 4 bye.

Orleans Darkwa (NYG) – For about a week last year this time Darkwa was also waiver wire relevant. With Rashad Jennings out and Shane Vereen now out for the year, Darkwa rushed 10 times for 53 yards in Week 3. Rookie Paul Perkins and journeyman Bobby Rainey could also work their way into the mix.

Wide Receiver

Terrelle Pryor Sr. (CLE) – The Browns are already down to their third quarterback, while they possibly lost a game because they signed a lesser kicker to save a few bucks. Starting lineman Alvin Bailey also picked up a DUI charge shortly after his teams return from South Florida, he claimed to had been drinking on the team flight. Just Cleveland Browns culture for the past 15 years in microcosm. Through this disaster I ignored Pryor, who has had an opportunity to do just about anything. Not only did Pryor catch eight passes for 144 yards and a TD, healso completed three of five passes at QB. Pryor is now Kordell Stewart circa 1995, a Swiss Army knife who helps in multiple areas.  He comes in at $4,300 on DraftKings this week.

Adam Humphries (TB) – Their has been a changing of the guard in Tampa as Humphries caught 15 passes for 167 yards over the past two weeks. His ceiling is limited but carries extra value in PPR formats.

Coby Fleener (NO) – If one of the few who watched MNF the other night, Fleener caught seven passes for 109 yards and a score. He now has chemistry with quarterback Drew Brees.

Cameron Brate (TB) – Austin Seferian-Jenkins was recently shown the door (U-Dub tight ends have such high character!), and Brate jumped on the opportunity, catching five passes last week, two for touchdowns. Should be available without breaking the FAAB bank.

 

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FANTASY FOOTBALL PICKUPS – WEEK 3

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Pitta’s back – literally.

QUARTERBACKS

Trevor Siemian (DEN) – In my 12-team league the QB pickings have become slim. Available quarterbacks include Blaine Gabbert (pass), Joe Flacco (good pickup if available), Jay Cutler (even if you want him, he’s hurt) and Case Keenum. Enter Siemian, who has proven to be more than a seventh-round pick who stumbled into a starting job. He has completed 67.8 percent of his passes and statistically quickly proving to be better than last year’s Brock Orsweiler/Peyton Manning tag-team. I expect the training wheels to come off as time rolls on.

Sam Bradford (MIN) – Purple Drank, Purple Drank. Bradford may have finally found his home after he stepped into the fire and completed 22 of 31 for 286 yards. With Adrian Peterson down, the Vikings will turn to the pass game more which makes Bradford a QB2. On the downside, Bradford has an extensive injury history that dates back to 2008.

RUNNING BACKS

Jerick McKinnon (MIN) – As Adrian Peterson was constantly stuffed behind the line of scrimmage, I prayed AD could make it through the game and break off a couple decent runs before McKinnon became a hot commodity. That ended when Peterson was helped through a stadium bar en route to the locker room with a MCL injury. McKinnon tore up the SPARQ training rankings when he came into the league two years ago, but faces the same situation as when he helped spell Peterson two years ago. McKinnon will get increased playing time, but Matt Asiata will be the preferred choice for goal line carries. I would choose McKinnon first but would not go beyond $200 of a $1,000 FAAB budget.

Devontae Booker (DEN) – I am not a fan of handcuffs but the Broncos will not run C.J. Anderson into the ground. Booker rushed nine times for 46 yards in Week 2 after he fumbled in the previous game. Booker should get further opportunities in upcoming weeks.

Kenneth Farrow (SD) – The NFL’s version of Designated Survivor. Farrow is asked to stay home while Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead, Branden Oliver and Keenan Allen attend a charity event where they all manage to get whacked by a character straight out of Gotham. Gordon is still upright, but Oliver’s Achilles rolled up in the preseason and Woodhead and Allen are likewise out for the year. The undrafted Farrow graded as the fourth-highest overall running back out of the University of Houston. His talents have been considered ‘unsexy’ but he has fast become handcuff material for Gordon.

Jay Ajayi (MIA) – If you are looking for a one-week fix, Arian Foster is out and Ajayi draws the Cleveland Browns. But Ajayi does not come highly recommended and Kenyan Drake or Damien Williams could just as easily play a major role come Sunday.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Quincy Enunwa (NYJ) – Comes recommended in PPR formats with 13 catches the first two weeks and Brandon Marshall (possible MCL) hurting.

Nelson Agholar (PHI) – Looks like he has an increased role in the Eagles offense and quarterback Carson Wentz looks like the real deal, who the Rams passed up on because someone who went to school in Fargo just can’t cut it in LA.

Michael Thomas (NO) – The second-round pick has 10 catches on the year and draws Atlanta next Monday night. Catching passes from Drew Brees not bad work if you can find it.

Tyrell Williams (SD) – He actually got picked up in my league a week ago. As is the case with Kenneth Farrow, the Chargers annual roster decimation will lead to increased opportunities for Williams.

TIGHT ENDS

Dennis Pitta (BAL) – His career seemed over after missing most of the last two years with hip injuries, but has returned with vengeance, with 12 catches for 141 yards over the first two weeks. Pitta should be at the top of the waiver wire if available, if he were to get hurt again you can always turn to Crockett Gilmore.

DEFENSE

Miami Dolphins – One-week streaming special playing the Browns.