Hello all. With baseball season resolving itself, Extra Points takes over the Monday slot where we will look at some players each week worth considering for your fantasy football season-long leagues. Fout Wars, which looks at the Tout Wars foray into DFS play which will highlight the league and look more specifically at selections for that format of play.
So, with one-fourth of another crazy season under our collective belts, what can we possibly derive? Well, the Rams, expected to be terrible, are 3-1 based upon their solid defense while pre-season favorites Arizona and Carolina are each 1-3 as Bruce Arians and Ron Rivera try to rally their squads struggling to gain 2016 sea legs.
Matt Ryan: It is hard to believe on ESPN, Matty Ice is owned in just 76% of leagues, and on Yahoo! 84% for a guy who has wide receivers among the best in the game and tossed 503 yards worth of pass completions Sunday. In my mock drafts, I often nabbed Ryan as a #2 which somehow supports the idea that owners don't take Ryan seriously. Well, you should. Matty Ice rules with 11 TD passes over four games and 1273 passing yards. Don't let Ryan sit in your free agent pool no matter how enamored you are with say, Carson Wentz.
Jalen Richard: Oakland's cool rookie RB tandem of Richard and DeAndre Washington show some great promise, but the question is who will get the big playing time as the season evolves? Richard, who bagged a rushing TD his first ever NFL game touch of the ball, is arguably the most exciting of the troika of Oakland rushers. He is likely at best a bench guy in your season-long league, meaning Richard is the guy who gets dumped for a kicker or defense when bye weeks hit, but he is talented. However, if you are in an Ultra or Keeper contest with a deeper reserve list and rules, stash the kid. He could prove to be the best on a team with a very good and improving offense.
Cole Beasley: Another team with a lot up in the air since their starting QB and star WR cannot play. But Beasley and Dak Prescott seem to have some chemistry, with the Dallas WR averaging six catches and 70 yards per game thus far. He is in on a lot of snaps, and will indeed have a couple of those Danny Woodhead/Theo Riddick breakout games, and is likely available (owned in just 42% of ESPN leagues) where you are playing.
Jeremy Kerley: The Niners are kind of a cross between surprising and enigmatic. I really did not think anyone on the team was worth drafting this year, not that I don't like Carlos Hyde (brittle?) or Torrey Smith (no QB?) but like the Rams, the Niners are tougher than I thought. Enter rookie Kerley, who has 18 catches for 202 yards and a score, and for sure is a player who looks good, and likely to improve. He is a great play for the bulk of the season as a #3 pass catcher, and for sure as a #4 to rotate in and out.
Eric Weedle: OK, for those of you who play individual defense. Weedle had to early exit facing the Raiders due to the league concussion protocol, but he still has a pick, 12 tackles, and an assist and the guy hits very hard. I am grabbing him in my Kathy League Gifford to rotate in and out as a bye player. Well, if his head is ok.
Jordan Howard: The Bears are not so much an enigma, but I do think, for better or worse, they are a better team without Jay Cutler, and somehow with Brian Hoyer and Howard, who rushed for 111 yards on 23 carries and caught three passes against the Lions is at least noteworthy. Even on a bad baseball team, someone gets 30 saves, so I guess even on a bad football team, someone gets carries, yards, catches, and ideally a few scores.
Case Keenum/Brian Hoyer: If you are in either a two-QB league, or one where you can play a second signal caller in a flex spot, you must track both these players, neither of whom is a free agent in the pair of leagues in which I play. Both have accumulated more points this season than Ryan Fitzpatrick and Marcus Mariota (whom I like over the long haul). Just saying.
Steve Smith, Sr./Anquin Boldin: I confess to dismissing two of my favorite players this year, because I thought they were getting too long in the tooth and would lose their skills. Well, maybe, but their savvy and confident and aggressive play offsets a lot. I think I made a mistake. (Honorable mention to Devin Hester).