I used to be big on grabbing the best defense I could get around the sixth round of my football drafts until last year, when I realized that simply waiting, and streaming the best matchup out of the defenses in the free agent pool from week-to-week really worked just about as well.
Well, in this season, where I went early on Quarterback under the same aegis, I found one of my teams in a quandary, for I had both Tyrod Taylor and Derek Carr, both great young players but both on bye this past week. I did need a signal caller, obviously, in the league my mate Lord Z curates (well, one of many) and I tend to be conservative letting go of players on my bench. For example, I have been carrying Breshad Perriman all season, with nothing to show, until this week, when I dropped him almost everywhere.
In the case of the NAIFFL, the league in question, however, I nabbed Joe Flacco, who was languishing within the free agent pool, while his team was prepping to face that sad Browns squad. So, it was indeed Perriman for Flacco, and all Joe did, coming off the depths of waivers, was give me a solid 29.7 points and though that might not mean victory, as we won't know till tomorrow night--my weekly contest against brother Zach Steinhorn is that close, and Flacco made it possible.
I guess in essence, this is the argument for DFS, but, it does blow a bit of a hole in my "grab the QB who scores the most points and worry about WR later" strategy I tried this year. But, what I am clear about is that position for position in a draft, the best approach is to simply grab the guy who fills a spot and will notch the highest point total per your own logic system.
This was a goofy week for me, with a bunch of the Raiders along with Theo Riddick and Golden Tate having the week off. Clearly, Dallas winning their eighth straight, the Packers getting blown out, the Niners giving Arizona a run for their money, with the Chiefs having their requisite solid second half, upending the Panthers, proves that everything is indeed up for grabs. And, that means a bunch more names in the aforementioned Free Agent pool who might be there for the picking.
Delanie Walker has been toiling in the NFL for 11 seasons now, but it appears he is on his way to his best with a 33-catch, 447-yard, four-score season as we hit the halfway point. Walker has 373 career catches, with 4461 total yards and 28 scores, and at least as far as the catches and yards go, over nine games, Walker has equaled 10% of his career totals.
It feels like I have talked up Davante Adams a bunch throughout the season, but the third-year Packers receiver is new to Extra Points, and is moving into the #2 WR slot on a great, if struggling passing team. Adams, who has six TDs this season, picked up 156 yards Sunday on six catches, bringing his season totals to 44 receptions and 465 yards. Sunday marked Adams' second game this season with 100-plus yards, and he is definitely a solid DFS play, and in keeper leagues, a thought for next year as well.
I liked Bilal Powell as a sort of Theo Riddick light this year, figuring in PPR leagues that was the way to go. Powell caught seven passes Sunday and brought home a TD during the Jets anemic showing against the equally iron poor Rams. But, Powell has had an increasing role with six carries each game over the past three weeks and 89 total yards contributed Sunday. Again, should you need an extra RB in your PPR league, well.
Taylor Gabriel is another third-year guy on a serious passing team, and Gabriel hooked with Matt Ryan Sunday for a 76-yard TD reception, his first score of the year. Gabriel has 16 catches this season and could indeed move up the receivers food chain as the season tightens and Julio Jones merits all the attention. I have Gabriel stashed on my Dynasty team, as a matter of fact.
I also have Cameron Meredith on the same Dynasty team, and I am hoping the second-year man out of Illinois State gets the same attention from Jay Cutler as he did from Brian Hoyer, who teamed with Meredith while Cutler was down. Meredith did make one grab Sunday for 50 yards and a score, bringing his season totals to 28 receptions for 331 yards, and were I running the Bears, I would cut loose of Cutler and focus on a QB who protects the ball and up-and-comers like Meredith.
In Phoenix last week there was a fellow working in the First Pitch Arizona hotel wearing a Vernon Davis 49er jersey. A sort of lost cause on the Niners, Davis seems to have worked a nice second Tight End role for himself with the Skins, catching five passes three weeks ago, then three more Sunday (there was a bye in between) for a score. Not much future use in Davis, but again, he's a cheap DFS and bye week play.
Robert Ayers, the former Giants Linebacker, had a great day for the Bucs this week, scoring five tackles, a forced fumble and 1.5 sacks. That represents almost half of his season totals of 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks, and the eighth-year vet might be settling in with his new team. Last year, Ayers claimed 9.5 sacks and 31 tackles, so he has a solid total to shoot for, and in leagues where individual defense matters, Ayers might.
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