Fantasy FB Update

By: Justin Harned Columnist

 Fantasy football is nothing more than a guessing game.

Trust your gut feeling and not your head. This week I benched Arian Foster and DeSean Jackson and lost by 11 points to the only undefeated team in my league because I over analyzed the situation. No one can tell you the future, we can only make educated guesses on the best possible outcome. But at this point in the season it’s a bit clearer who the every-week starters are. Some players, like LeSean McCoy must be played every week even if they haven’t done well, their ceiling is just too high. If you remember my first column in The Collegian, I ranked Chief ’s running back Jamaal Charles number one on my board. I still stand by Charles as being the most talented running back in the NFL, Peterson is great too, but isn’t playing football right now.

It seems as if many of the top picks aren’t performing and that is why nailing the first two picks are so important. If you drafted Colts quarterback Luck and Cowboys running back Demarco Murray, you are probably happy sitting at 5-0. If you drafted Peterson and Calvin Johnson, you’re not happy and probably sitting at 1-4. Work the waiver wire endlessly to find your replacements, there are multiple ways to win in fantasy football.

There are three crucial days in fantasy football: the draft, waiver wire day and Sunday – game day. At this point in the season, the waiver wire is your watering hole in the middle of the desert. You are either safely winning your league or sinking like the Titanic. If you’re sinking, perhaps I can throw you a life vest. By life vest I mean waiver wire suggestions. The players listed below are merely players that should be considered for a roster spot in your standard 10-12 team fantasy football league. Most of the players listed should be available on the waiver wire that may help your team on a week-to-week basis depending on the matchup.

Rams QB Austin Davis

Davis looked stellar in his last two starts against the Cowboys and Eagles, racking up nearly 700 yards and six touchdowns. Davis shows promise and is available in 99% of fantasy leagues. Grab him if you are in trouble at QB or have bench room. The Rams play in the toughest division in the NFL and expectations should be tempered.

Other quarterbacks to consider: Brian Hoyer and Kirk Cousins.

Giants RB Andrew Williams

The New York football Giants are looking fantastic compared to their pre-season woes on offense this season. Starting running back Rashad Jennings suffered a sprained MCL this weekend and Williams will fill in for a week or two while Jennings is out. Pick up Williams if you need running back depth, the Giants are playing well and Williams will benefit from the hot Giants offense right now.

Other running backs to consider: Pierre Thomas, Antone Smith, Branden Oliver, Bobby Rainey and Jerick McKinnon.

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd

The San Diego Chargers have proved to be a contender five weeks into the season and are playing some great football. The AFC West could be the best division in the AFC. Floyd isn’t necessarily bringing in the bacon, but he is averaging nearly nine fantasy points per game this year. If you need some help at wide receiver, grab him.

Other wide receivers to consider: Golden Tate, T.Y. Hilton, James Jones, Devin Hester and Eric Decker.

Colts TE Dwayne Allen

Allen has averaged nearly 10 points per week. Oh yeah, and this really good quarterback named Andrew Luck will continue to find ways to get him the ball. This year there are plenty of tight ends to go around, but grab Allen if you are short at tight end or have Jimmy Graham, who has a bye week this week.

Other tight ends to consider: Travis Kelce, Larry Donnell, Niles Paul, Heath Miller and Tim Wright.