ANOTHER fantasy season closes, another begins. With the MLB fantasy year behind us now we can start thinking about what the NBA world has to offer. While teams are commencing training camp and actual play is still a while away, it’s never too early to start thinking about your prospects. With my usual insight into the weekly NFL happenings, let’s close out September in style.
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- TOM Brady (Patriots, QB) is definitely back to his best, with another week leading all scorers. His 35.7 points, courtesy of 378 passing yards and five TD’s just beat out 2nd placed Russell Wilson (Seahawks, QB, 33.5). Todd Gurley (Rams, RB, 32.9) and Stefon Diggs (Vikings, WR, 29.3) found the end zone with regularity and exploded with a ton of yardage to top score for their respective positions.
- I’M not yet ready to anoint Case Keenum (Vikings, QB) as ‘fantasy relevant’, but he is making it hard to ignore his numbers. With Sam Bradford sidelined with a knee injury, Keenum came out and threw for 369 yards and three scores (28.6). If Bradford stays on the sidelines and Keenum can produce at a similar level he’s worth potentially adding.
- FOR the second consecutive week Austin Hooper (Falcons, TE) finds himself as one of the most dropped players. Owners were happy to pounce on him after he scored 20.8 in the season opener for Atlanta, but since then he has just three catches for 16 yards. Remember the season is still early so don’t get sucked into overreacting to a players form.
MUST ADD – Chris Carson, Seahawks, RB
IF for some reason Carson is still on your waiver wire, stop what you are doing and get him now. He has claimed the top rung atop Seattle’s running back depth chart and as a result over 30% of owners have added him this week. He seems poised for more future success in both the running and passing game as the Seahawks recapture their mojo.
Other candidates: Jamal Charles (Broncos, RB, 26.6%) and Devin Funchess (Panthers, WR, 11.5%)
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MUST DROP – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams, WR
STARTING your NFL career by recording over 75 yards and a touchdown would be hard to top. However, since then Kupp has been a slight non-factor combining for 50 yards in the Rams last two. Things won’t get easier in a hurry with matches against the Seahawks and Jaguars defenses on the horizon.
Other candidates: Kenny Golladay (Lions, WR, 11.3%) and Samaje Perine (Redskins, RB, 7.8%)
INJURY NEWS – DARREN Sproles (Eagles, RB) went through some shit last weekend. The Eagles back not only tore his ACL, but he broke his arm as well making him a must drop in all formats. Week by week is the way Corey Davis’ (Titans, WR) season seems to pan out and with a matchup against the Texans, he should probably still be avoided even if he is healthy this week. Jay Ajayi (Dolphins, RB) missed Wednesday’s main session with a knee concern that he played through last week. This could be a concern over the 16 game season.
- THE latest additions of Dwyane Wade to the Cavs and Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder has massive fantasy implications for both teams. Not only will both of those guys see their numbers dip, but their additions also limit the ceiling of some waiver wire type of guys (J.R. Smith, Andre Roberson and Jae Crowder).
- AS the season inches closer the Philadelphia 76ers are taking extreme precautions surrounding their young stars. Joel Embiid has not yet been cleared for full practice and Ben Simmons is slowly increasing his workload in preparation of his rookie campaign.
Image from philly.com
INJURY NEWS – ISAIAH Thomas (Cavaliers, PG) and Zach LaVine (Bulls, PG) are the two biggest names battling through injury concerns at the moment. LaVine won’t be involved in contact drills until at least mid-November, while Thomas is targeting a January return date. Jabari Parker (Bucks, SF/PF) is another player looking to bounce back from injury but again is taking a cautious approach to his return.