ONE month into the fantasy football season and things are starting to take shape. In today’s trigger-happy league plenty of players have emerged as potential stars this year with some showing more consistency than others. Therefore, it’s time to think about moving those guys on to better strengthen your roster for a championship run.
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Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
ON Thursday night we got to witness wideout Julian Edelman return from his four-game suspension. Tom Brady’s longtime running mate was targetted nine times and hauled in 57 yards in a solid first outing. Edelman will no doubt have bigger games this season, and his TNF score reflects his potentially robust role in the Patriots offense.
Davlin Cook, RB, Vikings
HAMSTRING woes have caused Cook to sit out a handful of games this season already. Even when he suits up though, his production has been down with just 98 yards on 36 carries. Remember the Vikings won’t want Cook to be healthy and firing in September and once he gets to 100% his production will ramp up to close out the season. If you make a play for Cook, it’s worth adding his backup Latavius Murray (45% ownership) as a good handcuff play too.
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Jamies Winston, QB, Buccaneers
WITH Fitzmagic slowly fading in the rear vision mirror, the Bucs are preparing to give Jamies Winston full reign as the starting QB. After serving his three-game ban, Winston had some success when he replaced Fitzpatrick under center last Sunday, throwing for 145 yards with a TD and two picks. Winston will be Tampa Bay’s starter in Week 6 after their bye, with a fantasy-friendly matchup straight up with the Falcons. Tempting.
T.J Yeldon, RB, Jaguars
MORE unhealthy hamstrings have led to another running back shake-up in Jacksonville. With Leonard Fournette unable to stay on the field, T.J. Yeldon has largely been the beneficiary, scoring both a rushing and receiving touchdown a week ago against the Jets. As long as Fournette’s health is up in the air, Yeldon offers huge upside in all fantasy formats.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Colts
I have my concerns over Andrew Luck’s health for the entire season. While he does look sharp, he isn’t at 100%, which could lead to the Colts leaning on their running game a bit more. Even if Luck stays upright, Nyheim Hines has shown he can contribute in the passing game which adds to his value, should his rushing game stall. If you take into account Marlon Mack’s injury setback, all signs point to a great opportunity for Hines to be a top-20 fantasy RB.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
TOM Brady hasn’t got off to the greatest start this season and his receivers have been affected. Gronk technically leads the Patriots in receiving yards, but teams have sent multiple defenders his way to try and quell New England’s passing attack. With the aforementioned Edelman and Josh Gordon likely to demand some defensive attention now, Gronkowski won’t see as much double coverage and hopefully, see a boost in his fantasy scores.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
THIS is slightly insane, but I don’t have faith in the footballing Jesus’ knee. He hasn’t passed for 300 yards yet this season and his receivers are dropping like flies. With Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison all under the injury cloud, it’s unlikely Rodgers is going to crack the 300-passing yard mark anytime soon. I hate to count out the 2x MVP and I can’t wait for him to throw for 450 yards in back-to-back weeks and make me eat my words.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons
FANTASY friendly matchups with the Steelers and Bucs make me want to hold onto Ridley a little longer. There’s no doubt his stock is at an all-time high at the moment though and his high touchdown catch percentage is unlikely to continue. This means it’s time to cash in and if you can find someone stupid enough to take the offer I’d try and pry his teammate Julio Jones away from another coach.
James Conner, RB, Steelers
NOW that Le’Veon Bell has a ‘reported’ return date Conner’s production is bound to dry up soon. He can still put up some solid scores for the next few weeks, so he still holds some fantasy value. Selling him to a coach with a losing record and snaring a long-term asset (Alshon Jeffery is someone I traded Conner for in one league) in return is a perfect move right now for Conner owners.
Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears
A breakout party for Tarik Cohen last weekend turned plenty of heads. While there’s no denying Cohen will play a much bigger role if Matt Nagy adopts a similar game style moving forward, his ceiling is still impacted by Jordan Howard’s job security. Big numbers in a blowout win aren’t the best gauge of his true fantasy value, which means selling Cohen is a smart move.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
TAKE away the name that is Larry Fitzgerald for a moment and take a look at his season stats. 15 receptions for 141 yards in four games. While it is important to mention that Sam Bradford was his quarterback for a lot of this sample size, Fitz just doesn’t have the same upside in a struggling offense at the age of 35. Time to move him on.
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