Once again, something happens to the first stringer and Mike Glennon comes in slinging.
As always, let’s take a look at who’s below the 50 percent owned in CBS leagues.
Last Week: Bridgewater, Bortles
Both Teddy and Bortles looked good, fantasy-wise, in their starts last week, but remained largely unowned.
Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings (29 percent)
Clearly, fantasy owner took more of a wait and see approach with Bridgewater than Week 2 hero Kirk Cousins, because Teddy remains in the below 50 percent range (Blake Bortles is at 34 percent and had a nice fantasy week.) What they waited for and missed was a terrific thrashing of the Falcons defense, averaging over 10 YPA and getting a rushing TD. The main complaint now is that he’s too skinny, but that shouldn’t stop you from rostering Teddy, especially in start 2-QB leagues.
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay (11 percent)
Nor should the same complaint stop you from getting Glennon in the same situation. Glennon is in after McCown’s injury, and should be in there through most of the bye weeks until McCown gets healthy from his thumb injury. Last season, Glennon didn’t do much per attempt, finishing at a meager 6.27, but was still very efficient after being thrown into the fire by the exiled Greg Schiano. Per Pro Football Focus’ QB Rating, Glennon finished 15th and had the highest percentage of passing yards that came before the catch (percentage yards in air).
The Running Backs:
Last week: Crowell, Blue, Taliaferro
Blue and Taliaferro are now owned in over 60 percent of leagues, with Taliaferro adding another score.
Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (41 percent)
Might be the last time you will see him here. We refer you to last week when we said he’s good for being the 10 carry, 45-50 yard back that could punch in a TD. Hard runner.
Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (21 percent)
McKinnon got a chance at home against the Falcons and he made the most of it, getting 135 yards on 18 carries, highlighted by a 55 yard run. McKinnon’s metrics are surprisingly closer to teammate Matt Asiata than one might think overall, but once you take away Asiata’s superior pass blocking (no surprise there), McKinnon shows he’s a better runner. Because of Asiata’s pass pro, though, and wanting desperately to make sure Bridgewater is as safe and sound as possible, McKinnon won’t be in there as much as the plodding Asiata. McKinnon is worth a pickup and stash, especially if the Vikings can take leads later into games, necessitating a runner like McKinnon.
Brandon Oliver, San Diego Chargers (8 percent)
His stats haven’t been impressive, but someone has to assume the Danny Woodhead role in the Chargers offense and Oliver could be the guy. His snap count did jump, from 9 percent to 29 percent, even if the results were average, at best. With Donald Brown completely folding against the Jaguars, Oliver was praised by Mike McCoy after the game, telling ESPN.com “He’s only going to get better with time.”
All those Reciever type fellows:
Last week: Hartline, Matthews, Adams
Matthews has moved on to the well-owned, but Hartline and Adams are still good pickups, owned in way less than 50% of leagues.
Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams (26 percent)
He’s infuriating in his inconsistency, but has been well targeted while on the field and has a single drop right now. Playing one fewer game and a bye week, Cook is still top 15 TE in targets and tops on his team. A good bye week target, especially in the middle of the season, and a sneaky good play in start 2-TE leagues.
Odell Beckham, New York Giants (11 percent)
Rueben Randle was good in Week 4, but Beckham can be a good play for a Giants team that is a Top 10 passing team right now, given that his ailing hamstring has healed up sufficiently and is good to go for Week 5.
Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (8 percent)
Woods has been targeted as much as James Jones and Anquan Boldin and one less than Roddy White. The problem has been EJ Manuel tossing him the rock and not getting it to Woods. WIth Kyle Orton taking the reins at QB, Woods could have more value.
Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (7 percent)
We added in LaFell because, with 18 Tom Brady targets in two weeks, he’s a clear #2 WR in New England right now. What keeps doubt on him is the erratic nature of opportunities the Patriots provide. Two weeks in a row is a good trend for LaFell, but close your eyes and you can have a vision of inactivity in any given week. Still, should be owned in more than 7 percent of CBS leagues, and likely will be. Solid WR5 or 6 with the inconsistent Patriot usage risk built in there.