Don’t you…..forget about me…..
As always, let’s take a look at who’s below the 50 percent owned in CBS leagues.
Last Week: Tannehill, Bridgewater, Bortles, Carr
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (43 percent)
INSTANT REPLAY: In Start 2-QB leagues, Tannehill can be a good #2 play. Tannehill has been a top 15 QB by Pro Football Focus Premium Stats, showing his efficiency. As the bye weeks continue, Tannehill is a really good play. END REPLAY — That’s what we wrote the last two weeks, and it remains true this week. If you need a bye week fill-in or are in a Start 2-QB league, Tannehill is a great option.
Robert Griffin III, Washington (36 percent owned)
Say, did you see Colt McCoy in Week 7? If you can spare the stash for maybe a week, you could have a legit QB2 in Griffin for nothing but a click of the mouse. He’s not the game changer he was as a rookie, but he’s still a top 20 QB.
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (28 percent)
He did not excel against the Bills, but has the Buccaneers and Washington the next two weeks and has job security. Still a decent bye week option/Start-2 QB play, though downgrade if significant scoring injury for INT.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (25 percent)
Jacksonville won their first game but won’t get to play at home against the Browns. Bortles is on a 600 PA/16 games pace and can run a bit, too. Like Bridgewater, drop a bit if INTs take away significant pointage, otherwise, a good pickup in multiple start QB leagues.
The Running Backs:
Last week: Crowell, Mason
Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams (18 percent)
Jeff Fisher says Zac Stacy could get up to 25 carries next week! Or not. Last season Fisher made a mid-season change at RB and rode him the rest of the way. But that’s because nobody was left healthy when Stacy took over. Something happened this summer or Stacy never got the confidence of the coaching staff last season despite the fact he ran so well with virtually nothing else going on for the Rams. Stacy’s metrics are about the same as they were last year, per Pro Football Focus, which is to say they are average, not bad, not great, just average, so who knows what Fisher and the Rams are thinking.
As for Mason, in my best Jon Gruden voice, I like Tre Mason. He runs hard. He gets the ball and he runs, man. That’s what a running back should do. He runs hard, and I like that, man. Worth a pickup in that, with 18 carries, 85 yards rushing and a 12-yard catch, he may have the hot hand needed to pull a Stacy, circa 2014.
But what about…..Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars?
When the head coach is pining for the return of Toby Gerhart, that’s not an endorsement of Robinson as lead running back. It was a very nice week for Denard, but his week was born more from desperation than from long range planning, hence the starting spot waiting once more for Gerhart. Maybe another week will make the Jags rethink their stance, but for now it looks like nothing more than Week 7 fun.
All those Receiver type fellows:
Last week: Shorts, Cook, Adams, Wright
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (36 percent)
Just because we don’t think that the Harvin trade means a huge windfall for either Baldwin or teammate Jermaine Kearse, doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be owned. Start 3 WR leagues or multiple flex leagues should have Baldwin on their pickup list, especially after a double digit target game.
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (22 percent)
Not to go all 30 for 30 on you, but what if I told you that Adams had played just about the same amount of snaps the last three weeks as teammates Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson? Close your eyes and imagine either one missing time and you could see Adams, who is scoring even as the WR3 there in Green Bay, as a must start WR. Considering the missed time of Nelson and Cobb the last two seasons and Adams should be owned.
Jarius Wright, Minnesota Vikings (8 percent)
Wright is definitely producing as the WR3 for MIN. Despite playing 30 percent fewer snaps than more heralded teammate Cordarrelle Patterson, Wright has the same amount of targets and is trending stronger than either Patterson or Greg Jennings.