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Week 10 In Review
If you aren't familiar with my methods yet, I'll put myself on a "PASS" or "FAIL" scale which is based on flex options scoring above or below double digit fantasy points. Above 10 points would be a PASS, and obviously below 10 would be a FAIL. I do my best to find the not-so obvious options from week to week to help you dominate your league. With that said, here we go once again, let's see how I did for you, folks.
Brandon LaFell, 8.6 Points -- FAIL
Zach Ertz, 13.8 Points -- PASS
Nate Washington, 0.0 Points -- DNP
Davante Adams, 17.9 Points -- PASS
Shane Vereen, 4.3 Points -- FAIL
Shout outs to Shane Vereen for crapping the bed harder than expected -- you had one job, bro. Not every prom queen grows up to be a hot chick in her 30's, sometimes you've just got to be ok with being mediocre looking and a bank manager at a Wells Fargo. This is totally directed at Shane. Thanks, man.
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Brandon LaFell saw 6 targets, which was reasonable, however the 2 catches were not. Zach Ertz continued his productive ways as he saw 10 targets this past week and turned 7 of those into catches -- he's becoming a weekly Top 7 option. Nate Washington went all Nate Washington and then he too turned his bed into a toilet bowl. Then in an almost incalculable quantity, Davante Adams caught 10 of his -- get this -- 21 targets. That is not a typo.
Finally the man I put a lot of faith into, Shane Vereen, totally underperformed and for that reason I will force myself to listen to an entire Justin Bieber single from start to finish.
Week 11: '5 Must-Start Fantasy Sleepers'
I pride myself on making tough calls, and this week will be no exception once again. Peyton Mannings career is dead -- take all your Emmanuel Sanders stock and sell it, fast.
5. Dontrelle Inman, WR SD
It's amazing what an injury or two can do for a player's stock, isnt it? Inman was as far off the fantasy radar as any player in the NFL possibly could be, then all of a sudden Keenan Allen is designated to the IR and Malcom Floyd gets a significant injury -- I am advocating Inman stock.... yikes.
Look, nobody is calling Inman a guarantee for Stefon Diggs-like success, but isn't the goal here to find weekly gems just laying around? Inman plays in an offense that is desperate for a play maker in the absence of Allen and Floyd, and this could be Inman.
In Week 11 the Chargers face their division rival Kansas City Chiefs, whom are coming off a season best performance against the Denver Broncos' inept passing game -- this was a gimme. Last week saw his 3rd highest target game of the season with 4, this is a number that is assuredly prepared to take a bump as Philip Rivers is averaging an insane 43 passing attempts per game in 2015.
Currently the Chiefs are tied for the 4th highest in passing touchdowns allowed in 2015 with 17 on the year (1.8 Per/G). This is a favorable stat considering Philip Rivers ranks 5th in the NFL in passing touchdowns with 18 and 2nd in total pass yards with 3,033. Somewhere in between these stats Inman will find a piece of a talent depleted pie.
Currently Dontrelle Inman is currently available in 95% of Yahoo leagues, and 94.5% at ESPN. Basically this guy is available everywhere in the universe for free, and you could probably do a ton worse than him.
4. Frank Gore, RB IND
No, not "under the radar," but there are plenty of people out there that are not confident in giving him the starting nod. So why should this Week 11 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons be any different?
Firstly, on the season, Gore is ranked as the overall #56th player in fantasy football, or the RB14. This week however, Frank gets a crack at one of the most generous defenses versus running backs. Thus far in 2015, the Atlanta Falcons are allowing a league 3rd best 88.9 yards per game, which obviously seasons like a negative against Gore. The plus on this matchup however is the fact that Atlanta has given up the 2nd most rushing touchdowns to opposing offenses with 11 through 9 games.
With Andrew Luck out for multiple weeks, it appears we are back to the Matt Hasselbeck show. This is not a death sentence to Gore though. In both of Luck's absences, Frank Gore has averaged 19.5 rushing attempts per game -- an undebatable feature-back workload. Despite Atlanta's difficult defensive front, Gore's workload makes him a must start option in what could be a total mess of a ball game.
Frank Gore is currently only available in 4% of Yahoo leagues and 3.4% of ESPN ones. His availability is clearly scarse but this is a game I would not shy away from.
3. Jimmy Graham, TE SEA
"Under the radar"? No. "Under performing"? Yes. At one point, a name that people would have traded the farm for shares of -- Jimmy has fallen from the top and tons of people have lost faith in him. We haven't though, right?
Yes, there are offensive woes in Seattle, but the flashes of potential have shined through on few occasions between Russell Wilson and Graham. A few of those standout performances looked like this: 6-51-1, 7-83-1, 8-140, and 7-75.
At this point, owners of Graham would kill for regular production on this level -- unfortunately these have truly become the anomaly. In Week 11 against a subpar San Francisco DST, look for Seattle to make it a point to get back to their strongest options.
Per PFF, on the year, San Francisco is graded out with a -16.4 in pass coverage -- this ranks them 22nd overall in the league. In addition to this porous grade, the Niners are ranked 28th overall in passing yards allowed per game with 280.6. Even with Russell Wilson in somewhat of a rut, Graham has still carved out "his" role -- averaging a team high 8.25 targets per game. In a "bounce back" type of game, Jimmy and the Seahawks will have a point to drive home against division rival San Francisco 49ers. It's put up or shut up time in Seattle and if this isn't the game that irons out the kinks then I don't know which one will be.
Jimmy Graham is currently owned in 93% of Yahoo leagues and 97.4% at ESPN. This Jimmy Graham write-up is more of a confidence booster for the 85% of people benching him regularly. This is the game to roll him out... I swear.
2. Ameer Abdullah, RB DET
A Nike SPARQ legend, Abdullah offers way more than just a hot girlfriend... seriously, google her (Georgia Ellenwood) -- you're welcome.
Perhaps this Abdullah pick is far too much "speculation" but all the rumors coming out of Detroit lead me to believe this is the week that Ameer will get a decent workload (14-18 touches). On the year, Ameer hasn't performed to par -- averaging just 3.5 YPC on 68 total totes of the rock, but luckily for Ameer and the Lions, they get a shot at the 10th worst defense against the run in the entire NFL -- the Oakland Raiders.
Allowing 115.3 yards/G to opposing offense this is definitely not a DST running backs of other teams are afraid of. In the world of PPR, Abdullah is also especially nice because of his usage out of the backfield -- 2.5 targets per game (season high of 4). Ameer is another one of those players that came into the season with major hype and then watched most of it fade. It is not time to quit on him, because if the stars align this week, Ameer's explosiveness plus potential workload could put him on the RB1 map in Week 11.
Ameer Abdullah is currently available in 54.1% of ESPN leagues and 46% of leagues at Yahoo. This availability is surprising considering his potential and the chances of a depth chart shift at RB. Joique Bell may very well be on his way out at some point on this team, as it examines its roster heading into 2016.
1. Danny Amendola, WR NEP
Julian Edelman is hurt for an extended period of time, and Dion Lewis is officially on the IR. Danny Amendola just become a priority add.
On the year, Danny Amendola is carrying an absurd receiving percentage of 87% on 46 targets (40 catches). After Julian Edelman went down last week, Amendola found himself a major factor in the passing game as Tom Brady targeted him 11 times, 10 of which Amendola hauled in. Once touted as a "poor man's Wes Welker" when he played for the Rams, it appears Amendola is about to do his best impression of a rich man's present day Wes Welker.
Regardless of opponent, the losses of Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman are huge reasons why Amendola is an absolute must-add in all formats. Week 11 brings the Buffalo Bills into Foxborough, which means hell-in-the-cell. On the year the Bills DST hasn't lived up to the hype -- allowing a league 17th ranked 349.6 yards per game. Tom Brady has torched every defense he has faced, and despite what the Patriots have lost on offense, none of this hurts Amendola's potential. He's a serious bet to have an absolutely bananas performance this Sunday.
Currently Danny Amendola is available in 32.4% of ESPN leagues and 46% of leagues at Yahoo. I find this absolutely incredible, all things considered. Gronk will get his, Blount will get a fair amount of ground work and Amendola SHOULD clean house elsewhere from a PPR standpoint.
Good luck this week everyone.
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