Staff Writer, SEC and Fantasy Football
We’re two weeks into the fantasy season, some of us are already talking plenty of trash and others are desperately scrambling to save their 0-2 team. The natural reaction for the latter is to try and make blockbuster trades, selling off a package of high potential players or, in dynasty or keeper leagues, the future of their team. Don’t do that. Instead, take a deep breath and focus on making value pick-ups through trades. Look to buy these players, who aren’t flashy names like Hunt or Montgomery, but could still get your team back in contention.
Eric wrote about Lynch’s potential in July, and he was right. Marshawn looks like the old Marshawn, the power back who loves football and scoring fantasy points. Lynch isn’t putting up crazy numbers, but has 121 yards and 1 TD on 30 carries through the first two weeks. Most importantly: Lynch is a critical piece of what very well may be the most dynamic offense in the NFL this season. He will get a lot of goal line opportunities, and he will convert them. Lynch is even more valuable in dynasty leagues, you’ll be able to get him very cheap from an owner who is scared of his long term instability.
White is quietly becoming the most potent member of the New England backfield. If you play in a standard league, stop reading this and move on to the next guy. For PPR players, give White serious consideration. White has 8 receptions for 85 yards last week, and has 12 rushing attempts over the first two weeks. Hit up the James White owner in your league and take advantage of the fact they think he only did well because he played the Saints defense. He’s a great flex play, or RB2 in leagues where you’ve had an early RB injury (looking at you David Johnson owners).
A rational fantasy owner wouldn’t touch a New York Jet with a ten foot pole. You’re not rational though, and that’s what will bring you back from the basement of your league. Kearse has 7 receptions for 123 yards and 2 TDs over the first two weeks of the season. That’s 100% of the Jets receiving TDs. He only owned in 6% of leagues, so you may be able to get him on waivers, but if not he’s worth trading a low end player for.
Hyde isn’t a fun play. You won’t be thrilled when you slide him into your RB2 slot and playing him won’t make you want to watch the 49ers play. Yet, he’s a good play. He’s got 24 carries for 169 yards through the first two weeks, and 9 total receptions for 51 yards. Similar to Lynch, you can likely get him cheap in your dynasty/keeper leagues. If you’re having trouble getting good value for Hyde remind the owner that it’s only rationale to expect him to get injured again. But remember, you’re not rationale.
Remember when C.J. Anderson was a good, reliable starting RB? Those days appear to be back, with Anderson benefitting from the shockingly good Broncos offense. He’s racked up 199 yards and a TD so far, but what makes him really valuable is the 45 rushing attempts he’s gotten. Jump jaded C.J. Anderson owners who don’t expect these results to last. I do expect the Denver offense to regress, but that regression won’t likely affect Anderson’s workload. In standard leagues, Anderson is a must own.