Happy Halloween: Players Too Spooky To Hold Onto

Happy Halloween from us here at Top 2! We’re at the mid-point of the NFL season and by now you should know where your fantasy roster stands amongst your opponents. However, some NFL players have some strange things happening to them. Martavis Bryant might as well be in the upside down with the month that he’s had. If you have these players on your roster, then you probably have no idea what to make of their first 8 weeks.

Fear not, here is what you should do with these mystery men:

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Look at how much fun the Steelers are having….without Martavis

Martavis Bryant (Owned in 60 percent of leagues): Let us start with the aforementioned Steeler Wide Receiver. I don’t like it; I just don’t like the situation that has unfolded for Bryant in Pittsburgh. His playing time has dipped which even included a healthy inactive status last Sunday against the Lions AND Juju Smith-Schuster has emerged as a threat in the passing game for the Steelers offense. Bryant asked for a trade but will not get one as the deadline has passed and the Steelers have said no to teams calling. Bryant may have a game or two where he has double-digit fantasy points but this season is not going well and, with the emergence of Juju, it’s not going to get any better. The Call: Too Spooky, drop him.

Terrelle Pryor (Owned in 74 percent of leagues): Boy was I wrong on Pryor taking a one-year prove-it deal in Washington and making the most of having a good QB. Pryor has been a mess this season. He’s dropping passes, can’t finish routes and ultimately looks lost in the Redskins offense. Normally I would say patience is key when it comes to players as talented as Pryor but he just looks awful right now (zero catches on Sunday against a weak Dallas secondary). The Call: Too Spooky, drop him.

 Matthew Stafford (Owned in 88 percent of leagues): So if you’re in a 12-team league or a 2QB league then I understand you’re not dropping him. However, in 10-team leagues, Stafford just isn’t cutting it. The Lions offense looked awful Sunday against the Steelers and they have been a big disappointment after starting out 2-0. Currently the 12th best QB in fantasy, Stafford is certainly not match-up proof and once we’re beyond the bye weeks, he’s barely worth a roster spot. If you have a need elsewhere like RB, WR or TE then you should ditch Stafford. The Call: Too Spooky, drop him.

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 Any Green Bay offensive player not named Jordy Nelson and Aaron Jones: This is just a state of the team type of warning. Brett Hundley is just not a good QB. I know the Saints have improved on Defense but Hundley just looked terrible. I don’t know if it was because we went from Aaron Rodgers to Brett Hundley but it looks bad. It’s like going from Filet Mignon to Rump Roast real quick. I’m not even a big fan of Nelson after the Rodgers injury but you have to believe he has the best chance to be somewhat of a WR2 even with Hundley. Aaron Jones deserves to be the RB and you have to roster him because quite frankly there just aren’t enough good RBs. Ty Montgomery is not and never will be a good running back. He is a Swiss army knife player on offense and he only really works if Rodgers is the QB. Even then he hasn’t really panned out. The Call: Too Spooky, drop them all.

 Sammy Watkins (Owned in 78.8 percent of leagues): This is a frustrating case because the Rams have been resurgent on offense. Watkins has had a tough time getting the ball in Los Angeles and here is where I will preach patience. Watkins came to the Rams extremely late and is still learning the playbook. He just had a bye week so that should’ve helped him out a bit when it comes to learning the playbook plus building a rapport with Jared Goff. I’m not saying start him this week against the Giants but I would hold onto him as the Rams gear up for a playoff run. That means they’ll be playing meaningful football late in the season. They’ll need Watkins for that. The Call: Not Spooky, have a treat.

On the Fringe: Players who will soon determine their worth in Fantasy

Eric Adams, Staff Writer, Beard Guy

We are entering week 4 of the 2017 NFL Season and while some players have determined their worth in Fantasy Football, others have yet to reveal their true value. In this article, I will take a look at who has yet to round into form and what to expect from here on out.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Giants: The Giants have gotten off to a terrible start. A bad O-line has compromised Eli Manning’s ability to do much of anything and us here at Top 2 are starting to believe they’d be better off starting a tight end in the backfield over a running back. It’s not all doom and gloom, however, as the Giants were able to finally put together a solid offensive effort against the Eagles. Also noteworthy was Brandon Marshall catching 8 passes on 11 targets for 66 yards. After catching one pass in the first two games apiece, Marshall may finally be feeling the benefit of being opposite a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. Look for Marshall to have a strong game against the Bucs on the way to a respectable WR3/WR2 season.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders: Everybody’s favorite dancer (maybe not the Jets’ favorite) has been up and down this season. After carrying the ball 18 times for 76 yards in the opener and 12 times for 45 yards and a touchdown against the Jets, Lynch fell all the way to only 6 carries for 18 yards against the Redskins. It’s unclear whether the Raiders have cooled on Lynch or it was simply the flow of the game, but Marshawn will be managed this season so he remains fresh for the playoffs. That is not what fantasy owners want to hear so I would suggest trading Lynch after his next big performance.

Lamar Miller/D’Onta Foreman, RBs, Texans: The Texans have been an interesting team early on. After pulling Tom Savage and going with Deshaun Watson, Houston has managed to resemble a potent offense. They got whacked by the Jaguars, squeaked out a win in Cincinnati and then played the Patriots tough on the road. So Lamar Miller is starting to look more appealing, right? Nope, the early season tealeaves seem to be falling the way of the rookie Foreman. He has looked very solid in a split role with Miller and if you own Miller, you better find a way to grab Foreman as a handcuff. The rookie may very well be getting the bulk of the carries sooner rather than later.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Falcons: Sanu has been very serviceable this season, scoring at least 10 PPR points in each week. A lot of people may not look at Sanu as WR1 but he damn sure is a WR2, and a good one. I view the Sanu situation the same way the Emmanuel Sanders situation worked out. Sanders was never a special player in Pittsburgh before going to Denver where he became a 1,000-yard receiver. I’m seeing the same exact thing happen with Mohamed Sanu. I’m not saying break the bank for him, but he is a very worthy pick-up and very worthy of starting.

Ryan Griffin, TE, Texans: With CJ Fiedorowicz on IR with a concussion, Ryan Griffin has become the starter in Houston. After missing the Bengals with a concussion of his own, Griffin starred in the game against the Patriots catching 5 balls on 7 targets for 61 yards and a score. Someone going to the IR for a head injury is very troubling and I would bet against that person returning this season. Keep an eye on Fiedorowicz’ health but I like Ryan Griffin right now. He showed an early rapport with Watson and the job is clearly his for the time being. You can do worse at tight end so give him a shot, especially against a Titans team that was victimized by the tight end position last weekend.

Rise Up: The Falcons Are Not Going Anywhere But Up

Eric Adams, Staff Writer. All things Sports. Sith Lord. Batman.

The Atlanta Falcons were the laughing stock of the NFL for the entire offseason due to one epic meltdown in the biggest game of the season. All one had to say to an obnoxious Falcons fan was ’28-3’ and they would stew in anger before storming off. However, it may not be wise to keep teasing those same fans because the Atlanta Falcons are a force to be reckoned with.

A lot of fantasy pundits were looking, no expecting, the Falcons to take a step back this season. Without Kyle Shanahan, at least the offense would regress right? Wrong, as they showed Sunday night those dirty birds are still flying high. Matt Ryan is a stud and he has officially become an elite player at the position. Freeman is as good a RB as the league has at the moment and the receivers, led by Julio Jones, are still very good.

I don’t want to brag, but I never understood the shouts of demise for the Falcons from outsiders. I understand Shanahan is a good coordinator, but the talent these Falcons have is undeniable. Not only is the offense stellar, but also their defense is young, fast and VERY LEGIT. Deion Jones is a budding star at linebacker, Vic Beasley led the league in sacks last year (although he’s expected to miss about a month) and the secondary is above average. The Falcons have the right formula under head coach Dan Quinn and they should be contending for yet another Super Bowl appearance this season.

So before you go out and throw another 28-3 reference at a Falcons fan in recovery, keep in mind that this is a new season. Last season is over and, while they would like to forget, that loss is still sitting with the 2017 Atlanta Falcons. After watching what they did to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, I would say it’s motivating them as well.