NFL Fantasy Fixer-Uppers October 13th 2015
NFL Fantasy Fixer-Uppers
It’s never a good day in the NFL when one of its star players goes down with an injury. That happened this past Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs saw running back Jamaal Charles crumble to the ground without being contacted. The diagnosis? Torn ACL. That means his season is done and if you own him in any fantasy leagues (like I do) he is 100% safe to drop. Unless you are in a keeper/dynasty league but that’s a different story. Whenever a star goes down the waiver wire is all a flutter so here’s hoping your priority is a high one. Let’s see who will help replace the void in K.C.’s backfield as well as some other players who can help out right away.
Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns (37% owned standard ESPN leagues)
He was the star of ESPN’s top plays with his circus catch that I’m sure we will all see for years to come. He was also the star of one of my fantasy teams this past weekend and based on ownership levels, not too many people can say that. Barnidge was a beast against Baltimore hauling in a team-high eight catches for 139 yards and the highlight reel touchdown. That marks three straight weeks of double-digit points with at least 75 yards and a score each time out. He is flourishing with Josh McCown (we will talk about him later) at quarterback and I don’t see any reason why he can’t be a tier one tight end the rest of the way out. Come join me on the Barnidge bandwagon and enjoy the ride.
Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (24% owned)
As someone who employs Charles on a fantasy roster I was devastated when I heard of his injury. He is clearly someone who was taken in the first round of drafts and it isn’t easy to replace someone with that talent level. When Charles has missed games in the past Davis has filled in and done so admirably. Seems like a no-brainer. Right? Well, let’s slow down a bit. Rumor has it that someone named Charcandrick West (we will talk about him later) is in line to see the bulk of the work and that may be true. After Charles went down it was West who outcarried Davis seven to two. Andy Reid has not said who will be the bellcow so for now it’s anybody’s guess. If you don’t have a high waiver claim and don’t feel like you can snag West it is worth a shot to put one in for Davis as well. Someone is in line for some carries moving forward.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears (21% owned)
After being hurt in Week 2 and missing a game the following week Cutler has returned to lead the sad-sack (maybe not anymore?) Bears to back-to-back wins in the fourth quarter. He has thrown multiple touchdowns in each game against only one interception. The Bears do have some playmakers for Cutler to get the ball to, most notably running back Matt Forte and tight end Martellus Bennett. Alshon Jeffrey should be back soon which will only help. If he can continue to stay healthy he is worth an add. Cutler was one a top-tier fantasy quarterback and while I don’t think he has fully returned to that status yet, he could be on his way. He has a nice matchup this week against the winless Detroit Lions.
Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland Browns (4% owned)
He’s rewriting record books folks. That’s right. With Sunday’s impressive effort McCown set the franchise record for yards passing (457) in a single game. It was his third straight game with at least 340 yards and two touchdowns. Now that is top-line quarterback play. I’m not going to sugarcoat this. The Browns are not the best team in the league. Their win over Baltimore notwithstanding, Cleveland figures to be behind a lot. That means McCown will have to throw it a lot. That should lead to some pretty nice fantasy days. Remember, the points still count whether they are in garbage time or not. He does have a tough schedule coming up with Denver, St. Louis and Arizona but McCown is certainly worth adding at the moment. I would sit him against the Broncos but as a bye-week filler you couldn’t ask for more.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (<1% owned)
So here he is. Mr. West. Someone whose name I was unfamiliar with, like most NFL fans, until this past weekend. Someone who now will presumptively be on a fantasy roster of mine. Maybe. The experts say that West has more updise than Davis. Could be a better pass catcher which bodes well for those in PPR leagues. Nobody really knows for now who will get the chance to tote the rock for Kansas City but what we do know is they rely heavily on the run so the workload is there. Expect West and his counterpart Davis to skyrocket in ownership when waivers go through tomorrow.
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