NFL DFS: Week 7 Alternate Storylines

NFL DFS is all about stories. What story can you tell yourself about a game that is plausible and (if it happens) will provide value? Something that people won’t be on that can give you an edge. I’m going to do a couple of quick possibilities here that I think could be interesting this week if things break the right way. Remember, GPP lineup building is all about finding an edge. Don’t pay attention to these stories for cash, but throwing these scenarios into a GPP could pay off.

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Evan Engram: Not Your Typical Rookie Tight End

On April 27th, NFL fans saw a group of talented tight ends selected in the first round of the draft, one of them being Evan Engram out of Ole Miss. In the past, rookie tight ends post poor fantasy seasons which made fantasy owners hesitant to take Engram in their fantasy drafts. Why risk the pick when first-year tight ends typically fail to produce adequate statistics? Engram was brought onto an offense with plenty of weapons – Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard – but his pass-catching talent could not be overlooked.

Now with the loss of Beckham, Marshall and Dwayne Harris for the rest of the 2017 season and Shepard dealing with an injury of his own, Engram is believed to be the main target for Eli Manning for the rest of the season. It’s unfortunate to see superstars lost for the season but it gives younger players the opportunity to show their talents and make plays for their team.

In my opinion, Engram is a must-start tight end in every fantasy league. His season totals are the complete opposite of what we’ve seen from rookie tight ends in previous years. Here’s my take on Engram and why I have confidence in his abilities given the situation in New York.

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Waiver Wire: Week 7

We are already heading into Week 7, as over a third of the fantasy season has already passed us by.  If you were the unfortunate owners of Aaron Rodgers, Jameis Winston or Golden Tate, you have to deal with yet another injured player to replace. There are slim pickings on the waiver wire this week, but lets see what it has to offer up.

 

(For each position, players are listed by waiver priority and are <50% owned in Yahoo leagues)

Quarterbacks:

Andy Dalton, CIN (@PIT) 46%

 

It is a rough week for streaming QBs, unless you want to play Blake Bortles. Dalton is still unowned in over 50% of Yahoo leagues. Dalton has not been great this season, but he has put together a solid string of starts over the previous three weeks (7 TDs to only 2 INTs). The Bengals are coming off their bye, and should be well rested and prepared. Divisional games are always tricky, but you could do a lot worse this week if you have your starting QB on a bye.

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Adrian Peterson, The New Orleans Backfield, and a Hype Train Off the Tracks

Grief has many different stages, and so do reactions to fantasy football trades. When news broke of Adrian Peterson getting shipped off to Arizona, NFL Twitter blew up. It caught my attention obviously, but I’m not sure much has changed in New Orleans and I’m pretty sure that Adrian Peterson is still not intriguing. It’s a huge piece of news that is more likely than not to be insanely inconsequential.

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Fantasy Phenom or Fantasy Phony?

Fantasy football man… this industry has a way of making you crazy. We knew rookie running backs were going to be a thing this year… but did you expect Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette to be outscoring Le’veon Bell after 5 weeks? Did you expect Mr. Average Alex Smith and a rookie QB in Deshaun Watson to both be outscoring Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees? Or how about Stefon Diggs and Chris Hogan being top 5 receivers? I didn’t either. There is still plenty of season to go… and it is more likely than not that a lot of these players will regress back to the mean, but some players might have actually just began their run as household fantasy names. You may be lucky enough to have some of these late round values on your teams, but should they stay there? Fantasy studs all have to start from somewhere – lets take a look at a few of this season’s early surprises and I’ll be the judge of whether they are fantasy phenoms or fantasy phonies.


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Waiver Wire: Week 6

It is status quo once again, as another week has gone by with another plentiful list of injuries. Nonetheless, the waiver wire has many players who can help your fantasy team if you have been affected by injuries or are running into bye weeks.

(For each position, players are listed by waiver priority and are <50% owned in Yahoo leagues)

Quarterbacks:

 Jacoby Brissett, IND (12%)

Brissett has filled in admirably for Luck while he has been out with an injury. He has even elevated the rest of the offensive players, as the offense looked like a black hole while Scott Tolzein was leading it. Brissett’s ability to run allows time for his receivers to get open and the potential to gain fantasy points on the ground. Luck should be back relatively soon (or so they say), but he’ll still be out this week as the Colts get the porous Titans’ defense. Brissett will be worth a streaming option heading into the week. Add where needed.

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Fantasy Football: Deshaun Watson is the Real Deal

Rookies across the NFL have been extremely impressive through five weeks of the 2017 season, though over the last three weeks, no rookie – if not any NFL player – has been more impressive than Deshaun Watson. The 12th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft out of Clemson rightfully extinguished Tom Savage of his starting job after the first half in week one and has been a dynamic play-caller since. The Houston Texans held tough against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in a 42-34 loss while Watson threw five touchdown passes, including three to Deandre Hopkins. The Texans sit at 2-3, but Watson is poised to lead the Texans and your fantasy team to the playoffs this season. Here’s why I believe he is a must-own and must-start quarterback in all fantasy football leagues.

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QB Streams of the Week: Week 5

It’s hard to believe that we are already heading into Week 5 of the football season. By now, a lot of us may have our teams figured out, while others still are changing their lineup around every week trying to find some consistency. Week 5 doesn’t make this task any easier, as we are starting off with the bye weeks. This week, only 4 teams get the week off: New Orleans, Washington, Atlanta, and Denver. As far as QB’s are concerned, that means no Drew Brees, no Kirk Cousins, no Matt Ryan, and no Trevor Siemian.  For some teams, the bye weeks can leave rather large gaps in lineups, but with some of us that aren’t in a position to pin a 3-1 or 4-0 record next to our teams, finding the right bye week streamer is vital to getting that win we desperately need. Rest easy fantasy fans, help is on the way.  Continue reading QB Streams of the Week: Week 5

Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings

The staff at The Fantasy Report are now ready to publish their fantasy football rankings for week 5 of the NFL season. Below you will find links for Standard Scoring and PPR rankings. We understand that QB and DST are not affected by PPR, but it gives our PPR rankers a chance to give their rankings as well. ANy questions? Find us on Twitter @Fantasyreport_

Standard Scoring PPR
Quarterback Quarterback
Running Back Running Back
Wide Receiver Wide Receiver
Tight End Tight End
DST DST

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