That was more like it. Unlike Week 2, Week 3 was wild with lots of action. The flurry of action started Thursday night. Most Thursday night games are a snooze-fest but this past week the Rams and 49ers put on a show combining for 80 points. Early Saturday morning the Jaguars showed they should relocate to England where Bortles put on a clinic against what was thought to be a great Baltimore defense, scoring 44 points and shutting out Joe Flacco.
Last week I recommended buying Chris Thompson. The guy is a legit talent, and will continue seeing a role in the offense. He is more than just a 3rd down receiving back. He is not a huge name in the NFL so you may be able to steal him on name value, you never know unless you try! As long as Randall Cobb is out, keep trying to buy Geronimo Allison. Same is true about Vernon Davis. If Jordan Reed stays banged up, Davis will have a role in the Redskins offense. Maybe wait and see about Bilal Powell, who scored yesterday. He will get more opportunities since Matt Forte unfortunately got banged up.
Before we look ahead to Week 4, here were last week’s Buy Low & Sell High recommendations:
Last Week’s Buy Low
1. Chris Thompson
2. Trevor Siemian
3. J.J. Nelson
4. Geronimo Allison
5. Vernon Davis
Last Week’s Sell High
1. Carson Palmer
2. Bilal Powell
3. Matt Forte
4. DeAndre Hopkins
Week 4 Buy Low’s
Buy Low: Ameer Abdullah
So far this season, Abdullah has 48 rush attempts for 163 yards. Contributing as a receiver, he has 6 receptions for 50 yards. The Lions are scripting creative ways to get him the ball and making a concerted effort to give Abdullah touches. The former Cornhusker is getting manufactured touches so he can use his speed. He can be electric with the ball. If Abdullah can stay healthy this year, look for him and a so far impressive Detroit offense to stay successful. Of course, Theo Riddick is around and will take some opportunities away as the passing down back, but we have seen that Abdullah possesses the ability to catch bubble screens and quick swing passes. So he will not always come out of the game in passing situations. My only words of caution if you buy Abdullah, be prepared to temper expectations as Detroit plays at Minnesota next week.
Buy Low: Jamison Crowder
Jamison Crowder started the year slowed by a sore hamstring. Week 3 against the Raiders he finally looked like he was healthy, running the crisp routes we know he is good at. Crowder is a PPR monster when he is healthy and Kirk Cousins likes to throw to him. Last year Crowder had 99 targets that he turned into 67 receptions for 847 yards and 7 touchdowns. As I mentioned, he has started the year slow. Use his slow start to your advantage and buy low now while he is still cheap.
Buy Low: Andrew Luck
We have found out this year that Andrew Luck has been playing with a torn labrum for at least a year and a half. Last year, Andrew Luck finished within the top 8 for quarterbacks fantasy points 8 times. Of those 8 weeks, he scored top 2 three different times. His wide receivers are healthy, and if he himself comes back healthy, look for Luck and his receivers to turn back into a high volume aerial threat. The reports right now say Luck is hoping to come back by week 6, and that he is going to practice this week. I’m going to say wait to see what the news says this week. If he practices this week I would throw a cheap offer to someone in your league. If he is still not practicing this week, you need to wait and follow the reports out of Indy.
Buy Low: Alex Collins
With both running backs for the Ravens struggling to create big plays, I would keep an eye on Alex Collins. He came in during garbage time for the Ravens and ran the ball hard up the middle. Collins was recently signed by the Ravens. At 5’10 217 lbs, Collins is a between the tackles style running back who will be used if West is in the dog house for his fumbling and ineffectiveness. Collins has the ability to threaten West’s job, and the Ravens may want to see what Collins offers them. Buy low now, in case Collins ends up blowing up!
Week 4 Sell High’s
Sell High: Paul Perkins
Did you know that Orleans Darkwa has more rushing yards for the New York Giants than starter Paul Perkins this year? He has out rushed him 53 to 48, in three games! The Giants simply do not run the ball enough to warrant using him in your lineup. The Giants rank 29th in rush attempts, compared to 3rd in pass attempts. Sell Perkins, sell any potential Giant running back. Ben McAdoo won’t use them. We will see what happens to the Giants, but as of now they do not look good. Eli Manning does not have the arm he once did, but McAdoo is determined to throw the ball.
Sell High: Terrance West
As I mentioned above. The Jaguars/Ravens game Sunday morning played in London was a high scoring affair. A high scoring affair for one team. The Jaguars scored 44 points, the Ravens zero. The Ravens got absolutely dominated from start to finish. So bad, Joe Flacco was pulled at the beginning of the 4th quarter. The Ravens had some bad luck when Danny Woodhead went down with a bad hamstring injury in week 1. The Ravens had not planned on Terrance West being their main running back. In stepped third string running back, Javorius Allen.
Allen is more of a receiving back, where West runs more between the tackles. On the season, West hasn’t been bad. He has rushed 33 times for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. I think West is a decent running back, but has limited abilities capping his ceiling potential. I believe if Danny Woodhead was still in the lineup, West would have been a solid change of pace back, running up the middle in short yardage situations. Javorious Allen will see some success, but he is not the same level talent as Danny Woodhead (when healthy). As of now I would prefer Allen over West, but not by a big margin. Allen will see more opportunities as a receiver then West will.