Fantasy football is an outlet from our day to day lives, and is a fun hobby. I want to extend my deepest condolences to the countless people that have been affected by this tragedy that took place in Las Vegas. Waking up Monday morning to this horrific story is heart breaking. We use sports to escape the day to day struggles in life, and it is hard to fathom this event. My prayers are with those affected.
Just like that, we are about one quarter finished with the 2017 season. What have we learned so far this year through 4 weeks? The AFC East is a surprise. As I mention below, the Bills have come out of nowhere and are in first place. Is this the year the Patriots lose their dominance over their division foes? As of now, the AFC West looks to be the most competitive division top to bottom. The Chargers are the best 0-4 team. The Jets may not be as bad as we thought they were coming into this year. They have talent on their offensive and defensive lines that will keep them in some game scripts. The Jets also have play makers in their run game. Running backs, Bilal Powell and rookie Elijah McGuire should be heavily leaned upon in the coming weeks. In typical NFL fashion, our observations will change on a weekly basis. Below are some players you can target to acquire while their value is still somewhat low. As well, some players to trade now while their value is high.
Last Week’s Buy’s
1. Ameer Abdullah
2. Jamison Crowder
3. Andrew Luck
4. Alex Collins
Last Week’s Sell’s
1. Paul Perkins
2. Terrance West
Week 5 Buy
Buying: Tyler Lockett
It’s nice to see Tyler Lockett out there making plays again. Sunday evening, Lockett had 4 grabs for 67 yards and added 24 yards on the ground. He is also returning punts. The team needs Lockett to step up due to Doug Baldwin not being 100% with an injured groin. If Dougie comes back with no limitations, look for this offense to finally be near full strength (Jimmy Graham does not look fully healthy yet) and Lockett will be able to really thrive. This offense is more than capable of supporting 2 or 3 fantasy players.
Buying: J.D. McKissic
Unfortunately, I write this article while watching the Sunday night game. Chris Carson went down with what looked like a broken leg, it was a gnarly injury. I wish him the speediest of recoveries. McKissic literally came out of nowhere in this game. McKissic is going to be used as the change of pace back where he can use his speed. He is 5’10’’ and weighs 190 lbs. He touched the ball in the third quarter and immediately showed burst that we aren’t used to seeing in the Seattle backfield. Showing his best impression of C.J. Prosise. Keep an eye on this guy, as we are not sure what happens if Prosise comes back. We do know that losing Chris Carson opens up a spot in this messy backfield situation. Before the night was over McKissic scored 2 touchdowns.
Buying: Buffalo Bills Defense
The Buffalo Bills have impressed so far this year. Through 4 weeks Buffalo is allowing a league low average of 13.5 points per game. They gave up their first receiving touchdown yesterday. The Bills are a strong defensive unit this year. After a bye in week 6, they have 3 of their next 4 games at home where they are known to have success. Their victory in week 4 on the road at Atlanta was a very impressive victory. Look ahead and try to buy them during their bye week at a discount.
Week 5 Sell
Selling: Jared Goff
First off let me give the second year quarterback from Cal credit. He has vastly improved from last year. The only reason I am selling Goff is his schedule. Goff has a brutal schedule ahead. He plays Sea, @Jac, Ari, bye, @NYG, Hou, @Min. The coming weeks schedule is filled with defenses that thrive on causing turnovers. I would take my chances streaming other quarterbacks with better match ups. Sell high on Goff now.
Selling: Isaiah Crowell
Coming into this year many believed Crowell would take the next step into becoming the Cleveland Browns bell cow running back. He has the talent to do so, and the offensive line is one of the better rated run blocking units in the league. He has struggled to get any momentum going so far this season. He has rushed 39 times for 114 yards and zero scores. The Browns do not have an explosive offense so Crowell is not getting the touches needed to be a factor, nor is he getting red zone looks. Instead, fellow back Duke Johnson is getting the carries. It is time to jump ship on Crowell.
Selling: Justin Tucker
The Baltimore Ravens offense is really struggling. The Ravens are a walking infirmary and their offense looks slow. Last week they were embarrassed against the Jaguars. This week, against division rival Pittsburgh they didn’t look much better. Baltimore has been outscored 36 to 0 in the first half of their last 2 games. Star kicker Justin Tucker didn’t miss a kick last year. He made 50 yard kicks look easy. This year, the Ravens are struggling to get the ball across mid field. The Ravens rank 31st in the NFL in total yards per game, only Jay Cutler and the Dolphins are worse. I believe Tucker is still a great kicker, but I don’t trust the Ravens offense giving him enough opportunities to prove it. Through four weeks, Tucker is ranked 29th in fantasy points. Take your chances on a kicker that is getting opportunities. Keep him on your bench if no other owner will trade.