NFL Fantasy Football 2021 The players to look for to strengthen your team in Fantasy Football
Lto NFL week 9 marks the midpoint of the new 17-game schedule and for Fantasy, we enter the last third of the campaign. There are five or six weeks until the end of the campaign and the situation becomes critical: Forbidden to lose any more so as not to miss the Playoffs.
After a couple of weeks of calm, a new storm of injuries arrived, with perhaps THE favorite player of the virtual field close to being out for the rest of the year. Derrick Henry had a broken foot and the giant hole in ‘The Little Tractor’ will have to be covered. That is why the advance purchase strategy that we have been proclaiming in this space for weeks is SO important.
There are also significant casualties, with four teams in bye: Tampa Bay (Brady, Fournette, Brown, Evans, Godwin, some TE maybe, the defense), Washington (McLaurin, Gibson, McKissic) and Seattle (Russ and Carson injured, Collins, Lockett, Metcalf) and Detroit (Swfit, Hockenson).
As always, the maximum goal of winning this week, so looking for players who are without a team in at least 50% of the leagues in NFL.com heading into week 9.
Boston Scott (RB’s PHI, 1.0%): They were told last week that Scott was the favorite to be the Eagles’ running back and was the leading one (45% snaps, 18 points), before he carried Jordan Howard (25% snaps, 17.7 points) in the final stretch of the beating in Detroit. He is still the most attractive option as a running back, although Kenneth Gainwell (31% snaps) may have better days if they are games in which the script makes them throw more,
Carlos Hyde (RB JAX. 0.5%): James Robinson was injured and could lose time. The RB that remains is the unremarkable Hyde, who contributes something per pass (6 receptions against Seattle, although only two more before that game) … and above all he is the one who remains as a starter without much competition for carries, because Dare Ogunbowale is RB for passing situations.
Jeremy McNichols (RB TEN, 0.2%): what they hear in the distance are the cries of pain of those who had Derrick Henry on their team. The worst thing is that the outlook is clouded because there are no clear options. Darrynton Evans fell on IR, out all year. McNichols is the one left, but in 28 career games, only three had more than five carries; he’s more of a passing situation player. We will have to be aware of whether there is a trade before Tuesday for a more attractive option, but if not … it is left and little else.
Adrian Peterson (RB TEN, 0.1%): The Titans signed him to their practice team, he may not be on the active roster this week, but he has more of a running ‘horse’ profile than McNichols. The thing is, he contributes little or nothing to passing play (12 catches in 16 games in 2020 with the Lions, since 2015 he doesn’t exceed 20 catches in a season), which makes him TD dependent to some extent. But the Titans are the fourth team that runs in greater proportion And the game script on his schedule could lead him to imitate what Henry did to some extent, especially in games against Houston, Miami or Jacksonville starting in week 11.
Elijah Mitchell (RB SF, 60.4%): the list of running backs with more than 100 yards and a touchdown in the last two weeks: Elijah Mitchell and that’s it. He is still free in 40% of the leagues. Hasty’s return hasn’t affected him one iota. TAKE IT!
Peyton Barber (RV LV,): Josh Jacobs did not finish the last Raiders game. I don’t think Kenyan Drake completely takes the backfield because he never has, and Barber already had a 23.2-point game when Jacobs was absent in week 3.
JD McKissic (RB WFT, 53.8%): With so many injuries in Washington, McKissic and his passes out of the backfield has three games of 9.6 points or more, with two of 17+. It is an unattractive option because nobody is excited by short passes, but it is a very high floor to cover a gap in a bye week. Do not take it this week when it rests, hope that some will throw it away for not playing and, if you have a key player in bye in the 10, you can put it in their place.
Other substitutes to have on the radar of the advance purchases so mentioned in this space:Nyheim hines (Foals, 22.6%), Larry rountree (Chargers, 0.1%), AJ Dillon (Packers, 43.1 %%), Kalen ballage (Steelers, 0.1%), Sony michel (Rams, 13.1%), Brandon bolden (NE, 0.2%), Salvon ahmed (MIA, 0.2%), Ronald Jones (TB, 31.1%)
Russell Gage (WR ATL, 14.3%): Calvin Ridley looks to be away for a few weeks for personal reasons. Gage goes up to main receiver despite going blank against Carolina. Tajae Sharpe (0%) also up his bonuses and was 5-58 against the Panthers, his second game of 9+ PPR points in the last three games.
Kadarius Toney (WR NYG, 26.6%): the Giants catcher is coming back and there are heavy casualties on the team. It wasn’t that long ago that he had nearly 30 points against the Cowboys and three receptions in the first quarter against the Rams before getting injured.
Jamison Crowder (WR NYJ, 22.8%): He’s the McKissic of receivers: lots of short passes, few yards, but for PPR leagues, it gives you a solid floor. Mike White threw more passes than anyone else and the Colts have injuries on the perimeter. NY could be losing and that implies more volume to be an option to solve this week.
From Jefferson (WR LAR, 2.7%): Jefferson can beat your league. It’s perhaps the biggest catcher safety policy because the Rams, if they manage to trade DeSean Jackson, have no more depth behind Woods and Kuup. Jefferson played nearly every play the first three quarters at Houston, before coming out with a knee problem, after which they put it away. Get 4 double-digit points games even when I had little participation … if something happens to the top 2 of LA, you have a WR2 or maybe more in power. I’m sure you have players on the bench with less potential. One key at this point in the season: take players you see with options to start your team in a weeks-long playoff matchup.
Carson Wentz (QB IND, 33.9%): We could make a blooper section entirely his, but this season he has surpassed 17 points in all but one game. He goes against the Jets, which could be a game where they run more with the advantage … but still, it’s a great one-week option.
Tua Tagovailoa (QB MIA, 37.9%): he had his worst game of the four he has finished this year against Buffalo, with 15.2 points. If your bad game is 15.2 points, it is a good option. Texans are coming home. Promises.
Justin Fields (QB CHI, 25.6%): He is coming off his best game and by far in the first week that Bill Lazor was able to prepare the entire game plan. They already activated the legs. Two things against: he goes against Pittsburgh and Matt Nagy would have Covid again, which can ruin progress … although it was so evident that he might not even back down.
Dan Arnold (TE JAX, 2.7%): We have mentioned it for a couple of weeks. TE2 before Monday Night and did not score. Trevor Lawrence doesn’t have many hands due to injury and the team uses a lot of 12 personnel. Arnold is an option not only to fill a gap for a week.
One of my favorite tactics is play defensive rotation against bad league teams. Jaguars and Jets they are being the worst teams in the league. Jeans go with backup rookie QB because of Tyrod Taylor’s injury, Lions and giants they have QB delivery machines, Big ben is in total decline, Justin Fields is caught at an alarming rate since his time in the NCAA, Seattle and Russ It is an option and there are also duels due to bad weather that could be exploited. Sam darnold He is regressing to his Jets times and may not play due to shock. There are options to exploit.
Dolphins (35.1%): Miami goes to Houston. IF TYROD TAYLOR PLAYS, DON’T PUT THEM … but if Davis Mills follows, the Texans scored 8 TOTAL points in their last three outside the NRG. Miami is a poor defense, but the potential for sacks and deliveries is too high.
Patriots (58.2%): maybe someone has thrown it when going against the Chargers … and now they go to Carolina, who has passed oil without McCaffrey, Darnold was shocked and could not play or have poor preparation.