Danny Dimes is due for a big day
We’ve come to that point in the season where I get irritated. Each week you’ll witness fantasy owners who start injured players or players on bye. There are four weeks left of the fantasy regular season, which is plenty of time to get a few wins and make the playoffs. In most leagues, half the teams or more are granted playoff spots. It’s irrational to give up already. But those people aren’t the worst of it all. The worst are the tradesmen.
The ship-jumpers, the going-out-of-business-sellers, or whatever you may call them. These people assume they have no chance of winning so they trade their best players to contenders for free. It essentially makes the entire season pointless. This is an example of collusion, and those trades should be vetoed without exception. If you’re someone that does this, I bite my thumb at thee. You’re the kid that flips the Monopoly board upside down once you’re down to their last $50. You’re the hangnail that gets ripped off only to leave an even smaller and more painful hangnail. Do everyone a favor and don’t play fantasy until you learn how to act and behave.
QB – Daniel Jones
Danny Dimes has been a difficult quarterback to predict so far this season. In his first-ever start versus Tampa Bay, he threw for over 300 yards and had four total touchdowns. Since then, he’s only had one other good game for the Giants, which was a similar stat line against Detroit. After watching his Monday Night Football performance against the Cowboys, it’s clear he can’t be trusted against good or average defenses. He needs a solid pocket and an escape lane to be efficient. In Week 10, he battles the Jets for New York. The Jets’ pass rush is near the bottom of the league. They have recorded just 13 sacks this season as a team. Jones has a safe floor if you’re in need of a streaming option.
RB – Ronald Jones
Peyton Barber or Ronald Jones? That question has been lingering since the season started, and it hasn’t been answered yet. Jones has more yards, carries and receptions this season, but not by a longshot. In Tampa Bay’s Week 9 game against the Seahawks, Jones received 18 carries compared to Barber’s four carries. It seems like the Bucs give the ball to whoever performs the best on a game-to-game basis. Tampa Bay hosts the Cardinals this week. Arizona hasn’t been an effective defense so far this season, and I expect similar things this week. Jones is a risky play, but he’s widely available and has a touchdown upside.
WR – Christian Kirk
The good news is that Christian Kirk is finally healthy. In Week 9, he played 55 of the Cardinals’ 57 snaps. The bad news is that he hasn’t produced it. On those 55 snaps, he only got five targets. I’m willing to give him a break because they were playing the 49ers, who couldn’t stop Kenyan Drake. This week, they travel to Tampa Bay. The Bucs are currently the worst team in the league against opposing wideouts. Furthermore, Larry Fitzgerald is characteristically worse on the road than at home. He averages six more fantasy points at home versus away. Kirk has also received more targets since his return than Fitzgerald. Kirk has a lot of upsides this week, and his stock should rise through the end of the season.
TE – Jack Doyle
Fantasy owners were hoping Doyle could take a step up without T.Y. Hilton in the lineup. They were disappointed when he received only four targets, although he did score a touchdown. His role seemed to increase after AB Jacoby Brissett left the game with a sprained MCL. With Brian Hoyer at quarterback, Doyle has a great opportunity to command a larger target share. Eric Ebron is a higher ceiling play this week, but I believe Doyle has a higher floor. The Colts face the Dolphins this week. My only fear of playing him this week is that the game will be a blowout and there will be no need to pass the ball.