Fantasy Football Mailbag: Friday 9/16/16
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@numberFire Demaryius or sterling shepherd Sunday ??
— Chris Labenz (@chris_labenz) September 16, 2016
For this one, you'll have to monitor Demaryius Thomas' health throughout the weekend because he was limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday. If he's able to go, though, Thomas is still the better option.
Most of this optimism for Thomas centers around the Indianapolis Colts' defense. They have already ruled out four defensive starters, including three players from their secondary, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Some of those guys were able to play last week when Matthew Stafford shredded the defense; with them out, even Trevor Siemian should be able to move the ball.
Additionally, Thomas' Week 1 may not have been as bad as it seemed. Despite suffering the injury, he still played 75.9% of the snaps and turned 6 targets into 4 receptions for 48 yards. That was against a defense that -- while inexperienced -- has a lot more talent than the Colts'. Sterling Shepard is in a great spot this week, but Thomas deserves the start over him.
Email submission from David Delgado
12 Team PPR, .10 ret/kck yards Stafford, Beckham, Landry, Tate, Lacy, Gordon, J.James Bench: Hurns, E. Rogers, Sims, Powell, West, Sproles Get Gurley for Gordon and Hurns or Tate for Coleman or Jeremy Hill
It's hard to find a scenario in which you'd want to trade for Todd Gurley after what happened in Week 1. He showed his floor as a rush-only running back in a potentially bad offense. But when the price is this low, you may have found said scenario.
The main selling point here is shedding Melvin Gordon while the price is high. As mentioned several times throughout the week, Gordon's involvement in the offense Week 1 was startlingly low. He played only 23 of the team's 73 snaps compared to 50 for Danny Woodhead, even though the team was leading for most of the game. That puts his role in question going forward, and it makes him a desirable sell-high option.
As for Gurley, we saw the bad in Week 1, and that's always going to be in his range of outcomes. But at the end of the day, he stil got 17 carries and 3 targets while playing 60.7% of the snaps, a number that would have been higher had the team not gotten smoked. He still will see volume, and that's not something we can guarantee with Gordon moving forward.
@numberFire prob obj/sims here but rather obj sims/ or diggs/Hyde side of trade ppr. My team below pic.twitter.com/0qg6GAWi3v
— Thad Junco (@ThadJunco) September 16, 2016
I actually passed out after considering a team with both Odell Beckham and Julio Jones on it, so no more analysis necessary. If you can somehow get the other person to agree to that, you take it and log out.
@numberFire Who do I replace Keenan Allen with in 2 of my leagues? Could go Tyrell Williams or Dontrelle Inman.
— Michael Stepney (@MStepney71) September 16, 2016
Williams is a bit of a freak athlete. According to Player Profiler, Williams ranks in the 80th percentile in his height-adjusted speed score, burst score, agility score, and catch radius. He's 6'3" and can fly, and he could be a truly solid player if he receives opportunity with Keenan Allen out.
This isn't to say that Inman is without his merits. He played more snaps than Williams after Allen's injury, according to Adam Levitan of FantasyLabs, and he had several productive games last year in Allen's absence. If not for a neck injury that cost him all of one game and most of another, he might be getting more publicity this time around.
Still, given Philip Rivers' endorsement of Williams two days ago, Williams seems most likely to benefit. The San Diego Chargers' upcoming schedule is a dream for the passing game, so you're going to want exposure, and having either of these guys on your roster could wind up being a blessing.
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