Week 9 Fantasy Football Locks and Fades: Rookies Ready to Dominate

The Aaron Jones hype train should continue to roll against the Lions this week. With the Packers still adapting to life sans Aaron Rodgers, the Packers will likely implement a run heavy game plan against the Lions.

Alvin Kamara has the ability to hurt the Bucs in multiple ways. He’ll have an easy time running behind the Saints excellent offensive line, which currently rocks a 123.7 (No. 1) Run Blocking Efficiency. Kamara’s true threat comes as a receiver, he currently is a top 10 running back in targets, receptions, and receiving yards.


Midseason Wide Receiver Heat Check: Buying Devin Funchess & Amari Cooper

Devin Funchess is a virtual lock to monopolize the targets in Carolina. Recently, Funchess has been ineffective with his opportunities, connecting with Cam Newton on only 39.1-percent of his targets in the last three games. However, Funchess’ target share is about to skyrocket, and his volume uptick should compensate for any efficiency woes.

As awful as Amari Cooper was through the first six weeks, he still earned massive volume. His 68 targets (No. 6) propelled Cooper to compile 182 yards after the catch (No. 9). Even alongside Michael Crabtree, Cooper’s volume is secure on the high volume Oakland offense.


Curtis Samuel & Damien Williams Are Exciting Trade Deadline Waiver Wire Adds

The Jimmy Garoppolo trade between the Patriots and 49ers this week opens up a rare fantasy football occurrence, a fantasy starting caliber quarterback available on the waiver wires mid-season.

Demarcus Robinson may lack speed as evident by his 4.59 second (32nd-percentile) 40-yard dash, but he makes up for it with his length. He has very long arms at 33 inches long (79th-percentile). Combine that with his height and suddenly Robinson has an awesome 10.07 (63rd-percentile) Catch Radius.


Amari Cooper is a the buy-low candidate of a lifetime

With a College Dominator, Breakout Age, and Workout Metrics all above the 90th percentile, Cooper has the greatest prospect profile since Calvin Johnson.

Cooper is top-15 in Target Share, Total Target Distance, and Yards After the Catch this season. The Raiders know he needs the ball in his hands and the team is bending its will to put it there.


Running Back Ships In The Night: Buy Alex Collins, Sell Devonta Freeman

Alex Collins is also dominating Javorius Allen in every efficiency metric, leading John Harbaugh to insinuate that Collins’ share of the Ravens’ running back opportunities will ramp up moving forward. Add Collins where possible.

The Falcons were No. 2 in the NFL in Game Script, the average point differential at any point in any given game, in 2016. This season, Atlanta’s Game Script has dwindled to +0.10 (No. 16 in the NFL). Consequently, Devonta Freeman weekly touches are down year-over-year, and he has now logged 12 or less carries in three-straight games.


Starts and Sits of the Week: Joe Mixon’s Belated Breakout

Chris Thompson has been the best receiving back in the league this year, and he should only continue to roll against Dallas. Thompson has posted 366 (No. 1) receiving yards this season despite only having 23 (No. 15) receptions.

C.J. Anderson will not rebound against the Chiefs this week. Week 6 against Le’Veon Bell remains the only time this season Kansas City has allowed a 100 yard rusher. In four of their seven games this year, the leading rusher against the Chiefs was held to under 60 yards.


4 Under-The-Radar Wide Receivers Set to Explode in Fantasy Football Week 8

Despite only being targeted twice, Taylor participated in 30 routes, and has a chance to turn into a Week 8 sleeper against the Chiefs. He has a 98.7 Speed Score (64th-percentile) and a 10.19 Catch Radius (81st-percentile), and looks to be in line for another high Snap Share this week with Sanders expected to miss yet another game.

Where the hell has Willie Snead gone? He returned from suspension only to suffer a hamstring injury, and has one reception for 11 yards on just three targets this season. The good news is, Snead is set to return in Week 8, and plays on a Saints offense that is 12th in the league in pass plays per game.


Sell-low While You Can: 3 Players to Trade Before Their Fantasy Value Hits Zero

One of the best ways to improve your team is by getting rid of those players who have tempting potential that will not come to fruition this season. If you can accomplish this, you have an advantage over your competitors.

Martavis Bryant is not producing due to the amount of competition he has in Pittsburgh’s offense. He has to compete with the league’s best receiver: Antonio Brown, and the league’s best running back: Le’Veon Bell. Furthermore, the emergence of Juju Smith-Schuster further cannibalizes Bryant’s potential targets.


How can Russell Wilson be the top fantasy football quarterback?

Disregarding his injury-plagued 2016 campaign, Wilson posted a +15.0 or higher Production Premium, a 95.0 or higher passer rating, and a 65.0 or higher Total QBR from 2012 to 2015. Efficient passing combined with tactical scrambling pleases the fantasy gods and raises Wilson’s fantasy football ceiling to 25 or more fantasy points per game.

For the first time since Wilson arrived in Seattle, the team’s play calling is skewing pass-heavy. This season, Wilson’s full potential is being unlocked. The Seahawks are top-10 in Team Pass Plays, Red Zone Attempts, and Deep Ball Attempts.


Win the Waiver Wire by Streaming Zach Miller in Week 8

Darren McFadden has yet to play a snap for the Dallas Cowboys this year, but the team still has a big role in mind. It’s obvious that Ezekiel Elliott will miss time with a suspension at some point this year. If and when Elliott serves a suspension, the Cowboys should lean on McFadden.

The 2017 wide receiver class has been a huge disappointment at the top. Corey Davis, John Ross, and Mike Williams have all failed to produce for their teams throughout the first half of their rookie seasons. One emerging player that may be the saving grace of this receiver class is Steelers rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster.