How’s it going, Rockhurst? I’ll be constructing a weekly fantasy advice column here on the Prep News Online. Week 4 in fantasy was eye-opening to say the least. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones overloaded scoreboards while Gronk and DeAndre Hopkins did the fantasy equivalent of wetting the bed. While I can’t legally guarantee these players will lead you to victory each week, I can guarantee they need to be owned in all leagues. I have your injury replacements and bye-week streamers below.
Carson Wentz (Philadelphia) — Man, what a sensational start to a career. I’m all aboard the “Wentz wagon” as it has been dubbed in Philly. Wentz needs to be scooped up immediately in any fantasy format. With a looming Week 5 match-up against the suspect Detroit defense that was just eviscerated by Aaron Rodgers two weeks ago, Wentz should be primed for another 300+ yard and multi-touchdown day.
Brian Hoyer (Chicago) — Never in a million years did I think I’d be suggesting people to pick up the Bears’ backup quarterback. Yet, here I am. Hoyer has performed admirably in Jay “Interception” Cutler’s absence, and might maintain the starting job even when he gets healthy. With a match-up against a Colts defense that allowed just 30 points to Blake Bortles, I suggest streaming Hoyer this week. Yes, I am endorsing Mr. Egghead himself. That 3% ownership rate is just too low.
Terrance West (Baltimore) — Even though he hasn’t received more than 12 carries in a game more than once this season so far, I firmly believe West has established himself as the lead runner in Baltimore. Co-RB Justin Forsett has been a let down this year, and West statistically outplayed him. Look for another great performance this week against an inconsistent Washington Redskins defense.
Jordan Howard (Chicago) — Rookie alert!! With Chicago’s top two running backs likely sidelined this week against the Detroit Lions, look for Howard to get nearly every backfield touch. Though he is, in the purest form of the word, a streamer, the mere volume he will receive this week makes him a potential flex or RB2. Try to ride him out until the shifty Ka’Deem Carey returns.
Sammie Coates (Pittsburgh) — The lemon to Antonio Brown’s lime, Coates has been a solid WR2 for Pitt all year. After leading the team in all receiving categories this week against the Chiefs, Coates deserves to be owned in more than 11% of leagues. Just as Martavis Bryant did last year, Coates is a deep-threat complement to the #1 overall pick Brown.
Cole Beasley (Dallas) — Dez Bryant who?? Never mind the fact that he looks like he just stumbled out of his trailer belligerently screaming “ROLL TIDE” (sorry Coach Wink), Beasley can flat out game. He has been the de facto number 1 WR on the Cowboys this year, leading Dallas in receiving yards, receptions and targets. Compound this with the fact that Mr. Dez isn’t 100% yet, and you have a nearly guaranteed solid performance from Beastly Beasley.
Hunter Henry (San Diego) — Streamer Alert!! Rookie Alert!! Henry is fresh off of a 61 yard touchdown performance. This one’s easy. 1) Antonio Gates is still injured. 2) Raiders defense is sub-par. Get the picture? Nab him. Now.
Ryan Griffin (Houston) — Houston’s tight end corps is a hot steamy injured mess. Ryan Griffin is the only healthy one left. The lone survivor can put up serviceable numbers for your team. If you’re desperate, grab him.
Miami Dolphins — I know, they’re not the defense you want for a whole season. However, they are facing the Teeny-Tiny Tennessee Titan Tikes this week, and we all know how poor that offense has been this year. If you’re in need of a streamer, you can’t do much better than Miami.
Buffalo Bills — They’ve scored 2 touchdowns already this year. They have allowed more than 20 points only once all year. They’re only owned in 36% of ESPN leagues. The Bills’ D is no joke. They just shut out the New England Patriots at Gilette Stadium for the first time since 1993!! This is THE D/ST to hold on to for the duration of this season.
Mike Nugent (Cincinnati)— With a juicy matchup against the Cowgirls next week, Nugent will be a solid fantasy add for any team, especially for streamers. Nugent scored 19 (you heard me right) points this week, meaning that he has scored double digit points in 3/4 weeks so far this year. How is he only owned in 7% of leagues? #KickersArePeopleToo
Matt Bryant (Atlanta) — The Falcons score a lot. When an offense scores a lot, the kicker kicks a lot. When the kicker kicks a lot, you get a lot of fantasy points. Pick up Matt Bryant.
Feel free to contact me about any start/sit issues this week as well, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck to everyone this week, and don’t forget to smack-talk!