Grinders and Gambles is duct tape for teams in need of help. This list is for deeper leagues or for those in shallower leagues who are picking up players in free agency after waivers have run.
- Grinders are the guys that will get you some points. They may not have an upside but they will grind out 5-15 depending on your scoring.
- Gambles can get you a goose egg but also have tremendous upside.
Another week is in the books and we are starting to get a better feel for this year’s football landscape.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore – Flacco pretty much lives in grinder land. Flacco has been boring and consistent. Flacco is a solid start in deep leagues, superflex leagues, and the leagues where managers horde quarterback. Grab Flacco if your team is strong enough and you just need a quarterback not to lose you games.
Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago – This year seems to answer the question, “what if the NFL had scores like arena football?” Tampa is a flaming dumpster fire so those stats are inflated plus Trubisky has a bye this week so look elsewhere if you need immediate help. Trubisky has the Dolphins week six so he is worth a grab to use in a matchup tandem.
Derek Carr, Oakland – Carr is sitting on a ton of wires after some lackluster game to start the season. He will probably drive fantasy owners crazy this season but he plays the Chargers this week and should reward owners who take a shot on him.
C.J. Beathard, San Francisco – Beathard had a decent outing against the Chargers. He is worth a grab if you are in a superflex or super deep league.
Josh Rosen, Arizona – Drops aren’t shown in a quarterback stat line but the Cards’ receivers lost some good ones. Rosen should improve as the season goes on and I wouldn’t be surprised if he slips into the Grinders section in a week or two.
Mike Davis, Seattle – Davis had a ridiculously good game on Sunday. Carson was an injury scratch leaving Rashaad Penny sharing the backfield with Davis and Davis got the majority of the carries. Keep three things in mind when grabbing him: 1) The Seattle running back situation seems fluid and they have said as much 2) The soul crushing, run stuffing Rams defense is next up on the Seahawks’ dance card and 3) That Seattle O-line still needs some work.
Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis – Hines has gotten work in the passing game over the last two weeks and just had a great outing. He should make a nice play in PPR leagues.
Nick Chubb, Cleveland – It is Carlos Hyde’s show but Chubb made one heck of a guest appearance. Chubb had 3 carries for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns. He will be a week-to-week gamble and a must grab handcuff for Hyde owners.
Corey Grant, Jacksonville – Fournette has aggravated his injury again. The Jags host Kansas City and the game script should be to run early and often to control the game and keep a red hot KC offense from shredding the field. Grant could act as a band aid for running back desperate teams who are facing injuries and byes. He could also show up with another 2 point game, making him strictly a desperation play.