“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 who will get you some points. They may not have an upside but they will grind out 5-15 points 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.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland – Yep, here he is again. The fact is Mayfield is still steadily grinding out points and could get you through this next week with a decent floor and some upside.
Dak Prescott, Dallas – Prescott’s fantasy stock has dropped significantly as he puts up low-end grinder numbers week after week. He plays a Philadelphia defense that has been hit-or-miss but he should have a decent floor this week.
Ito Smith, Atlanta – Smith has been consistently used as a complement to Tevin Coleman. Running back is crazy thin right now and the next two weeks of byes include quite a few steals, sleepers and fill-ins. Smith is a low-end points per reception (PPR) league guy but if your other option is a guy on bye, Smith at least will put some points on the board for you.
Chris Ivory, Buffalo – Ivory got banged up this week but he can grind out some points for you if he is healthy enough to play.
Kelvin Benjamin, Buffalo – Benjamin is a low-end PPR grinder. Buffalo apparently wanted its fans to know what the Dawg Pound felt like for the last decade. Mission accomplished. The Bills Mafia has responded with some … creative adornments for the field. Since Buffalo isn’t allowed to forfeit the whole season, you can try to eke out a few bye week points out of the skeleton of the team that used to be.
Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers – Williams’ ownership is still pretty darn low and his targets have increased. I expect a grinder floor with some serious upside. This week he has Oakland, the team trying to make Buffalo fans feel better. The Black Hole has never been a truer description, at least when it comes to winning.
Chris Herndon, New York Jets – Herndon is still only owned in a fraction of leagues. The Buffalo defense is legit but so is the fact that if a man has to play 45 minutes of a 60-minute game he might get gassed.