Last week I mentioned this will be my final season writing The Fire Sale. I received a lot of nice comments on Twitter. I really appreciate all the support over the years and thanks to those of you who took the time to say something.
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Now on with The Fire Sale…
Kapri Bibbs, RB Broncos – Remember all that money you spent on Devontae Booker? It’s like the toys I bought my son last Christmas. They’re sitting in a pile collecting dust. Man, I can’t wait to do that all over again.
Don’t worry though; you get to do it all over again too. There’s a new flavor of the month in the Broncos backfield. After one nice run, everyone in Denver is predicting Bibbs will be the new starter.
So, first everyone wanted Booker to replace Anderson. Now everyone wants Bibbs to replace Booker. I’ll let you in on a little secret: The Broncos offensive line is trash. The team isn’t going to make the playoffs. Take that to the bank.
James Starks, RB Packers – You know a team has no running game when they’re counting down the days to get back a guy who is averaging 1.8 yards per carry on the season. Someone has to run the ball for the Packers. It might as well be the least effective player to be on a roster the longest in NFL history.
J.J. Nelson, WR Cardinals – I picked up Nelson a couple of weeks ago before his big game against the Bills. He’s still available in 90 percent of fantasy leagues. It might be a good idea to grab Nelson now before he feasts on whatever Chip Kelly is calling a defense in San Francisco.
In his last two games, Nelson has 11 receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 19 targets. Michael Floyd has struggled this year and he’s been dealing with a hamstring injury. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Nelson is now a starting receiver; meaning he has replaced Floyd in three-receiver sets.
You’re not always going to hit on a guy like Nelson but he’s the kind of player I take a shot on at this point in the year. Nelson is a talented receiver that offers upside over the final month of the season. He could be a valuable fantasy asset.
Rishard Matthews, WR Titans – Matthews was one of my sleepers this year. He was actually the free agent I was most interested in this offseason. I love the player but I wasn’t thrilled with where he landed because of the uncertainty of the Titans offense.
Matthews is starting to come on now. He’s scored five touchdowns in his last five games. Over that same span, Matthews has at least four receptions in every game but one. Marcus Mariota is hot and Matthews has emerged as his favorite receiver. Matthews’ fantasy value is still dependent on him scoring, but right now he’s living in the end zone. He’s also been targeted 21 times in his last three games.
The waiver wires are thinning in out in most leagues. Matthews is one receiver still widely available. He’s worth adding if you’re still starting Jeremy Maclin every week like some people I know.
Eli Rogers, WR Steelers – I wanted to mention Rogers because he’s coming off a big game against the Ravens where he caught six passes for 103 yards.
Ben Roethlisberger came back probably too early from meniscus surgery and clearly wasn’t himself Sunday. Rogers was targeted 10 times, mainly on shorter routes. While that won’t be the norm for Rogers, he could have another good fantasy game this week versus the Cowboys.
As a Dallas fan, I’ve written a few times this year that slot receivers have success against the Cowboys defense. I even recommended starting Jeremy Kerley when he played Dallas. Kerley, Victor Cruz, Jamison Crowder, Randall Cobb and Jordan Matthews have scored touchdowns against the Cowboys this season. They’re all considered slot receivers for the most part.
I expect Rogers’ production to be inconsistent but I do like him as a start in deeper leagues this week. Big Ben is set up for a huge bounce-back game and Rogers should benefit in the slot exploiting the Cowboys weakness.