The end is near. Fantasy playoffs start next week. I figure about half the people who read my column regularly are in the playoffs. The other half are wondering why they continue to take my advice.
Like always, I like to point back to your fantasy drafts. Remember when we were all dying to draft Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Phillip Lindsay, Josh Adams and Josh Reynolds? Hey, thank God you got Dalvin Cook and Devonta Freeman, huh? I’m starting Austin Ekeler in three leagues this week.
I apologize to the eight people who realized there wasn’t a “Fire Sale” last week. It may come as a surprise to many but I’m a busy man. I have a lot of places to be and a lot of important people to meet. Either that or I fell asleep Monday night and forgot to do it.
Last year I decided to change the format for fantasy playoffs. Instead of my normal format, I identified some under-the-radar players to start and sit during the playoffs. I think that went well, so starting next week, I’ll try it again.
Best of luck if you need a win this week and just remember, the guy you are taking advice from right now may miss the playoffs in every league. I’m like the Hue Jackson of fantasy writers. I may not be very good but people continue to give me money.
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Now, on with the “Fire Sale …”
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland
I’m not very good at math. Let’s see if I can add this up. Hue Jackson left. Baker Mayfield got a lot better. Hue Jackson went to Cincinnati. Cincinnati got a lot worse. Does that add up?
Mayfield is heating up at the right time. He threw for 258 yards and four scores in Cleveland’s blowout win over Cincinnati. Mayfield now has seven touchdown passes and no interceptions in his last two games.
If you’re thinking ahead to fantasy playoffs, Mayfield gets a rematch with gutless Cincinnati in Week 16. Cincinnati has already quit on the season. I guess the players weren’t inspired by Marvin Lewis making up a job for his buddy. Just imagine how bad will Cincinnati be on Dec. 23 in Cleveland? Grab Mayfield for your playoff run if he’s available in your league.
Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay
Sometimes it takes fantasy owners a while to buy into a certain player. That’s the case with Humphries. He’s still available in 70 percent of leagues, despite putting up at least 50 yards receiving in five straight games and scoring four touchdowns over that span.
Trey Quinn, WR, Washington
I didn’t have a column last week but I tweeted this out before Quinn’s first game back off injured reserve:
I also talked about Quinn this summer as a deep sleeper to keep an eye on. I’d link to the article but it’s Week 13 and I’ve started to tap out for the year.
Quinn is still available in 99 percent of leagues. His ownership should go up this week after catching nine passes for 75 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets in his first two games off Injured Reserve. While those aren’t eye-popping numbers, Quinn’s 10 targets in the last two games are an encouraging sign moving forward.
Washington is thin at receiver, so Quinn could emerge as Colt McCoy’s safety valve out of the slot. Quinn should be rostered in deeper PPR leagues.
You know who Quinn reminds of? Hell, if you don’t know the list by now you just aren’t paying attention to every lazy stereotype used by 90 percent of the media.