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THE FIRE SALE: Week 5

Well, it finally happened. The geeks got so smart they found a way to outthink themselves.

How else do you explain Jeff Fisher and Rex Ryan having success? It can’t be my fault. Let’s be realistic, I’m not smart enough to cause a monumental shift in how the world operates like we’re seeing this season.

My theory is coaches have gotten too smart for their own good. Now guys like Ryan and Fisher are just evening things out. It’s like Rodney Dangerfield taking the test in Back to School. That smart professor tried to screw him but he guessed the correct answer was four.

I’ve seen a lot of things in my time, but I’ll never forget where I was the day the Rams beat the Cardinals and the Bills beat the Patriots. I know that for certain because Rex won’t let me forget. He’ll be talking about that shutout for the next 30 years.

If you have any questions or comments, hit me up on Twitter @ThePigskinGuy.

Now on with The Fire Sale

Going Up

Wendell Smallwood, RB Eagles – How can Smallwood be owned in just 10 percent of fantasy leagues? I own him in four leagues so I make up like one percent myself. Are people just not buying into the Eagles? Do owners trust an already gimpy Ryan Mathews? Or maybe they simply forgot about Smallwood because the Eagles were on a bye. I get questions all the time on Twitter and people are asking me about starting a lot of trash. Smallwood at least showed some promise on a team that wants to run it. Play the long game. Don’t play the short game. Smallwood is a much better running back to own than Cameron Artis-Go Nowhere.

Chris Hogan, WR Patriots – Hogan didn’t catch a pass last week. He caught one pass the week before. Wow, sounds like a real stud. I heard a rumor that the Patriots are upgrading at quarterback. It didn’t come from Rex Ryan. He’s been too busy poking the bear. Better watch out Rex, the bear might poke back. Hogan was one of my top sleepers this year and I’m not ready to give up on him yet. With Tom Brady returning, business is about to pick up for Hogan. He’s hiding on a lot of waiver wires but just imagine what the Patriots offense is going to look like in three weeks. Strike now. And as far as poking the bear goes, New England travels to Buffalo on October 30th. Rex must pay. He’s going to pay me. I’ll have $500 on the Patriots.

Robert Woods, WR Bills – I loved Woods coming out of USC. He’s never lived up to expectations mainly because Woods is the epitome of average. Sammy Watkins is likely done for the season. It’s hard to see him playing again in 2016 with that foot injury. Woods is a No. 1 receiver on a team that runs the ball a lot. On the other hand, someone in Buffalo has to catch passes. Woods has 18 targets in the last two games. The Bills have very little else at receiver. I’m doing my best to sell this guy. Is it working?

Michael Thomas, WR Saints – I grabbed Thomas in a couple of leagues. I still think he’s a year away from being a re-draft stud. Thomas is probably a better DFS play this season as long as Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead are healthy. I still like him a lot. The real reason I grabbed Thomas is so I can watch guys like John Kuhn score touchdowns on the Saints offense. I’m crossing my fingers that next game it will be the backup tight end or Travaris Cadet.

Zach Ertz, TE Eagles – Why is Ertz available in 40 percent of fantasy leagues? Again, stop playing the short game. The guy didn’t die, he had a rib injury. Someone dropped Ertz in one of my leagues and I almost broke my hand trying to add him so quickly. I feel like not enough people are buying into Carson Wentz and the Eagles yet. Even if there’s some regression, the guy is good. The tight end position is weak. Ertz is locked in as a high-end TE1 every week. Oh, by the way, if Ertz is active this week he gets a Lions defense that’s allowing the most fantasy points to tight ends. Welcome back.

About Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and SI.com.