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The Fire Sale – Week 5

I can’t think of a good intro this week. Do you need an intro?

Joe Philbin got fired. That’s good. He shouldn’t be coaching.

I’m sure he’s a nice guy. I wish he was my dad, but he shouldn’t be coaching. I shouldn’t be a doctor. Everyone can’t do everything. Those are words meant for Facebook. It’s not reality. I can’t be an engineer. Math is my talent. Don’t tell me it is. Don’t feed me lies. Don’t tell Philbin he can be a head coach. It’s a lie. There, you got an intro.

Now on with The Fire Sale …

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You can ask me a fantasy question any time but I want to let everyone know that on Sundays during the season I’ll be available starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time to answer questions. Feel free to ask me lineup or daily fantasy questions. I’m doing work for DraftKings this season as well.

Now on with The Fire Sale

Going Up

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville – This summer I posted the following:

That player is (Jacksonville) Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns. Last summer I gave out Hurns as a sleeper. I compared Hurns’ style of play to Antonio Brown. Hurns is a little bigger but they’re both strong for their size in the open field. Remember, Brown was a sixth-round draft pick. He surprised a lot of people too.

All I know is Hurns can ball. The kid caught 51 passes for 677 yards and six scores last year with a rookie quarterback running for his life. Yes, I know four of Hurns’ touchdowns came in two games. I get it. I also know he was a rookie receiver playing with a rookie quarterback on a terrible team. I took for talent and Hurns has it. He has a lot of it.

I have Hurns ranked as a Top 50 receiver this year ahead of guys like Breshad Perriman, Percy Harvin, Terrance Williams and Pierre Garcon. I own Hurns in all of my leagues and if (Blake) Bortles improves, I believe he’ll be one of the big steals of the 2015 fantasy season.

I’ll tell you what I’m going to do; I’m going to put my money where my mouth is with Hurns.

Last week I announced I’m going to give away $200 to the person who ranks as my most engaged Twitter follower at the end of the season. If Hurns is a Top 50 receiver in points per reception formats this year, I’ll double it. My most engaged Twitter follower wins $400 instead of $200.

So follow me on Twitter, engage with me and root for Allen Hurns. Seems like an easy way to grab $200, and possible $400. Hey, if this is the final year of The Fire Sale, let’s go out with a bang.

After a month, Hurns is averaging more fantasy points than teammate Allen Robinson, Jordan Matthews and Brandin Cooks just to name a few. How’s that $400 looking now?

Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans – I know you see the Allen Hurns call two years in a row and you think I’m the smartest person in the world. The smartest? I don’t know about that. Let’s just say the top 1 percent of human beings.

However, even I miss a player every now and then if you can believe it. I wasn’t on Snead at all. One of my Twitter followers (@jones4117) actually called Snead before me, so I have to give him the credit.

Brandin Cooks has been a huge disappointment so far. I thought he was going to have a big year (and there’s still time) but Cooks isn’t even creating much separation from defensive backs. I feel like he’s always covered, which is surprising with his speed.

Snead has emerged in his last three games where he’s caught 15 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown on 19 targets. Snead is only behind Cooks for targets right now. I’m not sure Marques Colston is still alive. He’s off with Roddy White and Andre Johnson in a world of receivers we used to know.

Snead will continue to become a bigger part of the offense as the season goes on. He’s one of the better adds this week but don’t really thank me. I’m just piling on and taking credit.

Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit – I’m going with a deeper stash this week. Zenner is a running back who could help owners over the second half of the season.

It doesn’t appear that Joique Bell is going to offer much this year. Bell has been injured going back to training camp and he’s never looked healthy on the field. I feel like he’s going to get shut down at some point.

If Bell goes down it doesn’t mean Ameer Abdullah will get all the touches. The Detroit Lions need to employ as many running backs as possible or the team can’t survive. Zenner had an impressive preseason and his role could grow if Detroit’s running woes continue.

Zenner is a lottery ticket but sometimes in “The Fire Sale” I like to give you long shots I think can pan out. I gave you Hurns twice when he wasn’t being selected in fantasy drafts. Sometimes it pays off. Other times the guy turns out to be Corey Washington. Let’s see what happens with Zenner. I think he’s got a chance.

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.