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The Fire Sale – Week 7

I want to thank Chuck Pagano for running that fake punt.

You see, I coach my 5-year-old son’s pee wee football league football team and I tried something similar. When people started calling me an idiot and saying I didn’t know what I was doing, I couldn’t stand it.

Now I can point to Pagano. He ran something people do in their backyards and in amateur leagues all over America on primetime in an NFL football game. Kudos Chuck.

You can follow me on Twitter @ThePigskinGuy. I reply to all inquiries and answer all questions about your fantasy team. I only have one rule: When asking me a roster question I need to know your team first. I can’t give you proper trade or start/sit advice without knowing your roster.

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 10:00 am ET to answer questions. Feel free to ask me lineup or DFS questions. I’m doing work for DraftKings this season as well.

Now on with The Fire Sale

Going Up

Doug Martin, RB Tampa Bay – Hey, remember when I said this three weeks ago:

In the summer when I was so against Martin a few people said they were going to contact me when he exploded this year. That’s @ThePigskinGuy in case you forgot.

Yes, I understand Martin is now going to rush for 150 yards and two touchdowns this week but I’ve had that one in the holster. I had to use it at some point.

For the record, Martin only ran for 106 yards and a touchdown the following week. Then 123 yards and scored three times the week after that.

Let me know if there’s a player you want me to slam so I can turn his season around for you. Don’t bother contacting me though if you own Melvin Gordon. There’s nothing I can do for him.

Knile Davis, RB Kansas City – My gut tells me Davis will end up being the lead back at some point. If he’s still on your waiver wire, he’s worth stashing if you have the room.

Rishard Matthews, WR Miami

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Miami WR Rishard Matthews.

How can Matthews only be owned in 50 percent of fantasy leagues? Let me put that into perspective for you.

Matthews has two 100-yard receiving games. He’s scored three touchdowns. Matthews has recorded at least 85 yards receiving in three-of-five games this season.

Now let’s look at Andre Johnson. Johnson is owned in almost 80 percent of leagues. Johnson has three games where he’s scored six fantasy points or less, including two where he was held without a catch. What am I missing?

Owners keep asking me on Twitter if they should start Andre Johnson and my first thought is, “Why do people still have him on their roster?” Now I know. It’s because real receivers like Matthews are on the waiver wire.

Personally, I really like Matthews but either way he’s worth owning over Johnson. I’m convinced those defensive players hate playing for the Texans so much that they allowed Johnson to be wide open when he returned to Houston. I haven’t seen him open in any other game.

I like Matthews as a WR3 for the rest of the year.

Stefon Diggs, WR Minnesota – Remember Charles Johnson? I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago but I don’t want us fantasy writers to get off the hook for this one.

We pushed Johnson down your throats all summer. Not only has Johnson been a complete disaster, now another receiver in Minnesota is emerging. Talk about rubbing salt in an open wound.

Diggs is one of those players that while not everyone may have predicted NFL success for him, it can’t come as a total shock. Diggs was a premier recruit out of high school. He’s arguably the top recruit to ever go to Maryland, so he certainly has talent.

Diggs also showed off some of that talent this preseason by making big plays in the return game. I’m not saying I predicted he would start, I’m just pointing out the fact that Diggs has the skills where his two-game stretch of 13 receptions for 216 yards might not be a fluke.

Diggs should be picked up in most leagues at this point. Just don’t forget Johnson. Don’t let us off the hook for hyping a guy that barely played into Round 7. Summer seems like a long time ago now, huh?

Martavis Bryant, WR Pittsburgh – A few weeks ago, I suggested you trade anything short of your life to get Bryant for when he got off his suspension. You probably should have thrown in your life too. Do it now. Hopefully he has a down week. Then trade your life for him.

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.