Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami
Given the amount I write about Florida teams in these articles (see Laviska Shenault, James Robinson, Preston Williams, and the demise of Ronald Jones) you would think I bought a big honkin’ Cadillac, put on some aqua-colored polyester pants, and moved into a planned community these days. But no, I just think there is a ton of exciting youth and opportunity in the Sunshine state and the latest to catch my eye is Myles Gaskin.
Now, as you can imagine, I am in a league of bonafide fantasy sharks, each of which work hard every year to scour the waiver wire, claim big name players, and always look ahead for potential keepers. So it will surprise you to know that, as a Myles Gaskin owner, when making trade offers this week, NO ONE seemed to know who he was. So, lemme remind you.
2nd year, 7th-round draft pick out of the University of Washington.
5’10”, 200 pounds.
Now, beyond this, you may think to yourself “ugh, but Miami” and you wouldn’t totally be wrong. But getting yourself a starting NFL running back (and make no mistake, he is the starter) is nothing to sneeze at. Get him before Thursday night primetime and laugh as your league-mates learn what you already knew.
Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh
Later in the year I plan on having a guest columnist in this space sharing his experience as a fantasy football player, a veteran, a Dad to five (!) and as someone who has tested positive for COVID. This call is all about him.
I’m an avid JuJu Smith-Schuster apologist. I love the kid. I love his social media work. I love his charitable acts. I love his tenacity on the field.
But the best receiver in Pittsburgh these days doesn’t have a hyphen in his name.
Johnson is absolutely balling out and after a string of other receivers (Martavis Bryant, James Washington, Donte Moncrief) it seems as though Big Ben finally has the number one target he’s been looking for. 14 receptions on 23 targets for 149 yards and a touchdown? That’s big time usage and conversion and…ya, the kid is good.
Bryan Edwards, WR, Las Vegas
This is one of those “wait and see” type players more than anything, so he definitely deserves a spot in the Holds section. If you watched any of the Saints-Raiders game the other night (and my goodness, that new stadium) you surely saw the Darren Waller show in full effect as Derek Carr targeted the big tight end an ABSURD 16 targets.
So why Bryan Edwards?
Because I think the breakout game is coming.
Henry Ruggs is talented but currently isn’t showing much beyond his elite speed. Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller clearly are owning the middle of the field, which leaves only the perimeter as a premiere place for a receiver to stake some claim and I believe Edwards has the talent to do so. We haven’t seen it yet, but don’t give up hope. 6’3”, 215 lbs don’t lie.
Darius Slayton, WR, NY Giants
This player has bounced around my column more times than bad puns and me talking in the third person, so I get it if you are sick of hearing about him, but given that I have seen him dropped in a number of leagues let me try to calm your nerves.
Slayton is going to have some big big big big big big weeks yet this year.
Will he have some underwhelming clunkers like he did last week? Sure. You get what you get when you are playing a perimeter receiver on a bad team. But along with the bad will come the very good weeks and especially with the injuries piled on the Giants in the last few days (Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard), Slayton’s arrow is pointing up in a major way. Find the disgruntled owner in your league now, park Slayton on your bench for a week, and then start him with confidence after you see it again.
The Giants Backfield
I’ve been on fire with my folds in recent weeks, so let’s hope I can continue the trend huh?
It is all wasted money.
The Giants O-Line is an abject failure and the offense is a train wreck of a unit. You are telling me that one of these three scrubs are going to accomplish what Barkley could not when healthy?
Get outta here.
I want no part of this backfield now, three weeks from today, or deep in November. In fact, let’s just agree that the city of New York has zero running backs, k? Good, done.
Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City
That’s it, I’ve seen enough. I once liked Hardman as a Tyreek Hill 2.0, but there just isn’t room for him on the Chiefs as currently constructed. If there is an injury? Sure. A trade? Sign me up. But until then, this is just a wasted roster spot at the end of your bench that doesn’t even carry keeper potential.
Throughout the season, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on twitter @fantasysharkMJ. If you have any burning questions/topics you’d like me to address, let me know. Good luck and keep keeping ahead of the competition.