By Greg Larnerd
Sometimes things don’t always work out exactly how you planned, especially fantasy football wise. For example, who knew Jeremy Kerley would fall off the table with Colin Kaepernick under center and that Cameron Meredith would be legitimate two weeks in a row while looking like Brian Hoyer’s new favorite target.
The unpredictability is probably one of the most appealing yet frustrating facets of fantasy football. You can set, in your mind what equates to a perfect lineup with players that are supposed to have plus matchups, and then there’s an injury or your players don’t perform as well as you thought they might.
On the other hand, your opponent might receive higher than projected production out of several players and before you know it you find yourself in the loss column and searching for answers; we’ve all been there.
Quick story, there was one year I was in the Quarterfinals in one of my leagues and lost Andy Dalton to injury, which left me with a total of zero points out of my QB position. I thought I was doomed… yet I got over performances at the right time from a couple players that were able to carry me to victory.
Moral of the story, sometimes fantasy football isn’t fair. One thing you can control? Your — hopefully — smart waiver wire claims. So, let’s get right to it!
Devontae Booker (Denver Broncos, 15% owned): A running back split is coming in Denver the more Devontae Booker progresses the more touches he’s going to jar away from the clutches of CJ Anderson. The proof is in the pudding for Booker and Anderson as Devontae has averaged more yards per carry than CJ (6.3 to 3.7). He’s also proved his worth when given a shot in the passing game where, over that same two-week time frame, he’s come down with six catches for 43 yards. If you own CJ Anderson I’d grab him as a handcuff or if you’re looking for RB depth on your squad, Booker is worth an add before he becomes a more popular pickup. As you know, it’s all about staying ahead of the curve.
Knile Davis (Green Bay Packers, 0% owned): The Kansas City Chiefs have dealt Davis to the Packers for a conditional late round pick, depending upon playing time.
This could be a very sneaky great add for your fantasy football team and here’s why: He’s going to play and play a lot with James Starks out for at least four weeks and with Eddie Lacy hobbled with an ankle injury. The Packers are on a short week this week playing the Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears and they’re going to need someone healthy in the backfield.
The 25-year-old back hasn’t been used much this year and has certainly shown flashes in the past so I’d say take a chance on him as the Packers need to shake things up in their offense. He may just be the shakeup you’re looking for on your roster as well.
Cameron Meredith (Chicago Bears, 51% owned): Who knew that Cameron Meredith would record yet ANOTHER 100-yard game!? He seems to be playing himself into being QB Brian Hoyer’s favorite target and with great size (6’ 3” and 207 lbs) why wouldn’t he be? He has the ability to dominate DBs with his height, so basically all Hoyer has to do is throw the ball up to either Jeffery or Meredith and more times than not they’re coming down with it.
Meredith seems to be fitting into the role Kevin White was supposed to be occupying in the Bears offense. Those of you who have already picked him up and had the guts to play him last week, bravo to you! I chose Alshon Jeffery and Cameron outplayed him again (although Jeffery didn’t play poorly). You should feel good about picking him up and deploying him this week against a depleted Green Bay Packers secondary.
Kenny Britt (Los Angeles Rams, 17% owned): Well, somebody had to emerge as the leading WR for the Rams and Kenny Britt broke out in a big way on Sunday vs. the Detroit Lions with 136 yards and two TDs. Now that we know he’s capable of it, if you’re in a 12-team league or deeper feel free to go out and grab Britt who is constantly targeted by QB Case Keenum (targeted no less than six times in every game but one and has 60-plus yards receiving in every game but one this year). To cap it all off, he’ll be facing a New York Giants secondary this week that has been banged up and has been susceptible to the deep pass.
Golden Tate (Detroit Lions, 68% owned): Tate has been wildly unimpressive this season, a year in which Calvin Johnson retired and it seemed like the door would swing wide open for him to sprint right through it. Unfortunately it’s been more like a crawl for the veteran WR who’s struggled to find consistency with a number of other viable targets for Matthew Stafford in the Lions offense and Marvin Jones has outshined him for sure.
But FINALLY, in Week 6, Golden Tate showed us signs of life to the tune of eight receptions on 10 targets for a cool 165 yards receiving PLUS a TD, which brought home 22 big fantasy points. He’s got a favorable matchup this week with the Indianapolis Colts, which could lead to strong back-to-back performances.