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The Nugget Report

By: Johnny Slokes @johnnyslokes

September 26, 2017

 
 
> > > This is just my opinion but I felt like week 3 was probably the best week of football so far in this young season. 8 games decided by a score or less and many of them going down to the wire and an unfortunate ending in Detroit. Now that this week is over (mostly) we are going to look into some players worth picking up as well as players to not pick up. Oh yeah, we may try to look at potential guys to scoop up to prepare for that week 5 bye.

QB:

 

 Sep 11, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) rushes for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
 
Trevor Siemian: Currently QB7

52% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

He is still just a game manager and he only managed the Broncos to a lousy 16 points this past week against what is apparently a stingy Bills defense. The main reason Trevor has been our report is because he does have some streaming appeal next week against Oakland. Marcus Mariota had his season high 256 passing yards against Oakland and Josh McCown had a top 10 week against them in week 2. This past week Oakland was torched by Cousins for 365 yards and 3 TDs. While I don’t exactly think Trevor Siemian will light this defense up, he is probably in one of the best spots this week if you are trying to stream QBs. Siemian may not be available in every league.
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Carson Palmer: Currently QB30

52% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

Another guy that may not be available in some leagues, but he has what appears to be a nice match up but San Francisco is coming off a long week and Arizona has yet to play at the time of this writing. People will still be streaming Palmer, who averages 300 passing yards a game but with only 2 TDs to his 4 interceptions. The niners did a decent job against Cam and Russell Wilson and have yet to allow a 300-yard passer, but Jared Goff came close and had 3 TDs. So, look for Palmer to open things up this week.
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Andy Dalton: Currently QB32

45% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

A lot of people dropped Andy Dalton, and for good reason. But they do have a new offensive coordinator and they didn’t look awful against Green Bay, even took them into overtime. Who would have thought that giving AJ Green the ball would make your offense better? Bill Lazor was masking their offensive line issues with quick throws. Dalton and company take on the Browns next week. Big Ben, Joe Flacco and Jacoby Brissett all have had their highest passing totals so far this year against the Browns and Dalton may very well join them on that list.
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Tyrod Taylor: Currently QB16

41% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

Alright, so Tyrod didn’t shit the bed against Denver. He looked pretty efficient in this one and next week he plays the Falcons. Falcons are giving up over 270 passing yards a game through 3 games. While we think Trevor Siemian is the better streamer, if he is not available Tyrod should be okay, but just okay, that’s it.
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Jay Cutler: Currently QB31

29% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

Man look how bad this offense was this past week. Nearly shut out against the Jets? Gross, but the only reason I’m leaving Jay on this report is that he plays the Saints next week. Even with the Saints holding Cam Newton to 167 passing yards this past week, they are still allowing an average of 319 passing yards a week and have surrendered 6 passing TDs. We can totally understand if you want to dump this turd after what happened against the Jets, but the Saints defense is barely there at best. Buyer beware, this is one of the more riskier streaming options.

RB:

 

 
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Duke Johnson: Currently RB17

52% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

This one is on here in case there was owners that dropped him because of his slow start. Still available in 46% of Yahoo! Leagues, and plays a Cincinnati team that just allowed 8 receptions to Ty Montgomery and 6 the week before against the Texans. So, there should be some room for Duke to operate next week and if he is available, make him a priority. As far as FAAB is concerned, consider 5-10%.
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Alvin Kamara: Currently RB26

40% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

Just as I said last week on our Nugget Report, Alvin Kamara will remain on this list until he is owned in your leagues. While it is hard to trust his usage from week to week, it seems like he is a bigger part of the offense than say a guy like AP. 18 targets in 3 weeks, keeping him as a weekly flex consideration but he is better suited as a bye week filler with the Saints throwing the ball often in shoot outs there is a lot of opportunities for a back like Kamara. If you are in a PPR league he is still a must add.
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Jamaal Charles: Currently RB41

33% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

Charles is not a back that has a lot of standalone value but he has 28 carries through 3 games and is averaging over 5 yards a carry. This is not a guy you are rushing out to get or even really putting in a claim for but just keep Jamaal Charles on your radar.
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CJ Prosise: Currently RB48

18% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

This is just a warning to be patient with Prosise. He was the only other back besides Chris Carson on their roster that had a touch last game. Seattle’s offense looked a lot better when they sped things up, and if they do that more as the season goes on, that could open up more opportunities for CJ.
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D’Onta Foreman: Currently RB50

17% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

I was expecting to see very little from Foreman against the Patriots. He still had 8 carries, but didn’t do a whole lot with them. It was a pleasant surprise to see him utilized in the passing game a bit with 2 catches 62 yards. Just like last week if you have a spot on your bench or you are a Lamar Miller owner, it would behoove you to pick up Foreman as the season goes on, the workload may get more even or even in favor of Foreman. This could be a decent depth move as far as fantasy is concerned.
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Wendell Smallwood: Currently RB57

6% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

With Donnell Pumphrey and now Darren Sproles on IR for the season, Wendell Smallwood could find himself in an early down rotation with LeGarrette Blount. We all know Blount is a one-dimensional thumper, Wendall Smallwood will be asked to be the more versatile back on this offense and is worth the add if you are a running back needy team. At this point in the season, consider Wendell Smallwood an RB4.
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Alex Collins: Currently RB65

2% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

 
Don’t buy too much into this guy, he is in a 3-back committee. I’m sure someone will over pay or over pursue him and that’s just fine, let them. If you want to wait until first come, first serve or if you are at the back of the waivers order then I guess okay, but otherwise there are other better options out there with both Terrance West and Buck Allen involved in that backfield.
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Corey Clement:

0% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

Pick up Smallwood but keep your eyes on this guy. He is probably going to be playing behind Blount and Smallwood but we know the Eagles like to use multiple backs based to the game plan and the game script. If he can show out when he is in, he might be able to steal someone’s job. 6 carries 22 yards and a TD this past week.

WR:

 

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Kenny Britt: Currently WR75

44% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

He was still not very good. It appears like it’s time to put Old Yeller down, but at least Kizer was looking his way. 10 targets this past Sunday, but the problem was that he was only able to haul in 3 of them. I guess the one saving grace for him is that one of his 3 catches were for a TD. The volume of targets is nice and that is literally the only reason he is even on this list. Would you trust this dude in your flex? We wouldn’t, try to avoid Britt if you can.
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Sterling Shepard: Currently WR20

35% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

 
Despite his 22 targets through 3 games, his usage so far has been inconsistent at best. He is battling with Evan Engram for the middle of the field. The Giants offense finally put up a little bit of points and it does appear like Shepard will be a big part of this offense, especially if Brandon Marshall shows his age. So, while you can’t count on this guy every week, he is a must add this week. Solid bench stash.
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Mohamed Sanu: Currently WR28

32% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

Same drill as last week, under the radar pick up, but this can probably wait a couple of weeks. If only he were as good in fantasy as he was in real life. Just another bench piece for a bye week. Coming off a TD this past week, he plays a tough Buffalo defense and then goes on bye. So, there is no reason to pick him up right now.
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Devin Funchess: Currently WR52

20% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

This is more of a speculative add than anything else. With Greg Olsen out and Ed Dickson mostly a blocker, it comes as no surprise that through 3 weeks, Devin Funchess has more targets, receptions and yards than Kelvin Benjamin. He is just simply the better athlete of the two and will command a good chunk of the targets over the middle in that offense. Now remember Cam Newton is throwing him the ball, so that sucks but he should get solid volume regardless of whether or not Kelvin Benjamin misses any time with his knee injury. If you’re in need of a WR consider Funchess as the #2 add as far as WRs are concerned, just behind Sterling Shepard.
 
 

TE:

 

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Evan Engram: Currently TE7

38% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

What a fast TE. The Giants have been using their rookie TE quite a bit and has translated to 13 catches and a TD so far. And while that’s nice and at all, I’m still afraid of this offense just falling on its face and the Giants play Tampa next week. Tampa pretty much completely erased Kyle Rudolph this past Sunday. Not currently on my streaming radar this week.
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Charles Clay: Currently TE5

21% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

Hey, there he is! All last year we were asking what happened to Charles Clay. Now, he is not on a very potent offense or one that will excel from week to week, but he will be a solid streaming option all year with the lack of weapons in Buffalo. Next up is Atlanta, who have been stingy to the TE position this year. They have held Zach Miller, Martellus Bennett and Eric Ebron all to under 47 yards or less without a single TD to any of them. I get it, it’s not a very good list of TEs, the point is that it will be hard to trust Charles Clay next week.
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Benjamin Watson: Currently TE12

32% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

He didn’t have anything close to the volume of targets that he had last week. Flacco was awful, but he managed to score, saving you if you started him. Inconsistent usage through 3 weeks makes it hard to trust this old man and it is understandable if you want to drop him for a guy with more upside. See the above 2 names.
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Ryan Griffin: Currently TE29

1% owned in Yahoo Leagues

We are going deep diving here. If you are in a deep league, say 16 teamer, this could be a decent nugget. CJ Fiedorowicz is on IR and Ryan Griffin soaked up 6 targets and he scored. We understand that it is just one game but definitely worth monitoring. Houston was trying to keep up with Brady and Griffin made the best of it. Could just be one game based on game flow or maybe he can be Watson’s blanket underneath.
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Mercedes Lewis: Currently TE11

1% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

Don’t do it. No seriously don’t do it. Don’t chase points. He had 3 TDs in London. He only had 3 TDs in the previous 3 seasons combined (2014-2016). Some jackass will pursue him and that’s when you laugh at and humiliate them all season for it.
 

OTHER TE NOTES:

Njoku has 2 TDs in 2 weeks and is currently TE14 and Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a 5-31 line on 6 targets in his season debut.

D/ST:

 
Jacksonville Jaguars: D/ST #2

43% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

A very underrated defense, that was good last year but didn’t create a lot of turnovers. This year is a little different with 4 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries through 3 weeks. They also have 13 sacks, but ten of them came in week 1. All in all, they have a decent match up this week against the Jets.     


Cincinnati Bengals: D/ST #10

35% owned in Yahoo! Leagues

If you didn’t snag them early last week as a stash for weeks 4 and 5 then that’s okay because they will still likely be on the wire after Green Bay. 10 sacks and 2 interceptions in 3 weeks, they are currently a top ten fantasy D/ST with 2 good matchups (Cleveland and Buffalo) in a row before their bye. 


Detroit Lions: D/ST #1

10% owned in Yahoo! leagues

How many people realize that the Detroit Lions have the #1 defense in fantasy football right now? Not many, they are only 10% owned. While they do have a bit of a bend but don’t break type of defense, they have been creating turnovers at an unsustainable rate through 3 games.  Seven interceptions so far would put them on pace for 37 interceptions. So, while I think that they aren’t as good of a defense as their fantasy numbers suggest, they do play Minnesota and they will most likely still have Case Keenum at QB. He looked great last week but history will tell you that is not who he really is. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lions picked him off a couple of times.
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