Yet another week is in the books and we’re an eighth of the way through the 2018 season. No need to start panicking if you’re 0-2. In fact, you’ve got them right where you want them. Now it’s time to put the extra FAAB or top waiver priority to use.
In week one, there were nine games (out of 16) to finish with 47 points or more; six of which scored 50+ points. In week two, eight games (out of 16) finished with 47+ points; seven of which scored 50+. Let fantasy fanatics rejoice.
The league has made it a scoring league and that makes picking starters all that much harder. When you build such great depth, it’s hard to know who to start. I’m available all day Sunday mornings for any questions at NickFaberNFL. Plug completed.
However, this isn’t an article about following me to glory on Twitter. This article is about having the players on the back end of your roster that will catapult you past your opponents.
Before we recap how last week’s Top Adds fared. Let’s recap who’s been on this list so far.
#1 – James Conner – RB – PIT (Preseason)
#2 – Tre’Quan Smith – WR – NO (Preseason)
#3 – Cole Beasley – WR – DAL (Preseason)
#4 – Ricky Seals-Jones – TE – ARI (Preseason)
Last Week’s Top Adds
#1 – Phillip Lindsay – RB – Denver Broncos
There we go. If you picked up Phillip Lindsay as your top waiver priority then you picked up a bonafide fantasy RB2 after the first week of the season. Lindsay had 14 carries, 107 yards, and a catch. Royce Freeman vultured the touchdown, but he can have that one. Lindsay is proving to be the main guy.
#2 – Kenneth Dixon – RB – Baltimore Ravens
Soon after this article published, Kenneth Dixon went to the IR. Making me look like a dumb-ass. My apologies to anyone who picked him up. Drop him immediately.
#3 – Phillip Dorsett – WR – New England Patriots
Phillip Dorsett had a tough match-up against Jacksonville. Yet, he still saw seven targets, catching five of them for 44 yards. He looked like a good depth player, until the Patriots traded for Josh Gordon.
#4 – Alex Smith – QB – Washington Redskins
Against Indianapolis, at home, I was riding high on the Alex Smith train. He still threw for 292 yards. Although he had zero touchdowns to go along with that, as he couldn’t get anything going with anyone other than Chris Thompson.
Week 3’s Top Adds
#1 – Geronimo Allison – WR – Green Bay Packers
Geronimo Allison has 11 catches for 133 yards and one touchdown through the first two games of 2018. He has earned Aaron Rodgers’ trust. More so than the rookies that worried everyone about Allison’s production. He’s proven he is a player to have on your team for great depth. In the right match-up, Allison is a phenomenal FLEX play right now. The Packers next three opponents are the Redskins, Bills, and Lions. The Packers could combine for 150 points in those three games.
#2 – Dede Westbrook – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars
It would be easy to put Keelan Cole here, since he is owned in less than 50% (48.6%) of ESPN leagues. Everyone will be rushing to get Cole due to his huge performance and velcro catch against the defending AFC champions. That will most likely take him away from you. But don’t be scared away from Dede Westbrook, who’s only owned in 9% of ESPN leagues. He finished week 2 with four catches, 83 yards, and one of the four Blake Bortles touchdown throws. If Bortles keeps slinging the rock, Westbrook and his speedy legs will be a big-time starter in your fantasy lineups.
#3 – Antonio Callaway – WR – Cleveland Browns
The Browns traded Josh Gordon. Antonio Callaway catches a deep touchdown, late in the fourth quarter to tie the game. Out with the old and in with the new. I’m jumping on Callaway in many of my leagues. His potential is huge. Understand he’ll be a high risk, high reward play. Though we know he’s got the speed and he’s gaining knowledge of the game with every snap. The Browns believe in him, Tyrod believes in him, and I believe in him. His three catches for 81 yards and one touchdown, along with the added chance of volume, means I will take the risk on Callaway.
#4 – Eric Ebron – TE – Indianapolis Colts
Eric Ebron is starting to morph into the tight end we all thought he could be. Ebron had a lot of pressure in Detroit. With any microscopic failure, it was greeted with anguish. Not because the fans were mad at Ebron, but because we were mad at our front office. However, you can’t boo your front office. You can just express your disgust through something or someone and hope the message is heard. Well it was and Detroit released Ebron. It normally takes 4 years to come into your own at this position — ask Greg Olsen — and it looks like Ebron is finally doing that. He has found a home with a quarterback who happily targets his big guys.
Last Week’s Top Drops
#1 – Mike Gillislee – RB – New Orleans
Eight attempts for 18 yards. He gone.
#2 – Giovani Bernard – RB – Cincinnati Bengals
He was looking like a never starter. Then Joe Mixon gets hurt. Now if you’ve dropped Gio Bernard after his four carry and four reception week against Baltimore, it may be time to pick him back up.
#3 – Corey Clement – RB – Philadelphia Eagles
Corey Clement made the most of his 11 touches, totaling 85 yards and a touchdown. He too may be someone I might be keeping my eye on again.
Week 3’s Top Drops
#1 – Cameron Meredith – WR – New Orleans Saints
If you’ve seen Cameron Meredith, please let someone know. He was a HEALTHY SCRATCH against THE BROWNS. I hate using all caps in sentences, but come on! Make sure that gets through your head and you drop him.
# 2 – Allen Hurns – WR – Dallas Cowboys
Allen Hurns owners are wishing he still had Blake Bortles throwing to him. A sentence I never thought I would say. Yet, Hurns has been limited to two catches in as many games, being out scored in fantasy by Deonte Thompson. Hurns is no longer worth a roster spot. I’d much rather have any of his ex-team’s three receivers.
#3 – Duke Johnson Jr. – RB – Cleveland Browns
Last year Duke Johnson took the fantasy league by storm. He teased us for a few years but really captured our hearts in 2017. Then the Browns thanked him by signing a better version of him. Carlos Hyde came to town and became the instant starter. He took over the pass catching duties and the between-the-tackles duties. Rendering Johnson and a second round pick, Nick Chubb, useless. If you are holding on to hope for Duke, it’s time to cut ties.