If you’ve ever read anything of mine in the past you know, I tend to be a tad verbose. With 8 of this week’s top 10 adds consisting of either a PK or defense you needn’t worry about that this week. If you like this article, go check out the previous editions.
I will say that using kickers and defenses in fantasy football is trash. I understand that some owners may enjoy a game coming down to a 36-yard field goal or 2 extra points on Monday Night Football, but not I. You think that defense is an important part of the game and should be included in fantasy scoring? Then nut up and play in IDP leagues.
Kickers are especially galling. Why should a 36-yard field goal be worth more than a 30 yard run from Alvin Kamara? Outside of game-winning attempts does anyone care even a little about kickers? I’ve heard the argument that real NFL football includes kickers and defense and so should fantasy. That is nonsense. Fantasy football also gives you the option of starting 2QBs and 6 wide receivers in some cases. That’s not very realistic, right? But enough of that. Let’s look at the two skill position players included in this week’s top adds.
Josh Reynolds would be higher than 8th most added player if not for being added to many rosters earlier this season when Cooper Kupp was injured. If you’re expecting Reynolds to take over Kupp’s 20.8% target share you’re going to end up being disappointed. When Kupp missed time earlier this season, Reynolds only saw roughly a 10% target share. Reynolds was able to turn 5 targets into 3 receptions and 2 touchdowns against the Packers in Week 8, but expecting 2 touchdowns on 5 targets is pure folly. While Reynolds should certainly see some additional targets temper your expectations and know that he is not going to see the type of volume Kupp has.
In addition to being Jared Goff’s safety valve, Kupp was one of Goff’s favorite targets in the red-zone tying Brandin Cooks for the team lead with 12 red-zone targets. Now would be an excellent time for the Rams to start utilizing Gerald Everett who could be a fierce weapon in the red-zone. Everett is an impressive athlete who dominated at the college level who has yet to see any real opportunity to make an impact at the NFL level. If Everett is available on your waiver wire, I would add him asap.
After outperforming Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement on a per rush basis, Doug Pederson stated that Josh Adams had earned the right for more touches going forward. While in theory that should bode well for Adams the problem is the Eagles just aren’t a run-heavy offense. The Eagles rank 17th in the league with 24.9 rushing attempts per game and over the last three weeks have only attempted 22.7 runs per game. The Eagles do not run block very well either, and their team average of 4.1 yards per carry is just 22nd in the league this season.
Adams has been non-existent in the passing game so far in his young career with just 1 reception on 1 target in his 5 games. During his three seasons at Notre Dame Adams averaged just over 1 reception per game in his collegiate career. So nothing we’ve seen so far indicates that Adams is a capable receiver, the Eagles don’t run the ball all that much and when they do run the ball aren’t particularly good at it. If you picked up Adams to start this week, you should explore other options. Facing the New Orleans run defense who give up the least rushing yards per game and 5th least yards per attempt is not an ideal spot to fire Adams up this week.
I don’t mean to discount Adams as a dynasty stash. The starting running back on high scoring offense such as the Eagles is a good asset to have. Just not this week. If Pederson is true to his word and Adams gets a majority of rushing work he can be an RB3. And as we’ve seen with Corey Clement a history of catching the ball is not a prerequisite to becoming a pass catcher in the NFL. If Adams gets tossed back onto the waiver wire after this weeks presumed dud against New Orleans go ahead and pick him up as a roster stash.
That’s it for this week. With just two position players to discuss I tried to keep it short and sweet. Thank you for reading. You can find me on Twitter @DFF_Shane. If you want to listen to a podcast that focuses on dynasty trades, player value and that’s entertaining you can find me the DynastyTradesHQ podcast every week. We’re on Podbean and iTunes and additional platforms.