Week 12’s MFL adds has a good mix of redraft and dynasty players. As a reminder, I’m reviewing the players value going forward. You should check your waiver wire to see if these players are still available just to be safe though.
Here’s hoping you were one of the owners that picked up the Dallas Cowboys defense. If you started them, they did give up 24 points, but 3 sacks and 3 interceptions sure are nice.
Colt McCoy checked in as the 6th most added player for the week. McCoys’s Thanksgiving was a bit uneven. McCoy did throw for 268 yards and 2 touchdowns and added 28 yards on the ground. But he also threw 3 picks.
In your Super Flex leagues, I’d still recommend picking McCoy up for the remainder of this season. McCoy had a short week to get acclimated to the starting role and should improve with additional practice reps with the starters. His rushing upside should also be good enough for 2-3 extra fantasy points per week. If McCoy can limit his turnovers to a reasonable 1 or 2 per game, he should be able to remain the starter the rest of this year with Mark Sanchez backing him up.
McCoy could also be the starter for Washington to begin the 2019 season. Alex Smith will be 35 years old in May and will attempt to recover from a broken fibula and tibia which could delay the start to his 2019 season.
Gus Edwards came out of almost nowhere to supplant Alex Collins last week. I’m not a fan of players who can only succeed in one area. If I have to roster a one dimensional running back, I much prefer that running back be a receiving back than a grinder like Edwards. While both types of players can be subject to the whims of the game script, it is less likely for a receiving back. Edwards single season-high 13 receptions in college came in his redshirt senior season at Rutgers when he also set his single-season high with 713 yards rushing. Outside of a slightly above average Burst Score and well above average Speed Score Edwards doesn’t have an impressive physical profile. His college production was also middling.
But opportunity trumps all at the running back position. Edwards should maintain a heavy workload this week, and Alex Collins may miss Sunday’s game after being a late add to the injury report. Facing an Oakland defense that gives up the 2nd most rushing yards per game (142.3), should allow you to cash out on Edwards after Sunday if you choose to do so.
If you want to get real crazy with it and your league doesn’t have trade deadlines, Edwards follows up the Oakland game with a tilt against the Falcons defense which gives up the 9th most rushing yards per game. You could cash out high at that point. If you decide to ride with Edwards for the rest of the season that works too. Through week 17 the Ravens don’t face one rushing defense in the top half of the league. In succession, the Ravens face defenses allowing the 2nd, 9th, 12th, 14th, 15th, and 5th most rushing yards per game.
Josh Adams involvement in the passing game was a welcomed surprise against the Saints. Adams was the second most targeted player with 6 targets. Adams only had 7 rushing attempts on the day, but that was owed more to the Eagles being eviscerated than Adams performance. On the day Adams out-touched the combination of Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement 10 to 5 and has taken over the lead back role. It’s easy to forget that the undrafted Adams was at one time a Heisman hopeful. The Eagles cap situation almost dictates that Adams will be given a chance at remaining the starter in 2019. I’m offering late 2nd round rookie picks to any owners in my leagues looking to cash out now on Adams.
Fun fact. A Tampa Bay quarterback has finished as a QB1 six out of eleven games this season, with two more top 16 finishes. One more fun fact. Jameis Winston has thrown 2 or more interceptions in four of five games played this season, which is not ideal. It’s worth seeing if you can get Winston at a slight discount in your Super Flex leagues. Just 25 years-old Winston should find himself in a better situation next season, either in Tampa Bay with a new coaching staff or with a new team of his choosing.
There isn’t much to say about D.J. Moore or Tre’Quan Smith. Both players have worked their way into every week starting status in their rookie seasons. In dynasty, if you don’t believe in either player now is the time to sell high. But I’d strongly advise against that. Both players look like future studs, and D.J. Moore holds WR1 upside.
That is all for this week. Thank you for reading. You can find me on Twitter @DFF_Shane. I also say words on the DynastyTradesHQ podcast every week, you can find us on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and PodBean.