Just because the fantasy season is over doesn’t mean that the Dynasty watch is. What happens in the playoffs can go a long way to determining some of next season’s biggest moves. Let’s recap some of the players who helped their dynasty stock this week.
Nick Foles continues one of the most amazing runs any backup has had in any sport. Ever. Though his passing stats were modest, 266 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions, it’s how he got to that stat line that will raise both his fantasy and NFL stock. Both of Foles interceptions came in the first half while both touchdowns came in the second half. In the second half, Foles went completed 15 of 24 for 123 yards and two touchdowns. On his second touchdown of the day, facing a 4th and goal with 56 seconds remaining on the clock, Foles found Golden Tate to pull the Eagles ahead 16-15. The Eagles held onto to win when Cody Parkey‘s game-winning field attempt pinballed its way into being a miss.
In case you thought Cody Parkey’s double-doink missed FG couldn’t get better…
Here it is to some good ol’ Titanic music.
— Eagles Nation (1-0) (@PHLEaglesNation) January 7, 2019
If Foles keeps winning, then do the Eagles entertain the thought of moving on from Carson Wentz? Though this thought seemed insane a few short weeks ago, you can not ignore what Foles has done these last four weeks. After a soul-crushing overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the last game Carson Wentz played in before being shut down with a fractured back, the Eagles had to travel to play the Rams. Foles led the 13.5 point underdog Eagles to a win in Los Angeles, then pulled out a win against the AFC South division champion Texans. An easy win in week 17 against Washington led to Sunday’s heroics against the most dominant defense in the NFC. And you can’t ignore that Foles led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship last year. But that is a real football concern.
For fantasy purposes do we ignore Foles largely bad to mediocre regular season career (save a magical 2013 season) and instead focus on his clutch play in the playoffs? I’m leaning towards Foles being a top 14 QB next season in fantasy, and I’m buying in Superflex leagues. Foles will be a starter next season somewhere be it Philadelphia or elsewhere. With a $21 million cap hit if he’s on the Eagles roster next season, there’s no way Foles is the backup in Philadelphia.
Tyler Lockett showed Saturday that he is the wide receiver to own in Seattle. After leading the Seahawks in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns during the regular season, Lockett’s 120 receiving yards led them in Saturday’s loss to the Cowboys. Doug Baldwin will turn 31 soon after the 2019 NFL season starts and battled injuries the entire 2018 season and can be cut after the 2019 season which would save the Seahawks $10 million cap space. Lockett has a 3 year $30.75 million dollar extension kick in next year and will just turn 27 years old in September.
Even in a loss, Allen Robinson had nothing to be ashamed about Sunday. Robinson saw 13 targets leading to 10 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown. After an inconsistent 1st season in Chicago Robinson is a player that I plan to target in the off-season. Robinson finished the regular season as the WR30 with 11.8 fantasy points per game, well below where a lot of us thought he would finish. It’s important to remember that Robinson was returning from a torn ACL that cost him all of the 2017 season, minus a few plays, and moved to another team in the 2018 off-season.
Additional time away from his injury and with his quarterback Mitch Trubisky should allow for Robinson to improve on his fantasy numbers in 2019. If you, like myself, hope to target Robinson in the off-season just hope his owners don’t put too much stock in Sunday’s performance.
Amari Cooper continues to show how good of a wide receiver he is when targeted. Cooper finished as a WR2 or better in 5 of 8 games the Cowboys played to finish the season (excluding week 17 when the Cowboys rested their starters early). Two weeks Cooper finished as the WR1 for the week. Cooper continued his elite production this weekend with 7 receptions and 106 yards on 9 targets. Cooper is a WR1 in Dallas; it’s that simple. The Cowboys, unlike the Raiders, realize they have a legitimate stud WR receiver in Cooper and target him as such. If the Cooper owner in your league isn’t fully bought in yet go ahead and send them an offer today.
Marlon Mack absolutely shredded a Texans Saturday. The Texans defense was excellent against the run in the 2018 regular season, ranking 3rd best with 82.7 rushing yards allowed per game. Mack ran for 148 yards on 24 carries and 1 rushing touchdown by himself Saturday. During the regular season, Mack ran for 908 yards while only playing in 12 games, finishing as the RB15 averaging 14.5 points per game but ceded much of the passing game work to Nyheim Hines. Hines didn’t touch the ball once on Saturday, and Mack saw 3 targets. Dynasty Twitter loves envisioning Le’Veon Bell in a Colts uniform, but Mack has shown he is the bell-cow in Indy when healthy.
Keke Coutee is a player that simply produces every time he plays and is healthy. It’s the healthy part that has been the issue for Coutee. Only able to play in six regular season games, Coutee finished as the WR29 or better in half of his games and the WR66 or worse in the other half. Though entering the game with a questionable tag, Saturday Coutee looked to be at full health. His 14 targets, 11 receptions and 110 receiving yards all led the Texans.
If the Coutee owner in your league is concerned about his history of hamstring injuries or thinks that Will Fuller‘s return will hamper Coutee’s production try to buy. Another season of conditioning with an NFL franchise should help alleivate alleviate his hamstring woes. And any concern that Fuller will eat into Coutee’s production is overblown. Coutee’s fantasy production actually increased when Fuller played this year. Coutee scored 11.65 points in the 4 games he shared the field with Fuller vs. the 8.05 in the 2 games without Fuller.
Thanks for reading! Is there anyone I missed? Who do you think helped their dynasty stock the most this weekend? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @DFF_Shane. And as always you can find me co-hosting the DynastyTradesHQ podcast every week.