B-Team Week 7
It was another tough outing for the B-Team last week, as I’ve fallen short yet again. In my effort to score 100 fantasy points with players owned in less than 40-percent of leagues, I only managed 68.84 points. I’ve still only been able to top that 100 point mark once in five attempts thus far. Maybe I should help myself out a bit and add kickers to the team (just kidding.) The B-Team is a weekly series where I make a hypothetical fantasy football lineup of players owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues in an attempt to top 100 fantasy points from week-to-week. The purpose of the series is to help our followers in finding value on the waiver wire.
Like I’ve already mentioned, I fell plenty short of the 100 point goal last week with a lackluster 68.84 point performance. I did hit on playing Chase Edmond and Auden Tate, who both topped 14 points a piece. Case Keenum put up a decent stat line of 15.64 fantasy points. Nothing crazy, but it would have gotten the job done for most fantasy teams. It was Ito Smith (0.6 points) and my duo of receivers Geronimo Allison and Preston Williams that really let me down. Let’s see how I did overall below.
Week 6 Results
QB: Case Keenum (Washington) - 15.64 points
RB: Ito Smith (Atlanta Falcons) - 0.6 points
RB: Chase Edmonds (Arizona Cardinals) - 14.7 points
WR: Geronimo Allison (Green Bay Packers) - 4.8 points
WR: Preston Williams (Miami Dolphins) - 5.1 points
TE: Darren Fells (Houston Texans) - 12.9 points
FLEX: Auden Tate (Cincinnati Bengals) - 14.1 points
DEF: Miami Dolphins - 1 point
Total: 68.86 points
Week 7 Picks
Daniel Jones (New York Giants) - Owned in 34% of Yahoo and 41% of ESPN leagues
First off, forgive me. Jones is owned in 41-percent of ESPN leagues, putting him just one-percentage over the mark. However, he’s owned in just 34-percent of Yahoo leagues so that keeps him eligible for the B-Team. Since Jones’ breakout performance in Week 3, he’s been far from spectacular. The Giants do have a very favorable match-up with the Arizona Cardinals this week, who have given up the 3rd most points to opposing quarterbacks. This game could be high scoring as well, as they both have competent offenses and lackluster defenses. Additionally, Jones finally gets Saquon back this week, which is not only going to give him the best safety outlet in the league, but will take some pressure from him as they’ll return to a run-first team. On top of Saquon’s return, Evan Engram is back this week. Look for Jones to post 20+ fantasy points this week, I hope.
Darrell Henderson Jr. (Los Angeles Rams) - Owned in 32% of Yahoo and 24.6% of ESPN leagues
Yes, Todd Gurley will play this week against the Atlanta Falcons. Yes, the Atlanta Falcons have a good run defense, at least statistically. The Falcons defense all around is bad, but their secondary is god awful, which sees teams abandoning the run against them and choosing to go through the air, giving them quality run defense numbers. Malcolm Brown is doubtful for Sunday, leaving Henderson to take the back-up role. Brown has seen steady work with Gurley on the field. Add the fact that Gurley is fresh off a thigh contusion that saw him missing last week’s clash with the 49ers, Henderson could see some more work. Henderson showed flashes of quality last week against the league’s top ranked rushing defense in the 49ers. Let’s hope the Rams choose to get him involved this week.
Alexander Mattison (Minnesota Vikings) - Owned in 25% of Yahoo and 18% of ESPN leagues
The Minnesota Vikings’ offense is clicking. They’re putting up big numbers but come up against a Detroit Lions’ defense that held the Green Bay Packers in check last week on Monday Night Football. However, they’re pretty bad against the run. Currently, the Lions have allowed the 3rd most points to opposing running backs. That’s not too good. Luckily for the Vikings, they love to run the football. Dalvin Cook is going to eat on Sunday, but so will backup Alexander Mattison. Mattison saw a career and season high in carries last week with 14. He’s posted 12+ carries twice in his last four games. If he can get 10+ carries this week against this poor Lions’ rushing defense, he’ll have the chance to put up some quality fantasy points.
Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - Owned in 27% of Yahoo and 27.1% of ESPN leagues
Beasley and the Bills play the Miami Dolphins, do I really need to say more? The Bills are fresh off a bye and will host the awful Dolphins on Sunday. The Dolphins have allowed the 8th most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Expect the 4-1 Bills to put up big numbers, just as everyone does, against the Dolphins. If the Bills are to hang a large score, Beasley will be involved, as he has seen 9+ targets in three of five games this year.
Auden Tate (Cincinnati Bengals) - Owned in 35% of Yahoo and 38.2% of ESPN leagues
Auden Tate is a frequent flier of the B-Team. He’s been a fixture here for at least a few weeks and he’ll remain here until he tops the 40-percent owned mark (which is crazy that he hasn’t yet) or until A.J. Green comes back. He’s topped 11.6 points in three of his last four games. He hasn’t scored under nine in his last four. The Bengals will take on the Jaguars, who have given up the 15th most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Look for Tate to continue to produce in the first Jaguars game in the post Jalen Ramsey era.
Darren Fells (Houston Texans) - Owned in 28% of Yahoo and 14.2% of ESPN leagues
Like Auden Tate, Darren Fells is a permanent fixture in the B-Team. Fells has been putting up numbers over the last four weeks. He’s posted 12.9 points or more in three of the last four games. He’ll take on the Indianapolis Colts in a crucial divisional game. The Colts have given up the 3rd most points to opposing tight ends. With the way the Houston Texans’ continue to operate, looks for Fells to continue to produce.
Dante Pettis (San Francisco 49ers) - Owned in 22% of Yahoo and 26.7% of ESPN leagues
There are many factors that go into my selection of Dante Pettis here. First off, the 49ers play Washington, who have given up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. On top of that, Deebo Samuel will not play with a groin injury, opening up some targets. Last week against the Rams, Pettis saw six targets, second on the team to only George Kittle. Pettis is getting healthier as the season progresses. This could be the game where he finally connects over the top with Jimmy Garappolo for a long touchdown.
Detroit Lions - Owned in 8% of Yahoo and 4.5% of ESPN leagues
Before you jump down my throat for this selection, hear me out. This Lions’ defense is for real, even though they can’t stop the run just as I listed prior. Prior to this Vikings’ game, they’ve had match-ups with the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers where they allowed 28 and 23 points respectively. The Lions have also recorded at least two turnovers in every game except their week one match-up this season.
Week 5 Results
QB: Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals) - 18.98 points
RB: Nyheim Hines (Indianapolis Colts) - 8.5 points
RB: Brandon Bolden (New England Patriots) - 11.2 points
WR: Geronimo Allison (Green Bay Packers) - 4.8 points
WR: Auden Tate (Cincinnati Bengals) - 11.6 points
TE: Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals) - 3.4 points
FLEX: Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 5.1 points
DEF: Oakland Raiders - 8
Total: 71.58 points
Week 4 Results
QB: Case Keenum (Washington) - 0.48 points
RB: Tony Pollard (Dallas Cowboys) - 0 points
RB: Alexander Mattison (Minnesota Vikings) - 2.3 points
WR: Dontrelle Inman (Los Angeles Chargers) - 12.6 points
WR: Preston Williams (Miami Dolphins) - 8.6 points
TE: Vernon Davis (Washington) - 1.5 points
FLEX: Kenny Stills (Houston Texans) - 4. Points
DEF: Cincinnati Bengals - 2 points
Total: 31.88 Points
Week 3 Results
QB: Kyle Allen (Carolina Panthers) - 24.34 points
RB: Darwin Thompson (Kansas City Chiefs) - 0.8 points
RB: Rex Burkhead (New England Patriots) - 18.9 points
WR: Randall Cobb (Dallas Cowboys) - 4.3 points
WR: Deebo Samuel (San Francisco 49ers) - 7.4 points
TE: Will Dissly (Seattle Seahawks) - 18.2 points
Flex: Phillip Dorsett (New England Patriots) - 18.5 points
DEF: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 8 points
Total: 100.44 points
Week 2 Results
QB: Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) - 22.22 points
RB: Raheem Mostert (San Francisco 49ers) - 24.1 points
RB: C.J. Anderson (Detroit Lions) - 0.8 points
WR: Mecole Hardman (Kansas City Chiefs) - 16.1 points
WR: Danny Amendola (Detroit Lions) - 0 points
TE: Vernon Davis (Washington) - 5.9 points
DEF: Indianapolis Colts - 7
Total: 76.12 points