B-Team - Week 8
After our best week in possibly B-Team history, we had a pretty poor week. At least B-Team Hall-of-Famer Cole Beasley put up some numbers. Cole, if you’re reading this, come on the podcast! Anyhow, let’s get into another week of the B-Team.
This is a series where I construct a hypothetical fantasy football lineup using players that are owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. The goal of the series is to top 100 PPR fantasy points using the make-shift team. The premise is to show that there is readily available value at all times across most waiver wires. You can find last week’s results below and the result of previous weeks at the bottom of this article.
So, our leader, the one and only Cole Beasley, went out and put up 22.2 fantasy points last week against the Jets. He caught 11 balls for 112 yards. Great for PPR leagues. Logan Thomas, our most played tight-end this season also had a great week for us. He caught four passes for 60 yards and a score in the Football Team’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. It’s hard to do well when your runningbacks total 15.4 points. On top of that, Adam Humprhires in my flex posted just 3.9 points. We’ll do better in Week 8.
Week 7 Results
Kyle Allen (Washington Football Team) - 16.86 points
J.D. McKissic (Washington Football Team) - 7.1 point
JaMycal Hasty (San Francisco 49ers) - 8.3 points
Laviska Shenault (Jacksonville Jaguars) - 7.4 points
Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 22.2 points
Logan Thomas (Washington Football Team) - 16 points
Adam Humphries (Tennessee Titans) - 3.9 points
Cincinnati Bengals - -2 points
Total - 63.76 points
Week 8 Lineup
Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns) - Owned in 40% of Yahoo and 22% of ESPN leagues
It was between Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garappolo for this position. Both are eligible and have great matchups. I gave the edge to Baker for what he was able to do last week. We know the 49ers’ like to take chances away from Garappolo with their running game and their trickery with the use of their receivers and George Kittle in the running game. Baker threw for five touchdowns a week ago and gets the Raiders this week, who have allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Look for a high scoring affair between the two teams.
La’Mical Perine (New York Jets) - Owned in 36% of Yahoo and 23.6% of ESPN leagues
I debated playing Perine last week and I didn’t, I regret that. Perine saw 11 carries and recorded his first rushing touchdown of his career. He gets the Chiefs this week, which is not the most ideal matchup for him, Their defense has allowed the 15th most fantasy points to opposing runningbacks this season but the Jets could and should be game scripted into throwing the ball playing from behind. He has seen at least three targets in the passing game over the last two weeks. Trying to find backs for this series at this point is tough.
Tevin Coleman (San Francisco 49ers) - Owned in 38% of Yahoo and 24.8% of ESPN leagues
I’m taking a gamble here, a gamble that Tevin Coleman plays this week. There’s a chance he does and doesn’t play, but with my runningback options being limited, I have to take this chance. If Coleman is a go, he’ll step into a backfield missing Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. He’ll join undrafted free agent JaMycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon who saw three carries last week while healthy as the 49ers’ rushing attack went on to post just under 200 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers get Seattle this week, who, in terms of rushing defense, is in the middle-of-the-pack.
Scotty Miller (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Owned in 25% of Yahoo and 24.4% of ESPN leagues
For the first time this season, and possibly B-Team history, Cole Beasley is not eligible to compete in the series as he’s topped the 40-percent mark. Now, I’ll look for my next PPR machine. This week it’ll be Scotty Miller as he’ll continue to operate without Chris Godwin. Miller is coming off of a career game (nine receptions, 109 yards and a touchdown.) Tampa gets the Giants this week, who have allowed the 10th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Giants are also oddly strong against the run, which may force Tom Brady and company to operate via the air. No problem for them and no problem for us here.
Jalen Reagor (Philadelphia Eagles) - Owned in 21% of Yahoo and 12.6% of ESPN leagues
Like Tevin Coleman, I’m taking a gamble here that Jalen Reagor plays this week. He should. The Eagles get the Dallas Cowboys this week, who have allowed the seventh most fantasy points to opposing receivers. The two win Eagles are also battling with the two-win Dallas Cowboys for the NL East title. Carson Wentz is actually the QB3 over the last three weeks in all of fantasy. He’s doing this with his top pass catcher being Travis Fulgham. Reagor is twice the receiver Fulgham is. If Reagor is a go against this Cowboy’s defense, expect big things.
Richard Rodgers (Philadelphia Eagles) - Owned in 39% of Yahoo and 21.5% of ESPN leagues
In his first game without both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, Rodgers went for six receptions and 85 yards. The Cowboys have also given up the ninth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Dallas Goedert is close to returning but I don’t think he suits up this week, especially with the team on a bye next week. We know how much Carson Wentz and the Eagles as a whole like to use their tight end. With receiving options still limited, Rodgers is the play this week.
Kendrick Bourne (San Francisco 49ers) - Owned in 5% of Yahoo and 4.3% of ESPN leagues
I know I’m playing Tevin Coleman already, but the 49ers are going to have to throw the ball to keep pace with this high powered Seattle offense. With Deebo Samuel out, this gives Kendrick Bourne a big boost. When Deebo was previously out, Bourne saw five-or-six targets each week. If he gets that same work-load in an increased passing game for Jimmy Garappolo and company, he could have a big week. On top of all of that, the Seahawks have given up the most fantasy points to opposing receivers thus far this season.
Green Bay Packers - Owned in 33% of Yahoo and 13.3% of ESPN leagues
Kirk Cousins is tied with Carson Wentz with the most interceptions thrown this season at 10. He’s also been sacked 14 times, which is top ten most in the league. This Packers defense is competent. They have some nice pieces. On top of all of that, the Vikings have allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Packers are actually my top streamable defense of the week.
Week 1 Results
Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders) - 13.56 points
Boston Scott (Philadelphia Eagles) - 7.4 points
Jerick McKinnon (San Francisco 49ers) - 13.4 points
Kendrick Bourne (San Francisco 49ers) - 5.4 points
Bryan Edwards (Oakland Raiders) - 1.9 points
Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts) - 7.9 points
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Green Bay Packers) - 19.6 points
Detroit Lions - 1 point
Total: 70.16 points
Week 2 Results
Philip Rivers (Indianapolis Colts) - 11.86 points
Peyton Barber (Washington Football Team) - 0.10 points
Frank Gore (New York Jets) - 6.3 points
Corey Davis (Carolina Panthers) - 12.6 points
Scotty Miller (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - 3.2 points
Logan Thomas (Washington Football Team) - 6.6 points
Tre’Quan Smith (New Orleans Saints) - 13.6 points
Seattle Seahawks - 3 points
Total: 57.26 points
Week 3 Results
Mitchell Trubisky (Chicago Bears) - 12.62 points
Jeff Wilson Jr. (San Francisco 49ers) - 21.9 points
Frank Gore (New York Jets) - 7.2 points
K.J. Hamler (Denver Broncos) - 5.8 points
Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 16 points
Logan Thomas (Washington Football Team) - 7.1 points
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Green Bay Packers) - 1.5 points
Cleveland Browns - 14 points
Week 4 Results
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Miami Dolphins) - 23.3 points
Jeff Wilson Jr. (San Francisco 49ers) - 2.9 points
Brian Hill (Atlanta Falcons) - 4.3 points
Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 12.2 points
Greg Ward Jr. (Philadelphia Eagles) - 7.8 points
Robert Tonyan (Green Bay Packers) - 33.8 points
Hunter Renfrow (Las Vegas Raiders) - 10.7 points
Cincinnati Bengals - 5 points
Total: 100 points
Week 5 Results
Jimmy Garopollo (San Francisco 49ers) - 1.08 points
Justin Jackson (Los Angeles Chargers) - 14.4 points
J.D. McKissic (Washington Football Team) - 10.9 points
Golden Tate (New York Giants) - 8.2 points
Keelan Cole (Jacksonville Jaguars) - 10.7 points
Ian Thomas (Carolina Panthers) - 0 points
Tre’Quan Smith (New Orleans Saints) - 2.8 points
Dallas Cowboys - 9 points
Total - 57.08
Week 6 Results
Andy Dalton (Dallas Cowboys) - 13.04
Frank Gore (New York Jets) - 11
J.D. McKissic (Washington Football Team) - 14.4
Travis Fulgham (Philadelphia Eagles) - 19.5
Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 14.5
Trey Burton (Indianapolis Colts) - 21.9
James Washington (Pittsburgh Steelers) - 16.8
Washington Football Team - 4