The B-Team: Week 4
Ah, this feels good. It took just two weeks to accomplish our mission and top the 100 point mark in this B-Team series for the very first time. In this weekly series, I create a hypothetical fantasy football lineup of players owned in less than 40% of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. The goal of the series is to score over 100 fantasy points weekly with the make-shift team. The purpose is to show that there is readily available value on the waiver wire and a quality fantasy football player can find that.
Like I previously stated, we topped 100 points last week, although it was barley. We posted 100.44 points. Like I said, it was close, but a win is a win. Darwin Thompson was my shoe in, the guy I was hanging my hat on to go off. He got me 0.8 points. I missed the mark there. I did hit on Kylen Allen who posted 24.34 points, along with Rex Burkhead, Will Dissly and Phillip Dorsset who each topped 18 points last week. Let’s see how I did all together last week. You can find out how I did in previous weeks at the end of this article as well.
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
Week 4 Picks
Case Keenum (Washington) - Owned in 15% of Yahoo and 13.9% of ESPN leagues
I’ve gone back and forth between Keenum against the Giants and Jacoby Brissett against the Raiders. If it wasn’t for T.Y. Hilton being doubtful, I would have gone with Brissett. Keenum’s top guy, Terry McLaurin, is questionable for Washington’s game but he’s questionable opposed to Hilton’s doubtful. The Giants have given up the fourth most points to opposing quarterbacks thus far this season. Keenum has already gone over 300 yards twice in his first three games. I’m expecting Keenum to have another 300+ yard game. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have another three turnover game like he did last week.
Tony Pollard (Dallas Cowboys) - Owned in 26% of Yahoo and 23.8% of ESPN leagues
Finding runningbacks for this week is nearly impossible. I’m struggling. The likes of Darrell Williams, Ronald Jones and Rex Burkhead are close to qualifying but are over the threshold. So we’ll have to swing for the fences and hope I make contact. Pollard is coming off a massive game, but he did a ton of damage in garbage time when the Cowboys put the Dolphins away early. They have the New Orleans Saints this week, who have given up the eighth fewest points to opposing runningbacks. The Cowboys have the chance to win this game, but it won’t be a blow out.. Let’s hope Pollard gets some a good number of touches.
Alexander Mattison (Minnesota Vikings) - Owned in 24% of Yahoo and 15.9% of ESPN leagues
Again, I’m struggling here when it comes to runningbacks this week. I’ll go with an option, although a backup, in one of the league’s most run-heavy offenses. Mattison is one of, if not the best, backup runningbacks in the league. He has the ability to make the first defender miss. He plays on average 22-percent of offensive snaps across the first three games. It’s not an ideal matchup in the Chicago Bears who have allowed the fifth fewest points to opposing runningbacks, but again, I’m desperate. Let’s hope the Vikings sprinkle in the Boise State product and he finds the endzone.
Dontrelle Inman (Los Angeles Chargers) - Owned in 2% of Yahoo and 0% of ESPN leagues
Inman is in line to see a large uptick in snaps and targets this week. Chargers’ WR2 Mike Williams will not play Sunday against the Dolphins and WR3 Travis Benjamin is doubtful with a hip injury. This moves Inman up to possible WR2 status with the Chargers as they take on the Dolphins, who have given up the ninth most fantasy points to opposing receivers.
Preston Williams (Miami Dolphins) - Owned in 8% of Yahoo and 4.7% of ESPN leagues
This may seem like an odd pick but Williams has posted double digit fantasy points in each of the first three weeks. The Dolphins will come up against the Los Angeles Chargers, who have allowed the 14th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. If there’s one thing we can be sure of, is that the Dolphins will be playing from behind early and often, as they’ll have to throw the ball a lot to keep pace. He also saw 12 targets last week.
Vernon Davis (Washington) - Owned in 35% of Yahoo and 23.8% of ESPN leagues
This is the second time Vernon Davis has found himself on the B-Team. He gets a nice matchup with the New York Giants this week. I already own Case Keenum in this league so I hope there's some nice connections between he and Davis this week. The Giants have given up the 13th most points to opposing tight ends thus far this season. Davis could have another big game.
Kenny Stills (Houston Texans) - Owned in 19% of Yahoo and 21.5% of ESPN leagues
Stills may be the third option in Houston, but that’s alright this week. The Texans are playing a must win game to keep their lead within the division. Last week against the Chargers he had the most targets and yards he has seen as a member of the Texans. Now he’ll face off against the Panthers’ secondary that has allowed the fifteenth most points to opposing receivers. I’m expecting a big game this week out of MVP hopeful Deshaun Watson so let’s hope a bit of that goes Stills’ way.
Cincinnati Bengals - Owned in 1% of Yahoo and 0.9% of ESPN leagues
I would have liked to have gone with the Pittsburgh Steelers or Indianapolis Colts over the Bengals but those two options don’t qualify for me. Through the first three weeks of the season, the Bengals’ defense has only posted a combined nine points. That’s not too good. But they get to play the Steelers’ this week who’s offense is a mess. Leading that mess is Mason Rudolph who threw for just 174 yards and two touchdowns while throwing a pick last week against the 49ers. I’m expecting this game to be an ugly one and mistakes on both sides. I think the Bengals’ defense is a lowkey sneaky play this week.
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