The B-Team - Week 5
Well, It’s hard showing my face after my Week 4 performance with the B Team. It was a rough one for sure. A week after I completed the mission of topping 100 points in just the second week of the series, I fall flat on my face. We’ll look to bounce back this week. The B Team series is one where I make a hypothetical fantasy football lineup consisting of players owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. The goal of the series is to top 100 fantasy points with the made-up team. The purpose is to show that there is readily available fantasy football value on the waiver wire and anyone who does their research can find that.
So, this past week didn’t go as planned. I only posted 31.88 fantasy points. Yes, 31.88 fantasy points. I know, that’s embarrassing, but some of what happened last week was out of our control. I played Case Keenum against a suspect New York Giants’ secondary. We all know how that went, as Keenum posted a whole 0.48 fantasy points. Beyond that, Tony Pollard had zero points and Alexander Matison posted 2.3 points. Heck, my highest scoring player was Dontrelle Inman who had 12.6 points. In all, it was not a good week. Let’s see how I did as a whole below.
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
Week 5 Picks
Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals) - Owned in 35% of Yahoo and 17.9% of ESPN leagues
Part of me wants to play Chase Daniel against the Oakland Raiders in London. The Raiders secondary is very suspect, but so isn’t the Arizona Cardinals. Through the first four weeks of the season, the Cardinals have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Andy Dalton had a great start to the season, where he posted at least 18.10 points through the first three weeks. He did have a bad week last week, but he’s in line to bounce back this week. The Bengals offensive line is arguably the worst in the league and John Ross has been placed on the IR. I could be making another mistake here but I think the Cardinals’ secondary is that bad.
Nyheim Hines (Indianapolis Colts) - Owned in 21% of Yahoo and 39.3% of ESPN leagues
We’re still unsure on the status of Marlon Mack and if he’ll go Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mack did post a full practice on Friday after being a non-participant Wednesday and Thursday. This is promising for Mack to go, especially with them playing Sunday night. However, even if Mack is to go, he may be limited. Either from the injury or due to the fact that the Colts will need to be throwing a lot to keep pace with the Chiefs. In throwing, Nyheim Hines is a great weapon out of the backfield. He’s seen at least four targets in four of the first three games. He had six last week. In PPR leagues where qualifying runningbacks for this series are limited, Hines could be a great play.
Brandon Bolden (New England Patriots) - Owned in 0% of Yahoo and 0% of ESPN leagues
This is odd. I know. But Rex Burkhead is out, leaving a large amount of Patriots’ backfield work on the table. Sure, James White or Sony Michel can absorb it, but as the team plays Washington this week, they should be up early and often with no real threat of losing the game. This is where Bolden comes in to play. Getting garbage time work, which there could be a lot. I don’t have many choices when it comes to runningbacks, as I previously stated. These are the type of players I have to choose, especially in this position, in order to achieve my 100 point goal.
Geronimo Allison (Green Bay Packers) - Owned in 35% of Yahoo and 39.4% of ESPN leagues
Devante Adams will not play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Adams is fresh off a 15 target, 10 reception, 180 yard game on Thursday Night Football against the Eagles. This leaves a lot of work on the table and Allison should be on the receiving end of that. Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be the biggest benefactor of Adams’ absence, but Allison will see a large uptick of targets as well this week. The Cowboys have been great against the pass through the first four weeks of the season, but their strength of schedule has not been the best. Aaron Rodgers is their biggest test yet and even the best of secondaries struggle to slow the guy down.
Auden Tate (Cincinnati Bengals) - Owned in 20% of Yahoo and 10.3% of ESPN leagues
I like this stack with Andy Dalton. John Ross has been placed on the injury reserved. He’s currently the WR18 through the first four weeks of the season. Obviously, A.J. Green is not ready to make his return to the field either. That leaves Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate to lead the receiving corp against the Arizona Cardinals. Tate has seen 10 and six targets respectively over the last two weeks, even with Ross playing. He’s yet to find the endzone but the 6-foot-5 target could do so this week.
Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals) - Owned in 24% of Yahoo and 20.5% of ESPN leagues
I guess we might as well just list the entire Bengals’ offense in this week’s picks. I don’t like doing that, for obvious reasons, but the match-up is too good to ignore. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tightends this season, and it’s not even close. With myself selecting Dalton already, it’s fitting that I go with Eifert. He’s seen five targets in three of the Bengals’ four games this season. He’s in line to have a massive week.
Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - Owned in 20% of Yahoo and 29.9% of ESPN leagues
I’m going for the sure thing here. Beasley has seen at least nine targets in three of the first four games this year. He’s seen double digits the last two weeks. He’s posted double digit fantasy points in three straight weeks and at least 14 in the last two. He has a tough match-up against the Tennessee Titans this week, but Josh Allen has cleared concussion protocol and will play. Since I use PPR scoring for this series, Beasley is a great player to use to help get some guaranteed points. With my luck though, he won’t get any points this week.
Oakland Raiders - Owned in 1% of Yahoo and 1.2% of EPSN leagues
The Raiders travel to London to take on the Chicago Bears. The Bears will be without Mitchell Trubisky as Chase Daniel will lead the offense. The Bears have allowed the 11th most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Raiders’ defense is coming off a quality performance against the Colts where they posted 10 points. London games are odd and that could fall in favor for selecting Oakland here as well.
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
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