The B-Team - Week 6
After an awful showing in Week 4, I’ve redeemed myself somewhat in Week 5. No, I didn’t reach the 100 point goal, but I also didn’t score 31.88 fantasy points like in Week 4. This series, deemed the B-Team, is one where I put together a hypothetical fantasy football lineup consisting 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 with this made-up team each week. Through the first four attempts at this, I have only topped 100 points once, but it isn’t for a lack of trying. The purpose of the series is to prove that there is plenty of value on the waiver wire in the majority of leagues out there.
So, last week I went out and posted 71.58 fantasy points. Not the best, but it could have been a lot worse. Right now I’m struggling to find value at the RB position, which is to be expected at this point of the season. My team was lead by Andy Dalton who posted 18.98 fantasy points. Auden Tate of the Cincinnati Bengals had 11.6 and Brandon Bolden of the New England Patriots scored 11.2 points. Let’s see how I did as a whole last week. You can also find the results of my previous weeks at the bottom of this article.
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 6 Picks
Case Keenum (Washington) - Owned in 7% of Yahoo and 4.9% of ESPN leagues
I may regret this. The last time I picked Case Keenum to lead my B-Team, he posted a whopping 0.48 points. But, he is starting against the worst passing defense in the leading in the Miami Dolphins. Keenum has looked competent in a few games this year. He has posted 300+ passing yard games twice, against the Eagles and Bears; going for 380 against the Eagles in Week 1. The Dolphins have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks thus far this season. I just pray Keenum doesn’t have another game like he did against the Giants in Week 4.
Ito Smith (Atlanta Falcons) - Owned in 20% of Yahoo and 13.4% of ESPN leagues
Again, it’s a struggle when trying to find eligible running backs for this series. We have the likes of Malcolm Brown with Todd Gurley doubtful, but he’s shot up to nearly 60-percent own. So we’ll have to get creative. Ito Smith has posted back-to-back weeks of 10+ fantasy points. Arizona is actually somewhat decent against the run, as they are in the top 10 in fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing offenses. Luckily for us, the passing game is where Ito Smith shines. Over the past two weeks, he’s seen four and six targets respectively. The Cardinals’ defense has gotten a bit better, but they’re still suspect against the pass. Let’s hope Ito gets a third straight week in double-digit fantasy points
Chase Edmonds (Arizona Cardinals) - Owned in 36% of Yahoo and 17.7% of ESPN leagues
I think David Johnson (back) will play tomorrow against the Atlanta Falcons. However, he’s still a gametime decision for the 4:05 p.m. kickoff. He did practice Friday, although limited, which is promising for his Week 6 status. We’re going to go out on a limb here and go with Edmonds anyhow. Even if Johnson is to go, he may be limited in some sense as Kliff Kingsbury looks to preserve his star running back. The Falcons are not statistically bad against the run, but that’s because their secondary is so poor that opposing teams go through the air. Both Johnson and Edmonds are very capable pass catching backs. Last week Edmonds went for 17.6 fantasy points. Maybe this could be a similar output taking some touches from an injured David Johnson, or we can at least hope.
Geronimo Allison (Green Bay Packers) - Owned in 30% of Yahoo and 34.9 % of ESPN leagues
Let’s try this again. We put Allison in our lineup last week with Devante Adams set to miss time. He’s been ruled out of Monday’s game with the Detroit Lions already, again, possibly opening up chances for Allison. Allison did see a season-high in targets last week (6) with Adams out but only managed to haul in two of them for 28 yards. Darius Slay too could miss Monday’s game, although he’s on track to play, which would free up the Packers’ receivers a bit more.
Preston Williams (Miami Dolphins) - Owned in 18% of Yahoo and 7.7% of ESPN leagues
Williams, like Allison, is a repeat on the B-Team. He’s the Dolphins leading receiver in almost every receiving category, which isn’t saying much. The Dolphins will take on Washington, who have allowed the third most points to opposing wide receivers this season. He saw seven targets in Week 4 and 12 targets in Week 3. The Dolphins are fresh off their bye week, as they prepared to take on arguably their most winnable game of the season, which may be their only chance this year. They’ll want to win this one, and Williams will be featured heavily on Sunday.
Darren Fells (Houston Texans) - Owned in 3% of Yahoo and 1.7% of ESPN leagues
Fells has two 15+ points performances on the season thus far. Although he’s extremely touchdown dependent, he posted two last week against the Atlanta Falcons. This week, he gets another poor secondary in the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have given up the sixth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends thus far. It’s going to be a high scoring affair, so look for Fells to get some redzone targets from Deshaun Watson.
Auden Tate (Cincinnati Bengals) - Owned in 23% of Yahoo and 18.8% of ESPN leagues
Tate, like Allison, is making his second straight appearance in the B-Team. He was able to score his first touchdown of the season last week but also only caught 3 of 6 targets for 26 yards. He has seen at least six targets over the last three weeks. The match-up against the Cardinals was a good one last week and he’ll get another quality one with the Baltimore Ravens this week. The Ravens have allowed the tenth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Miami Dolphins - Owned in 2% of Yahoo and 0.8% of ESPN leagues
What did I just type? This game is going to be ugly, very ugly. My three streamable defenses of the week are Washington, Green Bay and Denver, all of which are not eligible for this series this week. We’re desperate so we’re going with Miami, yes Miami. Washington has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Let’s hope that trend continues on Sunday.
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