As I alluded to last week and have mentioned several times in the past, I don’t cover roster management and the like as I used to because managing my teams is low on my priority list, and in fact it’s last on my priority list. I’m sure that fact will aggravate some people, but I’m just being honest. The truth is, it’s very difficult in 2016 to simply stay up on the ever-shifting player roles and performances, as well as the matchups.
So when I get to this column each week, it’s after I’ve seen all the games, studied the snaps and the data, and when I have a good feel for matchups for the upcoming week. I’m going to change things up whenever I chime in here – which may not be every week – and I’ll approach my takes and thoughts in different ways.
This week, I thought it would be cool to write up a pre-emptive Stock Watch. In other words, some writeups on players whom I think we’ll be giving love to come Monday. Here’s my top-5:
1. Dwayne Washington (RB, Det) – I gave him love here last week and in the WW column, but he’s yet to score more than 7 points in a PPR. That changes Sunday, when Washington will break out and emerge as a hot fantasy commodity. So it’s last call on picking him up and/or trading for him. He’s probably going to be a guy who you’ll look at when the matchup is good or if you have bye week issues, but I’m really feeling this one. As usual, I thought I was doing something fairly profound by pumping him up this week, but it seems the sharps are all over this as well. But those in your league may still be clueless. Washington was only a 7th-round pick, but he’s a former receiver, so he has potential in the passing game that has gone untapped. He’s a big dude who can run, so there’s a little David Johnson in him. I don’t think he’s as elusive as Johnson, but things are looking wonderful for him this week against the hapless Bears, who won’t have NT Eddie Goldman, which is a massive loss. It’s all set up for Washington to be Week 4’s breakout player. Optimistic projection: 100-115 total yards, 1 TD.
2. Tyrell Williams (WR, SD) – My 10-year old daughter knows it’s a great matchup this week for Williams, but this guy is really standing out as one of the best break-out WRs in fantasy, even though he’s not going off. But his snaps and targets are really encouraging (Travis Benjamin is even behind him in snaps), as is his size and ability to run. He’s a good start, and if you’re ever going to target him in a trade, this is the time to do it, since he should go off this week.