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Onto this week’s Trending Topics…
@FantasyGuruSite with Reed in protocol is adding a WAS TE a good move for Reed owners and if so who? Davis?— Gerard Callan (@glcallan) October 13, 2016
Jordan Reed’s concussion this week is a total bummer considering his checkered history with head issues dating back to his time in college. He now has six documented concussions since his time at Florida, and the Redskins could be extra cautious with their stud TE and hold him out next week as well, even if he passes through concussion protocol. He missed two games with a concussion last season, and he’s had a difficult time staying on the field for extended periods of time because of soft-tissue injuries as well.
If your season is teetering on the brink right now, I totally understand if you want to trade Reed to get some sort of value for him, just make sure you get a fantasy starter because Reed is obviously a difference-maker when he’s on the field. If my season was going well, I wouldn’t trade for Reed if I had to give up a player of consequence because he’s sadly at greater risk of another injury this season. As for how the Redskins will handle the position while Reed is out, I think Vernon Davis will see the majority of snaps and be the blocking back, but I’d rather own Niles Paul for fantasy. Even though he’ll likely play fewer snaps, Paul will play more of Reed’s snaps as their receiving threat at TE, splitting out wide and being used in some creative ways. I’d also expect slot WR Jamison Crowder to be more active in the middle of the field while Reed is out. It makes a lot of sense for Reed owners to handcuff Paul at this point if his current injury turns into a multi-week absence.
@FG_Brolley like Prescott > hoyer or stick with hoyer?— Scout Fantasy (@Scout_Fantasy) October 14, 2016
I’ve received a lot of questions on our accounts this week about Brian Hoyer as a streaming option this week, and I more than fine with using him this week and going forward. Heck, I’ve been using him in a 14-team league the last two weeks because I think he’s playing at a high level and his weapons actually aren’t that bad outside of Alshon Jeffery. Most people just remember his god-awful, historically bad performance in the playoff against the Texans, in which he completed 15/34 passes for 136 yards, 0 TDs, and 4 INTs and he lost a fumble. I admit it, it’s hard to forget that performance. But most people don’t remember that he actually played pretty well in 2015, with 2606 yards, 19 TDS, and just 7 INTs in 11 games last season.
The Bears season was headed down the tubes until they inserted Hoyer into the lineup in Week 3. The organization is ready to turn the page on Jay Cutler, and Hoyer has certainly done enough to win this job with three consecutive 300-yard games. He didn’t miss a beat even with Kevin White (leg) landing on the injured reserve, and his replacement Cameron Meredith might be an even better option going forward. He also has the criminally underrated Zach Miller at TE, and rookie RB Jordan Howard has been a revelation as a receiver. Hoyer has done well the last couple weeks with Alshon Jeffery being a minor factor, as he’s spreading the ball around and getting everyone involved. I think he’ll start to get Jeffery more involved going forward – although it could be tough for Jeffery going against the Jalen Ramsey this week – so I can see Hoyer being a top-15 QB for the season when all is said done, especially since he’ll be playing from behind most weeks.
@FantasyGuruSite should I start T Benjamin tonight or wait on Lacy in my flex? PPR. Thanks!— El Cicada (@ElCicada) October 13, 2016
Eddie Lacy has had a rough start to his fantasy season, but he’s actually run really hard and impressed on his carries. He’s averaging an impressive 5.5 yards per carry, which is behind only Jordan Howard (5.8) and Isaiah Crowell (5.5) among RBs with 50+ carries. The problem is that the fantasy production hasn’t been there because Lacy hasn’t scored yet and he has just 3 catches through four games. He’s also dealing with an ankle injury that knocked him out in the third quarter in Week 5. He got limited practices in this week, but ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported that Lacy is more likely to play against the Cowboys than James Starks (knee) is.
Our guy Graham Barfield dug up this week that Lacy has 20+ carries in just two of his last 20 regular season games. One of those games came in Week 14 last year, as the Packers pounded the rock on the Cowboys in this matchup last year. Lacy finished with 24/124/1 rushing and 1/24 receiving against the Cowboys last season. This is a tricky spot for Lacy with his ankle injury, and he certainly has the potential to fall flat on his face for his fantasy owners if he aggravates his injury. Lacy is averaging just 14.3 touches per game through four games, but he could have to play a ton of snaps this week and carry the mail plenty if Starks is out. If Lacy is healthy enough to go and Starks is out of the lineup, this feels like a spot where he could finally bust out this week.