By: Justin Lynch
Mariota can get you in the dance, but I’m not sure you can win it with him. Weeks 11 and 12 versus Indy and Chicago should spell more fantasy glory, but when it really counts I’m not sure you can rely on him. A bye in week 13 is no way to precede the postseason, but matchups against Denver and at Kansas City in rounds one and two of the fantasy playoffs scare me. If you can get to Jacksonville in week 16, you should be golden, especially with the Titans scrapping for a playoff spot, but can you trust Mariota to get you there? Maybe, but it’s not a risk I feel great about. Granted, if you have Mariota, you likely have another decent quarterback, so you may not be doomed. Just don’t blindly ride Mariota into the sunset, at least in week 16.
Back-to-back 20-point weeks is nice and all, but don’t go crazy on waivers just yet. Big yardage saved him against the awful Saints, and he got bailed out by a rushing touchdown this past week. He has no receiving weapons and lacks his usual zip on his throws. He is still a rushing threat, but the Niners are just too bad to think defenses won’t focus in on keeping him in the pocket. Not a bad schedule, but you should have a better option.
Meredith thrived with his downfield ability before Cutler’s injury, and with Cutler back and the impending Alshon Jeffery suspension, Meredith could return to fantasy relevance. Owned in just 20% of leagues, Meredith may be the boost that borderline fantasy teams need to push them over the edge. Forget this week’s dud of a performance (0 catches other than the Hail Mary) and reach for him in free agency as there is not much else out there to hope for.
The loyal readers of this article know that holding onto Big Ben was the only option when he went down with the meniscus tear. Now he is back and tearing it up (pun intended). 408 yards and three touchdowns versus a solid Dallas team makes me feel splendid about his chances against Cleveland and Indy the next two weeks. And even after that, there isn’t a matchup that scares me. Ride Big Ben and hope for health, and he will carry you.
Scott and I agreed that Wilson’s week 9 performance was the start of another breakout second half of the season, and Wilson’s performance against the Patriots only solidifies that assumption. He’s still not running, but has reverted to braces on the ankles instead of the enormous amount of tape he had on in weeks prior. Not a bad schedule and a on great team starting to heat up, expect Wilson to continue his productive ways, especially as the running attack starts to get healthy.
Tyrell has quietly become a breakout star in fantasy. In his last four games not against the Denver Broncos he has scored 22, 21, 18, and 23 points in a PPR. Amassing 100 yards and/or a touchdown in three of those games. Williams has taken over the role that Travis Benjamin was supposed to have, and with attention on stopping Melvin Gordon and Benjamin, Williams is reaping the benefits. Hunter Henry may start to become more of a problem, but he occupies a different area of the field. Williams may be an under-the-radar target for needy owners, and a decent flex start for playoff hopefuls.