By: Justin Lynch
Recent Promising Performances
Back-to-back 200-yard performances makes Ajayi one of the most interesting backs for the second half of the year. He’s making big plays, getting a solid yards per attempt, and punching it into the endzone. An easy schedule coming out of the bye week makes him even more intriguing until week 13’s matchup with Baltimore and week 14’s matchup with Arizona. But as good as Ajayi looks, I’m not sold. He’s topped 50 yards rushing for the first time just two weeks ago, and averaged a dismal 3.8 yards per attempt in his rookie year. He finally looks explosive, and is getting all the opportunities he needs, but don’t pencil him in as a starter the rest of the season. Like what happened with Stefon Diggs, these things can go as fast as they come.
Thomas has come on as of late. After catching a touchdown in three straight games, Thomas pulled in 10 catches for 130 yards against the Chiefs on Sunday. The Saints’ offense is rolling, and Thomas is gaining Brees’ confidence. With defense’s locked in on keeping Cooks and Ingram in check, Thomas has emerged as possession threat with big play potential. Thomas is quickly becoming a weekly WR3/Flex play and has the potential to become more than that should he see an even more increased role.
Jamaal Charles is back, but he’s not getting carries. Ware is the main guy in both the receiving and running game, and his last two performances are a good sign going forward. But you have to think Charles will slowly gain back his role, and Ware’s performances in weeks 2 through 4 do not elicit confidence going forward. Games against Indy, Jacksonville, and Tampa Bay should be feasts for him, but those are also good weeks to get Charles going. He’s too much of an enigma. I would bail while his value is high.
Tight End Woes
Consistent tight ends have been hard to come by, elevating the value of Rob Gronkowski and Greg Olsen. With nearly no consistency at the tight end position, it pays to have multiple so you can play matchups. My favorites for the rest of the season (after Gronk and Greg Olsen are Kyle Rudolph, Hunter Henry, Zach Ertz, and Jimmy Graham. If Jack Doyle is still on your waiver wire, pick him up, as Andrew Luck will look for him in Dwayne Allen’s absence. The moral of the story is that you are not alone in your tight end suffering, but playing the right one may be the difference between winning and losing.
We are nearing the midpoint of the fantasy football season, so get excited, because next week marks the midseason award picks.