By Dave Moore (@davieremixed)
We’re at crunch time in Fantasyland.
Did Kyle Allen torch your playoff hopes? Did that San Francisco defensive TD steal a win for you to keep your dreams alive for another week?
This week we’re leaning towards those of you in Dynasty Leagues as you look to build for next season, particularly any of you unlucky enough to have gone all-in on a Goff/Barkley QB/RB tandem this year.
Bring on Board
Courtland Sutton – WR – Denver Broncos
After watching Sutton manhandle Xavier Rhodes and Denzel Ward in his previous two games I think it’s safe to say that Sutton is rapidly approaching a WR1 berth. The matchup against the Bills might be off-putting but if the ball is going anywhere wide, it’s going to Sutton.
However, if Allen doesn’t stay functional and Drew Lock disappears off to the Land of 2016-2019 Broncos QBs then John Elway will likely dip into the open QB market this off-season. Cam Newton? Phillip Rivers? Heck, even Kaep under center would probably be an improvement and with a good QB I can see Sutton having a big year in 2020. He’s crept up to 13th overall for WRs in non-PPR leagues, his upside for the home stretch is decent, his upside for the rest of the year is big.
Finally, the Broncos slate next year features the NFC South, which is arguably about as appetising as it gets for wide-outs.
Austin Ekeler – RB – Los Angeles Chargers
With and without Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler is proving himself a worthy RB1 for Fantasy, currently in the top five of Fantasy RBs he is proving a dual-threat in the same way Alvin Kamara was so effective for the previous two seasons as a pass-catching back.
His price will be high but if Gordon moves on in the off-season then this gives Ekeler a clear run as the main back in Los Angeles.
If you’re really desperate for the end of this season, Ekeler is due to face just one top-five rushing D in the form of the Vikings in Week 15.
D/ST – Los Angeles Rams
This is a play for next year and I’ll keep this short and sweet as we all know how good the Rams D can be.
Their schedule next year includes: Trips to Washington, Miami and possibly Tampa. Home games against both New York teams and possibly a Brady-less Patriots (but that’s another rumour for another day) as well as a visit from The Mitchell Trubisky/Chase Daniels Experience.
You can probably get them quite cheap as their remaining 2019 schedule isn’t too pretty with the Ravens, Seahawks, Cowboys and San Francisco on the card as well as two games against those pesky Cardinals.
Put on the Block
David Johnson – RB – Arizona Cardinals
Things just haven’t worked out for DJ this year and I think his time in Arizona is up come the offseason.
He was healthy and dressed for Sunday and how many snaps did he take the field for? Nine. How many touches? A big fat zero. That’s five straight weeks where’s he had no impact whatsoever and after the Cardinals traded for Kenyan Drake the writing appears to be on the wall for Johnson.
The question is, where does he go? I’m not sure I see any team where he walks in as the undisputed starter. Maybe, maybe he ends up in Los Angeles backing up Austin Ekeler and gets some plays when Ekeler is out wide?
Get what draft picks you can for him and get him out of there.
Le’Veon Bell – RB – New York Jets
Listen, as long as the Jets have such a porous O-Line I am going to be against having any players from them on my team. Bell has been beaten up all year with the word coming out that Adam Gase will be staying on next season that just leaves me to believe that it’ll be further issues for Bell and his overall health.
He’s hit double figures in the last three weeks, yes. Those teams, however, were the Dolphins, the Giants and the Redskins so all come with huge asterisks.
Of course, this could all change next year if a team makes a trade for him but I’d be surprised if that happened unless Bell really forced the issue.
Julian Edelman – WR – New England Patriots
As I alluded to earlier, I have a feeling that Brady may not take the field next year which throws up a ton of questions. Does Belichick stay? Do the Patriots look to strip it all down and rebuild? It’s a total crapshoot what might happen but one thing is sure shooting, whether Brady stays or not he isn’t offering up enough opportunities to his WRs this season.
Edelman has been the mainstay, as always, but has only broken into double figures on a handful of occasions with the Jets/Giants/Redskins asterisks being in play here too.
He’s ranked 15th in non-PPR leagues for WRs and I’m not too sure if he can be seen as a WR1 anymore.
The Patriots face the Rams, Seahawks, Broncos, 49ers and almost certainly the Ravens next year as well as two traditionally Buffalo games which doesn’t seem appealing for anyone looking at a Patriots WR so now is probably the time to sell.