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Full disclosure from Week 9
Let’s take a quick look at the players we called out last week to see how they performed to keep us honest. Week 9 was the first week we were wrong more than we were right and we are looking to steady the ship in week 10. We are now at 30 out of 40 on the year so far.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills ($7,200, 16.64 FDP) and Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans ($7,100, 33.34 FDP) - Tyrod returned 2:1 value making the Miami D look very average on his return. No one saw the Mariota explosion coming against the Saints but there you go – looks like his knee is all better now.
Andrew Luck, QB, Colts ($8,700, 21.48 FDP) - Luck returned 2:1 value against a very stiff opponent and while playing hurt. Unfortunately he will now be out for a prolonged period due to an injury to his kidneys and abdominal muscles.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Jets ($8,100, 12.4 FDP) - Marshall’s touchdown saved his day from being an absolute write off but he did not return value at this elevated price point. The good news is that he did not suffer any setbacks and looks to be a full go for Thursday night football.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills ($6,200, 26.8 FDP) - Watkins ripped off two huge catches of 63 and 44 yards with the second being his highlight reel touchdown reception on his way to his best game of his career. He has been seen walking with a limp and was a limited participant during the training sessions this week. He also has a date with Darelle Revis this Thursday who promises to give him a stiffer test than Brent Grimes did on Sunday.
Questionable players for week 10
Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions ($8,000) - Megatron exited week 8 with an ankle injury. While he had the bye week to recover he was not seen at practice yesterday which is somewhat surprising and leaves his status for this weekend’s game against Green Bay in doubt. Johnson has battled ankle and knee injuries the last 3 seasons and while he will often choose to play hurt, he goes out as a decoy due to the defensive attention he garners.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Steelers ($7,600) - Put D-Will’s 2015 performance in the same bucket as preseason nobodies like Devonta Freeman, Karlos Williams and Dion Lewis. Anyone who says they saw the re-emergence of a sleeker Deangelo Williams running for 170 yards and 2 TDs in Bell’s absence on any given Sunday would have been laughed at. But here we are and D-Will is once again a premier back and someone you want to be trotting out there if given the chance.
Williams is a great fade this weekend even in a great matchup. There will be a lot of people rolling him out after his huge week 9 performance but he hurt his foot this last Sunday against the Raiders. Reports are that he will play on Sunday against the Brown’s league worst run D, however older players nursing injuries are never a good thing. Especially foot injuries which can really hamper a player’s effectiveness. Add to this the absence of Big Ben and Williams becomes hard to trust even in an inviting matchup.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills ($7,400) - After entering this season as one of the league’s most durable backs McCoy has gone from injury to injury never quite being right on the field. He looked to be having a dominant week 9 with 112 yards and a TD before exiting in the second half with a shoulder injury. He has been limited in training this week and Rex Ryan has said he is 100% for Thursday night but you’re not climbing aboard that hype-train in a game where the Bills play the Jets dominant run D on a short week in the Meadowlands.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers ($6,000) - In a season filled with first round busts at the Running Back position no one has stood out more than Fat Eddie. He suffered a groin injury in week 9 after managing 10 yards on 5 carries with a fumble. Obviously at this price point he is severely undervalued in terms of his ceiling but playing injured in a season where he has not been anything close to a top tier back, you are now waiting for him to show you something before you trust him in your lineup.