With a lot of close games this week, a lot of fantasy matchups likely came down to the wire with those games. Let’s look at the picks from last week.
Tim Hightower: Eight carries, 27 rushing yards, five fantasy points
Cole Beasley: Five receptions, 33 receiving yards, three fantasy points
Jamison Crowder: Four receptions, 37 receiving yards, one touchdown, nine fantasy points
C.J. Prosise: 17 carries, 66 rushing yards, seven receptions, 87 receiving yards, 14 fantasy points
Julian Edelman: Seven receptions 99 fantasy points, seven fantasy points
Jets D/ST: Nine points allowed, eight fantasy points
Where I Was Wrong: Edelman had a solid game against the Seahawks, reinserting himself into the conversation around playoff time for a WR2 spot. Prosise also had a great game, showing potential as a receiving back that wasn’t previously shown.
Where I Was Right: Jamison Crowder had a solid game but could have used a few more yards to give him his fourth straight double-digit fantasy game. Th Jets defense had a decent week but could have been much better or worse.
Winner: Robert Kelley, RB Washington Redskins
Last Week: 22 carries, 97 rushing yards, nine fantasy points
Percentages: 60% ownership, 30% starting
Why He’s A Winner: Matt Jones injury and declining play has opened the door for undrafted free agent Robert Kelley, and Kelley has ran right through that as well. Kelley had good games against both the Bengals and Vikings defense, so this week against the Packers on Sunday night will be a test, but one Kelley is expected to pass.
Waiver: James White, RB New England Patriots
Last Week: Four receptions, 32 receiving yards, two receptions, five rushing yards, three fantasy points
Percentages: 64% ownership, 29% starting
Why You Waive Him: White used to be a winner when it was assumed to be Brady’s best receiving back. White hasn’t really produced for me since Brady’s return, but with a weaker schedule heading down the final stretch, don’t be fooled if he has one decent game.
Winner: Sterling Shepard, WR New York Giants
Last Week: Five receptions, 42 receiving yards, one touchdown, 10 fantasy points
Percentages: 67% ownership, 27% starting
Why He’s A Winner: Shepard is beginning to look like one of the best wide receivers to come out of this draft, with touchdowns and double-digit fantasy numbers in each of the past two weeks. Up against a weak Chicago pass defense this week, expect low-end WR2 numbers from him.
Waiver: Corey Coleman, WR Cleveland Browns
Last Week: Three receptions, 17 receiving yards, one fantasy point
Percentages: 52% ownership, 19% starting
Why You Waive Him: While Shepard has had a stellar rookie season, Coleman has not. With the Browns being big underdogs against Pittsburgh, Coleman’s only real value comes from the Browns being down early, which might be among the only reasons to keep Coleman through the remainder of the season.
Winners: Cameron Meridith, WR Chicago Bears
Last Week: One reception, 50 receiving yards, one touchdown, 11 fantasy points
Percentages: 32% ownership, 6.4% starting
Why He’s A Winner: With news of Alshon Jeffery’s untimely suspension, owners need to look elsewhere. Meridith has had a boom or bust season, but will likely become a major player in the Jeffery-less Bears moving forward. The true value here comes from Meridith being available in most leagues.
Waivers: Mohamed Sanu, WR Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: Two receptions, 14 receiving yards, one fantasy point
Percentages: 55% ownership, 15% starting
Why You Waive Him: While Meredith’s boom-or-bust potential has helped him, it has hurt Sanu’s, mainly in the fact that Sanu has not been able to string together a set of good games. The Falcons are on bye this week, so clearing him from your bench won’t result in dropper’s regret this week.