By: Jarred David @ricco_3733
Punt, Pass, Play – Week 2
Welcome back to Week 2 of Punt, Pass, Play. Normally, I wouldn’t brag about being 100% correct last week about moving (Punt) Doug Baldwin, starting (Play) T.Y. Hilton, and trading/benching (Pass) Josh Gordon. But… I was 100% correct last week. I’m far from a know-it-all, but the numbers, situations, and opportunities don’t lie, and that’s exactly what the premise of this series is based on.
Now that I got all of my nonsense out of my system, here we go on to Week 2. This week I will focus on a situation more complicated than Dr. Mario on the hardest difficulty. I see you younger generation Millennials – if you have no idea what that reference means, YouTube it AND comment that I just aged myself several years… my grandmother will thank you. Anyhow, this week we are focusing on LeSean “Shady” McCoy, Derrick Henry, and Kenyan Drake for our Punt, Pass, and Play series.
Derrick Henry — Tennessee Titans — Punt:
“But Jarred, he finally got the starting gig!” Ever wanted something so bad and you finally get it, but then it turns out to not be what you thought it would be? Scratch your head, re‑read that, and then answer “Yes. It sucks.” That’s how I feel about anyone who drafted Derrick Henry in their redraft. The laundry list of Tennessee is long: Marcus Mariota is hurt…again. The offense continues to be a head scratcher, and their top O-linemen Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin is already nursing an injury and is ruled out. Not to mention Dion Lewis, who ranked 3rd in the NFL with a rating of 73.2 among backs with at least 90 total touches who forced a miss tackle (Henry ranked 9th at 60.5), is poised for a larger workload given the likelihood that they’re playing from behind again. Henry doesn’t fit Matt LaFleur’s scheme like Dion Lewis does and will simply be the complement on short yardage and the occasional goal line carries. Oh yeah – Dion Lewis also had ZERO drops in 35 targets last year and averaged a healthy 3.17 yard after contact, and no hurries on 35 blocks. Obviously this Henry section turned into a Dion Lewis section and I think you can figure out why. Barring an injury to Lewis (he does have a history of them), I’m confidently saying remove Derrick Henry from your lineup and even try trading him if someone will buy into the hype that he’s the guy to own in Tennessee.
If you’re fortunate like me to have both Lewis and Henry on your team, then stay put. The injury history of Lewis could prove viable to keep Henry stashed on the roster. Should you decide to move on from Henry, I strongly recommend you to sell Lewis with him in a bundle deal. You should easily get a WR2 plus a solid draft pick (2nd rounder at the very least) for them, but try for the gold and snatch a 2019 1st. Again, it’s about opportunity. Worst case, start Lewis over Henry.
LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills — Pass:
Yes, he’s been absolutely amazing during his tenure with the Eagles and Bills. Yes, he’s the ONLY option worth mentioning on a porous Bills offense. Yes, you drafted him in the 3rd through 5th round of your draft. And no, I don’t care about any of those things and here’s why. First, as I’ve discussed with other colleagues pre-draft season, the Bills are missing three top offensive linemen from last season. Next, their quarterback situation is as exciting as mowing the lawn. Last, the Bills will be playing from behind 125 times out of 100. In summary, in case you didn’t know, you need an offensive line for a runner to be somewhat effective. You need a good quarterback to keep defenses guessing and not fill the box. The last thing you need to know is that they’ll be playing from behind, which means Shady will likely see a small uptick in handoffs again (he had only seven last week) and perhaps may have a few viable reception points in PPR leagues. Bottom line, I’m not a fan of this situation and teams know who the ONLY player on offense is. Find a squad hindered by injuries from week 1 and try to send them McCoy—who’s on the wrong side of 30 as well—in a package deal or a WR2. You’ll thank me later.
Sell him to a team based on the name alone. If you can steal a 2019 1st or a younger running back (i.e., Kerryon Johnson and a 2nd/3rd), green light it STAT. Also, consider sniping a WR like T.Y. Hilton for him and a draft pick while you still can.
Kenyan Drake — Miami Dolphins — Play:
I’ll open with my one and only bad Drake pun: I understand that it may not always be God’s Plan to start Kenyan Drake (awful). However, let’s check some boxes. 1. Kenyan Drake Drake’s 444 yards from Weeks 13 through 17 led the NFL during that span (workhorse ability – check). 2. The reception ability of KD32 is vastly superior to Frank Gore’s (multi-dimensional – check). 3. Drake has shown no signs of durability or injury issues in the NFL (durable and reliable – check). The major concern is that the Jets were first in stopping the run in Week 1, causing pause in playing him this week. I bet you forgot that was against the Lions, who had to abandon the run game AND they haven’t had a 1,000 yard rusher since Reggie Bush. As of now, the Jets practice squad could stop the Lions running game–until Kerryon Johnson actually gets his shot at a workhorse role. Anyhow, play Drake and reap the benefit even though I’m going against him in fantasy this week.
The underappreciated, undervalued Kenyan Drake is worth a stash (or a start) on your dynasty team. Gore will not be the top guy and, even though he’s an ageless wonder, Father Time is always undefeated. With Kalen Ballage struggling mightily so far, Drake is the only guy who’s proven to return long-term dynasty value for the foreseeable future.
As always, any fantasy football opinions, whether it be trade, who to start, or dynasty moves, feel free to email me at Riccadonna3733@hotmail.com. Until then, best of luck in Week 2 and I will see you for Week 3!
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About the Author – Jarred Riccadonna is a West Virginia native and has always been a fan of the Cowboys and Packers. A lover of fantasy football, Jarred is currently in two dynasty and one IDP league. Other interests include throwing darts competitively, kayaking, traveling and working out. For 2018, Jarred is CPGM’s contributing author for our weekly segment “Punt, Pass, Play.” He currently lives in Columbus, OH. You can reach out to him for fantasy advice at Riccadonna3733@hotmail.