By: Jarred David @ricco_3733
Punt Pass Play – Week 2
Welcome to Week 2’s edition of Punt, Pass, Play. Before delving into the fun, let’s reflect on Week 1’s edition. I told you to Punt Austin Ekeler, which turned out to be a catastrophic mistake. Keep in mind my recommendation was based on historic performances. Week 1 never ceases to amaze us with randomness. Additionally, Devin Singletary went off with the few touches he had. I’d reconsider starting Singletary sooner—I’d say as soon as we see what the Bills do with him after this week. Last, I told you to play Derrius Guice. Unfortunately, he ended up injuring his knee and never looked as powerful as he did during the preseason. That’s my cop-out, I suppose you could say, as well as my mention of being a risky play!
Just to remind you, every week I will provide you with some fantasy advice on who to Punt (cut/trade/avoid starting), who to Pass (don’t sign/emergency or FLEX start only), and who to Play (start ‘em). The advice stems from what I find to be the three most important in fantasy football: opportunity, talent, and match-up. I also throw in dynasty advice for the dynasty extraordinaire. Week 2’s “speedy” edition is on fast wide receivers, discussing John Ross, John Brown and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.
Punt – John Ross – Cincinnati Bengals vs San Francisco 49ers
This is more of a trust issue and a basic numbers issue. Last week, John Ross was targeted a whopping 12 times. Sounds enticing; however, Andy Dalton and the Bengals had to throw 51 attempts last week, allowing for high amounts of targets to multiple receivers. In 2018, Ross never had more than 7 in a game and averaged just 4.5 per game. I’m aware that A.J. Green is injured, but I’m just not sold on trusting Ross with a starting spot this week, especially with the Niners showing some promise on the defensive end, albeit with Jameis Winston under center. You could go against the grain like last week with my Ekeler recommendation, but numbers typically don’t lie outside the standard deviation.
Dynasty: From a dynasty perspective, I wouldn’t roster him. If I did own him, I’d be looking to move him right now while the price is high. Once A.J. Green returns, he will be back to “waiver wire numbers.”
Pass – John Brown – Buffalo Bills vs New York Giants
We have another Buffalo Bill on the Pass category. John Brown is a perfect complement to Josh Allen’s throwing power. He proved it last week. However, I’m taking a wait-and-see approach with this duo. The match-up is intriguing being against the New York Giants, especially with him adding 17 YPC last year with the Ravens and showing the same in Buffalo. He’s worth a dart throw flex spot, but I’m not all in on Brown yet because of his volatility and boom/bust nature throughout his fantasy career.
Dynasty: Brown is only 29 years old. As a WR1 for Buffalo with Josh Allen’s strong arm, he is worth a hold at this point in the season. I’m not dismissing a breakout year for Brown, but I’d hold him or use him as a way to turn a key trade as part of a bundle.
Play – Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens vs Arizona Cardinals
Welcome to Hollywood, ladies and gents. Yes, I get what Brown did was against the Dolphins. However, you cannot take away from Brown’s route running, speed, the chemistry shown with Lamar Jackson, the accuracy of Lamar Jackson going deep to him, and the fact that the Ravens are facing the Cardinals without Patrick Peterson. These are all signs pointing to Hollywood having another breakout performance. I’m not necessarily banking on the astronomical numbers he had in Week 1, but I firmly believe the upside is there for Brown to bully the Cardinals.
Dynasty: I’d wager you drafted Hollywood Brown with a first round selection. Unless you get a ridiculously lopsided offer for him, I’m hanging on to him to see how much he excels in the long run. Hang on tightly to his upside as he shows why he was the first receiver taken in the 2019 NFL Draft.
To summarize this week’s Punt Pass Play, John Ross has scorched a lot of people in the past. As of now, his numbers should be considered a one off until we see more consistency. John Brown is an intriguing prospect for this year, but I’m not sold on him being a starter just yet. Hollywood Brown offers a ridiculous amount of upside against a no-name Cardinals secondary (other than Budda Baker). For more fantasy advice, add me on Twitter (@ricco_3733) or ask via email at Riccadonna3733@hotmail.com. Until then, thank you for reading and I’ll see you for Week 3’s edition of Punt, Pass, and Play!
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