By: Jarred David @ricco_3733
Punt Pass Play – Week 6
Welcome to Week 6’s edition of Punt, Pass Play. As we usually do, let’s look back on last week’s edition. First, I mentioned to Punt Melvin Gordon due to a potential snap count and Austin Ekeler dominating, which was correct even though Gordon did show a decent return in the receiving game to help his owners in PPR leagues. Second, I mentioned to pass Devonta Freeman (or FLEX), which he showed well in PPR as he’s done all year as it seems as though the Falcons are adamant on getting him the ball through the air since that offensive line is a tragedy. Last but not least, I mentioned to play David Johnson with confidence and he fared well collectively as we are used to seeing, though being held without a score did leave fantasy managers thirsting for more production.
A reminder how this works: 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 matchup. I also throw in dynasty advice for the dynasty extraordinaire. In the Week 6 edition, I will discuss the “Timeshare Running Back” series, consisting of who to Punt, Pass and Play out of Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard, and LeSean McCoy.
Punt – Jordan Howard – Philadelphia Eagles
Although they look good on paper, the Philadelphia Eagles have not been too impressive or sexy on the offensive side of the ball. They are playing the Minnesota Vikings, who ranks 4th in the NFL in total defense (292.4 YPG). Jordan Howard also has an abysmal six receptions for the ENTIRE season. Unless you have “Bye Week Woes” and are forced to start him, you should fade Howard in this difficult matchup. I’d wager Miles Sanders has a more productive day.
Dynasty: If you are strapped for running backs, then you’ve probably held on to him. At this point, he should be a mid-range sell to get a more productive player, especially in the long-run (or value-add to a deal). His volatility will be TD dependent. So if you are a zero tolerant fantasy GM, we share the same thought: Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Pass – LeSean McCoy– Kansas City Chiefs
Shady isn’t as flashy as he used to be nor is the offensive line anything to get excited about (just ask Patrick Mahomes last week). However, Andy Reid finds ways to get his running backs involved. While I don’t expect a huge day for McCoy, Patrick Mahomes is great enough to keep defenses honest, allowing for a decent opportunity for McCoy and his backfield teammate Damien Williams against the 12th ranked run defense Houston Texans. Even more, throw that in with the fact this game is likely headed for a high scoring shootout, consider McCoy a FLEX with scoring opportunities.
Dynasty: McCoy doesn’t have much value outside of this season unless he re-signs with Kansas City. Reid will continue trying to develop Darwin Thompson and Darrel Williams, not to mention the 2020 draft class is very stacked. Even though there are as many question marks about the future of this backfield as it is, each running back has value and is one injury away from becoming even more fantasy relevant in the high powered Kansas City offense. If you can snag a third rounder for him, consider pulling the trigger.
Play – Tevin Coleman – San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers passing game has looked subpar at best, namely because the wide receivers are either injured or simply underwhelming. This should warrant more opportunities for Coleman much like he has shown last week, posting a 16/97/1 (6.0 YPC) rushing stat line. While he is the 1B to Matt Breida’s 1A, Coleman will see plenty of opportunity since the 49ers lead the NFL with a whopping 38.5 rushing attempts per game! Much like he did in Atlanta, Kyle Shanahan continues to be a fantasy-guru no matter who is in the backfield.
Dynasty: Tevin Coleman has proven to many of us that he is a solid 2B guy. I’m not really as excited about Coleman as I am Matt Breida. He’s worth a hold because the offer you’d get in return for him probably won’t be that good, and with McKinnon likely injuring his way out of San Francisco, Coleman will be the next man up should a Breida injury happen once again.
To summarize this week’s Punt Pass Play, the Eagles offense isn’t very impressive and Minnesota’s stalwart defense is likely to keep Jordan Howard off of the fantasy radar. I’m placing LeSean McCoy on the flex radar given the likelihood this game goes into a shootout. Although The Niners run enough and have the offensive line to carry two backs in fantasy, Coleman will be your Flex/RB3, Breida is your low‑end RB2 play with upside for this weekend. If you’d like more fantasy advise or just wanna chat more fantasy, 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 6’s edition of Punt, Pass, and Play!
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