Week 7 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Lions QB Matthew Stafford

Has yet to throw for 300 yards in a game this season. A matchup with the Falcons should change that. 

Chargers RB Justin Jackson

Will Dazzle us with his play vs. the Jaguars. Jacksonville has allowed the 4th most rushing yards in the NFL.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins

Targeted 9,7,8,8 in the last 4 games. Joe Burrow and Higgins seem to have a connection and will continue to do so vs. the Browns. Cleveland allows the 3rd most points to opposing wide receivers. 

Broncos WR Tim Patrick 

3 consecutive games with double digit point totals in PPR scoring. 

Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski

14 targets over the last 2 games and scored a TD last week vs. the Packers. The Bucs offense looks to be picking up momentum with more games played. 

Patriots K Nick Folk

49ers red zone defense is still pretty solid, which may give Folk more FG opportunities this week.  

Rams defense

Rebound off poor performance vs. the 49ers against Nick Foles and the Bears. 

IDP

Texans LB Tyrell Smith

20 Total Tackles in the last 2 games without Benardrick McKinney. Packers rushing attack should lead to plenty of tackle opportunities. 

Week 6 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Titans QB Ryan Tannehill

The Texans have allowed a 108.8 opponents passer rating in 5 games. 9 TD and 0 INT so far this season. Houston is the only NFL team without an interception. 

Patriots RB Damien Harris

Ran for 100 in his season debut vs. the Chiefs in Week 4. I was impressed with the way he ran downhill and believe he does more of the same vs. the Broncos. Is a standard league flex play. 

Lions RB D’Andre Swift

Teams self scout during the bye week. Self scouting should have told the Lions that Swift needs to be more involved in the offense. 

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

Has yet to have a 100-yard game in 5 contests this season. I believe JuJu is due for a market correction vs. the Browns.  

Packers TE Robert Tonyan

5 TD in his last 3 contests. Looks to be in Aaron Rodgers Circle Of Trust, which is certainly good enough for mine. 

Dolphins K Jason Sanders

Has made 5 FG in each of the last 2 contests. I don’t see the Jets slowing him down. 

Washington defense

Daniel Jones and the Giants offense is a mess to start the season. I foresee Washington’s Front 7 creating a lot of havoc. 

IDP

Colts LB Bobby Okereke

With Darius Leonard sidelined, Okereke should see plenty of tackle opportunities vs. the Bengals.

Week 5 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater

Falcons allow a 118 opponents passer rating and have allowed 13 passing TD thru 4 games.  Teddy 2 Gloves is a worthy streamer. I plan to play him ahead of Carson Wentz this week. 

Washington RB Antonio Gibson

A preseason circle of trust selection, the workload has increased incrementally each week. Gibson has scored a rushing TD in 3 straight games. Should see a solid workload vs. the Rams.   

Panthers WR DJ Moore

Another player due for a market correction.  Moore’s production hasn’t matched his draft cost yet in 2020.  The Falcons banged up secondary will provide a get right opportunity. 

Steelers TE Eric Ebron

The Eagles have given up 5 TD to opposing TE’s this season.  Ebron’s target share has increased each week. 

Giants K Graham Gano

Should be busy in Jerry World. 

Cardinals Defense

Cardinals have 3 or more sacks in 3 games this season. Last time we saw Joe Flacco his feet were in cement.    

IDP 

Broncos LB Josey Jewell

7 or more total tackles in 3 games this season.  With Patriots QB’s displaying “Trubiskian Tendancies”, I can see the Patriots running the ball a lot in this game.

How I Made 5 Trades In 24 Hours

My Dynasty IDP team has underperformed at 1-3.  Despite being the 5th highest scoring team in the league, I have a 3-game losing streak.  My early round picks have busted so far while many of my keepers have underperformed or are out for the season.  With the draft cost going up a round each season, it’s imperative to have late keepers.  Once a player hits the 4th round he must go back into the player pool. I have multiple options to go in a keeper format. 1. Staying the course, I’ve had a stretch of bad luck and with the talent are due for a market correction. 2. I could mortgage my future to try to buy from the bottom feeder teams to get back into the race. 3. Sell off whatever value I had to rebuild my team for next year.  If I strike lightning in a bottle and contend with the rebuild great. 

A post on the league message board went up with the words fire sale and that got the ball rolling. I decided to sell off as many non-keeper pieces and or keeper pieces to improve my collective group of keeper players.  Tight End and Running Back were the positions I was looking to upgrade. I believe all of these trades help me long term and help my competitors to compete this season. The years of control are listed by each player.  The reality is those numbers won’t be fully exercised.    Here’s a breakdown of my 5 trades in 24 hours.   

  1. Give away QB Kyler Murray (1 year) of control remaining along with TE Mark Andrews (5 years) and WR DJ Chark (0) for WR DK Metcalf (6 years), QB Deshaun Watson (5 years) and a 20th RD pick.  I’m thrilled with the ability to keep Metcalf and Watson long term.  He gets to keep Andrews for 5 years and adds another WR1 in Chark to push for this season. This owner is typically among the contenders due to good drafting late and a willingness to go for it.  
  1. Send Jamal Adams (18 years of control)  for a 15th RD pick.  This is a new owner that was looking to acquire a cheap long term keeper and was willing to spend to do so.  In last year’s draft, I didn’t have enough picks in the teens range to gamble on rookies. 
  1. DE Josh Allen (16 years ), LB Khalil Mack (17 years ), and TE Logan Thomas (25 years)  for TE Austin Hooper (16 years).  Hooper was paid a lot of money by Cleveland.  I’m surprised he hasn’t been more involved in the Browns offense.  This is a buy-low for me at a thin position in this league.  We have to play 2 TE each week.  It hurt to give away Josh Allen.  I think he’s a stud.  You have to give up talent to get talent.   
  1. Trade later in the day with the team from Trade 3. LB Deion Jones (14 years), LB Darius Leonard (20 years), and RB David Montgomery (0) for RB James Conner (10 years).  I needed a solid RB keeper and found one in Conner. I own the potential handcuff already in Anthony McFarland.  This owner reloaded his defense trading away keeper depth and is looking to make a push for the title.  I give him a lot of credit in going for it.  
  1. Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (0) for Raiders TE Darren Waller (20 years ).  In making the decision to rebuild, Waller was my number 1 target. I was going to sell off whatever was needed to do so.  This owner is the defending champion and has the depth to cover losing Waller.  Injuries to his RB’s made this trade an option.

I wasn’t expecting to be able to make this many trades so quickly. It was a lot of fun to do so.  The team is reloaded with new talent at positions of weakness.  I believe this team is in a much better situation long term.  It’s possible the moves can jump start a turnaround.  Long term, we’ll see if my selling early was the right choice.             

Week 4 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Seahawks defense has allowed the most passing yards in the NFL.  I can see the Dolphins playing from behind and Fitzpatrick having to throw a lot.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson Jr. 

Looks to be the hot-hand in the Rams backfield at the moment with 14 or more touches in consecutive games in which he’s also found the end zone. A matchup with the Giants makes Henderson a worthy flex play. 

Eagles WR Greg Ward and Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow  

Injuries to their respective teams have led to short-term opportunities.  Both are worthy streamers in PPR. 

Browns TE Austin Hooper

Cowboys defense has been generous to opposing Tight Ends 4/47/0 vs. the Rams, 5/72/1 vs. the Falcons, 8/67/1 vs. the Seahawks so far this season.  Hooper may be more involved this week. I picked up Hooper in one league to block an opponent from using him against me. 

Packers K Mason Crosby 

The Falcons are allowed a league worst 36 points-per-game.  8 teams are allowing over 30.0 PPG so far this season.

Rams Defense

With the surrounding talent dropping off, Daniel Jones may try to force things and turn the ball over.  

Buccaneers Safety Antoine Winfield Jr

6 or more total tackles in each game this season.  Also has a sack in consecutive games.  The Chargers running game and short passing attack should provide Winfield Jr. with tackle opportunities.  

Week 3 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Bengals QB Joe Burrow

Road matchup with the Eagles isn’t as daunting as in years past. The Eagles have given up an opponent’s passer rating of 110.2 so far this season. The back 7 of the Philly defense isn’t what it once was even with the addition of Darius Slay. 

49ers RB Jerick McKinnon

There’s a reason McKinnon was an expensive free agent signing 2 years ago.  Jeff Wilson Jr. and JaMycal Hasty may also see work, but McKinnon is a worthy ppr flex play. 

Bears WR Allen Robinson

Only 8 catches through 2 games. However 9 targets in each contest.  Robinson’s due for a market correction vs. the Falcons. Bear Down.

Washington Football Team TE Logan Thomas

In the NFL since 2014 originally getting drafted as a QB by the Cardinals. Thomas switched positions in 2016 and has bounced around the league as a practice squad player.  Finally getting a full-time opportunity, Thomas has received 17 targets through 2 games.  Cleveland gave up 11 catches for 87 yards and a TD last week to Bengals TE’s. 

Falcons K Younghoo Koe

More field goal attempts in a tougher matchup vs. the Bears. 

Colts Defense

Home matchup with the Jets. Not sure who gets fired first Dan Quinn of the Falcons or Adam Gase. 

Bengals Defense End Sam Hubbard

The Eagles have allowed 8 sacks through 2 games. Pass Rusher from “The Ohio State University” wrecks havoc with the Eagles offensive line. 

Week 2 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Patriots QB Cam Newton

Congratulations to everyone that took the plunge on drafting Newton late this year.  The buy-low trade window will soon close.  Newton will shine on Sunday Night Football. 

Ravens RB Mark Ingram

The Texans gave up 166 yards on the ground last week. Ingram’s usage Week 1 is misleading as I believe in a blowout the coaching staff wanted to get Dobbins work since there were no preseason games. Don’t jump ship on Ingram, he will remain a solid flex play.

Colts WR Parris Campbell

I own him 2 keeper leagues. Also drafted him for Tobin.  Tied for team lead in targets in the opener.  Was an explosive playmaker at The Ohio State University.  Will be a season-long playmaker for the Colts. 

Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki

Buffalo will be without starting linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds. Gesicki played 32 snaps lined up in the slot last week. 

49ers K Robbie Gould

I can see the Niners offense stalling more drives than usual with so many missing pieces to their offense. 

Titans Defense

Jaguars offensive line will have problems with the Titans front 7. 

IDP 

Rams Linebacker Micah Kiser 

7 total tackles in Week 1 and seems to have a prominent role in the middle of the Rams defense.

Week 1 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Raiders QB Derek Carr

The Panthers will have one of the youngest and worst defenses in the NFL this season regardless of timezone.  Normally a west coast team playing a 1pm game on the east coast is concerning, not in this matchup.  

49ers RB Raheem Mostert

Should stay in fantasy lineups until Kyle Shanahan gives us a reason to say otherwise. 

Steelers WR Dionte Johnson

Giants pass defense looks to be awful again in 2020.  If Johnson could perform with Hodges and Rudolph, imagine what he can do with Big Ben. 

Titans TE Jonnu Smith

4th year player will set career highs in catches, yards, and TD’s this season. Worthy streamer vs. the Broncos. 

Colts K Rodrigo Blankenship

Should be busy vs. the Jaguars

Eagles Defense

Plenty of Sacks and Turnovers in the Nation’s Capital 

IDP

Browns SLB Sione Takitaki

Listed as the starting Sam Linebacker on the depth chart. Matchup with the Ravens should provide tackle opportunities.

10-Team PPR Snake Draft

This is a 10-team PPR Snake draft with the 1st overall pick.  The positional setup doesn’t require a Tight End.  QB’s also get a point for a completion and lose a point for an incompletion. QB scoring is much higher in this league than other ones I participate in.  The QB’s went so early in this draft I was able to load up on RB.  

RB Christian McCaffrey Panthers

RB Josh Jacobs Raiders

WR Kenny Golladay Lions

WR Terry McLaurin Washington Football Team

WR D.J. Chark Jaguars

RB Cam Akers Rams

WR Julian Edelman Patriots

RB JK Dobbins Ravens

RB Kareem Hunt Browns

RB Zack Moss Bills

QB Derek Carr Raiders

QB Kirk Cousins Vikings

WR Jalen Reagor Eagles

K Rodrigo Blankenship Colts

Bears Defense

Eagles Defense

This is not how I anticipated this team ending up.  I stayed to my strategy of taking the best player available and didn’t try to keep up with the Joneses on QB’s.  Kyler Murray was drafted 1 spot ahead of Cam Akers to end Round 6.  To start Round 7 I took Julian Edelman.  

In between my Edelman pick and JK Dobbins pick 5 QB’s were drafted.  By taking Edelman, I missed out on Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, Carson Wentz, and Cam Newton.  My plan was to take Cam Newton with the Dobbins pick.  After the run on QB’s I 

thought the RB’s would start to go.  Daniel Jones was my target for Round 10. Not to be as Jones went a few picks after Kareem Hunt.  I really thought Jones would be there when I took Zack Moss. Many of the teams drafted 2 QB’s before I had 1.  

I’m not thrilled with the combo of Derek Carr and Kirk Cousins.  I also considered drafting Ryan Tannehill or Baker Mayfield and carrying 3 QB’s to start the season.  Carr was drafted because of a Week 1 matchup with the Panthers.  I anticipate Carolina having one of the worst defenses in the league this season.  I’ve often stood up for Cousins as he’s a better QB than given credit for by some fans.  The hope is Cousins numbers in 2020 are closer to his 2018 campaign than 2019.  Having Adam Thielen for a full season and not having Stefon Diggs yelling at him may help matters.       

The plan going forward is to actively pay attention to the waiver wire and see if the teams that drafted 3 QB’s end up dropping 1 due to bye weeks. I also may end up cashing 1 of my 6 RB’s as part of a QB upgrade. This team has a good baseline of players, but will need more work done on waivers than my usual to be successful. 

Dynasty IDP Draft

This is a 10-team Dynasty IDP league draft. Maximum keeper value is the name of the game in this league.  Keepers start Round 5 or later. A players keeper value goes up one round every season.  I went RB heavy to start the draft since I didn’t keep a RB.  I had the 7th pick in each round of the draft.  The superflex roster spot allows for 2 QB lineups.  Here’s a breakdown of the picks and keepers.  

RB Josh Jacobs Raiders

RB David Montgomery Bears

RB Cam Akers Rams

RB Zack Moss Bills

QB Kyler Murray Cardinals Keeper

WR Jalen Reagor Eagles

WR DJ Moore Panthers Keeper

WR Dionte Johnson Steelers

TE Mark Andrews Ravens Keeper

RB Damien Harris Patriots

QB Daniel Jones Giants Keeper

WR Courtland Sutton Broncos Keeper

DT Chris Jones Chiefs Keeper

LB Devin White Bucs Keeper

TE Devin Asiasi Patriots

DE Sam Hubbard Bengals

RB Ryquell Armstead Jaguars

LB Deion Jones Falcons Keeper

QB Carson Wentz Eagles Keeper

DE Josh Allen Jaguars

LB Khalil Mack Bears

SS Jamal Adams Seahawks Keeper

SS Jonathan Abram Raiders

LB Darius Leonard Colts Keeper

LB Rashaan Evans Titans

SS Chuck Clark Ravens 

RB Anthony McFarland Jr. Steelers

WR Parris Campbell Colts

TE Logan Thomas Washington Football Team

RB Rashaad Penny Seahawks

WR DJ Chark Jaguars Franchise Tag

TE Rob Gronkowski Bucs Franchise Tag

RB was the glaring weakness on this roster so I went four in a row.  Keeper options of Damien Harris, Ryquell Armstead, Anthony McFarland, and Rashaad Penny leave a lot to be desired. I was reaching for any RB I thought had value at those stages of the draft.  This has become a tougher league to snag keepers as new league members have risen the overall collective league IQ.   Finding those late round keepers is tougher than ever before.  

My WR keeper and QB’s options are the strong point of this roster.  This is the last season I can keep Kyler Murray, while I can own Daniel Jones and Carson Wentz for multiple seasons.  DJ Moore and Courtland Sutton are a good starting point while Reagor and Johnson provide me with other high upside options.  Sadly, Reagor can only be kept for next season then has to go back into the player pool.  I do own Reagor in a few leagues and believe he emerges as Wentz to WR threat.  Campbell is one of my late round WR lottery tickets.  I also own him in multiple leagues.  Andrews is a great keeper while I’m hoping Asiasi can emerge as a threat in the Patriots offense.  Logan Thomas at that stage of the draft is worth the gamble.  Washington signed him to a 2-year deal and there’s very little competition for playing time.  The IDP’s fit into my mindset of grabbing younger players with upside. My oldest IDP drafted is Khalil Mack at 29,  which was a homer pick at that point.  Every other IDP is 26 years-old or younger.  Football’s a violent sport and a young man’s game.  The age bracket of my collective roster shows such.  I’m happy with the draft, but this team will struggle if the young RB’s drafted at the top don’t emerge.