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Stashing For Next Year

The end of the fantasy football season shouldn’t mean the end of filling out your roster for keeper league players. Owners should always be looking to improve their situation.  Grabbing lottery tickets for next season is one way to do just that.  

At the end of the 2010 season I decided to flush deadweight on the roster and picked up Saints TE Jimmy Graham. As a rookie Graham caught 31 balls and had 5 TD. I figured in the Saints high powered offense Graham could do some damage in 2011.  I was correct in that estimation to the tune of 99 catches 1310 yards, and 11 TD.  All because I grabbed a lottery ticket before the season ended. The end of the 2012, I grabbed a lottery ticket in Browns TE Jordan Cameron. In 2 seasons he had just 22 catches.  Following reports on the club, Cameron was projected to be a focal point of their scheme in 2013.  I was correct again as Cameron had a career season 80 catches 917 yards and 7 TD.  Those are my 2 biggest success stories in grabbing end of the season lottery tickets. I have missed on more than actually got correct.   Point being it only increases your chances of improving your roster for the next season.  If that lottery ticket busts, so what you didn’t lose anything anyways.  Opportunity is the key in rostering these players thru the offseason.    

Seahawks RB Chris Carson was the best looking running back in Seattle in preseason and the regular season in 2017.  The Seahawks looked to insert Carson as the bell cow, unfortunately it lasted just 4 games due to a season ending ankle injury.  Mike Davis, JD McKissic, Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy, and C.J. Prosise didn’t pose a threat to take the job away.  Davis was added off the practice squad later in the season and hasn’t done much to impress.  McKissic is a gadget player. Rawls and Prosise can’t stay healthy. Whatever burst Lacy had looks to have left. If Seattle doesn’t add a big name in the offseason, Carson should have a good shot at being a bell cow in 2018.  

49ers RB Carlos Hyde hasn’t relinquished the lead job to Matt Breida as many fantasy analysts predicted this season.  Hyde is a free agent this offseason and could leave the Bay Area.  Matt Breida and Joe Williams would have a chance at a lead job. Williams was placed on IR with an ankle injury in training camp.  The 49ers offense looks pretty good with Garoppolo at the helm.  Fantasy points from the 49ers top running back will be commodity in 2018.  I’m going to burn roster spots on my dumpster fire of a roster to find out.

Bears General Manager got killed in the media for trading up one spot to draft QB Mitch Trubisky, but drafting TE Adam Shaheen with the 45th pick was also a head scratcher.  Shaheen was a walk-on at Division II Ashland University after playing basketball at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  26 Touchdowns later Shaheen decided to forgo his senior season.  Shaheen’s learning curve was apparent during his rookie season.  The Bears are completely devoid of weapons in the receiving corps.  3 of his 12 catches in 2017 have gone for Touchdowns.  I’ll gladly burn a roster spot to see if Shaheen takes a step forward in 2018.    

The Cardinals drafted a receiver in the 3rd round that didn’t make much of an impact in 2017.  Talent, coaching and opportunity could change things in 2018.  Chad Williams has 3 catches for 31 yards in 6 games played at the time of this post.  This Grambling State product hasn’t been able to beat out Jaron Brown, John Brown, or JJ Nelson to make much of an impact.  Larry Fitzgerald’s status for 2018 is yet to be determined. If Fitzgerald does return, Williams is a higher ceiling player than anyone else in the receiving corps. Downgrades on Williams were off the field issues in college and playing in a smaller conference.   Williams has 4.3 speed and was a red zone threat with 21 touchdowns his last 2 seasons.  Bruce Arians is one of my favorite coaches in the NFL. I respect his football IQ and the path he had to take to get a head coaching job.   2017 was almost a red-shirt year for Williams getting acclimated to the NFL.  Spending a season with Fitzgerald also should have assisted with the learning curve.  With another offseason to work on his craft with Arians and possibly Fitzgerald, I believe Williams has a chance to make an impact in 2018.  

By the time I have to select keepers and draft in August of 2018, I’ll know if any of these lottery tickets are worth holding onto.  My recommendation would be to flush out dead weight on your keeper league rosters and grab some lottery tickets.       

Week 16 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles

Played like Trash by throwing 7 TD combined in his last 3 games.  Jadaveon Clowney with quote of the year.  


Giants RB Wayne Gallman

13 catches combined in the last 2 weeks. Deep league PPR Flex vs. the Cardinals.


Patriots RB Mike Gillislee

Gets dusted off being inactive in the last 6 games. Facing former team wouldn’t surprise me if Hoody and McHoody don’t try to get Gillislee up to speed in case Burkhead can’t return for postseason.


Ravens WR Mike Wallace

Scored in double figures in PPR formats for 3 consecutive weeks. Colts have allowed 61 completions of 20 yards and 11 over 40 yards. Deep speed is Wallace calling card.


Chargers TE Antonio Gates

3rd on team in red zone targets since Week 10. Future Hall of Famer will dazzle us with his play vs. the Jets. Next Stop Canton.


Rams K Sam Ficken

Takes over with Greg Zuerlein going on IR. Titans provided enough of a challenge to stall some drives.  


Bears Defense

Home vs. the Browns. DeShon Kizer has thrown for 9 TD 19 INT and a 59.3 Passer rating.


Bears LB Lamarr Houston

Best known for tearing his ACL celebrating a sack dance, then getting cut by the Bears. Has returned to the Windy City with 4 sacks in his last 3 games.  

Week 15 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Eagles QB Nick Foles

Giants have allowed the 2nd most passing yards in all of football. Foles has weapons around him and a solid scheme. Could help owners that lost Wentz or have been playing QB Roulette all season.


Packers RB Jamaal Williams

Scored in double digit points in the PPR format in 5 of his last 6 games. Also scored a TD in 3 straight games. Panthers give up just 89.5 yards per game on the ground.  With Aaron Rodgers returning, Williams should still see a solid workload.


Packers WR Jordy Nelson

Hasn’t scored a TD since Week 5. Hasn’t had a game over 35 receiving yards with Brett Hundley under center. Those that rode the storm out with Nelson will be rewarded this week.


Bonus WR Dede Westbrook

Goes off vs the Texans. Speed kills.


Raiders TE Jared Cook

Cowboys allow on average 5 catches and 53 yards per game to opposing TE.


49ers K Robbie Gould

9 field goals combined in his last 2 games. 49ers have the semblance of an NFL offense and Gould has reaped the benefits.


Vikings Defense

Rebounds in Cincinnati vs. the Bengals banged up offensive line. Big days for Griffin and Hunter off the edge.  


Panthers DE Julius Peppers

9.5 sacks this season on a snap count. This Future Hall Of Famer will be amped up  to play his former team and get to A-Rod.  

Week 14 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo

On the road vs. the Texans. Garoppolo made quick decisions and displayed accuracy last week. The Texans have been a disaster vs. the pass since Week 8. Deep league play or DFS worthy.


Cowboys RB Alfred Morris

Takes on the G-Men on the road. Big Blue has allowed a league worst 130.7 yards per game on the ground. Ben McAdoo having more time to spend on his Gordon Gekko/ Pat Riley hairdo won’t fix holes in the defense.


Browns WR Josh Gordon

11 targets for 4 catches and 85 yards in his return last week. This week faces a Packers defense that has allowed an opponent’s passer rating of 98.2.  Injuries in the secondary won’t help matters for the Packers. I believe Gordon plays a huge role in Cleveland’s first win of the season this week.




49ers WR Marquise Goodwin

Texans have allowed 23 receiving TD this season. Goodwin is a solid flex-play.


Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

The Broncos are 2nd worst in yards allowed to opposing TE. Playing in Denver isn’t what it once was. ASJ will easily outproduce what he has in the last 2 weeks combined. (4 catches 34 yards)


Chargers K Travis Coons

Chargers have dazzled me with their play the last 3 weeks scoring 101 points combined.

Redskins are in free fall mode.


Patriots Defense

Have intercepted a pass in 8 of 12 games including 5 straight. On the road vs. the Dolphins. Doubtful Jay Cutler ends that streak.


Browns LB Joe Schobert

7 games of 10 or more total tackles. Tied for 2nd in the NFL in total tackles with 113.   


Week 13 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Vikings QB Case Keenum

Thrown for over 280 yards in 4 straight contests. Falcons haven’t given up a TD pass in 3 of their last 4 contests.  Have to roll with the hot player.  


Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt

Hasn’t scored a rushing TD since Week 3 but you have to dance with what brought you.  Hunt should remain in lineups.


Bucs WR Mike Evans

Hasn’t scored a TD since Week 7. Should feast on Packers DB’s for first 100 yards game of the season.


Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook

Leads team in Targets, Receptions and Receiving yards in last 2 weeks. Deep league play vs. the Colts.

Chargers TE Hunter Henry

Ran 9 more routes than Antonio Gates last week. Gravy matchup vs. the Browns.  


Jaguars K Josh Lambo

Should be busy vs. the Colts


Raiders Defense

Home matchup with the newly inserted Geno Smith for the Giants. Raiders statistically are near the bottom of the league in team defense.  Home vs. Geno helps those stats.


Rams DL Aaron Donald

Sacks in 5 of his last 6 contests.  Cardinals offensive line has allowed 83 QB hits and 29 sacks.

Week 12 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Chiefs QB Alex Smith

More turnovers than touchdown passes in his last 3 contests, but rebounds vs. the Bills.


Patriots RB Dion Lewis

Averaging 15 touches in 3 straight contests.  Sees the goal-line work and a threat in the passing game. Lewis is an RB2-Flex play.


Titans WR Corey Davis

Numbers are not there yet despite seeing a majority of the pass attempts.  Colts have allowed the most passes over 20 yards and the 2nd most passes over 40 yards.  Davis breaks out and scores his first NFL TD this week.


Panthers TE Greg Olson

Coming off IR should immediately make an impact vs. the Jets. Olson will feast in this matchup.


Falcons K Matt Bryant

Double digit points in 3 of last 4 contests.



Raiders at home vs. the Paxton Lynch led Broncos will play with some fire after Ken Norton Jr. was dismissed as the DC.


Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon

7 or more total tackles in 6 straight contests. Run heavy attack of Jaguars leads to tackle opportunities.

Week 11 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Dolphins QB Jay Cutler

Looks to stop a 3-game losing streak vs. the Bucs who have allowed a 98.8 opponents passer rating.  Cutler has thrown 5 TD in his last 2 games in garbage time.


Falcons RB Tevin Coleman

Tough matchup on Monday Night Football in Seattle, but worth a flex play as Falcons lead back this week.


Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin

11 catches for 151 yards and a TD in his last 2 games. Maclin frequently battles soft tissue injuries, but coming off the bye should be in lineups vs. the Packers.


Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph

Has 5 or more catches in 5 straight contests.  Rudolph should continue to offer steady production.


Redskins K Nick Rose

Should be a high scoring affair with the Saints.


Chiefs Defense

I’m much higher on the Chiefs defense than rankers I’ve looked at this week. The Giants are a dead team walking. Kansas City has had clunkers in 2 of their last 3 games.  Coming off the bye I anticipate Kansas City to generate turnovers and do some damage on special teams.


Chargers MLB Denzel Perryman

10 total tackles in his return.  The Bills with a rookie QB making his first NFL start will try to run the ball leading to more tackle opportunities for Perryman.

Week 10 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Jets have allowed the most TD passes in the NFL.  Even without Mike Evans, Fitzmagic is a streamer in a revenge game. My bye week fill-in for Carson Wentz.


Giants RB Orleans Darkwa

49ers have allowed the most 1st downs on the ground with 72. Darkwa is seeing a majority of the workload and is worth a flex this week.


Rams WR Cooper Kupp

Texans pass defense has been a mess.  Kupp leads the team in red-zone targets and finds the end zone this week. I’m playing Kupp over Will Fuller and Josh Doctson.


Texans TE CJ Fiedorowicz

Expected to come off the IR this week. Tom Savage doesn’t have the arm to drive the ball down the field. Fiedorowicz could catch quite a few check downs.


Steelers K Chris Boswell

Should be busy vs. the Colts.


Patriots Defense

Have allowed 17 points or less in last 4 games. The Rocket Scientist should be able to force Brock Osweiler to turn the ball over.


Browns DE Myles Garrett

Has played in 3 games and has 4 sacks. Lions have allowed 26 Sacks and Garrett gets to Stafford.

Be Provactive On Westbrook

I am always looking to maximize the talent on my fantasy teams. My bench spots are held for value or upside. Sounds simple, but what is on my bench can’t be used to defeat me.  I’m having trouble filling out my last WR spots on all 5 of my teams. Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook is a player I have picked up in advance of his Week 9 return for all of my teams.


Westbrook started the year on IR with a core muscle injury suffered in the meaningless final preseason game.  The Heisman finalist didn’t bust out until his senior season at Oklahoma to the tune of 80 receptions, 1,524 yards and 17 touchdowns.  This preseason Westbrook looked good with 13 catches for 288 yards and 2 scores.  Granted, Preseason stats can be misleading based off what stringers played against.  His 6 ft 178 lb frame along with character concerns are a few of the reasons Westbrook slid to the 4th round.


As a fantasy player, I’m looking for opportunity.  Head Coach Doug Marrone has used a strong defense and running game to get the Jaguars to a 4-3 at the time of this post.  The Jaguars receiving corps leaves a lot to be desired.  Marquise Lee and Allen Hurns have combined for 50 catches 708 yards and 2 TD.  At some point teams will force the Jaguars to have to win a game throwing the ball.  I often look at matchups for teams coming off the bye. Teams get a chance to self evaluate and then get ready for the upcoming opponent.


With 2 weeks to get Westbrook up to speed, don’t be surprised if he’s a popular name after Week 9.  The Biletnikoff winner showed enough in the preseason and the opportunity is there.  If you have the roster space, I strongly recommend cutting some dead weight to stash Westbrook.

Week 8 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Falcons QB Matt Ryan

A road matchup with the Jets. Matty Ice has thrown just 1 TD in 5 of 6 games this season. The Jets are tied with the Patriots for most TD passes allowed with 15.  Ryan bounces back this week.


Jets RB Matt Forte

Has 13 catches combined in the last 2 weeks. Forte leads the Jets running backs in snaps the last 2 weeks. The finally healthy Forte is worthy of a flex play. Playing him over Rob Kelley in one of my leagues.


Redskins WR Josh Doctson

Played a career high 54 snaps last week as head coach Jay Gruden talked about wanting to see what Doctson can do.  Blown coverage is a regular occurrence in the Dallas secondary. Doctson is an emerging player. Playing him over Will Fuller IV in one of my leagues.


Bengals TE Tyler Kroft

Home with the hapless Colts. Kroft is tied for the team lead in red zone looks the last 3 weeks.


Bills K Steven Hauschka

Has made 3 or more field goals in 4 straight contests.


Bengals Defense

Home with the Colts. Defensive strategy is to find a team playing the Browns, Colts, or Bears each week.


Panthers LB Shaq Thompson

With Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis banged up, Shaq has made more plays in the scheme.