David Johnson primed to deliver fantasy titles
Over the course of the season in this space, we’ve dissected a number of players and key trends to be on the lookout for, but now that the fantasy playoffs are upon us, the stakes are highest. I’ll be the first to admit there have been some missed calls along the way, but also plenty of good ones.
Among the recent highlights, back in Week 8 it was recommended to sell T.Y. Hilton. In Week 10, you knew to buy low on Sammy Watkins and to expect more success from Allen Robinson, while Marcus Mariota has been the No. 8 fantasy quarterback in that span, thus delivering on my projection as a QB1 for the rest of the season.
In Week 11, I dissected why Delanie Walker was here to stay as a TE1, why LeSean McCoy was back to his old self, and why Martavis Bryant belonged in the elite WR category – Bryant leads all receivers in fantasy points per opportunity and per snap this season. In Week 12, I made the case for Cam Newton to surpass Tom Brady as the top fantasy QB.
Last week, it proved the right call to downgrade Todd Gurley and Drew Brees, but not Russell Wilson against a tough Vikings’ defense. Matthew Stafford fell short of expectations, although Julius Thomas did deliver as a TE1 despite being started in just over half of ESPN leagues.
Looking ahead, it’s worth mentioning again that the schedule now lightens up considerably for Brees, so be sure to get him back in your lineup. And a reminder that Robert Turbin remains available in more than 90 percent of leagues, which should be of interest to owners of Darren McFadden, who had a concussion scare last week and has shouldered a huge workload behind the Cowboys’ dominant offensive line.
For Week 14, we’ll focus on five running backs coming off big performances:
Javorius “Buck” Allen averaged 5.5 yards per carry at USC and left school after breaking out for 1,489 yards as a junior. With Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliafero both lost for the season, Baltimore’s rookie rusher took on an expanded role at the pro level beginning in Week 11. Over the last three weeks, Allen ranks as a top-three fantasy RB in both standard and PPR formats, and he has caused a missed tackle once every five touches.