Fantasy 5: Don't go crazy about Ted Ginn after the Snead news
(The Fantasy 5 is a quick-hit wrap-up of some of the biggest news topics of the day for fantasy football players, giving you advice you need to improve your team.)
It’s finally here. We’re less than a few days away from the NFL regular season kickoff. We’ve seen all of the preseason games that matter, we’ve read the depth chart movements, and we’ve been through roster cuts.
Now it’s time to prepare your lineups, both season-long and DFS for Week 1. The last thing you want to do is start your Week 1 preparation behind the proverbial fantasy eight ball. With that, I give you today’s Fantasy 5:
1. Willie Snead’s surprise suspension has inexplicably impacted Ted Ginn’s ADP
The NFL announced that Snead would be suspended for the first three games of the 2017 season this past weekend to everyone’s surprise. The suspension was originally set to be four games and the Saints must have known about it. This would explain why Snead was running with the second-team offense during the preseason. Since the news was announced, Ginn’s ADP has shot up more than a full round, but it’s hard to understand why. Ginn and Snead offer different things for the Saints offense. While Ginn is set to take over Brandin Cooks’ old role, there’s nothing over his career that would suggest he can also contribute in the same ways that Snead did. Ginn is a controversial pick this year, and he has been touted by many industry experts, but he’s starting to creep up into the “reach” just in time for the final run of drafts.
2. It’s too soon to call Phillip Dorsett a bust
Dorsett was a surprise first-round pick from the Colts’ old regime. He clocked a 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine, the Colts drafted him, and his career has been filled with injuries and inconsistent play. The new regime had enough, trading him over the weekend to New England in exchange for Jacoby Brissett, but it’s too soon to give up on him in fantasy. Dorsett was a popular sleeper pick this time last year and he averaged 16.0 yards per catch in his second NFL season. Entering year three, a prime breakout year for the wide receiver position, a change of scenery will benefit him. The Patriots have a crowded wide receiver corps, but Dorsett offers them that Ted Ginn-like trump card with better hands. Dorsett is not going to make an impact right away, but don’t be surprised if he’s a hot waiver wire pickup around the midseason point.
3. Jermaine Kearse is back on the fantasy radar
Kearse looked on the outs in Seattle after Paul Richardson (finally) jumped him on the depth chart and with Tyler Lockett back in the mix. Then, the Jets traded for Kearse, and it’s time to rethink his value in 2017. The Jets are due for a similar gamescript in nearly all their 2017 games and it involved a lot of pass attempts while playing from behind. Robby Anderson is a deep threat, but the Jets need a reliable option at all levels of the field and Kearse could evolve into that player. If he can pick the offense up fast and build a rapport with Josh McCown, Kearse could return sneaky value as a last-round flier.
4. Jonathan Williams needs a new home
Despite turning in an impressive preseason where his runs made their rounds on Twitter, Williams was surprisingly released by the Bills over the weekend. He was expected to be their No. 2 running back but now that job belongs to Mike Tolbert. At 32, with a history of disappointing fantasy owners, Tolbert doesn’t deserve any more time. But Williams — he’s still just 23 years old and there are a few interesting landing spots for the talented bruiser. For example, the 49ers have limited depth behind injury-prone starter Carlos Hyde. A running back hasn’t clearly separated himself from a production standpoint for the Giants, Redskins, or Eagles. Williams could surface in one of those places or a few others and surprise some people. A short yardage job with the Lions would be intriguing as well. Even the Rams, who lack depth behind Todd Gurley, are an intriguing landing spot for Williams. If you drafted Williams, now is not the time to cut bait. Wait until you see where he lands next.
5. Injury roundup
- Joe Flacco returned to practice this weekend for the first time this offseason. He was joined by fantasy’s oft-injured but previously hyped Breshad Perriman.
- Andrew Luck was removed from the PUP list, but there has been no update about his Week 1 status. If he missed Week 1, it might be worth considering whether or not you should bench all Colts skill position players — including T.Y. Hilton.
- 49ers rookie Joe Williams was placed on injured reserve. A story surfaced earlier this offseason about how new head coach Kyle Shanahan banged the table to draft Williams as a perfect fit for his scheme. We won’t get to find out if he was right until 2018 at the earliest. Matt Breida is the No. 2 to keep an eye on in San Francisco if you’re skeptical of Carlos Hyde.
- John Ross can’t stay healthy. The talented top-10 pick of the Bengals injured his knee after finally just getting healthy again. He is expected to be week-to-week and not day-to-day with the new injury. This could open the door for Tyler Boyd in PPR leagues.