Fantasy Football: What Hot Free Agents Should You Go After?
Week 2 was full of fun. Fitzmagic is real, Mahomes is legit, and the Browns still can’t figure out how to win. In terms of fantasy football, there were plenty of guys that showed out. Specifically, there were some that are now warranting consideration to be added to your team. But do they deserve to be apart of your squad? Let’s take a look.
DeSean Jackson, WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers- After his two touchdown performance last week, D-Jax may not still be on the market. This week he didn’t play as well as he did to start 2018, but he was still able to manage 4 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown; unfortunately, I am not buying the hype.
Jackson was only targeted 4 times on Sunday (tied third on the team) and was the beneficiary of yet another long touchdown. The 75-yard bomb he caught to begin the game gave him 14.5 PPR points right of the bat, which is similar to last week. Jackson is the same guy we have known for years. He is a boom or bust player that you can’t really trust to put in your lineup. A better option to pick up would be fellow Bucs wideout Chris Godwin who is available in 64.9% of ESPN.com leagues.
John Brown, WR Baltimore Ravens- Everyone figured that Michael Crabtree was going to be the go-to guy in Baltimore this season. Not so fast! John Brown is here to stay. Against the Bengals on Thursday Night, Brown caught 4 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. Most importantly is that Brown and Crabtree were tied in targets (10).
Brown has a 1,000-yard season under his belt, and with health on his side he could potentially be a WR2 for the rest of the fantasy season. Flacco is always ready to air it out and Brown is really the only wideout that stretches the field. Crabtree and Willie Snead are more possession receivers meaning Brown is lined up to catch a lot of those Flacco bombs. Scoop him up if you can (owned in 23.9% of ESPN.com leagues).
Corey Clement, RB Philadelphia Eagles- Clement was a popular sleeper that I really wasn’t in on to start the year. Yesterday changed my mind.
I never doubted Clement’s talent I just doubted the opportunity he was going to get. With Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles ailing against the Bucs, Clement got his chance and mad the most of it by putting together a 19.5 PPR point performance.
Why sign him now? Sproles is already hurt and is 35 years old. He has a ceiling as Philly’s receiving back while we really aren’t sure what Clement’s is. This may cause the Eagles to eventually cut ties with the elder Sproles.
Then we have Jay Ajayi who seems to get injured every week for at least one drive. If he continues this trend, Clement is going to get more and more work especially if he is able to hold up the whole season.
Marcus Murphy / Chris Ivory RB, Buffalo Bills- Both gross but LeSean McCoy hurt his ribs Sunday. Ivory had a touchdown while replacing shady, but I doubt he gets a ton of work if the Bills are going to continue to suck. They are going to have to throw the ball if they are continually losing. I wouldn’t recommend picking up either back, but Murphy has some upside as a receiving back considering how bad Buffalo is.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)
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