Welcome to NFL Whack-A-Mole! Each week, I’ll be playing the age old game, NFL style. There are always new faces that pop up, and you’ll need to know which guys to chase or fade. Get me on Twitter – @lonero_justin. Let’s get to it!
Dion Lewis – $4,200 (Chase)
Dion Lewis solidified a role in the Patriots offense week 2, by rushing for 40 yards, and securing six catches on nine targets with a touchdown. Within the last few seasons the Patriots backfield situation has been a guessing game week to week. On the surface it appears the Patriots have discovered a new gem to replace the departed Shane Vereen. Just based on the volume Lewis is receiving, his price can pay for itself on one drive.
David Johnson – $4,000 (Chase)
There wasn’t much David Johnson did not get involved with in week two against the Chicago Bears. Johnson now has touchdowns as a rusher, receiver, return specialist. With Andre Ellington on the shelf it would only make sense for the Arizona Cardinals to use the rookie Johnson in an expanded role. As DFS player’s it is important to own players that are in a position to touch the football with some frequency. Johnson’s role is still undefined at this point, but his big play ability on special teams is a bonus on DraftKings. I am on him week three at his price, but I will tread lightly until he has a more definitive role.
Travis Benjamin – $4,200 (Fade)
For a guy that only ran 9 patterns in week 2, Travis Benjamin has still made a splash in fantasy land. His biggest flaw is playing for the Cleveland Browns. Benjamin had 2 receiving touchdowns and he took a punt to the house last week. The good news is Benjamin and the Browns play the Oakland Raiders at home. The bad news is, Johnny Manziel is heading to the pine in place of Josh McCown. Benjamin can be used because of his moderately cheap price, but he is a boom or bust play. I may try and squeeze one more week out of him until the bottom drops out. In ‘Whack A Mole’ Benjamin is the material in between the moles that we hit once in a while.
Crockett Gillmore-$3,300 (Fade)
Crockett Gillmore is the #2 receiving option next to the seemingly ageless Steve Smith on the Ravens offense. It is interesting that I am not talking about the rookie tight end Maxx Williams out of Minnesota whom the Ravens drafted in the second round Gillmore had a five catch-88 yard, two touchdown game in week two. Gillmore ranks 11th in routes ran by a tight end through two games. This is a sign of encouragement if we are looking for a cheap tight end to play in week three. One issue I have with Gillmore is his distinct, uncommon name, which people will gravitate towards because it sounds cool. All he needs is a coonskin cap and he will be golden. Crocketts damage came against Oakland, in the first half, so lets not deem him Shannon Sharpe just yet. It is important to realize that being option number two on the Ravens isn’t saying a great deal.
Donte Moncrief – $4,800 (Chase)
Donte Moncrief had seven receptions (on eight targets) for 122 yards week two. I think that says something considering how many weapons Andrew Luck has at his disposal. Moncrief may be the lone bright spot right now for the Colts offense is loaded to the gills with weaponry. The Colts front office may have been on to something when they grabbed Moncrief last year, round three, out of Mississippi. He has 19 targets in two games, and it looks like WR2 for Andrew Luck. If Moncrief can perform well against a real defense such as the Jets, just imagine the damage he can do against the dreadful AFC South.
Eric Ebron – $3,300 (Chase)
What if I told you Eric Ebron only had eight touchdowns, in three seasons at the University of North Carolina? What is even funnier than that is the Lions pulled a Lions move and drafted him 10th overall in 2014. All jokes aside Ebron has nine receptions, and two touchdowns (on 15 targets) in the first two games of 2015. He also has 15.3 DraftKings points in both games, which is seems safe enough for him to be used in cash games. His history of being allergic to the end zone concerns me a bit, but it looks like Matthew Stafford is leaning on Ebron at a consistent clip.
Michael Crabtree – $4,600 (Fade)
Michael Crabtree roasted the Baltimore Ravens secondary with nine receptions for 111 yards in week two. Crabtree has 14 receptions (on 24 targets) and a touchdown, in his first two games with the Raiders. The reality is Crab will play second fiddle to Amari Cooper on a team that will probably win five games. Derek Carr’s inconsistency will limit Crabtree’s ceiling for the duration. Crabtree will find difficulty finding separation week three at Cleveland, tread lightly. Two games is too small of a sample size to roster the veteran possession receiver.
DeAngelo Williams – $4,400 (Fade)
I hope D-Will had his fun in the sun, because the party is over. Week two he ran for three touchdowns on 77 yards, to go with four receptions. Sounds like a guy that is in store for a career year. Not so fast, Le’Veon Bell is back! Bell may be the most involved asset to his respective team in the whole league. Despite the idea of Bell being eased in after a two-game suspension Williams is going to have to find another role. He will remain one of the best hand-cuffs and insurance policies for certain.
I look forward to lighting up the arcade in fantasy land weekly. The quicker we react to a player after he crashes onto the scene, the easier it is for us to assess if he is worth the risk. It is easy to fall in love with a player instantly, we want to maximize the player’s value before it diminishes.