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!
Devonta Freeman – $5,200 (Chase)
The Falcons lost rookie running back Tevin Coleman to injury week 2, and Devonta Freeman was the next man in line for the bulk of the carries. Freeman responded in week 3 with 30 carries for 141 yards, and 3 touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 52 yards. This is the running back that the Falcons hoped for when drafting him in the fourth round last year. Freeman made his first career start versus a Cowboys defense that had been among the leagues best to start the season. Two things I love about Freeman going forward. He is going to be a featured running back in terms of carries, and he will also be used heavily in the passing game. His price tag falls in a range well under the elite runnings backs, making him worth every penny.
Derek Carr – $5,300 (Chase)
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit told me last year on Twitter that Derek Carr was the best NFL quarterback to come out of the draft along with Teddy Bridgewater. My point is, he might be right, and we are seeing that so far in 2015. The Raiders have a sound running game, and plenty of weapons in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree at Carr’s disposal. Carr has five touchdowns, and one interception so far this season and it appears he is becoming every bit a franchise quarterback. Carr gets to face a hopeless Chicago Bears defense on the road in week four. He’s going to have weeks that will disappoint us, but those are the expected NFL growing pains. Week four seems like a great spot to use Carr based on his price point and matchup.
Gary Barnidge – $3,100 (Fade)
When I hear the name Gary Barnidge the first thing I think of is my neighbor with the dog and his well manicured lawn. It’s safe to assume Barnidge is the top targeted tight end on the Browns. He targeted ten times week 3 against a Raiders defense that has made every tight end look like Shannon Sharpe. Week 4 Barnidge will face the Chargers, who have let Eric Ebron and Tyler Eifert score touchdowns against them. Truth be told, Barnidge has only had one decent week I’ll let someone else deal with the Browns and they’re flat offense.
Karlos Williams – $3,400 (Chase)
Week three Karlos Williams ran for 110 yards on just twelve carries. The Giants have allowed the ninth most fantasy points to running backs through the first three games which bodes well for Williams this week. Shady McCoy will be sidelined with a hammy leaving Williams to get the bulk of the carries once again.
Kenny Britt – $4,200 (Fade)
I will say, I am intrigued by the ten targets Kenny Britt received in week three. It looks as if Nick Foles is leaning on Britt as his primary receiver in the early goings. Britt plays a role on a Rams team that has a smorgasbord of mediocrity. Brian Quick, Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Nick Toon, Chris Givens, Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks, and an ambiguous running back situation, are all reasons as to why Britt cannot be depended on. Although, inconsistent throughout his career Britt has been more of an issue off the field then on the field. He may also see a heavy dose of Patrick Peterson this week. Tread lightly.
Alfred Blue – $3,900 (Chase)
If, and the emphasis is on if Arian Foster cannot suit up for week four, Alfred Blue is going to be in line for another gigantic work load. Last week Blue had 31 carries, for 139 yards, and a touchdown. That my friends is volume on the cheap. It is a situation to monitor, because his work load, and production will be predicated on Arian Foster’s status. Blue’s value is coming to end, and pretty soon he wont be my boy anymore. Blue is going to face an Atlanta Defense that has allowed more rushing touchdowns than any other team (6).