By: Rich Pallarino @rpallarino_
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins – Kirk Cousins is a quarterback who will not win you a Super Bowl, but you can win a Super Bowl with him. That’s non-fantasy talk right there. With Cousins as your quarterback in fantasy, he can play critical role in winning you a championship. This season’s stat-line reads as follows for Kirk: 249 completions, 376 attempts, 3,038 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. With 5 games left, Cousins has a very good opportunity to really bump up his numbers. He is currently playing on his second consecutive franchise tag and will once again be a free-agent at the end of this season. What is very positive for fantasy owners is the level of production he’s at this season. He’s projected to fall just shy of 500 pass attempts and is doing this all with a messed up receiving corps. While, he may not be in a Redskins uniform next year, his future is bright and that bodes well for all fantasy owners who have Cousins as their quarterback.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans – Deshaun Watson hasn’t played a snap in the NFL since October 29th. His historic rookie season was abruptly ended by an unfortunate injury in practice. So, why am I writing this piece you ask yourself? Well, great question. I have two reasons. First, Watson’s rehab is trending upwards. It’s not similar to Teddy Bridgewater’s injury, where we weren’t sure if he’d ever put on a helmet again. Reports have been coming from credible sources and even the Texans organization. He’s doing well. Second, if you watched the game on Monday night, you know that there is a minimal chance that Tom Savage is ever named the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans when Watson is healthy. Make sure to grab Watson if he’s available. I doubt he is, but look to see what his fantasy owner may want for him and run it by us at FFD260.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys – Zeke is taken in every dynasty league. We all get it. This piece is similar to the Watson piece above. Zeke’s season ended with him suspended. He will be back for Week 16, but that doesn’t help us fantasy owners who have him. Now, since Zeke has been out, his stock is rising. Everyone thought that any running back for the Dallas Cowboys could just run for miles and miles with that great offensive line and that Dak Prescott was the greatest thing to happen to the Cowboys franchise. Well, they were all wrong. The absence of Elliott has put the entire Cowboys franchise in full disarray and at the same time, gave them answers. How is it possible that Elliott played 8 games this season and is 6th in rushing yards? When Zeke comes back, any worry that he’d lose his job or not play all three downs should go out the window. The Dallas Cowboys know that 21 (Elliott) means more than 4 (Prescott) and they found out the hard way.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Mixon is nothing short of talented. His numbers this year may not show it, but he’s special. It looks as if the Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard era is closing quicker and quicker each day. The Bengals are a mess of an organization and unless there’s another miracle for Marvin Lewis, he looks to be unemployed next season. He hasn’t helped this organization and he’s a terrible coach. In my opinion, Mixon is one of the most talented running backs in the league. He is averaging 3.2 YPA this season and has found the end-zone just 4 times. What is impressive about Mixon is his ability to catch the ball and make something happen. Mixon’s 9.9 YPC this season puts him in the top 7 among all other running backs. That’s very impressive and will go over well for him when the Bengals clean house this offseason.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers – Devin Funchess has his stock rising faster than Bitcoin’s, well maybe not that fast, but you get the point. Funchess was gaining some steam as the season progressed, but since the Kelvin Benjamin trade with Buffalo, Funchess is the clear cut primary target for Cam Newton. This season, Funchess has 50 receptions for 643 yards and 5 touchdowns. That is unbelievable for a guy that wasn’t highly touted as a fantasy option coming into this season. Greg Olsen has been dealing with injuries and Curtis Samuel is done for the year. Funchess is the primary weapon and will be as well next season for the weak Carolina Panthers receiving corps.
Paul Richardson, WR, Seattle Seahawks – Paul Richardson is in his 4th season out of the University of Colorado. Richardson has burst onto the scene this season with 5 touchdowns on 35 receptions. His average of 16.7 YPC goes to show you that he is a big play receiver and puts him in the top 8 of qualified receivers according to ESPN. There’s not much to say about Seattle receiver. He’s a gritty player who finds ways to get open and finds the end-zone once every seven catches. Even though Seattle always has a mix of characters on the offensive side of the ball, Richardson should be a player that’s on your roster for depth purposes. He’s a decent FLEX play each week.
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts – Just like every other tight-end in the league, Doyle has some big games and some weak games. There’s games where you will feel like a genius for putting him on your roster and there’s games where you will feel stupid for putting him on your roster. Doyle has 59 receptions for 544 yards this season. Those are solid numbers for a guy who doesn’t have his normal quarterback throwing to him. Next season should be a bit better for the Colts. And when Andrew Luck decides to come back, he will utilize Doyle and every other receiver on the Colts roster better than what’s currently going on.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks – Jimmy Graham is on the downside of his career, but may be a steal if you get him on your dynasty roster. Graham isn’t averaging crazy YPC or even receiving yards for that matter. However, his 8 touchdowns this season lead all tight-ends. Russell Wilson is looking Graham’s way more often that he has in the previous 2 seasons that Jimmy has suited up for the Seahawks. Try and grab Graham for something cheap as you know he will produce in the end-zone.