By: Rich Pallarino @rpallarino_
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks – Russell Wilson was tabbed as a college quarterback who did not have many people on his side when entering the draft. A ton of doubters, but there were quite a few suitors, such as myself. Now, Wilson is proving his supporters right. Each year, Russell has mediocre numbers in the first few games and then just turns it on as the season progresses. Statistically, he isn’t having his best year, but something inside of football fans understand that numbers don’t mean everything. Entering week 15, Wilson has thrown for 3,527 yards, 29 touchdowns, and has been picked off 11 times. Those are solid numbers, but again, they don’t jump out at you. What makes Wilson a riser is the lack of inconsistent quarterback play from the rest of the league. Year after year, Wilson is at the top of his position. The most impressive stat from Wilson is the touchdowns in the 4th quarter this season. Make sure to get Wilson for his consistent play.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill is by no means necessary a great quarterback. You will win some games with him at the helm, but you won’t win a Super Bowl with him. While the former Aggie is rehabbing his leg, his future is getting brighter. In 2016, Tannehill played 13 games tossing 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Similar to Wilson, Tannehill doesn’t have numbers that make you jump out of your seat, but while your dynasty team is doing its thing, look to trade your current quarterback for a very nice piece elsewhere. Then, pick up Tannehill and draft a quarterback of the future. Finally, Ryan may not be a Dolphin next season. There are a ton of teams who will be looking for a quarterback at the end of this season. Tannehill may be wearing a different jersey.
Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins – Kenyan Drake’s future started getting brighter the moment Jay Ajayi was traded to the Eagles for a 4th round pick. Then, Damien Williams got hurt and Drake’s future is now even brighter. Nothing, but opportunity has presented itself to Drake and he has taken full advantage of it. The former Alabama football player has 90 rushing attempts and 23 receptions this season. His total yards from scrimmage are 623 with three total touchdowns. For a player that has not fully been the featured back this season, those are very good numbers. What’s the best part of Drake’s future in fantasy? He will start the season as the top back in Miami’s backfield next season. Now, they will most likely use Drake and Williams interchangeably, but nonetheless, he will have opportunities. If you own Drake, sell him high as the rest of this season, he will produce and the hype surrounding him next season will be higher than normal.
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens – Alex Collins the exact reason that if you ever ask me for fantasy advice, I will always tell you to avoid starting running backs from the Seattle Seahawks. Pete Carroll has no idea how much talent he has had in his locker room over the years. Collins is running as he should this season. What I mean by that is, he is running with grit and determination. He is a volume back and as the season progresses, he just eats more and more. He has rushed for 825 yards on 162 attempts and found pay dirt five times. What’s even better is the implementation of Collins in the passing game in the past six weeks. He has caught 13 passes for 121 yards. He is in Baltimore on a one year contract and will definitely be on a team next season as a featured back.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins – My second favorite player in the league, Jarvis Landry. I have loved Landry ever since he came into the league. He was selected in the second round and I’m super confident that when his career is over, we will be talking about him as one of the biggest wide receiver steals of any draft. The critique of Landry, for fantasy purposes, is that he doesn’t find the end zone all that often. Well, that’s changed. This season, Landry has reeled in 88 receptions for 745 yards and has scored eight times. He’s a target machine on a team that has not had consistent quarterback play this season and has been held back by his coaches. Since the Dolphins wasted a first round pick on DeVante Parker, Landry has always been pegged as the second receiver option by Miami. But, his talent overrides Parker’s and Landry ends up with a ridiculous amount of receptions. He can play the slot, he can play the X or the Z receiver position, he can play running back… he’s a jack of all trades. The lack of respect Landry receives amazes me. He’s always on my fantasy team and he should be on yours.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – Dede Westbrook scored his first professional touchdown this season. He’s played in three games this season, after recovering from an injury earlier this season. Westbrook has caught 20 passes for 235 yards and has been targeted 33 times. That’s an average of 11 targets per game. That’s a lot of targets for a fourth round pick out of Oklahoma coming off an injury. While he will see a slight drop off in production next season with the return of Allen Robinson, Westbrook should be a solid option to put in your lineup all next season. Grab him now if possible and allow him to add value to your dynasty team.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills – Charles Clay has been very underutilized while wearing a Buffalo Bills uniform. In 10 games this season, Clay has been targeted just 47 times. He has reeled in 34 receptions and has found the end zone just two times. That’s not good for a player of Clay’s talent. He’s been written off by a bunch of fantasy owners, but he shouldn’t be written off by you. He’s a player with a ton of talent and a first year head coach. With the inconsistent play of quarterback in Buffalo this season, look for Clay to hit it big in fantasy next season. Grab him now if you can.
Benjamin Watson, TE, Baltimore Ravens – Benjamin Watson has the quarterback in the league who has the worst contract tossing the ball to him every Sunday. Any chance I get to criticize Joe Flacco, I take advantage of it. The 36 year-old tight-end for the Baltimore Ravens is in his last year of a two year deal. There’s a large possibility that this will be Watson’s last season in a uniform. He will want to go out on a high note, just like anyone else. With that being said, Watson has caught 45 balls for 347 yards this season. Those aren’t great numbers, but he is a great pickup for just the last three games this season. Make a late season move if you’re in the playoffs and trade away a mid-tier tight-end for a draft pick. Then, grab Watson and go win the championship. Watson is a very solid pickup just for the rest of this season and only for dynasty players who are looking to make a playoff run. All other fantasy owners should stay away from the former Georgia Bulldog.