Finders Sleepers – Week 4
Week 3 of the NFL season continued to produce shocking results, both on and off the field. The Patriots were walloped by the Detroit Lions, Minnesota laid a huge egg at home against Buffalo, and Le’veon Bell was officially put on the trade block. In a league that is used to unpredictability, this season is taking the cake. That extends to fantasy as well. Several high pick players are not doing as well as their owner had hoped (I’m looking at you, David Johnson.) James Conner and Tyler Boyd are leading the charge on those players that went late or not at all in drafts, but are producing tremendous results. We shall see what continues to unfold this season, and see if we can pinpoint some more diamonds in the rough before they explode onto the scene. Here are Finders Sleepers- week 4.
QB Baker Mayfield
Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson made the correct call to start Mayfield on the bench for the 2018 season, as he did not want to repeat the mistakes of Browns past. Tyrod Taylor played well for the first three weeks, but the offense was sputtering out against the Jets. Tyrod gets injured and Mayfield steps into the starting role. He instantly provided a spark for the offense, completing 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards and leading the Browns to their first win in about 500 years. With a bevy of offensive talent at his disposal and a gunslinger mentality to go with a rocket arm and underrated mobility, he should be picked up as a huge upside QB play.
QB Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill never seems to get any respect. He is always seen as a average at best option and is always overshadowed in his division by a certain number 12 in New England. Coming into this year, he was pretty much undrafted in most 12 man leagues. He has stepped up this year though, and is having consistently good performances through the first three weeks. If it wasn’t for Fitzmagic and the human fantasy god that is Patrick Mahomes, people would be talking more about Tannehill. You can use this to your advantage. In his last game, he was 17 of 23 for 289 yards and 3 TDs. He is facing the Patriots defense, which sucks this year. If you need to stream QBs cause your starter suffered a season ending torn ACL or something, look at Tannehill.
RB Javorius Allen
Allen will never be considered a three down back, as he has Alex Collins firmly entrenched in front of him. Looking at his rushing stats, you would be hard pressed to come up with any reason to add him to your roster, as he only has 32 yards on 16 carries. The key to Allen’s success is WHERE he is getting those carries, as he is Baltimore’s favored goal line option. He has scored 3 TDs on the ground so far this year, as well as chipping in some decent receiving numbers as well. The passing back and goal line roles are the most valuable for a running back in fantasy, and as long as Allen has control on those roles he should be a decent flex play.
WR Calvin Ridley
Holy Scoring Batman. Ridley exploded onto the football scene in week three, catching 7 balls to the tune of 148 yards and 3 TDs. He basically went and lit the Saints defense on fire, then laughed and walked away. People had been somewhat down on Ridley going into the season, as he had a slow start in training camp and preseason, going into the first couple weeks of the regular season. Well you can forget about all that. He looks to be a key cog going forward in the Atlanta offense, and will have the benefit of single coverage with Julio Jones on the other side. Pick him up as soon as humanly possible.
WR Tyler Boyd
A young receiver was supposed to grow into and assume the number two wide receiver role in Cincinnati’s offense. It just wasn’t supposed to be Tyler Boyd. Boyd has operated as the forgotten man in the Cincy offense for a couple years now, catching a couple balls a year but never getting an opportunity to display his full skills. That certainly changed this year, as he has turned into a very capable number two receiver, much like Calvin Ridley. In his last game against a good Panthers defense, he caught 6 balls for 132 yards and a TD. he has earned the trust of Andy Dalton, and expect his numbers to continue being solid. Pick him up as a WR3 with upside.
TE Dallas Goedert
Nick Foles performed admirably for the Eagles in the wake of Carson Wentz’s injury. There has never been a doubt though, that Wentz is a much more gifted quarterback. He returned to the Eagles in week 3 and proceeded to have a rusty, but good showing. The Eagles have suffered significant injuries to their WR and RB corps this year, having to make due with Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz and some street level guys. Goedert was expected to help pick up the slack but was curiously absent the first two weeks of the season. That all changed in week 3, as he caught all 7 of his targets for 73 yards and a TD. While a clear backup, the state of the Eagles offense leaves room for Goedert to continue to see targets. In a position suffering injuries, take a shot at him.