By: Keith Richards
Hello and welcome back to another week of BSB! At the end of this week, we will be a quarter of the way through the season. So, as I like to say, the first quarter is almost over. If your team is not doing well, it’s not time to panic. Still, we’ve got work to do. That’s what BSB class is for; to take to you to the promised land. As usual, we will recap the previous week’s BSB transaction. Secondly, we will discuss the buy, sell, and bench options for this week. Lastly, we will discuss our two rosters. So, let’s get it!
Week 3 Review
Firstly, the buy for last week was Terry McLaurin. Certainly, if you did pick him up, he was a quality addition. McLaurin beat his projection and scored 19 points (Per Yahoo Fantasy). Currently, he is still only owned in 66% of league (Yahoo Fantasy). So, there is still a good chance you can nab him if you haven’t. Terry is listed as questionable but is expected to play. If he plays, he starts as he will face the Giants.
Secondly, the BSB sell of the week was Cam Newton. Unfortunately, much like the Big Ben sell, Cam did not start due to injury. Unlike Roethlisberger, Cam is expected to return this season. However, his backup was able to come in and win a game; something Cam was not able to do in his last eight starts. Still, he did lead the team to the Super Bowl not that long ago. It’s hard to imagine a Panthers team winning without Super Cam but it’s possible. He’s still a sell.
Lastly, the bench of the week was Baker Mayfield. Call it unfair but I think Baker Mayfield is overrated. He walks around and plays with a swagger he has not earned. How did he do last week? In a 20-13 loss, Mayfield managed 8.70 points. That brings his total for the season to 30.10. That’s barely 10 points per game. I’m not ready to say he’s a sell but he’s not someone I would build my team around.
Buy – LeSean McCoy, Kansas City Chiefs
So far, McCoy has been the most pleasant surprise of this fantasy football season. I’m almost certain I designated him as a sell in BSB last season. Times have changed. More accurately, Shady’s location changed. Cut by the Bills, LeSean struck gold and landed with the Chiefs, which is significant for more than one reason.
First, there are two teams in the NFL you want to play for right now: The Patriots and the Chiefs. Both teams are the most player-friendly offenses in the NFL. Certainly, any player likes their chances on that team. Second, McCoy is reunited with Andy Reid. Without question, LeSean’s best years were with Reid. No, he’s no longer an RB1. Yet, as a low-end RB2/Flex player, he’s worth it. There’s only an 11% chance you’ll get him, but it’s worth a shot.
Sell – Joe Flacco, Denver Broncos
In the preseason BSB, Flacco was designated as a bench. Well, the time has come for a promotion. I’m sorry, I meant a demotion. Is it too early to throw in the towel on him? Maybe but I don’t think he can get much better. In the loss last week, the Broncos proved to have the ball in his hands as little as possible is the key to success. Still, that is not his only issue. For someone who does not have much asked of him, he turns the ball over a lot. We tried, Joe, but you are not that dude. Time to move on.
Bench – Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys
First and foremost, I recognize that this may be preaching to the choir. Sometimes, though, you have to do it. Pollard is an interesting case. Undoubtedly, many will want to take a chance with him after his standout performance against the Dolphins. Even for me, I thought about it but didn’t pull the trigger. I’ll tell you why.
Most importantly, it was the Dolphins. It wasn’t the first time a team torched the Dolphins, it won’t be the last. Additionally, Zeke is darn near midseason form already. If the Cowboys have a blowout, Pollard will get some garbage time points. Yet, the Cowboys’ schedule gets tougher as the season progresses. Maybe they’ll find a way to work Tony in more that it will be worth it but you’ll have to wait and see.
Final Rosters Review and Preview
Another week, another set of wins. Both rosters were victorious last week and things are looking up. Final roster 1A still has not performed to its full potential but 2-1 is 2-1. Hashtag first world fantasy football problems. With Jimmy G on a bye, Marcus Mariota gets the start this week. No telling when Brees will be back in action. That final roster is below:
Final roster 1B had its best week so far. It bet projections by 13.73 points, led by Mike Evans with 45 points. Evans was just about to get the bench but he showed out last week. This week, the team is projected for 123.58 and the roster is below:
As always, I am available during office hours for further questions. Also, another reminder that rosters are subject to change pending final injury reports. Good luck and see you next week!