Fulfilling Your Football Fantasies
by Neel Taneja on Friday, October 3rd, 2014
For many fantasy football players, the 2014-2015 season has been full of disappointments. Most notably, first round draft pick-favorite Adrian Peterson, who ran his way to 305.80 Yahoo Fantasy Football points in a record breaking 2012 season, has been suspended by the league following child abuse charges. This shocking turn of events has forced many fantasy teams to run into the ground by the loss of “All Day”, necessitating the key waiver wire pickups to power squads through the rest of the season. In addition to suspensions, injuries have plagued other fantasy stars, such as Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamal Charles, Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, and Houston Texans RB Arian Foster. While all three of these top tier RBs should expect playing time during Week 5, fantasy owners must keep their eye out for game time decisions or limited carries.
Nevertheless, the 2014 season has seen breakout performances in each position: most notably for Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck, Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray, and Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown. Each of these players is leading the league in fantasy points for their respective positions through Week 4. Luck is averaging 26.9 points per week so far this season, capped by 30+ point performances in Weeks 3 and 4. Murray has also averaged a solid 21.1 points per week, led by his monster performance this past Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles (27.5 points). Antonio Brown has been the a bright spot in a sea of mediocre fantasy receivers, being the only wideout to average over 16 points per game (18.6 ppg). Brown’s strong start to the season has peaked recently, putting up 221 yards and 4 touchdowns (46.1 points) over weeks 3 and 4.
For those desperate owners who are looking for a sleeper to pick up off the waiver wires, there are a few available players that could save your team. Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears and Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers have both put up impressive numbers for Quarterbacks so far this season. Also, “no-names” such as Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins and Brandon Hoyer of the Cleveland Browns have potential as pick-ups. Other sleepers to possibly fill your FLEX position include Steve Smith of the Baltimore Ravens, Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills and Allen Hurns of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Other players who have recently stepped into the spotlight the past few weeks are Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon, Chargers WR Eddie Royal and Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater.
No matter how well your team has fared so far in the 2014 season, a few key pickups to fill roster vacancies created by bye weeks or player injuries could be what it takes to carry your team to the playoffs this winter.
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