Fabiano’s Fantasy Focus: Week 11, Volume II

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Every week during the season NFL Network and NFL.com Senior Fantasy Analyst Michael Fabiano joins Sports360AZ.com’s Brad Cesmat to share his insight on building and developing your fantasy team for success.

Here are some hi-lights from our most recent conversation (November 15th) with the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association Hall of Famer.

What’s the most common question you’ve been asked this week? “Number one: is there a Cowboys’ running back to start? This week it’s Alfred Morris. Do you start Jared Goff this week? Jared Goff has been one of the two or three hottest quarterbacks in the league in the last few weeks. Seven touchdowns in his last two games. But he’s got Minnesota this week and he put up those seven touchdowns against the Giants, who are terrible, and the Texans who are not that good against the pass either. So this is a big week for Jared Goff. Would I start him? It depends on what else you have. You’re not going to have a lot of confidence in a guy like Jared Goff as your starter, week in and week out, if he’s proven he can’t get it done on the road against very good defenses. This is a very good litmus test for Goff and this team.”

Speaking of the Rams, are buying Robert Woods? “I mean, this guy has been Antonio Brown the past couple weeks. But it’s the same situation as Goff. Can he do it against the Vikings on the road. I think Xavier Rhodes is probably going to be on Sammy Watkins in this contest so I still like Woods in the game.”

I’m in a dynasty league and my team isn’t likely to make the playoffs. What advice would you give me for the rest of this season? “The strategy there is to look at the teams that are in contention and might need a piece that you have. It’s almost like baseball. Two years ago the Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller and they brought in all these young pieces and now, all of sudden, they have the best farm system in baseball. That’s what you want to do in your dynasty league. You can go ahead and trade away a very good player who might be a little older. Say, for example, Larry Fitzgerald. This could be his last season. We don’t know. So go out and grab a younger player, some younger pieces to your team. This way you’re looking ahead to next season trying to build on a little bit of youth and you’re trading away a piece that you may not even be able to use moving forward.”  

Is Charles Clay worth an add? He’s sitting on our waiver wire. “Clay is someone to pick up. He was one of the five best tight ends in PPR leagues before he went down earlier this season. But now you’re looking at a rookie quarterback, plus a tough match up against the Chargers who have been very difficult to score on for tight ends. Clay is someone I would err on the side of caution and sit. If you need a tight end this week, Tyler Kroft is an option.”

Are there any other tight ends who could add value this late in the season? “Vernon Davis is still floating around on the waiver wire in some leagues which I don’t get. As long as Jordan Reed is out, Vernon Davis is a very solid start. You also have some lesser options out there like Austin Hooper who is coming off a decent game. Ben Watson is also an option. But, much like the quarterback spot, that position is dangerously thin. I will tell you this: if you’re in a league where Greg Olsen got dropped, pick him up now and stash him. He’s expected to be back in Week 12.”

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