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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 (October 7th) with the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association Hall of Famer.
I left about 75-80 points on my bench this week with Russell Wilson and Will Fuller. What are your thoughts on those two players? “Will Fuller, he was a good play this week. We talked about that on the show, “NFL Fantasy Live.” We had a segment where we were talking about players who hadn’t scored a touchdown and which players would crack that egg and Will Fuller was my player and it was because Atlanta’s defense is just awful and Will Fuller’s a guy who can beat you deep. Atlanta can’t stop wide receivers who beat you deep. I can kind of understand your quarterback situation, I had Russell ranked higher, but Kyler had a great game! Now, if you had told me you had left Deshaun Watson or you had left Michael Thomas on your bench then I would have laughed at you. But hey man, it’s fantasy football.”
Were you expecting DJ Chark to have a breakout week like he did last week for the Jags? “No! Heck no! Did anybody? The leap that he’s made is unbelievable. This wasn’t even a good matchup. I don’t even think I had him ranked in my top 30 wide receivers this week. And he goes for 36 (points). So, that shows you what I know. No one saw this coming. Everyone was talking about Dede Westbrook in Jacksonville then Nick Foles went down with the injury. Gardner Minshew comes in and suddenly, this guy’s got tunnel vision for DJ Chark, especially in the red zone. It’s been a ridiculous start for this kid. I don’t know if he can keep this up but if you continue to have him on your roster, he needs to be in your starting line-up. It’s been almost five weeks now.”
Can you please sift through the Pittsburgh quarterback situation? “Number one: I hope Mason Rudolph is okay. That was scary. Devlin Hodges is coming in. It looks like he’s gonna be the quarterback of the Steelers for the foreseeable future. Nothing against the kid but you’re going from a Hall of Fame quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger to Mason Rudolph, who at least had some NFL experience, to Hodges who’s got relatively little. It’s gonna hurt everybody. It’s gonna hurt JuJu. Connor. McDonald. Washington. JuJu is still putting up pretty good numbers but the situation in Pittsburgh is clearly not ideal from a fantasy perspective.”
Play one this week: Kirk Cousins or Kyle Allen? “See, Cousins…It’s hard to gauge after what they did last week. Are the Vikings now gonna go to a more balanced attack? Or are they gonna go back to running the football? The matchup this week against Philadelphia is favorable for Cousins. I’d probably go with him, but I do think Kyle Allen is a decent sleeper. I’m gonna go with Cousins, but honestly it’s really a flip of the coin in terms of what Cousins is going to be from here on in because he played really well against the Giants whose defense is just absolutely terrible.”
What’s your view on Josh Jacobs out in Oakland? “I was 100 percent wrong on Jacobs this week. I don’t know if anybody liked him, and then he goes and has that kind of game against the Bears? 30 fantasy points nearly against Chicago. You win some, you lose some. The volume is there, and he’s had two big games. He had averaged nine fantasy points in his previous three before going to London and absolutely mangling the Bears’ defense. So, he’s gonna be an RB2 for most of the rest of the season.”
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