October 29, 2019 by squish
Written by Gerry Leung
Normally we don’t get too excited during the NFL Trade deadline but so far we’ve seen Drake traded to the Cardinals and Penny now on the block for the Seahawks. Chase Edmonds’ injury also opens things up for this Cardinals offense and Cooks’ 2nd concussion should free up some targets for the Rams receivers. I’ll outline some players below who I think should be worth copping or dropping this week.
Joe Flacco, Malcolm Brown, Brandin Cooks, T.J. Hockenson
The Broncos have ruled out Joe Flacco for week 9 with a herniated disk and it will be interesting to see what they do with him for the rest of the season. Flacco through 8 games has completed 65% of his passes and gone for 1822 yards and 6 touchdowns with 5 interceptions. Not the greatest stat line for the veteran 34-year-old. With the trade deadline today, they might be on the hunt for a new Quarterback so it’s safe to drop Joe Flacco in all formats.
Many fantasy owners spent a good portion of FAAB on Brown early in the year after his one hot start. Since then his volume has dipped and he’s been dealing with an ankle injury. Missing consecutive weeks, Henderson has filled in nicely and looks to be the running back we all expected. It will be tough for Brown to regain his spot when he comes back especially with Henderson running hot right now. If you aren’t the direct back up to Gurley, you can be safely dropped.
Concussions have been a major issue for Brandin Cooks. This would be his second concussion of the year and one more could knock him out for the season. Through 8 games he has 27 receptions, 402 yards and 1 touchdown. Regression has definitely hit Cooks hard this year with the return of Cooper Kupp. His low floor and injury history makes him tough to keep on your roster. It’s either time to drop Cooks or trade him for what you can.
After his lone 100-yard performance against the abysmal Arizona defense, Hockenson hasn’t topped 35 yards in any other game since. Against the Giants who were previously the fantasy gold mine for tight ends, Hockenson had one catch for 21 yards. He’s still young and is a great dynasty keeper but in standard season long he’s not worth a roster spot considering you can stream tight ends every week. Hockenson looks like a better real life player than fantasy at this point.
Derek Carr, Mark Walton, Josh Reynolds, Jonnu Smith
Quarterback options aren’t great this week but Carr makes for an interesting streamer. He hasn’t surpassed 38 pass attempts in a game yet but he threw for 3 TD’s against the Texans and will face off against Detroit who’s secondary was just shredded by Daniel Jones. Carr has thrown at least 2 touchdowns in four of his last five games. Detroit has allowed over 300 yards or multiple passing touchdowns in every game so far this season. If you are in need of a streamer Carr looks like a good option.
Mark Walton should see an uptick in work load with Drake now out of the picture. If Drake is still available in your leagues he is a must add. Walton should likely see 15 plus touches per game and in this offense that’s enough to make him a low end RB2 most weeks. Walton also out carried Ballage 11 to 3 on Monday Night Football which is a good sign. He’s the number one add this week for me.
Cooks suffered yet another concussion last week and Reynolds filled in nicely with 3/73/1. The Rams are on a bye week so we should get confirmation on Cooks ahead of next week but Reynolds would be a nice filler. We’ve seen last year when Reynolds filled in for Kupp, he can be a steady producer. In the 6 games last year without Kupp he had 22 catches, 304 yards and three touchdowns. If Cooks misses any time, Reynolds could be a serviceable receiver
Smith filled in nicely for Delaine Walker last week as he finished with 6 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. Granted, this production came against a horrible Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. It does concern me that he ran a route on just 18 of Tannehill’s 38 dropbacks. However tight ends are thin and Jonnu should see enough volume to get you by each week until Delaine gets healthy.
As a reminder, the drop list are the players who are no longer must haves on rosters. The cop list consists of players who are worth a roster spot. Check back next week for the latest edition of cop or drop. Good luck this week and feel free to hit me up on twitter with any questions @GK_Leung.