Tua Tagovailoa was announced the starting QB by the Miami Dolphins as he replaces the ageless wonder, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick obviously has not been playing bad this year with 12 Total TD’s, 1,600 yards through 6 games, leading the Phins to a 3-3 record. This is simply a good time for the Dolphins to hand over the reigns to Tua, who they drafted to be their Franchise QB. They can always go back to Fitz if needed.
I think the majority of us saw Tua play at Alabama, but here is a good refresher. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2uuOkudkgs. What you see from these clips is a Quick, smart, athletic QB with a good arm and accuracy. Playmaker, good in the pocket, good at avoiding pressure and good at throwing on the run. Also very capable of taking off and running. His most notable comparison has been Steve Young since he’s a lefty who can also make plays with his feet. I believe this was a perfect time for the Phins to move to Tua, going into their bye week at 3-3. I think he is going to succeed early and likely take this job for the rest of the season. The weapons, the coaching (Chan Gailey OC) are there for him to succeed. This is a sound situation for Tua. He needs to be smart and avoid big hits and slide (Much like Russell Wilson, who has essentially has that perfected) that’s really the only scenario I see Fitz coming back, is with a Tua injury. If you need QB help, were a Dak Owner, two QB/Superflex, Keeper leagues (Dynasty he’s gotta be gone) go add him and expect some juicy games. You may want to add him regardless, just to play matchups with your other QB. It appears the Dolphins franchise is on a serious upswing and will be bottom feeders no more.
Jimmy G had a bounce back game looking all the way healthy from his High Ankle Sprain as he had one of his best performances of his career. Deebo Samuel back and looking fully healthy was a big reason for that. Jimmy G may be in for more splash games than usual this year because of the injuries on the defense and with Raheem being out for a while they may to turn the passing game a bit more than usual.
JaMycal Hasty received 9 carries last week in the absence of Raheem Mostert who is likely out until Week 9, perhaps until Week 11 after the SF bye in Week 10. In contrast Jerrick Mckinnon only received 6 carries and it seems Shanahan really does prefer Hasty to Mckinnon as the lead runner. Undrafted out of Baylor, Hasty is a capable runner and receiver out the backfield. He’s shifty, has some good acceleration, although he is lacking breakway speed and does not have the contact balance he had in college. Hasty did record the best shuttle time in this years combine, showing he has quick feet and sudden moves. The 49ers used him the Raheem role, throwing him a bunch of tosses. He didn’t break any however gaining just 37 yards on his 9 carries. Tevin Coleman and Jeff Wilson also seem like they are close to returning with Coleman likely being the most trusted member of this backfield to lead the team in carries with Mostert out. Hasty may only be a one or two week thing, but has potential for more if he does well in his opportunity. He’s certainly worth the add playing in this run friendly offense, just go don’t too crazy adding him. 15-18% of your FAAB sounds about right.
Boston Scott was a sleeper of mine coming into this year, but he only received significant playing time in one game this year, when Miles Sanders was OUT in Week 1. Since Miles returned in Week 2, Scott has seen minimal playing time, with the Eagles going all Sanders. I think Scott deserved more playing time and with Sanders now out a couple weeks, Scott will get his chance to show his talents and possibly gain a more substantial role in the offense even when Sanders returns. Lane Johnson may return this week as well as Dallas Goedert and Jalen Reagor which will give a nice boost to this offense. The Giants on Thursday night isn’t a great matchup and Scott will likely mix in some with Corey Clement, but I think Scott gets 10-15 touches and does well with them. Look for 90 total yards and a possible score.
Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins both may be available in your leagues, but it appears Mark Ingram’s injury is not considered serious, so no sense in going nuts here. We know who Gus is, pound up the middle, bruiser type back. Dobbins hasn’t shown out in his opportunities, but you could see a scenario where the Ravens start using him more coming off the bye week. He is the preferred back to own over Gus.
It’s time for to finally give some respect to Tim Patrick. Patrick fits the bill of underappreciated sort of like what Travis Fulgham is doing this year. Patrick has assumed the Cortland Sutton role in this offense, often going deep and he has been executing catches. I don’t believe Patrick has dropped a pass all season. Patrick has good size, good hands, decent speed and is doing everything asked of him. He is a trusted asset in this Denver offense getting lots of targets. Even with K.J. Hamler (Go add that man too!) likely returning this week, I think Patrick is going to stay relevant all fantasy season.
Breshard Perriman a thing? If he wasn’t on the Jets he would be. Simply put, Perriman has the speed to get open, but both Flacco and Darnold are going to have a tough time connecting with him consistently. I’m still on the the No Jets train.
Keelan Cole popped up a few years ago as a fantasy asset and returns once again. Cole isn’t flashy, isn’t a game changing WR and probably will take a step back to Chark once he gets healthy, but this Jacksonville team is going to be throwing often with their lackluster defense. Dede Westbrook got phased out and Keelan Cole was phased back in this year, maybe they swap again next year? For now, Cole seems like a decent pickup based on the volume of targets he is going to receive.
DeMarcus Robinson is likely a one or two week play until Sammy comes back, not sure he is worth adding since his production is going to be sporadic regardless, despite playing in this offense.
Jalen Reagor, KJ Hamler two talented rookies, likely on your wire. Go grab em before it’s too late, Reagor first. Denzel Mims also looks to be returning this week, still on the No Jets team for now, but he is the one guy I may look to add.
Trey Burton is my pick up of the week. I am a week late on him, but after watching him show out vs the Bengals last week I am all in on where I can get him. Trade for him if you can, here is why. Burton displayed his talents a few years back playing along side Zach Ertz in Philly’s Championship run. Burton is quick, runs good routes, has good speed for a TE and can separate. Playing in Chicago with Mitch Trubisky did him no favors. He now retuns with his former coach Frank Reich and Reich used him right away when Burton returned from the IR, favoring him over Mo Allie-Cox and Jack Doyle. Cox probably returns this week, but it does not matter, Burton is the guy. They used him on a wildcat play where Burton ran it in for a TD, showing off his athleticism. Rivers historically loves his Tight Ends (Gates, Hunter Henry) and Burton is the next guy up. I believe Trey Burton will finish the season as a Top 5 Tight End in Fantasy.
Anthony Firkser might be a one week play with Jonnu Smith possibly out this week an ankle injury. Firkser has good hands and can get the job done, but he’s not Jonnu Smith. Firkser did most of his damage last week catching curl routes wide open. With Jonnu out, you can probably expect 4-6 catches for 40-50 yards with a possible score.
Darren Fells seems like fools gold, he’s basically the most inconsistent Tight End in Fantasy, but he did his thing again last week with -4 catches for 76 TD’s. That’s what he does, catch TD’s, good luck guessing when that will happen! Good one week play, Jordan Akins should return soon, making Fells even more inconsistent.
I bashed Logan Thomas on my podcast last week, but he caught a TD. He’s still the number 1 TE there and maybe Kyle Allen gives him a boost, so you can do worse, but from a talent standpoint, I am betting against Logan Thomas.
Here is last week’s article to check on guys that still may be out there in your league, like a Justin Jackson, etc. Although I talked about Jackson in Week 4. https://fantasysavvy.com/2020/10/15/fantasysavvy-2020-week-6-pickup-ponders-this-time-with-hersan-malakintoff/
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