Each passing week presents new opportunities for pricing to shift around more dramatically than the last. In Week 9, this appears to be a common theme when targeting players who could be used for our SuperFlex position.
As always, the focus is on quarterbacks — with the odd position player thrown in — but with the added caveat that solid options are available at all price ranges. Some are simply too inexpensive to ignore.
QB Josh Allen – BUF $8,200 at JAX – I really hate the idea of targeting chalk just for the sake of it, but it’s hard to argue that Josh Allen will do anything other than put up bigtime fantasy numbers on Sunday. He may not actually be the highest-scoring player — which is a tough pill to swallow because he is the highest-priced name on the board — but he easily has the highest floor. Therefore, you are buying into him to continue to produce, at worst, to his average level.
If he explodes, then he is the second quarterback on your lineup, and you are probably in a great position for any WFS tournament.
As I mentioned earlier, it’s going to take tremendous restraint in order to fit Allen into a lineup, so it’s not necessary to force the play unless you are convinced that he reaches his ceiling. Still, he’s a target that has to remain on the short list if the rest of the build falls in-line.
RB Nick Chubb – CLE $6,500 at CIN – I always like to list one non-quarterback as a SuperFlex option, even if the main theme is that, since we can roster two quarterbacks, we should. For this particular week, we have plenty of viable targets, but a sneaky one is Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb. Why “sneaky”? Because the Browns are actually underdogs in Cincinnati on Sunday.
The Bengals have one of the better defenses in the league, and that is going to contribute to WFS players moving off of Chubb. But the Browns simply don’t care. They run the ball more than all-but-two teams in the league, and they averaged 148.5 rush-yards-per-game in the two meetings with the Bengals last year.
The Browns need to get back in the win column, and they prefer to do that with the ground attack. Chubb is finally healthy and should be called upon often in Week 9.
QB Ryan Tannehill – TEN $6,300 at LAR – Probably the biggest news to come out of Week 8 was that Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season.
Let me rephrase that.
The player who many would argue is the focal point of the Titans’ offense will not be playing for the Titans’ offense for a long time. Including Sunday. Which surely means that Tennessee will pack up its bags, forfeit the game, and look forward to Henry’s return so it can also come back to the football field.
Or the Titans will turn to quarterback Ryan Tannehill and ask him to carry the offense.
And it can be done.
Two years ago, Tannehill led the league in passer rating. He’s currently sixth. He’s also extremely underpriced and will certainly go overlooked.
Tannehill is the perfect midrange target to play against the narrative that Tennessee’s offense will suddenly be inept at moving the football.
QB Tua Tagovailoa – $6,100 vs. HOU – Dearest readers, a starting quarterback is about to play against the Houston Texans and is not priced at a number approaching infinity. Please don’t overthink this. Buy. Add Too Tagovailoa to your shortlist now.
For starters, Tagovailoa absolutely has the motivation and narrative behind on Sunday. The rumors of the last few days centered around the Texans and quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was potentially going to replace Tagovailoa. Now that the Trade Deadline has passed and Tagovailoa remained the starter for the Dolphins, is he going to be stopped by a defense that ranks third-worst in yards-per-game and fourth-worst in net-yards-per-pass-attempt.
Besides the narrative, the key is that Miami and Houston have identical 1-7 records. That’s an embarrassment for both teams, but the Dolphins must be thoroughly disappointed in that season. Tagovailoa will probably not have a better chance to show that he deserves his job than on Sunday.