#DoingThings: Your weekly series from the Gut Feeling Podcast Crew, Jason Tran (@JasonTran) and Derek McCreath (@TheFFRx) along with FLAFFL House host Kevin Cutillo (@wallycentral)
For those of you that are new to this series, it will have a streaming type feel to it. As with most things in the FLAFFL House though, it will have a competitive component. Each week Jason, Derek and Kevin are going to pick one player and build a brief summary as to why you should start them. The one caveat to this however is the player chosen MUST not be leading their team in any fantasy relevant statistical category (read: score points, therefore targets not included) at their respective position.
Wasn’t week 11 an exciting one? Jason LETTUCE bask in the glory of his fantastic twitter avi, courtesy of Jake Anderson (@NFLDraftTalker), who does excellent work. We had our first true #DoingThings pick blow up in the form of a Kenny Stills 7-180-1 day, or 31 PPR points, giving Derek a convincing win. Lastly, with Leonard Fournette a bit of a surprise active after missing Friday’s practice Kevin took home his first loss as TJ Yeldon only got 3 points to Terron Wards 5.2.
After embarrassing both Jason and Kevin in week 12, thanks to a monster game from Kenny Still, I am riding pretty high. For the second straight week I feel like I have a no brainer pick which will easily lead me to yet another victory. While Jason seemingly does not want to win, as evidenced by his choices, Kevin says he is at least trying to win and I am sitting here wanting to crush the both of them!
Week 12 is the week of Corey Davis. Davis has spent most of the season injured to this point and has only played in 5 games, which is likely the only reason he meets the #DoingThings criteria. In the three weeks since his return, Davis has seen a total of 22 targets, good for 20.8% target market share over that time. While he hasn’t been very efficient, catching only 9 of the 22 passes thrown his direction, Davis has a golden opportunity against the Swiss cheese like secondary of the Colts this weekend. I think it is entirely possible, when looking back on the career of Corey Davis, week 12 of his rookie season will be remembered by many, if not all, as the week Corey Davis truly became the star wide receiver many have pegged him as being.
Last week, I got saved by a guy who people said wouldn’t even get the football. Terron Ward came through with enough points to not have to have another terrible twitter avi last weekend. This weekend however, I am going for the win. While I am discouraged by Derek’s pick of Corey Davis, the Colts have shown they are willing to double team the opposing top WR. With Rishard Matthews possibly out, I’m hoping they focus on Davis. Derek might be right in the fact that we could look back on this week in Davis’ career, but it could be that time that he couldn’t even do anything against the Colts secondary.
This week, I am going with a high floor caliber player, which has proven to be able to win this contest in the past. I am going with recently returned veteran, Danny Woodhead. Since Woodhead has missed most of the season with an injury, he leads no categories for the Ravens. Last week, in his return, he caught 5 passes for 21 yards. I fully expect Woodhead to get back to his regular workload soon, possibly this week. Woodhead, when healthy, is an elite pass catching back with the ability to continuously move the chains. Woodhead is the probably the best receiver on the team and if they want to win this game, they will need to make sure the ball is in his hands.
I currently have a picture of me crying in the shower as my twitter avatar. This cannot happen again. Last week I was burned by Leonard Fournette playing through his ankle injuries and TJ Yeldon not getting enough work. One more catch and Jason would’ve been back in the lettuce but instead I’m stuck in the shower. Crying. No more playing around for me. Not to mention, if I’m going to beat the two selections above I really need to bring out the big guns. I’m fully on board with people starting both Corey Davis and Danny Woodhead. Both are great options considering the increase in production both should have great days as they continue to return from injury. As good of options as they both are though, my competition completely missed an obvious one here. My choice this week is Derrick Henry.
If you listen to the FLAFFL House podcast at all you have probably heard us (and more specifically my Co-Host Sal Leto) continuously say they need to give Henry more work. Unfortunately if you look at his usage you see that the Titans are unwilling to do that. Over the last four games he’s had 13 carries against Cleveland, 8 against Baltimore, 11 against Cincinnati and 7 against Pittsburgh. His best production in those games was 52 yards against the Bengals who, coincidentally, have given up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Another coincidence? The game before that was against the Indianapolis Colts where Henry rushed 19 times for 131 yards and a touchdown. Considering the Colts have given up the fifth most points to running backs I think the Titans try to keep it on the ground again in this one. Even if he doesn’t get another 19 carries in this one I think there is a solid chance that gets in the end zone.