The holiday season is upon us and with that means it is fantasy football crunch time. Injuries, trade deadlines, and playoff pushes lie ahead of us, but let’s not worry about that right now. It’s Thanksgiving time, a time to give thanks and remind us of all the great things in our lives; like passing up on C.J Anderson in the first round to draft Antonio Brown. Or picking up Devonta Freeman in the preseason instead of Reggie Wayne (or any other fantasy irrelevant player). Sometimes during our busy lives we forget about all the great things that surround us. Sometimes during a fantasy football season we focus more on what has gone wrong than what has gone right. So without further ado, here are some things we should be thankful for so far this fantasy football season…
If you were uneasy about drafting AP top 3, you weren’t alone. Yes this man is one of the best running backs in history, but how would he come back from a whole year off, where he contemplated retirement? Better than ever is the answer. AP is currently the league leading rusher with 1006 yards and has found pay dirt 6 times thus far. In a year filled with running back problems, this man has stayed healthy and has provided consistent production.
OBJ dispersed any sophomore slump and injury concerns (knock on wood) so far. A huge target for Eli Manning, Odell receives a plethora of targets, which he has turned into 863 yards and 8 touchdowns; good enough to rank him as the 4th WR in standard scoring leagues. This week the sky is the limit for Odell as he faces a porous Washington secondary.
Lamar Miller fantasy owners should be very thankful that Dan Campbell took over the Dolphins head-coaching job just 4 weeks into the season. Miller tallied just 18 fantasy points during the first 4 weeks under Joe Philbin. The next four weeks under Dan Campbell, Miller would explode for 85 combined fantasy points. Campbell’s added emphasis on the run and utilizing all of Miller’s talents has proved dividends for fantasy owners. Despite a tough matchup this week against the Jets, Lamar Miller has a very favorable fantasy schedule ahead of him.
Gary Barnidge where did you come from? To say the 30 year old, NFL vet is having a career year is an understatement. In his seven previous seasons, Barnidge has combined for 603 yards and just 3 touchdowns. This year Barnidge has racked up 667 yards and 7 touchdowns and ranks as the second TE behind Rob Gronkowski. No matter the matchup, “Big play” Barnidge has proven to be matchup proof as he continues to bring his consistency in every game this year.
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