Feast or Famine: Miles Sanders, Marquez Callaway, Mo Alie-Cox (2021 Fantasy Football)
With numerous injuries in the NFL and six teams on BYE, fantasy managers are juggling to set lineups. With waiver wires looking bleak, I’m targeting some underwhelming players with the potential for success to help managers during BYEmageddon. With that in mind, and based on the Fantasy Pros consensus rankings, below are some players I think will either feast or suffer from famine this week.
In this column, I analyze players with some of the most considerable variances (standard deviations) in the individual PPR rankings by my FantasyPros colleagues. Hopefully, these comparative assessments against the rankings will aid with fantasy lineup decisions, and I will try to include less obvious and trending players when possible. If you like my work, please follow me on Twitter.
Miles Sanders – (PHI)
ECR: RB20 – STDEV 2.9
In Philadelphia’s last three matchups before Week 6, Miles Sanders was only averaging 6.7 carries per game. Then heading into halftime in the game against Tampa Bay, he had one carry for one yard. His mismanagement was so blatant, frustrated Eagles fans in the stands cheered in the third quarter when the team finally gave Sanders his third carry. Although Coach Nick Sirianni said he didn’t hear the crowd, he got the message loud and clear. In a recent interview, he said the team needs to get the ball to Sanders more and that the offense needs to be more balanced. Hopefully, that equates to a correction incoming against Las Vegas. That would make sense since the Raiders are ranked 25th in run defense. The return of star right tackle Lane Johnson following a three-game absence also gives the run game a significant boost. Sanders should finish with double-digit points this week.
Marquez Callaway – (NO)
ECR: WR37 – STDEV 4.2
Marquez Callaway has been gaining momentum over his last three games. He had his best outing to date in Week 5 against Washington before his team’s BYE, posting a 4/85/2 line on a season-high eight targets. Coincidentally, it was also Jameis Winston‘s best performance in which he threw 30 pass attempts. Now Callaway faces a Seattle secondary that’s been the seventh-most generous to wide receivers. Tre’Quan Smith could return for the Monday night game but will likely be eased back into action. Callaway could also be in for a hefty workload if Deonte Harris misses due to a hamstring injury. Hopefully, the Saints will leave the training wheels off Winston this week.
Mo Alie-Cox – (IND)
ECR: TE14 – STDEV 23.3
Mo Alie-Cox has strung together three good games in a row for fantasy, but that streak will likely end this Sunday night. Although he caught a touchdown last week, he only saw three targets and ran just nine routes. That lack of usage won’t cut it against the San Francisco 49ers, as they are the fifth-best at defending tight ends. Those looking for a streaming option should consider Ricky Seals-Jones if he’s available in leagues. Seals-Jones has been utilized heavily with the myriad of injuries to Washington’s offense, and he gets a favorable matchup against Green Bay.
Corey Davis – (NYJ)
ECR: RB27 – STDEV 2.1
Although the Jets had their full complement of wide receivers, Corey Davis was the only one to play more than 61% of the offensive snaps last week. Yet, he was unable to muster up much production. Now he faces the New England Patriots, who are notorious for constraining the opposition’s best offensive player. Davis was held to 8 yards on two receptions the last time these teams met in Week 2. Not to mention Zach Wilson threw four interceptions in that contest and hasn’t exactly been proficient since.
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