by Phong Ta
October has finally arrived, and with it, proper football weather as well. Five weeks into the Fantasy season is a long time, and there are certainly players we’ve missed on, and we’re here to figure just who today.
Let’s not mince words here, Shady has been pretty underwhelming this season. A combination of injuries and inconsistent touches due to the Bills falling behind early have left him at just 9.7 touches per game through the first four weeks, before being fed 26 this past week, so maybe the Bills are finally realizing they need to feed their bell cow. That said, the long time Fantasy mainstay has still probably reached the lowest point that his value has been in years, making him an excellent buy-low candidate.
There are also rumors that the Eagles are interested in re-acquiring their former franchise RB after Jay Ajayi‘s season ending injury diagnosis, giving further reason to have interest in trading for the long-time veteran.
Howard has been infuriating to own in Fantasy this year, especially with Tarik Cohen around. The Bears offense finally showed signs of life in Week 4, posting 48 points, marking their first 40+ point performance since the 2013 season. However, they did it while Cohen received more touches in Week 4 than Howard did(20 vs 11). Howard is still the guy they feed between tackles as evidenced by the large disparity in carries per game(16.0 for Howard vs 6.8 for Cohen), but Cohen has been far more effective on a per touch basis, outpacing Howard by a wide margin in both yards per rush(5.1 vs 3.2) and in yards per reception(12.1 vs 7.8).
If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. And it’s obvious the Bears play better with Cohen on the field than Howard, which it seems they may be finally noticing. It may be time to consider moving on from Howard while he can still fetch something worthwhile.
Crowell just had what was likely his biggest Fantasy outburst this season after rushing for 219 yards this past week, so naturally the inclination would be to sell high on him. But with an inviting matchup in the Colts for this week, it may be wise to hang onto Gang Green’s top rusher for a bit longer, before offloading him following what should be another solid performance for him.
Besides, any Fantasy Football owner worth his salt should realize Crowell’s production has come mostly from two games(321 of his 390 rushing yards are from Weeks 1 and 5), meaning despite the big game his value is likely still quite low. But two good showings in a row and some desperate owners may finally be willing to part with a more steady contributor, especially in the heart of the Bye weeks.
*All stats provided by StatRoute, your number one resource for fantasy stats research.