Week 4 Fantasy Football Value Meter: Falling
This is part two of the Fantasy Football Week 4 “Value Meter.” If you read the title, you’d notice it covers how players’ values were effected, if at all, from week 4. So with out further ado, here are the players who were less than great last week.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys - Anyone that watched Monday Night Football knew he’d be here after throwing FIVE interceptions against the Chicago Bears. Romo’s haters actually looked smart last week. However, Romo is still a top ten fantasy quarterback; He threw for over 30 touchdowns last season, and threw just ten interceptions. That alone makes him top ten. Right now Romo is a buy-low option in most fantasy owners because it’s highly likely that his current owners are very frustrated with him. If you believe he can return to last season’s form, go offer up two scrubs for him and hope that owner bites.
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers - Rivers has been terrible this year – for reasons that can’t be explained. Okay, maybe they can. The fact that he’s got as many turnovers as he does touchdowns (6) is very concerning. He has 897 passing yards, but the turnovers is what is decreasing his value greatly. Just like Romo, he’s a buy-low because the probability of him continuing this turnover rate is highly unlikely. Rivers, like Romo, is still a top ten fantasy quarterback.
Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions - Leshoure averaged just two yards per carry last week and fumbled once; that’s a far cry from his 100 yard and a touchdown week 3 effort. One thing fantasy owners need to realize, however, is that the Vikings’ run defense is surprisingly good this season. Leshoure still has the job mainly to himself, and that alone makes him a weekly flex play in standard leagues. Don’t overreact to either week 3 or 4, as his weekly production will likely be somewhere between the two.
Ben Tate, Houston Texans - Tate’s current value is less than zero, as Arian Foster receives more than 80% of the carries in Houston. With that being the case, Tate is close to drop-able – which is a shame, considering where he was drafted. If and when Foster gets injured Tate will hold value, but it’s hard to predict injury and it’s certainly not something we want to wish on one of the best running backs in the league. Buy-low in dynasty leagues if you can, though, as he has a top 10 skill set, and he’s a UFA in 2014.
Titus Young, Detroit Lions - While Young still has plenty of upside, he is the Ben Tate of receivers – The opportunity isn’t there, as he is stuck behind one of the best at his position. Young has managed to post more than one reception for 20 yards just ONCE this year – and that was in week 3 against the Tennessee Titans. The game against Tennessee, however, shouldn’t have even been as good as it was for Young, as he caught a fluke touchdown for 46 yards on a last-second tipped Hail Mary play by quarterback Shaun Hill. He’s shouldn’t even be owned except in the deepest of dynasty leagues.
Randy Moss, San Francisco 49ers - Moss was a preseason favorite of many experts this season; I was not one of those. After his week one performance: 4 receptions, 47 yards, and a TD, many thought he had returned to his glory days. Unfortunately that is not the case, as he has posted a total of seven PPR points in his last three games. He is hardly seeing the field and the only place he should be seen in fantasy is last on the waiver wire. Sorry, Randy, your days are over.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers - The perfect buy-low player in all of fantasy football, Gates has missed one game so far, and scored just a combined 21 PPR points in the other three. If you’ve followed football in the past couple of years, you’d know what Gates is capable of: He’s a future hall of famer, if that tells you anything. There’s not much else to write about Gates other than the next two words: BUY LOW!
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings - Two words of advice for the owner Red-Nose owners: Don’t panic! After putting up 108 yards and three touchdowns on 13 receptions the first three weeks, Rudolph stunk up the joint with a measly 2.8 PPR points. The worst thing to do is sell-low on a player of his caliber and have him burn the Titans this week for two touchdowns. Week 5 is where the sophomore out of Notre Dame should shine again. Pun intended.
Dishonorable week 4 mentions: QB: Christian Ponder – 111 passing yards RB: Mark Ingram – 11 rushing yards, Kevin Smith – ZERO total yards the last two weeks WR: Brandon Lafell – 27 combined receiving yards in the last two weeks, Malcom Floyd – 2 receptions/23 yards, Nate Washington – 3 receptions/43 yards TE: Dennis Pitta – Squat.