William Shakespeare wrote that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Not only is that great literature, it’s great fantasy advice.
In the last two weeks I’ve seen guys adding Reggie Wayne and James Jones to their teams like it’s 2010 or something. Jones is on the downside of a career in which he’s never had 1,000 yards receiving and Wayne, age 36, is currently without a team, yet is still owned on about ten percent of fantasy rosters, according to ESPN.
You may be more familiar with Reggie Wayne, but his 2014 season (779 receiving yards and two touchdowns) wasn’t as good as Rueben Randle’s (938 receiving yards and three touchdowns). Or Eddie Royal’s (778 receiving yards and seven touchdowns). Both Randle and Royal are probably available in your league, and they’re actually on an NFL roster.
Don’t choose players based on their careers. Let the other owners in your league pay this year’s prices for last year’s stats. All that matters is this season.
Billy Shakespeare was right about roses – no matter what you call them, they smell just as sweet. Ignore the names and choose players who will produce this season.
Let’s get to Week 1…
Three Players Who Will Wreck Your Opponents This Week:
Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago – Royal and the Bears will be playing catchup against a great Green Bay team, so Chicago will be throwing a lot. Jay Cutler is short on receiving option, he has a rapport with Royal, and Alshon Jeffery is banged up with a strained calf. Royal should have plenty of passes thrown his way.
Eli Manning, QB, New York – Dallas has a banged up secondary, and Manning scored 22 and 23 points in two games against the Cowboys last year. The game is on Sunday night, and Vegas thinks it’ll be a shootout.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota – This one is easy, but the Vikings are facing off against a 49ers team that has lost too many players and a lot of its identity. I think Minnesota gets up early and pounds the ball with Peterson.
Three Players Who Will Wreck Your Team This Week:
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina – He has no wide receivers and the Carolina offensive line is in shambles. I’m sorry if you drafted him early like a lot of people I know, because I think it’s going to be a brutal year for Newton.
Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis – According to NFL.com, the Colts plan on keeping Gore’s carries low this season. When you also consider that they face Buffalo’s tough defense in week one, I’d have to be desperate to start him.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago – Jeffery has a strained calf, as mentioned above, but he’s probably going to play. You could end up in a situation where he’s just used as a decoy for about ten plays, or leaves the game early. You probably have to start him, but it’s a risky play at this point.
The Guy Who’s Wrecking My Fantasy Season This Week:
The unnamed owner in one of my leagues who is hoarding three quarterbacks and refusing to trade any of them, leaving me with Sam “Mr. Glass” Bradford as my only option. You know who you are, and when one of your wide receivers shreds his hammy, I’ll be waiting.
Ben Zajdel is a ProFootballBeast.com contributor. You can follow him on Twitter at @bzajdel. His last name would be a great Scrabble word.