As we head into Week 10 of the 2017 fantasy football season, I used or super-awesome Red Line Rankings feature, found on both our Redraft Rankings and Dynasty Rankings, to isolate some players I think will be Reliable Studs, Mid-Range Studs and Must-Grab Sleepers down the stretch in Weeks 10-16.
I urge all of you to utilize this Red Line feature weekly. Why? The feature does more than just check off who was drafted on draft day, you can highlight guys that you want to target via trade, or highlight your own players and see where your team shakes out in terms of our Rankings. Sometimes it helps cook up trade ideas, and it gives you a ‘big picture’ perspective on what players are still kind of ranked lower than they should be (before it’s too late and they play well down the stretch).
Drew Brees won’t be cheap to acquire via trade, but I think he can be had probably 10 spots lower than he should be had if you equate his current trade value to let’s say a draft that is held today for Weeks 10-16.
Melvin Gordon is in the same boat… he won’t be a steal, if you want him you will have to pay, but coming fresh off his bye, I think he explodes down the stretch to the tune of 10-15 spots better than his going value (if drafting today for the rest of the season)… he might be in my top 5 overall for Weeks 10-16.
Mike Thomas continues to play steady, but he isn’t scoring. Tied to Brees above, I think Thomas starts pulling in those scores, thus his consistent 80-90 yards per game turns into 80 and a touchdown… I think strong times are to come for Thomas/Brees for Weeks 10-16.
Christian McCaffrey, Jay Ajayi and Joe Mixon are all in line-ups in many leagues, but their RB2/3 value could soon vault up… so get ready and buy-low.
Derek Henry and Tevin Coleman are in the same position they were in when we entered August drafts. They are flex-worthy players that could vault into top 5RBs if given starts. Injuries are needed for the paths to be cleared, but make no mistake, if you land one, you could win a league. There is risk they never get starts and just remain 10 carry players that play at flex-worthy fantasy levels… that’s the name of the game. But, they are low-risk at current trade values.
Dion Lewis and Tarik Cohen are lottery tickets that could pay off big, or not at all. I love the value of both, and Lewis is even a free agent in some leagues. Grab him if that is the case.