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    2016 Fantasy Football Pickups: Alshon Jeffery Suspended 4 Games for PEDs

    RotoExperts Staff November 14, 2016 5:52PM EST

    2016 Fantasy Football Pickups: Alshon Jeffery Suspended 4 Games for PEDs

    FNTSY Sports Network’s Pat Mayo, Chris MeaneyJake Ciely debate what you should do with Alshon Jeffery and Sammy Watkins for the rest of the 2016 Fantasy Football Season.

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    Alshon Jeffery Spin

    The NFL loves grabbing the headlines. It’s to the point now where they’re micromanaging the news flow for the more attention starved verticals of their product. There wasn’t much news on the WR front, so let’s drop the bomb. Alshon Jeffery’s been running super serum through his veins and will be suspended four games. Looking at it, not as a greedy Fantasy player for a moment, but as a regular Earth human, I endorse what Alshon is up to. Your team is going nowhere, with the rest of the NFL waiting with glee to hand you a signed, blank check this offseason, why not hit the juice? THE JUICE!!! Seriously. He got caught, nbd. The Bears can continue losing without him while he’s off reaping the PED benefits, primarily ailing his myriad of soft tissue maladies. Steroids, it’s what ails ya. And, getting caught works two-fold: Not only will the sauce speed up recovery of his constant stream of injuries, now he gets the added benefit of not having the opportunity of re-aggravating any of those issues, or create new ones, over the next month. It’s a lot like Antonio Gates entering 2015. He was dealing with an injury that was going to have him sidelined to begin the year anyway, so why not take some magic drugs to ensure that he’s not only at full health, but maybe he’s extended the spectrum on what “full health” entails at this point of his career. Get them checks, fellas. You’re the one who isn’t going to be able to walk, or worse, in 15 years—better make sure you have the cash to take care of it.

    Now, back to being a Fantasy owner, one whose portfolio is overflowing with Alshon shares….. FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Immediately, the question will be whether keep him on your roster. That decision, amigos, depends on your team construction and spot in the standings. Teams that have Alshon and are gliding to the playoffs, keep him. Similarly, teams that have Alshon and are out of it, keep him. Who cares? It’s those teams with 6-4, 5-5, 4-6 or even 3-6 (Not out of it yet!) records and NEED his production to make it to the postseason. That’s where this gets tricky. And, it may come down to how you feel about the prospects of your squad sans Jeffery for four weeks. At least four weeks. Look, I’m not saying he won’t return in Week 15, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility that management tells a guy who’s not returning anyway to go sip Mai Tais for an extra three weeks. It’s near the lowest probability outcome; however, it would be foolish to rule out all scenarios when attempting to decipher this situation, especially if your Fantasy season hinges on it. I’d hold Alshon if I could, but I know that’s not a reality for some owners. Carrying a dead spot on your roster for a month, in the thick of a playoff chase, just may not be feasible. So, if you’re someone whose hand is forced and must part with Alshon, I’d recommend soliciting his services to the teams at the top of your standings. Why drop a player if someone will give you starter who can help you immediately? That only makes sense. Don’t give him away for a non-useable piece just for the sake of it though. Instead of gifting the best team a potential difference maker in exchange for bupkis, you’d be better off cutting Alshon and forcing the other members of your league to bid against each other and drain someone out of FAAB money. A deep FAAB bank during the stretch run is very valuable in securing that one-game fill-in RB who could swing a week. If you were to drop Alshon, he’d command enough on the waiver market that someone in your league will break the bank on him, running them out of FAAB. Make someone gives you a viable asset or let them duke it out. In fact, even if you know you’ll be forced to drop him soon, but have the luxury of waiting on that move for a week or two, sit on him. The closer it is to Week 15, the more FAAB money will be spent on him. I understand this isn’t really a fix for anyone now down their WR2, maybe WR1, but if you can cripple another team, even marginally, you should do it. Lowering the odds of another team winner only helps yours.

    The fallout: What does this do the Bears offense? Well, it’s just another puff off the Jay Cutler’s value cig. As long as Jordan Howard doesn’t miss time, he’ll keep getting his 20ish touches every week. So, he’ll be fine. It seems like Zach Miller kinda wins here. Regardless of the quarterback, Miller has been the consistent member of Chicago’s passing attack. He’s only dipped below five targets twice in the past six games. Now, he’s not a top tier TE by any stretch, and chances are you already have someone better. But, if you’ve been playing the CJ FiedorowiczLance KendricksVance McDonald, or whoever is playing the Lions carousel each week, Miller appears like he can provide close to a 4-6 point floor every week, 8-10 in PPR leagues. It may not be any sort of great shakes, but it’s better than the zero.

    For the receivers, Cameron Meredith instantly pops back onto the radar. He worked as an Alshon clone when Jeffery went absent earlier this season, and has the best chance to fill that void again. The problem is, Meredith had a rapport with Brian Hoyer. In the two starts since Smoking J’s been back, Meredith has a grand total of four targets. And one was on his Hail Mary grab at the end of the first half against the Bucs, so it’s not like Cutler was exactly “targeting” him. Still, Meredith has the most upside, so he’s the one you should get. We’re going to get an Eddie Royal box score or two that will have us questioning whether to pick him up. Avoid that urge unless you’re in a deeper league – at least 14-teams. Don’t fall into the Royal trap, we’ve all done it, probably multiple times over the years. People, let’s learn from our mistakes. Now we’re getting into Deonte ThompsonJosh Bellamy, and a potentially-returning-this-season Marquess Wilson. If you’re in a playoff race, and you roster one of these guys, SPOILER ALERT, you’re not going to make it. If one member of that troika goes off in Week 11, be OK knowing you made the proper choice of staying away. If you still really want them, they’ll be there next week to grab. I can assure you, no one else would be foolish enough to add them right now.

    Week 11 Waiver Wire: Wide Receivers

    Full Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups at Every Position

    1. Sammy Watkins
    2. Jamison Crowder
    3. Rishard Matthews
    4. Cameron Meredith
    5. Eli Rogers
    6. Kenny Britt
    7. Kendall Wright
    8. Cole Beasley
    9. DeVante Parker
    10. Robert Woods
    11. Corey Coleman
    12. Sammie Coates
    13. Brian Quick
    14. Tyreek Hill
    15. Cordarrelle Patterson
    16. Adam Humphries
    17. Marqise Lee
    18. Kenny Stills
    19. Tyler Lockett
    20. Pierre Garcon
    21. Anquan Boldin
    22. Eddie Royal
    23. Albert Wilson
    24. Adam Thielen
    25. Jeremy Kerley
    26. Mohamed Sanu
    27. Brandon LaFell
    28. Devin Funchess
    29. Chris Hogan
    30. Tyler Boyd
    31. JJ Nelson
    32. Dontrelle Inman
    33. Quincy Enunwa
    34. Jermaine Kearse
    35. Quinton Patton
    36. Phillip Dorsett
    37. Nelson Agholor
    38. Cecil Shorts III
    39. Tajae Sharpe
    40. Chris Conley
    41. Kamar Aiken
    42. Dorial Green-Beckham
    43. Torrey Smith
    44. Justin Hunter
    45. Josh Bellamy
    46. Andrew Hawkins
    47. Robby Anderson
    48. Victor Cruz
    49. Seth Roberts

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