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    Dealing with Your WR Issues: Raiders Amari Cooper and Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald

    Dealing with Your WR Issues: Raiders Amari Cooper and Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald
    Joe Gallina October 12, 2018 12:31PM EDT

    Burning Questions: What to do with Amari Cooper and Larry Fitzgerald?

    RotoExperts Special for the Associated Press

    Should Alvin Kamara’s owners be concerned after Mark Ingram’s two TD Monday night performance?

    No. Ingram played 16.14 percent more snaps than Kamara in Week Five but the Saints jumped out to a big early lead, and game script called for them to run the ball. Compared to Kamara, Ingram is a more traditional type of RB. He out-carried Kamara by a 230 to 120 margin last season and he came into the game with the fresher legs. Not surprisingly, Ingram scored his TDs from one and two yards out Monday night. Last season Ingram had 13 carries from inside the five-yard line compared to Ingram’s four. Kamara’s owners shouldn’t be shocked that Ingram had the busier and more productive night, but they shouldn’t panic either. Kamara finished third and Ingram finished sixth in overall fantasy points scored in Points Per Reception (PPR) scoring leagues last season. In standard scoring, Kamara was fourth overall. Those stats demonstrate that Ingram and Kamara can co-exist.

    Which under-the-radar WR has the best chance for a big game in Week Six?

    Although it appears Rams WRs Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks will be active this week against the Broncos they still should be monitored. On a team that has so many offensive weapons Woods often flies under the radar, but he’s averaging just over eight targets per game and has scored double-digit fantasy points in PPR scoring in his last four games. The Broncos defense isn’t as sturdy as it used to be. They allowed three TDs to the WR position in Week Five.

    Which under-the-radar RB has the best chance for a big game in Week Six?

    Vikings RBs have an excellent matchup against a Cardinals defense that is giving up 142 rushing yards per game and allowing 4.23 yards per carry (YPC) to RBs. They’re also tied for having allowed the most rushing TDs (8). Although it now appears that Dalvin Cook will play in Week Six, watch his situation carefully. If Cook’s status changes, Latavius Murray could be a sneaky play.

    Marshawn Lynch is another under-the-radar RB who has the opportunity for a productive Week Six. Lynch has been surprisingly effective so far this season, averaging 4.3 Yards Per Carry, and he scored a TD in each of the first three games of the season. He’s also provided fantasy football owners with double digit fantasy points in four of his first five games. Call this a revenge game against his old team, the Seahawks, who’ve given up four TDs in the past two weeks and 4.24 YPC to RBs.

    Although James White shouldn’t be considered an under-the-radar RB any longer, make sure to start him this week. He is especially valuable in PPR scoring formats against the Chiefs, who’ve given up the most passing yardage to RBs this season.

    What should fantasy players who own shares in Raiders WR Amari Cooper do with him?

    Cooper leads Raiders WRs with 31 targets and has an outstanding 71 percent catch rate, but he has been consistently inconsistent. His overall fantasy production fluctuates week to week. He’s scored between one and three Fantasy points per game in full point PPR scoring formats in Weeks One, Three and Five. In even weeks he’s scored 21 and 26 Fantasy points. Cooper’s owners should hope that he has another big-time performance in this upcoming even week (Week Six), and if he does, trade him immediately. Fantasy owners need to rid themselves of his inconsistency.

    Can Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston be used as a streaming option this week? Is he an every week-starter?

    Winston is absolutely a streaming option at QB this week against the Falcons. The Falcons defense has been decimated by injuries and that has resulted in them allowing the fourth -fantasy points per game to the QB position. They are also tied for having given up the most total TDs to QBs as well. Unfortunately Winston has yet to play up to his expected potential in his young career. However, he did look good this preseason, and still has solid offensive weapons at his disposal. Mike Evans has four TDs in his last three games against the Falcons with Winston at QB. As for the rest of the season, let’s take it one week at a time. With only four of his remaining 12 matchups against teams that are in the top eight in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to QBs, it might be best to use him as a matchup-based QB until we’ve seen that he should be treated otherwise.

    What would a trade to the Eagles mean for RB LeSean McCoy’s fantasy value?

    Although he’d benefit from working behind a much better offensive line, and that could potentially help his overall fantasy production, the Eagles love to use the running back-by-committee approach in their backfield. With Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and an eventually healthy Darren Sproles all potentially competing with McCoy for playing time, a trade to the Eagles would make his fantasy value hard to evaluate on a weekly basis.

    Can Larry Fitzgerald be dropped in season-long fantasy football leagues?

    Yes. Unfortunately hamstring issues and the uneven play of his rookie QB make him expendable if you have a better option.

    How about Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones?

    No. Marvin Jones is tied for the league lead in end zone targets through Week Five. With a TD in three of his last four games, he is especially valuable in standard scoring leagues. On the subject of Lions WRs, try trading for Kenny Golladay. You rarely hear anyone talk about him, and yet all he’s done is score double-digit fantasy points in PPR scoring formats every game this season.  He’s scored a TD in three of his last four games as well.

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