In this week’s My Mind on Sports Fantasy Column, I’ll be looking at the surprise performances from Week 8. As always, the performances are worth taking into consideration as you set your lineups for Week 9.
Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders, QB): The second year quarterback has quietly continued to put together a solid 2015 campaign. Perhaps suiting up for the Raiders has caused him to fly under the radar for most of the season. Going into Sunday’s Matchup against an elite defense had earned Carr a spot on NFL Fantasy Lives’ “sit’em” column. Still considered to be a matchup-based starter, Carr’s face off with the stingy Jet’s defense appeared unappealing according to the majority of fantasy experts. Fortunately, the game is played between the hash marks and not on paper-estimated statistics. Showing improvement in his ability to see the field, he finished the day with 23 completions, 333 yards and four touchdowns. A state line such as the one posted by Carr this past Sunday; against an elite caliber defense, has certainly garnered the attention of many fantasy owners. With six teams on bye in Week 9, Carr is would be worth a waiver wire claim and a viable option moving forward.
Malcolm Floyd (San Diego Chargers, WR): The “next man-up” mentality was epitomized during the Chargers showdown with the Ravens. Following fellow wide out Keenan Allen’s injury, Floyd was among the players asked to step up to fill the void. The seasoned veteran displayed that he still has enough in left the tank to be a vertical deep threat. He hauled in four receptions for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns. One of Floyd’s touchdowns came on a 70-yard bomb from Philip Rivers, leaving Floyd the opportunity to stretch the field and score. With Allen’s season ending injury looming, Floyd will once again be thrust into a pivotal role in the offense. Moving forward, Floyd should be the beneficiary of an increase in targets. Floyd remains a free agent in a majority of leagues and would be a worthy addition to your rosters as a solid WR2-3 and/or flex the rest of the season.
Willie Snead (New Orleans Saints, WR): It is amazing what a three game winning streak can do for a team, especially in the fantasy realm. Prior to Week 6’s upset over the then undefeated Falcons, it seemed as though the New Orleans Saints offense had fallen from fantasy relevance. The resurgence of Drew Brees has played a pivotal role in the emergence of Snead. With Drew Brees looking the like Drew Brees we all know and love, the emergence of Willie Snead has come as pleasant surprise. The shootout in the bayou against the Giants on Sunday left no shortage of fantasy points on the table. Snead racked in 6 receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns. With his first double-digit touchdown performance now in the books, expect Snead to continue to establish himself as one of Brees favorite targets. In order to avoid the bye week blues, we would advise putting in a waiver claim for Snead immediately. The Saints offense has appeared to gain momentum as the right moment and look for Snead to remain a viable WR 3/flex option for the remained of the season.
Source: NFL Fantasy Live and ESPN Fantasy Football Now