PWN Stars: Week 6
October 10, 2014 | Chad Scott
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PWN Stars is a weekly deep sleeper article – used mostly for bye weeks – but useful for degenerate dynasty folks. It’s inevitable there will be a Richardo Lockette, John Kuhn or Larry Donnell every single week. Sure, these guys are mostly useless week-to-week, but sometimes, one breakout performance turns into two, three and maybe four. That’s PWNing at its finest. You won’t find guys like Justin Forsett, Isaiah Crowell or Dwayne Allen here. PWN Stars are the blue chip fake footballers who are owned in less than 25% of MyFantasyLeague.com leagues. Guys that you can insert into your daily or seasonal/dynasty teams if you’re looking for a Hail Mary. Now that you know what this is, enter at your own risk.
Oh nothing… just sitting here watching Thursday Night Football cursing at Trent Richardson because reasons. If someone is going to troll me, can’t it be Hakeem Nicks or any other player people don’t start anymore?
The game is over and TRich did close to nothing after I typed that – so it stays. What looked to be another TNF blowout turned into a pretty decent game, eh?
Last week, my PWN Stars were Junior Hemingway and Luke Willson. Neither were game changers, but Hemingway ended up tied for WR42 while Willson settled in as the TE21. Look for Willson to come up huge this week against the tight end sieve that is the Dallas Cowboy’s defense.
Only two teams on bye for Week 6, so make sure to get players from the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints out of your lineups.
Dexter McCluster, RB/WR (19% owned)
Look, I want Bishop Sankey to breakout and get snaps more than most. Sankey’s a Faked Goods favorite and Shonn Greene has yet to practice this with some sort of ham hock injury. A shame, really. Ken Whisenhunt has shower cries about Sankey’s footwork and prefers the plodding variety Greene seems to offer, but here we are…
The stars are aligned for Sankey to breakout this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars and their fantasy friendly defense, but we all know how that usually turns out – more Sunday day drinking.
So Dexter McCluster it is and the pain it gives my never regions is real.
McCluster is leading the Titans ‘running backs’ in total snaps this year – so there’s that. Also, McCluster is leading the Titans running backs in snaps this year. The 1-4 Titans. The 1-4 Titans, on a four-game skid and who drafted the first running back in April – in the second round. I’m not bitter. I’m not.
Despite my dramatic side (and unnatural love for Sankey), I believe both backs can be worthy of a start this week because: Jags. How bad are they? Below are the totals given up this season:
The Jags are giving up the third-most fantasy points (on average) to quarterbacks; second-most to running backs; fifth-most to wide receivers; and second-most to tight ends. Impressively terribad.
Whisenhunt talked up McCluster this past off-season prompting many to compare him to Danny Woodhead in a Whiz offense. Five games (and just 109 total yards) later, he feels more like Ronnie Brown.
With Greene sidelined, I fully expect (hope) Whiz to incorporate both Sankey and McCluster in the game plan this week (with a sprinkle of Justin Hunter). For serious.
PWN Prediction: eight carries, 34 yards; five receptions, 55 yards and one touchdown (19.9 points)
Corey Fuller, WR DET (< 2% owned)
Calvin Johnson is questionable to play this Sunday with a high ankle sprain. As a fan of Johnson, I hope he sits and gets right. There’s absolutely no reason playing as a decoy and his three receptions for 19 yards over the last two weeks aren’t helping the Lions or his fantasy owners – I felt the coldness in that sentence, too. The fantasy sickness is legit, but the real reason I don’t want Calvin to play is Corey Fuller.
Fuller is getting a chance this season after being drafted by the Lions in the sixth round, cut and stashed on their practice squad in 2013.
He’s a 24-year old, 6-foot-2, 205 pound receiver who runs a 4.32-forty. He was raw coming out of Virginia Tech and had the opportunity to learn under one of the greats, in Johnson. With Calvin’s status up in the air, Fuller has a chance to draw a start or two in his stead.
Last week, Fuller played a career-high 40 snaps, catching three of four targets for just 17 yards. I’m a glass half-full sort of fella and see the positive: career-high in snaps, targets and receptions – not the 17 yards, you negative Nancy.
The Vikings are giving up the ninth-most fantasy points to wide receivers and Matthew Stafford is averaging just over 40 drop backs per game. Golden Tate looks like a borderline WR1 if Johnson is held out and the only other wide receiver Fuller will compete for targets with is Jeremy Ross.
The Lions are averaging 83.6 YPG on the ground and just 3.1 YPC. Reggie Bush is questionable after suffering an ankle injury last week and Joique Bell was just cleared from a concussion.
Fuller will be the Lion’s field stretcher sans Johnson and Stafford is averaging a deep pass (20 yards or more) every 11.7% of his attempts. The Vikings won’t have to double/triple team Johnson, so I expect Mike Zimmer to focus on stopping the run and short/intermediate passes.
PSA: Fuller makes for a sneaky deep roster pickup as is – so stash and see. Hopefully, the speedster will bear some fruit this week and keep a spot warm on the end of your dynasty benches for future fruit.
PWN Prediction: three receptions, 75 yards and one touchdown (16.5 points)