Dynasty Football Advice: Week 13
As the weeks drag on and dynasty GMs need to replace injured players, the pool of useful free agents is getting thinner and thinner. Hopefully, you’ve been able to grab some of the players off of the waiver wire as directed by the numerous articles at Gridiron Experts. At this time of the year, you might be focusing on making pickups based on who can help you next year as opposed to someone who will help you out during the playoffs. Those players are already on your team because you probably snagged them last year. What I got for here is a couple of names that have seen spot duty this year for injured players or have had a couple of weeks where they overachieved enough to show promise heading forward.
When we say Baltimore Ravens and tight end most people are going to know the name Mark Andrews, but there is another tight end who happens to be on the same team that is right on his heels. Nick Boyle is a player that has streaming potential and is available out there in more leagues than you would think. The Ravens thought enough of him to give him a 3-year deal this past March worth $18 million. The contract is backloaded too so they plan on him being with the team for the next couple of years. He has gotten slowly better at doing what the team asks him to do averaging 25 receptions and 205 yards on 37 targets over each of the past 2 years. He has already matched those marks in just 11 games so he is again doing better. His yards per catch has gone up from 7.3 YPC in 2017 to 9.3 YPC in 2018 and this year he has increased his average again to 11.7 YPC. You will have to start him on the right weeks to benefit from his production but you can start him knowing that when he is in the lineup with Lamar Jackson his value is greater than many other tight ends out there. You’ll only be able to start him though if you have him on your roster so go put in a claim if he happens to be out there.
The Eagles are one of the oldest teams in the league right now and don’t have a ton of dynasty prospects to look at. While you might have a better chance with Online Sports Betting PA, Boston Scott is a guy who has benefitted from the many injuries and underachieving in the Philadelphia backfield. Toward the end of the year, Scott might be near the bottom of the depth chart but he is at least healthy and on the active roster. That being said he is averaging over 4 yards per carry and has a single catch for 5 yards this year. At 5′ 6″ tall and weighs 203 pounds, he is a player that doesn’t quite fit the ideal measurables for a running back. Then you see his ability in the passing game and notice his quickness on the field and you see how he can siphon carries off of other Eagles running backs. He was timed running a 4.40 forty yard dash last year when he came into the league. I know we can’t trust coach speak, but Doug Pederson was quoted as saying that the Eagles think they have found their replacement for Darren Sproles. Sproles’s role was to come in obvious passing down packages and pick up yards out of the backfield by beating the linebackers around the corner and getting first downs. Scott won’t be an every-down back at his size but in leagues where there are flex spots or if your format involves PPR, which it more than likely does, then his future has more potential. He needs to be an RB2/RB3 to entertain the idea of starting him so if you have him wait for Philadelphia to smooth out their RBBC.
Here is another candidate for future consideration more than immediate impact. With Greg Kittle sidelined Dwelley has some value, but with a healthy Kittle, Dwelley is unlikely to give anyone’s fantasy team much help. What we need to pay attention to is all of the snaps that Dwelley does get because they are like an audition for next year. If he shows he knows what to do with the snaps he does get he can earn the trust of the coaching staff moving forward. That will translate into more opportunities for him on a more regular basis. We have seen coaches in the past figure out players can do more than is currently being asked of them so they start putting them in the game more or maybe even design packages for them. I don’t think Dwelley is stealing any snaps from Kittle when he is healthy, but he could force head coach Kyle Shanahan’s hand and get the 49ers to run more multiple tight end packages. I am watching what Dwelley is doing with his time on the field every week so I can see if that results in more of the same the next week. If his audition proves successful he will be getting more time. The longer that pattern continues, the more likely I am going to try and grab in in some of my leagues where I am lacking depth at the tight end position.