Here we are with the second week of “You Sure About That?” In this article, I will list and talk about players at several positions that most will be afraid to play. Now, for example, I’m not gonna say, “Don’t be afraid to play Zeke against the Jags.” Uh yeah, no shit Sherlock. You have Zeke, you play Zeke. But I’m going to be looking at players who aren’t fantasy starters according to FantasyPros rankings for the week and tell you why you shouldn’t be afraid to roll with some of them. Now, you might say after a couple choices, what the hell? And that’s fine. The point of this article should be to say to me, “You Sure About That?” Let’s get back into it for Week 7.
NOTE: Last week, I said that I’d be writing up 5 players instead of 3. Well, I lied. We’re going to continue with 3 this week. In the future, we’ll look to expand.
C.J. Beathard, QB San Francisco 49ers (FantasyPros Week 7 Rank: 20)
Let’s beat it hard. Real hard. The second year QB from Iowa has played admirably in the absence of the handsome bastard Jimmy Garoppolo since he went down with a torn ACL. In all 3 of his starts Beathard has thrown 2 TDs and almost guided the 49ers to an upset win at Lambeau Field on Monday Night before Aaron Rodgers “pulled a rabbit out of his head.” Jesus, Jason Witten is terrible at commentating. This week the bearded QB will take on the Rams in a game that the 49ers should have to throw a ton to keep up with LA’s high flying offense. And that’ll be a good thing for the one who beats it hard. Over the last 4 weeks, the Rams have given up the 6th most fantasy points to the QB and have given up a high catch % this season despite all of the offseason additions to the defense. Their pass rush is still nothing to mess with though, and it’ll be critical for Beathard to get rid of it quickly, which so far this season he has done as he ranks tied for 2nd in the league in Time to Throw (the amount of time from snap to pass) with Drew Brees. Beathard has a grasp on head coach Kyle Shanahan’s system and is a terrific intermediate passer which should benefit his former teammate and shower partner at Iowa, George Kittle. Embrace the #ShowerNarrative people. If you’re someone looking for a bye week fill in or an upside play in 2QB leagues, I think you could do a lot worse than C.J. Beathard.
Frank Gore, RB Miami Dolphins (FantasyPros Week 7 Rank: 34)
Frank the Tank, Frank the Tank, Frank the Tank! This dude just won’t go away. Ever. Like he’s going to be playing Running Back in the NFL for the next 20 years. The dude is 35 years old and still going strong. Last week, the Infinite One went for over 100 yards against a tough Chicago run defense. And this week, he gets the Lions, who give up the 3rd most fantasy points per game to the RB position. The Dolphins will be rocking out with their Brock out again at QB this week, and that could cap their upside, because let’s be honest, last week was a total fluke. Osweiler sucks. I don’t know how the Bears let that happen. But back to Gore. The 29th year veteran has been impressive this year and that’s why Adam Gase continues to use him. Gore has been the most efficient runner in the league according to NFL NextGen stats and has spent the least amount of time behind the line of scrimmage. He knows his game: get the ball, don’t fuck around with it and hit the hole. He’s been hitting the hole hard his whole life. Detroit gives up 5.2 yards per carry this season and the Fins will look to run early and often. Even if he continues to split with Kenyan Drake, Gore will still be a useful player. Long live Gore’s Whores!
Frank last night:
Frank after the game today:
Willie Snead, WR Baltimore Ravens (FantasyPros Week 7 Rank: 42)
We have a #RevengeGame! And if you need a WR fill-in or a cheap DFS play, you should have a need, a need for Snead. The Ravens passing game has been surprisingly efficient as Joe Flacco to my surprise, and let’s be honest, a lot of others, has been pretty good this season. This week Baltimore gets to take on the Saints defense, who have given up the most fantasy points to the WR position and a 72% catch rate this season. And one of the reasons I love Snead this week is his matchup against New Orleans slot corner, PJ Williams. Williams ranks as one of the worst corners in the league according to Pro Football Focus and Snead makes his living working out of the slot. He probably works in the slot too. Just a hunch. In a game that has shootout potential, (any game with New Orleans does) I love Snead as an upside play. Get on the #RevengeGame narrative. It’s happening this week.
That’s all for this week. Good luck to everyone. Thanks for reading! Follow me on Twitter @hankmardukas23