Adam’s Fake Pigskin Sneaky Starts: Crown Isaiah Crowell
By: Adam Cook (@fantasy_schnerd)
My sneaky plays are built around redraft leagues, but they can also be great daily plays as well as their salaries should be minimal. We pretty much know which defenses are good in what areas now that 6 weeks have passed, so finding value plays is becoming easier and easier. Matchups are more important when setting lineups in some instances than playing the more popular name. The Browns have a great offensive line and that is why Isaiah Crowell is a great start this week. Justin Hunter will be facing off against rookie corners, making him a great starter. Feel confident starting these players with me and reap the rewards! Let’s get started with the Sneaky Starts for Week 7. My start percentages are based off the Yahoo Fantasy Football game and were accounted for on Wednesday evening.
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Jonathan Stewart- RB- Carolina Panthers (8% Started)
Stewart wins the award for 1st injured Panthers running back to return from injury and he is awarded with a juicy matchup with most of the snaps to himself. Darrin Reaves hasn’t shown any juice and Fozzy Whittaker is strictly a special teams guy. Stewart walks into a starting role where he is a basic lock to receive at least 15 touches. Head Coach Ron Rivera recently said they he looks good in practice. Cam Newton is finding a groove and moving the offense meaning scoring chances could be plentiful. Kelvin Benjamin is questionable with a concussion too. He gets a dream matchup versus a Green Bay run defense allowing 4.6 YPC and 154.5 RYPG. I just can’t quit this guy and he is a top 20 RB play this week in my opinion.
Bold Prediction: 15 carries- 71 yards- 1 touchdown- 2 receptions- 10 yards
Isaiah Crowell- RB- Cleveland Browns (9% Started)
Crowell had a bad fumble last week and a couple dropped pitches, but I have never seen a guy look so good doing so. He tore up the Pittsburgh run defense last week rushing for 77 yards and 1 touchdown on only 11 carries. I received a carry inside the 10 yard line which he converted and proved he is very effective around the goal line. The Browns are a very run heavy team, so the opportunity is there for two running backs to be top 25 plays. The Jaguars have been better against the run lately but they still allow 117.2 RYPG (19th ranked) and haven’t faced an offensive line as good as Cleveland’s. Ben Tate is the unquestioned started, but I like Crowell to pound one in the end zone in Week 7.
Bold Prediction: 12 carries- 60 yards- 1 touchdown
Carson Palmer- QB- Arizona Cardinals (8% Started)
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In his two games played this year, Palmer has averaged 277 YPG with 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He threw the ball at an estimated 80% health last week and he will only improve this week with more health. The matchup is great versus Oakland who Phillip Rivers just shredded. Oakland is allowing 227 PYPG this year on only 30.2 passing attempts per game. They have also allowed 9 touchdowns versus only 2 interceptions. Palmer is a top 10 play this week and I would start him over Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan. His weapons at his disposal: Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, and John Brown should destroy the Oakland secondary.
Bold Prediction: 313 yards passing- 3 touchdowns- 1 interception
Justin Hunter- WR- Tennessee Titans (19% Started)
Hunter has led the Titans wide receivers in snaps played over the last two weeks and is looking like the de facto No.1 wide out. His yardage totals of 99 and 77 yards over that same timeframe prove he has the ability to take the top off the defense. He gets a juicy matchup versus the Washington Redskins who even “Clipboard Jesus” Charlie Whitehurst should be able to take advantage of (If Jake Locker doesn’t play). Heck, if Locker ends up playing than it makes Hunter a stronger play. The Redskins start two unproven corners who have allowed 13 touchdowns in 6 games. I would play Hunter over Kendall Wright, Roddy White, and Wes Welker.
Bold Prediction: 5 receptions- 95 yards- 1 touchdown
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Ben Watson- TE- New Orleans Saints (0% Started)
A lot of analysts have been talking up Josh Hill this week, but I will go against the grain and take Ben Watson. Jimmy Graham is very questionable to play and you would think the Saints would learn from the Lions in resting an injured star. Two weeks ago when Graham went down versus Tampa Bay, Watson played the majority of the snaps. Watson had 5 receptions on 7 targets that week while Hill has 8 targets for the whole season! Hill may be the young flashy new toy, but I would expect a Saints team in need of a win to go with the solid veteran. Don’t over think the situation and go with the safe play.
Bold Prediction: 5 receptions- 58 yards- 1 touchdown