Fantasy Football Impact: A Dolphin Tale

It's hard to say what was more sadistic Sunday night - The Walking Dead premiere or Seahawks-Cardinals.

Without further ado …

The legend of Jay Ajayi continues for a second week and for non-owners, heaven help us all. The same guy left off the team plane as a healthy scratch in Week 1, became just the third running back to post back-to-back 200 yard performances ever. You can't help but be impressed; it looks like a light switch has flipped for the second-year back. It’s hard not to find religion with Ajayi after two such games but the Steelers are middle of the road vs. the run (16th) and Buffalo is 27th.

Here's what to know going forward - the road is about to get rougher and his value will never be higher if owners want to sell. After a bye this week,  Ajayi has two games against the Jets, ranked No. 2 vs. the run - twice - including Week 9 and Week 15, the latter being prime playoff territory.

The rest of Miami's schedule is at Chargers (No. 8 vs. the run), at the Rams (No. 15), the 49ers (32nd), at Ravens (No. 5) and Cardinals (No. 14). He's going to come back to earth soon so forget about a bust in Canton. If owners don't try to sell high, take pleasure in knowing that he's going to have chances. His workload is a welcome sign considering
If owners can make it to Week 16, you get rewarded with a second Bills game. It’s going to be a defining stretch for Ajayi and if he flourishes, he'll be a first round pick in next year's drafts.

Sunday night debacle: The atrocities were many Sunday as the 6-6 primetime game was a giant stick in the eye for fantasy players everywhere. The silver lining for Arizona was that at least statistically, the yardage was there, including a 300-yard passing game for Palmer and a 100-yard rushing game by David Johnson.

Seattle was almost more frustrating thanks to the inability to string together more than a couple first downs, if at all. And it’s getting harder and harder to defend QB Russell Wilson - let along trust him and start him. Wilson is obviously hurt and - BTW -on pace to rush this season for ... 88 yards. Look elsewhere for a QB because the Seahawks have already had their bye and Wilson won't probably heal up much by playing on whatever he has injured.

Cardinals-wise, a nice matchup with the Panthers' defense is on the horizon and a chance for the passing game to really thrive. Both teams deserved an L after this one, and many fantasy teams depending on players involved - probably got one.

Green Bay bashing: On last week's Sports Works Fantasy Lounge, Sean Baligian and I clubbed the Packers and their lack of offensive production. Guess what - I'm still not sold despite the second half in their blowout of the Bears.  Brian Hoyer's broken arm paved the way for a bevy of three-and-outs that allowed for a layup for the Packers. Green Bay has only had two good halves of football all year (ask the Lions about the first one) and still is ranked on 21st in total offense. The newest problem - a lack of running backs with a pulse could drag down the offense. I don't buy this, but if you can find a buyer for Aaron Rodgers, go for it.

Best game of the day: Chargers-Falcons featured a happy ending where most of us got everything we wanted. It's becoming more and more rare.

Uniform Note: LOVE the retro 1960s Dolphins throwbacks. Makes you wonder how they can screw it up with the modern version. Also, the plain throwback blacks that the Falcons wore were great, too. More, please.

Pick these guys up:

Jacquizz Rodgers, Bucs: Do. It. Now. Despite 255 yards combined the last two games, his ownership in ESPN leagues is at 32 percent. What? Doug Martin is still injured, meaning Rodgers is going to continue to get touches - and this week's game with the Raiders is likely going to keep the production rolling.

Ty Montgomery, Packers: I am not in love with the Packers offense, but I am infatuated with the workload that Montgomery is getting. He's had 20 catches the last two weeks and getting the occasional carry for Green Bay thanks to their running back apocalypse.

Knile Davis, Packers: Grab and stash - like a penny stock. Davis is worth adding and keeping if you have the roster spot. He's flashed ability but also struggled to hold onto the ball or stay healthy. But worry about those other two things later, the wave of running back injuries in the fantasy world is reason enough to target a healthy back with a chance to start.

Davante Adams, Packers: No I don't believe in the Green Bay offense being "back" but it is still a viable thing capable of producing points - even in a diminished capacity. Consider Adams James Jones 2.0 where there might be one catch for 15 yards and a TD or

Justin Forsett, Lions: Call me crazy but I'm endorsing another Lions RB. He nailed the eyeball test against the Redskins with 33 yards on 8 carries. I love his potential in this offense, if he can stay healthy.

Mike Gillislee, Bills: Let's hear it for Rex Ryan, as in way to rush your star RB LeSean McCoy back into action while he's STILL INJURED. Well, at least you can say he's consistent - the same thing happened last year to McCoy. Rant over, go and grab Gillislee, he has a good opportunity for carries in Buffalo with McCoy's injury status.

Jack Doyle, Colts: Hard to figure this out, he's unstoppable. Sure he lit up the Lions, but with almost every other receiver hurt aside from T.Y. Hilton, He's a healthy target for Andrew Luck.

Others to consider: Devontae Booker, Marquise Goodwin, Jacob Tamme.

Don't forget: Watch the Sports Works Fantasy Lounge every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on the FOX 2 Facebook page.

About the author:

David Komer is a web producer/multimedia journalist for FOX 2. He is a former fantasy sports columnist for SportsIllustrated.com where he wrote for three years and he has won more than 20 Michigan Press Association awards in news and sports coverage in his career.
 


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