Fantasy Sports Fix: 2015 free agent finds and scoring leaderboard surprises
December 1, 2015
It’s been a wild ride this fantasy football season. First your team is riding on the crest of several victories, next, you’re in the bottom half of the league struggling with injuries and low scores. But, there is a savior for my ESPN team, and his name is Adrian Peterson.
My ESPN league’s scoring is tweaked so that we get maximum points, so Peterson’s 29 points or so were 50 in my league. Those points helped me grow my lead over my opponent this week to an insurmountable 102-point lead, with victory imminent this 12th week.
Surprising as it was to see Adrian Peterson pop a 50 on any given Sunday, there were actually several players on the scoring leaderboard that really shocked me.
Seth Roberts, wide receiver, Oakland
Seth who? Yeah, I thought so. Never saw this one coming, as he hasn’t scored since Week 3 and has never in his NFL career, until now, topped 100 yards receiving. He has 21 catches for 352 yards and four touchdowns on the season, which means he has as many touchdowns as heralded rookie Amari Cooper.
Cam Newton, quarterback, Carolina
It was somewhat surprising to see Newton score less than 20 fantasy points this week. Before Week 12, he was averaging 25 points per game over a three-game span. Week 12 was also Newton’s first week without a passing touchdown, although, he did have one rushing score in the game.
C.J. Anderson, running back, Denver
Will the real C.J. Anderson please stand up? After 11 weeks of lackluster performance — except for Week 8 where he rushed for 101 yards — Anderson finally showed up and announced his presence with 113 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
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Vance McDonald, tight end, San Francisco
McDonald has shown he’s capable of not only filling in for traded tight end Vernon Davis, he’s capable of producing, too. That is evidenced in his last two games, where he’s scored a touchdown in each. He’s also compiled at least 65 yards a game since Davis was traded. He’s a good bet to produce going forward, so feel free to pick him up if you need a weekly streamer option at tight end.
Doug Baldwin, wide receiver, Seattle
I don’t really expect him to repeat this performance again anytime soon, but his Week 12 performance where he hauled in six catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns was spectacularly fluky. There is a reason he is only owned 34 percent of leagues, and it’s his inconsistency and lack of production overall. It’s not likely that he takes this game and continues to produce, but it is nice to see him on the top of the wide receiver leaderboard.
Eddie Lacy, running back, Green Bay
Where has Eddie Lacy been this season? He’s just now starting to hit his stride, so owners have some hope that he can produce for them in the fantasy playoffs. He did put up his second 100-yard performance in as many games and had a receiving touchdown.
Coming up next week, I’ll give you some tips and waiver wire grabs that you can use to win in your upcoming fantasy football playoffs.