Fantasy Sports Fix: Making the grade at 4-0 |

Fantasy Sports Fix: Making the grade at 4-0

Chris Gingrich/For the Craig Daily Press
Chris Gingrich

I always trust my instincts when it comes to picking fantasy football teams. I drafted a team on Yahoo! back in early August or late July, and Yahoo graded my drafted team with a D. Yes, a D. Now, that’s not very good, or should I say, it doesn’t look good. What has happened after that has defied the grade of D and showed that Yahoo’s grading system for fantasy drafts needs fixed, or I’m just good at drafting teams. Either way, the point is that my team, the Wild Hogs, is now officially 4-0 this fantasy football season and that grade of D from Yahoo looks quite silly at this point.

This team was built around my first round pick and the first overall pick in the draft, Jamaal Charles. Charles is definitely in charge this year averaging nearly 16 fantasy points a game and always going over his projected totals. I needed to make sure I got two top running backs to solidify my backfield. That, I thought I did with the other pick being Carlos Hyde, but Hyde only has two touchdowns while averaging 70.5 yards rushing per game and missing his projections the past three weeks. Ameer Abdullah, and my other running back, Matt Jones, are barely picking up the slack left behind by Carlos Hyde, but they are keeping me competitive every week with a lot of receiving yards and even a couple receiving touchdowns.

Now, the real gems of my team, and the ones really helping me out the most, are my wide receivers. AJ Green, Keenan Allen and Amari Cooper lead my receiving corps. Green had a monster game against the Ravens in Week 3 with 13 catches for 227 yards and two TDs. Even in standard scoring leagues, that amounted to 34.70 points for Green. Keenan Allen has outperformed his projection in three of his first four games and is already on pace for over 10 touchdowns this season. Cooper is averaging 10 targets a game, which is a 160-target pace on the year. Cooper is playing like a veteran and in standard scoring leagues is averaging close to 11 fantasy points per game.

Now, my quarterback situation is looking pretty good at this point with Carson Palmer loading the stat sheet with 288 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game. I thought Carson Palmer still had some gas left in the tank, but I wasn’t expecting him to be beating his projections by five to eight points every week. I’m really happy that I got Palmer in the eighth round, but I did reach a little bit and could have left him on the board for another 2 rounds at least.

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