Although my fantasy picks have missed the ball thus far, at least I’ve been consistent. My 3-6 record now matches LeBron James’s Finals record. Like James, I will come out of this season as a champion.
Ezzus on the other hand, has regressed each week. Is this just a coincidence? Or is he simply a choke artist? Don’t be surprised when he takes three Ls this week.
Ezzus is currently winning the battle with a 6-3 record, but the war is far from over.
I feel the momentum shift, and it’s just a matter of time before my fantasy picks prevail.
The Hebrew Hammer will live again.
Freaks/Cheeks: From The Mind of the Hebrew Hammer (3-6)
For the first time in Freaks and Cheeks history, all three fantasy picks of mine will be freaks. Each pick happens to be a receiver in a banged up receiving corps. That paves the way for massive opportunity and success.
Freak: T.Y. Hilton
Indy’s offense will be without both Michael Pittman and Paris Campbell for the next couple of weeks. This should mean that T.Y. Hilton along with Zach Pascal should see a bulk of the wide receiver targets.
Philip Rivers and Hilton have yet to build a consistent rapport. But the pair of veterans will figure it out.
Keep in mind that Rivers has only thrown a combined 46 passes over the last two games. That’s due to the game script against two of the worst teams in the NFL.
The Colts will play a formidable foe in “Big Dick” Nick’s undefeated Chicago Bears. This game should be a close one, meaning Rivers should have a busy day.
Expect Hilton to benefit from this, and put on a freaky display this Sunday.
Freak: Hunter Renfrow
The Raiders receiving corps is so depleted that it made Jon Gruden depressed.
Both Henry Ruggs and Anthony Edwards are will miss their Week 4 matchup against the explosive Buffalo Bills. The Bills have the third-most points per game to start the year. So, the Raiders will most likely find themselves in a shootout.
Renfrow is coming off of his best game of the season with 6 catches for 84 yards and a score. This success should continue due to his increased target share along with the fact that the Raiders will most likely face an uphill battle against one of the top teams in the league.
Freak: Marquez Valdes-Scantling
MVS really screwed his fantasy owners over last weekend with his one-catch effort. However, there is reason to believe Valdes-Scantling will snap out of his funk.
Davante Adams was back at practice on Thursday but is still battling a hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 3. Even if he does play, he’ll be limited due to Green Bay’s bye week coming up in Week 6. Why risk a significant injury to your star player if he can be fully healed after the bye week?
Along with a limited Adams, Week 3 target hog Allen Lazard will miss the next couple weeks after core muscle surgery.
Add in the fact that Aaron Rodgers is balling out and playing against one of the league’s worst defenses, Valdes-Scantling should be set up for a very productive day.
Freaks/Cheeks: From King Ezzus(6-3)
Cheeks Josh Jacobs
After his stellar Week 1 performance, Jacobs really hasn’t lived up to the hype. In PPR formats, he followed his 35-point performance with 13.5 and 9.3 points. His fantasy value Week 1 came mostly from scoring 3 touchdowns. He clearly couldn’t keep that pace up and his fantasy value has shown that.
This week, the Raiders host the Bills. I don’t expect Jacobs to put up great numbers. First, he is going up against the 8th ranked rush defense. Second, the Raiders were saying they wanted to get Jacobs more involved in the passing game all off season. Having only 3 and 4 targets the last two weeks shows he isn’t really involved in the passing game. This is concerning.
I think the Raiders will be playing from behind, limiting Jacobs touches. He has a cheeks designation heading into the week.
Freak Mike Evans
With a hamstring injury sidelining Chris Godwin for a few weeks, look for Mike Evans to get a bunch of targets. Godwin missed Week 2. This allowed Evans to have his best game this year: 7 receptions, 104 yards and a touchdown. I could see Evans having similar stats this week.
Tom Brady has shown that he likes Evans in the red zone as last week Evans got a pair of 1-yard touchdowns. He should be the main focus of the passing attack and is an easy starter for your team this week. The upside this week is too much. Don’t waste that production on your bench.
Freak Jimmy Graham
Last week, Jimmy Graham snagged two touchdowns on ten targets. This is great production for the vet.
With Nick Foles finally taking the starting job, I think Graham has some great upside in the upcoming weeks. Early on, it looks like Foles has a connection with Graham and a week of practice can make the connection even stronger. I’d expect Foles to look Graham’s way for those coveted check down targets, especially playing against the number 1 defense in the Colts.
I don’t think Graham will have two touchdowns this week. But I can see him have a bunch of the target share. His stats should look something like this: 5 receptions, 55 yards and a touchdown. I think all PPR managers will take that from the tight end position any week. If Graham is still on waivers, get him immediately. You won’t regret it.