Fabiano’s Fantasy Focus: Week Nine, Volume I

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Every week during the season NFL Network and NFL.com Senior Fantasy Analyst Michael Fabiano joins Sports360AZ.com’s Brad Cesmat to share his insight on building and developing your fantasy team for success.

Here are some hi-lights from our most recent conversation (October 30th) with the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association Hall of Famer.

What do you make out of the Demaryius Thomas deal to the Texans? “First off, it’s actually pretty ridiculous he plays the Broncos this week, right? You go from being traded to a revenge game against the team that just traded you. I think it’s a good thing for Demaryius Thomas. He’s been very inconsistent this season. Now he goes to Houston where he’ll be the number two behind DeAndre Hopkins. He’ll have a better quarterback throwing him the ball in Deshaun Watson. I’m not saying he’s going to get back to elite status like he was when he had Peyton Manning throwing him the ball but Demaryius definitely sees a little uptick in this trade.”

How does this impact the Broncos wideouts? “The biggest winner in this trade is Courtland Sutton so if he’s available, go out and get him now. If you have to put in a waiver claim, do that now. He is an absolute playmaker who has a ton of upside in this offense. Now he’s going to see far more snaps, far more targets. This kid could end up being a league winner for you for the rest of the season. He is that good.”

Flip it around to the Texans. Should I be concerned if I own Hopkins? “No, I don’t think so. I really don’t think so at all. Hopkins is still going to get his. He’s going to see eight or more targets every single week and the rapport is still much better with Watson. Watson needs to build that rapport with Damaryius Thomas over the coming weeks so this doesn’t affect Nuke Hopkins at all.”

How about Golden Tate landing with the Eagles in Philadelphia? “This one kind of stinks unless you have Kenny Golladay or Marvin Jones and if that’s the case, you’re probably dancing in the streets right now because both of those guys are guaranteed to see more work. If you go to Philadelphia, now you’ve got Alshon Jeffery-who potentially loses some targets in that offense. Nelson Agholor is droppable at this point and Golden Tate has already had his bye. So if you had Golden you were probably ready to fire him up this week, now you lose him for the second week in the first nine weeks. That one stinks.”

Does this make Carson Wentz even more valuable? “With Tate now being in Philadelphia it really helps the value of Carson Wentz. There’s no doubt about that. I would say Tate goes from like a high WR2 in a PPR league to more of a lower WR2. I will say this, adding Golden Tate means one thing: they’re going to throw the football. They have no running game at this point.”

How does this impact Zach Ertz? “Hertz is going to be fine. He is certainly the most popular target in the pass attack for Carson Wentz. That’s not going to change.

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