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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 16th) with the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association Hall of Famer.
Biggest fantasy storyline you see off the top heading into Week Eight? “Look at some of the elite quarterbacks and the match-ups they have. Brady has the Bears on the road this week. Brees has Baltimore this week. Watson has the Jaguars. Rivers has the Titans. You know their defense is pretty tough. I’m not suggesting that you need to be sitting Tom Brady or Drew Brees. Watson is another story. It’s going to be difficult to manage that top-level quarterback position.”
Are there decent options out there to add a QB if needed? “There are good quarterbacks out there that you could pick up off the waiver wire. I mean, if you’re smart you’ve already added Jameis Winston but he could be out there and there are some lesser quarterbacks which good matchups that if you want to play the matchups and you want to ignore a guy like Watson for the week, Jameis has a great matchup this week, Joe Flacco has a great matchup this week. Eli Manning, I know a huge risk but on paper has a really good matchup this week. Baker Mayfield has a really good matchup. Andy Dalton also has a really good matchup against the Chiefs.”
Devonta Freeman on injured reserve. What do you make of the Falcons backfield now? “That’s a tough one because a lot of people drafted him in the second or third round to be their RB2. Tevin Coleman will continue to be the starter and see a good portion of the touches but Ito Smith is starting to eat into those touches in the last two or three games so Eno needs to be owned in all leagues across the board with Coleman being the preferred option out of that Atlanta backfield.”
Dynasty league: Tyreek Hill or Michael Thomas? “Dynasty league…you can’t start both? If you’re in a dynasty league and you’re trying to potentially trade one for the other, I’d rather have Michael Thomas but both of those guys are studs, especially if you have them in dynasty leagues. Both are good young wide receivers.”
Assume James Conner is still a must-start every week with the Le’Veon Bell situation still status quo? “Conner has been so good. If he’s the featured back the volume is going to be there so he’s a guy you’re going to play week in and week out. The problem comes, obviously, if and when Bell comes back and he is going to come back. He has to come back but he might not come back until Week 10 because at that point that’s we he needs to do to accrue enough games to become a free agent for 2019 which is what this is all about in the first place. So, at some point, Bell is coming back. We just don’t know when and we don’t know if he’s going to be in some sort of time share when he does return because James Conner has earned the right to be more than a bench player for the Steelers once Bell does decide to come back.”
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