Roundtable Week 3

The Footballguys Roundtable panel discuss the fallout of Week 3's fantasy devastation, Matt Waldman's Replacement's article, non-fantasy (non-IDP) entities and their impact on fantasy options, and when our staff is prone to overreaction.  

Welcome to Week 3 of the 2020 Footballguys Roundtable. Our intrepid and oddball panel of fantasy pundits discuss and debate targets in the wake of Week 2's devastation on top draft picks, preemptive players who could eventually serve as unheralded replacements, (non-IDP) non-fantasy players and their impact on fantasy commodities, and when our staff is prone to overreactions as fantasy general managers.

Let's roll...

Week 2's Fantasy Devastation

Matt Waldman: It was an awful week for injuries with fantasy impact in the NFL. Give me two players you believe have the best opportunity to deliver fantasy starter value for as long as the starter he's replacing remains out.

Daniel Simpkins: Mike Davis is the player I’m advocating that fantasy players spend the most waiver dollars on this week. He’s no Christian McCaffrey, but Davis is also not a bum. He’s very competent between the tackles and catches the ball well for a back his size. Unlike a lot of situations, there’s not much competition for shouldering the load in Carolina, which is another reason I like Davis the best of any plug-and-play running back that has been available this season so far.

Jerick McKinnon has gone from overrated to underrated in the span of a couple of seasons based on injuries and lack of production due to missed time. He’s not someone I would want as my NFL starter, but he’s a fine replacement-level running back, one that can produce in San Francisco’s high-volume rushing attack and passing game that currently lacks its dynamic receivers due to injury.

Jason Wood: Jerick McKinnon. Kyle Shanahan is a master of the run game. Let's not forget Raheem Mostert was an end-of-the-roster journeyman until late last season. Jerick McKinnon has a better resume and physical profile when he signed in San Francisco, but a season-ending injury derailed his chance at stardom. But he's back, healthy, and is now in line for another shot at the lead role. While healthy, he could be better than Mostert in the same role.

Tre'Quan Smith. Smith was a forgotten man in drafts because of Emmanuel Sanders' signing. Yet, in the first week without Michael Thomas, it was Smith who shined while Sanders was a non-factor. It's only one game so it's possible the game script leaned more toward Smith's vertical prowess and subsequent weeks will favor Sanders, but we cannot forget how much scouts loved Smith's potential fit in Sean Payton's system two years ago when they used a third rounder on him.

Jeff Pasquino: Well, waiver wire pickups are a combination of opportunity and talent. With Christian McCaffrey out for 4-6 weeks, Mike Davis has to be at or near the top of everyone's add list. He may not be the most explosive player, but he has a clear path to 15-20 touches a game, which is a solid RB2 valuation with upside in PPR leagues.

With honorable mentions to wide receivers in Green Bay and Indianapolis, the second choice has to also be a tailback. With Saquan Barkley done for the year, the leader of the Giants backfield will also be a worthwhile addition. Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman are lackluster choices, but Devonta Freeman just signed with New York on Tuesday, so he jumps to the "1A" spot, even ahead of Davis, on the list. Freeman has been a lead back before and his opportunity lasts for 14 more games, unlike Davis who will go back to backup duties once McCaffrey returns to action in about a month.

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