Tag Archive: DeAndre Hopkins


This is a passing league and everyone knows it.  The position of WR is actually the most consistent of all the positions.  Top pass catchers are typically top pass catcher, because systems are made around their skill set.  Even when WRs lose a step they still can contribute to a fantasy team roster, especially in PPR formats.  So with this one I rarely saw a guy according to ESPN Rankings that I think would fall out of the top 20.  So for this article or list I’m going to give:

A.  Players that you can probably get in the later rounds that will contribute to your team

B.  A WR you can stash and be patient with that will contribute later in the season (ala Keenan Allen last year, and yes I drafted Alshon Jeffery and dropped him after 2 weeks, I also drafted Josh Gordon a year to early)

1.  Justin “Man” Hunter:  I know Jake Locker sucks, but I will say that when Locker plays he throws a lot of 50/50 balls for his WRs and Hunter is just the guy to get those.  With Ken Whistenhunt taking over in Titan land, they will need a good number one guy, or at least a guy to take the top off the defense.  Hunter is your guy.  He is going in 13th- wavier wire.

2.  DeAndre “Not Benard” Hopkins:  Now I don’t think he will surpass Andre “I need a QB” Johnson, but I think with certain match ups (Jags, Chargers) he can be effective.  Hopkins only had 4 less deep targets then Johnson last year.  That means they want to get this man the ball down field especially.  With Bill O’Brien heavy use of Deep crossing routes to help WRs clear, we might see big play potential out of him.  Hopkins is going in the 11th rd or Wavier.

3.  Markus “With a K not a C” Wheaton:  Plan and simple, the Steelers are not 3 yards and a cloud of dust anymore.  They throw the dang ball and throw it a lot.  So with no Sanders and Crotchery, who is left to catch the ball?  I doubt Lance Moore or Darius Hey Bey Bey, will be the target to often.  Also Wheaton is a 5’11 speedster which means when Big Ben scrambles and throws Defensive Linemen off of him, Ben will be tossing some bombs to Wheaton getting behind the Defense.  Wheaton has been going undrafted in a lot of leagues.

Now a list of guys to stash and maybe about week 8 or 9 unleash, them on the fantasy world.

1.  Kelvin “All About the” Benjamin:  Somebody in Caroline has to catch those lasers that SuperMan will be throwing.  Now I don’t trust rookie WRs but a half of season of work will get this kid understanding what the NFL game is all about.  He is a 6’5 WR with terrible route running skills but can go get the ball, just ask Auburn.  He is going 13th rd or Wavier wire.

2.  Doug “Not Hollywood” Baldwin:  While Golden Tate last year was making fun of opponents, Baldwin quietly had a decent season.  Now with no Tate, Baldwin is the number 2 WR.  Seattle doesn’t pass a lot but they use a lot of play action and with Harvin being the deep threat Baldwin could see a lot of catches underneath.  Another guy going 13th or undrafted.

3.  Ruben “Hard to” Randle:  I mentioned in my QB sleeper about Eli, but Eli just can’t throw it to Cruz all day, and I don’t trust Rookie WR (Sorry Beckham), this new West Coast Offense fits Randle size, speed, and style.  I can see a big year for Randle and hopefully he can hit pay dirt more than Sorry ASS HAKEEM NICKS last year (Nicks scored 0 tds last year for my fantasy team)!  Another possible wavier wire guy.

4.  Aaron “Please stop yelling Tom” Dobson:  Now this is pending his foot can heal properly, but that is why you don’t want to use him early on.  With Gronk back sucking up all the defensive attention, and Amendola being an injury waiting to happen, Dobson has a real opportunity to be the deep threat that Brady hasn’t had since…  Randy Moss!  Now I’m not saying Moss like numbers (25tds) but he could be a double digit td machine in that offense.  Another 13th-wavier wire.

5.  Brandin “I like to” Cooks/ Kenny “Keep” Stills:  As much as I like to believe that Jimmy Graham will just catch all the passes from Drew BreeZY, the fact is Sproles is gone and Lance “the Dance” Moore is gone too.  So one of these guys are going to get those passes and catches.  Now you just have to choose wisely.  If one of them gets the production of Sproles in this system they will be a real steal.  going 13th-wavier wire.

What do you think?  Anybody I missed?  If so tell me by leaving a comment or hitting me up @UnsportsmenBigJ

Written By:  Big J

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Matt Schaub: How can you FIX him!

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Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

“If it aint broke don’t fix it” is a saying we have heard over and over again.  What happens when your QB is broke?  And everything looks like it can’t be fixed?  Some are saying to bench Schaub, because T.J. Yates has own a playoff game.  Some are saying that Schaub is done and is having a career fall off similar to Jake Delhomme or Marc Bulger.  Regardless I have taken up the mission of “How do you fix Matt Schaub!”

This fix up job maybe the Wreck-It Ralph of all repair jobs I have tackled (I have written about Cam Newton last year, and the 49ers a week ago).  Majority of the time you look at what made the player successful and you try and see if the team is still doing that same thing.  In Matt Schaub’s case the Texans are still doing the same things for the most part.  Still running the ball effectively, still living in the play action pass world, and still using their athletic TE to dominate the middle of the field.  So what is hurting Schaub then?  One thing that needs to be fixed for Schaub to get back to being successful is limiting his reads.  I think he has been given more reads to make in the passing game, which accounts for indecisiveness and interceptions.  Schaub has always been a 2 read guy, basically Andre Johnson and then the TE and if nothing is there dump down to the RB.  Now with Hopkins showing he has amazing ability and seeing more two TE sets with an underrated Graham at TE, Schaub isn’t getting an easy read that he is used to.  Get him back to making the simple read and you will see the change.

Another issue that no one is talking about is the talent around Schaub.  Now pound for pound he has better talent then most QBs on paper, but really look at the talent for a second.  Andre Johnson is not the same player he used to be after all the injuries and years.  I know that’s blasphemy and majority of people have stopped reading at this point.  Yet, would the Johnson of 3 or 4 years ago been able to be covered well by Tramaine Brock?  A third stringer for the 49ers?  Don’t give me the Schaub argument because if you watched that game Johnson was getting no separation.  Look at Arian Foster, a few times during these games we expect to see that 5th gear burst through the hole that would ultimately result in 6 just is not there.  Ben Tate has been inconsistent at best in games, to the point that a not all there Arian Foster is still a way better back.  Some of the big plays that the Texans used to have protected the flaws of Schaub.  How easy was it for Schaub for the last 3 years to throw a screen and Foster took it to the house, now think about the last time you have seen the Texans even run a screen play at all?  They do have youth in Hopkins, Graham, and we know that the zone blocking scheme can make any RB look good (ask Mike Bell, Tatum Bell, Mike Anderson, and may I dare say Alfred Morris) so picking up a younger, explosive RB shouldn’t be an issue.

Look I’m not saying that Matt Schaub is not the problem, I’m just saying its fixable and can be turned around.  Next week give him the bootleg easy read throws to warm him up.  Have him air it out down field a few times in jump ball situations for Johnson or Hopkins.  Just start building his confidence.  Every game minus the Baltimore game no team has been able to totally shut down the run game, so why not have a whole drive of running the ball with a shovel, screen, or swing pass in it?  These things build your QB mentally, with the loss of Daniels for a while it will hurt, but go back to the mantra of a young QB’s best friend is his TE.  Now Schaub isn’t young by any means, but you have to repair his psyche just like a young QB.  If all else fails we can at least make fun of Travis Johnson who claimed Matt Schaub could take a team over the hump and Tony Romo couldn’t.

Jason “Big J” Allen

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