Fantasy Football: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?
Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
In 2014, Le’Veon Bell rushed for over 1360 yards and received over another 800. Fast forward six years and Bell’s name is now appearing in the market as the latest player to get cut by the 0-5 New York Jets. Bell signed a deal with the Jets for four years totaling $52.5 million, getting cut in 2020 netted him around $27 million in that deal. Bell has been nothing but a disappointment after joining the Jets, and after two brief years, finds himself out of a job. Bell isn’t the only disappointment to start the 2020 National Football League (NFL) COVID season, yet he is the only to be cut, for now.
For fantasy owners, what else seems to be more disappointing than having Bell on your team? Well for starters, projected top-three tight end Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles is averaging a mere 8.5 points per week and ranks 15th in all tight ends around the league. Ertz has only touched double digit scoring outputs for fantasy owners in just two weeks to start the season. Joining him in the not-so hot list is the New Orleans Saints wide-receiver Michael Thomas. Thomas made history last season after a record 144 receptions in his 2019 campaign. Yet, for those fantasy owners who selected Thomas first in this year’s draft are stuck with nothing but notifications of when he is set to come back from his high ankle sprain.
Thomas made his 2020 debut in week one and has been injured since the 4.7 point performance. Kenyan Drake was another name that was selected in the first or second round of most drafts and he has also been a huge disappointment. Through the first 5 weeks, the Arizona Cardinals prized running back has seen the end zone only twice and has yet to record a game of 100 or more rushing yards. For such a high draft pick, he is only averaging 10.3 points and has yet to eclipse the 15 point mark this season. These three names can be seen on trading blocks across the country as people are trying to keep their fantasy hopes alive.
On the opposition, there are numerous players who have caught fire as of late. In a resurgence year, Todd Gurley of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked third in rushing yards with 375 and five touchdowns which ranks him tied for second. The Falcons may be struggling, but Gurley is helping them stay alive for the time being. America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys got themselves a great pass catcher in wide receiver CeeDee Lamb who seems to be adjusting to the NFL level at an electric pace. Lamb is fifth in yards receiving with 433 and on a team which also features the likes of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, Lamb is putting the NFL on notice for a Rookie of the Year campaign.
Another familiar name in previous years is Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon. Mixon struggled mightily last year and in week four proved why he deserves to still be in the top running back conversation. On October 4, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Mixon ran for 151 yards in 25 attempts, crossing the goal-line twice. If things couldn’t get any better for fantasy owners alike, Mixon also added six catches for 30 yards and another touchdown putting his total for the day at three. These three teams may be struggling, but these individuals are doing their part to help keep their playoff hopes alive.