Fantasy Football Second Half Risers
By Dan Marcus We’re a little over halfway through the fantasy football regular season, and for those in contention or looking to plan ahead for a final preseason push now is the time to jump on underappreciated gems. This article will look at a few players who are currently low-owned but could play a big role in your fantasy football title chase.
Week 7 marked the first time that Mack surpassed Frank Gore in snap rate, completing a trend that began in Week 4. Though not necessarily fair to compare their yards per attempt, it is clear that Mack adds a big play dimension to a Colts’ offense that is sorely lacking one. In 32 carries this season, Mack has four 20+ yard rushes. In comparison, Gore has just one in 94 attempts.
Mack has flashed similar potential in the passing game, having turned seven of his 11 targets into catches and recording two catches of 20+ yards. Mack’s big play upside should be on display in the second half of the season as he continues to wrestle away playing time and carries from Gore and that will make him someone who could pay serious dividends for your fantasy team come playoff time.
To say that Trevor Siemian has struggled to follow up on his steady 2016 campaign would be an understatement. His current AY/A is 6.2, 24th among all QBs in the league. He has made more mistakes as well, as his interception rate has risen from 2.1% last season to 3.3% this year. Not only has this had a negative effect on his fantasy numbers, but also on the Denver Broncos who have lost three of their last four games.
Conveniently, Paxton Lynch returned to practice on Wednesday and the Broncos have plenty of motivation to see what they have in him. Due to his declining performance, it is clear that Siemian is not the quarterback of the future meaning the Broncos should be inclined to see what they have in Lynch as soon as he is prepared to return from his injury. That may not be immediate, and the quality of his performance is far from a guarantee, but Lynch should become relevant in the later portions of the season in 2QB or superflex leagues.
The Cincinnati Bengals receiving core is poor after A.J. Green, with Brandon LaFell averaging only 7.2 yards per catch and Tyler Boyd averaging one reception per game. John Ross will likely make his debut soon, but it’s unclear what type of role he will have. With Tyler Eifert out for the season and thin competition surrounding him for targets, Tyler Kroft could be a viable streaming TE throughout the second half of the season. Opportunity is all that is needed to be relevant as a tight end and Kroft should have that throughout the second half of the season.