Fantasy Football players to avoid picking up!
Justin Hardy or Taylor Gabriel – The Atlanta wide receiver position was banged up in week 4. Julio Jones missed the 2nd half and Mohamed Sanu missed time as well. However, the Falcons have a bye week 5 for them to get healthy and I expect both to be available. Wait on Hardy or Gabriel till next week and see what happens with Jones and Sanu. Regardless though, on the season Hardy has 3 receptions on 8 targets for 31 yards and a touchdown. Gabriel, last years breakout player, would be the better choice, but he has been held to under 40 yards in 3 of 4 games this year.
Latavious Murray and Jerrick McKinnon – With Dalvin Cook set to miss the year with a torn ACL, Murray and McKinnon are going to be hot takes this week for waiver pickups. However, I wouldn’t touch this situation. Dalvin was a true three down back. Murray will be the 1st and 2nd down back, and McKinnon will take over the primary 3rd down role in the passing game. However, neither are worth a waiver pick in my opinion. Murray is still recovering from off-season surgery and hasn’t shown any explosiveness. McKinnon, well we saw him try to be the guy each of the last two seasons, and it wasn’t meant to be.
Thomas Rawls or C.J. Prosise – Chris Carson, had just taken a strong hold on the starting running back position for the Seattle Seahawks, until he left with a potentially season ending injury. Eddie Lacy, received the bulk of the touches after Carson was injured. Lacy looked better as the game went on and I expect him to continue to be the bulk back, but Rawls and Prosise will get spot touches here and there. Avoid this backfield at all costs. The Seahawks are still going to be focused on the passing game, and Wilson is essentially their quarterback and running back for the time being.
Russell Wilson projected stats thru 4 weeks:
Passing Completions – 348, 2nd most in his career to last years 353.
Passing Attempts – 564, career high.
Rushing Attempts – 100, 3rd most of his career.
Rushing Yards – 552, essentially tied for the 2nd most of his career.
Don’t fall for the narrative that the Seahawks want to run the ball more. The stats just don’t tell that story!