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2018 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Targets: Who to Roster

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Today, I will take a look at who to target for the rest of the 2018 fantasy football season.

After seven weeks of targets, scoring, and play-call data I will examine those players I think will have a great second half of the season.

I will be looking at players that are owned in less than 70% of Yahoo! Leagues to give suggestions of who to add, and to avoid, rest of season 2018.


Let’s get right to it!

2018 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Targets

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Notable NFL trades and transactions:

Dallas receives: Amari Cooper

Raiders receive: 1st round pick 2019

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Jamaal Charles cut from Jacksonville roster 10/22/2018

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Marshawn Lynch on IR with a groin injury 10/22/2018

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Jacksonville receives: Carlos Hyde

Browns receive: 5th round pick 2019

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Devonta Freeman on IR with groin/foot injury 10/16/2018

Quarterbacks To Target Rest of Season:

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Dak Prescott (35% owned Yahoo!)

This suggestion is multi-factorial. I like the addition of Amari Cooper to the Cowboys. Cooper is not yet among elite names of Julio Jones, AJ Green, or OBJ, though he does give the Cowboys enough of a downfield threat to open up the playbook a bit.

As I mentioned in prior articles, having a one-dimensional offense becomes too predictable and therefore unproductive. Dak currently has a 62.1 completion percentage throwing to average receivers. I predict his numbers will get better as he faces the sixth easiest remaining strength of schedule with his new play-maker.

CJ Beathard (9% owned Yahoo!)

The 49ers are bad. However, they get Arizona, Oakland, and the Giants before their bye week 11. I’m not saying that you are going to get an elite quarterback with this addition, but you are getting a tough guy who can make plays.

He only has one game without multiple touchdowns, which came against the number one team in the NFL. He does have a tough time with turnovers, though his strength of schedule makes up for it. With playmakers like Goodwin and Kittle, and a feasible running attack in Breida and Mostert, Beathard could be a viable plug and play option going forward.

Quarterbacks To Leave On The Wire:

Mitch Trubisky (54% owned Yahoo!)

Yes, the Bears almost beat the Patriots this week with a 26/50 and 333 yard performance. But, when you break the game down it was not a good day for the North Carolina product. Trubisky was 8/20 in the first half. He displayed some mobility with an insane eight-yard touchdown run which NASA calculated to cover 71 total yards, but his passing did him no favors.

The Bears have one of the top ten toughest schedules remaining, and while Trubisky has shown streaks of brilliance, I feel that opposing defenses will figure him out early and often. Just a hunch, but I don’t like what I see going forward for 2018.

Running Backs To Target Rest of Season:

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Raheem Mostert (14% owned Yahoo!)

Last week he tallied 79 total yards including seven carries for 59 yards (8.43 yards per carry) and catching all four of his targets for 19 yards. While he has yet to have a rushing touchdown, his remaining strength of schedule is among the top five easiest.

He is currently splitting work with Matt Breida and Alfred Morris. Matt Breida is nursing an ailing ankle injury and only saw five carries for 15 yards in week seven. Alfred Morris received more work, tallying nine carries for 25 yards, but as the 49ers coaching staff assesses what they have going forward, I predict they will wake up and see what’s in front of them.

Jalen Richard (25% owned Yahoo!)

With the trade of Amari Cooper there will be more targets to go around for skill players in Oakland. Jalen Richard is a good pass catcher and has shown signs of explosiveness in the past. I look for the Raiders to be behind a lot in the coming weeks, which will mean an increase of passing opportunities. The Raiders have the eighth easiest strength of schedule remaining for running backs and while Doug Martin will be there to steal some carries, I expect Richard to be the back to own in Oakland.

Marlon Mack (57% owned Yahoo!)

Marlon Mack came back from a hamstring injury in a big way against the Buffalo Bills with 19 carries for 126 yards and a rushing touchdown. Yes, he has not played good teams so far since returning (Jets and Bills), but he seems to have earned the trust of Andrew Luck while showing no signs of a lingering hamstring injury.

The Colts have a middle of the pack strength of schedule for running backs going forward, as they get the Raiders, Bye, Jaguars, Titans, and Dolphins in the next five weeks. I look for Mack to be featured in the coming weeks with Andrew Luck starting to look like his old self again.

Running Back To Leave On The Wire:

Royce Freeman (74% owned Yahoo!)

Freeman suffered an ankle injury in Thursday’s blowout of Arizona, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tells us he has a high ankle sprain. Later reports from head coach Vance Joseph suggested this was not the case, it is difficult to trust he will return to 100% sooner rather than later.

Compare this to the injury Matt Breida suffered earlier in the season with poor results on the field. Phillip Lindsay has shown explosiveness on the field and is the back to own in Denver, in my opinion.

Wide Receivers To Target Rest Of Season:

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Marquise Goodwin (65% Owned Yahoo!)

Coming off of just a two-catch performance against the Los Angeles Rams, Goodwin showed what he is capable of the week prior in Green Bay. With ninth easiest strength of schedule remaining, I predict Goodwin will come alive in the weeks to come.

Cole Beasley (27% Owned Yahoo!)

The Cowboys are on bye this week, and that couldn’t be a better time for it. With the addition of Amari Cooper, Beasley will get back into the slot where he has shown he can excel. Especially in PPR formats, Beasley will still gobble up targets and prove to be viable going forward. The Cowboys have the sixth easiest strength of schedule remaining for wide receivers; I like what I see in Beasley as a fill-in play.

Jordy Nelson (65% Owned Yahoo!)

This is the ultimate buy low candidate. Nelson had just two catches in week six against Seattle, but still has play-making ability. The loss of Cooper will open up targets for Nelson. Derek Carr’s inability to show that he can consistently make big plays gives me pause, but with Nelson as the number one wide out on the depth chart, I expect fantasy viability going forward.

Robby Anderson (47% Owned Yahoo!)

With ten targets in week seven against Minnesota, Anderson was the primary target for Sam Darnold. With Quincy Enunwa diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, the door is wide open for Anderson to show his play-making ability. The Jets get the Bears in week eight, but then the Dolphins, Bills, Bye, Patriots, and Titans in the coming weeks. With the targets there, I predict viable numbers as a plug-and-play receiver going forward.

Wide Receivers To Leave On The Wire:

Any Titans, Jaguars, and Cardinals receiver.

These teams find themselves at the bottom of the NFL in offensive production. I do not trust any of these teams’ receivers going forward. This is pure speculation, but I do not see any of these teams having feasible wide receivers, even as bye week replacements.

Tight Ends To Target Rest Of Season:

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Benjamin Watson (41% Owned Yahoo!)

It is a down year for tight ends, in what is a very top-heavy 2018 campaign. For guys that are owned in less than 70% of leagues, I had to find players that do a good job of maximizing their targets. Watson was 6/6 with a score against Baltimore. He was 4/4 against Washington in week five before the bye, and shows to have good report with Drew Brees. With targets easy to come by on the Saints, Watson is a viable plug and play option going forward.

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Vance McDonald (40% Owned Yahoo!)

McDonald had seven catches for 68 yards in week 6 against division rival Cincinnati. Though Jesse James seems to gobble up targets, McDonald is number one on the depth chart and has play making ability. I look for him to be a constant producer at the position going forward.

Defenses To Own Rest Of Season:

New England Patriots (54% Owned Yahoo!)

In one of the easiest divisions to play defense, the New England Patriots are coming off of a close one in Chicago. With that being said, the unit put up two sacks, two interceptions and one defensive touchdown. With the number two easiest defensive strength of schedule remaining, the Patriots make a wonderful bye week replacement in weeks 10, 12-14.

Washington Redskins (19% Owned Yahoo!)

With four sacks against division rival Dallas Cowboys in week 7, the defense for Washington allowed just 17 points and forced three fumbles. With an easy remaining strength of schedule, I feel Washington is a great add with plenty of fantasy-point-producing matchups on the horizon.

Pittsburgh Steelers (41% Owned Yahoo!)

Just a hunch here, I predict the Steelers defense to have a great second half of the season. They face the Browns, Ravens, Panthers, Jaguars, Denver, Chargers, and Raiders in the coming weeks. With 22 sacks, four interceptions and four fumble recoveries on the season so far; this unit will continue to produce going forward.

Detroit Lions (20% Owned Yahoo!)

Call this a match-up driven hunch. The offense in Detroit is clicking. With a viable running game, time of possession has been up in the recent weeks, giving the defense a bit more rest to work with. The Lions get Seattle in week eight, and Arizona and Buffalo in weeks 14 and 15 respectively; you could do a lot worse.


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I hope this helps. Find me on twitter with positive comments @LuftCT! Good luck going forward everyone!


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About Christopher T. Luft

Christopher Luft is from Connecticut and graduated from Providence College with a BS degree in Biology. He went to Optometry school at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed an ocular disease residency at the Wilmington, Delaware VA. Chris loves to cook, spend time with his wife, practice and study jiu-jitsu, and of course, fantasy sports.

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