Fight Fire with Fliers is a weekly fantasy football series that discusses emergency free agent adds or stash candidates for deep rostered or 14-plus team leagues. The post publishes on Saturdays following typical weekly waiver runs, allowing forward thinking managers a last minute opportunity to roster players ahead of their breakouts.
Leave it to the demilitarized zone of TE for Fight Fire with Fliers to find a player flip from six to 89 in rostership percentage. Dawson Knox, who was admittedly recommended behind Adam Trautman, is riding the Josh Allen wave to fantasy glory. As excited as his recommendation seemed, my draft plans focused on securing TE early have shut me out of Knox in all but one league. Thankfully, that was the final hole to plug on a team that is built to sustain the rigors of the bye weeks and a title run.
Taylor Heinicke has paid handsomely where my one opportunity arose. I was able to trade him in a Superflex re-draft league for Ja’Maar Chase prior to Week 5. Such is the cruelty of Superflex for those in dire straights at the most meaningful position. Kenneth Gainwell has not been kind to any of my teams, nor was I able to capitalize on Damien Williams outside of mid-summer best ball drafts. The Week 5 additions did little to enhance the catalogue, yet curious cases await in Week 6.
Week 5 Recap
Olamide Zaccheaus was essentially a plug-and-play streamer recommendation in Week 5. Despite my assertion from Week 4 that WRs should be positiona non grata from this point on, I stubbornly trudged through the waters of vacated targets (and, of course, I could not help myself this week and am doing it again!?). CJ Uzomah regressed to run-of-the-mill TE targets and production. My concern for him is mostly focused on how micromanaged the offense became during the endgame against Green Bay. Cincinnati appeared to take the air out of the ball in a display of prevent offense, which was peculiar given they were not ahead by multiple scores… or in the lead… or in great field position. This is not Uzomah’s fault, but it is a headscratcher moving forward.
The Flier Catalogue
Week 6 Additions
Terrace Marshall Jr WR Carolina (Nine percent, Yahoo!)
Marshall is a true WR stash candidate. He is not seeing significant targets but remains active within an offense that has direction and purpose with Sam Darnold. His college pedigree and performance provide an impression that has yet to be mirrored on the NFL field, yet he is the lone WR flier in the catalogue that provides true upside, meriting recognition. Marshall is still transitioning to the NFL game, but he has an excellent environment to grow and mold his skills with ascending DJ Moore and a nothing-to-lose QB in Darnold. I had been waiting for Marshall to dip into the stash percentage range with this pedestrian start and am willing to roster him on any deep benches or any robust-RB squads. Anti-fragile builds are probably in the clear at this point, although he may be worth the trade speculation in dynasty.
Demetric Felton WR, RB Cleveland (Nine percent, Yahoo!)
Felton emerged earlier this season as pass-catching failsafe. The likes of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt leave few scraps for anyone else but now that Chubb is a surprise on the injury report, Felton has traction. Actually, almost any RB might have considerable traction with Cleveland, as their RBs are pacing the offense (save for an absurdly defended David Njoku TD) at a clip that rivals great passing teams; Kansas City, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Arizona and both LA franchises. Felton may see some action without Chubb, but could be worth an extended stay given the strength of the team situation and ease of opportunity in the event either Chubb or Hunt have lingering injury concerns.
Jason Astarita (@AstaritaJason) is a professional in the sports gambling industry. He has an MS in Psychology (Industrial and Organizational) from Southern New Hampshire University and completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of San Diego. His passion for fantasy sports is over a decade old, but has recently been theorizing on the novel format of Superflex Best Ball in the Dynasty Fantasy Football arena. Ever interested in draft theory and roster construction, feel free to reach out on twitter with any insights or queries! #superbestball