Sat. Jun 12th, 2021

It’s an obnoxious concept... but Tannehill for a buck? That’s pretty good.

It’s an obnoxious idea… however Tannehill for a buck? That’s fairly good.
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You recognize what I hate? I hate seeing these grid posts on social media that offer you a sure funds to create a lineup. Significantly, I don’t perceive the purpose of them in any respect. These web sites ought to actually cease posting these items.

Like, this one for example.

I imply, if I’ve $10 to select one from every of those columns, then why would I —

Wait. Maintain on. For fantasy soccer functions, you’re telling me Ryan Tannehill is simply $1? Final yr’s total QB7 on the season, who has a dominant run recreation in Derrick Henry (final yr’s RB3), an rising famous person broad receiver A.J. Brown (sixth most fantasy factors per recreation at broad receiver final yr), and just-added future Corridor of Fame broad receiver Julio Jones through commerce is the most cost-effective possibility on this listing of quarterbacks? Rattling, that’s a cut price.

I imply, if I have been to place collectively a lineup from this graphic, and never saying I might, but when I have been, then I believe I must begin with Tannehill. Alright superb, we are able to take a look at the operating backs, as nicely now.

Saquon Barkley coming off an ACL tear is the costliest possibility, Austin Ekeler (twelfth most fantasy factors per recreation at operating again final yr) who’s in an rising offense with final yr’s Offensive Rookie of the 12 months-winning quarterback Justin Herbert, rookie operating again Najee Harris is $2, and veteran journeyman Mike Davis is the most cost effective. Oof. Alright, nicely, contemplating the Steelers love utilizing one operating again in a featured function, each on the bottom and within the passing recreation, and contemplating Harris was the primary operating again taken within the draft, he’s engaging. At his peak, in 2017, Le’Veon Bell was given 321 carries and 106 targets in a single season, which is insane utilization. No, I don’t suppose Harris will see that a lot work, however he’ll positively see loads.

Okay superb so if I used to be, BUT I’M NOT, but when I was constructing a roster, beginning with Tannehill and Harris could be enjoyable.

So, subsequent we have now Stefon Diggs for $4, Keenan Allen for $3, Tee Higgins for $2, and Brandon Aiyuk for $1. I’ve $7 left for the final two spots right here, if I have been assembling this hypothetical roster. I’m positively taking a look at each Diggs and Allen, however I believe I’ll save my cash for the final column. Allen had 147 targets final yr in solely 14 video games, which my very fast and fancy math tells me is over 10 targets per recreation. For those who exclude the final recreation he performed through which he received harm, he had ten or extra targets in seven out of his remaining eight video games performed, together with one recreation with a whopping 19. Herbert appears his manner early and sometimes, and Allen is, as soon as once more, among the finest broad receiver values in all of soccer, regardless of being locked in for insane utilization in his offense.

Tannehill, Harris, and Allen. Okay. I like this. So now for the final selection, and I’ve $4 to spend.

I’m going straight to the highest. Calvin Ridley is now the No. 1 receiving possibility within the offense that threw the ball greater than some other crew final yr. The Falcons are nonetheless terrible, their protection remains to be terrible, they’re going to be taking part in from behind a ton, and quarterback Matt Ryan goes to need to throw continually, once more. With out Julio Jones within the lineup final yr, Ridley averaged 109.3 yards per recreation on over 11 targets per recreation. He’s prepped and prepared as a dynamic broad receiver and has a fantastic probability to catapult himself into superstardom this yr.

So, Tannehill, Harris, Allen, and Ridley. Man that’d be a very cool core for a fantasy roster. Ya know, if I used to be doing that. Which I’m not… as a result of I hate these items. And now I’ve wasted an hour of my day and my espresso is chilly. That is how they win.

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