Fabiano’s Fantasy Focus Week Five, Volume I

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Every Wednesday during the season NFL Network and NFL.com Senior Fantasy Analyst Michael Fabiano joins Sports360AZ.com’s Brad Cesmat to share his insight on building and developing your fantasy team for success.

Here are some hi-lights from our most recent conversation (September 23) with the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association Hall of Famer.

Where are you on Tom Brady’s fantasy value? “You know what, I’m worried about him because I have to wonder if we’ve seen Tom Brady at his best statistically. Last year he was an average fantasy quarterback at best and this is a guy who’s been elite for most of his career. He’s not even averaging 14 fantasy points a game this year and the match ups have been there, Brad. The second week against Minnesota. He dominated the NFC on the road in his career. He couldn’t get it done. Last week against the Raiders of all teams, he can’t get it done. Now he’s playing the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs are not good against the pass this year but Brady hasn’t really exploited the match ups so if you have a better quarterback, I’m picking up Kirk Cousins, I’m putting Brady on the bench. I don’t know what’s going on there but it hasn’t looked good.”

He had a big touchdown Sunday but is it time to give up on Vincent Jackson? “No, but I’m not surprised that this has happened because this is a run-based offense and Josh McCown, bless his heart, he played great last season but that was all about Marc Trestman’s offense. He was a product of Marc Trestman. If you look at what Josh McCown had been earlier in his career, he was a journeyman. He was playing in the UFL for the Connecticut Colonials four years ago so I’m not surprised by this. Maybe Jackson’s value improves because we have Mike Glennon in there and to me, I think he’s an improvement in terms of throwing the football over Josh McCown but I’m not giving up on Vincent Jackson just yet. One thing you have to ask yourself and I think we’ve talked about this Brad, that is when you decide to drop a player, you have to think, if I drop this guy is somebody else going to pick him up? If the answer to that question is yes, you don’t cut him loose.”  

How about Trent Richardson? “He hasn’t been as bad the last couple of weeks…if you drop Richardson, I guarantee someone is going to pick him up. He’s not the best running back in fantasy from that roster right now it’s been Ahmad Bradshaw who look re-born but I’m not dropping Richardson just yet. Brad, look at the running back situation right now: Adrian Peterson situation, LeSean McCoy has been a disappointment, the Ray Rice situation. You have seen running backs really fail to meet expectations.”

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