Flavor of the Week: It’s time to own up

By DJ Eberle - [email protected]
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Just follow me down this path for one second.

Prior to Sunday’s game in Jacksonville, the last time the Buffalo Bills had made the playoffs was in 1999. I was seven.

You know who wasn’t famous the last time the Buffalo Bills made the playoffs? Miley Cyrus.

In March 2006, Cyrus got her own TV show, Hannah Montana. Cyrus’ character on the show was Miley Stewart and she lived a double life as an average teenager by day and a pop star named Hannah Montana by night.

So naturally Cyrus released some songs as Montana and a few became rather popular. One of her hits, aside from “The Climb” which is an all-time classic in my opinion, was “Nobody’s Perfect.”

Which brings me to why we are here today.

The fantasy football season is over for season-long players, which means it’s time to look back on the year that was. This week we’re taking a look at some of my bad calls from the season. The worst of the worst.

Take it away, Miley.

“Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody has those days. Everybody knows what — what I’m talkin’ ‘bout. Everybody gets that way.”

QUARTERBACK

Must have: Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

So my worst must-have quarterback of the season comes all the way from my draft guide. I thought this Buffalo offense was going to be much better than it turned out to be. Tyrod, who should have been a borderline QB1, came in at No. 16.

Pass: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

I got an e-mail for this one. And rightfully so. Wentz was my “pass” in Week 5, which he had his best performance of the season. The Eagles QB put up 27.3 points against the Arizona Cardinals.

Worth a shot: DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns

I really tried to push Kizer a lot this season. Boy, was I wrong. I botched the call in Week 5, when the Browns quarterback finished with 2.7 points against the New York Jets.

RUNNING BACK

Must have: Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens

Woodhead also stems from the draft. He was an injury risk when you took him, but his ceiling was so high, especially in points per reception leagues. But then Woodhead landed on the IR after the Ravens’ first game with a hamstring injury.

Pass: Bilal Powell, New York Jets

Powell’s season was up and down, and most of that wasn’t because of his own doing. The Jets ran with a three-back backfield for much of the season. However, Week 13, when I urged owners to stay away was Powell’s best output of the season. He had 13 PPR points against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Worth a shot: Jamaal Charles, Denver Broncos

Charles never factored into the Denver offense like he wanted to. Week 8 was one of those games. He finished with 3.4 PPR points against the Chiefs.

WIDE RECEIVER

Must have: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

Boy, was Nelson a disappointment this season. After a hot start with Aaron Rodgers under center, Nelson fell completely off the face of the earth after his QB went down. Nelson didn’t score more the 7.5 PPR points in any game after Week 6. That includes Week 15, when he had Rodgers back in the lineup, which was a game I thought he could get back on track.

Pass: Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins

I was off the mark with Landry. Way off the mark. He finished as the fifth-best wide receiver in the league. I thought he was a borderline flex play heading into the season.

Worth a shot: ArDarius Stewart, New York Jets

In fairness, I called Stewart a “sleeper” in my draft guide. He just never amounted to anything this season, finishing with 16.9 PPR points, which ranked 147th.

TIGHT END

Must have: Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons

The New England Patriots had given up at least nine points to tight ends in every game prior to their Week 7 matchup against Hooper. The Falcons tight end finished with 1.6 PPR points.

Pass: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

Witten finished with double-digit points just six times this season. One of those occasions came in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles, when I told people to stay away.

Worth a shot: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brate’s season felt like a disappointment, but he actually finished as tight end No. 10. However, his worst performance of the season came against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12 when he finished with 1.6 points in a favorable matchup.

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By DJ Eberle

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DJ’S DAILY FANTASY LINEUP

QB: Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs – $7,800

RB: Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars – $8,100

RB: Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints – $9,100

WR: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs – $7,700

WR: Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams – $6,600

WR: Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans – $5,500

TE: Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills – $5,500

K: Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo Bills – $4,700

D/ST: Kansas City Chiefs – $4,800

Just because we’re in the postseason doesn’t mean we can’t play fantasy anymore. Alex Smith and Tyreek Hill are the quarterback-wide receiver combo with the best matchup. The Tennessee pass defense doesn’t scare you. Charles Clay is going to be an x-factor for the Buffalo offense.

— $60,000 salary ($300 remaining).

Prices and roster structure based on FanDuel standards

Reach DJ Eberle at 570-991-6398, [email protected] or on Twitter @ByDJEberle

Reach DJ Eberle at 570-991-6398, [email protected] or on Twitter @ByDJEberle