Strategy session: Six-pack of Week 4 and beyond fantasy insight
1) Better buy low RB: David Wilson or Stevan Ridley?
Even with Shane Vereen out, the Patriots are sticking with a RBBC. That means a cap on touches for Stevan Ridley - and limited involvement in the passing game thanks to Brandon Bolden's presence. Wilson remains the clear lead back for the struggling Giants. For those that believe New York eventually solves its current offensive woes, David Wilson's opportunities will increase and his production will follow. Hey, it certainly can't get any worse (cue to me throwing things after the second-year runner fumbles three times in Week 4 and is benched for Ottis Anderson). It's a hold your nose situation either way, but give me the struggling back with the solo gig (who should cost a smidge less) over the struggling RB competing with others.
2) Contender/Pretender - Bilal Powell
Right now, Week 4, we're talking contender. Not a dynamic talent, but Bilal Powell sure produced like one last week, rushing for 149 yards on 27 carries. That's after he totaled 70 yards and scored in Week 2. Factor in Chris Ivory doing what Chris Ivory does - being injured - and the backfield belongs to Powell, for now. Ivory will return at some point and Mike Goodson's suspension ends next week. The situation could change in a few weeks, but for now, for this week, Powell is a Top-20 fantasy running back with no less than Flex value until others return.
3) Week 4 decision: Hakeem Nicks or Kenbrell Thompkins
No doubt, the Giants are a mess. They're a mess with two Pro Bowl caliber wide receivers and two-time winning Super Bowl quarterback. This can't last if the offensive line doesn't start banging heads; well, let's not go there. Point is Hakeem Nicks historically has weekly Top-20 value, while Kenbrell Thompkins (who did score twice last week) has played three NFL games. No knock on the rookie, but targets could be dicey if Rob Gronkowski/ or Danny Amendola returns on Sunday (and those calls may not come before the Patriots' Sunday night game). Both are no less than WR3 options and worthy of WR2 considerations, but Nicks remains a tent pole player for the Giants offense.