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Tomorrow’s Moves Today – Week 6: Leveraging SOS and Team-Level Trends to Stay Ahead of the Competition

Tomorrow’s Moves Today uses the Strength of Schedule Streaming App to identify team positional units with favorable/unfavorable upcoming schedules and players on related teams that should be targeted or avoided.

Welcome to the Week 10 edition of Tomorrow’s Moves Today! On a weekly basis, we’ll look ahead to find positional units with favorable upcoming schedules. Likewise, we’ll identify positional units that stand before an oncoming gauntlet. The idea here is to be a week ahead of our league mates by adding players before it’s clear that success is in their range of outcomes and dropping or trading players before their stock will plummet.

For more information on how the SoS Streaming App calculates strength of schedule (SoS), please check out this article.

In this week’s edition, we’ll look at Weeks 12 through 16.

Quarterback

  • Nick Foles returns to action next week and outside of a challenging Week 14 matchup, should be able to amass some decent fantasy production.
    • He faces Oakland in Week 15 and Atlanta in Week 16.

  • Mason Rudolph has yet to finish as a QB1 but faces the Jets in the fantasy finals.
    • Gardner Minshew amassed 29 points against New York in Week 8 and Ryan Fitzpatrick scored 27 in Week 9.
  • Dak Prescott finished as a QB1 in 75 percent of 2019 games. He currently ranks fifth in points per game (PPG) and has gone for more than 20 fantasy points in all but one game this season.
    • Unfortunately for Prescott, he faces a grueling schedule to close the season.
      • The Cowboy’s signal-caller has been so strong that schedule might not matter, still, it’s worth making a mental note of.

Running Back

  • Kalen Ballage is the only Miami running back currently active on the team’s roster who has recorded an in-game rush this season.
    • While the athletic back has scored more than 10 fantasy points just a single time in his career, he could be a usable option down the stretch thanks to a favorable schedule.
      • It’s hard to project what Miami’s rushing attack will look like as we close the season but Ballage may be one of the best speculative adds you’ll find at the position between now and the end of the season.1
  • Don’t forget about Benny Snell. He’s going to miss some time with a knee injury but James Conner is struggling with an injury of his own. As a result, Snell could see playing time as the season dwindles
    • The Steelers oppose a forgiving slate of opponents across the last five weeks of the fantasy season and the team has demonstrated time and again that it can support fantasy RBs.
  • If you’ve been relying on Frank Gore or Devin Singletary as rotational players on your roster, you might need to find a better option for the playoffs.
    • The Patriots have been downright stingy and the Steelers have been anything but a cakewalk.

Wide Receiver

  • New York Giants receivers Darius Slayton and Cody Latimer should be acquirable in most leagues between now and Week 14 the start of a favorable season-ending schedule.
    • Rumors are swirling that Sterling Shepard could head to the IR any day now which bolsters the case for having Slayton and Latimer in your back pocket for Week 16.
  • The 49ers oppose a porous Falcons secondary in Week 15, making Deebo Samuel and Dante Pettis, for those of you in leagues of moderate to slim roster size, potential streaming options.

Tight End

  • Kyle Rudolph is trending in the right direction and ends the season with two easier matchups.

  • Ryan Griffin has scored nearly 50 points in his last four games scoring 0.75 touchdowns per.
    • While he can’t be expected to carry this scoring rate into the end of the season, he does draw a favorable slate of opponents and could certainly be used as a streamer in the playoffs.
  • Jimmy Graham has been up and down, like most tight ends, in 2019. Unfortunately, the veteran ends the year with a challenging slate of foes.
    • The Packers face Minnesota in Week 16. Graham laid a goose egg when playing the Vikings in Week 2. While he will likely manage to score some fantasy points in the rematch, his rest of season outlook is disconcerting.

DST

  • If you expect to be in the playoffs and have any room to add an extra defense, you need to target:
    • Miami
    • NY Giants
    • Philadelphia
    • Cincinnati
    • Washington
    • Pittsburgh
Image Credit: David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Ryan Griffin.

  1. If the Dolphins decide to mail it in or dare I say tank, it could be tough sledding for the team’s fantasy players.  (back)

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