The NFL Network’s A Football Life is in its sixth season. The highly-acclaimed series has produced a wide range of films on iconic figures such as Vince Lombardi and interesting characters like Dexter Manley. But it never examined the life of perhaps the greatest football player of all time.
Jim Brown: A Football Life will make its debut after Thursday’s Cleveland-Baltimore game on NFL Network. It also will air Friday at 9 p.m. ET.
Here we will look at five candidates each week, one or two from each of the four fantasy-relevant positions that make good spot starts in their upcoming games. These players are widely available on league waiver wires or sitting on the end of your beach, but whether by newfound opportunity or a good matchup, present sneaky value for the coming week.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears (1.7 percent owned)
Cutty’s back. Deal with it. The mercurial veteran quarterback was actually quite solid in his return to the starting lineup against the vaunted Vikings defense. Jay Culter completed 64.5 percent of his passes and posted a 100.5 passer rating in Week 8.
In Week 10 Cutler draws a far more favorable matchup with the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. Over their last two games, both at home, Tampa Bay allowed 857 passing yards. That’s almost a full 200 yards more than the Panthers, who allowed the second-most yardage in the same span. In the last four weeks of the season the Bucs allowed a 9-1 touchdown to interception ratio.
Both the Bucs and Bears offense feature aggressive quarterbacks facing suspect defenses. If the two are forced to take chase to the air, Cutler has the matchup advantage, especially with a healthy and locked-in Alshon Jeffery.
Kapri Bibbs, RB, Denver Broncos (0.4 percent owned)
Long-time respected Broncos beat writer Mike Klis intimated on Monday that Kapri Bibbs has a chance ot take the lead role in Denver’s backfield from rookie Devontae Booker. It hasn’t been a great two-week showing from Booker in his efforts to replace C.J. Anderson as the feature back. Booker has 35 touches over the last two weeks, but averaged a collective 2.5 yards per rush and overall hasn’t been a net positive for an offense that needs a run game to sustain their movement.