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In this week's Fantasy Prescription, we take a look at players who are turning around their performance during the second half of the season.
With 9 weeks officially in the books for the 2017 fantasy season, those of us whom the fantasy Gods have smiled upon thus far have no doubt found great fortune with unexpected performances from players like Mark Ingram, Chris Thompson, and Evan Ingram.
Sadly, any sports season whether fantasy or reality has a second act in which our players must continue to perform. In order to continue toward the destination of that elusive fantasy title, owners must continue to look for those players that will add even more good fortune to our teams. Keep the case of Kareem Hunt fresh in your minds. Once upon a time, Hunt owners were popping champagne as they celebrated what seemed like a cozy ride to the championship. Now, it has been since week three where Hunt scored a Touchdown and Hunt owners must find more points elsewhere.
Suffice to say, where there is fantasy there will be breakout players. Here's a list of players to target who's second half will aid you in your playoff run.
If you haven't heard, Alex Smith really wants to keep Patrick Mahomes away from his starting gig. Maybe it was the stinging memory of Kaepernick taking his job years ago, but Smith is playing like a different animal. While Smith won't have the ridiculous Deshaun Watson games, at this part of the year when QBs seem to be dropping like flies we need anyone that wont lose us a game.
Smith has been making a strong case for MVP this year and I see that success continuing through the second half of the season. All year Smith has managed to only throw less than 240 yards twice and and has only had two games with only one Touchdown as well. Those are the kind of consistent numbers needed at the dearth of the QB position at this point in the year.
With softest match ups in terms of pass defenses for the remainder of the season, start Alex Smith with confidence.
In the beginning of the year, Stafford no doubt caused a fair share of headaches for his owners. After ripping off a huge game against the Cardinals week one, Stafford has struggled to score more than 21 fantasy points just in just one other game (6 point TD format). Keeping his up the trend from his last three games though, Stafford should be poised for a better second half.
Stafford lit the world on fire in 2011 when his dependence on Calvin Johnson made his one of the best fantasy QBs of that year. Since Calvin's departure, Stafford has improved as an NFL QB...not so much as as a fantasy one.
Things are looking to turn around though in the recent weeks, Stafford has found great rapport with WR Marvin Jones thus leading to three straight 300 yard games. With a new threat in the form of Jones and a struggling run game, Stafford looks to be a prime candidate for a great second half turn around.
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