The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

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The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby jman3134 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:44 am

Any shot at relevance after supplanting Zay Jones in the starting lineup? His speed is still slow, but he is a physical receiver who perhaps could get more looks moving forward. I'm bidding this week in my deep league. Worth a shot in the dark.
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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby bjd5211 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:02 am

Who?

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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby jman3134 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:13 am

Duke Williams on the Bills. He was called up this week and had a nice debut. In deeper leagues, I think he is worth a look.
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Wr: DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans, AJ Green, Julian Edelman, John Brown, Keelan Cole, Jake Kumerow, Chris Conley, Richie James, Marquise Goodwin, Jakobi Meyers, Diontae Spencer, Brandon Zylstra, Duke Williams, Krishawn Hogan
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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby Phaded » Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:22 am

Hard to see him sustaining anything long term.

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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby jman3134 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:31 am

Longer term, I think I agree due to his poor speed profile. For now, though, he seems to have a potential role with Zay Jones underwhelming.
12 team, 35 man rosters, 1/2 PPR, 10 round rookie/FA draft
Qb: Baker Mayfield, Drew Brees, Ryan Tannehill
Rb: Saquon Barkley, Joe Mixon, Matt Breida, Austin Ekeler, Chase Edmonds, Troymaine Pope, Wes Hills, Trenton Cannon
Wr: DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans, AJ Green, Julian Edelman, John Brown, Keelan Cole, Jake Kumerow, Chris Conley, Richie James, Marquise Goodwin, Jakobi Meyers, Diontae Spencer, Brandon Zylstra, Duke Williams, Krishawn Hogan
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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby Friction » Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:34 pm

Why you trying to steal my thunder??!! I suppose there is room on this hype train and as Captain, here is a ticket for your good faith. In all reality, I do not see him as much for fantasy purposes, but they really needed a big body for RZ/Chain moving, and he did that yesterday. All his receptions were either a first down or a td, which happened to be the game-winner. Only 4 targets and he caught all 4, but he did look comfortable out there. Josh did have his best game this year so far and was actually throwing the ball away/taking sacks as opposed to forcing it like he has been for a quarter or half in each game this year. Tennessee is a tough defense and not an easy game to be your first action in. With an extra bye week to get in some reps, then Miami coming to town, maybe he will get some extra looks with (hopefully) not as much pressure in an easier matchup. He will be very TD dependent, not the greatest full ppr guy.
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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby dlf_mikeh » Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:47 pm

He led the CFL in receiving yards last year. Worth a look.

I added him in all my deep leagues just prior to kickoff when I saw he was elevated to the roster.
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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby jman3134 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:48 pm

I was skeptical given his mediocre play in the preseason and speed concerns. But, he looked good yesterday.
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Rb: Saquon Barkley, Joe Mixon, Matt Breida, Austin Ekeler, Chase Edmonds, Troymaine Pope, Wes Hills, Trenton Cannon
Wr: DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans, AJ Green, Julian Edelman, John Brown, Keelan Cole, Jake Kumerow, Chris Conley, Richie James, Marquise Goodwin, Jakobi Meyers, Diontae Spencer, Brandon Zylstra, Duke Williams, Krishawn Hogan
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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby ArrylT » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:59 am

Honestly I thought this was going to be a Duke Johnson thread ;) - not sure how fantasy relevant Duke Williams will be but he should at least have a chance at a useful role with the Bills going forward. Definitely worth a pickup, league & roster size dependant.

Update - Duke just went for $200 in 1 leagues waivers.
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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby jcc6fd » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:48 am

ArrylT wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:59 am
Honestly I thought this was going to be a Duke Johnson thread ;) - not sure how fantasy relevant Duke Williams will be but he should at least have a chance at a useful role with the Bills going forward. Definitely worth a pickup, league & roster size dependant.

Update - Duke just went for $200 in 1 leagues waivers.
Out of how much? I hope at least $1,000
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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby dynasty12 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:11 am

I love him.

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I've owned him on and off over the years, of course he happened to have a good game one of the weeks I didn't have him on my roster, and I was outbid in every league for him. He was a beast at Auburn. He almost made the Jeff Fisher Rams right out of school after taking the year off of football, he was part of the last cuts. I think he will be something, and at least part of the reason they moved on from Zay.

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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby jman3134 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:36 am

It was an impressive debut against a good defense. They already have a speed guy in Brown on the outside. Duke opens up the game over the middle and in the redzone. I bid $31 out of an annual $100 waiver budget to secure my guy. Our waivers are very deep so there really are only a few breakout guys per year and I have conserved so far this season (also picked up a lot of speculative guys for free).
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Wr: DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans, AJ Green, Julian Edelman, John Brown, Keelan Cole, Jake Kumerow, Chris Conley, Richie James, Marquise Goodwin, Jakobi Meyers, Diontae Spencer, Brandon Zylstra, Duke Williams, Krishawn Hogan
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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby FantasyFreak » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:45 am

I don't see anything happening.
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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby Cameron Giles » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:53 am

This thread is ignoring that John Brown is comfortably the #1 WR in Buffalo this season, with Cole Beasley behind him as the #2. Jones only had 18 targets in 5 games.

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Re: The Duke: A Fantasy Darling?

Postby Pac_Eddy » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:55 am

Cameron Giles wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:53 am
This thread is ignoring that John Brown is comfortably the #1 WR in Buffalo this season, with Cole Beasley behind him as the #2. Jones only had 18 targets in 5 games.
I don't think so. A team can support more than one fantasy WR. No one's saying he's going to take over in Buffalo, just that he's worth a stab.
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