Having trouble setting your fantasy football lineup on Sundays? Have you considered picking up players who have a hard time staying out of trouble themselves? Just because Josh Gordon has a DUI on his record doesn’t mean he’s not a points per reception monster! When you need the big win on Sunday, Gordon might just be your guy. If you’re looking for more fantasy diamonds in the rough, we have the best news for you: we have the answers you seek. Read along to find out who to take to gain the edge your team is missing.
Cam Newton Honed His Accuracy Throwing Computers Out Windows
Cam Newton is the best quarterback in the NFL who has found himself in trouble with the law. Before becoming a star at Auburn University, the now elite quarterback faced expulsion from the University of Florida for stealing a laptop and throwing it out a window to hide the evidence from campus police.
Charges against Newton were dropped after he completed a court-approved pre-trial diversion program. About being given a second chance, Newton promised he wouldn’t blow it again. Judging by career so far, it’s safe to say he hasn’t!
Adrian Peterson Is The Running Back To Bet Your Season On
Adrian Peterson may be over 30 years old, but his legs have never looked fresher. Signed as the backup running back in Washington, injuries have forced the future Hall of Famer to take on a bigger role.
It wasn’t that long ago Peterson’s NFL future was in question, though. In 2014 he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault after he was arrested for harming his child. As punishment he was given 80 hours of community service and fined $4,000 in court fees.
Le’Veon Bell Is A Fantasy Risk Worth Taking
Le’Veon Bell is great option to pick up and stash on your bench until his hold out in Pittsburgh ends. Upset with being franchise tagged, Bell might not play until week 10 this season, but you can bet he’ll make up for his lost production in no time.
The reason Bell makes out list is for being pulled over by police in 2014 for possible marijuana possession. He entered into a diversion program, served 15 months of probation, and had his driver’s license suspended for 60 days.
Josh Gordon Is Putting His Past Behind Him
Josh Gordon looks like he’s finally put his troubled past behind him to become a major fantasy contributor in 2018. Coming back into form at the end of 2017, Gordon took time in the offseason to reset his priorities before reporting Browns’ camp.
It’s important to note, Gordon has been a wildcard in the past. He missed three seasons with substance abuse and legal troubles. If 2018 is the year it looks like it should be, though, the risk is 100 percent worth the reward.
Robby Anderson Can Outrun Any Defender
It’s surprising the NFL didn’t suspend Robby Anderson when the young wide receiver got into a verbal altercation with police after being pulled over for reckless driving. Coming off a breakout campaign with the Jets in 2017, Anderson is a must have speed threat in 2018.
Of course, if you’re in a PPR (points per reception) league, Anderson is a boom or bust candidate. He won’t get a ton of targets, but is a touchdown threat whenever he touches the ball.
Willie Snead Is Red Zone Monster In Baltimore
Willie Snead was suspended three games by the NFL last season after getting a DUI. In 2018, the stud wide receiver is back and better than ever, looking to be a trusted red zone target for Joe Flacco.
In week one, Snead had 103 yards with one touchdown. As teams look to keep Michael Crabtree off the scoreboard, look for Snead to get plenty of opportunities to become Flacco’s new favorite target. Could this be the year Snead goes for over 1,000 yards?
Rico Gathers Is A Tight End Worth Taking The Risk On
Rico Gathers is a tight end for the Dallas Cowboys. In three seasons, he has never seen the field despite his 6’6″ and 282 pound frame. Drafted out of Baylor, Gathers has had to learn on the fly; he came out of the school’s basketball program.
Ready to step out of the shadows this season, the only thing stopping Gathers from seeing the field is the team disciplining him for being arrested for marijuana possession earlier in the year. Once he sees the field, though, he’s a can’t-miss target!
Matt Prater Is The Best Kicker Available As Long As You Don’t Let Him Drive
Matt Prater has been in the NFL long enough to have two DUIs on his record. He’s also one of the best kickers in the league. Don’t hesitate to pick up Prater if you need consistent points from one of the most underrated positions in fantasy football.
Over the course of his career, Prater has converted 82 percent of his field goal attempts. In 2017, he converted 85 percent, so don’t be worried about his slow start this season. Pick him up, we promise you won’t regret it!
Big Ben Roethlisberger Is Old Reliable
With Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger as your quarterbacks, you might have the best position tandem in all of fantasy football. Throwing the ball to Jesse James and Antonio Brown means massive points every week!
If you’re wondering why Big Ben belongs on this list, it’s because of several assault allegations early in his career. Both cases put Roethlisberger’s reputation into question. Since then he has rejuvenated it as a family man and local community hero.
Ricky Seals Jones Is An Arizona Sleeper
Need to stream a tight end when Rico Gathers is on his bye week? We have the solution and his name is Ricky Seals Jones. He plays for the Arizona Cardinals and was arrested in 2018 for assaulting a hotel staffer while trying to enter a restroom.
Also, as soon as Josh Rosen takes over for Sam Bradford in the dessert, expect Seals Jones’ targets to go up. There’s nothing a rookie QB loves more than a sure-handed tight end to help make Sunday a little easier!
Terrence Williams Is The Best Receiver Dallas Has
Terrence Williams isn’t a household name, but he is the best wide receiver on the Dallas Cowboys. Some people might argue for Cole Beasley, but we trust Williams with his size more than Beasley to rack up targets and yards.
Williams was taken into police custody this year when police found his Lamborghini abandoned near a pole it hit. He was cited for public intoxication and was assigned to a diversion program in alcohol awareness.
Need A Flex Player? How About LeGarrette Blount
In 2014, LeGarrette Blount was in the car with Le’Veon Bell when cops pulled them over for suspected marijuana possession. Blount was entered into a diversion program and given 50 hours of community service.
He would go on to win back-to-back Super Bowls with the Patriots and Eagles and is currently the closest thing the Detroit Lions have to a workhorse in the motor city. He’s not flashy, but his production is reliable and he’ll score touchdowns on the goal line.
Aaron Jones Is A Can’t-Miss Fantasy Prospect
Ignored by the fantasy football gods for the first two weeks of the season while serving an arrest related suspension, you want Aaron Jones on your roster. As a rookie for the Packer in 2017, he rushed for nearly 500 yards while splitting carries with Jamaal Williams.
We expect Jones to take over the workload in 2018 as Green Bay tries to get a ground and pound attack going to take pressure off Aaron Rodgers and his bruised knee.
Antonio Callaway Is The Lead Man In Cleveland
With the Cleveland Browns trading Josh Gordon, Antonio Callaway is now the go to guy for Tyrod Taylor. And when Baker Mayfield eventually takes over, we don’t expect that to change at all.
Callaway, who had his license suspended in 2018, has shined with the Browns’ early in the season. He’s an impact player who needs to be a waiver wire target if he’s available in your league. Talent like his won’t stay free forever!
Zay Jones Could Put Up Video Game Numbers With Josh Allen
Now that Josh Allen is in charge in Buffalo, Zay Jones has a chance to put up video game like numbers. Why? Simply put, Allen can throw the ball a country mile and Jones looks to be his top target after hauling in a 62-yard bomb in week two.
Charges against Jones for getting into a naked fight with his brother in Los Angeles were dropped by prosecutors in 2018. He was not suspended or punished by the NFL for the altercation.
Jameis Winston Has A Stacked Receiving Corps In Tampa Bay
Jameis Winston will be back from his four game suspension soon enough, and you should consider grabbing him on the waiver wire. Let’s be honest, Cam and Ben are great, but probably not available.
Of course, when Winston comes back, there’s no guarantee he has a job. Journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick has been magical filling in for Winston, beating the Saints and Eagles to give the Bucs a shiny 2-0 record to start the season. Buyer beware!
Quincy Enunwa Is Poised For A Big Year
Quincy Enunwa was charged with simple assault in 2014. The allegations were dropped when the victim decided not to pursue the case. It wasn’t the best start to Enunwa’s career, but hopefully one he has learned a lesson from.
In 2018, we think Enunwa will be a breakout star for the New York Jets. He was on the path a few years ago until he suffered a season-ending injury. Right now he’s on pace for 1,200 receiving yards, so check the waiver wire and make that move!
Sebastian Janikowski’s Leg Has No Limits
If Matt Prater isn’t available in your league, we bet Sebastian Janikowski is. One of the oldest players in the NFL, Janikowski is spending his first season in the Pacific Northwest and hasn’t looked great.
Still, he’s one of the few kickers who’s a future Hall of Famer, and should get his sea legs under him soon enough. As for his rap sheet, Janikowski was pulled over by police in 2003 for drunk driving. His blood alcohol level was .20, well over the legal limit.
Chris Herndon Will Get A Chance In New York
Chris Herndon is not having the best start to his NFL career, but an injury to the Jets current starting tight end could open an opportunity for the rookie to shine. In his debut, he caught two passes for 30 yards.
Once he settles in, he might be worth a look on the waiver wire though. The Jets have a rookie quarterback, and like we’ve said before, they love throwing to big tight ends with sure hands! Herndon was cited for a DUI in August, 2018.
Reuben Foster Should Give You Faith In The 49ers’ Defense
Need a defense? The 49ers haven’t looked good defensively yet this season, but are about to get the key piece of the unit back soon. Reuben Foster, the uber-talented linebacker the team drafted in 2017 will return from a two-game suspension just in time for week three.
San Francisco’s defense is probably available on the waiver wire and could be a sneaky pickup by anyone desperate to disrupt their league. That’s exactly what Foster plans to do to opposing lineman and tight ends, anyway!