A windy Thursday night in Foxboro with the 5-0 Patriots taking on the 2-3 Giants without Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Wayne Gallman? This game is cooked and is going to be boring as hell right? Wrong. It was actually pretty entertaining! Well, at least it was before the 4th quarter when the Patriots ran away with it. There were 3 touchdowns that happened on defense and special teams, which isn’t great for fantasy football but it kept the viewers engaged for most of the night.  

The under was looking like a great play from a gambling standpoint for a quarter and a half. Then of course, things got weird and the over ended up covering. Vegas took a beating with sharps and the public both leaning into the Patriots’ point spread. Even with 21 of the 49 points coming without offense, there are still a few things to cover from a fantasy standpoint.

Performance Checks 

-Daniel Jones was horrible tonight, but that should have been expected against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Jones threw 3 interceptions… And they were bad interceptions, so keep an eye on your waiver wire just in case a league mate decides to drop him. The Giants face the piss poor Cardinals defense next week which makes Daniel Jones a good streaming option. 

Golden Tate caught 6 of his 9 targets for 102 yards and a touchdown. 64 of those yards came in 1 play but fantasy points are fantasy points. Tate is in a great spot next week and I wouldn’t get discouraged by offensive pieces coming back for the Giants. This was a chance for Daniel Jones to get acquainted with a very valuable target so I actually like Tate going forward, especially in PPR. 

Jonathan Hilliman did exactly what we thought he would do and averaged 3.5 yards per carry on 11 carries. You can drop him now with Barkley returning next week. 

– The first half was not looking good for Tom Brady, but Tommy did what he does and threw for over 300 yards and snuck in 2 touchdown runs. Even though Brady didn’t throw a touchdown pass, the two rushing touchdowns equal 12 fantasy points which is the same as 3 touchdown passes in standard scoring. Tom ends up being a solid QB1 play once again. 

– We got exactly what we were expecting from Julian Edelman before we knew that Josh Gordon was going to be on the field this season. With the Patriots’ receiving corps beat to shit, Edelman caught 9 of his 15 targets for 113 yards. 

-Sony Michel owners have to be upset with the Tom Brady and Brandon Bolden punch ins. This is the stuff that the Patriots do so nobody should be surprised. But still, it is absolutely brutal for the Patriots to have the ball at the 1 yard line 3 times and Sony doesn’t get a single punch in. It’s the complete opposite feeling of owning Aaron Jones at this point. Still, Michel looked good in the 2nd half closing out the game for the Patriots. HE FINALLY CAUGHT A COUPLE OF PASSES. Weird things happen when you don’t have Rex Burkhead, amiright? Michel mustered up over 100 all-purpose yards so it wasn’t all a wash. 

-James White caught all 9 of his targets for 46 yards. That’s 13.6 points, but White just isn’t the solid RB2 that he was last season. White is catching plenty of passes but he only has 1 touchdown this season. 

– Dorsett should be back next week and Gordon looked like he was moving around alright after a scary looking injury. But if either of them are not available for the Patriot’s next week, Jakobi Meyers is the pick up. 

  1. Wacha Wacha says:
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    How do you value the Patriots D at this point? What tier of RB or WR would you target in a trade? I’ve been offered guys such as Waller, Sutton, Boyd, J Jacobs but I feel like a should hold for more.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah I mean they’re definitely a big value this year, Jacobs and Waller are definitely targets if you are needy at either position but you can always shoot for more like Chris Carson

  2. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Hello! Who would you start this week?

    Landry has the best matchup but clevend scares me Boyd is the most consistent but against ravens. fuller seems like a fluke.

    tyler boyd at ravens
    jarvis laandry at seatle
    will fuller at KC

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Gotta roll with Boyd, Baltimore’s defense is actually bad

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        Thank MB

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Anytime

  3. A small chance says:
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    Brady helping me out in my one league where I have a chance still, so that was nice.

    I assume we still have to start Hopkins? It’s been rough after week 1.

    Also, I’ve got McLaurin, Chark, Woods, and Sutton that I can slot into 2 spots; currently starting McLaurin (barring injury) and Chark feels like a must start now. Any reason to change that?

    THanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Start Hopkins, Chark and Woods. Should be a shootout in LA

  4. Steve says:
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    Would you drop QB J Allen for any of these rbs? Cohen , Edwards, Armstead, Burkhead? Allen is my backup to Watson. Thanks.
    12 team, half PPR

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Maybe Cohen, Chicago should probably start giving their best running back the ball

  5. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Also wasn’t it priceless watching Eli dog faced and hurt on the sideline? I guess there is 11 million reasons not to feel bad for him.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah, I’m surprised he still dresses

  6. Trader says:
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    Went against Brady last night, I have Michel so that blows. Cowboys at Jets or Panthers at TB? Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Galaxy brain: Jets d/st hosting Cowboys. You’re welcome

      • Trader says:
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        Hmmmm….I am choosing between Cowboys and Panthers here. I guess you are saying Cowboys although it seems like you are saying Jets which is the opposite of galaxy brain

        • MB

          MB says:
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          If you’re choosing between Panthers and Cowboys go Panthers. Tampa is missing 2 starters on the O line

          • Trader says:
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            Great advice!!!!

            • MB

              MB says:
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              Yeah, worked out really well, I rolled with Carolina in a league as well

  7. Fizz says:
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    Standard league. Should I trade M. Andrews for Ekeler straight up? Or Obj and Andrews for Melvin, Woods, and Oj Howard? (Can also get DK instead of Woods) Note: Herndon on the waiver is a possible replacement.

    QB: D. Watson
    WR: Obj
    WR: Hopkins
    RB. T. Coleman
    RB: D. Montgomery
    TE: M. Andrews
    Flex: McLauren
    Bench
    D. Walker
    Pringle
    M. Williams
    Kirk
    Bonnafon
    49ers D

    Also, should I drop Bonnafon for Rams D?

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Andrews for Ekeler straight up. No, I don’t want anything to do with Rams D

  8. Fizz says:
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    Who would you rather own DK or M. Williams rest of the season?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      m-will

    • MB

      MB says:
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      DK

  9. miles proudfoot says:
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    Would you start Goff or Murray this week? Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Murray

  10. Bill says:
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    Anyway you start Kirk over OBJ this week ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      No

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