Our expectations for Monday night’s Patriots against Jets showdown were lower than my expectations for the art fair my lady made me attend over the weekend. Or as I call it, the fart fair. One of these events yielded more entertainment than expected (hint: it wasn’t the fart fair).  Two under the radar receivers put on a show for us as the Jets attempted to steal their first win and the Patriots attempted to avoid the embarrassment of losing to the Jets. Breshad Perriman erupted for 5 catches for 101 yards and his 1st and 2nd touchdowns. But on the other side of the ball, Jakobi Meyers had a response, reeling in 12 catches for 169 yards (nice). I’m not sure I’ve ever properly highlighted the boldness factor which makes our Pigskinonator projections bot so valuable. For instance, this week the Bacon-bot ranked Jakobi Meyers as it’s #11 fantasy wide receiver, ahead of some big name players who busted like Adam Thielen, Michael Thomas and Marquise Brown. This hunk of metal certainly ain’t shy! Now, it’s worth pointing out that these computer generated projections and rankings aren’t intended to be used as gospel, but they’re a phenomenal complementary data driven reference point which pays off week in and week out. Sign up now for your free trial! And to answer your question regarding Meyers and Perriman moving forward: they’re both worth adding if you’re needy at wide receiver; Meyers and his 14 targets should be prioritized first. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:

Cam Newton – 27/35 for 274 yards, 10 carries for 16 yards, no passing touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns—he now has 2 passing touchdowns and 8 rushing touchdowns on the season. The past couple weeks there’s been rampant rumors in the media about Belichick and the Patriots benching Cam Newton in favor of a Fig Newton. Losing to the Jets might have been the last straw, but the Fig Newton will have to continue to wait in the wings. 

Rex Burkhead – 12 carries for 56 yards, 3 catches for 11 yards and his 4th touchdown. The best Rex since Rex Kwon Do. Burkhead won’t teach you the strength of a grizzly, the reflexes of a puma, and the wisdom of a man, but he’ll score you an occasional touchdown. Bow to your Sensei!

Damien Harris – 14 carries for 71 yards before leaving in the 4th quarter with a chest injury. Harris did seem to be moving around well on the sideline in spite for the Cam and Burkhead vultures circling above.

Sony Michel – Not yet ready to return after his bout with Corona. Which Sony do we see first: Michel or Playstation 5?

Julian Edelman – Missed another game with his “bone-on-bone” knee injury. Not that kind of bone-on-bone, get your mind out of the gutter! As for Edelman, we haven’t been given a concrete time table on him, so I’m thinking it could be awhile.

Joe Flacco – 18/25 for 262 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. What are the odds Sam Darnold (shoulder) is faking an injury just so he doesn’t have to suffer further embarrassed by Adam Gase’s joke of an offense?

Frank Gore – 12 carries for 46 yards, 2 catches for 13 yards. Little known fact, Frank Gore voted for the ticket of Charles Pinckney and Rufus King in the 4th presidential election back in 1804. Gore is still salty about Thomas Jefferson defeating Pinckney.

La’Mical Perine – 6 carries for 19 yards, 2 catches for 19 yards. The 4th round rookie looks way better than Gore—maybe it’s because he’s 80 years younger—but Gase refuses to hand the reigns over to the youngster.

Jamison Crowder – 2 catches for 26 yards and his 3rd touchdown. Crowder returned this week from a groin injury and had his fantasy owners rubbing their groins after his beautiful touchdown catch at the end of the first half. Unfortunately Crowder only saw two targets in this game because, Adam Gase.

Denzel Mims – 4 catches for 62 yards. Yo Denzel, you wanna go to New York Jets or you wanna go home?