I got a message in my DMs today saying, “I need to quit doubting Jimmy.” Yeah, I think we all do at this point. The porn star banging super model lookalike is also the quarterback for one of the best teams, if not THE best team in the NFC. After a heartbreaking loss in the ugly Baltimore weather last Sunday, San Francisco bounced back in New Orleans and beat the Saints 48-46. 

The running game is the best part of the 49ers’ offense, but you need to have a strong passing game to be able to keep up with New Orleans at home, and that is exactly what the 49ers executed on Sunday afternoon. Jimmy Garappolo threw for 349 yards and 4 touchdowns to 3 different receivers. He did this all on just 26 completions and an impressive 10 yards per attempt. Quite the efficient day considering how tough of an ask beating New Orleans can be. 

Raheem Mostert was once again the star of this backfield handling 10 out of the 19 backfield carries for 69 yards and a touchdown. Mostert also caught 2 passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Emmanuel Sanders shined for the Niners as well catching 7 of his 9 targets for 157 yards. George Kittle had about the loudest 6 catches for 67 yards and a touchdown that you can possibly have. 

Drew Brees (who I left on my bench and might end up paying for it), had a legendary day himself with 349 yards and 5 touchdowns. Michael Thomas did Michael Thomas things catching 11 of his 15 targets for 134 yards and a touchdown. Jared Cook remained red hot catching both of his passes for first quarter touchdowns. Fire emojis by his DraftKings score. There’s some more to get to from a great early afternoon slate. Here is what else I saw from a fantasy perspective. 

Performance Checks

– I’m so excited that Jameis could be the first quarterback in the history of the NFL to throw 30 touchdowns AND 30 interceptions in one season. I honestly think the Buccaneers have to bring Jameis back. They have to many holes on their roster to draft a quarterback with their first round pick. The defense is terrible, the offensive line isn’t that great either. 

Christian McCaffrey has been kind of quiet lately. But a quiet Christian McCaffrey still gets 130 some all purpose yards even if he doesn’t get in the end zone.

Alvin Kamara, on the other hand, is a problem. Would it be surprising if Murray takes a good chunk of touches after Kamara’s fumble and general ineffectiveness?

Lamar Jackson has 40 yards on the ground against a stout Bills defense, but he was able to throw 3 touchdown passes. The Ravens stay humming on both sides of the ball.

– I though Mark Ingram was in a pretty good spot to score big fantasy points. If the Bills struggled at anything coming into this game, it was stopping the run. But, Ingram was contained.

– I’m glad I gave up on Odell Beckham Jr. this week. I’ve been preaching and preaching that he should turn it around, but the fantasy football playoffs aren’t for shoulda-coulda-wouldas. 2 catches for 39 yards. Woof.

Joe Mixon has completely turned his season around the last few weeks. Hopefully you were able to eek out a playoff spot if you drafted him or bought low on him before the trade deadline. He found the end zone again on Sunday and totaled 186 all-purpose yards. 

– Yet another bad game for Baker Mayfield. Baker threw for 192 yards and 2 interceptions. What is working in this offense is the running back tandem of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.  Hunt has been a great redzone addition so far and Chubb is still getting plenty of touches and getting yards in chunks.

– The rule for the past month has been to start any running back that is playing against the Carolina Panthers. They are terrible against the run. That held true yet again on Sunday while Devonta Freeman had 84 yards on the ground and a touchdown. 

Calvin Ridley has put together a nice month after a slow start to the season. All of Ridley’s work came in the first half in this one with 5 catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. 

Derrius Guice only carried the ball 5 times on Sunday with Adrian Peterson handling the rest of the work. Derrius Guice left this contest early with what appears to be an MCL sprain. 

Aaron Jones was the star of the show in this one for the Packers while the other Aaron took a Sunday off to R-E-L-A-X. Tough sledding for Davante Adams owners.

– Speaking of DeVantes… I hope Parker makes it back for next week to continue his breakout campaign. 

– Of course the Broncos score 38 points and Courtland Sutton only catches 5 passes for 34 yards and got tackled 2 yards short of the end zone. How about Drew Lock though?! I’ll reserve judgement until we see him actually face a tough defense. 

– Bell missed the game with an illness just in time to let his owners down like he promised that he wouldn’t do. Whether he was sick or not, I’d still hold onto Bilal Powell

  1. Water boy says:

    Hey MB! Need more than a miracle to pull off this W. Down by 50. I have eagles D, ertz, IDP Nigel bradham it’s .5 ppr. Hoping I can pull it off 25 from ertz + eagles D & some points from IDP. Realistically wide I’m cooked! Onto 2020!

    As much as these loses sting fantasy football is my drug & im going to start prepping for 2020 when I watch the college bowl games & the national championship game , then the nfl draft ,

    As a pats fan I think the Sony Michel experiment should be over & let Damien Harris loose, or draft the next guy in 2020 but not round 1. Heck if Melvin Gordon is out of LA I think he’d Be a great fit in New England, also look at these RBs who went after Sony in the 2018 draft:

    38 overall: Ronald Jones

    43 overall: kerryon Johnson

    59 overall: Guice

    71 overall: Royce freeman

    104 overall: Nyheim Hines

    126 overall: ito Smith

    131 overall Kalen ballage

    134 overall: chase Edmonds

    FYI not sure if it’s a Brady issue or what but the other rookie WRs are thriving if Nkeal Harry doesn’t pan out here is who went after Harry:

    36 overall Deebo Samuel

    51 overall: AJ brown

    56 overall: Mecole Hardman

    57 overall: JJ arciea Whiteside

    59 overall : Parris Campbell

    62 overall Andy Isabella

    Granted Harry missed time but I think pats simply drafted the wrong WR

    Happy holidays MB, thanks for everything!

    • MB

      MB says:

      We had a great year! Yeah it’s still early to rush to judgement on the young guys

      Happy holidays!

  2. toolshed says:

    Well I made it even with beckham. That game was against Cincinnati. Mayfield played poorly and continues to target landry. Beckham needing surgery for a hernia that he has had all season was nice to find out. Too bad it was 14 weeks too late. I guess the answer is obvious but I sit beckham next week vs AZ right? Az has been getting burned by the pass, but if beckham couldn’t do anything vs the bengals that should be the nail in his coffin for this year. He didnt catch a single pass in the 2nd half. And they just didnt run. Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:

      Yeah, I’m just not sure yet.. it seems like a smash spot to start Beckham… but yikes….

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:

        at least we don’t have to wait till like what february to hear why he’s not done much of anything all year, and it ain’t just the browns, i mean he blew up pretty constantly with eli for F’s sake for years. i, of course own no OBJ anywhere, but wasn’t against his ADP this year, i just either had d.adams there or wasn’t in that position.

        • MB

          MB says:

          Yeah it was a bummer, I advanced in 2 of my bigger leagues by benching Beckham this week and won those by a total of 7 points combined

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