Well, that was… something. Not a really exciting day, right? We waited months and months for three players to go over 100 yards receiving today and only two rushers to go over 100 yards as well. We had a game in Green Bay where there should have been 800 points scored but neither team could get to 20.
Welcome to my weekly recap of the action we saw on Sunday. So, I physically can’t watch every play of all 12 or 13 games that go on during the afternoon, but I do watch about 6.5 hours of Redzone every Sunday, so you could say that me and Andrew Siciliano are kind of a thing. I’ll let you know how I interpret things that I see watching live and what I see in the box score. I’m not going to bore you with paragraphs upon paragraphs on each game but, I assure you that you will know the trends that you need to know to make decisions for your lineup the next coming week. Let’s start with the most exciting game from a fantasy stand point…
Arizona Cardinals @ Detroit Lions
My tallest and most talented son, Kenny Golladay had quite the coming out party in week one, leading me to run up and down my hallway yelling twice. I’m sure my wife loved it and found it very attractive. Golladay was 2nd on the team in targets with 7, so it’s obvious Stafford is looking in his direction. Golden Tate continues to be a PPR-monster and went for over 100 yards. Just as our own Rudy Gamble predicted with his amazing tools, Matthew Stafford had a huge day and paid dividends for those with the cojones to start him. Stafford is a top 10 quarterback this year, he has the weapons on the offense to do it, trust us.
Let’s not freak out about David Johnson’s performance. Detroit has an underrated front seven, including swarm tacklers such as Tahir Whitehead and Jarrad Davis. In an uncharacteristically slow game, Johnson still managed over 90 all-purpose yards. Whether you subscribe to the 370 rule or not, even if Johnson doesn’t have the season that he had in 2016, it’s going to be damn close. Carson Palmer is a different story, he looked awful. He looked slower than slow and threw really bad and confusing interceptions. John Brown did jack shit on 9 targets and JJ Nelson, (who I think is the 2nd best receiver after the way he closed out last year) turned his 6 targets into 5 catches for 43 yards.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
Rob Kelley isn’t very good, there’s a shocker for you. The running back to own here is Chris Thompson, not Samaje Perrine. Thompson made a nice YAC play on a short pass from Cousins and turned it into a touchdown. By the way, that was Cousin’s only touchdown of the day, ugh. Pryor had a horrible drop on a wide-open end zone play. It would have been called back because of a penalty anyways, but people don’t forget, Terrelle! Other than that, Pryor had a productive day turning his 11 targets into 6 catches for 66 yards.
Carson Wentz had a nice day, he made some really good throws. I’d feel pretty comfortable starting him going forward in deep leagues or if your QB1 has a bad matchup. I want to see more than one big game from Nelson Agholor before I actually care. I’d pick him up off of the waiver wire, but I’m not in any rush to start him until I see these games more often. Today was a quiet day for Alshon Jeffery, but he saw 7 targets, so don’t worry. Legarrette Blount is clearly the lead back in Philly, and oops, he accidentally found the end zone again.
Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears
Matt Ryan looked good, which is reassuring now that he no longer has his magical offensive coordinator. Freeman found the end zone which saved an otherwise bland day in the Falcon’s running game. Mohammed Sanu saw a lot of targets, but I still don’t want anything to do with him. I wanted to see how Hooper was used and he’s a sell high for me after Sunday. He only saw two targets and he made the most of them. He found himself wide open and capitalized twice.
I don’t think Tarik Cohen isn’t going to take Jordan Howard’s job, so relax. He did have a good coming out party, including a nice 46-yard run. Chicago obviously doesn’t want to run Jordan Howard into the ground so they have to be more than thrilled to have an effective back that he can split some carries with. Kevin White might be done for the year, so I want nothing to do with that passing game.
Worst. Game. Ever. I hope these tickets were free. Lesean McCoy looked good, though! Jordan Matthews and Zay Jones combined for seven targets, leaving Charles Clay as the only worthwhile receiver of the day. Good call, Zach! Powell and Forte both stunk but Powell will eventually pull away and get the lion’s share of carries.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals
BUY LOW ON JOE MIXON! Mixon lead the team in carries and don’t let the yardage total fool you, he’s still going to be good. Baltimore has a great defense. A.J. Green still had a pretty nice day, but Dalton looked lost in the sauce. We saw on the first possession what the Raven’s offense wanted to be. They were creative in lining up Woodhead in different ways to have him heavily involved. ……AAAAND it’s gone. Woodhead will be back, but they may pump the brakes on his usage to keep him healthy. Terrance West and Buck Allen combined for 40 carries and were both effective. Terrance West should remain the lead back but both are useful while Woodhead is absent.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns
Antonio Brown remains not human. Water remains wet. Martavis Bryant saw 6 targets and while it was a slow game for him, I’m still starting him and buying low where I can. I’m very surprised that the running game wasn’t more effective for both teams. Isaiah Crowell saw 17 carries and going forward he is going to bust big runs on a regular basis. Keep him in your starting line-up. I’m surprised Kenny Britt didn’t see more action today. While he’s not a drop candidate for me, if Corey Coleman keeps Deshone Kizer’s favor that’s not a great thing for Britt.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
Unfortunately, Allen Robinson is done for the year with a torn ACL. Marquis Lee and Allen Hurns are both sure to see an uptick in targets. I haven’t been a big Fournette guy all preseason and today didn’t change my mind at all. He struggled to punch the ball in from the 1-yard line at one point, and he averaged under 4 yards per carry on 26 carries. But with Robinson hurt, what else does this offense have?
DeAndre Hopkins had a good day and that was great to see considering who he was lining up against all day. I was pleasantly surprised. Bouye also had a couple of PI calls against Hopkins which just goes to show that he was really struggling with him. The entrance of DeShaun Watson into this offense makes me like it a lot more going forward despite the ugly result on Sunday.
Carolina Panthers @ San Francisco 49ers
Ron Rivera wasn’t lying, he is building this offense around Christian McCaffery. McCaffery had 18 touches and led the team in receiving targets and had a decent PPR day, despite not finding the end zone. Jonathan Stewart is still a part of the offense as expected. Cam Newton looked bad and that’s not a good thing going forward for Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin. Pierre Garcon saw 10 targets and looked like he’s going to live up to the hype. Although the counting stats weren’t exactly there, Carlos Hyde looked good running the ball and he looked fine in the passing offense as well.
Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Rams
Todd Gurley found the end zone, but 40 yards on 19 carries is quite concerning considering the defense that he lined up against. I’m happy to have zero shares of him. Sammy Watkins caught all five of his targets which is good, but Cooper Kupp stole the show with the touchdown. They are both decent options going forward if Jared Goff is even 75% of what he was today, going forward. Marlon Mack is becoming a big part of the Colt’s offense a little sooner than we thought. Although the production wasn’t great considering he wrongly not given a receiving touchdown on a first quarter play, I’m excited going forward. T.Y. Hilton on the other hand, yikes, I can’t wait to see Andrew Luck back.
Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers
Welcome back, Randall Cobb! Rodgers decided it was his real life buddy’s time to shine against a tough Seahawks defense. Jordy Nelson still has the best fantasy day though because he found the endzone. I’m not worried about Davante Adams going forward, he was matched up against Richard Sherman and still found a way to keep himself in the game. Ty Montgomery can’t possibly keep this starting job for the season? CAN HE?! Please no.
Chris Carson is the best back on the Seahawks. When Thomas Rawls is healthy, Eddie Lacy won’t be useful and I suspect that he’ll be cut before October gets here. Despite not moving the ball in Lambeau, both Doug Baldwin and Paul Richardson looked productive.
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Not freaking out about Johnson’s performance but am freaking out about his injury. In other news my opponent had the freaking rams d in our home league so I kinda need a miracle. Chances Cook can put up 20 in a ppr tonight? This crap is why I argue so hard for idp.
@Allan: oh yeah, you gotta love when someones defense outscores all of your skill players. I agree, I’m very pro-IDP. Well last that I heard, DJ is fine. X-rays were negative and the wrist injury is thought to be minor. As for Cook? Anything can happen, especially against the New Orleans defense. It’s possible!
@Unbreakable_MB: Thanks. Follow up question. My backs are Johnson, Ingram, Cook, Lacy, Perkins. I have number one waiver claim. Available are K. Williams, Cohen, Tolbert, Chris Thompson, Buck Allen, Carson. Do I not get cute and just handcuff Johnson with Williams or is one of those other guys valuable enough to make it worth taking them? Full point PPR.
@Allan: you have to grab Kerwynn just in case Johnson misses a couple of weeks. There’s a lot of conflicting reports
Tarik looks awesome. Would you put a high bid on him in FAAB and hope his role grows in a half PPR league?
@Norm MacDonald: yeah, I hate to blow a bunch of FAAB in week 1 but he looks special. There is room for both he and Howard to succeed, it’s all they have!
PPR league. Which side do you like more?
Landry for Tate and Gillislee?
@Big E Is a Creep: Tate and Gillislee. Not big on Landry this year
@Unbreakable_MB: Let me clarify. Pick a side…
Landry and Gillislee
@Big E Is a Creep: I’d go with Tate as long as you’re strong at RB
@Unbreakable_MB: MY RB’s are Gordon, Mixon, West, Thompson, Vereen. Not a strong group, but this PPR league allows me to start 6 WR’s (Green, D. Thomas, Hilton, Tate, Garcon, Coleman), so I load up there and skimp on RB.
I still think I’ll hold onto Tate. He’s a PPR beast. Cutler seems to prefer Parker to Landry, so I worry about that Landry’s targets will be down from past years.
@Big E Is a Creep: that’s my thinking too! Good luck
I’m in a 12 team standard league. Is Kerwyn Williams, Cohen or Golloday worth my #1 waiver claim? I start 2 RBs, 3 WRs and a Flex:
RBs: M. Gordon, M. Ingram
WRs: D. Adams, T. Pryor, D. Parker
Flex: T. West
Bench: C. Carson, R. Cobb, M. Wallace
@Jedimasters: Kenny Golladay for me, not sure Cohen’s performance is as repeatable. I still like Jordan Howard
I am debating how to prioritize my waiver claims this week:
The 2 players on the chopping block are – Jamaal Williams and George Kittle – both are insurance policies because I own Ty Montgomery and Antonio Gates
Do I try to drop both of these guys for Tarik Cohen and Buck Allen and how would you order them?
Here is the team (.5 PPR 1 point per 20 ret yards)
QB – Philip Rivers
RB – Ty Montgomery, Devonta Freeman
WR – Martavis Bryant, DeVante Parker, Amari Cooper
TE – Antonio Gates
FLEX – Jamison Crowder
K – Koo
DEF – LA Rams
QB – Carson Palmer
RB – Danny Woodhead (!!!), Jamaal Williams, Jacquizz Rodgers
TE – George Kittle
IR – Will Fuller
@William Hung: yes, I’d try and grab both, I’d grab Buck before Tarik
@Unbreakable_MB: Thanks – I am thinking Jamaal will probably be my drop for Buck Allen then.
I knew I should’ve let someone else deal with Woodhead, but that PPR skillset was just too much for me to pass up as my first bench RB… are you holding him even though he’ll be IR-R? I have Will Fuller in that spot currently.
@William Hung: I’d rather have Woodhead than Fuller this year. More opportunity.
@Unbreakable_MB: Who is Buck Allen?
@Dean Kongslie: Javorius Allen, RB for the Ravens.
@William Hung: You’ve got to be able to find a better TE combo than Gates and Kittle.
@Mr. Sweat Necklace: 14 team problems… I am thinking about picking up Charles Clay
@William Hung: Charles Clay might be a good play going forward. Zach really likes him
Had Galloday, Coleman and JJ Nelson on the bench. Sent out a search party for Decker. Any of the aforementioned a sell high or can they continue to produce. I know it’s just one game but Wilson didn’t impress me. Concerned it could spill over into Baldwin long term.
@[email protected]Chucky: I love Galloday, I’m not selling him unless someone is overpaying. He’s got so much Redzone talent and Stafford obviously likes him. I’m not big on Corey Coleman so I’d try to sell high on him. JJ Nelson is a hold for me too. He closed out last year quite nicely and not a bad start yesterday
Gut feeling: Cooper Kupp or Golladay off of waivers? Both look promising. Cohen also there. 3 Keeper League, 1 pt PPR
@JoseCuervoOnAStick: Golladay for me, Indy is weak and I think those games won’t be common. Neither is a guarantee though
Who ya got? He has Peterson running tonight and is up by 11pts. I have Keenan Allen and Cook going tonight. Its half ppr. Do I stand any chance of winning?
@Synyster: anything can happen. I’m not big on Peterson this year, I like your chances. Keenan probably has to find the end zone for you to have a chance though
Big decision for tonight. Up 73.5 – 66.1. Other team has Brees, Hunter Henry, an Emmanuel sanders to play, I have Vikings D, Younghoe Koo (sickest fantasy name ever), and either Keenan Allen or Ted Ginn in a PPR.
I know, not looking good but I ain’t dead yet. A few variables at play here and I don’t know which way to lean between Allen and Ginn.
-Ginn would obviously limit the damage done by Brees IF he has a good game.
-Denver D is obviously big but they havent seen much of Allen given his injuries
-It’s PPR and Ginn is a classic boom or bust where Allen is a reception whore
-Flipside of limiting Brees’ damage, if he has a bad game that probably means Ginn doesnt do ish.
PS – Thanks a lot, Andy Dalton.
@LeggoPens: bro, I’m closing my eyes and starting Keenanno questions asked. Good luck!
@Unbreakable_MB: May Diddy have mercy on our souls
@LeggoPens: and never find another $1 bill in a stack of hundreds. Gross.
@Unbreakable_MB: What’s a $1 bill? Thought he was looking at toilet paper…
No Q/A from me. Just sittin’ on the front porch shootin’ the spittin’ seeds with ya. Nice write up.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Golladay starts getting more looks. 40 pass attempts won’t be an outlier for the Lions. It’s what they do.
Jesse James is big (6’7″ 260+). Ben’s good about feeding the right match up at the right time. He’s playing with a chip on his shoulder (Tomlin said the TE’s “weren’t varsity enough” when the Steelers traded to get another TE Vance McDonald). Just think James will be one of those under radar types in the first half of the season, until opposing D’s figure out a way to cover all the weapons… Cover 2 may prevent the deep pass, but that just plays into the strength of James’ game in the red zone.
I like the Eagles offense this year. Wentz seems like a top half type QB, and he has some solid weapons at every level this year.
Terrance Williams. Dallas and Williams check all the boxes except the offense may not open up enough the feed them all… Great WR 3/4 imo.
@bigbear: thanks for the feedback. Yeah I’m gonna be keeping an eye on Jesse James for sure.
Yeah I never feel comfortable starting Williams in the offense
@Unbreakable_MB: and I think Golladay may stay the number 2 target on a regular basis even though he won’t get quite as many snaps as Jones
@bigbear: @Unbreakable_MB: i’m guessing since PIT traded for another TE barely a week before season james/mcdonald split carries quite quickly. i am seeing people do silly ass shit and overvalue those train robber (j.james) TD’s though, FAAB like 14/100 for him in one spot (and it’s only a 12 teamer). batshit crazy bids.
14 team PPR
D Johnson or Tyreek and Lamar Miller
RBs- Miller, cook, gilleslee, West
WRs- Dez, Evans, Hill, Kupp, M Jones, Richardson
@Chicken Dinner: d Johnson, easy!!!
So I have a #1 waiver in a league. Golladay is available, should I use it on him?
Current WR: Evans, Pryor Sr, John Brown, Watkins, Garcon
I am pretty weak on RB, so not sure if it is worth using now.
RB available: R.Kelly, G.Bernard, Burkhead, J.Hill, T. Cohen
@Ogling Ogletree’s Tree’s: you look strong at WR, I’d hold tight unless you feel the need to take a chance on Cohen. But you don’t need Golladay from the looks of it
@Unbreakable_MB: My RB are: Jordan Howard, Joe Mixon, LeGarrette Blount, Doug Martin, Samaje Perine, Marlon Mack.
It is a 1 RB league (2 flex spots) so I only need one with my WR. My plan I think is to save my waiver spot and grab whatever of those RB are left after the fact for Perine.
How would you rank those 5 available RB?
@Ogling Ogletree’s Tree’s: 1. Howard 2. Martin 3. Mixon 4. Mack 5. Perine
@Unbreakable_MB: ha. sorry. i meant the FA RB.
R.Kelly, G.Bernard, Burkhead, J.Hill, T. Cohen
But interestingly, you think I should drop Blount over Perine?
Thanks a ton for the help. When it comes to baseball and basketball, I know all the players. But football is my weak spot. This place keeps me competitive. much appreciated.
@Ogling Ogletree’s Tree’s: oh no no no I’d rather have Blount than Perine, sorry!
1. Cohen 2. Bernard 3. Kelly 4. Burkhead 5. Hill
@Unbreakable_MB: Thats what I thought. I was like… hmmm. Thanks dude. Have a great week!
Howdy! Lol week 1 was definitely not my strong week.
.5 PPR this is who I had starting
WR1: martavis Bryant
My 3 starting WRs got 5 combined friggin points
Flex: disappointment day from mcaffery
Defensive player open
I’m currently down 77-57, I’m not filling in my idp or kicker due to the 20 points will be a blow out by the 10:20 late game chargers vs Broncos. He still has Brees, Ingram, Rudolph & theilen.
— if & biiiig If I’m still close & close I mean 20-30 pts I’ll consider adding a kicker & idp for that late late game
As of now I’ll be #1 in the waiver order who should be my top priority? Tarik Cohen or kerwynn Williams? I was leaning lil to kerwynn just because I own DJ.
— next priority? Golladay? Agholor? Buck Allen? Kupp? JJ Nelson?
— to get Cohen or kerwynn im dropping Carson Palmer since I have Winston
Then next priority I’m dropping Jamaal Williams
My RBs are DJ, Gordon, mcaffery, hunt, Smallwood, Abdullah & Jamaal Williams
My WRs are Alshon, martavis Bryant, Marshall, maclin, hogan & snead
– a league mate of mine has Russell Wilson who did bad week 1, he lost a rob & his Hilton struggled.
– send him my Winston + d Parker for : Dalvin cook + Travis kelce ?
— here’s his team:
WR1: Antonio brown
WR3: a rob
Flex: CJ Anderson
Bench: eifert, Graham, John brown , Tevin Coleman, Derrick Henry, cj prosise, perine, lockett.
I don’t need the trade, maybe I can buy low on a player if he’s panicking after some players struggling & losing a rob.
@Trash Can on Fire: I would use your priority on Golladay since you look a little rough at receiver. I would also grab Kerwynn if he hangs around when it goes back to you.
Yeah looks like you’re toast this week, but this week shouldn’t be the norm for these guys, just bad luck.
Send that trade, it would be great if you can pull it off!
Update DJ likely out 12 weeks, IR possible for DJ. Still Golladay? Or with this news Cohen or kerwynn? With no DJ I’ll need to make a trade I think I thought he was just gloving to miss one week this changes things
@Trash Can on Fire: I’d go Kerwynn now, but don’t be surprised if they trade for an RB. GOOD TIMES YAY!
@Trash Can on Fire: There are rumblings that AZ could have interest in resigning CJ?K (Chris Johnson)…
Drop Hogan for Golladay?
@The Fantasy Dick: I would
I wanted to hold Snead until he comes back but galloday looks great. In a 12 man ppr league
WR- Dez, Martavis Bryant, Sammy Watkins, Willie Snead, Thielen
RB- Le’veon Bell, Fournette, Mixon, Abdullah
Are you dropping Snead or Abdullah for galloday? Number 5 waiver. Everyone is most likely gonna be going for galloday.
Cohen, Agholor, kupp, Jesse James and hurns are available. Are you trying to pick up any of those guys if galloday doesn’t go through and are you dropping Abdullah or Snead for them? Thanks
@Clos: drop snead for Golladay and hold tight on Abdullah. Snead may struggle to find targets if Ginn and Coleman get comfortable. I’d hold off on the other guys.
What % of FAAB budget would you spend on these guys:
Golladay: my entire life savings and the naming rights to my second child. Just kidding. 10-15% should get the job done
@Unbreakable_MB: update: would spend 10-15% on Kerwynn if DJ needs surgery
DJ does need surgery
@Unbreakable_MB: In some circles the naming rights to a child is fair game (Chalupa Batman…). A couple roster specific questions(which I’m sure never get old) 12 team 0.5 PPR:
–Drop Smallwood for Cohen or Buck? (I’m thinking higher bid on Cohen)
–Drop Rishard Matthews for Golladay?
@Jbona3: I miss The League! Yes I’d dump Smallwood for Buck and yes I’d dump Matthews for Golladay
@Unbreakable_MB: The League was great…to me, the first 3-4 seasons were absolute perfection. But I’m more annoyed that Netflix took it off their streaming service in August.
Is the Baltimore D legit or did the Red Rifle and Cincy poop their pants?
@Jbona3: they really were, then it fell off.
Yes I think they are. The Tony Jefferson addition was clutch.
I have David Johnson, my other RBs (it’s a 12 team standard) are: Dalvin Cook, Frank Gore, Marlon Mack, Matt Breida…
Do I drop Breida for Buck Allen or Kerywynn Williams?
I want to drop Hogan for Golladay, but do I go for 2 RBs instead?
WORST CASE SCENARIO…ugg
@The Fantasy Dick: PS: It’s an auction league and we have $100 of Free Agent money…
any bidding advice? thanks
@The Fantasy Dick: I’d want Kerwynn and Golladay. There’s a possibility that the Cardinals seek a trade so I wouldn’t over bid and would settle at $15ish, I’d rather spend that $15 on Golladay. Not sure if Kerwynn is good.
@Unbreakable_MB: 12 tm, standard scorring, we start 2 RBs, 2 WRs, and a Flex.
Should I just drop Breida for Golladay? Ginn and Rupp are available as well and hang on to Hogan and use Dalvin Cook and either Gore or Mack at RB and roll with a WR at flex? or is it worth it to drop Hogan and Breida and end up with golladay and williams or allen? (I’m leaning allen since cardinals do not seem confident in williams at all….
@The Fantasy Dick: I’d drop breida for Golladay. And I’d hang on to Hogan
@Unbreakable_MB: Just thought I’d mention that my RBs are: David Johson, Dalvin Cook, Frank Gore, Marlon Mack, Matt Breida…So I’ll need to start Cook and Gore I guess (or mack as a lottery ticket play).
My WRs are: Kelvin Benjamin, Jeffery, Garcon, Hogan, Maclin…
Still think dropping Breida for Golladay is the move? or should I drop him for a RB? K. Williams, Kamara, Tolbert, Buck Allen, Ellington, Chris Thompson are all available.
Or do you really think Golladay is the pick because he can return big value at Flex and I can get by with Cook and Gore/Mack until DJ gets back or a better RB talent pops up?
Thanks, sorry for all the questions, this DJ injury has messed up my plan obviously..
@The Fantasy Dick: all good man, I would personally still do Golladay and see if you can grab Kamara too. I think Woodhead will be back sooner than later so Buck would have to phase T. West out. I don’t think Kerwynn is good enough to surpass RBBC
Had first pick in two of my three leagues. Took DJ and Le’veon for this very reason.
@Chicken Dinner: good call, I did not, but should have.
sentences like this don’t make anybody relax though, whether cohen or howard owners,
“I don’t think Tarik Cohen isn’t going to take Jordan Howard’s job, so relax.”
@Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: I don’t think that is not clear. No?
@Jurickson BROfar: exactly.
@Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: fair enough
@Unbreakable_MB: i’m kidding i knew what you MEANT to say. or maybe i should say i don’t not know what you didn’t mean to say.