This figured to be a favorable matchup for the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Still, Washington had shown some fight through the first couple games of the season. As fantasy football enthusiasts, we can only hope for offensive production, even if the game on the field is less than ideal. The Bears can end up being playoff contenders in a fierce division, but who had the idea to give Washington a home game on Monday night when we already have to endure Booger McFarlane? 

The Bears scored their first touchdown on a pick six. For one night at least, this defense was starting to look like the Bears defense from 2018 that had an insanely favorable turnover ratio. The defense spent the evening, or at least the first half, giving Mitch Trubisky the short fields that he had grown accustomed to last season. So how did the fantasy stats shake out? And were the Redskins able to salvage anything Monday night?

Performance Checks

Mitch Trubisky 

If you drafted Mitch Trubisky as your QB2, this was the type of game that you were looking to start him in. You probably didn’t unless you own him in a 2-QB or superflex league. As modest as 231 passing yards and 2 rushing yards seems, the three touchdown passes that he threw were good enough for a QB12 finish for the week. I’d also like to note that 31 passing attempts seems to be a step in the right direction if he is going to provide any fantasy value this season. Next week is a stay-away for Mitch from a starting/streaming standpoint because the Vikings are visiting Chicago.

Taylor Gabriel

What a first half! Taylor Gabriel caught 6 of his 7 targets for 75 yards and 3 touchdowns. Gabriel finished the week as the overall WR5 in PPR scoring. Unfortunately for Gabriel, there were some other standout performances from Sunday that he fell short of. Gabriel’s presence has basically forced Anthony Miller out of the offense. If you are impatiently waiting to add Gabriel off of the waiver wire, be aware that he was forced out of this game early and went into concussion protocol. I’m not a doctor, but this doesn’t seem good for the likelihood of his availability in week 4 on short rest.

Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson caught 6 out of his 7 targets for 60 yards. He’s yet to match the week 1 volume again and I don’t think that next week is the week that he explodes back onto the scene. I still like Robinson’s rest of season outlook if you do have shares.

David Montgomery 

Fantasy football twitter was in an uproar when Montgomery failed to see a snap for a while on the first drive, but he did make his way onto the field before the drive was over. Montgomery finished as the RB28 for the week in PPR scoring. It was beginning to look like the week was going to be a complete dud for him, but then he ripped off a 25 yard run in the 4th quarter while Chicago was milking the clock. Montgomery caught more passes than anyone in the Bear’s backfield and also handled 13 of the 24 carries. The buy low window still seems to be open. 

Case Keenum

Case Keenum is a little more lively in garbage time this year than we thought he would be, but he looked completely overmatched in the first half against the Bears’ front seven. His facial expressions told the entire story. Keenum was able to get things going a little bit in the second half with a couple of touchdown passes and he ended up with over 300 passing yards. With all of the turnovers, Keenum was still only able to muster up a QB24 performance.

Terry McLaurin and Paul Richardson

Scary Terry! The cool kids tell me this is an adult swim reference. Now it seems the folks at ESPN have also caught on. Scary Terry (last time, I promise) was second on the team in targets behind Paul Richardson with 8 targets. Paul had 9 targets. They both had late touchdown catches and each had at least 70 yards. The big difference is, McLaurin is owned in 70% of ESPN leagues and Paul Richardson is only owned in 12%.

Adrian Peterson

He’s just out here getting a paycheck while he can. No, seriously. He’s so useless they didn’t even use him in a late goal line situation. He also wasn’t able to grab a 4th quarter first down on 3rd and 1. The Skins need Derrius Guice back.

Vernon Davis

This has nothing to do with his production. That karate kid move was awesome. I hope that he fails on a hurdle attempt every week going forward. 

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson held 33% of the share of carries on Monday night. He averaged 4.1 YPC to Adrian Peterson’s 3.1. Thompson also caught 4 passes for 79 yards. This was good enough for a RB19 PPR finish in week 3.

  1. eballs says:
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    Here’s the squad (10 team PPR)

    Goff, Zeke, Carson, Evans, Keenan Allen, Ekeler, Kupp, Shady, Scary Terry, Josh Allen, Hockensen
    IR: Hunter Henry

    I’m definitely worried about Carson going forward, but luckily I have decent RB depth, based on my lineup would to cut anyone for these free agents?

    Darrell Williams
    Pollard
    Burkhead
    Jeff Wilson
    Dissly
    Ebron
    Witten
    Knox

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’m cutting Hockensen for Dissly especially going against AZ this week

      • eballs says:
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        Thanks. In a separate league I have Hockensen and McDonald. I assume you would cut Hockensen out of those two. Who would you replace him with?

        Olsen
        Henry (Stash)
        Ebron
        Fant
        Eifert
        Herndon

        • eballs says:
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          Knox

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Olsen! Ride him while he’s hot

  2. Baker says:
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    Do you consider Darell Williams a must add for someone with RB issues ? My other option would be Gallman but I just dont like burning my # 1 waiver claim on him . It felt like Damien Williams was already on coaches bad side coming into this year and now injure again maybe everyone picked the wrong Williams ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      If you are hurting at running back and have the #1 claim you have to go with the volume guy which would be Gallman. It’s hard to project the KC backfield but when Damien comes back it gets messy

  3. Juan says:
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    12 team Keeper league. 1/2 PPR. We keep 2. currently 1-2.
    QB – Maholmes (K)
    WR – Adams (K)
    WR – Diggs
    RB – J.White
    RB -Carson
    TE -Engram
    FLEX -Shepard

    bench
    Jamaal Williams
    DK Metcalf
    Mclaurin
    Hardman
    DJ Clark.

    Diggs has sucked and so has adams.

    Trade Adams and Carson 4 Gurley and Cooks?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d keep Adams and propose Diggs and Carson for Gurley and Cooks

  4. Argh says:
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    Everything is terrible in my main league (0-3). Any suggestions on some waiver pickups or players to start? 10 team PPR, with 2QB, WR, RB, 4 flex, D/ST

    QB: Stafford, Rudolph
    RB: McCaffery
    WR: Adams
    Flex: Hardman, Kirk, Agholor, Demarcus Robinson
    D/ST: Cowboys, but streaming
    Bench: Diggs, Kittle (bye), Woods, Darwin Thompson

    Diggs has been terrible (as above), Adams also pretty bad, Woods useless, Kittle useless. I swapped in Hardman/Kirk/Robinson off my bench for this week so far.

    QB available: Keenum, Minshew, Flacco, Cousins, Jones, Kyle Allen
    FLEX available: Lindsay, Darrel Williams, Waller, Richardson, Olsen, Burkhead, Walker

    Honestly there isn’t much exciting out there…I can try to make a trade but this isn’t a particularly trade-happy league.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d grab Lindsay and Jones, and drop Rudolph and Thompson. Hang in there

      • Argh says:
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        Haha well I lost out on both of those pickups to FAAB bids higher than mine. Any other suggestions, or hold on for dear life? Thanks

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Waller and Kyle Allen

  5. RICE says:
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    Hey MB!

    You and the Razzball team have me off to a great start. Thanks for that!

    Since he’s not even mentioned in your article covering one single game of football, I think I know the answer to this question already but…

    What are we doing with Tarik Cohen in a 10 team? In a 12 team?

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Not owning him anymore at this point! He wasn’t even worth a mention..

  6. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:
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    PPR with return yards worth the same as scrimmage
    QB (1): goff, allen
    RB (2) carry-on, mack, wilkins, gore
    WR (2) edelman, fitz, samuel, mclaurin, marv jones, green
    TE: olsen, herndon (was going to drop herndon for more RB’s anyway after olsen has been this solid)
    1 util
    IR (1) barkley

    well there goes anybody but a WR in the util for probably the rest of my season now 0-3. lost week one from henry getting hurt. trying to trade one of mclaurin/marv jones/samuel for a RB straight up or maybe gore + one of those for lesser WR + better RB

    1. i have the best waiver here (weekly reset to standings) the other KC d-will or gallman here 1st? you answered this above i see

    2. got an offer of edleman for jeffery + freeman (ATL) but not sure this is any good here. jeffery murdered me last year when i drafted him everywhere at what looked like good value then routinely started him more times than was good for me as a #2 WR. meanwhile edleman is set to be quite good this year with AB out.

    3. different league, in big trouble in tons of ways, 14 team PPR no return yardage (newton, AB (keeper from round price), already drafted too damn early and lost l.miller in 24 or so hours after draft, stashed guice in 1 of 2 IR slots, a.wilson, carson, oj howard (keeper from round price), the good KC d-will, big time shit show). i had nabbed VD figuring exactly right that reed might not ever be back, got him and m.davis to drop. have jimmy G (bye) also to start.

    FAAB how much on gallman here?

    4. FAAB how much on these, assuming this order: k.allen, carr, bridgewater, rudolph (only going to win one at most)? am excited i got k.allen in another 14 team super flex when all the definite starting QB’s that just got jobs went to higher waiver order guys.

    • MB

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      1) Yes, but not thrilled about it
      2) keeping Edelman

      I’d spend $8-9 on Gallman
      Not sure how much QBs go for in your league but $6 for Allen, $4 for Carr and $3 for Rudolph is a good starting point

      • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:
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        the 6 for k.allen was my guess too, in league 1 (questions 1-2) would you do one of marv jones or c.samuel or mclaurin for c.thompson, at least he could be started on mack/wilkins and carry-on’s bye weeks. gore when singletary is back seems a hard play at RB #2, but even if get slightly the worst of it here this isn’t a vacuum, i need similarish WR for RB value. my friend has AAron jones and henry who he ain’t looking to move in the same way i ain’t looking to move edelman, but could move me c.thompson or maybe (he’s thinking about it) singletary, he’s also got j-will, cohen, ballage, d.lewis, with julio, boyd, d-rob, agholor, so his WR is nearly as bad as my RB depth is. boyd/agholor/d-rob will lose value at different points upcoming,

        • MB

          MB says:
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          I’d do it for Marv Jones coming off of a good stat line, would like to hold the rest

          • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:
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            wait, i’m the one with marv jones have this (unless i’m misreading you here)
            return yards worth the same as scrimmage
            QB (1): goff, allen
            RB (2) carry-on, mack, wilkins, gore
            WR (2) edelman, fitz, samuel, mclaurin, marv jones, green
            TE: olsen, herndon (was going to drop herndon for more RB’s anyway after olsen has been this solid)
            1 util
            IR (1) barkley

            am likely able to trade one of marv jones/mclaurin or maybe c.samuel for c.thompson or (hopefully) singletary. i’d be fine i think moving mclaurin even for singletary and marv or samuel for thompson i think. got green coming back later anyway later. also i’ll get whichever of the other KC d-will or gallman in about 3 hours anyway dropping herndon.

            • MB

              MB says:
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              Yeah, trade marv. Sorry that wasn’t clear

  7. Trader says:
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    12 teamer, h2h standard espn league. My team listed below along with some wire guys. Please rank your favorite swaps. Thank you.

    Wire: Gallman, Burkhead, Dissly, Pollard.

    Wentz
    Conner, Michel, Lindsay
    OBJ, Theilen, Edelman
    Waller

    Bench: Mattison, Ballage, J Samuels, Damien Williams, DeMarcus Robinson
    IR: Guice

  8. MB

    MB says:
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    Right now, I’d swap Gallman for Ballage

    • Trader says:
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      Thanks. This lineup looks better to me now that you approved my trade LOL.

      Sent Delanie and Samuel for Edelman and Robinson. Even if DeMarcus folds upon Hill’s return, it feels better having Edelman. Thanks!

      • MB

        MB says:
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        Yeah man, solid every week

      • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:
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        yeah that’s a good trade.

  9. Chad Bowling says:
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    Deal Ekeler and Kupp for Hopkins and M. Sanders? Im solid at RB with Carson, Jones and McCaffrey so can afford to lose Ekeler while he still has value.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yep, nice WR upgrade

  10. Charles Parton says:
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    Godwin for Montgomery?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      The most fair trade I’ve ever heard. Would do either side based on need

  11. Eric Yang says:
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    Hey MB!

    12 team yahoo league, 0.5 PPR

    Starting off the season w/ 3-0

    QB: Goff/Murray
    WR(3): K. Allen, C.Kupp, D..J. Moore
    RB: Zeke, A.Jones,
    TE: Engram
    Flex: J.Jacobs
    Bench: Hyde, C.Thompson, R. Freeman

    Would you try to package A. Jones or J. Jacobs w/ someone from the bench for Saquon?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yep, but don’t screw yourself over for 8 weeks. Maybe Moore and Jones?

      • Eric Yang says:
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        Aaron Jones/Josh Jacobs and Kupp/DJMoore for Barkley + Amari Cooper?

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Yeah I’d try those combos

  12. Trader says:
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    Better bench addition strictly for depth…: MVS or D Rob?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Mvs

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