You have to love when two guys have career days and the starting percentages are probably pretty low on them. I say pretty low because I’m sure there were people in bad bye week spots or in deeper leagues that had to start Chase Edmonds or Marvin Jones Jr. Marvin Jones is a solid WR3 for fantasy but I don’t think that many were elated about slotting him in against the Vikings. For those that were savvy enough to start Jones Jr., he rewarded them with 10 catches, 93 yards and 4 touchdowns. That is a best ball format wet dream. In the leagues that I own Jones Jr., I can’t see myself leaving him on the bench again against the Giants next week. 

Chase Edmonds was a different type of situation. David Johnson was named active going into the game and he took one carry for 2 yards and didn’t touch the ball again for the rest of the game. I’m guessing that the majority of people that heard Johnson was active took Edmonds out of their lineup. Well, Edmonds carried the ball 27 times for 126 yards and 3 touchdowns. Incredible. Let’s get to some other performances from the early slate on Sunday.

Performance Checks

  • I put Jared Goff into my start/sit column as a “start” this week and he lived up to the billing. Goff threw for 268 yards and 2 touchdown passes and he also ran one in. It was a pretty nice bounce back day for Goff.
  • I also put Gerald Everett in there as a start and he caught 4 balls for 50 yards and a touchdown. He will finish as a TE1 this week. 
  • Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Brandin Cooks combined for 22 targets but none of them were able to find the endzone. Robert Woods led the group with 80 receiving yards. 
  • Matt Ryan was truly awful on Sunday. 159 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Matt Ryan left in a walking boot and will have an MRI today.
  • Jalen Ramsey might be the spark that the Rams’ defense needs. He was in Julio Jones’ grill all day and held him to under 100 yards and out of the endzone.
  • Austin Hooper found the endzone during garbage time via a Matt Schaub pass to somewhat save his day. 
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick provided hope for Preston Williams and DeVante Parker. Besides the fumble, Williams had a pretty good day catching 6 passes for 82 yards. Parker caught 5 balls for 55 yards and a touchdown. Also, there were more Mike Gesicki sightings! 4 catches for 41 yards for the MVP of my heart. 
  • Mark Walton out-touched Kenyan Drake 14-6 on the ground and averaged 4.7 ypc on the day. 
  • The long-awaited return of Devin Singletary was a disappointment. He wasn’t at all involved in the passing game and only carried the ball 7 times for 26 yards. 
  • Cole Beasley and John Brown both caught Josh Allen touchdown passes.
  • I mentioned Gardner Minshew this week as a deep league started and he threw for 255 yards and a touchdown. Minshew also ran for 48 yards.
  • Not without fault, I also said to start Joe Mixon and he had a combined 4 yards on the day. He did at least catch a touchdown pass. 
  • Alex Erickson and Auden Tate combined for over 200 receiving yards. I bet you thought you would never read that before the season. 
  • D.J. Chark has slowed down a little bit, but he did end up with 73 yards and a double digit day in PPR leagues.
  • There wasn’t a single touchdown in the 49ers and Redskins game. Adrian Peterson led all position players outside of QB in yards with 81 and he also had a fumble. Kittle had 3 catches for 38 yards. Damn that weather. 
  • Matthew Stafford had a huge game and became the youngest player ever to cross 40,000 career passing yards. Of course, you already know who caught all of the touchdown passes. 
  • Kerryon Johnson and Adam Thielen both left this game with injuries that do not look very promising for next week, but no need to speculate any further without proper diagnosis. 
  • Dalvin Cook ripped through the Detroit front 7 for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. What a great draft value for those that took a leap of faith. 
  • Stefon Diggs had another nice day with 7 catches for 142 yards. He caught a long game clincher in the 4th quarter. One would think that he has to feel a little better about being in Minnesota. 
  • Kenny Golladay didn’t do much, but Danny Amendola caught 8 passes for 105 yards. Probably on somebody’s bench. 
  • Saquon Barkley made his much anticipated return and carried the ball 18 times for 72 yards and a touchdown. 
  • Kyler Murray was disappointing, but he simply didn’t have to do much with Chase Edmonds looking like Emmett Smith.
  • Golden Tate saw 11 targets and caught 6 of them for 80 yards. He’s comfortably a great PPR option. 
  • Sorry about Darius Slayton guys, I thought this was the perfect smash spot for him. I started him in a couple spots too.
  • Aaron Rodgers had a career day without his best wide receiver because of course he did. He played so well even Jimmy Graham scored again.
  • Darren Waller The BALLER got his first and second touchdown as a Raider. Waller caught 7 out of his 8 targets for 126 yards. 
  • Josh Jacobs continues to show that he is a complete 3 down back averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He did get stuffed at the goal line, but give the rookie a break!
  • It only took Marquez Valdes-Scantling 2 catches to have a great fantasy day. Scantling ran in a 74 yard touchdown pass in the 4th quarter. 
  • Allen Lazard did a little bit with 3 catches for 43 yards, but with Allison and MVS active, his value was zapped.
  • Aaron Jones redeemed his touchdown drop from last week with a first quarter touchdown catch in this one. He also added 50 yards on the ground. 
  • Keelan Doss might be worth a waiver wire look if Tyrell Williams continues to miss time. Doss caught 3 balls for 54 yards. He was targeted 5 times. 
  • Deshaun Watson threw a couple of picks against the Colts, but he did add 300 yards and a touchdown. It actually wasn’t a bad day for him considering how well Frank Reich historically is at containing him. 
  • Marlon Mack and Carlos Hyde combined for under 80 yards on the ground. This was a pretty boring game for running backs. 
  • Jacoby Brissett ripped apart this secondary with 326 yards and 4 touchdowns. I’m sure he was glad to get T.Y. Hilton back. 
  • Zach Pascal caught 6 balls for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s an interesting waiver wire name, but I’m not incredibly enthused that this continues for him. 
  • DeAndre Hopkins finally had another WR1 afternoon. This isn’t too surprising considering that the Colts aren’t that great against opposing team’s stud receivers. 9 catches 106 yards and a touchdown has to put some of the concern about him to rest.

Go ahead and hop in the comment section if you want to chat about your Sunday and you can also follow me on twitter.

  1. toolshed says:
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    Does melvin gordon look slow? The chargers have tied to feed him the ball. Ekeler looks like the much better choice to get the bulk of the work. I know it is unfair to say this, but I believe they win that game if they used ekeler as the primary back and used gordon to spell him. They are 0-3 since they have featured gordon and limited ekelers involvement. I know the o-line is banged up and plays a part but the offense looks worse off with gordon in there.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      tends to happen at least for a while with holdouts. very rare for anybody to skip that much time and look great in 2 weeks. this goes for sports that aren’t football too. this even happened with AAron donald.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Idk if Lynn will make any changes but I agree with this 100 percent

  2. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    is there something about completely ineptly run NY teams that makes their medical staffs have really low critical thinking skills (the mess in baseball, NYJ here), they have a lineman who’s told them he needs surgery on his shoulder, meanwhile they’re fining him since he didn’t show up to play. imagine being a player and hearing this, what kind of stupid would you have to be to sign with that team. hopefully this guy doesn’t cave to the peer pressure of the media/team calling him a pussy and ruin his career/life like matt harvey did.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Maybe there will be a documentary about NY medical staffs some day. Yeah that’s a sad situation

  3. Gio says:
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    Half ppr at this point are you willing to roll dice and acquire Gurley for Gordon?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yes absolutely

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        my guess is at any time this preseason till now it’d be gurley uber melgor, not just during the holdout.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          But especially now haha

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            yeah for sure.

  4. Nightpandas says:
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    In my 4-3 12 team keep 3league wondering what to do at qb

    I have Brissett and Jameis

    On the wire: Cousins and Darnold
    Trade market: could likely trade a mid round pick for Goff

    What would you do?

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Pick up Darnold immediately, you can drop Jameis right now for him while he’s on a bye. Darnold’s schedule is spectacular in the 2nd half of the season.

      • Nightpandas says:
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        Thanks …got him in 3 leagues now

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Sounds like 3 championships to me

  5. Allan says:
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    Hey MB I own David Johnson is a ppr dynasty league. Seeing what Edmonds did yesterday and seeing that the Cardinals are working out several free agent backs today should I consider shopping DJ? If so what kind of return should I be looking for?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      In dynasty I would hold onto DJ, they paid him to be the lead back when healthy and I don’t think that you would get the return that you deserve

  6. Water boy says:
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    Hey MB! This was possibly my worst week. My team wasn’t bad I’ve scored 166.5 points but I’m going to lose because my opponent has 133.8 & he still has Brady, Dorset & pats kicker nugent. I have IDP Jamie Collins I’m not expecting more than 10 points.

    What killed me this week:
    DJ 0 points
    Willie Snead 0 points , only added started him due to injuries& OBJ bye
    David Montgomery 1 point
    — oh it gets better Edmonds is on my bench as was Tevin Coleman. Once I heard how bad weather was in DC I decided not to play Coleman, fantasy is a cruel cruel game lol

    Onto week 8 looking at bright points is Edmonds a must start going forward after his break out game? Sounds as if DJ injury could be bad if they are bringing in ajayi or ware. MVS looked good , Waller is a beast, I love cook.

    Looking at my team should I make a move or wait it out?

    My RBs are DJ, cook, Edmonds, David Montgomery, Tevin Coleman, mattison, Darrel Henderson

    My WRs are obj, Thielin, Josh Gordon, aj green, MVS, Watkins, dionte Johnson, Snead

    My TE waller

    My QB Russell Wilson

    1.) I got offered a deal in which I deal my OBJ. I receive josh Jacobs + Emmanuel Sanders. I’m leaning on a no although Jacobs is a beast & could help if DJ will miss extended time, then maybe I’ll flip Coleman for Allen Robinson or Tyler Lockett?

    I don’t really have a lot of trade chips , I wanted to deal Thielin but I think buyers may be scared because of his hamny, Josh Gordon has no value, aj green is an unknown , maybe sell high on MVS but that may be a hold too because what can I really get for him? David Montgomery is trash nobody will take him- oh I’ve tried even prior to this week I tried Monty for Emmanuel Sanders no bites. DJ I don’t think I can trade him unless he has a solid game/ healthy.

    Since trades are unlikely thoughts on adding mark Walton he’s been solid, at WR I’m looking at either Davante Parker, Keke coutee (fuller out a few weeks), amendola, Zach pascal. At RB also looking at guice or ballage

    Thanks man!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Looks like maybe you held on? Brady didn’t do much.
      Yeah I wouldn’t trade OBJ.

      I think Walton is worth a spec add as well

      • Water boy says:
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        Lol! Lost by 2 points lol if Jamie collins did anything just needed some tackles I would’ve won. Lol that’s fantasy for ya. What killed me was that TD to Dorsett

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          MB says:
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          Brutal. I needed 7 points from Crowder and got 6. Tie. Devastating.

  7. Nat says:
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    Thanks man. Love this recap.

    Would you trade away Mixon + Waller for K Allen + DJ Moore (or Breida)?

    1/2 PPR.
    I have Saquon/Chubb/Singletary, and Mark Andrews.
    But I’m rolling out McLaurin/Gallup at WR.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah I think you gotta do that

  8. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    kingsbury now admits completely that DJ was held out due to the weather and his back. now the thing here is if he’s not a lying douchebag, he should’ve:
    1. already known what the weather was when DJ was ruled active
    2. given an actual injury report DURING the game on DJ (there was nothing on this at all till hours after the game, he never was given even a DTD tag or questionable during the game)

    when he flames out at ARI whenever that occurs he’s setting up his job app for working for either the lying LAC or LAR orgs.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah I get the whole “competitive edge” thing, but if DJ isn’t in the next 2 series, the Giants will have already figured out he’s not playing so just spill the beans

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        i’m with you, these game playing ideas are just stupid.

  9. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    ah yes the NYJ showed up again after taking last week off just in time to bust me barely from a 61 person last longer 2 dimes+ sized pot. this week i stuck with the program in a new last longer with NE where my opp mostly all went SF or BUF (i have them both scheduled for future weeks myself)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I can’t believe the Jets were under 10 point dogs

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        yeah that seems out of whack entirely.

  10. Lachlan says:
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    This is what it has come to… should I trade Sony or Ekeler for Pats D?!?! Have Saquon and Jacobs….

    Man that sounds soo crazy…. but I’m thinking about it he competitive advantage…

    Lachy

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Haha, well I’d trade Sony for the Pats D

  11. William Hung says:
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    Here is my 10 team last place roster – I have some tough decisions with some overrated players…

    Starters:
    QB – Watson
    RB – McCaffrey, Coleman
    WR – Evans, Boyd
    TE – Henry
    FLEX – Fitzgerald

    Bench:
    RB – Singletary, Peterson
    WR – Gallup, Fuller, Crowder
    TE – Ertz

    I’m hoping to snag Edmonds or Ty Johnson (dropping Singletary) from waivers to put in my FLEX – if that happens, do I bench Fitzgerald or Boyd for the upcoming week? After last week, I’m done with Ertz as a starter – maybe he gets into my lineup as a flex on a bye week crunch.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Boyd will probably be matched up with Ramsey so I’d play Fitzgerald

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