Are you into rap? If so, then I’m sure you’re already familiar with Cole Beasley’s prowess on the mic:
What you might not know is that Beasley has been begging his buddy Josh Allen to record a single together, as a duo. After Allen went 32/40 for 375 yards with 6 carries for 11 yards and 4 passing touchdowns on Monday night, while dishing Cole Beasley 9 receptions for 130 yards and his 4th touchdown, the two white boys celebrated by finally recording their future hit single: Allen & Beasley Get It Done Easily. Look out for that jam on iTunes and Spotify shortly. As for their fantasy outlook as you move into the playoffs, Allen remains a must-start even against the tough Steeler defense next week and Beasley is a boom or bust WR3. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:
Antonio Gibson – 2 carries for 14 yards before leaving in the first quarter with an injury. I thought there was hope for Gibson to come back when I saw Mr. Miyagi working on his leg on the sideline. But it was actually a toe injury and Miyagi doesn’t do feet. Gibson will likely miss some time with turf toe, making J.D. McKissic (5 carries for 8 yards, 10 catches for 70 yards) an intriguing play in PPR leagues and Peyton Barber (14 carries for 23 yards and his 3rd touchdown) an unappealing desperation play in standard leagues.
Terry McLaurin – 2 catches for 14 yards. Two catches? Alex Smith (31/46 for 296 yards and 1 touchdown) drove his F1 straight into a ditch while giving Cam Sims (5 catches for 92 yards) three more targets than Terry. Get the breathalyzer out, that QB must be drunk.
Logan Thomas – 9 catches for 98 yards and his 5th touchdown. The best quarterback on the team can also catch passes. The big man has really come into his own the past few weeks and that’s consecutive games where he’s found the end zone. If you need an upside tight end for your playoff run, Thomas is worth a look.
Benny Snell – 8 carries for 5 yards, 2 catches for 5 yards. We had high hopes for Benny with James Conner (COVID) out this week. But wait, what’s that Snell? It’s the dump Benny Snell just took on your fantasy playoff hopes. Conner may not be back next week since he was high risk for COVID-19 as a cancer survivor, but it’s hard to be too excited about starting Snell after this performance.
Diontae Johnson – 8 catches for 71 yards and his 5th touchdown. I’ve said it since pre-corona: Diontae has the biggest Johnson in Pittsburgh. Actually, Chase Claypool (2 catches for 38 yards) may now have a bigger Johnson, but the talented rookie somehow saw only four targets which was the same number that James Washington (2 catches for 80 yards and his ) received.
Juju Smith-Schuster – 7 catches for 28 yards. JJSS has been a big ole bust which I predicted in my Juju Smith-Schuster Dynasty Outlook back in January. Sure, he’s lucked into six touchdowns but he’s also been held under 40 yards in each of the last 3 games and under 50 yards seven times this year. Yuck.
Devin Singletary – 18 carries for 61 yards, 3 catches for 22 yards. My man Zack Moss (3 carries for 9 yards, 1 catch for 5 yards) saw a lot of bench after losing a fumbling on their own goal line in the first quarter. What’s that I see in Moss’s backyard? It’s a big dog house and the rookie has made a nice bed in it. Singletary took advantage of the opportunity and could be a decent start in weeks 15 and 16 if he can prove himself against the stout Steeler run D next week.
Stefon Diggs – 10 catches for 92 yards. I’d Diggs it more if he could find the end zone a few more times, but it’s hard to complain about 90 receptions and 1,037 yards through 12 games. He’s on pace for 120 receptions and 1,380 yards, both career highs by a wide margin.
Raheem Mostert – 9 carries for 42 yards, 1 catch for 1 yard. Mostert came out blazing on the first drive and then it felt like we hardly saw him the rest of the game. I never understand when teams fail to get the ball in the hands of their most explosive players–I’m looking at you Doug Pederson. On the goal line it seems Jeff Wilson Jr. (7 carries for 47 yards, 2 catches for 12 yards) is the preferred option, but he was also stuffed every time he got it down there so this situation might be fluid.
Deebo Samuel – 6 catches for 73 yards. It’s a decent follow up to Deebo’s 11 catch performance in last week’s return, especially considering he faced off against elite corner Tre’Davious White in this game. I have Samuel penciled in as a back end WR2 for the fantasy playoffs.
Brandon Aiyuk – 5 catches for 95 yards and his 6th touchdown. I have to admit, I vastly underestimated the talent of Aiyuk coming into this season. This is three straight games that he’s found the end zone and four of the last five. And he’s doing it with Nick Mullens (26/39 for 316 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions) at QB, who I’m pretty sure I saw play in the ’92 Barcelona Olympics.
Jordan Reed – 3 catches for 32 yards and his 3rd touchdown. He’s never a terrible streaming option while George Kittle (foot) is sidelined. Speaking of Kittle, he seems to think he’ll play again before the end of the season. I’m doubtful that we see him prior to week 17, but regardless, he’s definitely worth a stash.