If you’re only into ground and pound games then read no further. There were a total of 79 rushing yards between both the Rams and Bucs on Monday night. There was even less runs than the time I stopped eating Chipotle for an entire year. But what this game lacked in rushing was made up for in the passing department as the teams combine for a total of 99 passing attempts. The Rams’ air attack ended up being the headline as Jared Goff went 39/51 for 376 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Cooper Kupp hauled in 11 of those passes for 145 yards, while Robert Woods snatched another 12 of them for 130 yards and his 7th touchdown. Both of these pass catchers are rock solid WR2 options, and Goff remains a nice streamer with a friendly playoff schedule on the horizon. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:
Van Jefferson – 1 catch for 7 yards and his 1st career touchdown. The rookie Van even went dancing in the moonlight as he hit pay dirt for the first time in his young career.
Josh Reynolds – 3 catches for 32 yards. Not every receiver feasted on pirate’s booty. I warned that Reynolds’ production wouldn’t be stable in this offense. When things are clicking it’s all Kupp and Woods.
Darrell Henderson – 8 carries for 5 yards, 2 catches for 4 yards. You know someone out there needed just 10 yards from Henderson to win their fantasy matchup this week. Don’t laugh too hard or the fantasy gods will strike you down next. If there was any silver lining for Hendy owners (there isn’t) it would be that Cam Akers (5 carries for 15 yards, 1 catch for 4 yards and his 1st career touchdown) and Malcolm Brown (3 carries for 20 yards, 1 catch for 8 yards) only combined for a total of eight carries themselves. I still do expect Akers’ role to grow down the stretch and I’m still not interested in Brown.
Tom Brady – 26/48 for 216 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions—he now has 25 touchdown passes on the year. Gotta cut the old man a little slack for another lackluster Monday night performance, right? This game went way past his 7pm bedtime.
Leonard Fournette – 7 carries for 17 yards, 1 catch for 9 yards and his 3rd touchdown. Leo had a case of the butterfingers as he dropped three passes. Fournette is the third down back—or at least he was until he dropped three passes—but he remains a bit behind Ronald Jones (10 carries for 24 yards) in the backfield pecking order.
Chris Godwin – 7 catches for 53 yards and his 3rd touchdown. Did you see Godwiener extend to reach the tip over the goal line? The tip of the football I mean. Beautiful penetration of the end zone. I know I’m in the minority but I still think he can produce backend WR1 numbers down the stretch.
Mike Evans – 5 catches for 49 yards and his 9th touchdown. Those nine TDs cover up a lot of warts, which is why many are looking past the fact that Evans is on pace only 60 receptions and 771 receiving yards—both career lows. He’ll need to average 100 yards over the last five games to hit 1,000 yards, a mark which Evans his reached in every single season of his six year career. It’s not happening.
Antonio Brown – 8 catches for 57 yards. It’s great seeing AB back out there celebrating every 5 yard reception like they’re 80 yard Super Bowl winning touchdowns.
Rob Gronkowski – 2 catches for 25 yards. I’m wondering exactly how much time Tommy and Gronky spent chilling in beach chairs outside the stadium this week.
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