My week had nowhere to go but up after Monday night’s Bears/Rams ticklefest. Tuesday I had a prostate exam and Wednesday I had a colonoscopy; everything was great. But then Thursday came along. The Falcons vs. Panthers shootout we were promised was a total misfire. The Falcons D was determined to avoid embarrassment at least one week this season. Only one Panther fantasy asset was immune to the intense pressure brought on by the Atlanta defense: Curtis Samuel, who turned his 3 carries and 4 catches into 23 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards and his 2nd and 3rd touchdowns of the season. That’s three touchdowns in the last two weeks for Samuel, and with his consistent usage in both the pass and run game, he’s starting to look like a decent desperation WR3 moving forward. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:

Julio Jones – 7 catches for 137 yards. It was obvious from the first drive that Julio would be ballin’ down by the school yard on Thursday night. Any questions regarding whether Mr. Jones is still a high end fantasy WR1 have now been answered.

Calvin Ridley –  3 catches for 42 yards before leaving in the first half with an ankle injury (update: it’s actually his foot). More like Calvin and Hobbled! Hopefully Ridley doesn’t miss much (any) time, but if he does, Russell Gage (2 catches for 25 yards) is suddenly back on the radar.

Todd Gurley – 18 carries for 46 yards and his 8th touchdown. The Toddfather left for two drives in the first half with an apparent injury. But of course Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were busy talking about Joe’s favorite brand of underwear. Amazing that announcers still don’t realize 80% of their audience is only watching for fantasy football purposes? This is just another reminder that Todd’s no longer a young Gurley. He’s been posting RB1 numbers, but the knees could give out at any moment. That makes Brian Hill (11 carries for 55 yards, 2 catches for 9 yards) worth a roster spot in most leagues—truth be told, Hill looked like the better Falcon running back against the Panthers.

Matt Ryan – 21/30 for 281 yards, 6 carries for 27 yards, 0 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown and 1 interception. You drafted Matty Ice for all that rushing production, right? No matter, it looks like a deep bomb in the box score.

Hayden Hurst – 5 catches for 54 yards. This makes back to back weeks with 7 targets. If Ridley’s hurt then Hurst (and Julio) stands to benefit the most. There could be a post-preseason-hype breakout on the way.

Teddy Bridgewater – 15/23 for 176 yards, 5 carries for 30 yards, his 9th passing touchdown and 1 interception. Teddy Two Gloves was a popular streaming option this week (for me since I own Kyler Murray on all my teams and even some teams that aren’t mine), but left the game after a dirty trip by Dante Fowler followed by an even dirtier hit by Charles Harris on the same play. Bridgewater’s neck bent in a direction that only giraffes should be capable of. P.J. Walker (1/4 for 3 yards) came in and looked fun slinging the rock, but Teddy somehow only missed 4 plays. Glad he’s alright, but him and his two gloves will be finding their way back to the free agent pool in my leagues this week.

Mike Davis – 13 carries for 66 yards, 1 catch for 11 yards. The honeymoon is over and now fantasy owners turn back to rosterbation by furiously inserting Christian McCaffrey (ankle) in and out of their lineups. Maybe next week folks. 

D.J. Moore – 2 catches for 55 yards. The DJ was playing but for some reason I couldn’t hear the music for three and a half quarters. Then suddenly Bridgewater remember this young studly wideout was on his team late in the 4th quarter. The inconsistency of targets for Moore is concerning with 4, 6, 5, 11, 5 and 6 targets over the last six games. It’s hard to consider him more than a boom or bust WR2 at this point.

Robby Anderson – 5 catches for 48 yards. Mr. Anderson forgot to take the blue pill before this game. He still seems like Teddy’s favorite option with 5, 11, 12, 5, 8 and 8 targets over those last 6 games. It’s hard not to give Anderson the edge over Moore rest of season.

Younghoe Koo – 4/4 FG and an extra point.  My imaginary girlfriend refuses to listen to my fantasy football complaints so you guys are my only outlet to vent about having to play against that Young Hoe in one league this week. Don’t gotta have boats N’ Younghoes! #BanKickers

 

  1. toolshed says:
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    How is it possible for Ryan to keep coming up empty in the pass td department with his wr, defense and number of attempts, pass yds per game. Its like he can move to 20 yard line and then stall or turn it over. He had some big games this year but he has been a horrible fantasy qb. I still can’t believe Gurley has 8 td.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      It’s mind boggling with Ryan. He has 12 passing TDs and half of those are to Ridley…maybe he woulda throw him one or two more last night if Ridley didn’t get hurt.

      Gurley regression seems to be coming on fast.

    • Jebediah says:
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      Agreed, as a Julio owner it was super-frustrating to see Matty Ice fail to connect on THREE red zone targets. At least two of those passes would have been scores with an above-average QB. I’ve always thought Ryan was a horrible red zone QB. Ridley seems to be the only player he’s able to hook up with in the end zone consistently, and that seems like a consequence of plays designed to get him wide open.

  2. toolshed says:
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    Mike davis was really good the first few games he started. His usage has been way down the last 3. He just isn’t getting the ball enough or targeted in the passing game. Hi receiving volume has completely dried up. His last 3 games have not bee great.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Nope, not good.

  3. scoboticus says:
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    28-3

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      28-3?

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Ah that was the Superbowl score, right?

        • The Harrow says:
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          it might be the ATL vs NE SB; ATL’s 2nd half score after having a huge lead. that seems close.

  4. Hamtime says:
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    1. Agree that Davis looks smoked. Is he a drop in a 14m? I have hooper on IR and I’ll have to activate him too. Who would you drop – Davis, Preston, Mike Williams, dobbins, freeman

    2. Hollywood or Perine in the flex this week

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. I think you have to hold him at least another week still to make sure CMC is back and doesn’t have a set back. Hooper is probably the drop, who is the other tight end?

      2. Hollywood for me.

  5. William Hung says:
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    How would you rank the following RBs/WRs ROS in .5 PPR:
    – Reagor, Edwards, Ruggs III, Lazard, Preston Williams, JK Dobbins, and Perine

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Dobbins, Perine, Preston, Lazard, Ruggs, Reagor (WRs are all pretty close imo)

      • William Hung says:
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        Assuming Mike Thomas plays in W8, this is my lineup:
        QB – Tua (though might drop for Carr for the “conservative” game)
        WR – Higgins, Kupp
        RB – Montgomery, Jamaal Williams
        TE – Hurst
        Flex – Michael Thomas
        Bench:
        WR – Godwin, Antonio Brown
        RB – Lindsay, Edmonds, Drake
        QB – Murray
        IR – Goedert

        I’m in the camp with the Packers letting Aaron Jones heal up 1 more week, or else I’m going to have to fish in the Dobbins/Perine pool and hope for the best. There are some post-bye truthers out there saying Dobbins is gonna be the man against the Steelers

        • Donkey Teeth

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          I love Dobbins but that Steelers defense is so tough. But I still might take a shot on him over Perine if that ends up being your choice.

  6. Hamtime says:
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    1. Thoughts on Mims? Would you drop him for Luton? Just saw he should be starting for Jax. All I have is stafford and he’s been so mediocre

    2. Should i trade my Amari for James Robinson

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. Superflex I assume? Sure.

      2. Yes, definitely.

      • Hamtime says:
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        No, just a 1 WB league. Would be keeping him on my bench. You prefer mims then? Just dunno how reliable stafford is ros

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Are there no other QBs in your free agent pool?

  7. Southside Dom says:
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    Non-PPR.

    Joshua Kelley or Justin Jackson at FLEX? @DEN

    And which one for WR3?
    Tim Patrick vs LAC, Preston Williams vs LAR, or Jalen Reagor vs DAL?

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Kelley and Preston for me

  8. QDOT says:
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    PPR league

    Bell, Kelley, Perine… suggest 2 for RB2 and Flex

    how are you seeing Tua first start vs Rams?…. too risky to roll with both Preston and Gesicki?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Bell and Kelley for me.

      I have high expectations for Tua but there’s definitely some risk. Both those guys are lower end options, just depends who your alternatives are…

  9. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Trying to decide who to start this week in one of my leagues (12-team, half PPR). Right now, my starters and bench looks like this:

    WR: DK Metcalf
    WR: Diontae Johnson
    RB: Dalvin Cook
    RB: Gio Bernard
    TE: Jonnu Smith
    Flex: Tee Higgins

    B: Le’Veon Bell
    B: Jamycal Hasty
    B: Cee Dee Lamb
    TE: TJ Hockenson

    Would you shift any of that around? I’m certainly tempted to start Le’Veon in the revenge game…

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Higgins is a good option but I tend to give the edge to RBs when its close so I’d go with Bell

      • Shopgurrrl says:
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        Thanks, DT!

        For WR2 in my other league with the same scoring, would you go Aiyuk, Rashard Higgins, Scotty Miller, or Kupp?

        • Donkey Teeth

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          No problem!

          I’d start Kupp.

  10. herrlibomber says:
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    What do you make of James Robinson in dynasty?

    16 teams playing for next year

    My Hill

    His Robinson, Sutton, and Darius Leonard

    Tough one for me to part with hill but seems like a decent hull

    • herrlibomber says:
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      Basically have Gordon/Ingram as my current backs but have 5 #1s in the next 2 years so I can get a back with some of those picks

      Hopkins is my other receiver

      Hill and Hopkins is tough to part with and both young to rebuild with

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Looks like a fair deal to me. It’s a good return but a little on the risky side. I like Robinson for next year, so if you think you can contend in 2021 then go for it.

  11. Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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    12 teamer with 10 IR slots, full return yardage 10 yards per point. PPR. got a bunch of guys out and more probably coming, can make some sort term adds here.
    QB: AAron
    RB (2): d-mont, j-will, j-jax, gus the bus, ingram (likely out shortly), hines (he seems to be off kick returns lately, still doing punts, but obv the yards are in kick mostly, also being barely used in offense most weeks)
    WR (2): woods, parker (at least HE’S ok), hardman, cord patt (might also be out), claypool
    TE (1): kelce
    1 flex
    IR: AAron jones, hooper (kelce’s bye coming up), penny (probably not coming back in time, but maybe, and all those other SEA guys hurt)
    K (1): crosby (also might be out, at least he’s an early game can add somebody if he is)
    DEF (1): LAR (a backup here might be a good idea, they’re off week 9)

    options: WR: p-will (in case parker gets hurt in game, would dodge the waivers (weekly from standings), mooney (a-rob is out), shenault (who i’ve had numerous times, minshew should be out shortly though and JAX’s offense outside of j-rob probably a dodge, also i don’t think i can bring myself to ever start him anyway), c.davis (protects against an aj brown this week injury), bourne (not only aiyuk benefits from deebo out)

    RB: j-rich (jacobs possibly banged up), b.hill, duke

    DEF: WAS vs NYG (this seems very nice), ARI vs MIA, ATL vs DEN,

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I like Hill, PWill, Shenault and Mooney as adds

      • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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        utterly hilarious that hyde, who finished entire game in carson’s spot is the sounding-like most injured of the carson/homer/hyde trio.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          As a Hyde owner, I’m not laughing

  12. Water boy says:
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    Hey Dinkey & happy Halloween!

    Full ppr/ 10 team

    Usually second half of the season I like to stash a defense for plus matchups down the stretch I have a player I added to IR so I can add a D free of charge

    I own the chiefs D & I’m of course playing them when they get the Jets this week

    Available D’s:

    Cardinals D:
    Week 9 Vs Dolphins
    Week 10 vs bills
    Week 11 not starting Arizona as they get Seahawks
    Week 12 @ the pitiful patriots
    Week 13 vs rams
    Week 14 @ giants
    Week 15 vs Eagles
    Week 16 vs Niners

    Seahawks D
    Week 8 vs Niners
    Week 9 @ Buffalo
    Week 10 @ rams
    Week 11 not starting vs zona
    Week 12 @ philly
    Week 13 vs giants
    Week 14 vs Jets
    Week 15 @ Washington

    Packers D :
    Week 8 vs Vikings
    Week 9 @ SF
    Week 10 vs jags
    Week 11 @ Indy
    Week 12 vs bears
    Week 13 vs Eagles
    Week 14 @ Detroit
    Week 15 vs panthers

    Thanks man!

    • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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      let’s all call him dinkey

      • Water boy says:
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        Oh snap I feel embarrassed, dang autocorrect Meant Donkey I swear Lol

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Haha no worries! Donkey, Dinkey, about the same level of insulting :)

          • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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            yeah i figured that was autocorrect just turn that thing off, seriously you’ll enjoy all that extra time in your life, and usually you only mess up like one letter per word anyway and people know exactly what you mean (like “tje” rather than the)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hey Water Boy,

      That’s a pretty juicy playoff schedule for the Seahawks, I’d stash them.

      No problem.

  13. H says:
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    I’ve been offered Swift for Dionte Johnson. Should I accept the trade? I believe I could afford to trade a WR.

    RoJo losing touches to Fournette scares me and Gibson isn’t great. I think Swift could potentially start receiving more touches and take over the backfield and be my RB2.

    My RBs are McCaffrey, RoJo,, Gibson and Ekeler on IR.

    My WR are ARob, A.J. Brown, Dionte, McLaurin, Woods, and Antonio Brown.

    • The Harrow says:
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      if you need to start 3 WR a week if you move dijo out this week you won’t have 3 WR to start (mclaurin on bye, a-rob likely out with concussion, AB can’t play till earliest week 9); and that doesn’t even include your flex
      RB (assume 2): rojo, gibson
      WR (if 3): aj brown, woods, dijo
      flex: a-rob and hope he even plays

      if you only start 2 WR this is doable even now.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah looks like you can afford it, assuming you can get by at WR this week as The Harrow mentioned.

  14. JC says:
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    Looking long term in my 12 teamer, standard scoring league. My team, wire options, and playoff schedule for defenses listed below.

    Tannehill
    Cook, Taylor, Gaskin
    Julio, Golladay
    Waller
    Pats ( at Rams, at Mia, vs Buffalo)
    Bench: Mattison, Kelley, Boyd, R Higgins, Beasley, Crowder.
    Wire: Chiefs (at Mia, At NO, vs Atl)
    Hawks (vs NYJ, at Wash, vs Rams)
    Cards (at Giants, vs Philly, vs Niners)
    T Coleman, B Hill (Gurley looked shaky)

    1. Would you swap out the Pats for another defense?
    2. Would you carry two defenses to see how things sorted out…dropping Beasley or Higgins.
    3. Would you rather roster another RB vs one of my WR?
    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. Chiefs
      2. Nah
      3. Hill over Beasley for me

      No problem!

      • JC says:
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        Perfect…exactly my thoughts which may be bad news for you lol

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Haha

  15. William Hung says:
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    Eagles activating Goedert messing me up this week – I need to move him out of my IR spot in order to make moves. The guy I’d drop will be Lindsay – do you think Lindsay will do better than Goedert in .5 PPR? If you don’t, then I’ll drop Lindsay and move Goedert into my FLEX and then pick Mostert up to fill that IR spot. If you do think Lindsay is a better play tomorrow, then i’ll just figure it out on Tuesday.

    • William Hung says:
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      Scratch that, i forgot I have both Drake and Mike Thomas ruled out so I can swap one of them for Goedert. But question remains the same – should I play Goedert over Lindsay in .5 PPR?

      • Donkey Teeth

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        I’d go with Lindsay

  16. Russowl says:
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    10 team non ppr 10 bonus points at 100 rushing or receiving yards

    Need 1 Te 1 receiver and 2 W/R/T
    Hunter Henry
    Dallas Goedert
    Cole Beasley
    Devante parker -kind of iffy about his situation this week
    DeAndre swift
    Le’Veon Bell
    Phillip Lindsay

    Same format need two
    Jamaal Williams, Deverly Henderson, DeAndre swift, Melvin Gordon, Gio Bernard, Dobbins

    1/2 ppr
    Need a W/R/T and a te
    Dallas Goedert, Hockenson,Le’Veon Bell

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Goedert, Swift, Bell, Parker

      Williams and Henderson

      Goedert and Bell

  17. howie2978 says:
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    Hey DT, looks like ARob is back in this week.

    1. Which 2 WR to start out of Allen Robinson, Marquis Brown, Cooper Kupp?

    2. Start Myles Gaskin or DeAndre Swift at RB?

    3. Which remaining WR and RB would you flex?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Hey Howie,

      I’d bench Brown and start the other four.

      No problem!

  18. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    half PPR 2 QB dynasty. i got 3 guys i can add tonight, one of them will be an IDP as kiser is on bye next week. daily FAAB so these moves won’t count till next week but can be made every day of the week. tons of injuries here all late ruled out otherwise i’d have been able to add within last few days. i’ll be adding 2 offensive guys and 1 IDP for now.
    QB (2): AAron, tannehill, mahomes, haskins
    RB (2): scott (he’ll likely be dropped later by week 10 when PHI is back sanders is probably fine), dobbins, kamara, d.harris, mckissic
    WR (3): k.allen, theilen, boyd, p-will, (probably should grab 2 WR from this depth of WR vs RB),
    TE (1): j.smith
    2 flexes
    IR (10): ertz, ingram, hyde, ekeler, penny, michel, watkins, edelman (at least we finally found out what the shit was going on with him, playing hurt for weeks, of course)
    K (1): prater
    team D (1): IND (was dropped during bye)
    IDP flexes: (4): b.martinez, cunningham, kiser, chinn
    IR (10): j.adams

    best order of these: t.smith, bourne, cobb, hooper, pascal (bad week 9 matchup even with hilton out), burton, perriman, fitz,

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I think you gave em in the right order. Maybe move Pascal ahead of Hooper and Perriman ahead of Burton but splitting hairs

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Woah. Dude can’t catch a break!

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