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I don’t have any kids. I’ve seen pictures and heard stories of the elated feelings of paternal pride when children take their first steps or bring home an A+ on their spelling test, but it’s not something I’ve ever experienced first hand. On Sunday I got my first taste of what I imagine that sense of pride must feel like while watching the Bears/Panthers game with my lady. As the medical staff gingerly loaded an injured Carolina defensive player onto the cart, my imaginary girlfriend says to me, “What do you think happens if a player poops their pants? Do they ask for the cart to be brought out so they don’t have to hobble their way back to the locker room?”  It’s a great question and one that I can’t believe I never considered. You know at least one of these big guys craps their pants each week. How many phantom injuries have occurred in the name of soiled drawers? But one player who didn’t crap their pants in week 6 was rookie D’Andre Swift, he took 14 carries for 116 yards, 3 catches for 7 yards and his 3rd and 4th touchdowns. Those who speculated that Swift might be a bigger factor after the Lions bye week were right on, as he saw two more carries this week than his first four games combined. It’s hard to trust Patricia and the Lions, but there’s a chance Swift is a solid RB2 rest of season. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:

HOU at TEN

David Johnson – 19 carries for 57 yards, 1 catch for 12 yards and his 3rd touchdown. I fielded several questions from commenters last week who wanted to sell DJ at what seemed like a steep discount. He’s still a bell cow, so don’t give your Johnson away.

Will Fuller – 6 catches for 123 yards and his 4th touchdown. The stat sheet is always fuller with Will. He’s found the endzone in four straight games and more importantly, the ham and strings holding his hamstrings together are still holding up.

Brandin Cooks – 9 catches for 68 yards and his 2nd touchdown. Deshaun Watson (28/37 for 335 yards, 4 carries for 26 yards and 4 passing touchdowns—he now has 13 passing touchdowns on the season) was dishing out touchdowns to his teammates this week, like Oprah with the cars. Randall Cobb (3 catches for 17 yards and his 2nd touchdown) got in on the free touchdown giveaway too.

Darren Fells – 6 catches for 85 yards and his 3rd touchdown. That’s back to back weeks with scores for the 34 year old big man who’s held off Jordan Akins (no targets) as Watson’s top tight end.

Ryan Tannehill – 30/41 for 364 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception—he now has 13 passing touchdowns on the season. What’s this guy gotta do to be considered a must-start QB1? Put some respect on Tannehill’s name. Respectehill.

Derrick Henry – 22 carries for 212 yards, 2 catches for 52 yards and his 5th and 6th touchdowns. The Predator hunted in this one. Turns out drafting players like Mixon, Thomas and Sanders over Henry was overthinking it.

A.J. Brown – 5 catches for 56 yards and his 2nd and 3rd touchdowns. With three touchdowns in two weeks, the buy-low window has slammed shut right on my Johnson. Diontae Johnson I mean, I was offering Diontae. What did you think I meant?

Anthony Firkser – 8 catches for 113 yards and his 1st touchdown. Played the role of Jonnu Smith (1 catch for 13 yards) in this game. Prince Jonnu left with an ankle injury. Expect him to bounce back if healthy, now might be a great time to buy.

 

CIN at IND

Joe Mixon – 18 carries for 54 yards, 2 catches for 15 yards and his 4th touchdown. Nice game even with the mustachioed Gio Bernard (8 carries for 15 yards, 3 catches for 13 yards and his 1st touchdown) and rookie Joe Burrow (25/39 for 313 yards, 3 carries for 2 yards, 0 passing touchdowns, 1 interception and his 2nd rushing touchdown) vulturing scores. Since I told you to buy him after week 3, Mixon has gone for 264 rushing yards, 8 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns in 3 games. Not bad!

A.J. Green – 8 catches for 96 yards. Also saw 11 targets after seeing only 12 over the past 3 weeks. Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the oil, other times the squeaky wheel is told not to let the door hit them on the ass. I’m not touching Green, for what it’s worth.

Tyler Boyd – 5 catches for 54 yards, 1 carry for 25 yards. As a Boyd own, I’m hoping the Bengals oiled up that squeaky wheel to showcase him for a trade. Boyd’s the one who should be seeing double digits targets in this offense.

Tee Higgins – 6 catches for 125 yards. There’s a new Ochocinco in town! Higgins looks like a solid WR2 moving forward, I’d be buying in redraft, and buying aggressively in dynasty.

Jonathan Taylor – 12 carries for 60 yards, 4 catches for 55 yards. Decent game, but the buy-low window is still gaping. His owner may think the rookie is just an RB2, but he’s actually much more.

Trey Burton – 4 catches for 58 yards, 1 carry for 1 yard, with his 1st and 2nd touchdowns. Prior to his injury there was major training camp hype on Burton. Jack Doyle (3 catches for 29 yards and his 1st touchdown) also found the endzone, but Burton’s the tight end I’d want to own in Indy and he looks startable as long as he’s healthy. 

T.Y. Hilton – 1 catch for 11 yards. Almost caught a touchdown. That’s progress!

 

ATL at MIN

Todd Gurley – 20 carries for 47 yards, 3 catches for 20 yards. The Toddfather snuck a horse’s head into our bed this week.

Julio Jones – 8 catches for 137 yards and his 1st and 2nd touchdowns. Two touchdowns?? Who are you and what did you do with Julio?

Calvin Ridley – 6 catches for 61 yards and his 5th touchdown. Can the Falcons’ offense support two WR1s? Their defense is set on doing whatever possible to help.

Hayden Hurst – 4 catches for 57 yards and his 3rd touchdown. From zero to fantasy hero with with his 35 yard garbage time touchdown. Hurst is just a low end TE1 streaming option for now.

Alexander Mattison – 10 carries 26 yards, 1 catch for 4 yards.  How does this bastard, orphan, son of a whore only run for 26 yards against the Falcons “defense?”

Adam Thielen – 3 catches for 51 yards and his 7th touchdown. In 2018 Thielen caught 7 TDs in the first 9 games and 2 TDs in the final 7 games. In 2019 Thielen caught 7 TDs in the first 7 games before getting injured and catching 0 TDs the rest of the season. The sell high window is calling you louder each week, just make sure you’re getting WR1 value in return. 

Justin Jefferson – 9 catches for 166 yards and his 2nd and 3rd touchdown. CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy are great, but Jefferson might be the best from this year’s loaded WR class. J-Jeff now has three 100 yard receiving games in his last four. Here’s what I said in my top 10 rookies after the Vikings took him with their 1st round pick, “I love Jefferson in Minnesota. Cousins is under contract for three more years and Diggs is now out of the picture. Jefferson brings great versatility and speed which will play well with Thielen drawing heavy attention from defenders. Unfortunately, the defensive attention will likely key in on Jefferson before too long.” Now please don’t look at where I ranked Ke’Shawn Vaughn.

 

DEN at NE

Phillip Lindsay – 23 carries for 101 yards. With Melvin Gordon (Strep Throat) likely facing a league suspension following his DUI, Lindsay could be a solid RB2 in his absence. I never understand when millionaire athletes get DUIs. Have these guys never heard of Uber? Or limousines? 

Jerry Jeudy – 2 catches for 32 yards. In Drew Lock’s (10/24 for 189 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions) return he targeted Jeudy 5 times compared to Tim Patrick’s (4 catches for 101 yards) 8 targets. I didn’t watch much of this turd fest, but I’m guessing Stephon Gilmore may have spent the day covering Jeudy. Monitor the target share closely moving forward.

Julian Edelman – 2 catches for 8 yards and 2/2 for 38 passing yards. Not much to talk about with the Patriots who were apparently infected with the Can’t-Play-Football Virus. Edelman looked way better than Cam Newton (17/25 for 157 yards, 10 carries for 76 yards, 0 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions and his 5th rushing touchdown) in the passing game. Cam now has 5 rushing touchdowns compared to 2 passing touchdowns and 4 interceptions. I expect he’ll bounce back, but yikes.

 

WAS at NYG

Antonio Gibson – 9 carries for 30 yards, 4 catches for 25 yards. I thought J.D. McKissic (8 carries for 41 yards, 6 catches for 43 yards) would fade away into the Washington cesspool as the season went on, but the split backfield is starting to become a headache on an offense which already limits Gibson’s upside. If you can sell him as a low end RB2 then I’d field offers, use our free trade analyzer to rip your friends off! And don’t forget to use our free team name generator too!

Terry McLaurin – 7 catches for 74 yards. The 12 targets he saw from Kyle Allen (31/42 for 280 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception) tell me that Allen isn’t an idiot. We also saw Allen lock in on D.J. Moore in Carolina last year, so I’m feeling more comfortable with F1 as a high end WR2 rest of season.

Devonta Freeman – 18 carries for 61 yards, 1 catch for -4 yards. Still wondering why a free man would got to the New York Giants. On the plus side, no other running back saw a carry so if you’re desperate Freeman could be a low end RB2 in good matchups. 

Darius Slayton – 2 catches for 41 yards and his 3rd touchdown. I’m not excited to start anyone on the New York “Football” Giants right now, but Slayton isn’t the worst WR3 option since they’ll be playing from behind every week. 

Evan Engram – 2 catches for 30 yards. If you were still irrationally holding out hope for Engram, like me, then it’s time to move on. 

 

BAL at PHI

Lamar Jackson – 16/27 for 186 yards, 9 carries for 108 yards with his 10th passing touchdown and 2nd rushing touchdown. There’s the running back we all know and love! 

Mark Ingram – 5 carries for 20 yards before leaving with an ankle injury. J.K. Dobbins (9 carries for 28 yards, 2 catches for 1 yard) was likely already rostered and he’s the moonshot upside play if Ingram misses a chunk of time, but The Bus Gus Edwards (14 carries for 26 yards and his 1st touchdown) might end up taking on the lead role. Make sure they’re both owned in your league.

Nick Boyle – 3 catches for 33 yards and his 2nd touchdown. Boyle played the role of Mark Andrews (2 catches for 21 yards) in this one. Just when you think Mandrews is breaking thru into the consistently elite TE1 tier, he lays a Raven egg.  

Miles Sanders – 9 carries for 118 yards, 1 catch for -6 yards before leaving with a knee injury. Another tough matchup for Sanders but the Colonel fried up a 74 yard run to satisfy fantasy owners’ hunger. He has a knack for the big play which makes him more or less match up proof and extra crispy assuming the knee MRI comes back clean. Assemble prayer octagon. 

Travis Fulgham – 6 catches for 75 yards and his 3rd touchdown. He’s found the endzone three weeks in a row and it’s hard to ignore the 23 targets in the past two weeks. Yes, it’s a skeleton crew in Philly right now, but the youngster has earned himself some leash even if the rest of the receiving corps is able to get healthy.

 

CLE at PIT

Kareem Hunt – 13 carries for 40 yards, 2 catches for 17 yards. I just watched the classic movie Good Kareem Hunting this weekend. The Steelers defense kept yelling, “How bout dem apples?” There’s better matchups ahead for Hunt. Like literally every other matchup.

Odell Beckham Jr. – 2 catches for 25 yards. OBJ was a little under the weather this week. I’ll give you one guess at how he got sick. Hint: it involves poop.

James Conner – 20 carries for 101 yards, 1 catch for 1 yard and his 4th touchdown. I was wrong about Conner in the early going. He looked terrible week one, but was dealing with an ankle injury and Mike Tomlin has strong loyalty to his running back. Conner’s workload makes him a low end RB1 or high end RB2 as long as he’s healthy—I still don’t trust him to stay healthy.

Juju Smith-Schuster – 2 catches for 6 yards. Even with Diontae Johnson (back) out JuJu couldn’t get anything going. The Smith-Schuster fan club came after me with pitchforks when I wrote my Juju Smith-Schuster hate piece back in January. Turns out he’s actually just a touchdown dependent WR3. Even James Washington (4 catches for 68 yards and his 2nd touchdown) might be better than JuJu.

Chase Claypool – 4 catches for 74 yards, 2 carries for 7 yards and his 4th touchdown. A great follow up performance to the four touchdown explosion last week and he almost had a 2nd touchdown in this one. Claypool could be right there in the conversation for top rookie wide receiver with Justin Jefferson and CeeDee Lamb.

 

CHI at CAR

David Montgomery – 19 carries for 58 yards, 4 catches for 39 yards. I expected the Full Monty to flash us a little more in this one but you can’t argue with the 23 touches, especially considering Cordarrelle Patterson (1 carry for 1 yards, 1 catch for 8 yards) was the next most used RB with only 2 touches. Now seems like a decent time to buy Montgomery.

Allen Robinson – 5 catches for 53 yards. Bit of a disappointing day for ARob, but he still saw 9 targets. And with his main competition for targets being Jimmy Graham (5 catches for 34 yards) and Darnell Mooney (3 catches for 36 yards), Robinson’s still a locked in WR1 rest of season

Mike Davis – 18 carries for 52 yards, 2 catches for 3 yards and his 4th touchdown. Not a bad revenge game for Davis who was severely underused by the Bears last year. It sounds like Christian McCaffrey (ankle) could be out until week 10. If so, Davis has two more weeks of RB1 production left (week 9 bye).

D.J. Moore – 5 catches for 93 yards. Just when we all believe Robby Anderson (4 catches for 77 yards) is the unquestioned #1 receiving option in Carolina, Teddy Bridgewater (16/29 for 216 yards, 8 carries for 48 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions) goes and dishes out 12 targets to Moore compared to only 5 for Anderson. Consider both these guys WR2s for now and monitor their usage closely.

 

DET at JAC

Kenny Golladay – 4 catches for 105 yards. It wasn’t the best game script with the Lions up big most of the game, but Kenny G still brought the jazz. I’m valuing him as a low end WR1 rest of season. 

T.J. Hockenson – 2 catches for 17 yards and his 3rd touchdown. Like most tight ends, Hock is somewhat touchdown dependent. Fortunately he’s found the endzone in 3 of 5 games now. 

James Robinson – 12 carries for 29 yards, 4 catches for 24 yards and his 4th touchdown. Why didn’t I just draft Robinson instead of Kenyan Drake and Austin Ekeler!

D.J. Chark – 7 catches for 45 yards. Charknado also saw a whopping 14 targets which is a very positive development after only 13 targets over the past two weeks. But Keelan Cole (6 catches for 143 yards) was the Jags top fantasy receiver vs. the Lions and he saw 9 targets himself. I’m benching both these guys for now.

 

NYJ at MIA

La’Mical Perine – 7 carries for 27 yards, 2 catches for 9 yards. After 30 years we kind of know what Frank Gore (11 carries for 46 yards, 4 catches for 24 yards) is at this point. I’m thinking we see more and more Perine each week. Also, if and when Gase goes, maybe the new regime decides to lean in and see what they have with the rookie. Add Perine up if he’s available.

Jamison Crowder – 7 catches for 48 yards. Meh game for Crowder, but it was great to see Breshad Perriman (4 catches for 62 yards) healthy and back out on the field.  We know the Jets will play from behind every game so there’s a chance for both these guys to be fantasy relevant.

Myles Gaskin – 18 carries for 91 yards, 4 catches for 35 yards. Why didn’t I just draft Gaskin instead of Kenyan Drake and Austin Ekeler!

Preston Williams – 2 catches for 18 yards and his 3rd touchdown. And that’s three TDs in the last four weeks for Saucy Boi. The #1 sleeper on my top 2020 sleepers list is slowly coming around.

Adam Shaheen – 3 catches for 51 yards and his 2nd touchdown. Shaheen played the role of Mike Gesicki (0 catches on 2 targets) in this one. Why didn’t I just draft Kelce! So many regrets!

 

GB at TB

Aaron Jones – 10 carries for 15 yards, 3 catches for 26 yards and his 7th touchdown. The touchdown machine continues to smite the regression fairies. 10 carries for 15 yards looks more like an Adam Gase running back stat line, but who cares when Jones is on pace for 22 touchdowns. 

Davante Adams – 6 catches for 61 yards. In his return Adams immediately saw 10 targets from Aaron Rodgers (16/35 for 160 yards, 2 carries for 14 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions) in Rodgers’ worst game of the season. Expect much more ass patting from these two in the coming weeks.

Ronald Jones – 23 carries for 113 yards, 2 catches for 8 yards and his 2nd and 3rd touchdowns. Pigskinonator projected Jones as it’s #8 running back this week which was 8 spots higher than the expert consensus. That’s one sharp bot! I mean the edges are sharp, we need to sand those down before someone gets hurt. Speaking of hurt, after playing 15 games last year, Leonard Fournette (ankle) has been hobbled early giving RoJo ample opportunity to run away with the lead gig in Tampa. 

Chris Godwin – 5 catches for 48 yards. The run game’s dominance gave Godwin and Mike Evans (1 catch for 10 yards) the night off. I’m lukewarm on Evans rest of season, but all in on Godwin. Buy, buy, buy!

Rob Gronkowski – 5 catches for 78 yards and his 1st touchdown. But I was told he’s a blocking tight end! That’s 14 targets over the past two weeks as Gronk seems to have lumbered around a corner.

 

LAR at SF

Darrell Henderson – 14 carries for 88 yards. Hyped up rookie Cam Akers is supposedly health,y but inexplicably didn’t see any touches against the 49ers.  I was a huge fan of Henderson last season when I wrote in my 2019 rookie rankings, “The Rams showed how much they like Henderson by trading up in the NFL draft to take him in the early 3rd round ahead of David Montgomery. Sean McVay described Henderson as a versatile, explosive, play-maker after the draft. I expect the Rams to use Henderson creatively and often out of the gates.” It appears I was a year early on the Rams’ youngster who looks like a solid RB2 right now.

Robert Woods – 4 catches for 29 yards and his 4th touchdown. Bobby Trees saw 10 targets compared to Cooper Kupp’s (3 catches for 11 yards) 9 targets. The Rams offense will see many better days. I’ll be sending out aggressive buy offers for Kupp this week.

George Kittle – 7 catches for 109 yards and his 2nd touchdown. George of the Jungle is back on track after crashing into a tree last week against the Dolphins. It’s still Kelce and Kittle atop the TE ranks until further notice.

Raheem Mostert -17 carries for 65 yards, 2 catches for 11 yards before leaving with an ankle injury. Mostert? More like Mosthurt! It’s unfortunate since Mostert looked great in the first half. There’s a decent chance the 9ers RB is unavailable in week 7 which makes Jerick McKinnon (6 carries for 18 yards, 2 catches for 10 yards) a worthwhile add if he was dropped. Upside rookie JaMycal Hasty (9 carries for 37 yards) looked really good too, he’s now in the mix as well. 

Deebo Samuel – 6 catches for 66 yards and his 1st touchdown. Deebo looks back to 100% and his cuts a bit into Brandon Aiyuk’s (2 catches for 12 yards and his 3rd touchdown) upside moving forward. Deebo saw 6 targets vs. Aiyuk’s 3 on Sunday night.