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There’s nothing more frustrating than a pickup recommendation that looks bad on the surface because of a bad performance in a tough matchup. I think you know where this is going. Let’s chat about Sam Darnold. I’ve been touting Sam Darnold since last Tuesday when I filled in for Boof and submitted the waiver wire column for you, my faithful readers. I even put Sam Darnold as my pickup of the week for the FantasyPros waiver wire blurb this week.

In fact, Sam Darnold was the #3 overall recommended waiver wire pick up from a consensus standpoint. And you know what? I’m going to stand by it! Double down, if you will. Put all of my chips in the middle. Last night did very little to deter my value of Darnold for the rest of the season. Is it at all soothing to hear, “I’m seeing ghosts out there?” No! Turn off your damn mic, dummy.

The Patriots defense is a buzzsaw. There is no way to get in a groove against them, especially in your 16th start in the league. The defensive line was in Darnold’s face all night and he made bad throws. Horrible throws. Darnold made Mitch Trubisky look like Patrick Mahomes. But you have to look at the upcoming schedule starting in week 9. I would have a different plan in week 8 against the Jaguars. Over a 6 week stretch, the Jets face the Dolphins twice, the Redskins, the Giants, and the Raiders. To make matters worse for the Raiders from a secondary depth perspective, they just traded Conley yesterday. If you have a bad starting QB or a bye week tucked in between weeks 9-12, Darnold is going to be a fine choice. Tears will be cried, lessons will be learned, his perfect hair was sculpted again this morning and will be the next. His upcoming opponents won’t be able to pressure him like the Patriots did and his wide receivers will find space. We’re going to see more of week 6 Darnold than week 7 Darnold going forward. 

The Patriots are firing on all cylinders and are only getting stronger. This morning or last night, forgive me for not googling the time stamp, the Patriots sent a 2nd round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for Mohamed Sanu. On the surface it seems like a steep price to pay, but the Patriots are valuing the player more than the draft pick. Recent history shows that maybe draft picks are a little overvalued in the first place. It sounds like the Patriots have been gunning for Sanu since after the 2019 NFL draft. They clearly have a plan for him, so that’s exciting for Mohamed Sanu owners.

The Sanu trade definitely zaps the value that Phillip Dorsett was providing as a fill in or a streamer. This trade probably doesn’t do any favors to Josh Gordon either. Josh Gordon hasn’t been playable anyways for his fantasy owners. Julian Edelman should continue to do Julian Edelman things as long as he is healthy and doesn’t aggravate his rib injury. 

For the Falcons, this trade opens things up more for Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper. Hooper has had a great season so far and this could push his stock up even higher. Calvin Ridley has had some quiet games mixed in with his useful ones, so maybe this trade raises his weekly floor. 

Is there really anything to talk about from last night’s game? From a Jets perspective, it was encouraging to see Le’Veon Bell rip some good runs. He looked like his old self with patient hole-finding. That sounds oddly sexual, but I like it. 

The Patriots just did what they had to do to win. Tom Brady didn’t put together a fancy fantasy performance and neither did Julian Edelman. Sony Michel was due to have a 3 touchdown game after Bill gave Brandon Bolden some love and Brady snuck a couple in over the past two games. Maybe Thursday night will bring about some more exciting tidbits. 

 

 

  1. toolshed says:
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    I added last week for his upcoming schedule. Will need one of them week 10 but may use doending on matchups in other weeks. Please rank ros allen, darnold, stafford, cousins. Thx

    • MB

      MB says:
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      They’re all sortve in the same tier. I like Cousins the most followed by Darnold

  2. Kevin says:
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    Brissett on the WW. Would you drop Darnold and pick up Brissett?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yes, multiple touchdowns in every game but 1, not a very difficult schedule either

  3. Charles Parton says:
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    Should I offer Winston and Godwin for Hilton and Brissett? I like that the colts face the dolphins week ten. That looks like a tough matchup for me. Then again the Bucs face the Cardinals so… But the Colts also get the Texans week 12….

    • Charles Parton says:
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      Also is there any logic to selling McCaffrey for a RB and WR? He has to face the Niners this week.

      • MB

        MB says:
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        No logic to selling mccaffrey

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Id keep Godwin, has nothing to do with winston.

  4. Beastman says:
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    Howdy! Looking to bolster my squad for a playoff run in a keeper league.

    Give $11 Kerryon and $6 Ridley for non-keepers Mike Evans and Rex Burkhead?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Probably can’t anymore

  5. Jason says:
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    Any way you would move Chubb or Aaron Jones to get Ronald Jones and Odell Beckham? Thanks.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d move Jones for them

  6. eballs says:
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    Here are my current RB/WRs

    Kerryon, Henry, Michel, Edmonds, Mattison, Murray
    OBJ, Adams, Westbrook, Kirk, DJ Moore, Dorsett

    I plan on moving on from Dorsett following the Sanu trade. I have the number 2 priority on the waiver claim. Given my already deep RB depth, would you use it on TY Johnson? I feel like it would be somewhat of a waste.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d definitely grab Johnson, RB depth can be gone in the matter of 1 sunday

  7. James Bolger says:
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    Would you drop Singletary for Edmonds?
    Kareem Hunt is eligible to return W10. Where does he fit? Make sense to pick him up now?

    • Wacha Wacha says:
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      I own K Johnson in 12 team redraft non ppr. Should T Johnson or Duke be the higher priority ww add?

      • MB

        MB says:
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        T Johnson

    • MB

      MB says:
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      yes i would.
      No im passing on Hunt. I bet he’ll be the 3rd down back. Dont see him cutting into Chubbs workload

  8. Bill says:
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    Would you trade Aaron Jones , Jamal Williams and Everett for Ziek Elliot ? If so do you consider it a fair trade ? Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Absolutely

  9. bobbaybouche11 says:
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    I have Goff, Prescott & Darnold on my bench. Who should I drop and keep for ROS? It seems obvious to drop Darnold but his schedule is looking good from here on out and makes me wonder if I should still stash him.

    Thanks MB!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’m still stashing Darnold, schedules like that are too rare

  10. William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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    Could you please help me out this week? I am in a ten team .5 PPR league. We do have big play bonuses in my league. Can you help me figure out who to start? Should I sit Chubb v. NE?

    QB- Goff OR M. Stafford?

    RB- D. Cook

    RB2- Fournette

    WR1- Marvin Jones OR C. Scary Terry? OR K. Stills OR Ridley?

    WR2- C. Ridley OR Scary Terry OR K. Stills OR Marvin Jones?

    Flex- Scary Terry OR Jamaal Williams OR C. Ridley OR L. Murray OR N. Chubb?

    TE-Waller?

    K- ?

    D- New England

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