After the week two Bloody Sunday Massacre, I knew it would be tough watching Monday Night Football this week. Anytime my man Darren Waller touched the ball I flinched in anticipation of another torn ACL or high ankle sprain. My standing Tuesday morning appointment with my fantasy football therapist, where I usually just complain about how unlucky I got in the past week’s matchups, will now be used to work thru this post traumatic fantasy stress syndrome. Fortunately, Darren Waller is one player I won’t need to cry about during that session as he destroyed the Saints’ defense with 12 catches for 103 yards and his 1st touchdown—let’s just hope he didn’t injure his back while carrying the Raiders offense. I ranked Big Sexy Waller as my #3 tight end and #36 overall in my 2020 fantasy football rankings so I’m looking pretty smart, as long as you ignore where I ranked Kerryon Johnson and a bunch of other players. Also, don’t ask why I’m required to wear a helmet around my house. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:

Drew Brees – 26/38 for 312 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. If he had Darren Waller or even Michael Thomas (ankle) at his disposal then this line would’ve looked a lot better. Without Thomas, Brees isn’t a startable fantasy option unless he’s facing one of the softer secondaries in the league. Even with Thomas back I’d still swap Brees out for someone like Ryan Tannehill, if available.

Alvin Kamara – 13 carries for 79 yards, 9 catches for 95 yards and his 3rd and 4th touchdowns. With Saquon done for the year and McCaffrey on the shelf for a month plus, Kamara and Zeke now claim the top two spots in the running back world. Alvin’s receptions make his PPR floor very solid, like mahogany. 

Emmanuel Sanders – 1 catch for 18 yards and only 3 targets with Michael Thomas on the shelf. Manny was held catchless until the final garbage time drive. You know what else is garbage? 3 targets! I feel like I’m taking crazy pills! Wait, maybe I shouldn’t have taken those pills I found under the couch.

Tre’Quan Smith – 5 catches for 86 yards. Smith was obviously the number one receiving option for Brees in this one as he looked his way 7 times because Emmanuel Sanders made fun of the QB’s hair before the game. Tre’Quan is a decent waiver add this week if you’re needy at wide receiver and guys like Corey Davis, Robby Anderson and Russell Gage are already owned. 

Jared Cook – 2 catches for 13 yards and his 1st touchdown. The Saints let Jared cook. The appetizer he served up was great but I had to sneak the main course under the table to the dog. Have you ever heard of salt, Jared?

Derek Carr – 28/38 for 282 yards and 3 touchdowns. I know it was just one game, but is Carr better than Brees at this stage in his career?

Josh Jacobs – 27 carries for 88 yards, 3 catches for 17 yards. I speculated that the Raiders might scale back JJ’s usage in year two after he wore down as a rookie, but that theory has been debunked. Gruden’s ready to ride his horse off onto the Vegas strip, making 1st round fantasy value almost certain if Jacobs can stay healthy. Speaking of which, I hid under my coffee table when Jacobs hobbled off in the 3rd quarter, but he returned shortly after. Pigskinonator has him ranked as it’s RB3 this coming week with a projection of 19 carries for 86 yards, 3 catches for 21 yards and a decent chance for a touchdown. Sign up for the 7 day free trial now to see all of the brilliant bot’s projections for week 3.

Jalen Richard – 2 carries for 26 yards and his 1st touchdown. The Frenchman lost a fumble in the 4th quarter, then totally redeemed himself with a beautiful 20 yard touchdown run. He still isn’t rosterable even in the deepest of leagues after seeing zero targets in the passing game.

Henry Ruggs – 1 catch for 4 yards. Don’t crown Henry the Third as a fantasy stud just yet. Ruggs and fellow rookie Bryan Edwards (2 catches for 42 yards) both have all the talent in the world but for now they’re just boom or bust options. And early returns are showing more bust than boom which is coincidentally the title of both Ryan Leaf and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s auto-biographies.  

 

 

 

  1. hamtime says:
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    1. Would you burn your #1 waiver on Henderson or Mike Davis? And would you drop Curtis Samuel, Kirk, or tre’quan?

    2. Would you drop any of the aforementioned WRs for Cousins or Herbert?

    3. Pls rank DEF on FA – chargers, Washington, Philly, greenbay

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. How many teams in your league and how many bench spots? Kirk would be the drop and I like Henderson over Davis.

      2. Who’s your other QB? Do you need 2?

      3. Wash, Chargers, GB

      • hamtime says:
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        1. 14m league – for #1 waiver, im looking for a more ROS kinda player. isn’t henderson short term w akers coming back soon? i have jacobs. d johnson, cohen as my RBs

        2. 1 QB league but i just have stafford.. has been underwhelming

        • Donkey Teeth

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          1. It’s hard to say but I think there’s a chance Henderson ends up getting the lions share of carries ROS. In a 14 teamer, I’d use the #1 to grab him. That said, Davis would be a nice snag too and they’re pretty close imo. If you have a better feeling about David then go with it…

          2. I’d stick with just the one QB as long as there’s decent options like Cousins on the wire. Rather use the spot on a RB or WR flier if possible…

  2. crimedog says:
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    Need a WR with Sutton going down. What range WR would you look to get for Josh Kelley?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      How many receivers does your league start and is it standard or PPR?

      • crimedog says:
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        Sorry, it’s 14 ppr. Below is my team

        Qb-rodgers
        Rb-kamara
        Rb-jtaylor
        Wr- theilan
        Wr- E sanders
        Flx-josh kelley
        Flx- christian kirk

        Bench-kerryon
        Bench-benny snell
        Bench-N Hines
        Bench-sutton

        Was looking to trade kelley for a WR then go HAM on the FAAB wire tonight

        • crimedog says:
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          Waller TE. Only have to start 2 WRs but I don’t feel safe starting sanders or kirk. Highest projected WR on wires for week 3 is Nkeal harry. Yikes

          • Donkey Teeth

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            Harry would be a nice snag. Surprised he’s available with 14 teams…

            If the right deal doesn’t come along maybe just be patient and scrounge a couple receivers off your wire.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          I think Kelley is worth a solid WR2 at this point. Someone like Keenan Allen would be a good return. But not sure if Kelley has earned the name value to get a fair return yet…

  3. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey DT –

    You buying Schultz as a possible target hog in DAL, or was that more of a game flow thing?

    I’m considering throwing some FAAB at him since it appears he has that job locked down at the very least.

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hey OMP,

      I think Schultz will be game glow dependent still, just too many mouths to feed in Dallas. But if you’re in a deeper league he’s still a good add, he’ll have his weeks for sure.

      No problem!

  4. Hater Bell

    Grey Albright says:
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    Since we’re on the topic of J-Love Hewitt’s autobiography, the chapter on P of 5 had me weeping. She walked, so the rest of us could run

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      One of the great inspirational texts of our time!

  5. Oppo Taco says:
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    Was offered Zeke, Arob and Diontae for CEH, Thielen, John Brown and Josh Kelley. .5 PPR

    Which side you like here? Thanks !

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Zeke side for me.

      No problem!

  6. Max says:
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    Great work DT!! Had to trade John Brown today to get Preston Williams
    in a dynasty. Still have A Cooper, Jeudy, Kirk, (Micheal Thomas) and now P Williams.
    Got Joshua Kelly off waivers. Have Kamara, Carson, Dobbins and Lat Murray.
    Also drafted Hockenson.
    QB is L Jackson.
    Building this team for three years just to brag to and honour
    Donkey Teeth.

    • Max says:
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      Your thoughts please on whether Kirk has a future in dynasty?
      Thanks.

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Kirk’s a tough one. He’s still young and talented, I do think he has a bright future but it just might not happen it 2020 like we thought it would. Definitely hold on in dynasty…

        Anytime.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Ha awesome, love that deal for Preston and great snag on Kelley!

      Thanks for reading, Max!

  7. Sandman says:
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    Hey! Great write-up!

    I’m in a 10 team, 1/2 PPR league, keeper league (can keep 2 guys each year, 2 rounds earlier than when they were drafted). I just lost Saquon Barkley and I’m 0-2… situation seems dire…

    QB: Allen
    WR: Allen Robinson
    WR: Amari Cooper
    RB: Drake
    RB: Fournette
    TE: Waller
    FLEX: Robert Woods
    FLEX: Tyler Boyd
    Bench: James White, Fant, Hockenson, Shenault, Crowder, Edmonds
    K: Prater
    DEF: Tampa Bay

    Do you drop anyone for Henderon? If so, whats the FAAB bid if I still have $100/100. If I’m not going to start Henderson this week, I may wait and hold for a better RB available.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hey thanks, sandman!

      I’d lay down maybe $10 on henderson there. I agree you can hold out for better options in that league.

      I like Fant and Hock, but with Waller and only 10 teams you probably don’t even need to roster two TEs. At least lose Hock for an RB or WR this week, maybe you can trade Fant at some point.

  8. hamtime says:
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    With freeman officially signing with NY, is he the top add with a #1 waiver or do you still go w Henderson? Still looking for ROS value

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d go freeman but it’s coin flip territory

      • The Harrow says:
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        probably depends in if he needs a floor rather than a ceiling. freeman’s floor is probably higher as he’ll likely be the starter while healthy, on a bad offense, with a bad line, with a bad QB. henderson’s upside is great, but he’ll be sharing with at least akers all year i’d think (that assumes mal brown goes to bench entirely, which isn’t a for sure thing at all)

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Good assessment

  9. scoboticus says:
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    what up, DT? You were right on about my chances with Cook.

    Please Rate these waiver darling in half ppr:
    Henderson
    Robbie Anderson
    Mike Davis
    Jonnu Smith

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sorry! Wallers such a beast…

      Needs based obviously but all things equal:
      Henderson, Davis, Anderson, Jonnu

  10. scoboticus says:
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    You might wear a helmet around the house but at least you don’t have a pencil in your nose.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      How do you know!

  11. The Harrow says:
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    any idea why LAR is being ranked so highly this week (5th team D, and this is indexing by the best 3 guys for early rankers at FP); i went to see who to stream this week, they are @ BUF being ranked this high. i get that j.allen is wild thrower and some picks are in play here but they’ve also been near top of league in yards/points so far AND at home AND LAR get to lose 3 hours flying across the continent.

    • The Harrow says:
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      i already own LAR from last week’s matchup in a lot of spots. ARI, good god is that an awesome early season schedule (own them in one spot from last week vs WAS, holding obviously). it actually looks like ARI got to set their OWN schedule here.

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Their D also looks pretty good

      • The Harrow says:
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        also BUF is #1, they allowed all sorts of points/yards to MIA last week, and LAR offense firing pretty well so far.

        – in one spot i have TEN (@ MIN, which is awesome looking so far, cousins looks like a guy who showed up to prison his first day in the first 2 weeks so far), hard to trust LAR @ BUF as being better than TEN @ MIN. LAR available in that spot.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yeah that makes no sense to me either, working on my rankings now…

      • The Harrow says:
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        also LAC vs CAR at 11th, while LAR @ BUF is 5th. i’d be less surprised if those were just flipped.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Agreed

  12. Bort says:
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    Need to drop 1 to add a defense. 16 team PPR

    Duke Johnson
    K. Johnson
    Snell
    Mike Davis, but not sure I’ll start over Gurley and Sanders)
    E. Sanders

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d lose Duke.

      No problem!

  13. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Have a commissioner quandary I wanted to pose to you. A player in our 12-team, one-keeper league, who’s newer to fantasy football dropped Saquon in his waiver claim today. We don’t observe ESPN’s “undroppable” list, because ESPN is a dumpster fire and that list has been frustrating for us in the past.

    Theoretically, it’s a legal move, but with keepers it’s problematic. On one hand, we expanded our IR to account for potential COVID issues, so it doesn’t seem fair to ask this player to eat one of his IR slots for the entire season. On the other hand, per our league rules, a player acquired from waivers can be kept in the tenth round the following season.

    Should we allow it to stand and let someone blow their whole FAAB? It’s surely possible that he may never be the same player again or that is injury keeps him out into next season, so there is risk involved in picking him up.

    What would you do?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yeah I think you let it stand. You’re right there’s risk and a good chance he isn’t ready for week 1.

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