It’s good to be back! I have got to stop planning vacations during the football season. I’m returning from a two-week trip to Iceland, where not only was it difficult to get cell service to watch games, and barely manage my teams, but also where kick-off was at 5 p.m. It was not ideal staying up until 3 a.m. to watch the night games. I would highly recommend traveling to Iceland and spending a couple of weeks driving around the country. It was 2 weeks of great food, great people, hiking, and site seeing. Plus, you get to drive some bad ass routes, fording rivers, and drive along volcanic ash roads, all while getting pelted with hail/rain/wind in “super jeeps”. Just be sure to check the news every morning to be sure your route doesn’t have any landslides or extreme flooding! Now as that post-vacation relaxation tends to fade away, let’s dive back in and examine some surprising dynasty situations.
Baker Mayfield Mayday
I didn’t see this coming. There was reason to be concerned about the Browns O-line before the season, but I didn’t think it would be this much of a disappointment 3 weeks in. After going back and watching the condensed version of these games, I’m not even sure it’s entirely an O-line problem. Baker seems a bit jumpy back there and is holding the ball too long. This may be a symptom of the play calling with receivers trying to get too far downfield. It seems that Baker’s issue is more of a coaching issue than an O-line problem. We know the talent is there. It’s going to be tough against the Raven’s defense this Sunday, but let’s hope the Todd Monken and Freddie Kitchens makes some adjustments heading into week 4.
Green Bay’s Backfield
I expected to see Aaron Jones be a workhorse in this Matt Lafleur offense. Now with Williams possibly out for a couple weeks, that may be the case. However, it’s clear that through 3 weeks the Packers do not trust Aaron Jones. He’s struggling more than most RBs right now; perhaps even more than James Conner. We may be seeing Dexter Williams as early as next week. If Dexter Williams is still on waivers, put in a claim. You can see what I wrote about him during the pre-season here, he needs to be owned. Dexter will provide a spark and get some work.
Panic time. There is a clear reason to be concerned about Stefon Digg’s usage thus far. He’s on pace for 64 targets. The warning signs were there last year after the firing of deFilippo. All I’ve been seeing is that, “Diggs will be fine.” I’m not so sure. If you’re like me, you didn’t heed the warning signs. I was drafting Diggs over Thielen this year while I should have been avoiding this passing game all-together. The Vikings are running the ball at a whopping 61.3% with no change coming soon. While you can’t sell low on a player like Diggs in Dynasty, you must closely monitor this going forward. I want off this Vikings’ passing attack the first chance I get.
Let me know your feelings on these or other situations around the league below, and of course be sure to leverage Rudy’s tools to see how the Green Bay backfield is projected going forward.