Crowd chants: “WE WANT JEN! WE WANT JEN!” I know, I know, sometimes real life gets in the way. You probably woke up this morning expecting your usual Hit it or Quit it article and were disappointed to see the picture of Diddy at the top of the football blog but I promise you that we will get through this together. Jen will be back next week and if you would like to check out my regularly scheduled Monday programming, you can find it here.
And now, are you going to Hit it… or Quit it?
Davante Adams – Uh oh, Jordy Nelson hurt his quad and didn’t come back on Sunday night. Also, Randall Cobb seems to be a little banged up. Davante Adams stepped up to the plate and caught 8 of his 10 targets for 99 yards and a touchdown. If the WR corps for Green Bay continues to be banged up for the coming weeks, that is a very good think for Davante Adams target share, which should translate into some big weeks to come. Even if Jordy and Randall are healthy, Davante will continue to be a trusted target for Rodgers and will probably see close to double digit targets anyways. Cincinnati is on the horizon this upcoming weekend. Verdict: Hit it like Kevin Hart on a drug induced weekend in Vegas.
Joe Mixon – It’s frustrating to see the best running back on the team standing on the sidelines for a ton of snaps while the rest of the offense struggles to move the ball despite favorable field position throughout the game. The solution? Fire the offensive coordinator! And the Bengals did just that. The Bengals followed through with their original plan to bring Mixon along slowly, but at this point, The Bengals are 0-2 and don’t have a single touchdown to speak of. I suspect the Bengals coaching staff will put their best foot forward and give Mixon a good chunk of the backfield touches. My prediction is that this very moment marks the lowest price you will ever have to pay for Joe Mixon for years to come. If you don’t already own him, go out on the trade table and get you some! Verdict: Hit it as hard as that Nazi guy in Seattle got hit the other day.
Cam Newton – Something isn’t right in the world of Cam Newton and I’m not just talking about his choices in post-game press conference attire. He looks more than just rusty. Maybe he’s a little gun shy in the confidence department. Or maybe it’s because the offensive line isn’t blocking for him and he continues to get blown up in the backfield time after time. I do know one thing, Greg Olsen isn’t going to be on the field for up to eight weeks and that is Cam Newton’s safety blanket. Even with the soft schedule coming up for Cam, I don’t trust this offense right now. Verdict: Quit it
Chris Carson – Life comes at you fast, Eddie Lacy. When he found out that he was a healthy (is he though?) scratch on Sunday, he had to be wondering which double order of nachos or pancakes is the one that did him in. Have no fear! Along comes the running back who ran all over everybody in the second half of the early preseason games and had us wondering, “What’s a Chris Carson?” We found out on Sunday that he is starting to take over the heavy lifting in the Seattle backfield for the time being and he put up 93 yards on 20 carries in the process. The running back situation may be a little cloudy in Seattle in the coming weeks but if Carson is sitting out there on your waiver wire, I’d take a chance on him. Verdict: Hit it!
Terrance West – We may end up chasing our tails for the next couple of weeks trying to figure out who is going to take the lead of the backfield in Baltimore. I’ll take a stab at it and my best guess is that it’s not going to be Terrance West. Terrance West is a little banged up at this point and Buck Allen (that’s Javorious Allen to the government) saw a majority of the snaps against Cleveland on Sunday. If you started Terrance West, you got a touchdown from him on Sunday, but not much else. Allen is the more talented back and has been touted as such throughout the preseason and into the first couple of weeks into the regular season. Allen had over 100 all-purpose yards on 19 touches on Sunday and found the end zone as well. Verdict: Take the engagement ring back to the jeweler, quit it, and then skip town and never look back.
The New Orleans Saints Entire Backfield – If you can sell Mark Ingram, I’d do it at this point. He had a decent statistical showing against the New England Patriots, but unlike the New England Patriots the New Orleans is not having much success marching out three backs on a regular basis. If I want to stash anyone in this backfield, it’d be Alvin Kamara but nobody can put a finger on when he will see an uptick in snaps. Adrian Peterson, despite his complaining, really is a shell of himself as a football player. In the next two weeks, the Saints face the Carolina Panthers who were effective against LeSean McCoy on Sunday, and the Miami Dolphins, who almost completely took Melvin Gordon out of the game plan in their first game. Verdict: Quit it!
Carson Wentz – Carson Wentz is one of the most argued about quarterbacks right now in football circles. People in the industry continue to go back and forth on whether he’s actually good or not. This doesn’t matter for fantasy football, it’s all about numbers and not team wins. What we do know is that Wentz chucked the ball 55 times on Sunday and had at least 300 yards and two touchdowns through the air in each of his first two games. Zach Ertz has been excellent in his first two games this season and Alshon Jeffery came into his own throughout the matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Philadelphia is back at home on Sunday to face the New York Giants defense that will be coming off of a short week of rest. Verdict: Hit! It!
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