If you’re not up for story time, you can skip right down to performance checks. It’s personal and probably not for everybody, but I wanted to tell it anyways. 

Speaking of worries, we had a medical emergency with my son on Sunday afternoon and that would explain why I didn’t post on Monday. Before we continue on this crazy journey, everything is fine now. On Sunday afternoon I was watching the games and switching off checking on our son with my wife. He had a lingering stomach ache since after breakfast. He actually threw up and said he was starting to feel better. I checked for a fever, nada. We Gave him some medicine to settle his stomach down. Everything is fine, he just has a stomach bug.

Around the time the late afternoon games kicked off, things got really intense. He yelled “MOM, DAD!” and we ran upstairs. He was sitting on the floor holding his stomach grimacing in pain, his chicken noodle soup untouched. It was time to go to the hospital. 

We get to the hospital, I think that he has food poisoning and my wife thinks that his appendix is on the verge of bursting. The doctor? He thinks it’s gas. They do an X-Ray, there are no blockages (not a gas issue). The pain is intensifying for him and my palms are getting sweaty and my wife is getting tears in her eyes. My patience is wearing thin.

They do more thorough testing on his stomach and there is blood in his stomach, and not a small amount. So now things are past scary. There are 3 nurses and us in a little ER room trying to put a needle into a crying 9-year-old to put painkillers in him to ease his pain while they figure out what we’re going to do next. Exploratory surgery is the answer, are we staying at this hospital though? There is also talk about flying him to the university hospital. I promise this gets less grueling. 

The surgeon, who I would now give my life for, thinks he can find the answer right where we are. They prep him for surgery and we head up to the waiting room. I turn on the Chiefs and Indianapolis to try and sidetrack myself. I stay busy texting home friends and Razzball friends and checking on the wife. Basically, I’m trying not to pass out for the better part of an hour and a half. 

Great news! The surgery was a success. It turns out that he had an accessory spleen (google it, it’s pretty interesting, and rare). That accessory spleen found a way to obstruct and open a blood vessel. In all, he lost a liter of blood, but sorry for not being good with medical terminology; they did their thing with the blood, and made it good again. He didn’t have to have a blood transfusion. He’s sore as hell, but walking. He’s eating solid food, but not a lot. And he might be home a few hours after you read this. It was the scariest day of my life and I couldn’t be happier to be on the other side of it, breaking down Monday Night Football. And now, George Kittle is back to being a useful tight end, at least for this week. I was more than a Kittle worried the last 24 hours, but things worked themselves out. 

Performance Checks

  • George Kittle re-established his dominance and doubled the rest of the 49ers in target share. George Kittle turned 8 targets into 70 yards and a touchdown. Hell, he even had an 18 yard carry because, why not? The 49ers face the Rams next week and they can’t stop a nosebleed so I expect this trend to continue in a matchup where the 49ers will likely need to put up over 20 points. 
  • Jimmy G da Game Manager (rap/porn star banger name), managed another W by handing the ball off to the Shanahan backfield squad. He did throw two touchdowns in the process, but it wasn’t enough to have a huge big fantasy day. He is a useful QB2 and streaming option going into next week against the Rams
  • Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida are quite the 1-2 punch. They both found the endzone on double-digit carries and averaged over 6 YPC. Both running backs can be started with confidence next week if you have a flex spot. Wow, I’m really disrespecting the Rams, but I think that they deserve it. 
  • Yeah, I was wrong. Dante Pettis just isn’t going to be a thing.
  • I don’t think Freddie Kitchens is the only terrible one. Baker Mayfield might not be very good either. Ugh.
  • Nick Chubb deserves better.
  • The Browns are finding creative ways to get Beckham the ball, but it’s just not working from a fantasy or real football standpoint. I’m personally holding onto him and hoping for better things. I still don’t want to sell such a talented player for a discount. I wouldn’t be able to fault you if you wanted to though.
  • Antonio Callaway just isn’t good at football. His hands are bricks. 
  • Jarvis Landry caught 4 of his 6 targets for 75 yards. At least Beckham is opening up routes for somebody.
  • Marquise Goodwin is probably rosterable. Maybe something will come of him being a favorite target of Jimmy G.

I’ll catch you on Wednesday morning for weekly rankings and you can follow me on twitter.

 

 

  1. Charles Parton says:
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    That’s scaey stuff any times our kids are going through serious pain. I’m glad to hear that he’s ok. Good on you for handling it like Super Dad. Your boy will sure appreciate that.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Thanks Charles

  2. miles proudfoot says:
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    Really glad to hear your son us doing better after that terrifying ordeal. We all hope for a speedy recovery!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Thanks Miles

  3. Wide Right says:
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    With Mayfield a bust.. do I start him ? Or pick up someone to stream? How would you rank these FA’s… Garapolo, Minshew, Bridgewater, Cousins??

    • MB

      MB says:
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      The Seahawks secondary isn’t good and it’s a home game so it should be better than it was this week. I like Minshew a lot as a pick up ROS, but they saints have been getting after the quarterback. Almost seems like a last ditch effort to try Mayfield next week is necessary. If you’re out on Baker, Jimmy G is the streamer for next week

  4. D Fresh says:
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    Wow, glad your son is ok!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Thanks me too!

  5. Yes says:
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    Hey mb glad to hear all is well – what do you think of a trade I got proposed? I am not so sure on it, Godwin for Odell? Not sure about Odell anymore…

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Thank you!

      Keep Godwin.

  6. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Very glad your son is ok, that was grueling to read and puts fantasy football in perspective.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah, sorry if that was a bit much.

      Thank you!

  7. Nick says:
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    wow, glad all is well with your son, hope for a speedy recovery! on to FF, in my 12 team standard league I think I need to make a trade for RB as my bench is scoring points weekly. here is my team;

    QB-Lamar
    RB-Kamara & D Montgomery (bye this week)
    WR-Thielan/Godwin/Fuller
    TE-Andrews
    Flex-McLaurin
    Bench- Dissly / Kyler Murray / M Sanders / L Murray / Scantling / Shepard
    D&K-who cares

    so I’m thinking try and move one of my TEs or QBs as a few teams are struggling bad there. One team has Breida on his bench with D Johnson, James White starting & Freeman at his flex. Do you like any of those? I was thinking Breida for one of my TEs (his choice) or offer up McLaurin/Fuller/Shepard? You can just rank my players in order of who you would offer up first for his Breida or other RB to help my team out (especially with Montgomery on bye this week)

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Thank you Nick!

      I would personally offer Andrews for Breida to start.

      If that doesn’t fly I’d throw in McLaurin or offer Shepard straight up. Definitely want to hold onto Fuller or at least hold out for a better player for him.

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        Andrews for Breida feels like an overpay, no? Is Freeman Devonta or Royce? If Devonta I would try the buy low there, at least you know he’s getting the majority of the touches…

        McLaurin feels like a premium sell at this point. His QB shituation is very concerning. Andrews at full health is a target monster. I’m not willing to give up a potential top 5 TE for a possible RB2. I’d rather have a high floor RB instead. I don’t think Breida is that guy at this point.

        Note – Tevin out carried Breida in a game script that felt like it should have favored Breida. Not for nothin’ that is sumptin.

        • Nick says:
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          it would be Devonta, but he is actually splitting carries practically with Ito…so that is why I was favoring Breida as they are actually running the ball effectively in SF…I was thinking try to move one of my TEs because I can’t see starting Dissly & Andrews (Flex) week in & week out, but it is always going to be a tough call between them 2…

        • MB

          MB says:
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          I feel like Andrews is trending down since a hot start. I think the split between Breida/Coleman will be pretty even at this point but we’ll see. Coleman could have seen more work because of the comfortable lead and trying to get him back in the swing of things.

      • Nick says:
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        thanks bud, I think I’m going to throw Dissly out there to start straight up for Breida, then pivot to Andrews if he is still interested in TE…otherwise offer Shepard straight up followed by McLaurin…hope I can swing something, as I’d prefer to start Breida next week over M Sanders

        • MB

          MB says:
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          No problem, yep I hear ya!

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I am mangling a praying mantis into a real-life prayer hand emoji for little MB… thankfully he’ll be okay… your son but also the praying mantis; I don’t need another visit from PETA

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah, they really didn’t like your last demonstration. Thanks man. And Ts and Ps for the praying mantis

  9. Jake says:
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    Happy to hear things are going well for your son I know the feeling have been in those shoes no fun at all.

    Is burning my # 1 waiver claim worth it for Everett ? I am in need of a TE I have Hunter Henry but not sure if he makes it back and have been streaming week to week in his absence. My second question should I bench OBJ this week for Kirk or Kenyan Drake I believe Drake will see guaranteed work.

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Thanks Jake!

      If Herndon isn’t available, yes for Everett. Hope he stays hot.

      I’d continue playing OBJ, but if I was going to bench him for anyone it would be Kirk. Love the matchup.

  10. Water boy says:
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    Hey man love your columns and headlines- very witty & punny love it!

    Now to my squad .5 ppr just lost this week & now I’m 3-2 at just about the mid season point

    Looking at my team any position I should trade for?

    My QB Russell Wilson

    Rbs: DJ, cook, David Montgomery, Tevin Coleman, Chris Thompson, Mostert, Darrel Williams and mattison.

    My WRs: obj, thielen, Josh Gordon, aj green, mvs, Watkins, dionte Johnson

    My TE is Waller , he has a bye looks like I’ll be streaming

    Not mentioning d or kicker I stream each week .

    1.) first off Watkins is dead to me, if someone wants to give me anything like even a kicker I’ll take it lol

    2.) that being said a guy in my league had 3 TEs I need one for this week would you deal Watkins to get graham? What about Watkins for Sanu?

    3.) deal my thielen to get Josh Jacobs? Jacobs is his flex as he’s loaded at RB; Zeke, Fournette & Josh Jacobs are hie top 3. However he is very weak at WR.

    4.) same owner as 3 but instead of Jacobs would you deal thielen for Fournette?

    5.) deal thielen + DJ to get Mack + Godwin?

    6.) deal DJ for Godwin?

    7.) deal OBJ to get Mark Ingram ?

    8.) deal OBj to get Derrick Henry?

    9.) deal my obj + David Montgomery to get Mixon + kittle?

    10.) deal my OBJ + DJ to get Godwin + Mack?

    Thanks man!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah man, Watkins was a let down.

      2) gotta be better options than Graham. Yeah I’d grab Sanu
      3) yes
      4) yes
      5) no
      6) no
      7) no
      8) no
      9) no
      10) yes

  11. CMUTIMMAH says:
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    MB – after learning the hard way that my 12 month old was extremely allergic to peanuts, 2 epi-pens, an ambulance ride, and an over night stay in the hospital later, I can’t imagine the “not knowing” aspect of what you went through.

    Glad all is well!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Oh man, that’s horrible. Allergies are pretty scary. Glad it all worked out, thank you!

  12. Water boy says:
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    PS, Glad to hear everything is ok! That must’ve been nerve racking beyond belief! I have two little ones they definitely keep me busy/ and worried all the time too! My son just turned 2 in July & my daughter will be 1 in November! Prayers up for your family but glad everything was good!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Thank you! Best for you and your family

  13. Blake Somerville says:
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    wow – scary stuff! I would have been scared shitless if that was my kid. Im glad they found the issue and fixed. you better give that doctor a 1000 hugs and limitless high fives!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Oh yeah, he is a great surgeon, I’m very thankful

  14. Nightpandas says:
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    Puts life in perspective doesn’t it?

    Glad the little guy’s ok.

    My daughter was in intensive care on New Year’s Eve a few years back for a bladder infection when she was only a year old. Scariest night of my life.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      It sure does. Thank you, glad the daughter is ok.

  15. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Any issue with dumping Latavius for Edmonds in a half PPR as a non-Kamara owner?

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Nope, not at all

  16. Steven says:
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    Received this trade offer: D. Singletary rb, G. Olson and G. Tate for my E. Engram. I also have H. Henry. Other rbs are Conner, White, R. Penny, Burkhead. Tate is not useful for me. Should I counter asking for M. Sanders? Thanks.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d just keep Engram

  17. Oppo taco says:
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    Ekeler or Mixon ROS? o.5 PPR

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Ekeler

  18. looysenkm10 says:
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    All my best to your son, MB. God Bless and be good!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Thank you!

  19. What's a Drexl? says:
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    20 team PPR redraft. have:
    QB (1) winston, d.jones (lucky this year not only could i late draft a backup guy to start if/when i needed him, but also NOT with the same bye)
    RB (2) AAron, j.white, lat murray, ballage (attempting to waiver m.brown here), had had ty mont but dropped him for o’shaughnessy since i needed a backup TE coming up here with waller on bye
    WR (3): julio, beasley, aj brown, quinn, edelman, a.wilson
    TE (1): waller, o’shaugnessy (dropping for somebody as he got hurt and i’d think is out this week)
    1 flex

    1. drop quinn for this order of these?: pringle, slayton, a.miller, pettis, duke-will,
    2. this week’s best TE?:
    -swaim (assuming no o’shaugnessy) vs NO
    -VD/sprinkle (i’d assume sprinkle for now) @ MIA
    -irv smith vs PHI
    – goedert @ MIN

    donkey teeth says goedert this week and that WR order over quinn

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Miller, VD/Sprinkle

  20. Lachlan says:
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    Hi MB

    Really enjoy your articles!

    Had a question for you, would you trade Austin Ekeler for any of the following, and in what order would you rank them? Ridley, T Boyd, Sutton, DJ Shark, Hollywood.

    Or would you take a RB in Damian Williams? Even though I’m pretty ok in RB depth.

    Cheers

    Lachy

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Thanks!

      Only Chark

      • Lachy says:
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        Wow! Thanks. That makes me feel much more comfortable with keeping Ekeler for the rest of the season.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Yeah I like Ekeler ROS especially in PPR

  21. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    12 team PPR with these RB’s: AAron, jacobs, drake, j-will (GB) and guice in the lone IR slot. even if i wouldn’t be using edmonds this week over drake (probably, this is one week where drake almost certainly will have snaps, but i can’t even count at this point how many consecutive MIA regimes have now refused to use their best RB’s (drake/l.miller, about the last 5 years now) drop j-will for edmonds or no? i have much better WR depth and often use one of those in the flex, plus it’s start only 2 WR’s here to 2 RB’s
    RB (2)
    WR (2): adams, sutton, j.brown, kupp, lockett (return yards worth half of scrimmage too)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d just hold onto J-Will personally

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        also, if relevant i’m 3-2 with top 3 most points so i’m not desperate this week even IF DJ is out and edmonds does a bit better than drake, but i doubt he’d be ranked a ton higher anyway, even if DJ is out. one of drake/edmonds would start this week for sure with jacobs on bye.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Drake should be a fine start this week

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