At this point, this is a yearly rant for me. Having 3 games in the late afternoon slot during a full slate in week 2 is just dumb. There are west coast teams that are traveling to the East coast that could benefit not having their internal clocks thrown off. Los Angeles lost to the Detroit Lions and I’m not totally convinced that they wouldn’t have played better if kick off was at 4:25 Eastern. There are plenty of statistics out there stating that West Coast teams don’t fare well in the 1:00 Eastern slot. San Francisco also played in Cincinnati and that could have been a 4:05 start time. If those two games were moved to the later afternoon slot, that would have been an 8/5 early to late split which is much more digestible for the football fan that wants to keep an eye on all of the games. The number of fans that want to watch more plays from all of the games grows every year as fantasy football grows. 

Obviously San Francisco didn’t need the late afternoon start to be wide awake on Sunday. That offense was rolling on all cylinders in Cincinnati. Raheem Mostert was the running back that had the biggest day out of a back field that had 3 running backs that scored at least 14 fantasy points (more that James Conner). Mostert led the team in carries with 13, followed by Breida with 12, and Jeff Wilson with 10. Mostert’s biggest play was on a 39-yard screen pass that he housed. With Tevin Coleman being week to week, this situation is necessary to monitor. Even if Coleman is back sooner than expected, Mostert should remain on your roster if you picked him up. With 3 running backs getting double digit carries for San Francisco on Sunday, we have to watch who has the hottest hand going forward. Mostert has looked like one of the two best backs out of the group through two weeks.

Performance Checks

  • Mecole Hardman was one of my two favorite pick ups this week along with Raheem Mostert. Hardman caught 4 of his 6 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in week 2 against the Raiders. With Tyreek Hill sidelined for a while, Hardman needs to be on your roster and he’s only owned in 35% of ESPN leagues. Patrick Mahomes is playing out of his mind right now and he will most likely continue to be the best quarterback in the league. Even with Hardman being the 3rd or 4th option in the passing game on any given week, there is a ton of value there until Tyreek Hill is once again healthy.
  • Andy Dalton is having a hell of a start to this season with a 300 yard 2 touchdown passing game following his 400 yard game from last week. Plus, he will eventually get A.J. Green back and none of us will be kicking him off of our rosters when he is healthy. Tyler Boyd has had two start-worthy weeks to start the season and today was his best performance so far with 10 catches for 122 yards. John Ross also continues to be a show stopper with his 2nd consecutive week with over 100 yards and a touchdown. Another 8 targets is nothing to turn your nose up to. 
  • All eyes were on Antonio Brown in his first and maybe last game with the Patriots. Nobody knows. This guy will be walking a tight rope all season if he gets the privilege to. Brown played about a third of the snaps today and made the most of it with 4 catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. His role and snap count will continue to grow rapidly the longer that he is with the Patriots. Antonio’s presence was detrimental to Josh Gordon’s fantasy value in his first week.
  • Tom Brady’s offense is too big to fail. Brady continued to perform efficiently with a 264 yard day with 2 touchdown passes.
  • Sony Michel relaxed his owners with  85 yards and a touchdown. He had 21 out of the 35 carries out of the backfield. The panic can end now. 
  • The panic can end on David Montgomery as well. He had 18 out of the 29 backfield carries for the Bears. His 62 yards and touchdown were helpful to the people that started him in their flex spot.
  • Marquise Brown’s fantasy value extends beyond what I previously believed after two straight good weeks. I would still rather own Mark Andrews if I have any Raven’s pass catcher but Marquise Brown needs to be in his owner’s lineups at this point. 
  • Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald are every week starters going forward. I also think that Kyler Murray might be as well. The touchdown luck didn’t favor Murray this week but he attempted 40 passes. We might be looking at a 675 pass attempt season like Roethlisberger had in 2018. 
  • This isn’t even a hot take: Austin Ekeler is a better fantasy running back than Melvin Gordon. It’s going to be a travesty when Gordon eventually returns and devalues Ekeler.
  • Here I sit, still happy that I don’t own any of the Viking’s passing game and a lot of Dalvin Cook
  • Nice bounce back week for Davante Adams and Aaron Jones. You can stop your panic on the Packers’ offense pieces if you were. 
  • Great week for Kenny Golladay truthers this week. I didn’t think that he would have a big week, but he did. It was also great to see Kerryon Johnson find pay dirt.
  • Lamar Jackson is probably the 2nd best quarterback to own in fantasy football and the absolute best draft day value. Shout out to the whole Razzball crew for sniffing this one out. 
  • Gardner Minshew outperformed Deshaun Watson in their head to head match up, but the Texans came away with the W. 
  • Yeah, yeah, yeah. Cooper Kupp was technically down at the half yard line, but he should have gotten credit for a touchdown on an awesome 4th quarter catch and run. 5 catches for 120 yards isn’t too shabby for his 2nd game back from ACL surgery. 
  • It has been a quiet start for Robert Woods, but I expect him to eventually return draft day value. 
  • Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger are going to need to be monitored by owners throughout the week for their availability for week 3. Neither injury looked overly promising for availability next week. 
  • James Conner seems to have avoided an overly serious injury but his availability for the next few weeks is in jeopardy pending test results.

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  1. casedot says:
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    Our draft was early and I need some QB help. I picked a QB that is now retired and another who has mono… luckily Jimmy G got me through, but he has a week 4 bye. Is any one of Keenum, Dalton, Minshew, or Brisett worth rostering now? Dalton seems like the best bet, but his week 4 matchup is @ PIT, and I’m not sure what I should do with Jimmy G.

    Do you think Rudolph would be the best option of this group if Big Ben misses time?

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I don’t have a problem with Dalton against Pittsburgh. I think he’s your best bet. Great start. I’m holding on to Jimmy G.

      • Cam Panic says:
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        good morning MB,
        another week, another bad performance by cam. his value comes from his legs, not being a pocket passer. Adding to the Dalton question above, any issues starting him over Cam?
        the panic is real.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Morning! No I’d rather start Cam against Arizona than Dalton against Buffalo. Be patient with Newton, he’s coming off of shoulder surgery. I believe that he’ll get better.

  2. Mr. A Knife says:
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    12 team dynasty half PPR with receiving yards worth half less than rushing (15 per receiving yard for a point, 10 for rushing). 5 IR’s (and people not playing can be put in them, not just actual real life IR/PUP guys). no waivers in this unless player is dropped so this can be done right now. j.cook ain’t cutting it, so either i could drop him or somebody else for a TE:
    QB (1): wentz, allen
    RB (1): AAron jones, mack, michel, drake, duke
    WR (2): thielen, hilton, nuke, MT (NO), j.gordon
    TE(1): cook
    1 RB/WR flex
    1 WR/TE flex

    so i can only play 2 RB per week. last week lost by benching mack for michel (or AAron), this week till wentz woke up i almost lost from benching AAron for mack. only duke and michel share byes. these are all in FA also for RB’s: samuels, hyde, AP, and almost all the good backups

    TE available: dissly (even if he only had 1 TD today with 5 targets it’s looking good to me with cook), herndon, eifert and worse.

    guessing dropping one of drake or duke is easy here for dissly or herndon? or even j.cook AND one of the RB’s for dissly AND herndon.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Eh, I’d just drop Drake for Dissly

  3. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Thanks, love these articles. As a Conner owner who already lost H Henry in a money league I am watching that situation closely. Shady, wtf? RB 4/5 unless Williams is hurt?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah Conner hasn’t been friendly to us so far. Yeah, I guess so. They really are doing a RBBC in KC

  4. eballs says:
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    Here’s my squad (10 team ppr)

    Goff, Zeke, Carson, Evans, Keenan Allen, Michel, Ekeler, Kupp, Westbrook, Malcolm Brown, Shady, Hockenson, Josh Allen

    IR: Henry

    I’m likely looking at 0-2 after this week unless OBJ has a bad game, which isn’t likely. I think my team should rebound the next few weeks, but there’s a trade scenario I wanted to run by you.

    One team in my league has both Big Ben and Brees. I was considering offering Josh Allen for his McDonald. Should I offer this trade, or ride with Hockenson? Or should I try to sweeten the pot to get better flex players? He also has these players

    AB
    Ridley
    Hilton
    Mixon

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah I think that’s a fair trade

  5. egon24 says:
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    Are you worried about Dede going forward?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      More than I was before yesterday. Not panicking though

  6. William Hung says:
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    FYI – Brees out 6 weeks and Big Ben out for year

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Saw that. Brutal!

  7. toolshed says:
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    I own mcdonald, should I continue to use him. He did get targeted and score 2 td. Sometimes backup qb use their te more than looking farther downfield. Olsen and Hooper are avaialble. .5 ppr. Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’m holding on to Vance

    • jason batteiger says:
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      nah, olsen if out there is the godsend to those of us that have oj howard and lost henry. vance was ranked higher and his production is in line with how he was valued preseason (just behind howard and henry, which were both top 6 types)

      • MB

        MB says:
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        Yeah, just nervous week to week

  8. Nightpandas says:
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    MB

    0-2 14 team std

    Would I be nuts to move Theilen for Dak? I’m a Cam owner

    I start 2 wr and a flex, I’ve been flexing Breida with Jones and Bell as my starters

    My other starting wr is Godwin and have Sutton on the bench. Deebo and Demarcus are on the wire

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Nope, just get rid of Thielen. Dak is a nice place to start

  9. The imp says:
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    Would you take her ARodgers for my MelGO in shallow bench 12 team PPR with 1Q/2RB/3WR starters. QBs are scoring 6pt passing TDS? If not, what would you counter?

    I have
    Winston
    D.J./Fournette/MelGO/Drake
    OBJ/Woods/DJax/McLaurin/Kirk

    She has Dax and that is why Arod is expendable.

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah, I’d probably do that

  10. James says:
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    Would you use #1 waiver claim on J Williams if you were a Jones owner ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      No, I’d grab him once waivers clear if anything, but I’m not a handcuffer

  11. Mak says:
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    would u trade away Larry fitz or Kirk for Ingram? It’s for half PPR. The guy also has fournette. What u think?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yep! I’d trade Fitz for him

      • Mak says:
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        for ingram or fournette?

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Either, I’d start with Fournette

          • Mak says:
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            ok thanks. who do you prefer in half PPR out of: jaylen samuels, malcolm brown, mostert?

            i currently own james conner. so looking to pick up a RB

            • MB

              MB says:
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              Samuels

  12. Steve says:
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    Melvin Gordon on waivers. Thinking about spending half of my budget on claim. Have Ekeler on my team. What do you think is enough? Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Half is about as much as I’d put in

  13. Water boy says:
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    Happy Tuesday man! I squeaked out a W last night I was down 33 heading into MNF OBJ single handily won it with 35, plus I got 22 from browns D & 14 from IDP Myles Garrett now I’m 1-1 woo hoo!

    .5 ppr league
    Looking at week 3 & beyond who would you make priority 1 then priority 2?
    Available guys I’m thinking of:

    RB: gore, Rex burkhead , ito Smith , stash CJ Anderson he was just cut maybe a RB needy team signs him?

    WR: Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman, Nelson Agholor, Devin Smith, James Washington

    Players I’m considering dropping: Dede Westbrook, MVS, Dion Lewis , Chris Thompson , TJ hockenson

    My RBs are DJ, cook, David Montgomery, Tevin Coleman, Justin Jackson, Dion Lewis, Mostert, Chris Thompson

    My WRs: obj , thielen, Josh Gordon, Dede Westbrook, aj green, MVS, John brown

    TE Waller & hockenson

    QB Russell Wilson

    Next, going into week 3 is there a glaring hole I should address to improve my team ROS?

    Would you do any of these trades or stand pat?

    1.) deal thielen to get mike Evans?

    2.) deal thielen to get amari copper?

    3.) deal David Johnson to get Chubb + Tyler Boyd?

    4.) deal thielen to get Brandin cooks?

    5.) deal thielen to get kerryon Johnson ?

    6.) deal David Montgomery + thielen to get nick Chubb?

    7.) deal DJ + AJ green to get Gurley + Brandin cooks or Calvin Ridley?

    Since I’ll most likely not be able to do a big move thoughts of a depth RB move thoughts on any of these depth moves just to help my RB depth

    Deal MVS for AP? Deal MVS for penny ? Deal Chris Thompson to get Christian Kirk Guice is still in at that owners flex lol, deal MVS for Duke Johnson ?

    Thanks man!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Hey man! Congrats on the come back!I’d do all 7 of those trades. It’s a good idea to get rid of Thielen. I’d drop Dion Lewis for Demarcus Robinson.

  14. Paul Zone says:
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    Would you trade Mack and Gurley for OBJ or Adams?

    My RBs – Elliot, Henry Gurley, Mack, Singletary, Thompson

    My WRs: Allen, Godwin, Ty Williams, Gordon, Fitz

    Hate losing that RB depth but OBJ or Adam’s are best players.. Thoughts?

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