You likely haven’t heard this story before. It was kept under tight wraps by the request of San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Back in his days as a graduate assistant at UCLA, Shanahan jumped on a plane to go see his dad Mike who was coaching the Pro Bowl out in Hawaii. But Kyle’s plane never made it to Hawaii, crashing mid-flight. As the lone survivor, Kyle Shanahan found himself living on a deserted island for four years with only a volley ball to keep him company. Shanahan named his volley-ball-companion, Jeff Wilson. True story. Cut to 13 years later and Shanahan nostalgically handed the non-volley ball version of Jeff Wilson 17 carries for 112 yards, 2 catches for 8 yards and his 2nd, 3rd and 4th touchdowns as he bulldozed the New England Patriots’ run defense. Even the great Pigskinonator didn’t see this coming! Unfortunately, Wilson left the game with an ugly looking ankle injury sustained on that 3rd TD run. Look for JaMycal Hasty (9 carries for 57 yards, 1 catch for 16 yards) and Jerick McKinnon (3 carries for -1 yard) to reform a committee until Raheem Mostert (ankle) returns. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:

CLE at CIN

Kareem Hunt – 18 carries for 76 yards, 3 catches for 26 yards and his 7th touchdown. Hunt is an obvious start with Nick Chubb (knee) out, but expect the Chubb to see some play in the next three to four weeks; now might be a good time to shop Hunt if you can manage an RB1 level return.

Odell Beckham Jr. – 0 catches on 1 target. Left early in the first half with a knee injury and unfortunately sounds like a torn ACL. On the plus side, I can take a break from the bad poop jokes, no need to crap on the guy while he’s down. With OBJ off the poop-deck, Jarvis Landry (5 catches for 48 yards) suddenly creeps near WR2 territory and Rashard Higgins (6 catches for 110 yards) will be a hot waiver add this week.

Harrison Bryant – 4 catches for 56 yards and his 2nd and 3rd touchdowns. The rookie out of Florida Atlantic University just produced a better game than 44 million dollar man Austin Hooper (appendicitis) has had all season. Chief David Njoku (2 catches for 20 yards and his 2nd touchdown) came close too.

Joe Burrow – 35/47 for 406 yards, 6 carries for 34 yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown and 1 interception—he now has 9 passing touchdowns and 3 rushing touchdowns on the year. The Bengals rode Joe Donkey to another narrow loss but fantasy owners will likely have a better ride. Burrow might be a solid QB1 moving forward.  

Gio Bernard – 13 carries for 37 yards, 5 catches for 59 yards and his 2nd touchdown. The Stache was thrust into the limelight with Joe Mixon (foot) out. I don’t want to wish ill health on anyone, but I wouldn’t mind seeing more of that sweet stache.

Tyler Boyd – 11 catches for 101 yards and his 2nd touchdown. I requested more targets for Boyd last week and Burrow obliged with 13—he’s a longtime Razzball reader. A.J. Green (7 catches for 82 yards) also saw 13 targets, and with 24 targets over the last two weeks, Green should be picked up everywhere he was dropped.

Tee Higgins – 5 catches for 71 yards and his 3rd touchdown. Higgie Higgie Higgie can’t you see, sometimes your receiving just hypnotize me. Not sure if the hypnosis will continue with Green and Boyd each seeing double digit targets, but I’m here to find out.

 

DET at ATL

Kenny Golladay – 6 catches for 114 yards. He’s not Calvin Johnson, but he did stay at a Golladay Inn Express last night.

D’Andre Swift – 9 carries for 27 yards, 4 catches for 21 yards and his 4th touchdown. Do you really expect Belichick Jr. to make things easy on fantasy owners? Adrian Peterson (11 carries for 29 yards and 1 catch for 1 yard) isn’t going anywhere. Kerryon Johnson on the other hand got no Johnson touches.

T.J. Hockenson – 5 catches for 59 yards and his 3 touchdown. The yardage has been erratic, but that’s three straight games finding the endzone for Hock, even though it took until the literal last second of this game to find it. 

Julio Jones – 8 catches for 97 yards. They said on the broadcast that Julio gets 3 hour massages. 3 hours? He must be seeing Robert Kraft’s people for these “massages.”

Calvin Ridley – 5 catches for 69 yards (nice) and his 6th touchdown and a two point conversion.  Ridley is now on pace for 14 touchdowns which around a full career’s worth of touchdowns for Julio Jones.

Todd Gurley – 23 carries for 63 yards, 2 catches for 19 yards and his 6th and 7th touchdowns. The Toddfather is looking like a young Marlon Brando. It’s time to start considering him an RB1. 

 

PIT at TEN

James Conner – 20 carries for 81 yards, 3 catches for 29 yards. Benny Snell (2 carries for 2 yards and his 2nd touchdown) vultured him for the 2nd straight week, but the threat to Conner’s workload from these other Steelers’ backs seems about the same as Andy Dalton’s threat to Dan Marino’s passing record.

Juju Smith-Schuster – 9 catches for 85 yards. Grab that carpet and help me roll the body up. Wait, he moved. JuJu’s alive!

Diontae Johnson – 9 catches for 80 yards and his 2nd and 3rd touchdowns. Chase Claypool‘s (1 catch for -2 yards) usage took a major hit as Johnson slide right back in. I’d be hesitant to start Claypool for now, but Johnson is thrust back into must-start territory. Note: Diontae left with an ankle injury but did return. Both Claypool and Johnson owners should monitor his status throughout the week.

Derrick Henry – 20 carries for 75 yards, 2 catches for -3 yards and his 7th touchdown. This stat line doesn’t look like anything special for the Predator, but the Steeler defense is tougher than my cousin Leroy who lives on a diet of nails, rocks and the occasional squirrel.  

A.J. Brown – 6 catches for 153 yards and 1 touchdown. And that makes 4 touchdowns in the past three weeks since his return from injury as Brown creeps his way up toward elite WR1 territory.

Corey Davis – 6 catches for 35 yards and his 2nd touchdown. Davis was enjoying a bit of a breakout before his bout with COVID. Good to see him back out there and he even saw his season high of 10 targets. Add Davis back onto your desperation WR list, he might be more than that. 

Jonnu Smith – 1 catch for 9 yards. The Steelers’ defense has been even tougher on tight ends than running backs which is something to think about if you’re a Mark Andrews owner in a must-win situation; the Ravens play the Steelers in week 8 and week 12. As for Prince Jonnu, I’d be willing to buy-low if he’s cheap, but I wouldn’t pay much for any TE not named Kelce, Kittle, Waller or Andrews.

 

CAR at NO

Mike Davis – 7 carries for 12 yards, 5 catches for 24 yards. When is Christian McCaffrey (ankle) back again? (maybe next week)

D.J. Moore – 4 catches for 93 yards and his 2nd and 3rd touchdowns. There’s only one thing to do when you can’t hear the music. More DJ!! Robby Anderson (6 catches for 74 yards) did out-target Moore 8 to 5 and could be worth a buy-low offer; the Anderson owner may be getting cold feet.

Alvin Kamara – 14 carries for 83 yards, 8 catches for 65 yards. Even when the Chipmunk doesn’t find the endzone he still posts huge stat lines. And wait til you see how many nuts he can fit in his cheeks.  

Tre’Quan Smith – 4 catches for 54 yards. With both Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID) out, Smith failed to show us the Quan. Undrafted rookie Marquez Callaway (8 catches for 75 yards) and return specialist Deonte Harris (4 catches for 46 yards and his 1st touchdown) could be interesting deep league streamers if Thomas and Sanders miss more time.

Jared Cook –  3 catches for 32 yards and his 3rd touchdown. Only 4 targets without Thomas and Sanders tells me to be weary of Cook’s food moving forward.

 

BUF at NYJ

Josh Allen – 30/43 for 307 yards, 11 carries for 61 yards with no touchdowns. So maybe Allen hasn’t quite yet reached elite QB1 territory if he’s going to play down to his competition like this. Still the rushing production brings such a high fantasy floor with it.

Devin Singletary – 8 carries for 29 yards, 2 catches for 18 yards. I had some bye and injury issues in my home league this week, so against the hapless Jets defense I decided to start both Singletary and Zack Moss (7 carries for 47 yards, 3 catches for 25 yards). Excuse me while I jump off the roof of my barn.

Stefon Diggs – 6 catches for 48 yards. This week I’ll take a break from mentioning how high I ranked Diggs this preseason. Ah, I messed that up! He’s still an no-brainer WR1—which works out well since I have no brains. 

Frank Gore – 11 carries for 60 yards. It’s suddenly an equal split between Gore and rookie La’Mical Perine (11 catches for 39 yards, 2 catches for 16 yards and his 1st career touchdown) who was born back when Gore played for the 49ers. Don’t quote me on that, but it sounds right. Perine is the Jets’ back I want to own, if I have to.

Denzel Mims – 4 catches for 42 yards. This was the First Mimzy after Denzel started his career with his best Will Fuller impersonation, injuring both hamstrings. Mims has as much upside as any receiver in the 2020 class, unfortunately he’s on the Jets.

 

DAL at WAS

Andy Dalton – 9/19 for 75 yards, 3 carries for 16 yards, no touchdowns and 1 interception. Dallas quarterbacks aren’t having much luck this year as Dalton nearly had his head taken off on a dirty hit. Some dude named Ben DiNucci (2/3 for 39 yards) was recruited from the stands to fill in at quarterback. Maybe the Cowboys should start tanking for Trevor?

Ezekiel Elliott – 12 carries for 45 yards, 1 catch for 6 yards. The Cowboys had to implement some portion control after Zeke kept coughing up his food. It was Tony Pollard (8 carries for 16 yards, 1 catch for 6 yards) who gobbled up the leftovers. Take note, the Cowboys were missing four offensive linemen against a tough Washington Football Team defensive line. Consider sniffing around the Zeke buy-low window this week.

Amari Cooper – 7 catches for 80 yards. Amari was the only Cowboy to post a respectable line as both CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup went catchless.  To answer your questions: yes I’d be very concerned as a Lamb owner and yes, you can drop Gallup.

Antonio Gibson – 20 carries for 128 yards and his 4th touchdown. Only a Gibson is Good Enough. Of course this was against the pathetic Cowboy’s defense, but still nice to see Gibson out-touch J.D. McKissic (5 carries for 35 yards, 2 catches for 16 yards) by a count of 20 to 7. 

Terry McLaurin – 7 catches for 90 yards and his 2nd touchdown. Kyle Allen (15/25 for 194 yards, 4 carries for 11 yards and 2 touchdowns) took F1 for an oil change and tire rotation, now he back humming like a WR1.

 

GB at HOU

Jamaal Williams – 19 carries for 77 yards, 4 catches for 37 yards and his 1st touchdown. With Aaron Jones (calf) as a late scratch, it was Williams who picked up the Green Bay cheese and ran with it. I was hoping A.J. Dillon‘s (5 carries for 11 yards) tree trunk legs would see more work, but it was all Williams.

Davante Adams – 13 catches for 196 yards and his 3rd and 4th touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers (23/34 for 283 yards and 4 touchdowns—he now has 17 passing touchdowns) was all over the Adams’ Family Jewels in this game. Adams has overtaken the #1 overall WR slot until further notice.

David Johnson – 14 carries for 42 yards, 4 catches for 42 yards and his 4th touchdown. Go DJ, that’s my DJ! I’ve maintained the past few weeks that Johnson should be held or bought—maybe even squeezed and rubbed. Not sure why everyone wanted to see him low. 

Will Fuller – 3 catches for 35 yards and his 5th touchdown. And 5th touchdown in as many weeks. The ham and strings holding his legs together continue to do the trick. At what point do we call Fuller a no doubt WR1?

 

KC at DEN

Patrick Mahomes – 15/23 for 200 yards and 1 touchdown—he now has 16 passing touchdowns. Not Mahomie’s best game, but he’ll still be eating steak with extra ketchup tonight.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire – 8 carries for 46 yards, 1 catch for 17 yards and his 2nd touchdown. I talked about there being a possible buy window for the Clydesdale on the Le’Veon Bell (6 carries for 39 yards) news. Bell may end up seeing close to half the carries, but the Chiefs offense is powerful enough for CEH to still post low-end RB1 numbers rest of season in PPR leagues.

Tyreek Hill – 6 catches for 55 yards and his 5th touchdown. After two scoreless games Reek is back on track. Told you he’d get his manhood back.

Travis Kelce – 3 catches for 31 yards. 31 yards and no touchdowns? Who are you and what did you do with Travis Kelce?! He’s still the #1 overall TE and I don’t think it’s all that close. 

Melvin Gordon – 17 carries for 68 yards, 2 catches for 12 yards and his 5th touchdown. Back from strep throat and a little DUI breather, Gordon stumbled his way into a heavy workload after Phillip Lindsay (9 carries for 79 yards) left with a concussion. If Lindsay misses time in the protocol, Melly will have RB1 upside. But stay tuned for a timeline on the potential DUI suspension, I’ve seen speculation that it might not happen until next season.

Jerry Jeudy – 2 catches for 20 yards. There was some snowy weather in Denver on Sunday and Drew Lock (24/40 for 254 yards, 3 carries for 8 yards, no passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown and 2 interceptions) did not handle it well. At least it doesn’t snow very often in Colorado.

 

SF at NE

Deebo Samuel – 5 catches for 65 yards. I only caught the highlights from this game (and there weren’t many non-Jeff Wilson highlights), but I’m guessing Stephon Gilmore was on Deebo most of the game, leaving rookie Brandon Aiyuk (6 catches for 115 yards) free to roam in the secondary. 

George Kittle – 5 catches for 55 yards. There wasn’t much need for the 49ers pass game in this contest because, well, see below…

Cam Newton – 9/15 for 98 passing yards, 5 carries for 19 yards, no touchdowns and 3 interceptions before being benched. The Patriots might as well have started a Fig Newton at quarterback this week.

Damien Harris – 10 carries for 58 yards, 1 catch for 12 yards. I still have no interest in the Patriots’ backfield. I’ll just keep starting both Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, don’t worry about me.

Julian Edelman  – 1 catch for 13 yards. Just a few weeks ago I remember being excited about Edelman’s career high receiving yardage game. Oh how the tables have Cam’d.

 

TB at LV

Tom Brady – 33/45 for 369 yards, 4 passing touchdowns and his 1st rushing touchdown—he now has 18 passing touchdowns. Was it Bill or Brady for all those years in New England? Right now you have to give the nod to Brady considering what he’s doing at age 43 in Tampa, and what’s happening up in New England. Also, the cheating helped. 

Ronald Jones – 13 carries for 34 yards, 1 catch for 2 yards and his 4th touchdown. The RoJo party isn’t over yet, but it’s starting to wind down with Leonard Fournette (11 carries for 50 yards, 6 catches for 47 yards) finally healthy. Leo’s 7 targets in the pass game compared to Jones’s 2 targets is a big red flag, and I’m very interested to see what the snap count breakdown looks like.

Chris Godwin – 9 catches for 88 yards and his 2nd touchdown. What’s that beautiful shaft-like figure in the distance? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s elite WR1 Godwiener!

Mike Evans – 2 catches for 37 yards. Evans only saw two targets. I was already concerned about the Evans target share even before the Antonio Brown signing. Scotty Miller (6 catches for 109 yards and his 2nd touchdown) had a huge game, but those 9 targets might end up funneling AB’s way, assuming he can find an acceptable helmet.

Rob Gronkowski – 5 catches for 62 yards and his 2nd touchdown. And 2nd touchdown in as many weeks. I’m getting ready for a delayed victory lap on Gronk. He was #4 sleeper on my 2020 fantasy football sleepers list and I never gave up faith even when the echo chamber got caught up on the blocking narrative.

Josh Jacobs – 10 carries for 17 yards, 3 catches for 14 yards. Ewwwww what’s that smell? Ah, it’s the pile Jacobs just dumped on his fantasy owner’s chest. To be fair, the Bucs defense is legit and the Raiders’ offensive line didn’t get much practice in this week with all the COVID drama.

Nelson Agholor – 5 catches for 107 yards and his 4th touchdown. I did a double take when I saw this was his 3rd touchdown in as many weeks. Is Agholor actually a useful fantasy asset?  Henry Ruggs III (2 catches for 35 yards) still seems inevitable, but for now Agholor should be added in deeper formats.

Darren Waller – 6 catches for 50 yards and his 3rd touchdown. It’s that damn Waller! He’s so hot right now!

 

JAC at LAC

James Robinson – 22 carries for 119 yards, 4 catches for 18 yards and his 5th and 6th touchdowns. Here’s to you Mr. Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you will know, Whoa, whoa, whoa. JRob is carrying my RazzBowl team. The undrafted kid sure has the looks of a league winner.

D.J. Chark – 1 catch for 26 yards. It’s hard to imagine doing less with 7 targets from a quarterback not named Cam Newton. Charknado is starting to look like one of this year’s top busts.

Justin Herbert – 27/43 for 347 yards, 9 carries for 66 yards, 3 passing touchdowns and his 2nd rushing touchdown. This year’s QB class is looking like one for the ages and we’ll get to see Tua debut in week 8 as well. There’s a chance Hebert, Burrow and Tua all post QB1 numbers rest of season.

Joshua Kelley – 12 carries for 29 yards, 5 catches for 24 yards. Before their bye Justin Jackson (5 carries for 12 yards, 5 catches for 43 yards) looked great while out-touching Kelley by a count of 20 to 12. So I was surprised, delighted and aroused when Kelley took the lead this week. It sounds like we won’t be seeing Austin Ekeler (hamstring) for at least a couple more weeks, so make sure Kelley wasn’t dropped in your league.

Keenan Allen – 10 catches for 125 yards. Herbert really locked in on Allen who saw 13 targets, which was 10 more than the next closest Charger wide receiver. The connection with his rookie QB has made Allen a must-start WR1 every week.

Mike Williams – 1 catch for 4 yards. As someone who started Big Mike, I can confirm that this game was not enjoyable to watch. He was hardly on the field in the 2nd half leading me to speculate that he was injured, but apparently this was just some wacky game plan. I’m still high on Williams rest of season with how good Herbert looks, but obviously he’s a boom or bust guy right now.

 

SEA at ARI

Russell Wilson – 33/50 for 388 yards, 6 carries for 84 yards, 3 passing touchdowns and 3 interceptions—he now has 22 passing touchdowns on the season. All year long he’s been cookin’ like my grandma on Thanksgiving. Sunday night he decided make a stew. Russ threw all kinds of random stuff into that stew: kale, anchovies, an old shoe. But there was never much doubt the stew would turn out to be another fantasy delicacy. Wilson’s 22 passing touchdowns have tied Peyton Manning’s record thru 6 games. 

Tyler Lockett – 15 catches for 200 yards and his 5th, 6th and 7th touchdowns. Pigskinonator did have an inkling about this eruption, ranking Lockett as it’s #7 fantasy wide receiver for week 7. That’s the second three touchdown game for Lockett this year, he’s been one of Russ’s favorite sous chefs. 

D.K. Metcalf – 2 catches for 23 yards. It was a tepid fantasy night for the phenom, but the play of the game may have been when Metcalf showed off his ridiculous speed by chasing Budda Baker 90 yards from behind to save a touchdown after the rare Russell Wilson miscue. He also had a game winning touchdown called back due to a hold in overtime.

Chris Carson – 5 carries for 34 yards, 1 carry for 7 yards before leaving in the first half with a foot injury and never returned. Carlos Hyde (15 carries for 68 yards, 3 catches for 8 yards and his 2nd touchdown) is the speculative add if Carson ends up missing time.

Kyler Murray – 34/48 for 360 yards, 14 carries for 67 yards, 3 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown—he now has 13 passing touchdowns and 7 rushing touchdowns on the year. If I could have a threesome with Kyler and Waller I would die a happy man. Wait, did I type that out and click publish? 

Kenyan Drake – 14 carries for 34 yards and 1 catch for 7 yards before leaving with an ankle injury. How many freaking ankle injuries have there been the past two weeks?! If only there were a presidential candidate who promised to end high ankle sprains, they’d have my vote.

Chase Edmonds – 5 carries for 58 yards, 7 catches for 87 yards. Edmonds has looked better than Drake for a lot of these first seven games, so this ankle injury might open the door for Edmonds to supplant Drake as the Cardinals RB1, for good. Make sure he’s owned in your league.

DeAndre Hopkins – 10 catches for 103 yards and his 3rd touchdown. Nuk da bomb!

Christian Kirk – 5 catches for 37 yards and his 4th and 5th touchdowns. Captain Kirk started the year slow, but he’s come on extra strong lately with four TDs in the last two games. With Murray’s high level of play, there’s a chance Kirk puts up WR2 numbers rest of season.

 

 

  1. Dominic Brady says:
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    Would you look to trade Zeke at all or keep him.

    Also I have Odell as my WR 2. Should I try to trade Higgins while his value is high?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Always depends what you can get but I don’t think it’s a great time to move Zeke. He’ll have much better sell windows if you want out.

      Sucks about OBJ. Seems like a decent time to shop Higgins, but don’t give him away….I don’t trust AJ Green.

      • William Hung says:
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        Definitely think the Bengals are secretly shopping AJ Green and showcasing him for a deal- when is the trade deadline?

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          I thought that too but time is ticking. The deadline is next Tuesday… election day.

          • William Hung says:
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            If AJ Green sticks around, then I don’t feel great about Tee Higgins maintaining his production

  2. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    also NE had like what 11 or more than that guys sat out season from corona fears, mostly on defense (now why they had more than other teams, i got no idea, but i remember reading the footballguys blurbs all summer and it was tons of them; they’d pop up like twice a week for a while either in july/august). newton clearly ain’t right and why 31 teams didn’t want to pay him even at a very low price. that or his corona is doing more to him than he’s willing to admit.

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      metcalf’s TD called back would never have happened without that hold, it wasn’t one of those away from the play deals, he’d have been pushed out of bounds by the very guy held far before any TD.

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Not a given since DK is so hard to bring down but probably true

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes, we all speculated that it was some Belichick scheme. My guess was just that he encouraged anyone remotely on the fence to opt out early so he’d have extra time to fill the holes.

      Cam looked really good in the Seattle games so thinking it’s more corona but who knows.

      • William Hung says:
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        Eduardo Rodriguez and Ryquell Armstead can relate

        • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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          yeah that’s the other one, the 2 players we know of with actually bad situation from corona, forgot it was ed-rod from baseball. yeah i remember that, the scheme was “you all better not last minute F my game plan, figure it out now”; but him doing that did likely lose him more players (esp on defense) than other teams. i remember thinking that won’t be easy to overcome all those losses for this year.

          – yr right on metcalf hard to bring down, but he almost went out of bounds without anybody touching him already. he didn’t need to be knocked down, just shoved enough that he’d step out of bounds.

          • Donkey Teeth

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            Freddie Freeman too

            • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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              he was only sick for 2 days (he had worse symptoms than most, but not close to scary like ed-rod and armstead, if going low (almost nothing to mildly sick for a short time), medium (more intense but still not for that long and not near dead, or for a while but not that bad) to real bad (dead or close to it, not able to do much of anything for a while even if only mediumish, or long term life time problems like what it sounds ed-rod has (armstead we don’t have real details on yet), by his own words. pretty bad fever for those 2 days. wasn’t in hospital though. i’d say he was a medium (which is still out of the high dozens of baseball/football players by now we know had corona for sure on the bad side of the total populace of those)

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    1. Who are you prioritizing this week with a #4 waiver in a deep 14m: Rashard Higgins, h Bryant, irv smith, hooper

    2. With DJ on bye and Mike Davis likely expiring (assuming cmc is back), who are you starting for RB (Perine, dobbins) and flex (Hollywood, Preston, Mike Williams)

    3. What to do w Amari and Jacobs. Both have been so disappointing

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Higgins, Irv, Hooper
      2. Perine (Ravens play the Steelers)and Hollywood
      3. Jacobs I think you hold, he should bounce back. Amari you could shop. Wouldn’t hurt to try to package both for a better RB like Aaron Jones.

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    Someone dropped Mostert in my league due to the roster crunch of byes and other injuries… Is he worth snapping up? Here is my team heading into W8, and other guys I am thinking of add/dropping (.5 PPR:

    QB: Kyler Murray
    RB: Montgomery, Boston Scott, Lindsay, Edmonds, Justin Jackson
    WR: Godwin, Tee Higgins, Kupp, Ruggs III, Antonio Brown
    TE: Hurst, Cook
    IR: Goedert

    Expected moves:
    1. Dropping Justin Jackson for a W8 QB
    2. Dropping Cook for Mostert?
    3. If Miles Sanders comes back before the bye, then I’ll need to drop Scott for someone like Carlos Hyde or La’Mical Perine
    4. I don’t want to drop Ruggs III, but I feel like I should for someone with an expected larger target share in Mims, Preston Williams, or even Tim Patrick, who looked like he was going to be heavily involved early until Lock forgot how to QB

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1 & 2. Yes
      3. Carlos Hyde is a premium add this week. I do think Sanders comes back but we’ll see. He was up against a short week last week…
      4. I like Ruggs over Mims and Patrick. He’s about even with Preston, good with that swap.

      • William Hung says:
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        The most frustrating part of Fantasy Football for me is how things flip so quickly. For example, 2 weeks ago everyone was writing off both Gronk and AJ Green, and now everyone is hopping on the bandwagon of both players.

        My team has been an emotional rollercoaster this season – 2 weeks ago I was struggling and now at 3-4, looking at my team – my weekly floor is incredibly solid – so I’ve started to aim for guys who can help me later on (i.e. Goedert, AB, and hopefully Mostert).

        In other news, the early news is that Carson’s injury is minor so he has a shot to play. Oh and I forgot to mention – prayer octagon for Phillip Lindsay and his concussion. He has looked sharp, and his arrow is def pointing up – though it’s odd how the Broncos have not called any receptions for him past 2 games. It’s like they don’t think he can catch the ball – which I thought was his best skill.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Yes, it’s a very frustrating game. Fingers crossed on Lindsay!

        • Cram It says:
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          Dude, you know this game is inherently frustrating. It’s 90% luck. You do the best you can with matchups, schemes, game scripts but take any analysis you think gives you an angle, and just throw it all out the window.

          • William Hung says:
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            Yeah – it’s double frustrating being a Giants fan… that Engram drop… WTF…

            • Cram It says:
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              If you’re a Giants fan, you have to play fantasy football to have something to keep you interested in the season!

          • The Harrow says:
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            yeah this is true. also small as shit sample (well so was baseball h2h this year from the 9 total weeks). how many leagues are you in right now where you are a top 3 scoring team (even if this is 14+, we’ll say top 5 scoring team for 20’s) but have a 3-4 or worse record. i have 2 of them.

            – well don’t “throw it out the window” just don’t assume what’s likely to happen in fact happens. still doing your best is the best you can do. but agreement on the input not leading to specified outputs with any sort of high frequency.

            – yeah carson was walking around on the sidelines the whole game, i own hyde in some deep dynasties (and have since his SF days, he keeps getting just enough value in deep leagues to never quite drop) and i’m not assuming anything on him starting next week.

            – aj green is now being used completely differently than he was when he was posting those 3 yard or less games a few weeks ago. the coaches figured out he’s not the same player he was 3+ years ago, but still very good in a different role.

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              updates recently, carson supposedly week to week (so hyde owners can rejoice and the rest should go add, good for me as i have drake in my only hyde spot, drake is supposedly a few weeks missed (that sounds like ankle sprain, which they said it was, but it didn’t look like that if you watched the play))

              • Donkey Teeth

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                After reading more, I’m expecting Carson to miss a few weeks. All systems go with Carlos.

  5. scoboticus says:
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    The Shanahans have a history of ruining their star players with career ending injuries. Cust kayin.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Well I think Kittle and Boss are their only true stars

  6. scoboticus says:
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    On a lighter note, I won in one league with Boston Scott and Jamaal Williams as my two RBs. Who needs to draft running backs?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      James Robinson and Myles Gaskin approve

      • William Hung says:
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        People like me need to remember this and not use preseason rankings as gospel

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Yep, we’re all just guessing

        • scoboticus says:
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          I was just joking. That’s a terrible strategy.

    • The Harrow says:
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      well you are making the assumption those make in baseball about saves. sure, if your leaguemates are so slow that you can just add these up ahead of 11 or more other people, this might be true. competitive leagues you’d have had to likely draft at least one of those to own them both right now. similar to saves in baseball when it’s 12 people quickly adding players that just gained value from somebody ahead of them getting hurt or gaining a role there is no guarantee you can just suck up all the best waiver guys each week.

      – the preseason rankings are using the best available info at the time they were made and hopefully used. j-will and scott were ranked in those too, it was known if AAron or sanders went out those guys would immediately gain value.

      • Donkey Teeth

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        All true

  7. toolshed says:
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    What is your take on evans lack of usage? I guess I made the right decision by starting him over lamb but man, it hurt me. Last week I could see game flow and no need to throw for Brady, but yesterday was way worse than I expected.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I think Gronk I’d taking a lot of Evans looks and also guessing he isn’t 100%. Considering him a low end WR2 for now, boom or bust.

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      yeah it’s concerning, for a while i thought they were doing the old “julio decoy play” where he’s too injured to really run competitive routes, but they shove him out there to decoy the secondary. he did have 4 targets (2 penalties on the other 2 that don’t show up as targets), almost none in the first half though and only 1 in the first 25 passes attempted. that’s not good. evans has been used in that decoy way before too in the last 2 years at least once. i was worried about that and almost put in kirk or ward (or m-will, but that was even worse) in my only evans league.

  8. Milkman says:
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    Have Josh Allen and Brady as qbs. Have both Terry and Chark on bye this week. What WR should I target for Brady? I always have trouble Gauging quarterbacks value
    Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      I’d probably look at the WRs on a team that doesn’t have a top 10 QB first, who would actually trade for Brady.

      • Milkman says:
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        Teams have been inquiring on byes. Was hoping that I can get an idea of what tier wide receiver I should be looking at. Don’t want to undersell, especially with Allen trending down and brady up

        • William Hung says:
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          If it’s in a league where you know the people, I’d reach out to everyone who fits your criteria and see the best you can get. If it’s a public league, then shotgun blast and offer a bunch of trades.

          In my league, I snagged Herbert with the same plan as you and I talked to the teams battling for playoff spots with bye week crunches and the team who lost Dak – best RB I could get was David Montgomery, so that’s what I flipped Herbert for.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I agree with everything Cram and William said. QB valuations vary wildly from league to league…

  9. bobsnyder4210 says:
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    Hey DT…More injuries, worse choices…it hurts to even type this…I’d like to roster the Niners’ starter but being their starter is apparently just short of a death sentence…

    No frills 1/2 ppr, pls rank the following defcon-5, catastrophic emergency waiver RB choices to get by a couple weeks of byes and injuries:

    L Perine, Z Moss, D Harris, J Kelley, J Hasty, C Hyde, W Gallman

    After that we’re looking at people like Breida, Gore, Du Johnson…and I might rather just take a zero than give up another resource to get one of them. I have WRs to trade but this is a league where exactly 1 (one) trade has been executed all season. Puke.

    Thanks, man.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Hey Bob,
      Kelley, Hasty, Moss, Perine, Hyde. It’s a pretty fluid group though and if Carson is out then Hyde moves to the top for this week.
      No problem.

  10. William Hung says:
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    The team in last place has started to inquire about a possible trade with me involving some of his injured players: Michael Thomas & Kenyan Drake. He’s also open to trading James Conner. His biggest need is healthy bodies and a TE.

    Here is my team again:
    QB: Kyler Murray
    RB: Montgomery, Boston Scott, Lindsay, Edmonds, Justin Jackson
    WR: Godwin, Tee Higgins, Kupp, Ruggs III, Antonio Brown
    TE: Hurst, Cook
    IR: Goedert

    Not sure how long a Grade 1 hamstring strain keeps a player out, but that’ll impact what kind of WR I offer. If I offer Jared Cook, Kupp or Higgins, and Scott for his trio of Thomas, Drake, and Conner, then I’m looking at a W9 WR lineup of Godwin & Antonio Brown… but if Thomas is only going to be out for like 2 weeks, then this is a no brainer trade for me. He also has Sterling Shepard who would have a high floor.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      That’s a no brainer deal even if thomas missed several more weeks. I’ll be surprised if the other guy agrees…

      • William Hung says:
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        He came to me – he’s gonna agree. He’s stuck cause he needs healthy bodies over the 0s and low floor guys on the waiver wire

        • William Hung says:
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          It also helps there’s no market for him cause I’m the only guy willing to make trades

          • Donkey Teeth

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            Great deal!

            • William Hung says:
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              With this deal, I’m gonna have to start Ruggs III in my flex for W8… or pick someone up and drop Ruggs III – do I risk the sub 5 FP production for this? The conflict I come up against as a team fighting for a playoff spot

              • Donkey Teeth

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                Who else is available? Hyde?

                • William Hung says:
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                  yeah, I could also go with whichever WR is available along with the QB I pickup (i.e. Greg Ward if I go Wentz or Preston Williams if I go Tua)

                  yeah I could put in a waiver for Hyde and hope I get him, though it might be unlikely

                  • Donkey Teeth

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                    Sounds like a good plan. Preston and Tua sounds fun if you don’t get Hyde.

  11. Gio says:
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    Give zeke and Andrews for cmc? Have j0nnu and can stream. Can see zeke getting over 10 points a game albeit for garbage time TD. Would think cmc plus streamer te will win out. Also have Davis in event cmc doesn’t go thurs.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah I’d want CMC there

      • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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        yeah at least they pulled the reverse version of last year’s barkley on this injury (my assumption at this point is that CMC will be actually healthy and playing to his similar levels when he’s back since he stayed out this long, seems very likely 7 weeks later by next week); not come back quick and we start CMC and for 5 weeks he sucks and does worse than say 3 guys we benched on our rosters till he’s actually healthy. trading for CMC right now is a great idea (esp if you have m.davis or somebody else to start week 8, esp since if he gets some other injury m.davis just goes back in)

  12. miles proudfoot says:
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    Aiyuk over Ruggs or P Wilson? If neither, at the flex, Aiyuk over Justin Jackson? All this is moot if Sanders plays and I drop Scott. Thanks!

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      i’m assuming p-wilson is p-williams. probably a yes to all of the aiyuk over those.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d go Aiyuk with Deebo now hurt

  13. thekid2004 says:
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    I’m feeling an oncoming cliff for the 2nd half of the season & currently sitting in 3rd at 6-1. I know Dallas is in shambles & their schedule only gets tougher when it comes to run defenses.

    What type of return should I look for when it comes to Zeke & some mixture of Juju & Singletary? Happy to explore shopping Terry for an upgrade at WR with a top 20 RB.

    Here’s the rest of my roster (1/2 PPR):
    QB: Rodgers, Burrow
    RB: Zeke, Singletary, McKissic, Bernard
    WR: D. Adams, McLaurin, Juju, Cole
    TE: Graham, Tonyan
    IR: Coleman, Michel, OBJ

    • Donkey Teeth

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      For Zeke and JuJu/Singletary I’d target one of Kamara, CMC, Henry or Aaron Jones.

  14. hitzone says:
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    12 team non ppr keep 3 league

    Trade my gronk/Kirk/Zack moss for Kelce

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Kelce by a wide margin for me

  15. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    ROS PPR i’d assume this is the right order: p-will (if you own parker already), agholor (this guy is a joke, but the targets going up), shenault? (minshew is a larger problem than anybody that obtained shenault/k.cole thought or anybody that drafted chark).

    i’m sure you’ve seen this from back before PHI threw agholor in the trash from dropping so damn many balls over the years:
    https://twitter.com/NatalieEgenolf/status/1176153071421968384?s=20&ck_subscriber_id=127716272

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Can’t argue with that order but I’d rather have Viska than Agholor. Just don’t believe it’s real.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        yeah it’s hard to. i got t.smith for sure to drop (but trying for cord patt first, this is return yards worth the same as scimmage league (see hardman))

        RB (2): d-mont, ingram (probably ruled out next week), gus the bus (is why i obtained him), hines, j-will

        WR (2): woods, parker (might be hurt, since bye we have no idea how much/if any), claypool (doesn’t sound like we got too lucky on dio jo being out yet again), shenault, hardman, t.smith
        TE(1) kelce
        1 flex
        IR: penny, AAron jones (probably won’t have to drop anybody for if he’s back week 8, ingram probably gets ruled out)
        i just noticed c.hyde got his own injury yesterday too. could easily weaken his this week waiver standing. so i’m trying to drop t.smith for this order:
        cord patt, hooper (can stash if out again), gesicki (these for kelce backup, his bye not far off), dick rod can go in here too (but probably at the end since goedert will be back well before then, possibly week 8), p-will

        so i’d only be dropping shenault either for the backup TE or p-will, t.smith first for cord patt or the TE.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Good plan

          • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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            where would higgins slot into that, i’d think clearly over agholor, would come down to him vs p-will and shenault.

            • Donkey Teeth

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              Thinking ahead of Shenault and behind Williams

              • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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                esp as a parker owner (and we don’t know if he might actually have an injury for this week since no news as they were on bye (similar to ingram except BAL actually said his was a high ankle, so out a bit likely); this is where i was too on this.

  16. JC says:
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    12 teamer, h2h, standard scoring. Sitting at 5-2 after losing Dak and Cook but decent schedule ahead as all key RB bye weeks are completed. Pats D cost me again so losing patience with them. Looking long term for best playoff squad. Wire options are: Hyde, Perine, Hasty, Dolphins, Redskins, Giants. I have the #1 wire claim position but hoping to hold that for clear monster pickup. My team:

    Tannehill
    Cook, Taylor, Gaskin
    Golladay, Julio
    Waller
    Pats
    Carlsen
    Bench: Kelley, Mattison, Boyd, Slayton, Crowder

    1. Which D to replace Pats or hold?
    2. I doubt Slayton ever gets off my bench with four guys in front of him. Drop for a RB? If yes, please rank as I won’t burn my claim status on these guys so unsure if I get a crack at any of them.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. I’d grab washington D but they’re on bye. Dolphins and Giants are the only other options? If so then just stick with NE…
      2. Yes, Hyde, Hasty, Perine

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