Saturday was a momentus day for NFL contract extensions. It was like a scene from The Oprah Winfrey Show. You get a new contract! You get a new contract! And you, Mr. Fournette, get a signed copy of Oprah’s new book Journey to Beloved! Free money giveaway for everyone but Leonard! It all really started last summer when Jerry Jones bent over and gave Zeke his 30 year, 10 billion dollar contract, completely resetting the fair market value for NFL running backs.

Christian McCaffrey was quick to cash in back in April, followed recently by Joe Mixon, Dalvin Cook and now Alvin Kamara. Rams’ wide receiver Cooper Kupp dipped his paw into the honey pot too, signing a three-year 48 million dollar extension on Saturday. Heck, I even decided to hold out over the weekend and Razzball agreed to meet all of my contract demands by giving me one Chipotle burrito—WITH guac. Now we have another running back who’s sure to want a new contract: Josh Jacobs took 25 carries for 93 yards, 4 catches for 46 yards and 3 touchdowns in the newly minted Vegas Raiders’ opener. By my math, that’s worth at least 800 billion dollars. The legendary Rudy Gamble Pigskinonator (only $17.99 for the entire season) projected Jacobs as the #4 fantasy running back this week, smart bot. Sign up for a 7 day free trial now! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy football:

 

GB at MIN

Aaron Rodgers – 32/44 for 364 and 4 touchdowns. Big day for A-A-Ron. The Vikings defense looked lost for what it’s worth but Rodgers really gave them the ole discount double check.

Aaron Jones – 16 yards for 66 yards, 4 catches for 10 yards and 1 touchdown. Like Fournette, Jones also missed out on the Oprah contract giveaway. Seems like he needs a new agent. Maybe he can land Gabe from the State Farm commercials.

Davante Adams – 14 catches for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rodgers found him in the end zone twice just so he could pat his butt.

Allen Lazard – 4 catches for 63 yards, 1 carry for 19 yards and 1 touchdown. Who is that with the red eyes and scaly skin? Ahhhh, it’s The Lizard King!

Marquez Valdes-Scantling – 4 catches for 96 yards and 1 touchdown. Word out of camp was that MVS looked good, but I assumed that was mostly BS. Maybe there actually is a little post-hype something here.

Dalvin Cook – 12 carries for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns. Pay dat man his money.

Adam Thielen – 6 catches for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. No surprise, Thielen has been a first half beast each of the past two seasons. Consider selling him high in a few weeks if you’re an owner. But don’t sell him for tickets to the Minneapolis Police Department gala.

 

CLE at BAL

Odell Beckham Jr– 3 catches for 22 yards. Not a very good catch rate on his 10 targets. I bet he catches more than 3 out of 10 turds.

Nick Chubb – 10 carries for 60 yards, 1 catch for 6 yards and a fumble lost. Got out to a hot start but was pretty much a non-factor in the 2nd half as Kareem Hunt (13 carries for 72 yards, 4 catches for 6 yards) took the reins with the Browns trailing big. Owners shouldn’t freak out after one lopsided game, but Chubb might end up being more RB2 than RB1 this year.

Lamar Jackson – 20/25 for 275 yards, 7 carries for 45 yards and 3 passing touchdowns. Soooo about that regression . . . 

J.K. Dobbins – 7 carries for 22 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sonuvabench! Really glad I started Kerryon over him.

Mark Ingram – 10 carries for 29 yards as he already lost his job to the rookie phenom Dobbins. Just kidding. Kind of.

Marquise Brown – 5 catches for 101 yards. I hear it’s a little smokey in Hollywood. And where there’s smoke there’s fire.

Mark Andrews – 5 catches for 58 yards and 2 touchdowns. I didn’t think he’d catch 10 touchdowns again. But 8 touchdowns in the next 15 games suddenly seems pretty reasonable. Mandrews Math.

 

SEA at ATL

Russell Wilson – 31/35 for 322 passing yards, 29 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. Pete let Russ Cook this week and he baked some beautiful quiches.

D.K. Metcalf – 4 catches for 95 yards and 1 touchdown. The big boy’s gonna wolf down a lot of quiches this year.

Chris Carson – 6 carries for 21 yards, 6 catches for 45 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. It was a pass heavy game plan but Carson was a big part of that plan. The hip issue seems to be behind him.

Greg Olsen – 4 catches for 24 yards and 1 touchdown. The quiches were like contract extensions, plenty to go around! 

Tyler Lockett – 8 catches for 92 yards. Didn’t get a quiche this week but Russ served him up a nice corn chowder.

Todd Gurley – 14 carries for 56 yards and 1 touchdown. I asked the Toddfather for a favor yesterday and he obliged with a touchdown. Someday he’ll call upon me to return the favor.

Hayden Hurst – 3 catches for 38 yards. Hmmm so maybe he won’t be Austin Hooper 2.0.

Julio Jones – 9 catches for 157 yards. Nice yardage, but why does Julio hate scoring touchdowns?

Calvin Ridley – 9 catches for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ridley isn’t anti-touchdown. I’ve been skeptical that he could ever post consistent WR1 numbers while Julio is still in town, but if he puts a couple 9 catch 100 yard games in a row together I’ll be flip flopping quicker than a politician during an election year.

 

NYJ at BUF

Le’Veon Bell – 6 carries for 14 yards, 2 catches for 32 yards before leaving with a hamstring injury. At least he looks good without his shirt on! Frank Gore and Josh Adams are next in line if the hammy hurts for awhile.

Jamison Crowder – 7 catches for 115 yards and 1 touchdown. Other than Crowder, no Jets players are worth mentioning after this pathetic showing. The Bills defense looked great besides the one Crowder play, so let’s wait one more week before shipping all our Jets to the scrap yard.

Josh Allen – 33/46 for 312 passing yards, 14 carries for 57 yards, 1 rushing touchdown and 2 passing touchdowns. Feeling good about ranking Allen as my QB6 this year. A lot better than my Kerryon Johnson love anyway.

Zack Moss – 9 carries for 11 yards, 3 catches for 16 yards and his 1st career touchdown. 1.1 YPC is even worse than my high school GPA, but he did see two end zone targets and caught one. I’ve said it since the NFL draft, Moss is Bills running back I want to own. 

Devin Singletary – 9 carries for 30 yards, 5 catches for 23 yards. 3.33 YPC is way better than my high school GPA, but an even workload with the rookie in week one is foreboding. 

Stefon Diggs – 8 catches for 86 yards. It’s not too late to buy Diggs, my most undervalued receiver this year.

John Brown – 6 catches for 70 yards and 1 touchdown. Smokey saw a team high 10 targets (9 for Diggs). There’s a chance he was a huge draft day bargain as the 49th receiver off the board.

Gabriel Davis – 2 catches for 16 yards. The rookie had a great camp and caught both his targets in the opener. Remember the name, he’s gonna be a good one.

 

CHI at DET

Mitchell Trubisky – 20/36 for 242 yards, 3 carries for 26 yards and 3 touchdowns as he led the Bears back from a 23-6 deficit in the 4th quarter. Drafting Mitch over Mahomes and Watson is finally paying off!

David Montgomery – 13 carries for 64 yards, 1 catch for 10 yards. That’s one tough groin! Which is the same thing my girlfriend said last night after she kicked me in the nuts.

Tarik Cohen – 7 carries for 41 yards, 2 catches for 6 yards. How this offense only finds two targets for Cohen is beyond me. Add it to the growing list.

Adrian Peterson –  14 carries for 93 yards, 3 catches for 21 yards. Just call him Kerryon Killer. I’ll be honest, A.D. looked great. 

Kerryon Johnson – 7 carries for 14 yards. No targets in the pass game. NONE! I’m about ready to cut my losses on Kerryon, Patricia is channeling his mentor Belichick with these Lions’ RBs. Be right back, need go put my head in the oven.

D’Andre Swift – 3 carries for 8 yards, 3 catches for 15 yards. The rookie dropped the game winning touchdown which was about as easy as they come, not great. But more importantly, he already seems to be the preferred receiving option out of the backfield, even after missing most of training camp.

Quintez Cephus – 3 catches for 43 yards but saw a team high 10 targets. Stafford looked Cephus’s way all day, especially in the red zone. I told you to keep an eye on Cephus in my Saturday Injury Report, something tells me he’ll still have a role when Kenny Golladay (hamstring) returns.

T.J. Hockenson – Hockeytown has elite TE1 upside. Jake Ciely of The Athletic joined me during training camp to stan for Hock. I approve this message: 

 

MIA at NE

Ryan Fitzpatrick – 20/30 for 191 passing yards, 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Didn’t have the magic in this one. Won’t take many more of these stinkers to get the virtual fans chanting for Tua.

Preston Williams – 2 catches for 41 yards. Saucy Boi wasn’t so saucy against the Patriots. I blame Fitzpatrick. Buy low or pick him up when he’s dropped.

DeVante Parker – 4 catches for 47 yards. Was shadowed by Stephon Gilmore in this one, don’t overreact. 

Jordan Howard – 8 carries for 7 yards and 1 touchdown. And I thought Kerryon’s yards per carry was bad. Salvaged the day with the touchdown plunge, hopefully there’s better days ahead for this Dolphins offense.

Myles Gaskin – 9 carries for 40 yards, 4 catches for 26 yards. Might be ahead of Matt Breida (5 carries for 22 yards) as the Dolphins RB2. Definitely ahead of Carole Baskin on my list of human beings. 

Cam Newton – 15/19 for 155 yards, 15 carries for 75 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Turns out the Miami Dolphins are not Superman’s kryponite.

N’Keal Harry – 5 catches for 39 yards. Most encouraging was The Big Harry’s 6 targets, second on the team to only Julian Edelman (5 catches for 57 yards) who saw 7 targets.

Sony Michel – 10 carries for 37 yards and 1 touchdown. I’m afraid Cam might end up being the only running back you want in New England this year. I’m sure James White (5 carries for 22 yards, 3 catches for 30 yards) will have his days too, but good luck guessing which days.

 

PHI at WAS 

Boston Scott – 9 carries for 35 yards, 2 catches for 19 yards. Scott Philly’d in for Miles Sanders (hamstring). Some analysts expected RB1 numbers from Boston this week, I wasn’t one of them. 

Zach Ertz – 3 catches for 18 yards and 1 touchdown. Ertz saw 7 targets, two less then Dallas Goedert (8 catches for 101 yards and 1 touchdown). Both these tight ends might end up as weekly fantasy starters.

Antonio Gibson – 9 carries for 36 yards, 2 catches for 8 yards. That’s like half the carries he saw in his entire college career! There’s huge upside here, especially in PPR leagues. See if his owner is less than enamored with Gibson’s week one workload.

Peyton Barber – 17 carries for 29 yards and 2 touchdowns. The barber cut down my Gibson hopes in week one, but he didn’t exactly dominate with those 17 carries. Look for Gibson to take more work in week 2.

Terry McLaurin – 5 catches for 61 yards. Not very scary. There’s better weeks ahead for McLaurin.

 

LV at CAR

Darren Waller – 6 catches for 45 yards. C’mon Carr, have you seen this guy without a shirt?! Get him the ball!

Henry Ruggs III – 3 catches for 55 yards. Left with a leg injury after a hot start but fortunately returned. Looked really sharp in the opener; but do the Ruggs match the drapes?

Bryan Edwards – 1 catch for 9 yards. Time to pump the brakes with all the Edwards love as he saw only one target. Feel free to cut bait in shallow leagues, but his time will come sooner or later.

Devontae Booker – 4 carries for 29 yards, 3 catches for 23 yards. We heard late in the week that the Raiders were excited about their Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker 1-2 punch. Yeah, ohhhhhkkkayyyyyy Raiders.

Christian McCaffrey – 23 carries for 96 yards, 3 carries for 38 yards and 2 touchdowns. Worth every penny. All sextillion of them.

Robby Anderson – 6 catches for 115 yards and 1 touchdown. 75 of those yards came on the one big touchdown catch but that’s always been Mr. Anderson’s M.O. That and dodging bullets.

 

IND at JAC

Philip Rivers – 36/46 for 363 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Don’t blame Rivers for their loss to the Jags, the poor guy’s been preoccupied home schooling his 16 kids.

Nyheim Hines – 7 carries for 28 yards, 8 catches for 45 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rivers is already molding another Ekeler, isn’t he? 

Marlon Mack – 4 carries for 26 yards, 3 catches for 30 yards. Was carted off with a non-contact ankle injury and the Colts fear it’s a torn Achilles. Jonathan Taylor was inevitable like Thanos, but this should speed up the end game.

Jonathan Taylor – 9 carries for 22 yards, 6 catches for 67 yards. Are you ready for Tool Time with Taylor?

T.Y. Hilton – 4 catches for 53 yards. Rivers shot put him the ball 9 times in this one, expect Hilton to haul in more of those in the future. Parris Campbell (6 catches for 71 yards) also saw 9 shot puts and looks like the #2 ahead of rookie Michael Pittman (2 catches for 10 yards).

Gardner Minshew – 19/20 for 173 yards and 3 touchdowns. 19/20! 95% isn’t too shabby. I took Uncle Rico first round in all my fantasy leagues and it’s really paying off.

D.J. Chark – 3 catches for 25 yards and a touchdown. I said all offseason that I didn’t think the Jags were tanking. Then they traded Ngakoue and cut Fournette so I was never planning to bring it up again. As for Chark, don’t worry, he’ll see more than 3 targets most weeks.

Laviska Shenault Jr. – 3 catches for 37 yards and 1 touchdown. Played 62% of snaps for the Jags against the Colts which is a great start to a promising career. Also had a nice touchdown catch, but an even better bowling celebration. The kid knocked over the entire offensive line with just one roll!

James Robinson – 16 carries for 62 yards, 1 catch for 28 yards. Nice debut for the undrafted rookie, but I bet it’s easy when you have Uncle Rico handing you the ball.

 

LAC at CIN

Austin Ekeler – 19 carries for 84 yards, 1 catch for 3 yards. The 19 carries is encouraging, but the 1 target is very alarming. The idea that Chargers would stop utilizing one of the best pass catching backs in the league was silly to me. It’s only one week, but maybe I’m the dummy. I’m definitely a dummy but am I the dummy?

Joshua Kelley – 12 carries for 60 yards and 1 touchdown. This dummy has told you to draft Kelley for weeks now. He was my #3 sleeper in my top sleepers for 2020 fantasy football. Don’t worry about #2 there on that list.

Mike Williams – 4 catches for 69 yards. Nice. 

Keenan Allen – 4 catches for 37 yards. Not nice. There’s better games ahead for Keenan Allen, don’t panic.

Joe Burrow – 23/36 for 193 yards, 8 carries for 46 yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 0 passing touchdowns and 1 interception. There’s a lot to like long term but growing pains have to be expected in a rookie season with a cupcake training camp and no preseason.

Joe Mixon – 19 carries for 69 yards, 1 catch for 2 yards. Mixon was heard after the game saying, “no takesies backsies”.

A.J. Green – 5 catches for 51 yards. Burrow missed him for a wide open TD in the 3rd quarter and then he was inches away from a game winning touchdown with seconds left. Who knows if he can stay healthy, but Green will produce while on the field.

 

TB at NO

Tom Brady – 23/36 for 239 yards, 3 carries for 9 yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown, 2 interceptions. Some of the throws Brady made in this one looked really ugly; like 10 feet over guys’ heads. Maybe he accidentally ate some nightshades Saturday night.

Ronald Jones – 17 carries for 66 yards, 2 catches for 16 yards. We didn’t believe Bruce Arians when he said Jones was ‘still their guy’, mainly because Arians wears a beret. It appears to be the truth for now, but will it be true in a few weeks once Leonard Fournette (5 carries for 5 yards, 1 catch for 14 yards) is fully acclimated?

Chris Godwin – 6 catches for 79 yards. Godwiener will have better blood flow in the future. This is pretty much his floor.

Mike Evans – 1 catch for 2 yards and 1 touchdown. Wasn’t 100% and he was shadowed by Marshon Lattimore, I told you to bench him for those reasons on Saturday where I also admitted to eating out of the garbage can and said Scotty Miller (5 catches for 73 yards) should be on your deep league radar. The last minute garbage time TD for Evans at least semi-salvaged his fantasy day; Miller likely won’t be consistent but he’s worth a deep league roster spot.

Rob Gronkowski – 2 catches for 11 yards. I was told the old Gronk was back. Where’s the old Gronk!

Michael Thomas – 3 catches for 17 yards. Made a mirroring pact with Mike Thomas (2 catches for 17 yards) of the Bengals today. One of the two will probably be fine—Bengals’ Mike.

Emmanuel Sanders – 3 catches for 15 yards and 1 touchdown. I just traded Michael Thomas for Manny. Fortunately I still have Mike Thomas.

Alvin Kamara – 12 carries for 16 yards, 5 catches for 51 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not the prettiest rushing line but that’s the nice thing about AK, most of the time the rushing is just gravy. Mmmmm gravy.

 

ARI at SF

Kyler Murray – 26/40 for 230 yards, 13 carries for 91 yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 rushing touchdown and 1 interception. If you’ve read my stuff before then you know I’m all-in on Kyler this year. I ended up owning him on A LOT of teams: 

 

DeAndre Hopkins – 14 catches for 151 yards. So who all was worried about Hopkins on a new team?

Christian Kirk – 1 catch for 0 yards. Not very Christian of him.

Kenyan Drake – 16 carries for 60 yards, 2 catches for 5 yards and 1 touchdown. To quote Jerry Seinfeld, “How can you not like The Drake?”

George Kittle – 4 catches for 44 yards, 1 carry for 9 yards. George of the Jungle scared us with a leg injury in the first half after crashing into a tree, but returned like the wild man he is in the second half. Monitor the injury report this week.

Raheem Mostert – 15 carries for 56 yards, 4 catches for 95 yards and 1 touchdown. Without his 76 yard touchdown catch in the first quarter it would have been a blah night. But that’s like saying without his big dong Ron Jeremy would have been a blah actor. Mostert did have the big dong.

Jerick McKinnon – 3 carries for 24 yards, 3 catches for 20 yards and 1 touchdown. Appears to have passed Tevin Coleman (4 carries for 18 yards, 1 catch for 6 yards) for #2 duties (hehe), but Coleman may also have been limited due to the poor air quality in San Fran this week. 

 

DAL at LAR

Ezekiel Elliott – 22 carries for 96 yards, 3 catches for 31 yards and 2 touchdowns. Totally worth the 20 year, billion dollar contract. But seriously, he might be the #2 fantasy player. The Cowboys will feed him til he bursts and then feed him more.

Amari Cooper – 10 catches for 81 yards. Also saw 14 targets, more than double the next closest on the team. Impressive showing for a guy who was supposed to be less than 100%.

Michael Gallup – 3 catches for 50 yards. Almost reeled in a game changing bomb with under a minute left but was flagged for offensive pass interference—which Al Michaels disagreed with because he obviously bet on the Cowboys. It was definitely pass interference but good effort by Gallup against stud Jalen Ramsey.

CeeDee Lamb – 5 catches for 59 yards. Nice debut for the 1st rounder, many more of these to come. Hey, has anyone made the ‘Jerry had a little Lamb’ pun yet? 

Blake Jarwin – 1 catch for 12 yards. Sounds like he tore his ACL; very sad news for a guy who was primed for a breakout. Dalton Schultz (1 catch for 11 yards) is the next man up for you deep leaguers. I’m talking really deep leaguers.

Malcolm Brown – 18 carries for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns. I wasn’t surprised that Brown was the goal line back, but I never expected him to actually look like the best back in the Rams’ rotation. 

Cam Akers – 14 carries for 39 yards, 1 catch for 4 yards. Not exactly what the Akers fan club wanted to see in his debut, but it’s a long season. Well, maybe not that long if there’s a second wave. I’m an optimist though.

Robert Woods – 6 catches for 105 yards. Ended up with a team high 8 targets in a run heavy contest, meanwhile Cooper Kupp (4 catches for 40 yards) is a nice buy-low if his owner is panicky. Speaking of panicky, does anyone want to buy one of my 40 Kerryon Johnson shares off me?

Tyler Higbee – 3 catches for 40 yards. More like Tyler Higbust! Sorry, my one week confirmation bias is showing.

 

 

  1. howie2978 says:
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    8 Team H2H and I have #1 waiver priority this week. Two questions:

    1. RB: Barkley, Sanders, Drake, Swift, Moss

    Drop any of Swift or Moss for either Hines or M. Brown?

    2. WR: Godwin, A. Robinson, Gallup, D. Parker

    Drop any for Robby Anderson, Crowder, MVS, or J. Brown?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Damn, 8 teams is so hard.

      2. I’d definitely stand pat.

      1. I lean toward standing pat but Hines is very enticing if it’s any sort of PPR. Think I’d swap Moss out for him in PPR…

      • howie2978 says:
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        Yea, it’s a 0.5pt PPR league. So that means you’d drop Moss for Hines?

        Thanks again!!

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Not saying it’s a slam dunk by any means, but yeah I’d make the swap.

          No problem!

  2. wwekoda2020 says:
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    How much out of $200 FAB would you use for Hines in a .5 ppr league?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      How many teams? The more teams the more I’d be willing to use. Assuming 12 teams and you need the RB pretty badly, I’d go a little over $100. Unless you know your FAAB runs are always conservative.

  3. toolshed says:
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    I have the #2 waiver claim. I assume hines goes first since rivers loves the dump offs. AP, Goeddert are the other options. I own ertz though so watching goeddert go off and me losing by 6 points was hard especially since kamara had a td reversed and Allen somehow missed a wide open john brown on for a short td. Should i save that claim and wait? This is an 8 man bench league so a lot of guys are owned like kelley. I’d generally only use this spot for a rb. Thanks. Should I put a claim in for Hines if he doesnt get taken? .5 ppr. Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yep I’d put the claim in for Hines and if you don’t get him then save it. AP looked good but I have a feeling that back field is going to be a big headache…

  4. Martin Louis says:
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    Hey donkeyteeth, I have the #2 waiver claim, so im pretty guaranteed to get one. I need wr depth so mvs or scotty miller? Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hmmm I think I’d hold off on using the #2 priority on either of them unless it’s a really deep league…like 16 teams. Would just wait and see if they clear waivers.

      I’d rather have MVS right now but it’s pretty much a coin flip. Just a couple less mouths to feed up in Green Bay.

  5. Crime dog says:
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    Thanks DT!

    A. Couple questions for you. What are your thoughts on russell gage? He a must add in 14 teams? If so, what percentage faab you throwing ?

    B. Which side of this trade do you like in ppr?

    Kamara
    Kerryon
    Joshua kelley

    Or

    Aaron jones
    Mixon
    Jammall williams

    C. rodgers or matt ryan ROS.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      A. Should be owned but wouldn’t say must own. Maybe in the 5-7% range.

      B. Still the 14 teamer? If so I’d lean Jones/Mixon but also depends who your other backs are…fair deal.

      C. Rodgers for me

      • crimedog says:
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        Thanks DT. For B yes 14 teamer. I currently have the Kamara side and other backs are Jonathan taylor, nyheim hines, and benny snell.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Hmmm. Kamara, Taylor and HInes is pretty darn strong for a 14 teamer, plus Kelley too. Think I might just sit tight with the best player there.

          • Crime Dog says:
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            He also has Latavius murray so maybe I’ll just try to get murray from him as insurance for Kamara. Would’ve been nice if the Saints didn’t give Murray 15 carries week 1 and lions showed a little more love to Kerryon. But yeah either way big week 1 for my backfield. Taylor gets a huge bump and even before Mack went down Hines was looking like a must start every week in a 14 teamer as the Ekeler/Woodhead 2.0

            • Donkey Teeth

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              Yep, exactly. I like the handcuff idea…

  6. William Hung says:
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    Hey DT, only 1 guy on my team exceeded expectations yesterday – Kyler Murray – but I have Barkley and Gostkowski left to play and they need to combine for 30 points to steal me a win.

    My league is 12 team .5 PPR

    My current team is:
    QB- Kyler Murray
    WR- Kupp, Godwin
    RB- Barkley, James White
    TE- Hurst
    Flex – OBJ
    Bench:
    RB- Dobbins, Joshua Kelley, Cohen, Kerryon Johnson
    WR- Emmanuel Sanders, Preston Williams

    Do I chase any of the hot W1 waiver adds like Nyheim Hines over any of the above? I also have the 11th/12th waiver priority so I may need to look at some under the radar type guys – or do I stand pat heading into W2? I was thinking of dropping Kerryon in favor of the following:

    1. Logan Thomas or OJ Howard – after yesterday, I don’t have a ton of confidence in Hayden Hurst
    2. Jerick McKinnon
    3. Parris Campbell
    4. Alexander Mattison – someone dropped him right before games on Sunday
    5. Shenault Jr.
    6. N’Keal Harry – though I think the Pats are gonna be pretty run heavy…

    Barring injury, I liked what I saw out of my bench guys – they scored 4 TDs… too bad none of my starters outside of Murray did anything…

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Hey WIlliam,

      30 seems very doable, just need one of those big Saquon games.

      I’d go after Hines and drop my guy Kerryon. If you don’t get him (seems unlikely at 11th) then I’d sit tight. Give Hurst another week or two, not tossing him to the side quite yet…

      • William Hung says:
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        interesting – so you don’t think either McKinnon or Mattison are worth looking at now in favor of Kerryon?

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Eh they’re in the same bucket. I don’t think they’re bad swaps but I’m gonna give Kerryon another week or two before cutting him for those type guys…if nothing else at least wait to see if they clear waiver and let your priority rise.

          • William Hung says:
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            Yeah that’s what I was thinking of doing – If Mattison or McKinnon becomes a FA, I feel like I need to swap out Kerryon for one of them. Mattison is a potential league winner if anything happens to Cook.

            • Donkey Teeth

              Donkey Teeth says:
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              Yep, true.

      • William Hung says:
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        oh one other player – what do you think of Myles Gaskin? He looks like he gets both rushes and receptions… the kind of player I love in .5 PPR leagues – I try to get as many Danny Woodheads as possible

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Eh I’m not excited to jump into bed with the Dophins #2 RB….

  7. Jay says:
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    Hey donkey, fan here but not of your crayon Johnson pics I luckily kept him in the box with the rest of the crayons(bench) but I did think he would atleast seem relevant. Man same ole story. But really just wanted to note 2 things, I traded cooks and higbust for j Crowder last week. And fyi also dumped m geske for hockens tj last week but only reason I mention this is I will credit u for my home league week 1 win if I hold on, I followed your training camp stand for hockens son.
    Also did you know he trained this off season did u know he trained in the off season with kittle and r tonyan?
    That kinda peaked me gamblers instinct.
    Lastly, Should I dump my shares of carry-on baggage or leave him in the overhead compartment(bench)?
    Thanks for entertaining and insightful articles.
    J

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hey J,

      Interesting on Kittle, Hock, Tonyan…I hadn’t heard that. Kinda peaks my interest in Tonyan.

      Who are your options for carry-on bag replacements? I’ll be trying to drop him for Hines in my shallower leagues…

      Thanks for reading!

  8. Homer's got the Runs says:
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    Through bad roster management after doing a couple trades I have left myself knee deep in receivers and very short at QB. I roster Thomas, Metcalf, DJ Moore, Ridley and Sutton while I start Garopollo at QB. One team has Jackson and Rodgers at QB while another has Mahomes and Newton. What receiver could I trade in a fair 1 for 1 with one of those QBs? How important is where you drafted them? I feel trading Thomas for Jackson is bad draft value.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Where you drafted them isn’t super important but what you expect from them moving forward is…and with Thomas I’d still expect first round value. I’d be open to moving him for LJax for Mahomes but I’d definitely want something in addition.

      The rest of your receivers are more valuable than Rodgers and Newton by a bit imo. Maybe you could try Ridley and Metcalf for LJax or Mahomes and another lower end piece (Preston Williams type guy)?

      • Homers got the runs says:
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        So I have come up with this offer. I would trade Michael Thomas and Mostert for Zeke and Rodgers. Sound fair?

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Yep, I like that for you a lot

  9. Allan says:
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    I have Zach Ertz in a dynasty league full ppr. I have the first waiver priority. Do I use it on Dallas Goedert? Seems like the Eagles seem content to let Ertz play out his contract without giving him a new deal.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah he’s a good dynasty add for sure. But is Hines available? He could be PPR gold…

  10. Mike says:
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    Who would you rather have as a backup QB to Wentz?

    Minshew, Haskins, Rivers, Cousins, Carr, Bridgewater…

    I’m holding out hope that Wentz gets back to his top-tier form, but I’m not sure how long I should wait.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Minshew for me. Sanders coming back should help, but more importantly their offense needs to get healthy…

  11. JC says:
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    Standard scoring -2 teamer. We play 1QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 Fkex, 1 TE. My team is:
    Dak
    Cook, Taylor, Montgomery, Mattison, Cohen
    Julio, Golladay, AJ Green, Lazard, Slayton
    Higsbee, Gesicki

    Best on wire: Hines, Josh Kelley, Malcolm Brown.

    1. Please rank them for adds.
    2. Which TE gies when I make my RB claims. Goedart is an option if I drop both current TEs.
    3. MVS, Anthony Miller, P Campbell available at WR if you like one more than Slayton

    THanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. I like the order you have them, but could lean toward Kelley over Hines in non-PPR
      2. I’d lose both and try Goedert. Is Jonnu available? Maybe he how he looks tonight…
      3. I’d try Miller over Slayton

      No problem, anytime!

  12. Philsfan76 says:
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    Is Josh Kelley or Malcolm Brown an upgrade over Duke Johnson and who do you prefer. I’m leaning Brown due to opportunities, but Kelley sure looked legit.

    • Philsfan76 says:
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      12 team PPR btw

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Kelley for me but I prefer both over Duke. Anyone else you could drop for Brown?

      • Philsfan76 says:
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        Larry Fitz or Michael Pittman? i guess Fitz is the first to go…

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Yeah ditch Fitz. Not sure you need to roster Pittman right now either though. Anyone else you can swap him for?

  13. Nick says:
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    I have Brees as my QB but do not have a backup and bye week filler for Saints week 6…nobody really catching my eye on waivers this week so far besides Hines (By the way, how much would you spend of FAAB on Hines in 12 team standard?) so I’m going to grab a backup QB early…would you rather Tannehill (I can pick him up now before waivers for $0) who plays against Houston at home week 6 or Rivers who plays against Cincinnati at home week 6? Only other option would be Lock against Miami but don’t think he is as good a backup as the other 2 in case Brees goes down at any point during season…

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah I’m a big fan of Tannehill this year. Don’t love rostering two QBs if you don’t need to but if you have a big bench then sure.

      I’m pretty excited about Hines if it’s PPR. Every league is different and depends how bad you feel like you need an RB, but I think 50-75% is totally reasonable.

      • Nick says:
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        It’s a standard league…& I have Chubb/M Gordon as my RB1/2 with Fournette, Mattison, D Henderson & Duke Johnson riding the bench…how much you use of FAAB with $100 budget?

        • Nick says:
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          For Hines that is, how much FAAB for Hines in standard 12 team league

          • Donkey Teeth

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            I’d still go $40-50 for him, I’m on the aggressive side

  14. Nick says:
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    Also, would you target MvS as bench depth, dropping Duke Johnson or D Henderson? If so, how much FAAB out of $100?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sure, over Henderson is fine. I’d say only $1-2 on MVS, $5 max if you really want him. I don’t really trust him, but there’s upside.

  15. frankgrimes says:
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    HA… Nice Mostert blurb

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Haha, big dong!

  16. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    12 teamer, waivers reset every week (i’m going to be 10th from points scored and i’ll win). got perriman to drop to improve WR’s. what’s best order out of these (say if holding perriman over any of them is the thing too):
    m-will, gage, shenault, MVS, k.cole

    2. also, here should i drop KJ for a 2nd of that group (or drop KJ before perriman?): i have these for RB (start 2, 1 flex): barkley, AAron, scott (it was claimed he got hurt in that game, but has no DTD tag (and didn’t yesterday either), d-mont, hines (return yardage worth same as scrimmage here, so hines is HUGE), KJ

    have these WR: hardman, sims, r.woods, perriman, parker

    with KJ’s usage this shitty already i might be better off with 6 WR, 5 RB, not the 6 RB, 5 WR i have now, esp with all those useful looking guys being waiverable.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      it’s only start 2 WR or i’d already have 6 WR’s.

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        3. same league here i have rodgers (won from this), and mayfield. rodgers has the early week 5 bye. drop mayfield for which of these: (mayfield has vs IND week 5)
        rivers (@ CLE week 5)
        carr (@ KC week 5)
        bridge (@ ATL week 5)

        • Donkey Teeth

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          I’d go Rivers

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Williams, Shenault, Gage, Perriman, MVS for me
      2. Fine with losing KJ for a 2nd of the receivers, screw the Lions backfield

  17. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    16 team dynasty. have tannehill/trubisky (can only own active QB’s from at most 2 real life teams (can own more than 1 from those 2 teams, just not 3+ QB’s from 3+ real life teams)). drop trubisky for which of: bridgewater/carr/jimmer garapololololo

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d try Teddy there

  18. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    WTF is going on with connor in this game, i’m not seeing any injury news, i’m watching it. i don’t own connor anywhere, which is great.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      From one non-Conner owner to another…Snell looked a lot better from the start, injury or not.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        yeah, good for me i’m not in that group, and yr right. but i’m wondering if that’s why he suddenly stopped playing.

  19. The Harrow says:
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    brady looked at least that bad last year too (although like the entire media seemingly didn’t watch any NE game last year apparently).

    – was that a joke about chipotle above? (might’ve been referencing exactly what i’m saying below). early in corona season (mid march when everything was shutdown from govenors) i looked into all those lawsuits against them (class action ones too). apparently in like at least 5 spots spread across the country chipotle as a business did these things:
    – improperly packaged/stored food (mostly meat too, but improperly cooled or cooked onions are worse)
    – forced their kitchen (all really) workers to work when they had stomach flus (and other sicknesses), so when they’d have to go throw up in a trash can or a bathroom mere feet from where the food was it was like weaponized air born food poisoning. this is the biggest point as it occurred in areas from like CA to MIN to VA to NC; so it was a company wide policy, not just some isolated managers here.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Haha yeah screw Chipotle!

      • The Harrow says:
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        yeah like those scum lawyers in that brockovich movie with the poisoned water the owners/GM’s/managers all should be forced to eat that food for the exact amount of days they forced the customers to eat it (obv this is harsh since if you keep eating poisoned food everyday for months (years? possibly that long) you’d probably just die)

  20. Russowl says:
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    10 team standard with 10 pts bonus @ 100 rushing or receiving . I’ve been with this league since 05 . Somebody dropped bell instead of putting on ir.I have #1 waiver . Who’s the drop here I’m thinking drop Colts D then put Bell on IR and add another D ?

    Qb -dak
    Wr-Julio
    Wr-obj
    Rb-chubb
    Rb-J Taylor
    Te- Hooper
    W/r -scary terry
    W/r/t -B.Scott
    Bn. D . Parker
    K. Johnson
    Mattison
    E. Sanders
    Goedert
    Swift
    Gibson
    Def-Colts
    K-Gould

  21. William Hung says:
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    Benny Snell gonna be a priority add?

    • The Harrow says:
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      i’d assume yep, for sure over other possibly not owned types like AP and def over RB depth types like KJ. i’d still take hines if not owned over snell in PPR though.

  22. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    sweet jebus, DEN doesn’t even NOTICE TE’s exist, no wonder their TE D is so bad. here is why NE didn’t give two shits about gostkow anymore, this dude has now missed 4 (1 xp) kicks with another blocked. there’s gotta be some kind of face meme for somebody when he thinks he’s improving on succup, and somehow ISN’T!

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