Somebody had to win last night, or at the very least, both teams couldn’t lose. Our hope that our weekly evening spent with Booger would end with an entertaining game at the very least did not come to fruition. In fact, I turned this catastrophe off after the 3rd quarter. I love watching football as much as anybody, but I couldn’t stomach another second of this game. As sparse as the fantasy tidbits were on Monday night, let’s run through any and all implications. It will be a miracle if this ends up being 500 words. 

Pittsburgh Steelers Backfield

Due in large part to last night’s performance, James Conner is actually still a low-end RB1 in 12-team PPR leagues so far. Conner also has an easy matchup this upcoming Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. We could be seeing a turnaround for Conner.

There is a problem though. Jaylen Samuels split touches 50-50 with Conner last night. While 18 touches is nothing to scoff at, James Conner was drafted as an every down back playing behind one of the better offensive lines in the league. You can either trade Conner for what will probably be a discount, or you can ride with the guy that plays the team that gave up 165 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns to Nick Chubb this past Sunday. I’m leaning towards keeping Conner and watching him keep the ball rolling. I also believe that Jaylen Samuels in a startable flex play until further notice. Samuels is available in 70% of Yahoo leagues and 80% of ESPN leagues.

Mason Rudolph

Mason Rudolph is the beneficiary of having two good running backs that can catch the ball out of the backfield. He also has JuJu Smith-Schuster, but he only targeted him four times last night. Rudolph managed a fantastic game in a good matchup throwing two touchdowns and only tossing 4 incompletions. He is a nice 2-QB or superflex option for week 5 against the Ravens.

JuJu Smith-Schuster

It’s sad to see how badly that the absence of Ben Roethlisberger has affected J2S2. I previously mentioned that J2S2 only saw 4 targets. Well, he caught 3 of them for 15 yards. I’d keep him in your lineup, you probably don’t have that much better of an option. But if you do, I’d start considering that option.

Diontae Johnson

We are seeing the breakout of Diontae Johnson just 4 games into his career. Johnson caught a touchdown and went for over 50 yards for the second consecutive week. This time, he caught all 6 of his targets for 77 yards as well. He’s under 10% owned across the board. 

Andy Dalton

He is so hard to predict. He’s had great games this year and last night he threw up a stinker in a good matchup. The offensive line is clearly an issue because Dalton was sacked 8 times. He’s a bye week stash, at best.

Joe Mixon

Joe finished outside of the top 30 PPR RBs this week. Mixon is looking like a waste of a high draft pick. If you followed along with me during the preseason, you found a better option in the second round.

Auden Tate

Two weeks in a row for the former Florida State Seminole. He’s on my waiver wire radar while A.J. Green continues to be sidelined.

Tyler Boyd

It was his first game without double-digit PPR points this season. I’m not worried at all and sticking him right back in my lineup this week in a nice matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.

  1. gio says:
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    Tried packaging woods and conner for kamara with no success…..

    Being offered Gurley for my conner in half ppr….Dont really like it although I think Gurley gets more usage going forward with the division up for grabs….was thinking of countering with my conner and woods for him gurley and mike thomas. My WR1 is woods and my “wr2” is ridley…. My rb 1 is zeke and 2 is now gordon.

    I’d be willing to throw in a third WR like chark or MVS.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Their loss, I’d trade with you any day!
      Honestly I’d stay away from Gurley

  2. Cram It says:
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    Who, if any, do you have Diontae Johnson ahead of for the season in standard? Or splitting hairs?

    Valdes-Scantling
    John Brown
    Fuller
    Dorsett
    Deebo Samuel

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Only Deebo Samuel

  3. Keeks says:
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    What’s up man.

    Full PPR league. No TE double flex.

    Would you pull the trigger on my James Conner & Mike Evans for his Zeke and TY Hilton?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah, i’d Like to get my hands on Zeke.

  4. miles proudfoot says:
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    My team is banged up but with your rankings and advice somehow my team is at 3-1! Thank you kind sir. Heading into waivers, how would you rank the players below at WR and TE?

    WR = Diante Johnson, Devante Parker, Cory Davis, Deebo, Pettis, Westbrook?

    TE = Brate, Fant, OJ Howard, or Knox?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      My pleasure!
      Pettis, Johnson, Parker, Westbrook, Davis, Deebo

      Howard, Fant, Knox, Brate

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        You think Pettis is the best of that bunch? There have been no signs of his usage improving, and the team is winning games without him. Sometimes the jail of the dog house never is overcome…

        • MB

          MB says:
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          You might be right, but I love the talent. I think he’s worth the risk.

          Great analogy by the way

  5. CMUTIMMAH says:
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    WR – Dede Westbrook , Corey Davis, Parker/Johnson/Deebo, then Pettis. The slashes mean I don’t think there’s a huge difference between the three.

    TE – OJ Howard, Knox, Fant, Brate

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I can’t get into Corey Davis after 1 serviceable performance

  6. James Bolger says:
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    Would you pick up and start Geronimo Allison this week since Adams is questionable? I would drop Malcolm Brown to pick up Allison.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’m not very confident in this. I would assume that it’s more of the MVS and Jimmy Graham show

      • Wacha Wacha says:
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        How would you rank Mixon, Henry, L Bell, and Connor Ros in standard league?

        Also would you drop Darrel Williams or T Coen for J Samuels in standard league? I own Connor.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Bell, Conner, Henry, Mixon.

          Yes, I’d drop Cohen for him

  7. Steve says:
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    Who is the drop between:

    Ross
    J Brown
    Dorsett

    Standard scoring as a bye week fill-in.

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Ross

  8. Johnny Hammershanks says:
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    Trade Advice – 12 team full PPR league:

    I trade away: Godwin, Chris Thompson and Delanie Walker
    I get Melvin Gordon, Michael Thomas

    My team:
    -Josh Allen (going to try for winston in waivers)
    -Ekeler, Gallman, Aaron Jones, burkhead, darrel Williams. Brieda, chris thompson
    -OBJ, Godwin, Davante Adams, dorsett
    -Waller, Walker

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah, I’d do it as long as your record is in a good spot right now

  9. Water boy says:
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    Hey man! .5 ppr I squeaked out the week 4 W thanks to dionte Johnson’s big night as well as Devin bush (IDP)

    For waiver wire I am 9 out of 10 so I doubt I’ll get the top adds but of course I’ll try; who should be my top priority?
    Here’s who I’m thinking:

    Drop Mostert for Jordan Howard

    Drop Mostert add Ito Smith

    Drop Mostert add Gus Edwards

    Drop Mostert add jay ajayi

    Add Marquise Goodwin
    Add petitis
    Add Ben Watson
    Add Chris Herndon
    Add Philip rivers
    Add jimmy G
    Add Brissett

    ** I have an open roster slot since I made a 2 for 1 trade that’s why I put all those guys for adds, for QB I’d only add if I were to start this week do you like their match ups better worse than my Russell Wilson? Wilson hosts rams on TNF or don’t get cute and just roll with Wilson ?
    Brissett @ KC, jimmy G vs Browns, rivers vs Broncos .
    I’ll need a TE week 6 my Waller has a bye then that’s why I suggested Herndon or Watson

    Lastly hold or drop chargers D for niners D who get Baker & co on Monday ? Also looking at Chiefs D home vs colts

    Thanks man!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Mostert is the drop

      Howard, Pettis, Herndon, Brissett, Rivers is my Order.
      Hold Chargers D against Denver

  10. Alex says:
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    Got an offer ( 0.5 PPR) in a keeper league, not sure what to do!!

    My DJ + sterling Sheppard for his Aaron jones + Scary Terry

    Either DJ or Terry are likely to be kept (kept leveon and Diggs [whoops], drafted dj 1st overall)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Saying no to this trade

  11. Steve says:
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    Trade offer:

    I trade away C. Godwin and T. Coleman to receive OJB? Godwin is so consistent that I’m hesitant to go for Beckham. What do you think? Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’m goin for Beckham. The perfect buy low

  12. ryguy_4 says:
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    Can you see starting Hooper and Dissly this week? My other options at FLEX are J. White and C. Ridley… neither of whom have been that impressive thus far.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah, Hooper and Dissly is a good play

  13. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    .2 PPR (so pretty much standard or at least not even .5 PPR). can only have 6 WR at any time. dk metcalf or aj brown, i have metcalf and c.davis as my worst WR’s.

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