I got into the weeds Monday afternoon researching NFL mascots. I never knew how much I didn’t know about football mascots. Turns out there’s a lot of great ones out there, including Viktor the Viking, Rowdy the Cowboy and T-Rac, the Titans’ funny looking raccoon character who may or may not have coronavirus. Of course the Titans would have a random raccoon mascot. The Saints come in strong with not one, but two mascots: a friendly St. Bernard puppy by the name of Gumbo along with Sir Saint, a large mustachioed caucasian man with an obscenely large chin. The Chargers on the other hand are mascot-less after their unofficial mascot, Boltman, retired back in 2018 due to climate change. Enter Justin Herbert. The rookie QB balled out on Monday night with a line of 20/34 for 264 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.  Five of those completions went to Mike Williams who finished the night with 5 catches for 109 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Many forget that Big Mike caught 10 touchdowns in his sophomore season, only two years ago. The young QB/WR tandem looks to have a very bright future as the new L.A. Chargers mascots. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:

Drew Brees – 33/47 for 325 yards, 1 carry for 1 yard, his 9th passing touchdown, 1st rushing touchdown and 1 interception. Brees did not look good in this game, and I’m not just talking about his rapidly receding hairline.  Even once Michael Thomas (ankle) returns from injury and/or punching teammates, I’m still not sure the old man is more than just a streamer at this stage in his career.

Alvin Kamara – 11 carries for 45 yards, 8 catches for 74 yards. A tame night for Alvin and the Chipmunks, but Kamara still quietly cruised his way to 119 total yards. That’s the kind of down night you expect from the chipmunk.

Emmanuel Sanders – 12 catches for 122 yards. This was the Colonel Sanders I expected to see this year in New Orleans. It makes sense that it’d take the vet a little time to learn the new offensive recipe without any preseason. And guess who saw this performance coming? That’s right, our savvy bot, Pigskinonator. The brilliant robot ranked Sanders as it’s #19 wide receiver for week 5. Have you picked up your 7-day free trial yet?

Tre’Quan Smith – 2 catches for 8 yards. Smith didn’t show us the Quan we were promised. His days of fantasy relevance are likely numbered with Sanders now settling in and Thomas set to return.

Jared Cook – 2 catches for 52 yards and his 2nd touchdown. The big man didn’t see a target for 3.5 quarters and probably still  isn’t quite 100%, but Cook showed up in the kitchen when it counted. Although, even once back to full health, he’s no better than a TE streaming option.

Justin Jackson – 15 carries for 71 yards, 5 catches for 23 yards. I wanted Joshua Kelley (11 carries for 29 yards, 1 catch for 9 yards) to be the guy because I’ve been hyping him up since June, but it was Jackson who looked like the better runner (and receiver) against the Saints solid defensive front. Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is expected to miss 3-5 more weeks, giving Jackson flex appeal for the near future and maybe longer. Don’t rush to drop Kelley yet either.

Keenan Allen – 2 catches for 29 yards and his 2nd touchdown before exiting in the first half with a back injury. This is my fault, I mentioned in my preseason rankings that Allen’s played every game over the past three seasons. Hopefully the Chargers’ stud doesn’t miss anymore time, he’s shown great chemistry with Herbert over the last couple weeks.

Hunter Henry – 4 catches for 23 yards and his 1st touchdown. It’s a real crap shoot at tight end once you get past Kelce, Kittle, Waller and Andrews–emphasis on crap. Henry at least appears to have volume on his side with 7+ targets in four of five games. If you’re hunting for the #5 tight end, Henry’s as good of a candidate as anyone.

  1. Hamtime says:
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    1. Deep 14m league w a thin FA pool. Burn my #3 waiver to get Preston Williams, AJ brown, or Kirk?

    2. Waller on Bye week and all I have is Logan Thomas. Is he a better option than Everett or njoku

    3. Are you dropping Mike Davis once cmc returns or just handcuff till the 0.00s pile up?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. AJ Brown was dropped?? #3 probably isn’t high enough to get him but gotta try. Preston is a decent consolation, but maybe you want to save it for an RB later.
      2. Yuck, they’re all dart throws. I’d stick with Thomas.
      3. Hold and see, he may have earned a role…

      • Hamtime says:
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        My bad, AJ Green! Haha. So don’t burn on Preston?

        4. Thoughts on Dalton? Is he worth a waiver in a 1Qb league? Currently have stafford

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Ahh. Yes I’d use it on Preston…was thinking someone ahead of you would grab Brown and move you up into prime position.

          Dalton is worth adding in a 14 teamer but I’d prioritize Preston.

    • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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      i’d drop thomas for everett, he’s getting used like last year (both him and higbee, where one of them does far better than the other and it could be either, which somehow nobody saw coming, they must’ve forgot that when everett was healthy last year this exact same thing happened). there’d be some risk in this if you didn’t already have waller so you only have to care for one week. so what if everett goes like 2-3 and 11 yards this week? l.thomas does that most weeks except with more targets that aren’t thrown close enough to him to catch anyway (i have l.thomas in 2 spots where i also have cook or hockenson, but for sure won’t in the hockenson spot shortly)

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Wouldn’t argue with this. Like I said, dart throws.

  2. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    14 teamer PPR. got a lot of FAAB as all the “big name FAAB guys” (outside of kelley for 11 back in week 1-2, gage for around 5 early), some others:
    – d.lewis (13 2nd place 10)
    – m.davis (30, 2nd place 13)
    – henderson (50, 2nd place 22)
    – j.wilson (35, 2nd place 11)
    – d.schultz (27, 2nd place 16)
    – dern jo (25, 2nd place 4)
    – j.white (37, 2nd place 13)

    QB (1): wentz, tannehill
    RB (2): d-mont, mixon, gurley, mattison, kelley
    WR (3): mclaurin, aj brown (FINALLY), parker, landry, gage
    TE (1): engram, hooper
    1 flex
    IR (5): perriman (so if he does well i could just drop gage and activate)
    i don’t know what’s going on at ATL with gage (weeks 1-2 and with julio at least somewhat healthy 12 and 9 targets, 3-5 per week since (some of those 3’s were possibly from injury, but this week’s 5 WITHOUT julio wasn’t; ryan’s been just bad)).

    1. drop gage for p-will (spend at least 13 here, i got 82 left for ROS and people overspend here), what about any of these: beasley,

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah time to move on from Gage, I think Preston is worth the price. Beasley doesn’t really excited me but he might have a nice game tonight with brown banged up. I prefer Gabriel Davis ROS.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        he’s out there too, so if i don’t get p-will for somewhere in the 13-17 range, keep perriman over g.davis (he’s out there too). i can just hold to see if perriman does well next week before dropping gage if i don’t get p-will. yeah MIA finally it appears may have rewatched their last year game tape before p-will got hurt.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Sounds like a good plan

  3. Hater Bell

    Grey Albright says:
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    I’m the world’s biggest Justin Herbert fan something many people forget to tell you

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’m ready to put him in the pickling hall of fame

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Why did you hide my face? Trying to hide Justin Herbert’s biggest fan?

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          I assumed that was Rudy because your avatar was a dong

  4. Crime Dog says:
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    Would you trade Thielan for AJ brown and Tee Higgins?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Eh it’s not bad but I think you should get more for Thielen right now…he’s a hot commodity

  5. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    somebody dropped marv jones in PPR. how to rank these for waivering (weekly reset):
    marv jones, claypool, m-will, p-will.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Marv doesn’t do much for me. I’d rank them Claypool, Mike, Preston but they’re all pretty close.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        this is about the time last year that he hadn’t done anything and i dropped him for some upside type, then he had like 3 TD’s in a game about 4 days or so after i did that. not saying that to influence here; but i remembered that. i probably wasn’t going to start him that week anyway. this is a start 2 WR so shallow 12’er.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Yeah he could break out but even then he’ll be tough to trust in that format. I prefer the upside of the younger guys.

  6. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    gase trying to get that firing done faster apparently. why l.bell wasn’t aware of who he was being coached by is a separate, and odd, issue (when he signed. or was gase hired AFTER that signing, oh man that’d be funny and disgusting for him)

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Unbelievable that Gase is still there

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        honestly from one standpoint (hell i haven’t been fired yet, why not tell the GM he needs to do just one more thing for me, classic con man tactic “you’ve already gone down this rabbit hole with me this far, why not this one more thing”) it makes sense for him to at least try it (removing bell).

        – he did just do the classic “last thing a coach tries to claim he needs changed to show the GM “it’s not my fault” either adding play calling duties or removing” them a few days ago (or less than that)

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