Just your standard week in the never ending year 2020, right? This presidential election was the most intense race since I ran for student council president against Dong Johnson. My platform of pizza roll Fridays kept the vote interesting, but at the end of the day I never really had a chance against a dude named Dong. Heck, I even voted for Dong; Johnson was just too smooth. Speaking of dong, Marquez Valdes-Scantling whipped his out on Thursday night as he caught 2 catches for 53 yards and his 2nd and 3rd touchdowns of the season. I won’t tell you to rush out and grab MVS, nor his dong, in your 10-team league because the 49ers skeleton defense was sketchier than my Richie Incognito Halloween costume. Also, Allen Lazard with probably return from his core injury next week. But kudos to you if you were desperate enough to start Valdes-Scantling this week. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:
Aaron Rodgers – 25/31 for 305 yards and 4 touchdowns—he now has 24 touchdowns on the season. That’s a 48 touchdown pace which would be three more than he’s ever had in his 16 seasons, and Rodgers has only reached 40 touchdowns twice. Congrats if you discount double checked your way into A-A-Ron this year, not many saw this coming; like when Dong Johnson was shot down for re-erection.
Davante Adams – 10 catches for 173 yards and his 8th touchdown. And that’s 8 touchdowns in only 6 games while also accumulating 53 catches for 675 yards. That pro-rates out to a 16-game pace of 141 catches for 1,800 yards and 21 touchdowns. Adams is the best receiver in the league right now and it’s not even as close as my race against Dong.
Aaron Jones – 15 carries for 58 yards, 5 catches for 21 yards. I found myself yelling at the TV way more than usual during this game. Maybe 2020 is finally getting to me. But what the heck was LaFleur thinking continuing to hand the ball to his star running back, coming off an injury, up 28 points with only 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Fortunately Jones seems to have come away unscathed and is an elite RB1 moving forward.
Robert Tonyan – 1 catch for 5 yards on only 1 target. Robert’s fantasy value has coming crashing down to earth like a Tonyan of bricks.
Richie James – 9 catches for 184 yards and his 1st touchdown. There weren’t many bright spots for the 9ers, but Richie Rich was electric. Guess who saw this coming? That’s right, the Skinonator did! Alright, so our projections bot didn’t predict anywhere near this huge of a stat line but it did suggest he was a viable flex play, ranking him as the #38 WR vs. the FantasyPros expert consensus of #67. King James is worth an add in deep leagues, but don’t forget Brandon Aiyuk (COVID), Kendrick Bourne (COVID) and Deebo Samuel (hamstring) were all missing—meaning James is probably just a one-hit wonder.
Jerick McKinnon – 12 carries for 52 yards, 3 catches for 16 yards and his 6th touchdown. His usage has been erratic recently to say the least. Like my usage of the shower since March. But with 3, 8, 3 and 7 touches over the last four weeks, this week’s 15 touches were a windfall. Although without the garbage time touchdown those would’ve been 15 empty touches and I can’t say I trust him moving forward.
Ja’Mycal Hasty – 4 carries for 3 yards, 2 catches for 10 yards. Ja’Mycal? More like Ja’GetTheHeckOffMyTeam! 4 carries and 2 targets is even less votes than I got when I ran against Dong. C’mon Shanahan!
Nick Mullens – 22/35 for 291 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Mullens was much worse than this line looks, but still way better than Jimmy G-Poo looks. Well, not literally. Jimmy’s obviously a damn good looking man. Anyway, I still think Mullens might end up keeping this job for the rest of the year.