It was a tough day to be a kicker but everything else on Sunday was a lot of fun. I remember at this time last season, the play on the football field was sub par and there weren’t very many close games. Now, the quarterback numbers are outrageous, the games have been pretty close and well played, and the players are better protected. There are still a lot of flags, but that will work itself out when the referees gain more experience with the new rules. Speaking of new, on Mondays, you can now wake up to me breaking down the fantasy numbers for six games. Reid will also pick six games to break down and that will come out around lunch time for the East coast folks. Let’s start with an absolute shootout.

Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

I hope that every Chiefs game is like this. Pat Mahomes has been so fun to watch in his second and third starts in the league. Through the first half, it looked like Tyreek Hill wasn’t going to get in on the fun. After being shut out in the first half, Hill took advantage of a weak secondary to the tune of 5 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. After causing panic for owners who used a high draft pick on him, Travis Kelce turned 10 targets into 7 catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Sammy Watkins ended up being the second most targeted player on the Chiefs and turned it into a 100 yard day. He also had a carry that went for 31 yards. Kareem Hunt broke his fantasy football silence from week 1 and found the end zone on a 5-yard screen pass. Hunt’s stat line is still not what owners who drafted him in the first round are looking for, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Ben Roethlisberger also had a monster day. Why wouldn’t he? He was playing in his own stadium. JuJu Smith-Schuster had another huge game and paced the Steelers in targets with 19. Antonio Brown didn’t have the day that owners are looking for, but when you realize that he saw 17 targets, it’s nothing to worry about going forward. Keep an eye on James Washington the next couple of weeks. He might even be a speculative add this week. He only caught one pass, which ended up being a touchdown, but he saw 5 targets. With the numbers that Roethlisberger can put up, this offense can definitely support three relevant fantasy football receivers. James Conner was able to find pay dirt but his numbers were nowhere near what they were last week. He did catch all 5 of his targets for 48 yards, but his 17 yards on the ground left a lot to be desired. Running the ball didn’t fit the game script after the Steelers fell into a 21 point hole pretty early so it’s nothing to worry about going forward. I’m glad I ranked him in the teens among running backs.

Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ryan Fitzpatrick is on fire. I will spare you my insufferable musings about how well he is performing and just leave it at that. I have to stop fading DeSean Jackson in my rankings. They are actually using him. Taking the playbook out of Dirk Koetter’s hands and letting Todd Monkin handle the play calling has been a life saver. Despite making two awful mistakes, Mike Evans had a pretty good fantasy day. He paced the Buccaneers with 12 targets. Chris Godwin had another good day and found the end zone for the second week in a row. I have been wrong to this point about Peyton Barber, but we have to remember how good the Eagles are against the run. Peyton Barber should see more success going forward.

Zach Ertz was another ‘elite’ tight end that had a bounce back day. He wasn’t able to find the end zone, but he led the team in targets and turned 11 catches into 94 yards. Jay Ajayi didn’t play most of the first half because of an injury. He was able to find the end zone and I still like him a lot going forward. Nelson Agholor was able to up his YPC after a head-scratcher of a box score last week. He also found the end zone to go along with his 88 yards.

Minnesota Vikings Vs. Green Bay Packers

We seriously need to find a way to ban kickers. The Vikings should have won this game twice in overtime. As far as fantasy football goes, Kirk Cousins was incredible in the fourth quarter and in overtime and ended up being a top-5 scoring quarterback for the week. This is the kind of game that Rudy’s Stackonator is built for. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs both had huge games catching the ball. Both saw 13 targets and Stefon Diggs found the end zone twice and had 128 yards receiving. Adam Thielen caught 11 balls for 131 yards and a touchdown himself. Kyle Rudolph continues to look like a value at the tight end position. He caught 7 of his 8 targets for 72 yards. Dalvin Cook had 90 all-purpose yards and it would have looked a lot better if he would have found the end zone.

Jamaal Williams continued to be flex-worthy at best. He didn’t find the end zone and had just over 70 yards. I guess that’s only two points less than Dalvin Cook, who was a first or second round pick. Davante Adams had a much better day than many anticipated. He caught 8 balls for 64 yards and a touchdown against a great secondary. Jimmy Graham made an appearance as he caught 6 balls for 95 yards. Unfortunately, he had a touchdown called back. Aaron Rodgers 281 yards and 1 touchdown was table scraps compared to what other quarterbacks were able to do today but he gutted it out on one good leg.

Atlanta Falcons Vs. Carolina Panthers

Tevin Coleman had a good day replacing Devonta Freeman as he ran for 107 yards, but was unable to find the end zone against a stout Carolina run defense. I had him as my 12th overall running back this week, and that was probably pretty close. Ito Smith saw some work and looked pretty good. He had 9 carries for 47 yards. Matt Ryan STILL can’t get Julio Jones the ball in the red zone. It’s so frustrating and it’s the reason that he wasn’t being taken in the first round. It was overall a pretty quiet day for Jones but Calvin Ridley had his first catch and his first touchdown in the same game. Matt Ryan had four total touchdowns with two of them being on the ground which is huge for fantasy points. Mohamed was a non-factor.

On the Carolina side of the ball, Christian McCaffery had over 100 yards receiving and added 37 yards on the ground. After Cam Newton took an absolutely vicious and unnecessary hit, he turned into Superman finding the end zone three times and throwing for 335 yards. Devin Funchess saw 9 targets and turned it into 7 catches for 77 yards. It turns out that Ian Thomas isn’t quite Greg Olsen. Thomas two out of his three targets for 20 yards.

Indianapolis Colts Vs. Washington Redskins

Either the Colts defense is better than we thought it is or the Redskins offense is really bad. I guess both can be true at the same time and that’s probably the case. I was big on Alex Smith this week but my ranking was kind of conservative compared to some. Adrian Peterson came back to Earth in a big way but nobody on the Redskin’s offense couldn’t muster anything. Chris Thompson was the best part of the Redskins offense as he caught 13 balls for 92 yards.

On the Colt’s side of the ball, Marlon Mack’s return apparently lit a fire under Jordan Wilkin’s ass. Wilkins looked the best that he has to this point averaging over 6 yards per carry on 10 carries. Andrew Luck didn’t have a great day but nobody is happier about him being back than T.Y. Hilton. Hilton scored a touchdown for the second game in a row and ended up with 7 catches for 83 yards. T.Y. Hilton had 6 more targets than anyone else on the Colts. Jack Doyle was second on the team with 5.

Oakland Raiders Vs. Denver Broncos

Phillip Lindsay looks like he is the back to own in Denver. I just didn’t see this kind of start coming for Royce Freeman. He has looked like a world-beater since college and now he is getting simply outperformed by Lindsay. Emmanuel Sanders was again the brightest spot of Denver’s passing game.

On the other side of the ball, maybe things aren’t as bleak as they seem in the Gruden era. Amari Cooper went for over 100 yards on 9 catches. HE CAUGHT ALL 9 OF HIS TARGETS! What is this world coming to? Jared Cook came back to Earth catching 4 balls for just under 50 yards. Jordy Nelson is still a non-factor in fantasy football. Marshawn Lynch continues to be who we think he is. An enormous whale who will fall into the end zone in more games than he doesn’t.

 

 

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  1. Nick says:
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    Great analysis ,,,

    please choose your flex / bye weeks players: keeper team

    waiver adds :
    RB Chris Thompson / Ekeler / Lindsay
    WR Enunwa / DS Jackson
    or
    Team drops
    RB Barber
    WR Robby Anderson / Gallup/A. Miller

    thanks Nick

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Nick: Thanks! Grab Thompson and Enunwa, drop Gallup and Anderson

  2. R.J. says:
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    rest of season, would you rather have Josh Gordon, Doug Baldiwn, or Will Fuller?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Will Fuller

  3. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    12 teamer with 6 PT td throws. lost walker is why i have watson and jonnu (but nobody on TEN needs to be owned if badbert is playing for them). weekly reset waivers, i might actually win again somehow with this (had mariota starting last week and won), but if not i’m more likely to get callaway.
    QB tygod
    RB (2) barkley, ajayi, coleman, royce, clement
    WR (2) fitz, k.allen, cobb, hurns, grant (could’ve dropped grant for callaway just before CLE’s game, didn’t though)
    TE (1) watson (stupid brees today), jonnu
    IR jeffery

    i’m done trusting the bots on hurns, 5 targets in 2 games is enough for me. grant also had no volume this week, after TONS in week 1.
    drop either/both (the other is gone when jeffery is back anyway) for what order of: callaway boyd, pryor (can’t believe suddenly this guy is useful), j.gordon, richarson, a.wilson

    2. suppose i can also drop jonnu for RB depth or a different TE (but streaming these might work too, or just hold watson)
    RB: riddick (he’s gotta be the best here, unless hurt), j.allen, wilkins, hines
    TE: j.james, ASJ, hooper,

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron: yeah I’d drop Hurns for sure. So you do have Callaway then? I’d take Callaway over the rest of the list that’s for sure. I’d also try and grab Josh Gordon. Yeah, tight end is such a tough position to predict.
      Might as well just stream.

      At RB, I think you’re solid as is

      • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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        @MB: nah, i could’ve had callaway had i dropped somebody just before CLE’s gametime, which i almost did. i’d guess gordon flies to top of priority now.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Yes, he’s got a high ceiling

          • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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            @MB: good thing i drafted hogan nowhere’s, do have edleman in one dynasty. but no guarantees gordon keeps his shit together either, while NE does take on every mental midget ever (long list here) to see if they can suck value out of their talented bodies they don’t tend to hold on long if the player decides to keep on not trying to play optimal football (including arrests, late for meetings, stoned/drunk, “taking vacations” (without drug tests). etc, not that I support testing any of these guys for drugs)

            • MB

              MB says:
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              I think Gordon has came a long way, I hope he’s successful

              • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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                @MB: i do too, if he does he can later make entire buildings out of all the weed he could buy.

                • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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                  @For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron: this best order for the WW pickups (weekly reset waivers, not using it all the time is just silly, unless somebody good gets dropped of course). since we have 1 IR slot, it’s yahoo it’s possible all my WW inputs will go through, EVEN IF jeffery’s “out” tag gets removed today. i KNOW once that “out” tag goes away (till late this week when it returns) it won’t let me put in waiver claims. here’s what i have now:

                  1st tier: gordon (dropping hurns), then double callaways (hurns and grant dropped in case i get both)

                  2nd: jonnu dropped for: j.james (TB this week, through week 1’s stats worst in league against TB at FO), ASJ, v.green (TONS more snaps than gates so far i’m seeing)

                  3rd: QB upgrade: rodfather dropped for fitzmagic

                  4th: K upgrade: whoever dropped for: bailey, ficken (and these 2 would be better than streamers, being on MIN/LAR)

                  5th: just hold watson (or turn watson into a streamer): jonnu dropped for more RB depth: riddick, wilkins, j.allen, gore

                  6th: hurns/grant dropped for: richardson (this if i don’t get either of callaway/gordon, but i do have the 4th waiver this week)

                  yeppers, while i’m typing this jeffery went from “out” to “questionable” meaning i can no longer input newer waiver claims. however, i KNOW in baseball that IF you put in a claim when it was still legal to make, it’ll go through EVEN if it’s no longer legal to make. it’s why i made these up before just now.

  4. Alex says:
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    How much out of 1000 fab you spend on waiver claim for maholmes?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      1001. Just kidding. 650 that may be conservative too.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Alex: how many all stars on that 6 team league team? it’d have to be like this to have:
      1. mahomes not drafted in 1st place
      2. mahomes not added after week 1
      even then it must be short BN’s to not have him added after week one, thus nobody has backup QB’s in that league, even if it is a 6 teamer.

      • Slappy Jack says:
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        @The Harrow: If you are going to be annoying for no reason. At least write something coherent.

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Slappy Jack: how many teams in a league would you believe that mahomes wasn’t drafted AND not added after week 1 in then?

  5. prey879 says:
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    In a 12 tm PPR league w/ no flex would you do this trade:

    Give: Landry and Kerryon Johnson
    Get: Jordan Howard and Cooper KUpp

    My current team:
    RBs: Mixon (Out), Burkhead, James White, Jamaal Williams, Buck Allen, Kerryon Johnson
    WRs: Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Landry, and Randall Cobb

    I lost McKinnon before season started and now Mixon so my RB situation is a shit show currently. Figure I’ll have to wave around one of my wide receivers to obtain a new rb

    • MB

      MB says:
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      No, not a chance I’d give up Landry that cheap in PPR.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Id rather give up Thielen or Diggs

      • prey879 says:
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        @MB: Who do you prefer more: Thielen or Diggs?

        Any RBs come to mind that you’d be interested in trying to buy at this time?

        • MB says:
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          @prey879: you might be able to get more for Diggs. You can try Kareem Hunt, but probably Jordan Howard

          • prey879 says:
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            @MB: Would you trade Diggs straight up for Kareem Hunt? What about for Jordan Howard?

            • MB

              MB says:
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              With your current RB situation, yes.

              • MB

                MB says:
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                @MB: you can always shoot higher.

  6. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey MB,

    16 team std

    Would you move Baldwin and Drake for Parker and DJ

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Nightpandas: as in David Johnson? Yes.

  7. Tu-Flock says:
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    With Mixon, Freeman, Ajayi and J. Gordon, I’m already a mess. My only healthy player at the moment is A. Bryant. I have Brees and Mahomes…who would you trade and what would you be looking for in return?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d trade Brees and I’d target a running back like Kenyan Drake or Jay Ajayi

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Tu-Flock: who is a.bryant?
      is that dez bryant, antonio brown or somebody else

      • MB

        MB says:
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        I’m sure he meant Brown. Autocorrect does weird stuff

  8. Joe says:
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    Do we have any idea when Bell will play??? I have been offered Delvin Cook for him and I’m getting tired of waiting.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      If it’s redraft I would take that. My guess is at least a couple more weeks. You know as well as I do though

  9. Justin says:
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    in half PPR, would u trade away CMC to get david johnson. trying to buy low.

    • Justin says:
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      @Justin: another one i can send is: james white and marshawn for DJ.

      • MB

        MB says:
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        I would absolutely do both. Man, DJ is cheap after two bad games haha.

        • Slappy Jack says:
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          @MB: first game wasn’t even that bad either sheesh

  10. Dylan says:
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    (PPR League)
    How are you feeling about Josh Gordon? I got kinda scared with seeing a hamstring injury and a release so I dropped him for enunwa and I’m debating on if I made the right call. Keep in mind I can play around with receivers I have Keenan Allen, Sanders, and Hogan

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I think the ceiling is very high for Gordon but Enunwa’s floor is solid. Sounds like Gordon is healthy

  11. Jake says:
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    Would you trade Lewis for Mixon ? I use Lewis as a flex but have others I can use there until Mixon comes back .

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Oh yes I definitely would

  12. fudgemybudge says:
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    Give Fournette + Chris Thompson for David Johnson?
    14teams half ppr
    Current RBs are Fournette, McCaffrey, Thompson and Riddick

    • MB

      MB says:
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      No, I’d hold there. I think that might be just a tad too much considering how good Chris Thompson has been

  13. steve stevenson says:
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    In a 2QB league, what level RB would you be looking to trade Mahomes for if you’re also holding Brees?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Like Kareem Hunt or David Johnson. Not super familiar with 2 QB but I know they’re very valuable

  14. JB2 says:
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    Where does Gordon rank among receivers if he plays? 25? 20? I know we’re not getting Randy Moss 2.0, but if this dude is motivated he gets NUMBERS.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Rest of season top 25 for me

  15. Jake says:
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    Is Fitzmagic really this good ? I got Wentz but think I’m going to waiver claim Fitz and see how Wentz plays his first game back. I plan on dropping Barber this Tampa team has no interest in running the ball I don’t think.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Things will inevitably slow down in the passing game, I still like Barber ROS. With Fitzpatrick, it depends what management wants to do with Jameis. I like Fitz this week against Pittsburgh a lot

  16. Justin says:
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    Got a couple trade ques. Half PPR league. Would u do the following:

    1) trade away marshawn for Emmanuel Sanders
    2) trade marshawn and James white for Brandin cooks
    3) trade James white for Kenny Golladay
    4) trade marshawn for Jarvis Landry

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Justin: 1. Yes
      2. No
      3. Yes
      4. Yes

  17. Jason says:
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    would you trade Agolar and Dion Lewis for Dalvin Cook ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yes I would. Alshon will bring down Agholor’ value and Dion is in a time share. Dalvin likely to improve

  18. prey879 says:
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    In a 12 tm PPR keeper league where you can keep 2 players in the round they were drafted, would you keep Mckinnon in the 1 designated IR spot all season if he would be a 3rd Round keeper next year? Or do you think it would be more beneficial to have that IR spot open for week-to-week injuries (i.e. Joe Mixon)?

    Follow up question, who would you drop for Giovanni Bernard: Jamaal Williams, Buck Allen, James White, Burkhead, or Mckinnon (Drop from IR spot, move Mixon to IR, and add Gio in empty spot)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @prey879: I’d honestly drop McKinnon, I don’t think he’ll be valued as a 3rd rounder next year

  19. Justin says:
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    got another trade Q, half PPR. got offered allen robinson for my chris thompson.

    2nd offer was allen robinson and kenny G for james white and chris thompson.

    other guy is pushing for the first one. but i offered the 2nd one after. what you think?

    • Justin says:
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      @Justin: what about trading away marshawn for allen robinson?

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