Well that was… Something? Do we live in some sort of simulation where everything that we get excited for ends up being a disappointment? Yesterday was truly an exhausting day to be a fantasy football enthusiast and football fan in general. I’m used to bad Thursday night games to open up the season. It’s pretty much an expectation at this point. But when an unenthusiastic game is preceded by some tidbits of bad news it can put a dark cloud over things. At least the first full Sunday is only two days away!

Antonio Brown

Update: AB will play Monday night. Unless he does something that only AB can do within the next 3 days.

I didn’t suggest that you, the reader, draft Antonio Brown, therefore I can actually sleep at night. But, as some of you know, I took my chances on a couple of really cheap shares of him. What a disaster. The only thing that we know right now is that you can take him out of your week 1 line up. He’s most likely not going to be available Monday night. Brown’s agent is doing damage control this morning and has said Antonio Brown wants to be a Raider and despite how it seems, wants to play football. Mike Mayock also hasn’t suspended Antonio Brown yet and you’d figure that would happen by now. The range of outcomes is impossible to predict, but the best thing for fantasy football purposes is not having him on your roster. If you do have Brown, he’s just going to be taking up a roster spot for now. Nobody is going to give you fair value for Brown. Nobody knows what fair value is anyways. Brown might not take a snap all season or he could fly another hot air balloon into the practice facility today and make amends with ownership and be on track to play week 2. You can’t predict crazy.

Julio Jones

Julio Jones is using the leverage that he should to get the money that he deserves. It seems that Julio Jones isn’t joking around when he says that he will not play on Sunday without a new contract. It sounds like the contract has been close to being done for some time but for whatever reason, it’s finalization is being held up. There are hints that he isn’t 100% healthy, but there hasn’t been any specific news on the matter. If I had a guess, everything gets finalized today or Saturday and Julio plays on Sunday, but a backup plan is needed.

Odell Beckham Jr

I’m chalking up Odell’s recent comments about his hip injury as minor, but at the same time, it leaves me feeling uneasy beyond week 1. Yes, Beckham is going to play on Sunday, but you never want to hear that pain is bothering a player to the point that he doesn’t think that he can sprint without feeling discomfort. I’m not selling Beckham for cents on the dollar at this point, he’s too talented of an asset.

Thursday Night Football

This is exactly the brand of football that you are going to get when teams aren’t playing their starters at all during the preseason and there are also two good defenses taking the field. This is also the reason that there isn’t much to overreact about, but I do have some thoughts based on what I saw.

Mitch Trubisky was horrible last night and it is absolutely a cause for concern, but that concern was already built into his draft day price. Trubisky made a lot more bad throws than good ones and he should have been intercepted at least twice more than he actually was. The red zone interception in the fourth quarter was one of the worst decision making processes that I’ve seen in a while. He didn’t even attempt to look off any defenders and threw a bad ball into an almost impossible window. Mitch Trubisky doesn’t need to be owned in shallow leagues but he will see better days and could be a viable streaming option down the line. If you own him in deeper leagues and two-QB/super flex, that’s not exactly what you wanted to see, especially with a trip to Denver up next.

David Montgomery’s price tag was too high and that’s why you didn’t read me touting him during the preseason. If Mike Davis continues to see a good percentage of the snaps, you’re taking a loss if you drafted him.

– All of Tarik Cohen’s touches came in the passing game and he played a lot in the slot. 

-Allen Robinson looked like a great draft value last night and could be Mitch Trubisky-proof.

Aaron Jones looked pretty good in the second half against a pretty stout defense. The fantasy points weren’t there last night, but he looks to have control of this backfield.

Aaron Rodgers won the game last night with his savvy veteran instincts. He survived one of his toughest tests of the season and the stats will start to look more like Aaron Rodgers stats with three straight games at home on deck. 

– Did the coaching staffs know that Geranimo Allison and Anthony Miller were available? I’m pretty sure that the only reason Allison got on the field for a few snaps was because he was the only one with his helmet on or something. 

Jimmy Graham saw some love and then completely disappeared in the second half. I’m sure Sunday will bring about better waiver wire priorities but I’m definitely happy for Jimmy Graham.

-Davante Adams will be fine. R-e-l-a-x.

Aaron Rodgers really likes MVS, which means that we have to as well. 

  1. William Hung says:
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    I assume Anthony Miller is a hold in 12 teamers? He didn’t get much run in the preseason which is what some people were saying were the reason for the lack of plays his way

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yep I’d hold for now

  2. Jake says:
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    Chris Thompson was dropped in my ppr league my other backs are Jones, Carson , Sony M , Justice Hill and Justin Jackson is it worth burning my #1 waiver priority on Thompson or wait until something better emerges ? It’s a good feeling owning the whole waiver wire just Incase someone emerges .

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Haha, I think you’re deep enough at running back, I’d hold onto that priority.

  3. B_Don

    B_Don says:
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    Aaron Rodgers won the game b/c he threw 2 jump balls, but hey, the Packers at least had people tall enough on the field to catch them rather than Da Bears throwing jump balls to guys shorter than my last gf.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Haha, you’re hurting this morning, I can tell.

  4. The Scrant Dog

    The Scrant Dog says:
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    I’m surprised the Packers didn’t attack the middle of the field more with Graham. I know they don’t use their TE’s much, but there were some clear opportunities to create mismatches last night up the middle with him.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah same here, he looked good out there.

  5. Gio says:
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    2 of my first 4 picks were AB and Gordon….I lucked out wiht Zeke falling to me in the first round. Would you move Zeke and Pollard for Cook or D. Johnson and Carson?

    (I was not able to draft Ekeler, owner wont move him)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I would as long as you get Carson too

      • gio says:
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        Who would you rather have, Cook or DJ?

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Cook if only for the clarity of what the offense will look like

  6. toolshed says:
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    I had my draft already. I hate to ask a kicker question but do you like matt bryant more than Myers or Maher? He kicks indoors in all but 3 games this year and is on a good offense. Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah, Bryant

  7. toolshed says:
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    Is trequan smith worth a lotto ticket pick? Would you rather take a shot on him and cut your backup qb who just happens to be brady who I got in rd 17 (last pick of draft). Smith seemed to be oozing with upside but disappeared last year b/c he wasn’t targeted. He also had a couple really good games when the ball came his way. He seems like he should be the wr2 on the team. Thomas and Kamara cant get all of the targets.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Problem is there is Jared cook too but yeah I still value him over a back up QB if you’re able to stream effectively

  8. Huey says:
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    So let’s say you own Mitch in a deep superflex league, who is a stash you might target? Options on the wire right now are like Flacco, Fitzmagic, Eli, Mariota, but I’m thinking more like the Daniel Jones or Haskins route, someone that could come into more upside should they find more playing time.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Haskins would be my pick

  9. eballs says:
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    Got 2 for ya

    0.5 PPR

    Bench one

    Michel
    Westbrook
    DJ Moore

    Full point PPR

    Start one

    Ekeler
    Kupp
    Michel

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Bench: DJ Moore
      Start: Sony Michel

  10. Aubrey Plaza's Pilllow says:
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    ok, what kind of idiots fall for this tripe after the yesterday news of AB flipping out on GM and risking 30 million and literally daring his GM to “fine him” (and WTF! kind of idiot signs a contract with his past that allows a team to take away 30 million from something as easy for him to do as get suspended for getting in verbal fights with GM’s/owners/teammates/coaches as he’s done all of those numerous times over the years) and somehow
    “won back his teammates, his coaches, and maybe even his general manager with a heart-felt message at a team meeting this morning”

    you know what kind of person constantly blows up when he doesn’t get his way from everybody around him no matter what level of authority figure, then is VERY remorseful the exact second somebody shows him he’s about to lose 30 million from his actions? (pre-tax, it’s far less really). it’s not a crazy person, but it is a complete sociopath, those guys are VERY VERY good at pushing the sympathy/empathy buttons. it’s pretty much the only way they’re allowed to have discourse with the entirety of humanity that they come in contact with (outside of masochists).

    so, what, the “message” he sent before today and his entire career with his actions wasn’t “heartfelt” and just today somehow he explained his way out of his garbage from a few days ago? i get that saying “you aren’t what you say but what you do” is extremely simplistic and often just not true, but with a guy like AB, after years of doing the same shit time and again, he just is what he’s done. it’s of course statistically possible from this exact moment he’s magically cured himself somehow (30 mil loss possible pre tax might actually do that) of treating everybody around him as something to destroy anytime they get in the way of whatever his needs are RIGHT NOW, but what is a fair betting line on it, that we’ll NEVER in public hear about him doing this shit again, what like 200-1 or something? we can chinese auction this, this is how this works:

    if anybody sees 200-1 and likes a side, they take it right now. if they don’t they come up with their own number, if I like that number i take a side, or make a new number, if after somebody else comes up with a new number i can make a new 3rd number, the game goes on till somebody actually picks a betting side.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I just can’t believe the last 48 hours and the Raiders organization. I also don’t know what to believe. It’s being heavily downplayed. Maybe Mayock leaked the suspension to Schefter as a scare tactic to get the upper hand going into the season. Who knows but we are playing roulette every week with not only Antonio Brown but also the Raiders

  11. patdaddy1985 says:
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    Coming off lackluster points from Adams and aaron jones should i try for upside with miles sanders at flex? I also have tevin coleman and christian kirk.

    What about jameis winston vs kyler murray?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d go with Jameis and Coleman

      • patdaddy1985 says:
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        Thanks

    • patdaddy1985 says:
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      In PPR

  12. Rick says:
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    My squad

    QB: Jameis Winston
    RB: Dalvin Cook
    RB: Kerryon Johnson
    WR: DeAndre Hopkins
    WR: Kenny Golladay
    TE: Mark Andrews
    FLEX: Chris Godwin
    B: Damien Williams
    B: Curtis Samuel
    B: Royce Freeman
    B: Rashad Penny
    B: Kalen Ballage
    B: Michael Gallup
    B: Darwin Thompson

    Are you trading Damien Williams for Evan Engram straight up? Little worried about Damien’s workload.

    • Rick says:
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      12 team .5 PPR

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I like Evan Engram a lot and there are a lot of question marks surrounding DW so yeah, I’d do it.

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