PEAK WASHINGTON

PEAK WASHINGTON

I was promised derp, and boy did we get some derp. Sure, it took an insufferable amount of time to receive said derp (three-and-a-half quarters), along with sitting through an equally insufferable fourth quarter that lasted about 32 hours longer than it should have, but when that derp came… I mean, there was just no way to predict that Matt Jones would fumble there (shown above), but I think we all saw it coming in our hearts. And folks, it was everything I knew Washington derp would be. “District derp”, if you will. Which, coicidentally, will be the name of my new band. It’ll be a cross of Taylor Swift and Bon Iver. In a game that will further put the NFC East in flux, Washington came into Thursday Night Football as the favorites to win the division if they only existed and didn’t somehow die of dysentery. Hey, it happened all the time in Oregon Trail, which, if I remember correctly, was based on a true story. But alas, the Giants showed some competency (don’t hold your breath) and Washington returned to their roots. But with Dallas still pitting all their hopes on Brandon Weeden (now with more Matt Cassel back-up power!), and the Eagles struggling to muster two yards of total offense, the division remains up for grabs. So it wouldn’t surprise me if the 49ers somehow ended up taking division title from all of them…

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Odell Beckham Jr. – 7 REC, 79 YDS, 1 TD. Odell Beckham, Jr., he catches the footballs. Expert analysis brought to you by the letter Jay.

Kirk Cousins – 30/49, 316 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT. This might surprise some people, but Kirk Cousins is not very good. With RG-Me not suiting up, who’s Cousins’ backup at this point? Colt McCoy? Pocahontas?

Jamison Crowder – 6 REC, 45 YDS. This is a New England soup too, right?

Rashad Jennings – 11 Car, 32 YDS and 3 REC, 25 YDS, Andre Williams – 14 CAR, 29 YDS, 1 TD, and Shane Vereen – 6 CAR, 23 YDS. I lumped all three of the Giants’ running backs together, for they are a black hole from which no form of Fantasy Football team can escape. They could suck in Matthew McConaughey and I still wouldn’t be interested. Alright, alright, alright… I’d be a little interested.

Matt Jones – 11 CAR, 38 YDS, 1 FUM. I honestly thought Matt Jones was a white guy with grit. Regardless, Jones had a pretty underwhelming game, redeemed only by providing the derp I wanted. Nay, needed. But believe it or not, Alfred Morris (6 CAR, 19 YDS) was even worse. In fact, I wondered for most of the game if Morris was even alive. But I want to be clear that I still remain a bit more positive than others on both moving forward. Morris was always going to be a RB2 for your team, but don’t forget about his Week 1 production. With Jones having a monster game in Week 2, that muddies the waters to be sure, and at best this is a time share. No matter which one you own, you’ll have to play match-ups accordingly, but for now, I still think Morris is the lead back for this team by a slight margin.

Eli Manning – 23/32, 279 YDS, 2 TD. It’s almost like Eli Manning has more experience in the NFL than Kirk Cousins

Rueben Randle – 7 REC, 116 YDS, 1 TD. Has Chris Berman ever referred to Reuben Randle as “Randle in the Wind”? He must have, right?

 

Final Thought

Last night's game condensed from 67 hours to three seconds.

Last night’s game condensed from 67 hours to three seconds.

 

 

  1. Yo says:
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    Need some lineup help. Need to fill my 3rd receiver spot and flex. Who should I roll with? .5ppr

    Donte moncrief
    Eddie royal
    Todd gurley
    Joique bell
    Brandon Coleman
    Lance Dunbar

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Yo: It’s Gurley at the moment, but double check Sunday morning.

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Yo: Moncrief this week, Gurley going forward once he gets into the offense.

  2. Steve Stevenson says:
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    If Ivory’s out, do you like Powell over Freeman in a 0.5 PPR?

  3. LastPlace says:
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    Flex Spot, who should I go with (is it close?):

    Isaiaha Crowell
    Lamar Miller
    James Starks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @LastPlace: Crowell, I keep reading reports that Miller is a no go. I’ll update rankings soon on this.

      • LastPlace says:
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        @Jay: Thanks!

  4. Wilsonian says:
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    Hopefully Evans remembers to show up this weekend. I had a last second change of heart and benched Garcon to play Evans at WR3. I hope that was the right call because Garcon didn’t do much of anything…well, the ‘Skins didn’t do much of anything.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilsonian: Yeah, hard to see Evans doing worse than that, but I guess anything is possible, sadly.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Jay: I’m just hoping that last week’s goose egg was because he was only a decoy out there. That’s my justification for why he was Shiite.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Wilsonian: I will go with that as well.

  5. Clint says:
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    Don’t feel bad about the Matt Jones confusion, Jay, for I too have succumbed to the white man’s privilege and think of the once overly-great Arkansas quarterback-turned-NFL-WR-for-the-Shaguars too each time I hear this new Matt Jones mentioned. I try to convince myself it’s not racism, just that the WR was so mind-blowingly awesome a legend like that’s hard to erase when this new version musters up the stats you just dropped on us.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Clint: He seemed like a Cole Beasley type!

  6. brett says:
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    Is Christine Micheal worth holding on to? I could cut him for Gates? Micheal is a 17th round keeper. My current TE is Ertz.

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @brett: I don’t think he’ll emerge anytime soon, if he does. I like Gates there.

  7. Boston Mike says:
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    Working under the assumption that Brees is out who would you prefer for week 3 (.5 ppr) Cooks or Stevie Johnson? Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Boston Mike: Still Cooks right now, but it’s closer.

  8. Ian says:
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    I am in a 12 team/1 point ppr league and was offered arian foster, ryan fitzpatrick and kendall wright for tom brady and davante adams. My roster currently consists of:
    qb-brady (no back up)
    rb-leveon bell, lamar miller, cj spiller, tre mason and some shmucks
    wr-brandin cooks, davante adams, donte moncrief, doug baldwin, leonard hankerson
    What do you guys think? having bell, foster and miller is pretty sexy but i’d have to survive off waiver fodder for QB (fitzpatrick, flacco, carr). Is it worth it or stick with Brady and Adams? Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ian: I’d take that deal.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Jay: with a healthy Eric Decker back in a week or so, Fitzy isn’t THAT ugly… but as a #1, eh… I like Carr’s upside off the wire.

        Foster is the best player in the deal.. and Wright and Adams seem like a wash currently… If I’m trading Brady though, I’d be trying to upgrade WR, not RB. Based on your squad, I assume you’re 0-2 (unless you have Gronk or something at TE), so you might feel pressured to shake things up…

  9. Happyharry says:
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    PPR – Drew Brees @ Car. or Marcus Mariota vs. Indy? Thanks Man!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Happyharry: Brees, but this could change Sat night. It’s super close right now.

  10. CMUTimmah says:
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    @Clint: I think, by week 6/7, Matt Jones is the lead back without question. That fumble wasn’t like the Gore disaster last week… he was trying to make a play, at the time when his team really needed someone to. He’s clearly the better runner vs Alfie.

    Williams added a wrinkle to the whole backfield though. If they get behind, both backs are worthless!

    Some notes from the game that were left out:

    Interesting that Unga made another play this weekend in coverage.. He’s not good. But he’s found the ball in back to back weeks. Reed didn’t get a mention in the re-cap, but he’s one heck of a weapon for that Washington offense… if Cousins didn’t make two bad passes, he would have had a truly monster game as a TE. I played Reed do to Unga being suspect in coverage, and I’m happy with the 96 yards… but the opportunity was there for much more. He was also open on sideline routes in garbage time over and over… but Cousins kept throwing to the middle of the field instead of the sideline… poor situational decisions by the QB hurt Reed’s catch/yardage as well.

    Teams are getting worse and worse at “disguising” pick plays. The offense pass interference this year has been rampant.

    Andre Roberts has true alligator arms in the slot. I wouldn’t even throw him the ball since he looks so scared to get lit up.

    • Phil B.

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      @CMUTimmah: great assessment of the WAS RB situation. I started Jones in a couple leagues and that fumble was dang unfortunate for him. He’s easily the better back, and it seems WAS already knows this. They are letting Morris down easy.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @pbmax: Yeah, could be this too. I think Jones is the better back as well, but Gruden is infuriating when it comes to anything resembling a coaching decision.

        • RotoLance

          RotoLance says:
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          @Jay: I don’t know if you caught on the telecast where they showed how according “next gen stats” or whatever that Matt Jones was the fastest RB in week 2. I don’t know what that means, precisely, but I know it’s a lot better than being the slowest RB in week 2.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @CMUTimmah: Yeah, I can’t find anything to disagree with here. I just feel Morris is still the guy until he proves he can’t, and I’m not so sure that’s happened yet.

    • RotoLance

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      @CMUTimmah: Well, technically Matt Jones was about 2 feet away from a TD when they were down, so I’m not sure he’s worthless when they are down but certainly his usage was troubling. But not nearly as much as Morris’, which is something we were already fairly aware of, ya know, going into the season. Very good comment though.

  11. Harrison Saunders says:
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    Bear in mind that a good portion of those 67 interminable hours were commercials.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Harrison Saunders: Fair point. 66 of those hours were on Daily Fantasy.

  12. Nick says:
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    Hey jay, with Murray practicing, you have to start him this week over the likes of Sankey/White/Wheaton/Charles Johnson/Tre, right? Than at TE, with L Green practicing today, start him over Bennett?

    Thanks as always & tgif!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nick: I think so… maybe not Sankey. I’m still mulling. I’m going with Murray for now, but just in case, my rankings will be updated tomorrow night.

  13. Ron says:
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    This is definitely testing your patience so please bear with me. Or bare with me. Whatever makes you most comfortable when answering. Need lineup help to nudge me one way or another. These questions are for Flex spots for 4 different teams I’m managing for the first time this year.

    1) Cooks, Keenan Allen, Eifert – Pick 2
    2) Cooks, Abdullah, Woodhead, Boldin – Pick 1
    3) Crabtree, Andre Johnson, Agholor, Royal – Pick 1
    4) CJA, Forte, Gore, Latavius, Crowell, Olsen – Pick 3
    5) As a Lacy owner should I drop Spiller, Decker, Boldin, or A. Johnson to pickup Starks for this week? Or do I just sit Lacy?

    Thanks for bearing (baring) with me!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ron: I’m not sure anybody tests my patience in the community. Maybe Tehol…

      Cooks and Allen, Cooks, Johnson, CJA, Forte, Murray, and drop Boldin. I sensed a theme here, and I don’t like Brees sitting, but McCown will have to throw to someone.

  14. Barker says:
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    10 1/2 ppr

    Drop blount or mathews for crowell

    My rbs murray gore jones blount coleman mathews

    12 team ppr trade question

    I give bennett spiller i get hyde crowell
    I give bennett j bell i get hyde hillman

    I give bennett stevie johnson i get j matthews
    I give bennett stevie johnson i get aj green

    My rbs ingram lewis starks j bell spiller
    My wrs calvin adams moncrief stevie
    My tes bennett walker reed

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Barker: Mathews.

  15. Joe says:
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    How do you rank Ingram, Gurley, Hyde, and Ivory ROS in a PPR league?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Joe: Hyde, Ivory, Ingram, Gurley.

  16. L-Boogie says:
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    Yo. My first Q of the football season is a doozy. I need a kicker. I don’t mean I need a better one. I mean I don’t even have one on my team right now. Don’t worry,I won’t ask you which one to pick up. But which steaming pile of RB crap should I drop to make room: McFadden or Chris Johnson? Any hope for either of these guys?

    Muchos thankos.

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @L-Boogie: In case it matters, 12 team PPR.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @L-Boogie: I think both are droppable, but I’d hold on Johnson while Ellington is out.

  17. Zandy says:
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    Better for final bench spot – Damian Williams or Dunbar? Std league

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zandy: Williams.

  18. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Would you start Maclin over Tannehill in super flex where QB sacks are -1?

    • Phil B.

      pbmax says:
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      @Kendrick Llama: why would you always not start a QB at the superflex? Cause of the -1 sacks?

  19. YO!

    Three guys for 2 spots, who you got?

    Terrance Williams Dal – WR
    Sun 1:00 pm vs Atl

    Andre Johnson Ind – WR
    Sun 1:00 pm @ Ten

    Rishard Matthews Mia – WR
    Sun 4:25 pm vs Buf

  20. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Jay,

    I ran this trade by you yesterday, but the talks have evolved a bit. Would you do L. Murray straight up for Cobb in a ppr?

    Also, what do you think the outlook is, ceiling/floor wise, for David Johnson, Abdullah, Christine Michael for ROS?

    I know that Michael hasn’t seen the field yet, but I have to think that he is learning the offense while the other RBs remain unspectacular. This has to be a positive for him still, right?

    Thanks

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Cobb side wins, not particularly close imo. In PPR it’s pretty easy just to scrape by with whatever RBs you can muster. WRs will most likely decide the league.

  21. RotoLance

    RotoLance says:
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    Best Bon Iver song is: ?
    Best Taylor Swift song is: ?

    I’m really looking forward to hearing some District Derp.

    PS I can probably name a Bon Iver song or three, Taylor Swift.. not so much.

  22. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    if Ivory plays, him or Yeldon in PPR (also have gordon)? also, here are my pick ems, Tehol said he’d put his in his post, but he hasn’t yet. I’ll copy paste to make sure all three of us get together though

    PIT
    SD
    HOU
    NYJ
    CAR
    NE
    BAL
    CLE
    IND
    ATL
    ARI
    SEA
    MIA
    DEN
    GB

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Probably Gordon actually. And no worries, I think it’s a lost cause on the picks.

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