Two nights ago I had a vivid dream. I was cruising down the South Carolina coast on a beautiful summers day, windows open and Katie Perry’s Dark Horse blaring on the speakers. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye I see an enormous tidal wave towering over me. As I scrambled to roll up the windows, the big kahuna came crashing down on me like something out of an Odell Beckham Jr. fantasy—except less brown and more liquid. Well, I think more liquid, not positive on Odell’s preferred consistency. But next thing I knew I was laying awake in bed, sweat covered, clutching my Kerryon Johnson blow up doll. What did it all mean?
Naturally, like any deranged fantasy football addict, I assumed the dream was forewarning of the impending injury wave set to billow down on all of my fantasy football teams in week 2. Turns out, I misinterpreted all the signs. The vehicle in my dream was actually my week two fantasy opponents, and the colossal wave was Nick Chubb demolishing them with his 22 carries for 124 yards, 1 catch for 9 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kareem Hunt dove into the storm too with 10 carries for 86 yards, 2 catches for 15 yards and 2 touchdowns of his own. I told you in my weekly Thursday Night Football predictions that Chubb would return to full mast . I missed on my prediction of Baker Mayfield leaving at half time to record Progressive commercials, but one for two isn’t bad. Hopefully no one freaked out and traded Chubb away for another, more flaccid back after his poor showing in week one. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy football:
Baker Mayfield – 16/23 for 219 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. There were rumblings that Progressive might try to void his contract if Mayfield didn’t start playing football soon. So of course Baker stepped up in primetime to lead the Browns to victory and stabilize his acting career. Look for Mayfield and the Browns to build on this short week win. I’m in the very tiny minority of one who still thinks there’s hope for Baker to finish as a QB1 with all the weapons around him.
Odell Beckham Jr. – 4 catches for 74 yards and 1 touchdown. Coming into this game he was really getting dumped on by the media. But OBJ was the one who did the dumping on Thursday night. If it weren’t for blatant pass interference in the second quarter, he would’ve had two touchdowns and over 100 receiving yards. Our famed Pigskinonator projected Beckham for 4.8 catches, 69.5 receiving yards and 0.41 touchdowns as it’s WR13 for the week. Sign up for a 7-day free trial now, you won’t regret it! As for OBJ, he’s a must-start WR1 moving forward—yeah, I said it.
Jarvis Landry – 3 catches for 46 yards. There’s better days ahead for The Landryman who still isn’t 100% after offseason hip surgery. He’s a solid WR3 buy-low target in PPR leagues.
Austin Hooper – 2 catches for 22 yards. Still think there’s a decent chance Hooper finishes the year as a TE1. There wasn’t much incentive for the Browns to throw in the 2nd half of this one since the Bengals run defense was more comical than a Baker Mayfield Progressive commercial—I liked the new book club one the first 40 times.
Joe Burrow – 37/61 for 316 yards, 7 carries for 19 yards and 3 passing touchdowns. I expected the rookie to look much more rookie-like on a short week. It’s hard not to be impressed with Joe Donkey at this point. In spite of no preseason and a wacky COVID training camp, Burrow looked shockingly poised in primetime. There will be bumps along the way, but his dual threat potential and the terrible Bengals defense gives him streamer appeal this season.
A.J. Green – 3 catches for 29 yards. The number that immediately catches your eye is the 13 targets Green saw. The rookie QB likes to look his way, so as long A.J. can stay healthy the fantasy production is coming soon.
Tyler Boyd – 7 catches for 72 yards and 1 touchdown. Boyd dropped a touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter so he could’ve had an even bigger night. Little known fact: Bigger Knight was the name of Suge’s 4’6″ brother.
Mike Thomas – 4 catches for 31 yards and 1 touchdown. Glad I accidentally drafted the Bengals Mike Thomas in the first round of all my leagues.
Joe Mixon – 16 carries for 46 yards, 4 catches for 40 yards. I ranked him as my RB14 in my 2020 fantasy football rankings. Who’s the idiot now! Still me? Darn.
Gio Bernard – 1 carry for 3 yards, 3 catches for 29 yards. The Stache scavenged a touchdown in the third quarter, but it got overturned. It’s obvious what the Bengals offense needs: more Stache.
Tee Higgins – 3 catches for 35 yards. The 2nd round rookie has a real Ochocinco look to him in that Bengals jersey. And it may or may not be because he wears the number 85.
C.J. Uzomah – 4 catches for 42 yards and 1 touchdown before being carted off in the 4th quarter with a tough break season ending Achilles injury. Drew Sample (7 catches for 45 yards) now jumps onto deep league radars. Could his 9 targets be a, uhhhh, sample of things to come? Sorry, I’ll see myself out.
yeah burrow looked damn good, didn’t get scared under pressure, seems to not be flustered at all about anything, just crazy calm on the sidelines, checks all sorts of mental boxes easily already (which as we know some highly drafted QB prospects never, ever get to the above, or not for long and not consistently). (stool) sample might end up being quite useful, will probably very quickly be in the: “should i drop engram (after a bad week 2) or l.thomas (after most possible week 2’s and 3’s) or hurst (if another week 2 like week 1)”. i’m predicting others to ask those questions, i’m not doing it here.
i once saw the ex-LAR mike thomas (pretty sure ex-JAX too) playing the near the window game that nelly often played at at harrah’s STL years ago and he was down a LOT of money (for that game but just in general too) according to other railbirds. he did appear to be a guy down a lot of money.
Thomas seems to be a surprisingly big part of their game plan thru two weeks. John Ross was MIA last night…
Ha yeah stool sample is intriguing for sure…Burrow seems to like his tight end
Is there a more polarizing player right now than OBJ – tbh, if it wasn’t for Godwin’s concussion and risk of being out this Sunday, I may have benched OBJ… @MB holds the opposite opinion of yours – and that seems to be the consensus – there are those who strongly believe OBJ is all name value and no talent, and others who believe he’ll return WR1 value and is a must start
mb wouldn’t say talent is the issue with him, but yeah of people adp 50 or better he’s the most polarizing with these 2
Can’t think of any others so polarizing. I guess Mixon is in the convo.
I get that OBJ has been frustrating to own for two full seasons now but he’s obviously still one of the most talented receivers in the league. My stance on OBJ is as much about Baker as anything else.
Would you drop Kirk, Samuel, or Aiyuk for Lindsay or josh Howard (or both)?
14m and lacking RBs (only have Jacobs, David Johnson , and Cohen)
Oops Jordan Howard
Surprised those guys are out there with 14 teams. I’d swap Aiyuk out for Howard…
Yeah, surprising drops. Would you burn a #2 waiver to ensure getting Howard? And why him over Lindsay?
You still like Kirk? Lots down on him this year
Yes I think he’s worth using the waiver with 14 teams. I like him over Lindsay because Lindsay has turf toe, a tough injury…wouldn’t be surprised if he’s limited for the next month plus.
Honestly, don’t love Kirk after his week one usage but in a 14 teamer he still should be owned. But so should Lindsay…I’d lose Kirk for Lindsay too if you can get both and if you have enough WRs.
Would you drop Herndon for a “Sample of things to come”?
No, I’d keep Herndon for now
Is Freeman a viable option for 2020? I would have to drop Kelley, AJ Green, Lazard or Slayton.
Not sure which Freeman you’re talking about (Devonta or Royce) but I wouldn’t drop any of those guys for either of them
Akers or J Robinson ROS 1/2 ppr?
Akers for me but it’s close. Robinson if we were just looking at the short term.
Should I hang on to AP? or should I drop him for Darrel Williams to handcuff CEH…
Depends on the rest of your team. Who are your other RBs? If you have more than enough depth then the Williams handcuff is the right move. If you think there’s a decent chance you might need to start AP in the near future then keep him.
Am I crazy for considering a deal in which I trade Barkley with Edwards-Helaire and Pierre Campbell? Yes, I know it was only one week and it was the Steelers. But the Giants I-line is horrid and their upcoming schedule has some really tough run D, no?
Am I crazy?
Not crazy but I’d personally much rather have Saquon.
Higbee, Hockenson, Fant.. same tier by year end? Higbee clearly higher?
1/2 ppr. Thx.
I do have them in the same tier but actually prefer Hockenson of the 3
Full point PPR. Better keep the rest of the season. Ruggs III or Edelman? Thanks
Hey! I’d want Edelman. No problem.
A couple of RBs are still sitting on the wire who I am intrigued by (12 team .5 PPR)
My RBs are: Barkley, Snell Jr., Joshua Kelley, James White, Cohen, JK Dobbins
I’d prefer lindsay since you probably aren’t starting either in the next couple weeks…
who is my drop?
Oh are those RBs your only drop options? Think I’d stand pat if that’s the case…James White and Lindsay are pretty close to me but might as well keep the guy who’s healthy.
Hey Donkey Happy Friday
12 team keep 3
I had one pick in the first 8 rounds this year after going hard last year and now I’ve lost Thomas for a few. Been offered Bell a 1st and 2nd for Kamara
Here’s my team:
1 Qb Lamar (k)
2 Rb Kamara (k), Dobbins, Gibson, AP, Kelley, DHarris(IR)
2 Wr Thomas (k), AMiller, RAnderson, Lazard, Reagor, Shenault, CDavis
1 Te L Thomas
start 2 flex
what do you think?
I’d keep Kamara there…
Full point PPR. David Johnson or Raheem Mostert?
DJ for me
Full point PPR. David Johnson or Raheem Mostert?
DJ for me
10 team standard 10 points bonus @ 100 rushing and/or receiving
Drop Boston Scott for any of the following
Nothing too exciting there. Guess I’d go with Reagor for the upside, but kinda depends on positional needs…
W/r -scary terry
W/r/t E sanders
Bn. D . Parker
Colts D also available. The play jets next week could grab them for next week and drop for somebody who shows out Sunday
I don’t really like having two defenses but since I stream . If the waiver wire isn’t to appealing . I go ahead and grab a D with good matchup for next week .
I’d go with Reagor
Anthony or Scotty Miller for use in bye weeks later in the season?
20 teamer, golladay out yet again. good news here is i nabbed cephus before last week’s game with like 1.5 hours to go. already trying to waiver henderson over gio B (tonight).
QB (1): rodgers, fitz
RB (2): d-mont, chubb, mattison, duke, gio B
WR (3): renfrow, cephus, mclaurin, shenault, berrios (added now to block opps)
TE (1): hurst, everett
IR (10): golladay
WR options (berrios drop, golladay later makes this guy a drop): MT (CIN), hamler (waivers comes off mon), ross (WW’s wed), pettis, guyton, watson,
TE options (drop everett?): sample (waivers not till wed morning), izzo (from blocking he’s playing far more than any other NE TE)
I’d go with Cincy MT over Berrios, seems like there might be something there. Sample over Everett for me.
different 20 teamer than above (dynasty below). have irv smith and everett, with kittle out (and just tons of other SF guys in general) add j.reed for this week (have aj brown out and added g.davis, but when him or mims is back i’d have to drop anyway) to start over irv smith?
RB (1): DJ, ekeler, dillon, vaughn, b.love
WR (2): c.patterson (return yards worth same as scrimmage), m-will, duvernay, g.davis (he’d be the drop now if i do it), gandy-golden
TE (1): irv smith, everett
could also just drop g.davis for perine as RB depth since 3/5 of mine have no usage this year (b.love pretty sure will have longer term value and the lack of camp reps hurt guys like him more than anybody else) and stick with irv smith, but smith/reed nearly tied at FP’s this week top rankers and i’d gotta think if j.reed is healthy his this week upside is pretty fierce.
also my IR guys:
IR (10): mims, aj brown, t-will
Yeah I have Reed a little ahead of Irv this week myself. Could probably drop Davis and then add him back if you still have space next week. Strange that you can grab a guy like him off the wire in a 20 team dynasty league though!
it’s a 20 with full real life sized IDP’s so some of the BN slots used for IDP guys. i did also obtain off FA duvernay (better floor than most leagues from the return yardage too). also we only have to start 2 WR so that helps a ton too on the depth stuff.
Ah makes sense
12 teamer with full return yardage points (10 yards per point)
RB (2): hines (scored 29.7 in this league last week, and will be flexed constantly), barkley, d-mont, AAron, scott
WR (2): sims (both KR/PR), woods, hardman (KR/PR), parker (no way he’s starting this week even if he plays), gage, m-will
1. drop gage for c.davis here (unless sims is playing one great distance kicker though him or hardman probably starting most of the time)
2. mckinnon or duke over scott (or wait till we SEE sanders look good and healthy)
1. Davis over Gage
2. Hold Scott for now
guessing d-jax over c.davis and gage, he was dropped lately.
I actually prefer Davis for this week with AJB out
sorry i meant going forward there not so much this week. yeah i’d agree THIS week c.davis more useful than d-jax and gage for sure. i haven’t gone over how the kickers for the opposing sides of hardman (last week was fairbairn, the last year BEST touchback (i.e. worst for returners) guy) and sims. hines also does both KR/PR and clearly he’s just playing every week in the flex now (unless AAron or barkley gets hurt, then it’s RB slot)
Gotcha, I’m with ya
Would you trade for Ekeler and Waller giving up Montgomery, Cohen and Higbee? My pickup to backfill open spot would be Gaskin or stream.
My team in standard scoring league:
Cook, Taylor, Montgomery
Bench: Lazard, AJ Green, Ant Miller, Slayton (playing this week due to Golladay injury). Cohen, Kelley, Mattison.
Yes, Ekeler/Waller side and not close
Standard league, need an RB2:
Hines vs. Minn or Dobbins @ HOU?
My opponent played Chubb, so note if you think one has higher upside too
I think Dobbins is the higher upside play in standard, would go with him
Hey DT, thanks for all your help.
No frills 1/2 ppr, Henry locked in as RB1, pls pick two to run behind him:
Mostert, M Sanders, David Johnson
Leaning Mostert for one, but the other two…yikes…
I’d go with Sanders for sure. DJ and Mostert are close for the 2nd spot. I’d go DJ but if your gut says Mostert then go with it…they’re close enough imo.
At least that makes the Eagles fan in me happy.
Mostert feels like this year’s guy who’s gonna blow up whenever I don’t play him and fail epically whenever I do. So what I really want is another blow up week and then trade him for somebody good and put me out of my misery. Logically, I guess I should play Sanders and DJ…
Don’t let me talk you off Mostert if you’re feeling him…
This’ll come down to whatever I feel in The Force and how much coffee I’ve had by about 12:45 tomorrow, I think.
That’s when all the best decisions are made!