Everyone wants to get some booty. Living in my mom’s basement, I haven’t seen much booty. Pirate’s booty, I mean. What I wouldn’t do to get some of that swashbuckling plunder. The Bears, however, didn’t appear to want any part of the Buccaneers nor Tom Brady’s booty for most of the first half Thursday night. Then, late in the 2nd quarter, Nick Foles took off the eye patch, tossed his peg leg aside and began his quest for the Brady booty. Foles went 30/42 for 243 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception as he led the Bears to their 4th victory. It wasn’t exactly pretty, but plundering is an ugly business by nature. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:
Tom Brady – 25/41 for 253 yards and his 12th passing touchdown. Khalil Mack made the GOAT look more like that goat from Jurassic Park. By the time their final drive rolled around Brady couldn’t remember what year it was, much less what down it was. Both of these defenses are legit, probably top five in the league, so we’re lucky we even saw the 39 points we did between the Bucs and Bears. Brady has a good chance to produce QB1 numbers moving forward, if his weapons can get healthy.
Ronald Jones – 17 carries for 106 yards, 3 catches for 19 yards. Pigskinonator loved RoJo this week, ranking him #11 among the week 5 running backs. Have you signed up for Pig-bot yet? What are you waiting for?! There’s a free 7-day trial!
Ke’Shawn Vaughn – 2 catches for 5 yards and a fumble lost. The third round rookie saw some field time due to the ankle injuries to both Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy. The fumble wasn’t really his fault with Brady leading him into a vicious hit from Kyle Fuller. Still, it seems unlikely that Vaughn will have fantasy relevance anytime this season.
Mike Evans – 5 catches for 41 yards and his 6th touchdown. Now on pace for 19 receiving touchdowns which would be the third most in NFL history behind only Randy Moss (23) and Jerry Rice (22). Expect the gravy train to run out if Chris Godwin (hamstring) ever gets healthy. Until then, Evans is locked in as a WR1.
Scotty Miller – 0 catches on 0 targets. What did Scotty do to get on Brady’s shitlist? Scotty doesn’t know! Maybe his disappearance was only due to the hip and groin injuries he’s been battling. Scotty doesn’t know! Rookie Tyler Johnson (4 catches for 61 yards) stepped up and looked good on Thursday night, but remember, Justin Watson (chest) also missed the game. Ignore the good looking Johnson for now.
Rob Gronkowski – 3 catches for 52 yards. Don’t look now, but Gronk is heating up! No, seriously, don’t look. It’s painful watching the big man run.
Allen Robinson – 10 catches for 90 yards. We questioned whether Foles would have tunnel vision for Robinson like Trubisky did. After 26 Robinson targets over Foles’ first two starts, it’s safe to say those concerns were as backwards as the Titans concerns over COVID. It seems Anthony Miller’s (4 catches for 28 yards) breakout will have to wait.
David Montgomery – 10 carries for 29 yards, 7 catches for 30 yards and his 2nd touchdown. The Bucs stout run defense put some pants on the Full Monty, but he still salvaged a nice fantasy line with 7 receptions and the touchdown plunge. His bellcow-like workload in the absence of Tarik Cohen (ACL) makes Monty a high end RB2 rest of season.
Jimmy Graham – 3 catches for 33 yards and his 4th touchdown. The 2013 star tight end reunion was dominated by Graham. You could see the jealousy on Gronk’s face. When the Bears signed him to a 2 year/16 million dollar deal I wanted to stick my head in the oven as a Bears fan. I’d still like to stick my head in the oven, but that’s pretty much the norm for 2020, right?