Three tomatoes are walkin’ down the street.
Papa Tomato, Mama Tomato and Baby Tomato.
Baby Tomato starts lagging behind, and Papa Tomato gets really angry.
Goes back and squishes him and says: “Ketchup.”
Ketchup.

– Mia Wallace, Pulp Fiction

 

On Thursday night, the Titans defense was Baby Tomato and Nyheim Hines squished them into ketchup as he racked up 12 carries for 70 yards, 5 catches for 45 yards and his 5th and 6th touchdowns. It was a great game for Papa Tomato, and also his third two touchdown game of the season, but Hines has been wildly inconsistent. While he sees 3-6 targets in the pass game each week, this was his first game with double digit carries. In fact, over the four previous games Hines only received a total of 10 carries. All this to say, don’t get overly excited about Papa Tomato. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:

Philip Rivers – 29/39 for 308 yards and his 11th passing touchdown. The Philip Rivers Shot Put Academy is churning out Olympians left and right, so it’s surprising Rivers still has time to make it as a mediocre NFL quarterback. Fun fact: Pigskinonator projected the Colts QB for 293 passing yards in this game. Not bad for a brainless pig-bot!

Michael Pittman Jr. – 7 catches for 101 yards, 1 carry for 21 yards. The rookie also saw a team high 8 targets which isn’t the pitts. I told you he was worth grabbing last week as an upside WR3. 

Jonathan Taylor – 7 carries for 12 yards, 2 catches for 25 yards. As one of the JT bandwagon drivers I’m horrified by how that Colts backfield has panned out in the absence of Marlon Mack. The only silver lining was that Jordan Wilkins (8 carries for 28 yards) had an equally bad game—yeah, I’m grasping at straws here. This situation reminds me of the Lions and Patriots dumpster fire fantasy backfields, I want out. Seriously, I locked myself in a closet, someone let me out!  

T.Y. Hilton – 4 catches for 40 yards. Hilton passed the eye test, which reminds me I still have to go to the DMV for license renewal water boarding. I mean an eye exam. I’d grab T.Y. if he was dropped, a late season surge could be in store.

Derrick Henry – 19 carries for 103 yards, 1 catch for 6 yards. The tough Colts defense neutralized the Predator’s thermal vision but he still rumbled for 100+ yards while being vultured. You’d think the Predator would just eat vultures.

A.J. Brown – 1 catch for 21 yards. My drawers turned brown after A.J. dropped that first quarter bomb. Pretty sure that would’ve been a touchdown. He’s still an elite WR1, these things happen.

Ryan Tannehill – 15/27 for 147 yards and his 20th passing touchdown. This line would look a little better with a 70 yard A.J. Brown touchdown tacked on, eh? Tannehill is halfway thru a 4-week gauntlet, he’ll have to face the Ravens next week and then the Colts again the following week. But the playoff schedule is weaker than Philip Rivers’ arm.  

Corey Davis – 5 catches for 67 yards. Very sad to hear about the passing of Davis’s 27 year old brother this week. Stupid cancer! But good to see Corey out there balling and taking his mind off things. I’ve said it a few times, I think Tannehill and this Titans off can actually sustain two startable fantasy receivers—at least in friendly matchups.

Jonnu Smith – 2 catches for 14 yards, 1 carry for 1 yard and his 7th touchdown. A rushing touchdown nonetheless. Is any player more touchdown dependent than Jonnu?

D’Onta Foreman – 7 carries for 18 yards, 1 catch for 5 yards and his 1st touchdown. D’Onta the D’Vulture! If you’re a Henry owner looking to handcuff the big man for your stretch run, Foreman appears to be your huckleberry.

  1. JayHay says:
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    .5 PPR, Keep 3 for up to 3 years. Start 3W/2R/1T/1Q/2F. I’m in 4th, strong chance to make playoffs as top 6 are in but unlikely to get wk14 playoff bye.
    I have Fuller/Allen/Higgins/AB/Beasley at WR, AJones/Monty/Gibson/Dobbins at RB with Kelce and Cam/Tanny/Tua at QB.

    I asked 12th place team for C. Carson and M. Thomas for Fuller (next year keeper price rd. 9, year 3) and Gibson (n.y.k. rd. 4, yr2). He countered with the same trade but also asking for Monty (not gonna keep him but like his playoff schedule). Keeper consideration context: Allen (nyk rd3, y2), Dobbins (nyk rd4, y2), Higgins (was a FA pick up so keeper price will be 3 rounds later than Yahoo pre-season rank, y2)

    Thomas & Carson were his rd 1 & 2 picks, would remain the same for me as 3rd year keepers next year. Considering playoff schedules and keeper context I’m giving up, should I accept the counter or just go into playoffs with Fuller & Gibson?

    Thanks, sorry for the essay.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d counter but maybe first see if you can get another player thrown in that he wouldn’t be keeping to make up for Dobbins?

      No problem!

      • JayHay says:
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        Thoughts on if I asked for Perine as well? I get Carson/Thomas/LaMical Perine for Fuller/Gipson/Monty. Which side would you rather have for a playoff run?

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Carson side. Yeah the Perine dart throw would be a nice add.

          • JayHay says:
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            Thanks man. Appreciate the dialogue, I know Grey does this everyday during baseball, answers EVERY comment, I was hoping the football portion would be the same. I was checking the daily football notes, I’ll definitely be back. Thanks again

            • Donkey Teeth

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              No problem, anytime!

  2. michael says:
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    .5 ppr

    Who would you start out of these three?
    Moss, Diontae, Mike Davis

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Davis

      • michael says:
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        Thanks sir. If monty doesnt heal up for Monday, who would you take out of diontae and moss? I’m planning on monty but concussions you never know.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          No problem. I’d go with Moss.

  3. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Would you start Duke or Antonio Gibson in flex this week? (12 teams, half PPR)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Gibson

  4. Nightpandas says:
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    In a must win situation this week (well every week)

    Got offered A A Ron for my Herbert

    Who would you rather have

    Not a keeper league …6pt tds Std league

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d take A A Ron

  5. William Hung says:
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    I think I know the answer to this Q, but I need to ask anyway because if we were just doing Player A/B comparisons, it’s pretty close: With word that Devonta Freeman is on IR now, do you still think Wayne Gallman is below J.K. Dobbins?

    I’m thinking of swapping out Dobbins for Gallman based on how the past 3 games have gone. I’m not sure what the snap and touch % has been between Gallman and Dobbins, but I think Gallman will have the usage-based advantage

    • William Hung says:
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      Nevermind, someone beat me to the punch… I hope Dobbins somehow can do more with his limited touches

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        I still love Dobbins’ upside, I’m holding out hope

  6. hot corner says:
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    Hey DT. I hope all is well. I play in your RCL under DoppItLikeItHot. Bummer that we had Hines on our bench but good that we are playing against Taylor.

    Love when life balances out!!!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      What up Dopp! You have a beastly team there. I started Wilkins due to lack of other options :(

  7. JC says:
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    Perine or McKissic ROS in standard scoring league?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Perine for me

  8. Trader says:
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    Rather have Mckisic at Lions or Gallman v Eagles in non-PPR league

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Gallman

  9. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey DT

    Trade deadline day

    12 team std keep 3

    I’ve been offered Boyd and Hunt for my Mike Thomas and Harris…this helps me this year but is it too much to give up long term

    I’m 4-5 currently but still in a playoff position

    Keeper group: Kamara Thomas Kyler right now…also have Gibson JJ Dobbins

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Hey nightpandas,

      Hmmm yeah I think I’d pull the trigger assuming you in think your team can make a run. Worry about the keepers later….

  10. Trader says:
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    My McKissic and Gallman for his Monty? My backfill would be Perine or Hines or similar dart throws. Standard scoring league.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah I’d take Monty assuming you can get by this week

  11. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    12 team super flex keep 4 PPR.
    QB: wentz, bridge, newton
    RB (2): duke (wow, DJ got IR’d from a concussion, that’s weird/rare, so big get having waivered him), aaron jones, gio b, scott, b.hill, breida, l.bell
    WR (3): thielen, adams, green, patrick, AB
    TE (1): kelce, goedert, graham
    2 regular flexes
    1 super flex
    team D: WAS
    IR (3): gaskin, p-will

    would you do this trade and if so who are the 2 drops (probably graham/patrick if we’re assuming hamler usage steals from him)
    my thielen + gaskin for hamler + j.meyers + RJ2.
    i know it’s always about moving thielen after or at the halfway point, but RJ2 (fournette better than him for 3-4 str weeks now) i don’t like and would be giving away my MIA hedgemony.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Nah I’d pass on that deal.

      Nice snag on Duke, I got him free in a couple myself.

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