Last night, we kicked off the regular season with…. the opposite of a bang as the Atlanta Falcons visited the Philadelphia Eagles. We have to remember that September football tends to be pretty bad at times. Teams are not in a groove on the offensive side of the ball and it clearly showed last night.

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One player that looked like he was in mid-season form was Julio Jones. Julio caught 10 passes for 169 yards, but still couldn’t find the end zone. Julio deserves better than Matt Ryan.

Matt Ryan was awful in the red zone. His performance last night has led some to speculate whether he is dealing with some sort of shoulder injury. I would argue that this is who Matt Ryan is. Besides 2016, when has Ryan ever been better than the average starting NFL quarterback? Ryan, for the majority of his career, has looked like he doesn’t know what to do when the pocket is collapsing around him. If you didn’t fall asleep during the first 3 quarters, you might have noticed that Ryan was unable to finish any of the red zone drives through the air, especially when the game was on the line.

It’s not all Ryan’s fault. Steve Sarkisian is an atrocious play caller who doesn’t get the most out of any of his offensive weapons, even Julio Jones. Of course, Julio Jones is going to get double teamed in Eagles territory on a potential game winning drive. You don’t plan for this? An offensive coordinator is not doing his job when only 5 players on his team haul in a catch all game and two of them are running backs. First round draft pick, Calvin Ridley, was not a factor whatsoever and I continue to believe that he won’t be playable at all in fantasy football this season. I’m not trying to overreact, this is just not an offense that supports three valuable wide receivers.

Tevin Coleman looked better than Devonta Freeman last night. Matt Ryan didn’t do Freeman any favors by over throwing him on screen passes or leading him into situations that led to lost yardage. Coleman had the big play through the air and a nice fourth quarter touchdown run. Now we have a question mark with Devonta Freeman’s knee. Owners of both players should monitor this situation closely.

On the Eagle’s side of the ball, things weren’t much…. prettier. I liked what I saw out of Jay Ajayi and his usage. Pretty much his entire value comes from whether or not he will get red zone looks and you can definitely check that box. We all knew that the Eagles were going to play three running backs so there aren’t any surprises.

Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz were tied with a team lead of 10 targets a piece. Neither had a game that was worth a starting spot on your week 1 roster. Ertz just didn’t play at times last night and Agholor was unable to accumulate much yardage to go along with his 8 catches. It’s going to be a long month in Philly without Carson Wentz under center.

Don’t worry, football will get better. It always does. It’s probably just a good idea to temper your expectations for the next couple of weeks.

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  1. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    MB!

    Happy NFL season, brotha!

    Wanted your take on my squad and a deal I just made if you don’t mind…12 teams, PPR

    QB – TB12
    RB- Tev Coleman
    RB- James Conner
    RB/WR- Doug Baldwin
    WR- Keenan Allen
    WR- Michael Thomas
    WR/TE – Corey Davis
    TE- David Njoku
    D/ST- Titans
    K- Gould

    B- Chris Thompson
    B- Kerryon Johnson
    B- Randy Cobb
    B- Cameron Meredith
    B- Austin Ekeler
    B- Jaylen Samuels

    I just traded Conner for Dion Lewis to Bell’s owner. What do you think of the deal & my squad overall? I wanted WRs early and had to set my draft list since the draft was sadly at a time that I could not attend due to other obligations…

    Also, I am not seeing Samuels get much hype, but he is a legit pass catcher and should have a role for the Steelers. Thoughts?

    Thanks, dude!

    • MB

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      Yeah running back is pretty weak for you but with that WR corps you’re in decent shape. I like the trade a lot! I’m waiting and seeing on Samuels, he’s definitely roster-worthy though

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @MB: Thanks, my man! I wanted to wait it out another day, but at the same time if Juice reports, I would have lost most all of my trading leverage for Conner. Getting Lewis gives me a corner on the PPR target backs lol. The price seemed fair overall.

        I am a big time James Conner fan (PITT grad), but I am not 100% convinced that he has what it takes to be a lead dog in the NFL. Samuels just fits with the Steelers play style so well and he has a ton of versatility. He lined up in the slot, the backfield, and TE for NC State. He could be a fun piece for #7 and company.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          He definitely could be. He was fun in the preseason

  2. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey man,

    Bell related questions for you: 16 team std he was my second pick and I don’t have Connor

    1. Would you move him for Ingram and Morris?

    2. Or Would you trade Baldwin for Connor

    3. If Bell doesn’t play would you start Samuel at TE (yahoo league) over OJ Howard?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yikes, that’s brutal. I don’t know what to make of the Bell situation. Ingram and Morris is pretty decent return but I’d probably wait a week if you can

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I wouldn’t trade Baldwin for Conner and I’d still play oj Howard

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Nightpandas: somebody offering only conner for baldwin is out of their F’ing minds and is trying to trade rape you (at this point).

  3. Don Majikowski says:
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    Assuming LeVeon doesn’t play this weekend, please rank: Conner, D Henry, Alex Collins

  4. Brian says:
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    Ppr….. need 2, 1 must be rb. Hyde, white, baldwin

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Brian: Hyde and Baldwin

  5. Nightpandas says:
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    Would you move Beast Mode for Connor if you owned Bell? 16 teams

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yes

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Nightpandas: yeah skittles and his age/possible grudening is a much more realistic trade for bell owner to get conner than the above “offer”

  6. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    yep, ATL coach gave that game away, had they just kicked FG on 1st drive, rather than some kind of non straight ahead run against a top 3 D they’d have been down AT MOST 3 in red zone at end of game, and if bryant doesn’t hit a freakin’ post on an XP they’d have been down 2.

  7. Beef jerky says:
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    12 team PPR my team
    Henry
    Royce
    Rex
    Carson
    P. Barber
    A. Jones
    Crowell

    Obj
    Hilton
    Aj green
    Mike Williams
    Golladay

    would you do Mixon and Diggs for OBJ?
    Thanks

  8. Allan says:
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    MB I’ve got a little bit of a dilemma. I’m the commissioner of our 12 team ppr dynasty league. There’s a trade on the table between 2 teams. It’s Alshon Jeffrey, Golden Tate, Jordan Howard, and Bilal Powell for Leveon Bell, Stefon Diggs, and Jerrick McKinnon. My first instinct is to veto it. Thoughts?

  9. Dylan says:
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    Two questions MB. (PPR League)

    Do you see James Conner exploding week 1 and if so who do you fill in the flex Mixon, Royce Freeman, Dion Lewis, or Conner? (Kinda wanna roll the dice on Conner)

    (Separate League) Are you putting Dalvin Cook in over Dion Lewis this week at flex or giving him a week to see if he settles in?

  10. William Hung says:
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    I am using my waiver priority to pick up James Conner – I play in a 10 team league so I figure Conner’s upside with Le’Veon’s uncertainty makes it worth it. Was this a good move for me? The fact that he’s a consensus top 20 RB play this week was too much for me to not try to make this move.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @William Hung: do you mean you had the #1. the #1 has been used in 2 of my leagues where for some reason the bell owner didn’t handcuff (but those were 12’s)

      • William Hung says:
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        @The Harrow: I had #3, but the #2 picked up conner so I just went with my 2nd choice of Breida

        • MB

          MB says:
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          That’s not bad, we’ll see how he looks tomorrow

        • The Harrow says:
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          @William Hung: i get it, you posted before you knew the results. breida could easily be more valuable if bell gets back shortly.

  11. Ron P says:
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    Looking for some help fin this first week. 10-team Standard. Which side you want?

    Side A – Mike Thomas and J. Conner
    or
    Side B – Davante Adams and Crabtree

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