Ladies and gentlemen, this isn’t just a trade column. This week mostly won’t be. In the spirit of week 1 overreactions, I want to provide a buy and sell of narratives and performances this week. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Josh Jacobs being on pace for 48 regular season touchdowns. 

Too often, people get caught up in overreacting to week 1 boxscores without seeing the whole picture, but sometimes the reactions end up being valid. August didn’t give us a preseason to work with so the week 1 sample size is what we have to work with. There were things that every analyst was right and wrong about coming out of week 1, including me. But whether you are heading into week 2 1-0 or 0-1, there is still a ton of football to be played. 

Stealin’

Malcolm Brown is the Rams’ back to invest in

Cam Akers will likely be the lead back in Los Angeles either at some point in the 2nd half of the season or to start next season, but Malcolm Brown is going to be a big part of the Los Angeles in the near future and perhaps beyond. Brown was the man touching the ball in the red zone last night and he was very effective. Brown ran violently and efficiently and even caught 3 passes for 31 yards. To put it simply, you could tell experience was a big benefit for Brown. Brown would be one of my first waiver priorities after touching the ball 21 times Sunday night. I’m really not trying to rush to conclusions about a pretty open backfield but targeting players that have the coach’s trust in the red zone is pretty important especially in an offense that is going to see the red zone a lot. 

Joe Burrow will be a good fantasy quarterback in 2020

Unfortunately, I had some skin in this game and ended up on the wrong side of it because kickers stink. My point being, I watched a lot of the Bengals’ drives on Sunday. The numbers weren’t there from a fantasy standpoint this week, but Burrow showed a lot of poise against one of the better pass rushing teams in the AFC. Burrow ran in a 23 yard touchdown on a designed QB draw without hesitation in the first half and that is something that you love to see as a fantasy player. I’m sure you saw the “push off” at the end of the game on what should have been a triumphant game winning drive for the first overall pick. He looked FANTASTIC in the two minute drill. Week by week, Burrow will become more NFL ready and fantasy relevant. 

Put Nyheim Hines right behind Malcolm Brown on your waiver priority

I’d be happy getting either. Jonathan Taylor is now the starting back after the unfortunate season-ending injury to Marlon Mack. Nyheim Hines already has a built in role with the Colts’ offense but one less back should mean more snaps. Hines is a great change of pace back for Philip Rivers. Rivers loves to dump the ball off and that is Hines’ wheelhouse. He didn’t look too bad toting the rock either. Hines saw some red zone work as well on Sunday and that would be a nice bonus if that continues while JT grows into his lead back shoes. 

Dealin’

Nick Chubb concerns

You have to give this offense more time. The snap/touch count was discouraging and I admit that I may have brushed off Kareem Hunt concerns a little too quickly but hear me out. The value that you would get in a trade after this past week is not the value that you should get. The Browns are playing the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday who are missing their two best interior defensive lineman. We just watched Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley gash this defense so if you’re panicking about Chubb, hold it in for one more week. 

Buccaneers’ offense concerns

I’m not a Tom Brady apologist by any means, but you have to keep in mind how good the Saints’ defense is. Things will get better and more smooth for this offense and I think it will start this upcoming week against the Panthers. Room to work will go a long way for getting the offense to gel and get their timing down with a new (old) quarterback. Ronald Jones should be in flex consideration for you after watching what Josh Jacobs was able to do against the Panthers

 

  1. RICE says:
    (link)

    Hey MB!

    I’m 4th on the waiver list. Dropping Desean Jackson to pick up one of the below. Do you agree with the below order?

    10 team / H2H / 0.5PPR

    Snell
    Hines
    M. Brown
    J. Kelley
    A. Peterson

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      That order is fine, the top 4 are the same tier to me

      • RICE says:
        (link)

        Thanks MB!

        • MB

          MB says:
          (link)

          Welcome!

  2. Lindorphins says:
    (link)

    Would you add Malcolm Brown and drop either Michel or Boston Scott? Standard / non-PPR league. Thanks and love your work!

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      Thanks! I’d drop B Scott for him

      • Lindorphins says:
        (link)

        Thanks man.

        • MB

          MB says:
          (link)

          Welcome!

  3. hitzone says:
    (link)

    12 team standard

    Trade my James Robinson for Deebo

    10 team ppr

    Trade my Mccaffrey/Gallup for Aaron Jones/DJ Moore/DK Metcalf

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      Yes on 12 team, no on 10 team

  4. Southpaw says:
    (link)

    Which of these trades do you prefer in a 12 team ESPN 1/2 PPR:

    Trade 1: Receive Chubb; Give AJ Brown
    Trade 2: Receive Drake, Jeudy, Preston Williams; Give AJ Brown, James Conner, Kerryon Johnson

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      Trade 1 for sure

  5. hitzone says:
    (link)

    10 team ppr

    trade my julio/dak/gallup for aaron jones/dj moore/goff (ill stream qb)

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      Keep Julio/Dak/Gallup

  6. ryanoger says:
    (link)

    10 team .5ppr keeper

    Snell over Malcolm Brown and Hines?

    Sounds like Brown is your favorite out of those three from above though—wanted to check

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      I could go either way but it sounds like Conner could be back soon, they both looked really good but I liked Brown’s role a lot

  7. JC says:
    (link)

    12 team, standard, we play 1 QB, 2RBs, 2WR, 1 Flex, 1 TE, 1 Def, 1 K. Here’s the team:

    Dak
    Cook, Taylor
    Julio, Golladey
    Montgomery
    Higsbee
    Pats
    Elliott

    Bench: Cohen, Mattison, AJ Green, Lazard, Slayton, Gesicki

    Wire: Malcolm Brown, Hines, Snell, Kelley, Goedert, MVS

    1. Would you drop Cohen and a TE (Gesicki) for two RBs? If so I am thinking Brown and Hines in that order. Or is Snell going to supplant brittle Mr Conner?
    I like Cohen but not sure he would be an every down back even if Montgomery was injured. You thoughts?

    2. Is Goedert an add over both my current right ends or hold? I keep seeing Higsbee’s stats over the end of last season and they are enticing – albeit now Everett is back.

    Thanks!

    3. I am trying to sell my backup receivers (Lazard, Slayton) off their big starts if I can do a two for one. If unsuccessful, how do you rank those two and Green?

    Other advice welcomed.?

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      1. Yeah, I’d let them go for Brown and Snell.

      2. I’d keep rolling out Higbee for the time being, they were lining him up in the slot sometimes, it gives me hope. Better days are coming

      3. 1. Slayton
      2. Green
      3. Lazard

      Don’t trade Slayton

      Team looks really solid!

  8. chris says:
    (link)

    Hi MB,

    What about this tarde:

    Get: Saquon and Mike Williams (or maybe Parker)
    Give: Mixon and Amari Cooper

    My team is (No ppr), 12 team league:
    qb – Watson
    rb – Jacobs / Mixon
    WR – Cooper / Woods / Watkins
    TE – Weller
    FLEX – Ingram
    K – Koo
    DEF – Stream

    Bench:
    WR – Cooks / Slayton / Justin Jeffords
    RB – Michel / Pollard

    Do you recomend the trade?

    thanks,
    Chris

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      Anytime you can get Barkley for that cheap you gotta do it

  9. PaulZone says:
    (link)

    I know Connor is not ruled out yet but who are you prioritizing between Brown and Snell?

    I have JT so going to pass on Hines…

    PPR…

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      Such a tough question I’m 51/49 leaning brown. I liked his role Sunday night

  10. Trader says:
    (link)

    Would you trade your Cohen and Higsbee for his Akers and Gesicki?

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      Yes, should pay off in the 2nd half

      • Trader says:
        (link)

        He changed it to Akers and Engram. That seems even a bit better to me. You?

  11. RicoSuave says:
    (link)

    Excellent job MB,

    I asked this in another write-up but no luck…

    12-team PPR league…

    This is my team;

    J. Allen – Q
    E. Elliot – RB
    C Carson – RB
    J. Edelman -WR
    AJ Green – WR
    T McLaurin – WR
    G Kittle – TE
    M Andrews R/W/T

    This is my bench:

    J Kelley – RB
    L Murray – RB
    B Scott – RB
    B Aiyuk – WR
    J Brown – WR
    M Hardman – WR
    A Lazard – WR

    Should I consider dropping any of the players in my bench for Gage – WR or Snell – RB?

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      Sorry we missed it!

      Drop Scott for Snell, still keeping an eye on Gage

  12. Barker says:
    (link)

    12 team ppr

    I give watkins i get latavious murray

    My wr julio davante adams kupp jefferson kirk watkins
    My rb mostert bell fournette kerryon

    Also use number one waiver on ? Bell in IR
    Hines Or snell
    Leaning Hines

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      Yes do the trade, you need RB

      Both good options go with your gut. I’m good with Hines in PPR

  13. Water boy says:
    (link)

    Hey man! Can’t believe we are on to week 2! Full ppr I’m torn who to make my first priority. My waiver order is 10 out of 10.

    RBs I’m looking at : old man Adrian Peterson, Snell , Josh Kelley

    WRs I’m looking at Russell Gage, amendola, Keelan Cole , Corey Davis ,

    TE: Dallas goedart

    Rb If I want to add any RB I’ll have to drop one , my worst RB is James Robinson

    To add a WR thinking dropping Bryan Edwards

    To add Goedart or another WR dropping Blake Jarwin

    My RBs are Dalvin Cook, CEH, Mark Ingram, Dobbins, Darrell williams, James Robinson, Zach moss, mattison,

    My WRs are DeAndre Hopkins, Ridley, Edelman, Will fuller, Terry McLaurin, N’Keal Harry , Bryan Edwards

    My TE is jonnou smith

    Thanks man!

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      That’s a really solid roster, I’d stay where you’re at. I don’t think many of those options if any are better than what you have

      • Water boy says:
        (link)

        I’m definitely dropping Jarwin due to his ACL, just don’t know if if WR ; Corey Davis, Gage or TE depth behind jonnou smith , thinking Goedart or Logan Thomas. Then again dropping Jarwin for May be the only move I do , I can’t add a RB unless I drop one & I don’t want to drop James Robinson yet.

        In the waiver order I’m 10 out of 10

        • MB

          MB says:
          (link)

          Goedert

  14. Chino says:
    (link)

    What’s up….
    Full point PPR. Who will be the better QB the rest of the way. Stanford or Josh Allen?

    Thanks in advance.

    • MB

      MB says:
      (link)

      Allen

  15. toolshed says:
    (link)

    If godwin can’t go, would you start josh kelly, scott miller or goeedert at flex? .5 ppr. Not a lot of bench to work with in this league. Thx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *