Most who are educated on Viking lore are familiar with the legendary Lief Erikson, the first European to ever set foot on the North American continent. But generations before Lief raped and pillaged his way across the ocean, there was one even more historic Viking: Ragnar Thielen. You won’t read about Ragnar in any of those propagandized history books. He was the most peaceful of the Vikings. Instead of collecting skulls Ragnar spent his time knitting with the skin of pig. That’s right, old Ragnar Thielen created the first football back in the year 969. Fast forward 1,051 years and his great-greatX20-grandson Adam Thielen showed how the pigskin runs in his veins as he snatched 4 catches for 43 yards and his 8th and 9th touchdowns. Viking lore aside, I’ve been saying since summer that Thielen is a first half player. In the last two seasons he’s caught only two touchdowns in 12 games after the first week in November. This could be the year he bucks the trend, but I’m not betting on it. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:

Kirk Cousins – 25/36 for 292 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception—he now has 17 passing touchdowns on the year. As our local Vikings fan Everywhere Blair says, it’s garbage time all the time for Cousins.

Dalvin Cook – 30 carries for 96 yards, 4 catches for 16 yards. It was cool seeing The Chef working his food truck, giving back to the people, but it did look painful when he smashed his meat balls in the 4th quarter. No good deed goes unpunished.

Justin Jefferson – 8 catches for 135 yards. JJeff is El Jefe. For all the hype surrounding Jeudy, Lamb and Ruggs this preseason, Jefferson, Claypool and Higgins might all be just as good, if not better. What a class. As for Jefferson, the great Pigskinonator ranked him #17 among week 10 fantasy wide receivers which was 7 spots higher than the Fantasy Pros expert consensus. 

Nick Foles – 15/26 for 106 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception before leaving in the final minute with a very painful looking back injury. I hate to kick a guy when he’s down but as a Bears fan I’m contractually obligated to at least nudge Foles with my foot. I know it’s only partially Foles’ fault but the Bares offense is just pathetic. It’s about time to give Mitch Trubisky (shoulder) another chance—assuming the shoulder is good enough to go next week.

Cordarrelle Patterson – 12 carries for 30 yards, 2 catches for 19 yards and a 104 yard kickoff return touchdown. Patterson was the lone bright spot in the Bears “offense.” Actually the lone bright spot was on special teams, the offensive production was still pretty dim. Newly signed Lamar Miller (2 catches for 6 yards) should see an expanded role if  David Montgomery (concussion) needs to miss more time. I’m not rushing out to add Miller nor Patterson.

Allen Robinson – 6 catches for 43 yards. If there’s any silver lining from this game it’s that Robinson was able to play a majority of snaps—I don’t have the snap counts yet but guessing he was 80%+—without a setback to his knee. Yeah, I’m digging pretty deep for positives here. 

Darnell Mooney – 2 catches for 3 yards. With the Full Monty out I expected the Full Mooney to show us a little more skin.

Anthony Miller – 2 catches for 28 yards. Can I stop writing about the Bears offense yet? This is just sad.

Jimmy Graham – 0 catches on 2 targets. I can’t believe I missed the Jimmy Graham retirement announcement!

 

  1. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    super flex 12 teamer, winston over either of bridge/newton? or just say screw it and hold those 2 and wentz and use that open roster spot for ahmed or perriman (have gaskin/breida in 2/3 of IR slots, all MIA IR actually with p-will in the other one). everybody is past their byes so unless bridge it out longer than it sounds (sounds like 1 week max) i won’t need to start winston probably, but hell, he’s the most “bad in real life but great for fantasy” QB since that dude on JAX a few years ago. or at least he was on TB last year.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d say screw it and try to grab Ahmed

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        bortles, that’s him. owning him in leagues (esp with 300 yard passing bonuses) was like that time i was losing like 11 hockey bets one halloween (some 2-3 teamers, and a lot of single bets), then ALL of them turned around and i won them all in the last 5 or under minutes of each game (it was a flip of like 730 or so from what i was about to lose to what i won). it was amazing. and with bortles i remember once in the 2nd half of a season where he did that like 3 times, almost no yards or TD’s in the 1st half of whatever game, then JAX would be down like 20+ or so, BAM he goes off for like at least 2 TD/250 2nd half yards, sometimes more. think i not only sweaked into playoffs from one of those games, pretty sure i won that money league SB from another of them. i owned/played him that year since it was one of the a.luck injury midseason years.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Yeah Bortles had on great fantasy season

  2. William Hung says:
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    Looking at the weekly waivers and names who intrigue me are (.5 PPR): Ahmed, Josh Reynolds, LaMical Perine, Reagor, and Jakobi Meyers

    I am leaning towards dropping both Zack Moss and JK Dobbins. How would you rank the above list?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Ahmed, Reagor, Perine, Reynolds, Meyers. I’d hold onto Moss fwiw.

  3. Cram It says:
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    Foles has been terrible. The line of course was a factor, but he was so damn inaccurate. And watching the replays of his terrible throws into coverage, he seemed to have a wide open guy that he didn’t even see. Particularly on that garbarge throw to the corner of the endzone to Kmet. Mooney was sitting right in the middle at the goal line wide open. So damn frustrating to watch. Unwatchable, actually. Unwatchable.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      He’s missed Mooney so many times it’s disgusting. Too bad Mitch wasn’t any better….

  4. William Hung says:
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    K question: If nobody uses a waiver on Butker (bye week drop), should I pick him up over Daniel Carlson? LV offense always makes me nervous – but Carlson has been putting up decent points this year…

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