It looks like we’re going to get week 6 in after a rash of false positives. Let’s enjoy it. As flu season approaches many viruses will share the symptoms of COVID. Our favorite players may miss more games than we’re prepared for. Anywho, let’s pop the hood on the week that was.

  • The next back to get a ride on the Falcons cushy matchup carousel is David Montgomery. Monty has posted back to back weeks of an 80%+ snap share, accompanied by 14 total targets. The groin must be better. He’s the man in that backfield with Tarik Cohen lost for the year.
  • A.J. Brown’s return was one of the few things to go right for Tennessee prior to beating the Bills. Their WR cupboard was bare aside from the sophomore. That led to 9 targets and a productive 7-82-1 line. Even with the full complement of pass-catchers in the opener (the only other game Brown played) Brown still saw 8 targets. He should be good even with other options returning.
  • Alexander Mattison is the RB du jour with Dalvin Cook likely out. He hogged the snaps after Cook went down to the tune of 43/48.
  • As he gets back to full health Laviska Shenault is getting more involved in the offense. He’s handling 6-8 touches weekly. If DJ Chark misses this week’s game it could be a full-on breakout for Viska.  
  • Jonathan Taylor is forcing a missed tackle 11% of the time. That’s third-worst out of 34 backs with 50+ touches. Maybe he’s pressing. Maybe withered Phillip Rivers isn’t getting much respect from opposing defenses. The Bengals should be a cure for all that ails you.
  • Kareem-Hunt out-touching D’Ernest Johnson 17 to 2 before being sidelined with cramps was fairly surprising. Yes, the game was back and forth the whole 60 minutes. That split was a pretty clear showing of the Browns’ hand that they know how much better Hunt is than Johnson.
  • Mecole Hardman seems to be more firmly in the Chiefs circle of trust in his second season. After Sammy Watkins went down he played only two less snaps than Demarcus Robinson with one less target. The volume is still spread around in the KC offense but Hardman takes the top off almost as well as Tyreek.
  • The Tyler Higbee break out is in purgatory at the moment with him running routes on 51.5% of dropbacks. It seems he’s destined to fare similarly to all of their weapons with a yin to his yang in Gerald Everett.
  • Could this be the beginning of an Irv Smith, Jr. revival? It could be a fluke that he got 5 targets to Kyle Rudolphs 2. Still, Smith has played more snaps every game, going from 31 in week 1 to 59 last week. With a possible shootout against the Falcons on tap it’s now or never.

  1. MB

    MB says:
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    This title has me cackling

  2. hamtime says:
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    1. With Julio scheduled to play, do you start him or go with Hollywood or freeman? Need to of those 3 to start.

    2. Gronk or irv smith, who some seem to be higher on especially ROS (waller on bye)

    3. When do you think Perine will be serviceable, if at all

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Kind of like Hollywood with Lamar maybe looking to run less and the Eagles secondary on tap.

      Gronk for the very sad floor, Irv for ceiling.

  3. toolshed says:
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    With Julio playing do i dare use ryan again or go with minshew? 6pt pass td, -3 int. Thx

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      The INT penalty would make me say Minshew. He’d rather be sacked than picked.

  4. whatsayyou says:
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    keeper league question:
    haven’t been able to get a trade through but wondering what you think of this one:
    keeper league: you can keep 3 people/ year but players can only be kept for a max 2 years.
    2 qb league:
    team:
    QB: murray/ mayfield/ tua
    rb: sanders/ harris/ dobbins/ freeman/ hyde
    wr: devante adams/ allen robinson/ DJ chark/ mike williams/ fulgham
    TE: andrews

    would you trade: $2 Tua (can be kept for 2 years); mike williams for Nick Chubb (cant be kept, may come back later this year) and nick foles?

    thanks

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      It’s not that unfair but I’d prefer the Tua side unless you’re locked into a playoff spot.

  5. Clokwerc says:
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    Who do i start…. Juju Or Crowder?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Ugggggh. I hate this one, as I’m sure you do. I’ll side with Juju as the player on the better offense with the better QB and good coach.

  6. citizen5 says:
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    Pick 2 for WR 1& 2
    Godwin
    Beckham
    Shenault
    Hardman
    Cooks
    Moore

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Godwin and Shenault since OBJ has some kind of illness.

  7. Steve Davis says:
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    FYI Montgomery is playing vs Carolina. Still a nice matchup.

  8. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    irv smith’s usage this year is similar to last year, they wait till around week 5 (it was probably later last year, but he was a rookie then too) to notice he exists. i only care about him for dynasties (one where i drafted and kept him (it’s a 20)), but he ranked about exactly as high as fant in prospect evaluations (both behind hock, mostly since hock is a better blocker than either) last year, higher by some.

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