I’m not sure that I understand football anymore. The Bills went on the road to play one of the best teams in the NFL without their best offensive player, a rookie quarterback, and one of the worse receiving corps I have ever seen and completely dismantled them. There are weird games every week where the game script is wonky and it just doesn’t pan out the way that we thought that it would, but this is the most lopsided upset that I can remember seeing for a 16.5 point under dog in the NFL. Reid will write up this game for you later on in the day so let’s move onto the six games that I’m reviewing for you.

Green Bay Packers Vs. Washington Redskins

The running game in Green Bay is a useless ugly mess now that Aaron Jones is back. If I wanted to own any back in this back field it would be Aaron Jones, but how do you start a back from a team that had a 6-5-4 split in carries from it’s top 3 backs? Aaron Rodgers battled through the elements to find Allison and Adams in the end zone without throwing a pick today. Randall Cobb led the team in targets today with 11 but was only able to turn it into 4 catches for 23 yards.

The biggest story from this Redskins’ has to be Adrian Peterson. I was wrong about Peterson in the preseason. I thought that he was completely washed up after seeing what he had to offer in New Orleans and Arizona last year. Opportunity allowed him to find the end zone twice today and he rushed for 120 yards in the rain. There weren’t a lot of targets to go around in Washington. Alex Smith was only able to complete 12 passes and Chris Thompson was virtually non existent on Sunday. There wasn’t anyone that was playable in Washington’s passing game besides Jordan Reed. He led the team in targets with 7 and turned them into 4 catches for 65 yards.

Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Carolina Panthers

It was the battle of the exotic cats and the home team was able to walk away with this one. Christian McCaffery has been very busy this season without being touchdown dependent. There should be opportunities for him to find the end zone this season, but with the yardage that he is accumulating, he’s still living up to his billing. He took 28 carries for 184 yards and had the longest run of his short career of 45 yards. Devin Funchess found the end zone and continues to be a viable WR2-3 or flex play. No matter how his pieces are performing around him, Cam Newton always finds a way to be a high end fantasy quarterback. There isn’t another quarterback that I would rather have on my fantasy team inside the opponent’s 10 yard line. Newton had four touchdowns today with two of them being on the ground. Getting Greg Olsen back and D.J. Moore going would only strengthen Cam going forward.

Andy Dalton had one of his signature high-turnover games but it could have been a lot worse. A.J. Green had sort of a quiet game but was still tied for 2nd in targets on the team with 8. Waiver wire sweetheart Tyler Boyd is really having a breakout season. He caught 6 of his 7 targets for 132 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Giovanni Bernard lived up to his RB2 billing and found pay dirt on the ground while also leading the team in receiving targets.

New Orleans Saints Vs. Atlanta Falcons

I should have seen this game coming from Matt Ryan but I just didn’t realize how much Calvin Ridley was going to help him. Ridley led the Falcons with 8 targets and caught 7 of them for 146 yards. The Falcons may finally have a red zone target since they refuse to use Julio Jones there. If you own Ridley, I find it hard to leave him on your bench anymore and he will enter week 4 owned in only 40% of ESPN leagues. Tevin Coleman did not have the low-end RB1 game that we expect with Devonta Freeman still sidelined, but he was able to score on a catch.

Michael Thomas and Drew Brees were able to continue their dominance. Michael Thomas caught all 10 of his targets for 129 yards and Brees threw for 396 yards total with 3 touchdowns. Alvin Kamara bounced back this week to be an absolute force in the passing game. He led the team with 20 targets and caught 15 of them for 124 yards. He also added 66 yards on the ground and ended up with 190 all-purpose yards. Ben Watson has found a groove as the leading tight end for the Saints. He caugh 5 of his 6 targets for 71 yards.

Denver Broncos Vs. Baltimore Ravens 

Phillip Lindsay threw a punch at a Raven in the first half and scrapped any chance of having a useful fantasy day for owners. Before Lindsay left, Royce Freeman ran in a touchdown on the first drive of the game. Other than that, Freeman’s day was fairly modest as he ended up with 53 yards on the ground to go along with his touchdown. Demaryius Thomas saw a drop in targets this week but he hauled in all 5 of them for 63 yards. Emmanuel Sanders wasn’t able to do much for the Broncos through the air but he was able to take a hand-off for 35 yards and a touchdown.

John Brown led the Ravens with 86 yards receiving on 5 catches while only being outpaced by Crabtree in targets. Having more weapons has been very beneficial for Joe Flacco so far this season. It wasn’t a QB1 type of day, but Flacco threw for 277 yards and a touchdown. It could have been worse. It wasn’t the best match up for Alex Collins or Javorius Allen, but they combined for 3 touchdown and were both start-able against a pretty good defense.

Tennessee Titans Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Marcus Mariota entered the game in the first half despite having very little feeling in his throwing hand. He managed to eek out a win for the Titans despite only throwing for 100 yards. Derrick Henry paced the backfield with 18 carries for 57 yards. Dion Lewis only carried the ball 9 times for 26 yards. Corey Davis did not have a good game on Sunday as he dropped 2 of his 4 targets while only managing 34 yards.

With Leonard Fournette sitting for the second straight week, T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant took over the backfield for Jacksonville. Yeldon led the team in yardage with 90 total yards and there wasn’t much else going on with players lining up behind the quarterback. Blake Bortles did not have his usual heroic Leonard Fournette-less performance that we are used to. That really hurt the fantasy prospects of Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook as they combined for 71 yards total.

Oakland Raiders Vs. Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill had a big day for the Dolphins while throwing 3 touchdown passes. He was able to find Jakeem Grant for a touchdown and he also threw a beautiful touchdown pass to Kenny Stills. I’m not worried going forward, but Kenyan Drake was completely non-existent today in the game plan. Frank Gore really wasn’t a factor either as both running backs combined for just 11 carries. Albert Wilson did it all today as he threw for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass.

Jordy Nelson came back from the dead to catch 6 balls for 173 yards and a touchdown. Just when you write him off he throws a massive stat line in your face. Jalen Richard was the second leading receiver while both Martavis Bryant and Amari Cooper were both non-factors. Marshawn Lynch continued to plod along for 60 some yards and a touchdown. Who needs 4 YPC when you can just find the end zone and get 6 fantasy points? The John Gruden experiment is not paying off to this point, the Raiders have fallen to 0-3.

 

 

Reid will stop by this afternoon to review six more games for your viewing pleasure. You can find me on twitter for all of your fantasy football needs. 

  1. Kenny says:
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    Would you trade Kerryon Johnson for Robert Woods or Kenny Galoday ? I kind of need a WR but feel like Kerryon could emerge into a stud very soon and his value could be greater than these two WR .

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      He might but that’s really good value, I’d take it

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        @MB: You used likely a 6th/7th round pick on Johnson… feel like you paid that price for what’s to come.

        You could have gotten Woods or Kenny G later than that… what’s changed?

        I think Kerryon is a hold, unless you get offered a true WR2. Not these two guys who are in taht WR3 range, even if their production early is elevated.

        You are probably buying high and selling low here.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          @CMUTIMMAH: woods was in the mid rounds. I don’t disagree with you. You just buy into Kerryon’s Sunday night more than I do

  2. miles proudfoot says:
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    I’m in need of a RB for ROS, I currently have too many WRs.

    WR to potentially drop: Cobb, Cole, Allison, Godwin
    RBs on wire: Chris Carson, Burkhead, Ivory, Duke Johnson, Ronald Jones II.

    Is it worth switching out one or more of the receivers for a RB?

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      It’s hard to gauge which will be the WR2 in Green Bay from week to week. Cobb hasn’t done anything since week 1 so he’s droppable for Chris Carson

      • cmutimmah says:
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        @MB: Godwin should not be in drop consideration for any team, unless Jameis somehow gets the job back. Cobb is doing little with his target share. It’s bound to go down, and Allison is likely the beneficiary of that. Cole and Cobb are debatable, but definitely feels like Cobb is the right drop. I assume this is PPR based on the RBs you reference as potential pickups… Carson will get the most touches… sometimes that trumps talent. (unless you’re Peyton Barber… that is…)

  3. Jose says:
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    MB which WR should i pick up in waivers… allison or boyd ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jose: they are both on the come up but I think Boyd is the call here, should have the most opportunity.

  4. Jose says:
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    MB would you trade in a PPR format league my Matt brieda for zach ertz?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jose: absolutely. A top TE for an RB in a time share? For sure

  5. Gregarious says:
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    MB I pulled the trigger and traded DJ + Golden Tate for Dalvin Cook + Julio (in 0.5ppr). You still ok with this???

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah, no problem with it whatsoever

  6. Jake says:
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    MB if I do trade Kerryon J would you target Woods or Gallowday or someone else that you may like better ROS ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jake: personally, either works, but probably Golladay

  7. Ineedrb says:
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    Rb situation was never good, but I was hoping it’d get better and it’s gotten worse. That said here’s what I got:

    2 qb league, I have : Watson/rivers/Mariota and Keenum
    Rb: t Coleman/Rex burkhead/ A ekeler and Mack.

    I only ever play 2 rb and forecast this for the future.

    Would you trade Rivers and Mack for Freeman and Drake?

    What about Rivers/ekeler for Freeman and Michel?

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I would definitely rather go for Freeman and Michel. I really think a Michel breakout is coming

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Ineedrb: which freeman RB is this though?

      • MB

        MB says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: I assume Devonta. At least that’s how I answered the question

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @MB: i got done reading it (and the answer) and i couldn’t believe nobody had brought it up. i refer to the DEN as “royce” but i probably shouldn’t assume everybody else does that.

  8. Patrick says:
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    Would you trade Adam Thielen and Buck Allen for Mark Ingram and choice of Keelan Cole, Crabtree, or john brown in a full PPR league? And which receiver do you prefer?

    Rest of team currently:
    RBs: Kerryon Johnson, Jamaal Williams, James White, Rex Burkhead, Joe Mixon
    WRs: Diggs, Landry, and Cobb

    • Patrick says:
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      @Patrick: Also no flex. Just start 2 rbs and 2 wrs

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Patrick: no. Adam Thielen has an insane target share and it’s PPR. Trade Diggs for Ingram if you can

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @MB: absolutely trade diggs over thielen in PPR.

      • Patrick says:
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        @MB: Would you trade Landry? Kid doesn’t wanna do diggs

  9. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    12 team 2 QB half PPR dynasty. now with 3 QB changes in last 2 or so weeks. had to drop somebody (dropped yeldon, thought i could grab last night v.williams LB highest drafted guy unowned to sub in for late scratch r.jones DB MIA this week, i’d have lost anyway, and it didn’t let me start v.williams)
    QB rodgers, mahomes, j.rosen, foles, rodfather
    RB (2) michel (took that burkhead role away already), burkhead, ingram, kamara, ekeler
    WR (3) d-jax (no points yet today), jordy (he was a possible cut till THAT week he just had), thielen, k.allen, j.brown (BAL), edleman
    TE (1) ertz
    2 flexes
    IR m.lee
    K KC kicker
    D: jax D
    IDP (4 flexes), v.williams, ogletree, t.smith, trevathan
    IR (2) r.jones

    drop rodfather or foles yet for any of (beat it hard went for 29 last night), clement and yeldon (when i grabbed him a bit ago) went for 8 each, just before it was likely fournette/ajayi were out.
    drop options: v.williams, one of the 2 QB backups (might want to keep at least one of the QB backups in case of injury, esp wentz i’d think just coming off injury)
    add options:
    WR: boyd, a.wilson, ris matt
    RB: perine (AP might be hurt, kelley on IR now), ivory, yeldon, j.allen, duke j
    TE: vance, RSJ, hooper, goeddert, andrews

  10. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    yep a bunch of shit happened yesterday showing quite easily how more than any other sport, all the players in the league (excepting a very small few) are all near each other in skills, so it comes down to stuff like emotional edges, small coaching stuff, who’s more tired, game planning etc. BUF clearly wanted to win that game and MIN figured it was over before it started. basically if all the NFL players were ranked on a 0-100 scale (like in a video game) almost everybody would be at least an 80 or so (the AB’s, gurley’s of the world get the 98-100 scores).
    i’ve been scraping by in a suvivor pool (can rebuy till end of week 4) with CHI, DEN last 2 weeks, both BARELY WON at last second after losing the entire game before that.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: yeah I took the Vikings in my survivor. It was a fun 3 weeks while it lasted. I totally agree

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @MB: if i didn’t have rebuy possibility taking the easiest favorite ever is exactly what i’d usually do. in ours the first 4 weeks you can take like the 4th biggest favorite of the week who ALSO isn’t picked by that many others AND has little future value. such as DEN/CHI. after this week i’ll probably go out on a similar upset. last year the week we found out JAX’s D is REALLY good when ben threw like 6 or something picks, THAT’S how i went out (week 5 or 6 i believe)

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @MB: i’m seeing we just saw the 4th worst week since 2010 for survivor pools as far as people going out according to one major survivor pool website. 77.2% knocked out in one week just now (almost all of that MIN and JAX pickers). week 2 2015 had 89.9%.

  11. Jake says:
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    Is Greg Olsen worth a waiver claim with his injury over Vance McDonald ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jake: yes

  12. Jake says:
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    Does Tampa stick with Fitz and does Ronald Jones become relevant this season ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Fitz will start this week I’m guessing. Jameis being off of suspension puts game to game pressure on Fitz to perform. The bye week is week 5. If they limp into the bye at 2-2 I bet Jameis gets the next start.

      I think Rojo definitely has value if Barber keeps playing like this. I’d look for Jones to dress after the bye and if he can perform to his capabilities there’s no looking back

  13. Jerry says:
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    How would you prioritize these waiver WRs in a PPR league: Godwin, Shepard, Boyd, and Callaway.

    Also would you drop Randall Cobb to add a 2nd one from the above list?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Godwin,Boyd, Callaway, shephard

  14. Mike says:
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    10-team Keeper league, 1/2 PPR. Can keep one from each position in the round drafted. Please advise who you would prioritize between Golladay and Ridley, and which you would prefer for this year and separately for the next two years. Both would be keepable in the 15th round next year. Thanks as always!!!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Mike: it’s close but I think Golladay will emerge as the guy in Detroit and he is the one i’d rather have. Not by much though

  15. Patrick says:
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    Would you do either of these trades in a PPR league and if both, which do you prefer:

    Trade A:
    Give: Diggs
    Get: Drake

    Trade B:
    Give: Landry
    Get: Ingram

    Current Roster:
    RBs: Kerryon Johnson, Jamaal Williams, James White, Joe Mixon
    WRs: Thielen, Diggs, Landry, Chris Godwin and Cobb

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Patrick: I’d try to sell diggs but I’d want more than Drake

      • Patrick says:
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        @MB: Thanks! Would you trades Diggs and Jamaal Williams for Mark Ingram and Michael Crabtree?

  16. Eric the Waiter with Hands for Hands says:
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    best waiver wire order stuff:

    12 teamer PPR. have one roster spot and dumping BAL to get better this week DEF. some twit dropped sheppard too
    QB wentz
    RB (2) barkley, coleman, ajayi, clement, royce, red dick
    WR (2) k.allen, fitz, cobb, callaway, jeffery
    TE (1) watson
    1 flex
    IR (1) doyle
    K whatever
    DEF BAL (bad matchup @ PIT this week, albeit sometimes BAL does really well in those games)

    i’m getting the hang of this yahoo IR slot, you HAVE to input your waiver claims BEFORE the ruled out guy gets ruled back in from the previous week, can always adjust the waiver order later without having to drop the player, since SOMEBODY likely misses game anyway, if not drop somebody. so i have an open slot:
    1. sheppard (dropping red dick)
    2. dalton (@ ATL and their destroyed secondary) dropping nobody
    3. winston (same)
    4. GB dropping BAL
    5. tannehil dropping nobody (QB backups for wentz)
    idea being of either starting dalton in good matchup here or having some QB backup till wentz looks actually good just in case. if jeffery misses again he’ll go in the IR slot (or ajayi, or doyle)

  17. Snakebit says:
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    Which of the kid qbs would you want rest of season? Allen, mayfield, Rosen

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Mayfield for sure

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