It may not have been a huge week for wide receivers, but it was definitely a huge week for running backs. In the early games, we had a handful of running backs that were able to score twice. As I’m writing this very paragraph, Alvin Kamara scored his second touchdown of the game. As the weather gets colder in a large chunk of the country, we might see this more and more. The pass catching running back is so valuable, even in standard leagues. In a dynasty auction league, I got Christian McCaffery for dirt cheap just because it isn’t PPR. Granted, I’d appreciate the points for catches, but McCaffery is so dynamic that he can still win weeks for me. We have 5 games to get to this week and a lot to talk about.
Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Cleveland Browns
The result wasn’t what the Browns were looking for, but I am excited about what I saw from their offense without Hue Jackson ruining everything. Duke Johnson FINALLY was involved in the passing game and scored a couple of touchdowns. He caught 9 balls for 78 yards. Baker Mayfield wasn’t able to find anybody else in the end zone, but he completed 29 passes for 297 yards. Antonio Callaway, David Njoku, and Jarvis Landry all saw at least 5 targets and 50 yards. Nick Chubb had another effective day to go along with his heavy volume. He rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Kareem Hunt is absolutely dominating and is probably the closest thing there is to owning Todd Gurley at this point. Hunt had over 140 all-purpose yards and scored 3 touchdowns. The best part for the Chiefs, Hunt only touched the ball 18 times. Keep those legs fresh. Travis Kelce was a force in the red zone. He scored two touchdowns on his way to 99 yards. Tyreek Hill wasn’t a factor in the second half, but did manage 69 yards on 4 catches in the first half. The Chiefs being so good is actually hurting Hill’s fantasy value. They don’t tend to target him as much when they have the game in hand. Sammy Watkins also caught all 5 of his targets for 62 yards. What else can anybody say about Pat Mahomes? He makes plays that no other quarterback in football can. His arm angles, and foot positioning that he can make perfect throws from is unbelievable. 375 yards and 3 touchdowns is just another day at the office.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs. Carolina Panthers
Tampa Bay is a miserably bad football team, but that is beneficial for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes trying to claw his team back from a huge deficit. DeSean Jackson is noticeably not playing a lot of snaps and it’s very annoying. But, you can justify Adam Humpries seeing a lot of snaps as a security blanket for whatever quarterback is under center. Mike Evans spent the entire game being shut down by James Bradberry. Bradberry was in Evans’ grill all day, he really didn’t stand a chance. O.J. Howard caught two touchdown passes on very similar plays from the 3 yard-line. He was also able to bring in a big 31 yard reception in the 2nd half. Howard is a lock for TE1 every week at this point.
Cam Newton had a decent fantasy day, but it feels like it should have been a lot bigger. The Panther’s first four touchdowns were rushing touchdowns and none of them were from Cam. He did find Greg Olsen for a touchdown late in the first half and Curtis Samuel in the second half. D.J. Moore saw a lot of snaps but not a lot of love. He caught one ball for 16 yards but he did have a nice 32 yard run. I expect bigger weeks ahead for him with a very cushy schedule coming up. Christian McCaffery was an absolute force while scoring two touchdowns in the first half. He also led the team in receiving while leaping over a Buccaneer on one of those receptions.
Washington Redskins Vs. Atlanta Falcons
I was blown away by the result of this game. I didn’t want anything to do with the Falcons backfield because of how well Washington has been playing against opposing running backs. Both Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith had big games and combined for 3 touchdowns. Pop the champagne! Guess who finally scored a touchdown? Julio Jones did. Julio led the Falcons with 10 targets on his way to 7 catches for 121 yards. Calvin Ridley also made his return to the end zone for the first time in a few weeks. Ridley nearly doubled Sanu in targets as well.
Even Alex Smith can throw for 300 yards against the Falcons. Maurice Harris, who is an emerging name in Washington, led the Redskins with 12 targets and caught 10 of them for 124 yards. Vernon Davis led Jordan read in catches, yards, and targets on Sunday and that is an unfortunate result for Jordan Reed truthers. Hey, at least he’s staying on the field. The Falcons shut down Adrian Peterson and held him to under two yards per carry. His 3 catches for 16 yards didn’t get him very far, either. Kapri Bibbs was the only Redskin to score on the ground.
Detroit Lions Vs. Minnesota Vikings
With Stefon Diggs out, Adam Thielen wasn’t able to shake double coverage to continue his torrid 100-yard game pace. It sounds like Thielen was also playing through a minor calf injury, which doesn’t help. Thielen still scored a touchdown in his worst game of the season. That’s absolutely ridiculous. There wasn’t a lot going on for the Vikings in the passing game in general. Kirk Cousins only completed 18 passes but that was more than enough for a comfortable Vikings victory. Even on a snap count, Dalvin Cook was a huge factor. Cook busted off a huge 70-yard run that was finished of with a Vikings touchdown. Latavius Murray was the only running back to score for the Vikings.
There was nothing going on for the Lion’s offense. Kerryon Johnson only rushed for 37 yards and Kenny Golladay simply wasn’t a factor. Marvin Jones was the only Lions receiver with any game of note. Nothing good happens when your quarterback is sacked 10 times.
Pittsburgh Steelers Vs. Baltimore Ravens
People are complaining that fantasy football is unfair for people who don’t own Todd Gurley. Uhh. Have you seen James Conner? Another game, another pile of yardage and a touchdown. Antonio Brown scored a touchdown in an otherwise quiet game. 15 ppr points is still pretty useful. JuJu Smith-Schuster led the game with 78 receiving yards. Willie Snead once again led the Ravens in receptions and yards. Alex Collins didn’t gain much yardage, but he was able to score another touchdown and add it to his total.
Thanks for the recaps! First time playing fantasy football, so trying to figure out trade values. I have two good QBs in Newton and Ryan. I’d like to trade one of them for a WR. Im targeting teams in need of a QB.
Which would you rather have come playoff time?
I know I need to just test the waters, but is it absurd to ask for Tyreek Hill, Davante AdamS, Cooks, or Michael Thomas?
Anytime! Quarterback is generally a less valued position and rightfully so because scoring and projections are always so bunched. I wouldn’t expect much of a return. I’d rather have Cam for the playoffs. They have a very passing friendly schedule. Trading Matt Ryan isn’t going to get bites on any of those names but you could try. Every league is different
Emmanuel Sanders, Marvin Jones Jr., Kenny Golladay are reasonable asks where you’d benefit
.5 ppr league I’m on the verge of losing back to back weeks and falling from 6-2 to 6-3. What killed me I faced the bears D and they had about 40 points lol.
What killed my roster this week: bye weeks (DJ, mixon, Hilton, Sterling Shepard , Boyd all had byes. I played kerryon Johnson he let me down. I played golladay he let me down.
However I’m down 117 I still have Dak, amari Cooper, Cowboys D, Sean lee, flex will be either Corey Davis, Gallup Or Cole Beasley I need an upside dart throw there.
Oh and my opponent had Michael Thomas lol! Over 80 points between Thomas & bears D geez
Hoping week 10 can bring better results
My rbs are DJ, Melvin Gordon, mixon, kerryon, Doug Martin, brieda, ekeler.
My WRs are Hilton , kupp, Sterling Shepard, amari Cooper, Doug Baldwin, Corey Davis, Boyd, golladay
My TE is OJ Howard
Based on that info would you stand pat; or deal either mixon or DJ for a WR?
WRs I’m thinking of acquiring : Michael Thomas, OBJ, Mike Evans
Or TE wise DJ for kelce? Then flip kelce for a WR?
Or these options? Hilton + Kerryon for Mike Evans? DJ + golladay for a WR upgrade but what could I realistically get?
You’re probably fine staying where you’re at. Bye week hell gets us all sometimes. I would just try and flip DJ for the best receiver that you can. I doubt that you can get Michael Thomas but I’d try for OBJ or Evans.
I may try DJ for obj or Evans? Obj owner has both Evans & obj
His RBs are Kamara, Alex Collins, Crowell, Chris Thompson,
Yeah you should be able to get one if that’s the case
I can start any of the tight ends tonight (had Gronk) and need 2 catches for 7 yards to win (or 1 for 12). Who is my best bet?
Either Rico Gathers or Jonnu Smith ought to get it done
I currently have fitzmagic as a backup to Aaron rodgers. Should I consider stashing fitzpatrick or drop him for one of the following instead?:
Btw I’m doing really right now as I only have 1 loss. I’m just thinking about the playoff run.
Thanks as always!
Good to hear! Prescott is a stash. Cooper might jumpstart that offense
Hey man can you talk me off the proverbial ledge? I’m feeling salty this AM:
I traded Keenan Allen + Chubb to get Mixon + golladay.
Maybe if mixon played yesterday and put up good points same with golladay I wouldn’t feel like I was just robbed.
Did I F myself with that? Keenan & chubb both had big games for that owner where as Golladay did didilly squat.
Leave it as is or send the trade back to reverse it so offer mixon + golladay to get his (my old) Keenan Allen + Chubb? Or offer kerryon to get chubb? I feel after that performance from Keenan & chubb in should’ve gotten Zeke. Keenan is now is WR1 a position he was extremely weak at ; he’s rich at RB he has Gurley, zeke, Chubb, Carson, Marlon Mack, Smallwood, d booker
To make matters worse yesterday he messaged me laughing saying he robbed me & rubbed it in how good of a game Keenan was having, he doesn’t need to be a dink I single handedly fixed his WR woes with Keenan.
Or stand pat & hope that golladay turns things around & hope that mixon plays well because I should grade the trade in a few weeks how Keenan is doing for him vs mixon not chubb vs mixon. Then golladay vs Chubb.
Last week he wanted my Keenan Allen & Boyd for Carson & mack.
Also I’m not happy because I had to play kerryon yesterday if he played well I would’ve felt better on losing chubb.
My RBs are DJ, Melvin Gordon, mixon, brieda, ekeler, Doug Martin, kerryon
My WRs are Hilton, kupp, golladay, amari Cooper, Sterling Shepard, Doug Baldwin, Corey Davis, Tyler Boyd
The person who did this trade with me is my brother in law – thanksgiving will be interesting lol
Sorry for the second post needed to vent because I thought I got taken to the wood chipper
You’re fine haha. It’s just one week. Plus I doubt the other owner will give you takesie backsies
@Water boy part 2: you didn’t need RB’s so much to do the deal you didn’t do, this one might turn out fine in the end. mixon certainly higher ceiling, and boyd’s value just went up. green out for a while might help both of mixon/boyd as well.
Looking for advice for rest of season. Brees or Luck, 16 team league. Hoping to package one of them with Golden Tate for Julio Jones,
I’d keep Luck and package Brees
Please pick a player to drop : bench or bye weeks filler !
Jalen Richard / Tarik Cohen / Alex Collins to activate Kupp from IR ?
Is Maurice Harris worth owning? more in standard or PPR?
Yes, more in standard probably because Alex Smith
half PPR. would u trade away juju or ty hilton for lamar miller?
I am 9-0 but have been riding McCaffrey, Conner and great WRs. I can get Bell for Coleman (my RB3/Flex), would you do it or let it ride that Bell won’t play much?
@paul: we’re far too late to trade for bell assuming he’ll
1. show up (we’ve literally seen either bad info saying he will at all or just outright lies about it, many many times now)
2. be in shape
3. get volume when PIT doesn’t need him to and can no longer trade him
@paul: I have no idea what Bell’s workload will be. Might be nice to own both in case.
Would you trade
S. Barkley and Golden Tate for Kareem hunt (I would get hunt) or stand pat
@Donaldson: guessing this is 10 team dynasty here, as if a 12 you have 3 1st 15 overall type RB’s, 3 top 3 round or better WR’s, a top 3 TE, and a top 3 QB. and tate, who’s pretty highly drafted as well. in fact this might be an 8 teamer here.
@The Harrow: it’s actually a 12 team
@Donaldson: it’s almost gotta be 9-0 now then, unless a LOT of these guys shared a bye. even in an 8-10 this team is full of top 3 rounders.
@Donaldson: get Hunt. Nice squad
@MB: I pulled the trigger
Best of luck
got adams, now with this (rudolph dropped shortly), half PPR.
RB (2) gurley, mixon, barber, j.adams, martin,
WR (2) landry, kupp, hilton, jeffery, t.smith (NO)
TE (1) doyle, rudolpho
IR (1) michel (martin or barber the drop when he’s back)
DEF DAL (somebody else next week)
drop rudolph for any of: my handcuffs, gio B/mal brown, or any of: rid dick, richard, ty-mont, hines
@When Buying Gifts Don’t Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank: yeah, Richard. No reason to carry 2 tes
10 team non-ppr
Melvin Gordon/Landry/kittle or
Hilton, Mack, Gronk
nobody ever guards hurns. doesn’t usually help as linehan somehow runs this offense (i didn’t know this till tonight, does explain why the dak “attack” is so damn gross, no matter how good zeke/the o-line used to be (and it isn’t tonight either))
the twats that announce this game actually referred to the TEN coordinator as some sort of genius. has that guy watched one other TEN game in the last 2 years?
@Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins): before today TEN had the 3rd worst per game scoring offense in the league. BUF/ARI worse.
12 team PPR with 6 pt TD throws and 6 pt bonuses for throwing over 300, rushing/receiving over 100 yards. had dak to sub for wentz off this week.
1. hold a backup QB here (other options being mariota/winston/carr/keenum/mullens) or nab another WR, options on that being: crowder, harris, kirk, moncrief, d.moore (SEA).
RB (2) barkley, coleman, chubb, richard, barber
WR (2) k.allen, jeffery, t.smith (NO), cobb, sheppard
TE (1) doyle, herndon (streamer)
IR (1) royce F
2. drop herndon for watson or one of those WR above, or one of riddick, j.will, gallman (handcuff), perine (finally used for once, did well on 4 touches)
No reason to carry 2 QBs now that Wentz is off of bye. I’m grabbing Kirk and keeping Herndon > Watson
@MB: hold herndon over riddick
16 team PPR dynasty where i need at least 7 ARI players at all times. middle sized IDP (middle from average amount of starters but 16 teams, so not deep, but not shallow either). can have as many QB’s from one real life team and up to 1 from a 2nd team or just 2 max. infinite IR slots and anybody that might not play for any reason can be IR’d, bye guys (with no flags) have to come of IR slots before the thursday game the week after their bye, earlier if owner wants to add new players before that. i’m actually the highest scoring team with this (2 others are close as i just had 2 down weeks in a row). max 6 RB, 7 WR, 3 LB, 3 DL, 3 DB, 3 TE. need to add kicker and DEF for this week (MIN off)
QB trubisky, rosen
RB (2) DJ, breida, drake, j.adams, j-will (GB), mal brown
WR (3) evans, kirk, t-will (LAC), m-will (LAC), doctson, d.moore (SEA)
TE (1) ertz
IR: RSJ (needs to come up now), hyde (same), j.brown (bye), garcon (needs to come up before adding anybody), pryor (same as garcon), uzomah
DL (2): c.jones, campbell, clark (SEA)
LB (2): bynes, trevathan, barron
DB (2): baker, mcdougald
IR: ogletree (a drop later, has flag now), vaccaro, burfict
1. which 4 are the drops out of these: d.moore, mal brown, hyde, j.will, garcon, doctson (but he’s a top prospect so upside longer term), pryor (i’m hearing whispers they give him QB again maybe, if the allen thing goes on much longer). RSJ i kinda have to keep for ARI-ness, have 7 and unless i want to handcuff with edmonds nobody else useful to grab.
@Mordacious Levator: oh yeah and IR: MIN D and bailey, both on bye, getting streamer replacements.
I’d drop Moore, Brown, J Will, and Garcon
12 team PPR
WR Keenan Allen
OP Russ Wilson
Flex Tevin Coleman
Ive been offered:
AB for Keenan & Mack
AB for Keenan & Coleman
AB for Zeke & Alshon
Thoughts, which one you doing?
keenan and Coleman..
@Don Majikowski: I’m holding. Don’t need AB that bad
12 team half PPR 2 QB dynasty. nabbed KC in good matchup since JAX was off. JAX hasn’t been a great fantasy D this year (about 9 teams not owned better this year AVG than them, our scoring they get 9.13 per week) but are the best available real life D (8th at outsiders). also just read some footballguys stuff about mullens saying (and showing) that he might actually be decent (at least for rest of THIS year till garaplololololo is back next. beatithard certainly shouldn’t start over mullens anyway)
QB (2) rodgers, mahomes, rosen, brock lobster
RB (2) michel, ingram, kamara, ekeler, (dropped yeldon just before his bye, had a bad matchup and fournette supposedly back soon anyway)
WR (3) thielen, boyd, j.brown, edleman, k.allen, d-jax
TE (1) ertz, doyle
2 R/W/T flexes
IR (2) burkhead, m.lee
team D: JAX, KC (another good matchup vs ARI).
K: KC kicker
IDP flex (4): b.martinez, t.smith, r.jones, woodyard
i’m a HUGE favorite this week, so the dropoff from JAX @ IND and KC vs ARI probably not that important (and am 8-1 anyway, even though i had no TE and only 3 IDP’s in week 9).
drop KC D for any of: hyde (in case no fournette), riddick, ty-mont, mcguire, cord patterson (one of these days if michel stays out he’ll get his RB, or at least probably, this is yahoo),
Thank you for the earlier advice! Things are coming along with potential trades.
I have both Cam or Matt Ryan at QB, could sure up my WR’s.
1. Would you take both into the playoffs?
2. If not, which one would you trade considering playoffs?
3. Would you trade one for one of Marvin Jones, Sammy Watkins, or Cory Davis?
@miles proudfoot: nah, no need to carry both. I’d rather carry Cam. Great schedule. Yeah I’d trade for Marvin Jones
14 team keeper league with 3 round adjustments..regretfully punting the season thanks to Baldwin in the 2 nd round plus other failures…trying to trade zeke for one of the following…please rank top 3
Round listed is where I would get them next year
5th Tarik Cohen or Kittle
9th mike Williams
10th OJ Howard
Non PPR, bonuses for distance TD
@Thesportsguy: maybe Kupp in the 8th. That’s it
14 team PPR. crazy injuries all year. now from byes have 2 backups at QB/TE, for SURE the TE can be dropped (vance). also have a kicker on bye and 1 roster spot open, so can add at least 2 players here (might want 1 backup IDP guy). am damn near dead in FAAB money (burned tons making sure i added a large assortment of RB over the year, morris, mostart, j.adams, m.davis). with luck’s injury past maybe not a bad idea to hold fitzy.
QB luck, fitz
RB (2) mixon, crowell, ty-mont, m.davis, j.adams
WR (3) AB, goodwin, jeffery, baldwin, moncrief
TE (1) doyle, vance
IR (2) mostart (could be dropped), burkhead
K (1) HOU kicker (bye)
LB (2) wagner, woodyard
DL (1) c.jones
DB (2) mcdougald, j.adams (NYJ)
options to add on offense: harris, callaway, hyde,
LB’s: hutchens, kj wright, whitehead, m.foster (so probably can add if i need one, mine are off byes)
@I don’t want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome: I’m just staying put right now and saving faab if I were you
@MB: used 1 of my last 7 on humphries, viniteri for free over HOU kicker, added geathers (mcdougald might be out, if not i can drop for somebody and stash mcdougald, dropping mostart out of IR slot) for free, dropped vance, there are other similar TE’s out there (heuerman, griffin, the BAL guys, VD (reed might have a back thing and VD got spread around for more value last week anyway).
add humphries in there he’s out there too and done well lately.
Would you trade my Kerryon Johnson for OJ Howard in a PPR format? I have Gronk and the waiver wire is trash.
Rest of team:
Rbs: Mixon, James White, Ingram, Gio Bernard
Wrs: Thielen, Tyreek Hill, Landry, Sutton
@prey879: would be leaving oneself very very short at RB depth here.
@prey879: no. That’s too much
12 teamer PPR. have:
RB (2) barkley, chubb, coleman, barber, richard
WR (2) k.allen, jeffery, kirk, shepard, cobb, t.smith
TE (1) doyle, herndon
IR (1) royce F
since royce doesn’t have an “out” tag (yahoo here) he can be left in IR slot and before his tag went from “out” to “questionable” (he’s on bye so he’ll likely NOT get the “out” this week) i could input WW claims, but not add anybody now (weekly reset waivers here), should i drop any 2 out of royce, cobb, herndon, barber (although he IS a starter so floor should be somewhat good and is) for 2 of this group: rid dick, harris, crowder (could be put in that IR slot), or one of these D’s (playoff schedules shown, i’ve been VERY effectively streaming D’s all year, and have netted more average weekly points than the top D in the league for this league, CHI):
WAS (were made to look like utter assholes even as a running D against ATL) 14: vs NYG
15: @ JAX
16: @ TEN
(actually WAS is the only D that’s both fairly good and has a schedule this good and isn’t owned)
also, activating and/or dropping royce would let me nab IND vs JAX this week rather than the similarly ranked SF vs NYG (who i have now). this team is pretty likely to make playoffs already (it’s been lucky with schedule rather than just being a great team though), it’s 7-2 but very likely would believably be anywhere from that down to 5-4, even 4-5 wouldn’t be unbelievable. actually if i wasn’t doing as well in D streaming to this point i’d probably be no better than 5-4.
@Better Call Limehouse: yuck, even crowder can’t be stashed till later in week, not ruled out yet. possibly in a few days, but by then harris probably gone.
also, just dropped were mcguire and ty mont, either of which might be more useful ROS than barber or royce F possibly. hard to gauge the values for these 3 though: richard, mcguire, rid dick. i did just grab mcguire over riddick in another half PPR dynasty, figuring he might get more RB carries than riddick (but at the same time rid dick might get the majority of g.tate’s role).
@Better Call Limehouse: just checked, and WAS is now down to 25th overall adjusted DVOA at FO, however they HAVE feasted off bad offenses for fantasy (@ ARI, vs DAL, @ NYG) but also did pretty well against some good teams (at least for fantasy) such as: vs IND, vs GB, vs CAR.
ARI while being the 8th best real life team doesn’t have good 14-17’s with:
14: vs DET (good)
15: @ ATL (horrible)
16: vs LAR (horrible)
TEN is another option (but only 20th DVOA on season)
14: vs JAX
15: @ NYG
16: vs WAS
@Better Call Limehouse: drop Royce for Was D/ST for sure. Wrote about them in my rankings