Welcome to the second edition of my Sunday game reviews. This Sunday was definitely more fun than what we went through last week. We actually had a couple of nail biters yesterday. I’m also enjoying the fact that a lot of the games are finishing in under three hours. The NFL is doing something right! Now if we could just get rid of the rest of the bullsh*t we’d be on the right track!
The Bucs are back in town! The Bucs are back in town! Wow, my apologies to Bad Company for making a bad song even worse. Jacquizz Rodgers looked pretty good when he was able to get outside of the hashes with the ball in his hand and even found himself in the end zone. Mike Evans looks like he’s going to be a force week in and week out once again and will compete for the season-long WR point leader. It’s time for me to reiterate that despite bland day in the stat line, he will lead Buccaneers tight ends in targets by a lot. Jameis Winston didn’t look great today. He made a lot of bad throws against an even worse defense. Hopefully it’s just rust.
On the Bears’ side of the ball, things looked about as grim as I expected. Jordan Howard tried to play hurt but it obviously didn’t work out well in the stat line and he was vastly out-touched by Tarik Cohen. It seems Cohen is going to be a PPR stud. He caught 8 balls for 55 yards. I still don’t think Tarik is taking Howard’s jerb in the long run as they both have different usefulness in the offense, but I’m not going to put Howard in my lineup until his health improves. Mike Glennon gets the garbage-time award, and it looks like he might be able to air it out a lot this season if the Bears stay this bad. I still don’t want to have any of these wide receivers in my line up, but keep an eye on Josh Bellamy’s production in keeper leagues, he may develop into something like Cameron Meredith did last year.
Tom had himself a day to the surprise of nobody besides probably Skip Bayless (SKILLLLLLP!!!) or Colin Cowherd. Tom spread the ball out to 9 different receivers and Chris Hogan had himself a nice day. Philip Dorsett will be a nice waiver wire add this week as it seems that he is becoming acclimated with the New England offense. James White remains a solid flex play as he brought in 8 balls for 85 yards and Mike Gillislee is in full control of the backfield, leading the charge with 18 carries. Make sure to keep an eye on Gronkowski’s injury status.
Despite the final numbers on the scoreboard, Brees’ owners aren’t going to complain about his output yesterday. Coby Fleener, as useless of a football player as he is, was able to snag a 4th quarter garbage time touchdown. We’re still waiting on Michael Thomas to find the end zone but he had a more productive day in this game than in the last. Adrian Peterson is basically droppable and the only back that I want to own in New Orleans is Alvin Kamara.
Sam Bradford wasn’t able to play and the production from the Vikings’ receivers suffered immensely. Stefon Diggs and Adam Theilen combined for 7 catches and 71 yards. I’m not starting any Vikings’ receiver until Bradford is back and healthy (I never thought I’d write that sentence). Dalvin Cook was robbed of a touchdown but still had a decent day with his 14 touches.
Martavis Bryant had a great day despite only receiving the 4th most targets from Ben Roethlisberger. Le’Veon Bell at least had a digestible stat line but it’s not what owners who took him in the top 2 picks are looking for. At least he’s doing better than David Johnson amiright? In all seriousness, the 27 carries that he got should calm any nerves created by last week’s performance.
Leonard Fournette continues to be bad, but it just goes to show you that players can still be fantasy relevant without being good at their job. I should chill out on Fournette, his offensive line is really bad. I’m officially retiring my Fournette shade until next week. Allen Hurns is back from the dead! Welcome back, buddy! Marquis Lee had a pretty decent day, too. Chin scratch emoji alert! Derrick Henry led the team in carries because Murray left with an injury and turned it into 92 yards and 6.6 yards per carry.
Carson Palmer looked awful in the first half, but seemed to get his life together in the final 30 minutes to justify a start from those who had the guts. Chris Johnson led the team in carries and looked a lot better than Kerwynn Williams from what I saw. JJ Nelson did very well and is worthy of flex starts in most leagues. Jacoby Brissett is…. A lot better than Scott Tolzien. T.Y. Hilton owners rejoice! While T.Y. didn’t have a great day, at least he hauled in 4 balls on 6 targets. Also, Jack Doyle is legit. He lead the team in receiving.
Wow, Nelson Agholor found the end zone again. It was a nice catch too! He only had one catch on 3 targets so I’m still swiping whatever direction is the “no” on fantasy tinder. Alshon Jeffery had a great day and Carson Wentz continues to be awesome for people who waited on quarterback and took a shot on the second-year starter. Legarette Blount only had one touch making the Eagles’ backfield confusing and undesirable. Kareem Hunt is the real deal, his first touchdown run was a thing of beauty and turned around a bland stat line to that point. Travis Kelce turned back into his usual self, but Tyreek Hill disappeared this week.
I’m still not worried about Crowell. He’ll get there. Corey Coleman might have broken his hand but a new star was born in Rashard Higgins. Assuming that he’s available on the waiver wire, be sure to pick him up because he saw 11 targets. It looks like Buck Allen is going to receive the bulk of the carries but he and Terrance West found the end zone. After seeing this, I’m starting Buck over West.
Something is wrong with Cam Newton and I wouldn’t start him until he figures it out. It’s especially troubling that he will be without his safety blanket, Greg Olsen, for the foreseeable future. Kelvin Benjamin is a must start with the injury to Olsen. Christian McCaffery still hasn’t busted off a big run or catch yet, but he will, and I’m sure that they are going to continue to feed him. Although LeSean McCoy couldn’t get it going on the ground, he led the Bills in receptions. There’s not much else to see here.
Jay Cutler played well today and already has the connection with Devante Parker and Jarvis Landry that owners are looking for. Jay Ajayi looked fantastic as well and owners who drafted him should be patting themselves on the back. Keenan Allen looks great on the Chargers’ side of the ball, so let’s just hope that he can stay healthy. Melvin Gordon salvaged a touchdown out of an otherwise bad day, but it’s nothing to worry about, sometimes the chips don’t fall your way. Now that Gates has the touchdown record for tight ends, look for Henry to have more days like he did yesterday.
Let’s ignore the Jet’s existence, shall we? Okay, cool. Nobody had more fun on Sunday than Marshawn Lynch as he found the end zone in his second career game in his home town. Okay, there was one other person, and that was Michael Crabtree. Crabtree caught all 6 of his targets and had 3 touchdowns. Although it was a slow day at the office for Amari Cooper, Derek Carr continues to be a fringe QB1.
Don’t look too far into the lack of production from Russell Wilson and the rest of the passing offense because the weather was pretty sh*tty in Seattle. I said in last week’s article that the only back that I wanted to own in the Seattle backfield was Chris Carson and he led the team with 20 carries and looked good doing it. Carlos Hyde had a couple very nice runs. He’s one of those guys that if he stays healthy, he’s going to be among the weekly leaders at his position.
C.J. Anderson is another one of those guys who will be a top producer as long as he can stay on the field. He ran all over the Cowboys on Sunday and even added a nice receiving touch down. Demaryous and Emmanuel both had nice days, but Sanders was the guy who was able to get open in the end zone a couple of times. Yikes, do you have something on your mind, Zeke? 9 carries for 8 yards, I never thought I’d see the day. Well, at least until he was well into his 30s. I don’t think that there is anything to worry about here, just a bad day against a stout defense. Jason Witten sure is an ageless wonder, or at least he was today. It was also nice to see Dez find the endzone.
Atta boy, Todd! Gurley had some great runs on Sunday and once again showed why he was such a high draft pick three years ago. I also have to admit that Jared Goff looks somewhat poised in the pocket and may actually have a bright future ahead of him. Gerald Everett, who was a deep sleeper this summer had a breakout game hauling in three balls for over 90 yards. How the hell do you only target Sammy Watkins 2 times? That’s not the correct way to have him want to resign with you in the offseason, Los Angeles.
Terrelle Pryor looked bad again. Although he had more drops, take a deep breath, he’s still new to the wide receiver position. I don’t understand why Chris Thompson isn’t getting more touches. He looks amazing. Perine averaged 3.2 yards per carry and Thompson had over 100 yards and two touchdowns on six total touches. Finally, Kirk Cousins will get better. Over the course of his career, he’s been a slow starter.
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