The Fantasy Footballers Podcast Recap – Week 13
The Panthers fired Head Coach Frank Reich. Mark Andrews is heading to IR, and Aaron Rodgers may return to practice soon. Tim Boyle will continue starting for the Jets, and Andy is over Robert Saleh. Lots of injuries this weekend – Chris Olave left with a concussion, Rashid Shaheed also left early, and Amari Cooper has a rib injury. Javonte Williams and several others left and returned.
Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts were both monsters in a fantastic game. That loser Dak Prescott is QB3 on the week, and CJ Stroud continues to look incredible. Trevor Lawrence had another great game, and Matthew Stafford delivered. On to the RBs, who Kyren Williams highlights. CMC was CMC on Thursday, and Bijan is now getting red zone work! Isiah Pacheco had a solid day of work, and Raheem Mostert closed it out strong. Jonathan Taylor, Josh Jacobs, and Rhamondre all had fantastic days. The offense in Pittsburgh put up yards, and Najee was successful and plays Arizona next week.
Mike Evans had two more TDs this week, Tyreek Hill is unstoppable, and Zay Flowers was saved with two TDs. Rashee Rice may have broken through for Kansas City. Both Nico Collins and Tank Dell were incredible for Houston, and Gabe Davis had one of those good games. Calvin Ridley also had another big game. The Muth became super Luth on Sunday in a great matchup. More nice games for Travis Kelce and Sam LaPorta as well.
Tua had a rough week and has some subpar matchups moving forward, and Lamar didn’t need to be great for Baltimore. Breece Hall has not been great the last four weeks, and Andy is slightly concerned. Saquon was bad and heads on bye, and Austin Ekeler and the Gus Bus also had down weeks. Jason thinks something is wrong with Ekeler, and Andy doesn’t know what to do with James Conner. Cincinnati is broken, and Joe Mixon felt it.
Both Rams’ WRs had a lousy week, and the Niners quieted the Seattle Seahawks‘ WRs. Adam Thielen has been having trouble, but the guys aren’t dropping him. DeAndre Hopkins, Terry McLaurin, and Diontae Johnson also had bad games. TEs that let you down include Dalton Schultz, George Kittle, and Jake Ferguson.
Monday Night Recap
Last night might have been the worst game of all time. The clock struck midnight for Josh Dobbs, and there really is not much else to say. Jason was impressed by RB Roschon Johnson, and Hockenson’s day was saved right at the end of the game.
Rashid Shaheed is unlikely to play this week, and the Saints might be playing someone off the street this week. Baker Mayfield’s ankle had a negative MRI, and Andy thinks he will play. Amari Cooper’s rib X-rays were negative, Kenneth Walker did not play, and Dallas Goedert will push to play this week. The guys want to wait and see.
Oh hey, look at all the byes! With six teams taking the week off, best of luck, fantasy managers. The guys have several spot start options to offer us, leading off with Jeff Wilson Jr. in Miami, who is only an option if Achane is out. Keaton Mitchell is an option if you can hold on to him. Jason is also considering Zeke and Samaje Perine. Breaking news! The number one pickup becomes Zack Moss, with Jonathan Taylor possibly injured.
The WRs are highlighted with Rashee Rice. Christian Watson had a good performance last week, and Jason actually prefers Jayden Reed. Andy is targeting Brandin Cooks and also bringing up Curtis Samuel. Pat Freiermuth takes the cake for TEs this week, and Juwan Johnson is also an option.
Baltimore is on bye, but Andy is keeping them if he can. Jason likes Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay this week, all with good matchups.
Hungry for More
Jonathan Taylor is undergoing thumb surgery, and as of now, will not go on IR. Justin Jefferson has been officially activated and will play after the Vikings’ bye week. Will Darren Waller return? We will see. Kenny Pickett has a sore ankle, and Baker looks to play this week.
Thursday Night Preview
Seattle heads to Dallas to play the Cowboys this week in the Thursday night game. The guys expect a lot from the Dallas offense, and Jason expects them to wipe the floor with them. Dak has been incredible, but you do have some decisions. You start your studs but might want to move away from Jake Ferguson. On the other side, the Geno problem is real, and the three WRs on the Seahawks are tough starts. Zach Charbonnet is also risky business.
The guys hit the mailbag and sign off.
Noah Brown returned to limited practice, and Tank Dell did not practice, and the guys are concerned since it is a calf injury. Dalton Schultz is also injured, and Trey McBride is on groinindex.com. Demario Douglas is in the concussion protocol, and Chris Olave was limited, which is a good sign for him to clear protocol.
The Colts take on the Titans in the first matchup. Jason’s MVP, Zack Moss, is an automatic start, and Derrick Henry is a go. You can probably stream better than Minshew this week, but you can start Josh Downs. Next up, the Chargers travel east to play the New England Patriots, who will have Bailey Zappe under center. Rhamondre is a solid start in a great matchup, and that might be it. You play your Chargers studs and put on a blindfold.
The Detroit Lions take on the New Orleans Saints in an odd over/under game. With the potential of missing several Saints pass catchers, TE Juwan Johnson is an option. For Detroit, Jared Goff has been dodgy as of late, but New Orleans’ defense has not been as strong. Start your other Detroit studs.
The Falcons play the Jets in an extremely low over/under. Minus the Atlanta RBs, the guys do not love any other options. Breece Hall was limited on Wednesday, so keep your ear to the ground to ensure he is OK. Garrett Wilson with Tim Boyle does not have a ceiling, and Tyler Conklin is an emergency TE option.
Arizona heads to Pittsburgh, where it will probably rain. Najee and Jaylen Warren are great starts against the Cardinals’ defense. The confidence is not high in James Conner for this revenge game. The big question is Kyler, and the guys are OK looking elsewhere. Hollywood Brown is in play this week. Miami takes on Washington in the next matchup. Start your Dolphins stars. Jason thinks there is a chance De’Von Achane could return this week, and he said it is up to you whether you have the guts to start him. If he is out, Jeff Wilson is an option. Sam Howell will be throwing the ball a lot, as usual. Andy also likes Curtis Samuel this week.
Starts of the Week
Mike is starting Tua, Najee, Adam Thielen, and Juwan Johnson. Jason is going with Brock Purdy, Zack Moss, Brandon Aiyuk, and Evan Engram. Andy is starting Mr. Unlimited Russell Wilson, Jaylen Warren, Josh Downs, and David Njoku.
The guys end with Boom Boom Kicker, and it is football time!
Thursday Night Recap
We finally got an excellent Thursday game! DK Metcalf had an incredible game in what looked to be a horrid matchup. The Dallas stack delivered, but the Dallas defense did not. Dak is on fire and has the most passing TDs since Week 8. Andy thinks he should be the MVP. The Charbonnet experience was good, but he did leave with an injury.
The Cardinals have granted Zach Ertz his release! Jason rejoices. Keenan Allen did not practice on Thursday, which he has done before. Demario Douglas is still dealing with a concussion. Trey McBride was limited in practice, and Dalvin Cook is dealing with a shoulder issue. Amari Cooper will play this week, and Cleveland might have Joe Flacco under center. Tee Higgins hopes to play in Week 13.
The Denver Broncos take on the Houston Texans in what should be a good game. For most people, if Tank Dell is active, you start him. Russell Wilson is Andy’s start of the week, and Javonte Williams can be started. Devin Singletary is still a go, even against a solid Denver defense. Carolina heads to Tampa Bay to take on the Bucs. Rachaad White is a great start, Mike Evans is a go, and you can stream Baker in a pinch. And there you go.
The next game is Cleveland and the Rams, and it should be Joe Flacco leading the Browns. Amari Cooper can be (slightly) revived, and you can start David Njoku. For the Rams, you still start Kyren Williams. Puka and Kupp are both options and don’t chase Tyler Higbee’s two TDs from last week. San Francisco plays Philadelphia in the game of the week. It has been a rollercoaster for the Eagles. Start all your studs on both sides.
Sunday Night Football brings us Kansas City and Green Bay. The guys are tempering their expectations for the Chiefs, and Rashee Rice is a dart throw. Green Bay is still dealing with injuries – Aaron Jones did not practice on Thursday, and AJ Dillon was limited. Andy is OK playing Christian Watson. The week ends with Cincinnati and Jacksonville on Monday night. The only must-start Bengal is Ja’Marr Chase. Travis Etienne was limited, but you are starting him if he plays. Evan Engram has a great shot at a TD.
The guys reveal their DraftKings lineup, and Mike spins the Wheel of Shame.