The Fantasy Footballers Podcast Recap – Week 5
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The Cardinals will not activate Kyler Murray off the PUP when he is eligible, and the Colts will open up the 21-day practice window for Jonathan Taylor. The same is said of Cooper Kupp. QB Justin Herbert suffered a finger fracture on his non-throwing hand, but they have a bye this week, so he has time to recover. Mike Evans has a hamstring injury, and Tee Higgins has a rib injury. Javonte Williams and Kenny Pickett also got injured.
Josh Allen starts us off by being awesome on Sunday. Anthony Richardson returned to the field with a studly performance, and Lamar also had a great game. Yay! Justin Fields was a stud! And he didn’t even use his legs! Jalen Hurts also had himself a game. Welcome to the league, CJ Stroud.
CMC is the goat and the best RB in football with four TDs. Kyren Williams remains one of your best waiver wire pickups, and De’Von Achane only needed eight carries to get two rushing TDs. Andy’s start of the week, Josh Jacobs, also had a great game. Pacheco had a surprisingly great game on Sunday night, and Derrick Henry had a monster day. Jaleel McLaughlin performed excellently batting clean-up.
WR Stefon Diggs got you a hat trick, and Nico Collins continued to impress. Puka scored himself a TD, and Justin Jefferson is good at football. DJ Moore capitalized on Fields’ great day, and rookie Michael Wilson was great. Successful TEs include Cole Kmet, Mark Andrews, and Jonnu Smith.
Not everyone had a good day. Kirk Cousins had a bad day, Tua was average, and Patrick Mahomes had a weirdly bad game. Oh, Joe Burrow – what do we do moving forward? Trevor Lawrence was disappointing, which also brings up a Calvin Ridley discussion. It was impossible to watch Derek Carr on Sunday. Tony Pollard was disappointing, but he should be fine moving forward. Rhamondre was bad in a rough matchup, and James Conner could not volume himself into a good game.
Chris Olave had a Derek Carr problem, and San Francisco did not need Deebo. Mike Evans had a tough time against Lattimore, and Michael Pittman lost a lot of work to the TEs on his team. Jordan Addison goosed. George Kittle was a disappointing TE in a game that was Aiyuk or CMC. Hockenson was not used, and there is concern about Dallas Goedert. Kyle Pitts lives here.
Enjoy the Monday night game!
Monday Night Recap
Oh boy, Daniel Jones. Seattle’s defense caused quite a ruckus for fantasy managers, and Kenneth Walker also had a big day. The Giants desperately need the return of Saquon, which should change the equation for Daniel Jones. It is disappointing that Jones seems not to be targeting Darren Waller as much as we anticipated.
Jameson Williams was reinstated, and Detroit should start him back slowly. Goff will have a new explosive WR to throw to. Jonathan Taylor might actually play this week for the Colts, and Kenny Pickett has a bone bruise and might miss a couple of weeks. James Robinson also visited the Packers.
Keep in mind that bye weeks start this week as we jump into the waivers. The RB landscape is not great this week. With the Javonte Williams injury, you need to look at Jaleel McLaughlin and Samaje Perine. Justice Hill should be looked at, and also see if Jaylen Warren happens to be available. Remember to look at who was dropped in your league once waivers run.
On to the WRs. Check on Romeo Doubs, Joshua Palmer, and Quentin Johnston to start. Check out Michael Wilson from Arizona if you need a start this week. Andy is okay with dropping JSN if you need a spot. If you have the capacity to pick up Jameson Williams and hold him, the guys are all for it. You can also consider Tyler Boyd and Michael Gallup.
TE options are Cole Kmet, Jake Ferguson, and possibly Tyler Higbee – if Cooper Kupp doesn’t return immediately. Andy reminds us to consider Logan Thomas and Zach Ertz. Defensively – Detroit is a great pickup, in addition to Washington and Arizona. Miami can be targeted as well.
Hungry For More
Looking at players who have been delivering, Mike is hungry for more Alexander Mattison. Jason enters with a combo platter of CJ Stroud and Justin Fields. Andy is hungry for more of WR Michael Wilson.
The 21-day practice window is now open for Cooper Kupp and Jonathan Taylor. Get out your popcorn. The Muth will not be luth for a few weeks due to his hamstring injury. Dan Campbell was non-comital about whether Amon-Ra will be available for this week, and Breece Hall is off his pitch count.
Thursday Night Breakdown
The still-winless Chicago Bears take on the Washington Commanders this week. It is hard to figure out how much of Justin Fields’ success was due to Denver last week or if it was actually him. Sam Howell is Andy’s stream of the week, and you must start Brian Robinson. Logan Thomas is streamable, but the guys think you should bench Jahan Dotson. On the other side, the guys are okay starting Fields, especially if you are an underdog. Khalil Herbert is more of a question.
The ballers end with a mailbag segment.
Amon-Ra St. Brown is dealing with an abdominal injury, and it’s a little sus. Pay attention to whether he practices on Thursday. Cooper Kupp had a “limited” practice, but McVay said he actually practiced fully. Kyren Williams missed practice, but we were told it was precautionary. Deebo will be playing at less than 100% this week, and Ekeler looks to be back following the bye week.
Oh London, we meet again. Jacksonville and Buffalo start us off. The consistency in performance hasn’t been great for the Jags’ weapons, and the Buffalo defense is hard to score against, so manage your expectations. The guys are trying to not start Trevor Lawrence. On the Bills’ side, start your studs and Gabe Davis. Next up, Atlanta takes on Houston, and the Falcons running game should be great. Start Bijan, and try to move away from Tyler Allgeier. You can start Nico Collins and consider Tank Dell.
Carolina and Detroit are the next matchup, and the guys think the Lions will have a day. Monitor St. Brown’s health, and you can still start Jahmyr Gibbs. Montgomery should also eat. On the Carolina side, Bryce Young has looked poor. Adam Thielen should still get some volume, and it’s a bad matchup for Miles Sanders. Titans and Colts battle next – Anthony Richardson is a start. Jason thinks Jonathan Taylor will play, and Zack Moss is still an option if he is out. For Tennessee, the guys are okay with starting DeAndre Hopkins.
The Giants head to Florida to take on the Dolphins, and Miami is the heavy favorite. Start all your Dolphins studs. For New York, if Saquon doesn’t play, Mike thinks you can still start Matt Breida. Jason also thinks Darren Waller will be a squeaky wheel in this great matchup. New Orleans plays New England in what might be the fart fest of the week. Rhamondre has been bad, and he isn’t in a good matchup this week but it gets better for him in the weeks that follow. You can start Hunter Henry if you are desperate. For the Saints, it’s Kamara and Olave only.
Baltimore plays Pittsburgh in Andy’s almost upset of the week. It doesn’t mean you don’t start your Ravens – Zay Flowers is an especially good start. In Pittsburgh, it’s Pickens and possibly Najee in a pinch. This game has a low over-under. For the RBs in Baltimore, Gus Edwards is still the main guy until further notice.
Starts of the Week
Andy is starting Sam Howell, Garrett Wilson, Joe Mixon, and Zach Ertz. Jason goes with Jordan Love, Pitty City, Breece Hall, and Tyler Higbee. Finally, Mike is wearing titanium underpants with Zach Wilson, Tutu Atwell, David Montgomery, and Darren Waller.
The show finishes with Jason’s Boom Boom Kicker.
Thursday Night Recap
Last night – wow. A monstrous DJ Moore performance and a stellar Justin Fields were the highlights of the evening. What a game. Sam Howell had a bad first half but pulled out a good performance at the end of the game. Logan Thomas was a great start, too. Conversely, the rest of the pass catchers were not great for Washington.
Amon-Ra St. Brown missed practice yesterday and today, and he might be unable to play. Even if he plays, he might be hampered. Dameon Pierce was back to full, and Rhamondre was limited. Jonathan Taylor participated fully in Thursday’s practice, and Kenny Pickett looks to be back. Finally, Cooper Kupp looks to be starting this week.
Philadelphia heads west to play the Rams in what should be a great game. Matthew Stafford looks excellent, and he gets his breakfast buddy Cooper Kupp back this week. Kyren Williams is still a great start. You are starting all your Eagles studs and staying the flames with Swift. Dallas Goedert is the biggest question in this game. The Bengals go on the road to play the Cardinals in the next game. Burrow should have a great game here, but Andy says it is okay if you don’t want to start him. Ja’Marr Chase will continue to get his, and Tyler Boyd could be a flex option. For the Cardinals, most of the offensive weapons are options.
The Jets and the Broncos go at it in the next matchup, and the Broncos’ defense is not good. You don’t have strong confidence in the Jets’ players, but the matchups are fantastic. You are starting Breece Hall and Garrett Wilson. Tyler Conklin and Zach Wilson are also options. There is not one Bronco that Jason would like to start. Kansas City heads to Minnesota for what could be a fun fantasy outing. Jordan Addison is volatile, but he is a “can start.” You start TJ Hockenson, and on the Chiefs’ side, you can go with Isiah Pacheco and your other Kansas City studs.
Sunday night brings us Dallas and San Francisco. Deebo will be playing at less than 100%, and if you have better options, you might have to lean away. Start Aiyuk and hope for the best with George Kittle. Jake Ferguson is being utilized on the Dallas side and can be started, but the guys want to avoid Dak if possible. We end the week with Green Bay and Las Vegas. Jordan Love is Jason’s start of the week, and he should get all his weapons back. Jason is starting Doubs and Watson. Conversely, the Raiders should get Jimmy G. back, and Josh Jacobs should have a big game.
After the guys reveal their Draft Kings lineups, Andy spins the Wheel of Shame, and we head into Week 5. Good luck, FootClan!