The Fantasy Footballers Podcast Recap – Week 6
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Treylon Burks was placed on IR with his turf toe, and Russell Wilson is dealing with a partially torn lat muscle on his throwing shoulder. This might be some of the reasons for his disappearance. Murdered for the last time – the Panthers have thankfully fired Matt Rhule. In sadder news, Rashaad Penny is believed to have a fractured fibula and should have surgery; his year is probably over. Kenneth Walker III is going to have his opportunity. Cardinal James Conner exited with a rib injury, and Kliff Kingsbury believes he will be ok. Eno Benjamin will be the last man standing over there. Tyreek Hill was stepped on and was seen in a boot after the game. The league implemented a new concussion protocol Sunday, and fantasy owners must deal with the consequences as more players will be held out of games. Damien Harris also left the game Sunday, and Rhamondre reaped the benefit.
We had a ton of huge plays this week that started with a bomb from Josh Allen to Gabriel Davis. Allen finished with a monster game. Even without a passing TD, Jalen Hurts had a stellar game. He plays Dallas next week, so you might not expect a ceiling game. Geno Smith was also a stud and has been a top-10 fantasy QB for the past three weeks. Kirk Cousins and Carson Wentz close out the QB studs.
Austin Ekeler highlights the RB studs, and snow fell in Vermont, so you know Derrick Henry had success on Sunday. The dump truck Leonard Fournette filled up with two loads, and Mike was ecstatic. It was delightful to see Breece Hall have a great day on the ground and through the air. Hall could have had an even bigger game with Michael Carter running some TDs from the one-yard line. Nick Chubb and Dalvin Cook delivered, and welcome back Alvin Kamara. Tevin Coleman is back and scored two TDs, even with Jeff Wilson having a great game. Closing us out in RB studs are CMC, Saquon, and rookie Dameon Pierce who is looking great.
Gabriel Davis highlights the week with his ridiculous stat line, and the Bills play the Chiefs next week. Both Seahawk WRs were monsters again and they play Arizona next week. Dyami Brown was successful, with Jahan Dotson sidelined. Justin Jefferson was a monster, Cooper Kupp is always great, and Jakobi Meyers had a great day catching passes from Bailey Zappe. Hollywood Brown is currently the WR5 in fantasy, and he could have had a monster day if not for one drop. Taysom Hill had the biggest week for “TEs,” and Mike is thrilled. Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst, who are actual TEs, had solid weeks. Dallas Goedert and David Njoku were also dependable.
At QB, the Jared Goff experience must be discussed. Amon-Ra was clearly not ready to be back, and the Lions laid an egg. Najee Harris is becoming a regular in the RB duds section, and because he is not involved in the passing game currently, alarm bells should be sounding. The Packers’ RBs also had bad weeks – Andy is more nervous about Dillon than Jones. Zeke had another down week with Tony Pollard stealing his thunder. Mike thinks this is all part of the plan. Cam Akers might be toast and the Rams (minus Cooper Kupp) do not look great.
After being solid last week, Jamaal Williams and James Robinson had let-down games. JK Dobbins also had a bad game against Cincinnati, and with a game against the Giants looming, Dobbins might need to be sat. Tyler Allgeier and Caleb Huntley were where FAAB went to die. Chase Edmonds barely touched the ball for Miami, and the Bills did not need Devin Singletary. Unfortunately for Mike in Washington, it’s curtains for Gibby. Never forget.
Stars highlighted the WR contingent as Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, AJ Brown, and Ja’Marr Chase all failed to deliver. CeeDee Lamb had a come-down game, and you expected more from Chris Godwin. Christian Kirk has finally slowed down for Jacksonville, but the entire offense looked terrible. It was disappointing to see a bad game from Adam Thielen in a game where Jefferson shined. TJ Hockenson was the antithesis of Taysom Hill, catching one ball for six yards. George Kittle had a subpar game, punctuated with a fumble. Robert Tonyan, Zach Ertz, and Gerald Everett all did very little, and the TE landscape is rough.
Good luck in the Monday night game!
Monday Night Breakdown
Many owners went to sleep thinking they won or lost and woke up to remarkable performances from the Monday night game. Travis Kelce had four TDs and Patrick Mahomes looked unstoppable on the Chiefs’ side. On the Raiders’ side, Josh Jacobs had a career-high for rushing and Davante Adams had two TDs. If you started CEH hoping for a victory, you did not get there. The Raiders have lost four one-score games and sit at 1-4. Darren Waller also tweaked a hamstring and went to the sidelines early in the evening.
After a questionable roughing the passer call last night, the NFL has come out and said they would investigate and address it. In injury news, Tua is not yet cleared for football activity and will not play this week. Damien Harris will likely miss multiple games with a hamstring injury, and Rhamondre Stevenson will have a great few games. In Commanders news, Jahan Dotson and Logan Thomas were limited in practice, and since Washington plays on Thursday, anticipate them not getting out there.
Welcome to the Fold – Waivers
Welcome to the bye weeks as they couple with injuries to muddy the waters. We saw Jakobi Meyers come back to success, and he is Mike’s number one target this week, even as he is already mostly rostered. If George Pickens is still available, Andy suggests going after him, but Alec Pierce is the rookie Jason is targeting. You could drop Elijah Moore, Allen Robinson, or Ju-Ju to pick up one of these guys. Buffalo’s Khalil Shakir is worth a look – the rookie looked explosive and could end up playing the Jamison Crowder role. Rondale Moore is also worth picking up if you need to plug a hole, just be aware that Hopkins will return soon. The New York Giants’ situation must also be addressed. They seem to have no WRs. Darius Slayton was ok this week and seems serviceable. Jason is on the Wan’Dale hype train, and with Kadarius Toney held together with scotch tape, he should be stashed.
On to RBs, and Kenneth Walker III is the big pickup here, with Rashaad Penny out for the year. If he happens to be available, this is a break-the-bank situation. Raheem Mostert is also a priority pickup as Miami’s workhorse RB. Beyond these two, you are looking at Arizona’s Eno Benjamin in a juicy matchup this week and possibly Isiah Pacheco or Jerick McKinnon. Andy says a sneaky pickup could be Deejay Dallas, and Joshua Kelley has established himself as the clear backup to Austin Ekeler in Los Angeles.
Much to Mike’s chagrin, Taysom Hill must be addressed as a waiver candidate. You are shooting for a ceiling with Hill, and there are no better odds for a TD from a TE than from Hill. Other good names are Hayden Hurst and Cade Otton. A good number of defensive pickups could get you by, highlighted with New England playing Cleveland, where both teams are options. The Chargers and Jacksonville are also worth consideration.
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You might have to move on from the likes of Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford, so the guys offer their choices for QB streamers as the bye weeks start. Andy is streaming Aaron Rodgers, Jason likes Jimmy Garoppolo against the Falcons, and Mike is playing Geno Smith against Arizona.
After some Ride or Die, Andy, Mike, and Jason hit the news.
Mike McDaniel and the Dolphins are optimistic that Tyreek Hill will play this week, but he will be playing with Skylar Thompson. Pick up that Minnesota defense. Davante Adams has been cited for misdemeanor assault for his behavior after their loss in Kansas City. Mike thinks he might miss a game. The Cowboys are preparing for Cooper Rush to be under center against Philly this week, as Dak needs more time to get back. Kyle Pitts is likely to practice on Wednesday. Mike Tomlin said that the Steelers will continue giving Jaylen Warren more carries, and they will continue to do so. Pittsburgh has a gross schedule, but with Najee looking like he is battling through an injury, Warren is worth a look. Ty’Son Williams and Corey Clement were signed to the Cardinals practice squad.
The guys move on to a 2022 Fantasy Redo draft where Jason starts with Saquon with the 1.01.
Thursday Night Breakdown
The Washington Commanders take on the Chicago Bears in what will clearly be another primetime barn burner. Short and sweet, put David Montgomery in your lineup and close the book on the Bears. On the other side, Antonio Gibson is not worth a start, and Andy is observing the Brian Robinson experience from the sideline. He should get a natural increase in opportunity and could become a flex option.
Remember to check and see who was dropped in your leagues!
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Never Not Working
The bye weeks are upon us, and owners must be prepared. Next week both Jalen Hurts and Josh Allen are on byes, but Mike reminds us that Ryan Tannehill and Jared Goff will be available to stream. Goff has a good schedule following the bye week. RB-wise, we lose most of the big guns in the next few weeks. Consider stashing DeeJay Dallas and Gus Edwards, who has been designated to return. The WR landscape is less complicated – Zay Jones is a great “break glass in case of emergency.” Take a look at Hayden Hurst, who will be playing Atlanta next week when Tyler Higbee and Dallas Goedert are on a bye. Looking forward to plug-in defenses, look at the Denver Broncos, the Jets, the Jags, and the Colts.
It is reported that Carson Wentz is dealing with a bicep strain, and he plays tonight. If you are streaming Wentz, be aware. James Conner did not practice on Wednesday, and it might be the Eno Benjamin show this weekend. Tyreek Hill was a full participant, but Raheem Mostert was limited, so do not drop Chase Edmonds just yet. Be prepared to be without Rashod Bateman and Tee Higgins this week, as both seem to be not practicing. The Patriots’ RB Damien Harris was limited, yet they neglected to place him on the IR. He should be out for at least two games and probably more. In Saints news, Chris Olave is in the third stage of the concussion protocol, which is good news, and Jameis Winston was back at practice.
The guys start with San Francisco taking on the Atlanta Falcons. The Niners’ defense is so strong, and the Falcons should be nervous, even with Kyle Pitts returning. On the Falcons’ side, Jason is steering clear of any RB since San Francisco is only giving up 15.8 fantasy points per game to the entire RB position. The guys are willing to play Drake London if needed. Jeff Wilson has been a top-12 RB since week two, but TD-stealing Tevin Coleman is in town. Wilson should still have the lion’s share of the work. The New England Patriots take on the Browns in the next matchup. Jakobi Meyers is an OK start no matter who is under center for the Pats, and start Rhamondre with Harris out. For the Browns, Nick Chubb is dominating in red zone carries this season, and Kareem Hunt is not that far behind. Jason says it is not a Hunt week this week against New England, but you can start Amari Cooper. David Njoku is now an every-week start.
The New York Jets head to Green Bay to take on the Packers next. Zach Wilson has not looked bad, but he is not worth a QB start yet. Conversely, Breece Hall is an every-week start, taking over the Jets’ backfield. Garrett Wilson is a concern after Zach Wilson’s return. Jason believes the talent is there, so if you need a bye-week replacement, he is a good option. Allen Lazard has been a solid start on the Green Bay side, but you cannot rely on Robert Tonyan in your TE position.
Jacksonville plays Indy in a low over/under game, and we do not know what Jaguars team will show up. Obviously, if Taylor plays, you start him, but the Colts’ pass defense is solid. The guys think you can still start Michael Pittman. Confusion abounds with James Robinson, a player that started so hot but has cooled off quickly. He can be a flex play. Christian Kirk has also had a few low-scoring fantasy games and now plays a team that is number one against WRs. In a good matchup, Evan Engram could be started.
Minnesota heads south to play the Miami Dolphins and enjoy the sunshine. It is a great matchup for Kirk Cousins and his guys. The Dolphins are hurting, especially in the QB room. Err on the side of caution here, and you can start Waddle and Hill. Much to Jason’s delight, Mostert was back at practice, and he is a good start this week. Start your Viking studs. Baltimore plays the 4-1 New York Giants in the subsequent breakdown. Lamar Jackson starts, of course, and you have questions relating to JK Dobbins and his return. It is not a good matchup for Dobbins, and Jason is shying away. You are starting Mark Andrews and for the Giants, start Saquon, and you are done.
Starts of the Week
In the Starts of the Week, Jason is going with Kirk Cousins, Jeff Wilson, Adam Thielen, and Zach Ertz. Mike likes “The Plant Man,” Tom Brady, Melvin Gordon, Michael Gallup, and George Kittle. Finally, Andy is starting Aaron Rodgers, Rhamondre Stevenson, and Marquise Brown.
Mike and Jason end the show with the Boom Boom Kicker – two field goals for McPherson! Enjoy the Thursday night game!
Andy is back to close out the week and wax lyrical about the fantastic Thursday night game. It should be better next week. As Mike says, you can’t know a good game without knowing a bad one.
Thursday Night Recap
Carson Wentz could not even throw for 100 yards in this low-scoring dud of a game. He took three sacks and looked awful. Justin Fields did not look much better. He had a couple of great passes, but that was it. A few storylines of note – Khalil Herbert had a huge run, but David Montgomery had a massive snap advantage, out snapping Herbert 56 to 16. The battle of the Washington RBs was the other story, with Brian Robinson having 17 carries and Gibson five, in addition to returning kicks. Robinson is clearly the guy now.
Tyler Lockett was added to the injury report on Thursday with a hamstring injury. Not a great day to be added to the injury report. You need to be ready to pivot. James Conner is expected to miss that same game, and Eno Benjamin will be an excellent play. Raheem Mostert returned to practice and said he was “fine” and should play this weekend. Keenan Allen is still questionable to play, and the Chargers play on Monday, so Andy says to get another option. Finally, Chris Olave has been progressing nicely through the concussion protocol, and hopefully, we will see him out there this weekend.
The Cincinnati Bengals take on the New Orleans Saints in Andy’s almost-upset of the week. Jason sees this game as two good defenses with two struggling offenses, but you are still starting your studs on both sides of the ball. Jameis Winston might return this week, and that might lower Kamara’s receiving volume. The questionable players are Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, and Tee Higgins. You might want to pivot off Higgins even if he starts. The Taysom TD upside is there. The Tampa Bay Bucs play the troubled Pittsburgh Steelers in the next game. The Bucs’ offense is starting to look up. Godwin is back, and Lenny, the Dump Truck, is thriving. Pass on Cade Otton as Cameron Brate was back to practice. The Steelers’ defense is horrible against WRs, so start all those Bucs. On the Steelers’ side, Najee is no longer an auto-start, and you could start Diontae Johnson. Pass on Pickett.
The train wreck Panthers head to Los Angeles to play the Rams in what should be a get-right game against PJ Walker. Kupp and Higbee are your only startable Rams, and on the Carolina side, it is CMC and maybe DJ Moore. In an NFC matchup, the Cardinals play the Seahawks. Both teams have subpar defenses, and there should be some fantasy goodness here. You are starting Eno Benjamin and Kenneth Walker III, who should both have the lion’s share of the work. Andy says Deejay Dallas is a sneaky play. DK Metcalf is a lock for your lineup, but with confusion surrounding Tyler Lockett, make sure to tune into the Injury Blitz Podcast hosted by our injury expert Matthew Betz. Hollywood and Zach Ertz are both Starts of the Week, and Rondale Moore is startable.
The big game this week is Kansas City against Buffalo, and the guys are excited for the massive over/under. You are starting your QBs. With RBs, CEH has earned himself a start, and Devin Singletary’s usage is up in the air. Gabriel Davis and Stefon Diggs are in your lineup, and you can also find value with Isaiah McKenzie. Chiefs’ WRs are more challenging to decide upon, with the main guy changing weekly. Mike prefers MVS. Sunday night brings us Dallas versus Philly. Both defenses are elite here, and it will be intriguing to see what we get out of Jalen Hurts. Cooper Rush has been successful, but this week will be tough. Andy likes Dallas Goedert in this game but is leaning away from Miles Sanders. It is scary to start Zeke anymore, and Tony Pollard has turned into the Taysom Hill of RBs. You are playing CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup is Mike’s Start of the Week.
Monday night, thankfully, gives us another Denver Broncos game. They play the Chargers this week in a massively important game. Even with the solid Broncos defense, you are not pivoting from your Charger studs, just temper your expectations. Austin Ekeler has been amazing, and if Keenan is still out, you can take a shot at Gerald Everett. On the other side, you are starting Courtland Sutton, and Mike is endorsing Melvin Gordon.
After Andy spins the Wheel of Shame yet again, the guys share their DraftKings lineup for the week.
Good luck out there FootClan!