The Fantasy Footballers Podcast Recap – Week 8
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The Rams put Kyren Williams on IR, and we won’t see him for at least four weeks. Bijan Robinson was not feeling well on Sunday, and Arthur Smith neglected to tell us until later. We will hopefully see him next week. Deshaun Watson left the game early on Sunday, not to return. Jerome Ford has a high ankle sprain, and it might be Kareem Hunt time. Luke Musgrave and Austin Ekeler also had ankle issues. Jaylen Waddle left with a back issue, and CMC will play tonight if warmups go well.
Lamar Jackson carved up the Lions like a Christmas ham, and he had an incredible day with a perfect passer rating. Patrick Mahomes also had a stellar Sunday. Gardner Minshew had four total TDs, and Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts succeeded. D’Onta Foreman came in and saved the day for the Chicago backfield. Alvin Kamara is a must-start, Jahmyr Gibbs finally delivered, and Gus Edwards was great for Baltimore. Jonathan Taylor is starting to look like himself, and it was a big day for Saquon. Welcome back, Darrell Henderson.
AJ Brown highlights the WR studs with an incredible Sunday night. Josh Downs scored a TD and got over 100 yards, and Josh Palmer looks to be a consistent part of the offense moving forward. Pitty City also got a TD. Tyreek Hill is unguardable, and Puka Nacua dominated. Rashee Rice scored, and JSN was actually utilized. Happy National Tight End Day to Kelce, Andrews, Waller, and more.
The Kansas City defense is real, and Justin Herbert lands in the duds. Tua only had one TD, and Jared Goff had a turd of a game. Next week, he returns to the comfort of a dome. Bijan felt poorly and barely took the field. Josh Jacobs disappointed in a great matchup, and Austin Ekeler’s ankle looked to be bothering him. The Eagles’ defense bottled up Raheem Mostert, and Aaron Jones was back but uninvolved.
Cooper Kupp landed in the duds, but do not worry about him moving forward. Keenan Allen had a down game, with Josh Palmer getting most of the work. DeVonta Smith had a disappointing game along with Tyler Lockett. Amari had a lousy showing in a rough overall game with a backup QB, and Hollywood Brown was bad. Oddly enough, there were not tons of duds at the TE position. It took the guys nine years to say that.
Enjoy the Monday Night game!
Monday Night Recap
Everyone saw this coming. San Francisco now has a losing streak, and prime-time Kirk Cousins looked great! It was also Jordan Addison’s coming-out party. Brock Purdy had another rough week, and CMC was average but still delivered for fantasy. They need to right the ship in San Francisco. On the Minnesota side, Alexander Mattison seemed to be held in check, and Cam Akers started to become relevant.
Jerome Ford will miss a few games with an ankle issue, and they are waiting on an MRI for Deshaun Watson. Dawson Knox will have wrist surgery, and it might be Dalton Kincaid time. Justin Fields is also looking to miss another game. Chris Olave was just arrested for speeding, and the guys don’t think it will matter when it comes to him playing.
Guys! No bye weeks!
The guys start with the RBs – Darrell Henderson, Kareem Hunt, and Pierre Strong are at the top of the list. Even with a bad week, Jeff Wilson can get better if you are able to sit him for a couple of weeks. Do not forget about Houston’s Devin Singletary. Keep an eye on the Chicago RBs, and don’t forget about Tyjae Spears.
Check on Josh Palmer and Rashee Rice and see if they are available. Jason is all about the rookies right now: Demario Douglass, JSN, and Michael Wilson, to name a few. If JuJu is out, Kendrick Bourne could also be an option. Taysom Hill is the top option for TE. Jason also likes the Doctor and Dalton Kincaid. With Ertz heading to IR, Trey McBride could start being relevant. You could still go back to Logan Thomas.
Defense-wise, look at Baltimore, Kansas City, or Atlanta.
Hungry for More
Ryan Tannehill is unlikely to play this week, and Bananarama might be the starter. Deshaun Watson had an MRI, and it revealed no further injuries, but he is day to day. Jerome Ford has a high ankle sprain and will miss a couple of weeks.
Second Half Sleepers
Mike starts us off with Dak Prescott as someone who could be a second-half sleeper and a possible target to trade for. He has a good schedule going forward, and you might be able to count on him. Jason says that the second-half sleeper is the Arizona Cardinals offense as a whole. QB Kyler should return very soon, and there will be a massive shift in the offense. A QB returning from an ACL sometimes has issues, but Jason is still stashing Kyler.
Andy is going with Tee Higgins, who has caused fantasy managers heartaches so far this year. The fantasy playoff schedule for the Bengals is excellent, and there is potential that the Bengals have turned a corner.
Thursday Night Breakdown
We get Tampa Bay and Buffalo this week, and both teams are reeling. The Bucs’ defense has been solid, so it won’t be the easiest sledding for the Bills. That being said, you are still starting your studs. Davis and Kincaid are the questions here. Jason does not expect a big offensive outing from the Bills and is sitting Gabe Davis if possible. Andy thinks the Buffalo defense in prime time should have a good night. On the Bucs’ side, Rachaad White is all over the place and just a flex option, and Mike Evans is a start.
The guys close out the Baseball and Birds podcast after a mailbag segment.
Tyreek Hill and Raheem Mostert did not practice on Wednesday, and you need to pay attention to this. Kyler Murray returned to full practice! Aaron Jones did not practice, and Brock Purdy is in the concussion protocol – Sam Darnold will start for the Niners. Austin Ekeler and DK Metcalf were full participants in practice. Gerald Everett and Josh Palmer did not practice on Wednesday either.
No bye weeks and tons of matchups to tackle. The Rams take on the Cowboys first. Stafford should be out of the discussion due to the matchup against Dallas, but Jason is okay still starting RB Darrell Henderson Jr. Puka and Cupp are a go. You are starting Pollard and Lamb on the Dallas side of the ball. Andy does not want to start Cooks or Gallup. Minnesota battles Green Bay in Lambeau in a lower over/under game. The guys are okay starting Christian Watson, but Andy is leaning away from Doubs. Jordan Addison should be started, and you can also go with KJ Osborn. Keep an eye on Hockenson’s foot.
Atlanta heads to Tennessee to play the Titans in a very low over/under. It will be Desmond Ridder versus some combo of Bananarama and Malik Willis. Even with last week’s issue, you are still starting Bijan, but look to see if there is a trade opportunity in your league. Derrick Henry and Kyle Pitts are also starts. Next up is New Orleans and Indy. With these QBs slinging it, it could be a high-scoring game. Carr is a streaming candidate; you are starting Kamara, and Josh Downs is a start.
New England heads down to the sunshine to play Miami in Andy’s almost upset. Andy has worries about the Dolphins’ injury concerns, but you are starting the Miami studs. Both Patriots RBs are in play, and if Kendrick Bourne still gets starter snaps, Mike is okay with putting him in his lineup. If Hill doesn’t play, the guys are not dancing with any of his replacements. The battle of New York is next with the Jets and Giants. It might be Tyrod again, and Saquon and Waller are both good starts. Jason is checking out after that. You are going with Breece Hall and Garrett Wilson on the Jets’ side.
Jacksonville and Pittsburgh battle next. George Pickens has been looking great, even with Diontae Johnson back in the lineup. Both are starts. Mike’s confidence in Najee is not high, but Jaylen Warren is an option. Nothing like consistent Evan Engram, and the guys are not ready to give up on Calvin Ridley. Philly heads to Washington to play the Commanders. Andy does not want to play any Washington players this week – Brian Robinson is a floor play against a stout defense. Most of your Eagles are a lock, and Jason believes in DeVonta Smith.
Starts of the Week
Jason is starting Dak Prescott, DeVonta Smith, Kareem Hunt, and Taysom Hill. Mike is going with Jared Goff, Christian Kirk, Chuba Hubbard, and Jake Ferguson. Finally, Andy is starting CJ Stroud, Zay Flowers, Gus Edwards, and Darren Waller.
The guys end with Jason’s Boom Boom Kicker.
Thursday Night Recap
Welcome to the Gabe Davis experience. Josh Allen had an almost perfect game, and the rushing attack was almost non-existent. There is nothing like having Latavius Murray stealing James Cook‘s goal line carries. On the Tampa Bay side, Rachaad White was the leading receiver and rusher for the Bucs’ attack, and Chris Godwin finally scored. Mike Evans saved you at the end.
Unnecessary drama in Miami, as Tyreek Hill is good to go this weekend. TJ Hockenson was limited, so his availability is looking good, but Diontae Johnson had another DNP. Aaron Jones returned to practice, and Daniel Jones is out.
The Texans are off their bye and ready to play the winless Panthers. With a new play-caller in Carolina, Jason reminds us to keep an eye on the number of targets Adam Thielen has. Chuba Hubbard is Mike’s start of the week, and keep an eye on Jonathan Mingo. The matchup is good for Dameon Pierce, and Tank Dell is back. The Browns play the Seahawks in the next game. PJ Walker should get the start, and Jerome Ford was back at practice, but it is not guaranteed he will start. You can still start Kareem Hunt. For the Seahawks, keep an eye on if Walker doesn’t practice, and the same with Tyler Lockett. It would be a tough matchup for JSN.
The Chiefs play the Broncos in an AFC battle. You play your Kansas City studs, including Pacheco. Jason is okay starting Rashee Rice. For Denver – you could start Courtland Sutton in a pinch, and Javonte Williams should be due for some TDs. The Ravens travel west to play the Cardinals in the next matchup. Baltimore’s offense was functioning on all cylinders last week, and this may be a murder of the Cardinals. Jason says you could still play Hollywood in a revenge game. If you have an Emar-gency, Demercado is a potential start.
Cincinnati plays San Francisco next. The Niners are in a two-game slump and looking to bounce back. Brandon Aiyuk is a full start, and Purdy is in the concussion protocol. The Niners’ defense is formidable, so temper expectations for the Bengals. You can still start all the “normals.” Sunday night brings us the Bears and Chargers, and Bilbo gets the start. You are starting your Chargers starts. Josh Palmer is the only concern, as he didn’t practice for a couple of days this week. Roschon is out of the protocol and will play, and Foreman continues to look good. DJ Moore is in your lineup.
The week ends with the Raiders at the Lions. Jared Goff is Mike’s start of the week, and Josh Reynolds is a spot start if need be – Andy sees this as a get-right game. Jimmy Handsome should be back, and you are starting Josh Jacobs and Davante Adams.
The guys reveal their Draft Kings lineups, and Mike spins the Wheel of Shame to close out the show.
Good luck, FootClan!