The Fantasy Footballers Podcast Recap – Week 9
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Amon-Ra St. Brown was added to the injury report on Sunday with an illness, so be on the lookout for him on Monday. Kirk Cousins tore his Achilles and is out for the season, and this will affect all of the Minnesota weapons. Matthew Stafford also hurt his thumb, and his situation is up in the air. Kenny Pickett left his game with a rib injury, and Desmond Ridder went through the concussion protocol during the game. Tyrod Taylor underwent a rib injury and went to the hospital, and Daniel Jones has been cleared to return. Bananarama will start on Thursday night.
Sam Howell had an incredible game against Philadelphia and should be the QB1 on the week. Jalen Hurts, Will Levis, and Joe Burrow delivered, and Dak tore apart the Los Angeles Rams. Justin Herbert also had a monster game. The Gus Bus delivered at the expense of their WRs, and CMC tied the record for weekly TDs. He might even get a TD in their bye week. Alvin Kamara is in the conversation for the RB2 on the season. Welcome back, Austin Ekeler! Javonte Williams had a great game in a game script they were unfamiliar with.
CeeDee Lamb was incredible, with 41% of the team’s targets. DeAndre Hopkins is Will Levis’ favorite target, and they have a good matchup next week. New Orleans’ Rashid Shaheed seems to be Derek Carr’s first love, and both Miami WRs were great. A bounce-back performance also came for DeVonta Smith.
Start of the week, Trey McBride had his big game like the guys anticipated. Taysom Hill had little receiving work but scored two TDs. And you can get a lot from Kittle without Deebo, and Jake Ferguson had a solid game.
Last week’s superstars course corrected this week. Lamar and Mahomes did not deliver, and Trevor Lawrence might be droppable going into the bye. CJ Stroud did not perform, and Tony Pollard was not good in a game where he should have been great. Kenneth Walker finally had a dud, and the New England RBs were disappointing. Aaron Jones still doesn’t look like himself, and the Packers might be in the market for an RB. Isiah Pacheco didn’t have the game script that allowed him to be relevant, and it seems like Miles Sanders isn’t even playing. Dameon Pierce continues to break your heart.
Chris Olave has only scored one TD this season, and Andy thinks he is a buy. Christian Watson had a dud of a game. Christian Kirk and Zay Flowers both had games we did not hope for. Joshua Palmer went down and gutted it out but could not perform. With the TEs, Dallas Goedert and Dalton Schultz were disappointing.
Enjoy the Monday night game!
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Monday Night Recap
Jahmyr Gibbs had himself a game last night, and Sam LaPorta continues to impress. On the Raiders side, Jimmy G. spent most of the game on the ground and missed Davante Adams on several passes. The Raiders did not look good.
Playoff Lenny signed to the Buffalo practice squad, and Jason thinks this could be something. Rookie Clayton Tune looks to be starting for Arizona this week, and Deshaun Watson may rest again. Matthew Stafford is day to day, and Tyson Bagent is starting against the Saints. There are potentially 11 backup QBs starting this week.
We return to bye weeks. The guys start with the RBs, and Mike’s top name is Zach Charbonnet. Jason likes Darrell Henderson, who is still available in a high percentage of leagues. Emari Demercado is still in the conversation, but Andy is leaning away from Leonard Fournette. Devin Singletary and Royce Freeman need to be rostered.
Moving to the WRs, Jahan Dotson is an option – he’s close to Jason’s top target. The Pats’ Demario Douglas should be looked at, as well as Quentin Johnston. New Orleans’ Rashid Shaheed is a dart throw, and Jason might be okay picking up the deeper Dallas WRs. Trey McBride is a must-pickup. Logan Thomas and Taysom Hill still need to be looked at.
With defenses – check for Cleveland, New Orleans against a Hobbit, Green Bay, and Minnesota.
Happy Holidays, Raiders fans! You get a brand new team running the franchise this month, as pretty much everyone has been fired.
Hungry for More
Andy is hungry for more from Gus Edwards this week – all hail the Gus Bus! Jason is hungry for more from Terry McLaurin. Mike needs more potassium and is hungry for more from Will Levis, mainly for Derrick Henry and the supporting cast.
The Raiders have fired everyone, and Rookie Aidan O’Connell looks to start this week. Taylor Heinicke has been announced to start for Atlanta over Desmond Ridder, and Joshua Dobbs has been traded to the Minnesota Vikings. Donovan Peoples-Jones is headed to Detroit and is a competent deep threat.
Thursday Night Breakdown
Will Levis and the Titans take on the Steelers Thursday night. Andy is not starting Will Levis this week against Mike Tomlin and Pittsburgh. Kenny Pickett plans to play through a rib injury, and this could be tough to watch. The guys are still OK playing Diontae Johnson, and George Pickens still has the opportunities. Jason is looking to bench both Steelers RBs. On the other side, you start Henry, but you can lean away from Tyjae Spears.
The guys are looking at the top players at each position and whether they think they will hang around. Sam Howell is the most startling QB in the top 10, and only three QBs are averaging over 20 points per game. Andy believes that anyone past the top five can move around in the rankings, including the entry of Kyler.
With the RBs, Jason expects Zack Moss to see a dip, even with a potential Jonathan Taylor injury. Andy anticipates Travis Etienne dropping out of the top 10 simply due to regression. Jason is curious about where De’Von Achane will slate in when he returns. Jason could see Josh Jacobs break into the top 15 in points per game.
Andy thinks that Ja’Marr Chase will continue to improve as the year goes on, and Jason sees that happening with Stefon Diggs as well. The guys see Puka and Adam Thielen fading as the year continues. The schedule for Dallas moving forward is good for CeeDee Lamb. With TEs, the top three are expected, and then Sam LaPorta is number four. Andy thinks Dalton Kincaid will have an excellent second half of the season, and Kittle’s lack of consistency will probably hurt him moving forward. Trey McBride could blow up.
Josh Allen is good to go, and Dameon Pierce did not practice on Wednesday. Daniel Jones was limited, but he should play this week. Unfortunately, Darren Waller might need a few weeks to recover from his hamstring. PJ Walker will get the start if Deshaun Watson is out again, and James Conner seems ready to go after IR.
The guys remind us to keep an eye on bye weeks, trade deadlines, and matchups coming up. First up is Miami and Kansas City in Germany. This should be a real test for Miami with an excellent Kansas City defense. You still start your Miami studs, but Jason is leaning away from RBs past Mostert. You also start your main Chiefs, and you can look for value with Rashee Rice. Minnesota plays Atlanta next in an incredible QB battle. With Jaren Hall under center, you are probably only starting TJ Hockenson. It shouldn’t be a very high-scoring game, and if Drake London is healthy, you can start him.
The Cardinals head to Cleveland to take on the Browns, and it is shaping up to be the Clayton Tune show. You can start Kareem Hunt and even Jerome Ford. David Njoku is also an option. Try to avoid most players on the Arizona side, but Trey McBride could be started in a pinch. It is a bad matchup.
The next matchup is the Rams and Packers in a low over/under. It should be Brett Rypien for Los Angeles, and with the RBs, you are leaning more toward Darrell Henderson. The Packers are not great, and if you can avoid starting them, that would be for the best. Avoid Jordan Love, and we are not in a good place with Aaron Jones. The Commanders take on the Patriots next. Kendrick Bourne is out, and Demario Douglas gets his shot. The two Patriots RBs are in play this week. For Washinton, Andy cautions people about Jahan Dotson.
The Bears and the Saints are next, and Bilbo will start again. On the Saints’ side, you are starting Alvin Kamara and Chris Olave, and Michael Thomas is an option. Start Taysom Hill. On to the Bears, avoid the RBs, and you can close your eyes and start DJ Moore. In the battle of the birds, the Seahawks play the Ravens. For Baltimore, you can start Zay Flowers, and Jason is staying in the flames with Gus Edwards. Kenneth Walker is a start for Seattle, but there are better options than Zach Charbonnet. For the pass catchers, the guys are benching JSN.
Starts of the Week
Andy is starting Dak, Zack Moss, Tee Higgins, and Taysom Hill. Mike is starting Mac Jones, Chuba Hubbard, Nico Collins, and Logan Thomas. Jason is sending in the Carr. He is also starting Kareem Hunt, Rashee Rice, and Dalton Kincaid.
The guys end with Jason’s Boom Boom Kicker. Enjoy the Thursday night game!
Thursday Night Recap
There was a lot of pressure on Bananarama last night, but he definitely showed that he does have some elite skills. Even with a bad fantasy outing, Jason was impressed and believes in his long-term success. Jaylen Warren was electric, The Yeti scored, and Najee got into the end zone. Diontae Johnson also scored and should be good moving forward.
Deshaun Watson looks like he will start on Sunday, and Jerome Ford should make it on the field. Emari Demercado will probably be on the sideline this week, and Mike must pivot. It is looking like Drake London will not play this week. Matthew Stafford did not practice, and Puka was limited. Darren Waller has been ruled out.
Tampa Bay heads to Houston to take on the Texans in today’s first matchup. You start Mike Evans and Chris Godwin for Tampa. Jason thinks you could also start Rachaad White. On the Houston side, Singletary is an option if Dameon Pierce is out. The Colts go on the road to play the Carolina Panthers in the Frank Reich revenge game. You can target the Colts’ RBs, and you can also start Michael Pittman and Josh Downs. On the other side, Chuba Hubbard is startable along with Adam Thielen.
The Raiders are favorites against the Giants in the next game. Aidan O’Connell is starting, and with that, Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs are bumped up. Play wait and see with Jakobi Meyers. The Giants get Daniel Jones back, and Wan’Dale Robinson becomes a sneaky start. You start Saquon. Dallas takes on Philly in what should be the highlight of the week. Start all the studs, and hopefully, Pollard is up next for a TD. Jake Ferguson is also in play.
Sunday night brings us another great matchup with Buffalo and Cincinnati. The Bengals are starting to look like themselves as of late and start them all. For Buffalo, you can start James Cook and cross your fingers, and Andy will also start Gabe Davis. The week ends with the Jets and Chargers. Jason is steering clear of Joshua Palmer, even if he starts. You are starting Breece Hall and can go with Garrett Wilson, too.
The guys reveal their Draft Kings lineups, and Jason spins the Wheel of Shame to close out the show.
Good luck, FootClan!