The Fantasy Footballers Podcast Recap for Week 11
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Monday – Monday Punday, Fantasy Studs, and Duds
Robert Woods is out with a torn ACL that sidelines him for the season, and the news coincides oddly with the signing of OBJ. Julio Jones was placed on IR before Week 10, and Chase Edmonds will also miss some time. Aaron Jones has a sprained MCL, and he should be out for 1-2 weeks, but it is up in the air.
Patrick Mahomes is back in the stud muffin category, destroying the Las Vegas Raiders. Dak, Andy’s start of the week, was back. Josh Allen looked like himself again, and to everyone’s joy – Mac Jones looked incredible. The guys are rooting for a Brady vs. Belichick Super Bowl. Jalen Hurts also had a great game and has a juicy fantasy schedule coming up. On to the RBs. We all got to enjoy the AJ Dillon experience, which should continue with Aaron Jones being injured. Rhamondre Stevenson had a great Sunday, and when Harris returns, it will be interesting to see how the touches are divided. Darryl Williams was great both rushing and catching passes, Jonathon Taylor was a monster again, and even with Cam Newton vulturing TDs, Christian McCaffrey did well. WR-wise, Stefon Diggs finally had that big game we were waiting for. CeeDee Lamb, Tyreek Hill, and Kendrick Bourne were successful, and DeVonta Smith had a second week in a row with a good showing. Mike is joyful as Bryan Edwards scored, and all the guys celebrated Jackobi Meyers finally getting into the end zone. With the TEs – Hunter Henry scored TDs again, Kelce and Mark Andrews looked like themselves, and Tyler Conklin Conked.
Matt Ryan was bad. Very bad. Other QBs that did not show up included Carson Wentz and Russell Wilson, who Mike feels came back too soon. Jason will not be starting him until he sees a good game. On the other side of the ball, Aaron Rogers was bleh as well. RB duds include Cordarrelle Patterson, who got injured. Both Raiders RBs had bad showings, and Javonte Williams was horrid, but Jason still says he is a great player to go after. Adrian Peterson and Jeremy McNicholas also stunk it up. With WRs – AJ Brown had a bad game, both Seattle pass catchers were terrible, and Amari Cooper could not get it together. TJ Hockenson and Mike Gesicki now flock together, goosing owners across the board. Dawson Knox was not successful in his first week back, and the ball was too Luth for the Muth.
Tuesday – Monday Night Recap, Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire, Waivers, Streamers
Monday Night Recap
The 49ers came out swinging last night and pummeled the Rams. Matthew Stafford has looked rough for fantasy over the previous two weeks, and players were dropping the football left and right. The team looked as though they were missing Robert Woods. On the other side, Garoppolo was efficient, Deebo was incredible, and we got to see more of Jeff Wilson. Deebo’s YAC is extraordinary, and Jason is in awe. The guys suggest kicking the tires with the Darrell Henderson owner to see if they are willing to part with him on the cheap.
Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire
Andy, Mike, and Jason are featuring two players in this segment who have had two great weeks and chatting about if it will sustain. The first one is DeVonta Smith. With a running QB, he is not on pace for many receptions, but he is efficient. Mike is fire on this because Smith is the primary pass-catcher on his team and has a delightful fantasy schedule. On to Elijah Moore. Even though Moore has been more involved lately, he is being targeted frequently, and he is very talented, Jason says smoke. It is difficult to rely on a Jets player in your weekly lineups with a questionable QB situation.
Cordarrelle Patterson and his ankle sprain will probably not play in Week 11. Aaron Jones will miss 1-2 weeks, and we have no update on Chris Carson, so keep your ear to the ground. Saquon is trending well to return in Week 11, and Kyler might still be one week away from starting, especially since the Rams won Monday night. CEH also looks to be back soon.
Starting off with WRs, Andy brings up concern over Courtland Sutton, who is not getting the targets we anticipated seeing. Jason is not holding Sutton through the bye. Kenny Golladay and Kaderious Toney are coming off a bye, and they are worth a look as well as Rashod Bateman if he is still on the waiver wire. If you need a spot start, look at Donovan Peoples-Jones and Jamaal Agnew. Andy reminds us of Darnell Mooney and Fields’ love for him. With the RBs, Adrian Peterson and Jeremy McNichols are possible drops for someone like D’Onta Foreman. Obviously, target A.J. Dillon if he is out there. There is much confusion related to the New England backfield, who play on Thursday – if Harris is still out, Stevenson is a smash play. Andy also reminds us to look at the waiver wire on Sunday to grab a potential stash backup. Dan Arnold is the best TE pickup as the postman delivered. Hunter Henry and the Muth are also options, as well as safety net Tyler Conklin. Defense streamers include Tennessee, New England, Miami, and the Chargers as a sneaky play.
Wednesday – Buy or Sell, Playoff Primer, Thursday Night Breakdown
The guys were batting 1000 from last week. Let us see how they do this week, starting with if David Montgomery will be a top 15 RB this week? Even with a tough matchup, Jason buys that Montgomery coming off an injury can get this done. Next, is Tee Higgins a top 24 WR against the Raiders? Andy is buying this, the Raiders will score points, but he thinks it will be close. The next question is if Justin Herbert is a top 10 QB? Herbert falls on the fringe for Mike, and therefore he is selling this.
Damien Harris returned to a limited practice on Tuesday yet is still in the concussion protocol, and the Patriots play on Thursday. Elijah Mitchell fractured his finger in the Monday Night Game and underwent surgery. Jason thinks it might be more than reporters are alluding to. Cordarrelle Patterson will be a game-time decision, and Miles Sanders is designated to return. Joe Flacco will be starting this week for the Jets.
Andy starts the Primer with a discussion on playoff strategy in general. Remember that advantageous matchups are not the be-all-end-all when deciding on starters – Jason tells us that matchups really just count for your non-studs. With QBs, Jalen Hurts jumps out with two games against Washington; however, keep in mind that the Eagles have a Week 14 bye. Andy quietly mentions that Jimmy G. also has a great playoff schedule. On to the RBs. David Montgomery has another fantastic playoff schedule – it could be back-to-back years where he wins people championships. James Robinson, Javante Williams, and Melvin Gordon also look like winners. Mike mentions that if you cannot acquire these players, you should prioritize the backups with better schedules. Christian McCaffrey, Damien Harris, and Josh Jacobs all have bad schedules. Looking at WRs, Deebo is set up to succeed, and Mike says you might even want to think about stashing Brandon Aiuyk. DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle also have good matchups.
Terry McLaurin, Denver pass-catchers, and Pitty City have potential rough weeks on the other side of the coin. Hunter Henry and the Postman are TEs to target, and Hockenson and Gesicki have bad schedules. Favorite Defenses include Buffalo, San Francisco, and Jacksonville. Jason also likes the Dolphins. Andy says to try to avoid Baltimore and Carolina.
Thursday Night Breakdown
The Patriots head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. Kyle Pitts needs to be successful to give fantasy value to the Falcons, but Jason thinks he will not do enough. If Cordarrelle is active, the guys say start him, but the consensus is Wayne Gallman in relief if he is out. On the other side of the ball, if Damian Harris is active, you play him. Andy also believes you can flex Rhamondre Stevenson even if Harris plays. Make sure to take those Thursday Night players out of your flex!
Thursday – Never Not Working, Fantasy Forecast, Starts of the Week
We have a football game today, apparently! Andy, Mike, and Jason jump right in.
Never Not Working
The guys are back again discussing second-half breakouts, focusing on WRs and TEs this week. Looking back at the past three years who made the second half jump previously – names like Justin Jefferson, Davante Parker, TY Hilton – statistical takeaways surfaced. Firstly, youth matters. The rookies did great. Also, draft pedigree matters – they were drafted to be great. The players from this year that Jason suggests to target are Jaylon Waddle, Elijah Moore, and Brandon Aiuyk. With TEs, we remember second-half breakouts from the likes of Mike Gesicki, Logan Thomas, Jared Cook, and Tyler Higbee. For this to happen, you want an elevated pass rate as well as vacated targets within the season. Add in the room for positive TD regression, and you could find yourself a league winner. Jason likes the potential of Logan Thomas, Austin Hooper, and Noah Fant this season.
Damian Harris will play tonight for New England, and Cordarrelle Patterson will indeed be a game-time decision tonight. Chris Carson still is not practicing, and Andy emphasizes you cannot depend on him. Kyler Murray was limited in practice, and James Robinson and Elijah Mitchell did not practice. Tune in to Matthew Betz and his injury blitz podcast tomorrow to hear the latest!
The guys kick it off with the Colts taking on the Bills. Jason is excited for the Buffalo passing attack in this game – he feels like the Colts will do enough to keep the Bills putting up points. Andy agrees – you can even throw Sanders or Beasley into your lineups in addition to your usuals. On the other side, Taylor is a go, but Pittman might be tricky. Baltimore takes on Chicago next. You are starting Jackson, Andrews, and Brown – Jason says he is now a weekly must-start. Rashod Bateman could also have a good week. Bear-wise, David Montgomery should be solid, and Darnell Mooney is an option. The still winless Lions take on the Browns, and Detroit might not have Jared Goff under center with his oblique injury. If Nick Chubb is active, you start him. If D’Andre Swift happens to miss this game, Mike suggests starting Jamaal Williams, chasing the volume and receptions. Next up are the Texans at the Titans. Tennessee is set up to steamroll, even without The Yeti. You are starting AJ Brown, who should dominate. The big question is what Titans RB to start, and Andy says it’s D’Onta Foreman. Brandin Cooks and no one else on the Houston side. The Packers play the Vikings in a battle of the NFC North in Andy’s almost upset of the week. With Green Bay’s surging defense, the guys question Adam Thielen. You start Dalvin Cook, and Justin Jefferso,n and Mike would prefer not to stream Kirk Cousins. On the other side, you start Rodgers, Adams, and AJ Dillon.
Andy cannot wait for the next game – the Dolphins at the Jets. The Miami defense has come alive and is a great stream, as well as Tua. Myles Gaskin and Jaylen Waddle are also options – it is a great week to be a Dolphin. Jet–wise, Michael Carter is the big question. Andy thinks Corey Davis might have a surprising game. Finally, the Saints head east to play the Eagles. If Kamara is back, you play him, but you are sitting the New Orleans WRs. The Saints’ defense is solid, but with Jalen Hurts’ rushing floor, he is a start. You hope DeVonta Smith has a good game.
Andy is starting Ryan Tannehill, James Connor, and Dawson Knox. Mike is team Tua, Leonard Fournette, and Manny Sanders. Finally, Jason likes Joe Burrow, Myles Gaskin, Amari Cooper, and of course, the Luth this week.
We end the episode with the future New York Times best-selling segment – Jason’s Boom Boom Kicker.
Friday – Thursday Night Recap, FootClan Friday, Fantasy Forecast, Fantasy Faceoff & Wheel of Shame
Thursday Night Recap
What a game. The only player that gave you what you hoped for last night was not a player at all. Here is hoping you started the New England Defense. Harris and Stevenson looked solid, with Branden Bolden as the 3rd down back. With this game script, we did not get all the fantasy points we wanted, and with their tough fantasy playoff schedule ahead, Jason cautions us with using either as an auto-start. Andy states that if either guy goes down, you have a league-winning RB.
Alvin Kamara was not at practice yesterday, and Andy is hitting the panic button. Alex Collins also did not practice, and the Seahawks have a tough matchup against the Cardinals. Kyler Murray has been cleared to play, Nick Chubb has been activated from the Covid list, and Elijah Mitchell was still sidelined. Expect Saquon back this week, and Aaron Rodgers expects to play.
The Washington Football Team takes on the Carolina Panthers to start us off today. The Panthers’ offense should be better with Cam Newton under center, and the guys are ok with starting DJ Moore this week. You can start Terry McLaurin, Antonio Gibson, and Smooches could also be in play on the other side of the ball. Next up are the Niners playing the Jags, who are playing some ok football as of late. That being said, it should not sway you from starting your usual Niners. Brandon Aiuyk and Jeff Wilson can also be flex options, especially if Mitchell is out. Feel free to throw out a Jags WR, but Jason would prefer not to. You can start the Postman and James Robinson. The Bengals head west to take on the Raiders. Joe Burrow is Jason’s start of the week, and you can fire him up with Ja’Marr Chase and possibly Tee Higgins. You also always play Joe Mixon. Raider-wise, you can close your eyes and start Josh Jacobs, as well as Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller being in your lineup. The Cowboys play the Chiefs in what could be a fantasy bonanza. Start all your usuals on both sides, and Darryl Williams is an auto-start if CEH is still out. The Cardinals travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks. The Seahawk RB room is hurting, and Andy says simply to stay away – we might be seeing a defensive struggle here. James Connor is a go as Seattle is bad against the run. On the other side of the ball, you can still start Metcalf and Lockett. Temper expectations if Kyler is back. Sunday night, the Steelers play the Chargers, and Andy is looking forward to this AFC matchup. You can play Diontae, Najee, and the Muth on the Pittsburgh side. For Los Angeles, you hope for a Mike Williams game. Ekeler, Allen, and Herbert are starts as well. Finally, the Giants head south to play the Bucs on Monday Night. Start your regular Bucs, and Jason is waiting on a successful game from Gronk before he starts him back from the injury. Fournette is Mike’s start of the week. On the Giants’ side, Toney and Golladay are flex options, and Saquon should be back.
Fantasy Faceoff & Wheel of Shame
The guys continue with their weekly DraftKings lineup battle, and Mike spins the Wheel of Shame! Good luck this week FootClan!
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