The Fantasy Footballers Podcast Recap for Week 12
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Monday – Monday Punday, Studs & Duds
Welcome to Thanksgiving week, and get ready for the Megalodon show on Wednesday! After getting sophisticated, Andy, Mike, and Jason jump right in to discuss the week.
Chris Carson is having season-ending neck surgery. Lamar Jackson and his questionable immune system were inactive on Sunday with an illness. Both Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb will be out on Thursday, Justin Fields exited with a rib injury this weekend, and Jamal Agnew left with a rough-looking injury. Saquon and Gronk are expected to play tonight.
Andy wants to start with the RBs, and you must begin with Jonathon Taylor, who was insane against the Buffalo Bills. Not to be outdone, Austin Ekeler had 4 TDs in an exciting Sunday Night matchup. Joe Mixon was great, D’Andre Swift got another TD, and Christian McCaffrey was a reception monster. James Connor is now second in the league with TDs, and Najee also looked solid. On to the QBs. Justin Herbert had a ridiculous Sunday, both with his arms and legs, and was number one on the week. Aaron Rodgers, Jalen Hurts, and Kirk Cousins looked impressive, and Booty Scootin Cam Newton was a solid start. With WRs, Justin Jefferson was the highlight of the week. Davante Adams and Elijah Moore also looked incredible. Andy’s golden boy Darnell Mooney was successful, and MVS had an “on” week. Zack Ertz had a huge week going into his bye. Kelce, Waller, and Mike’s start of the week Adam Trautman had big weeks. Kittle has scored in three straight games.
Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott, in what should have been a shoot-out, both had rough weeks. Russell Wilson was bad again, and Jason says Wilson might be a trade for candidate in dynasty leagues. Ryan Tannehill had another stinker in the rain, losing pretty much every pass-catcher to injury. Joe Burrow was also disappointing. With the RBs, Zeke played through an ankle injury and had a below-average game; Jeff Wilson was disappointing, especially by missing a wide-open TD throw. Andy suggests avoiding Seattle RBs. Michael Gallup was disappointing even after a CeeDee Lamb concussion, DK Metcalf had a bad day, and Pitty City was also uninviting to visit. With zero targets, someone clearly messed with the Postman. TJ Hockenson had a sub-par day, especially catching passes from a backup “QB.” Pitts, Hunter Henry, and Conklin also all had pedestrian weeks, in Andy’s opinion.
Tuesday – Monday Night Recap, Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire, Waivers, Streamers
Monday Night Recap
It was great to see Saquon return, but unfortunately, he did not have a great fantasy showing, especially against a tough Bucs defense. Jason thinks there are brighter days ahead. Tom Brady had an average game, even with his fantastic 11-yard run, and Gronk looked to be back in his first game post-injury. He looked great. There was no smooth jazz on the Giants side, with sub-par Daniel Jones contributing to the cause.
Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire
We start the segment with Andy’s “my guy,” Darnell Mooney. He cost you nothing in the draft, and since week four, he has been WR17. Jason questions if he will have enough utilization moving forward to let his talent shine. The guys think he will. Mike says fire, and he is very happy to start Mooney this week. Cam Newton is the second player here. He has had two successful games back but does have a brutal final four games. Andy goes smoke with the way the schedule lines up – you might get a dud in one of these challenging weeks. Mike and Jason say fire.
Adam Trautman suffered a sprained MCL, and Mike weeps. Alvin Kamara was a non-participant, and he plays on Thursday, so keep an eye out. CeeDee Lamb does have a chance to play on Thursday, Andy Dalton is starting this week, and Michael Carter will miss a few weeks. Logan Thomas is looking like he might return soon as well.
The Chiefs and Cardinals are on bye this week, so many fantasy-relevant players are off this week. The guys start with the WRs. Elijah Moore, Michael Gallup, and Darnell Mooney are the likely rostered players you just check the waiver wire for. Gallup is a big play this week, with Amari Cooper being out. Andy is not super enthusiastic about many other waiver wire targets. Jason likes the potential of Van Jefferson, and Andy might be in on a one-week rental of MVS for the upside. On to the RBs. If you are thinking about Bills RBs, Mike says no. Check your wires for Jeff Wilson, Rhamondre Stevenson, and Tony Pollard – just in case. Ty Johnson is Jason’s number one guy, being the more valuable runner in that Jets backfield. The standards are low this week, friends; you just want anyone who can get you points. With that gross statement, Jason begrudgingly says sexy Rexy Burkhead might be an option. With TEs – Logan Thomas is a look, and Andy would also look at the Austin Hooper and David Njoku world as the Browns simply have no one available to catch the ball. Conk your way into #somepoints. With defenses – the Bears, the Cowboys, and the Eagles are great options. If you are looking to stash defenses heading into the playoffs – the Vikings and Colts are teams to consider.
If you are streaming a QB this week, Andy likes Jimmy Handsome, Mike is starting Cam Newton, and Jason likes Taylor Heinicke.
Good luck on the waiver wire!
Wednesday – Megalodon Show! Buy or Sell, Never Not Working, Turkey Day Awards, Fantasy Forecast, Starts of the Week, Boom Boom Kicker, Fantasy Faceoff & Wheel of Shame, Mailbag
It is finally here! Welcome to the Megalodon Show 2021! Grab yourself some caffeine and settle in. Here we go!
The first player in Buy/Sell is Devonta Freeman. Is he a top 24 RB against the Cleveland Browns? Jason is buying this, thinking he will find his way into the endzone. Andy and Mike concur. Next, will Dallas Goedert hit 55 yards receiving? Mike buys this stat, mentioning that he is pretty much the only guy left. Next up is Mac Jones – will he have two passing TDs against Tennessee? Andy says no; he envisions one TD pass and a plethora of hand-offs.
Eric Ebron will miss extended time with potential knee surgery. This bodes well for the Muth. Zack Wilson will be starting on Sunday; two of the Jets QBs are on the Covid list. Both Kareem Hunt and Logan Thomas have been designated to return from IR. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram both did not practice, so keep an eye out for the Thursday game. Thank you to the Giants for firing Jason Garrett, and remember Matthew Betz and his injury blitz podcast will continue to make an appearance on Friday.
Never Not Working
This week we are looking at dynasty leagues and the implications of free agency. Trade deadlines are about to hit, and it is time to look at the players that might have new homes next season. The guys start with Arizona, where Edmonds and Connor both become free agents. The same will happen in Tampa Bay with Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette. Jason likes Jones and thinks he might have solid value moving forward. On to the WRs – Davante Adams, Chris Godwin, and Allen Robinson are all heading to free agency. Michael Gallup is another interesting player to keep your eye on. Mike Gesicki and Zack Ertz are big TEs that should be monitored. Jason also likes Donald Parham.
Fantasy Forecast – Part 1
After the traditional Turkey Day Awards, Andy, Mike, and Jason jump into the Fantasy Forecast. We start with the Bears at the Lions, where Matt Nagy will allegedly coach his last game. Montgomery and Mooney are locked here, with Dalton starting under center. On the Lions side, Swift and Hockenson are in your lineup. Next up, the Raiders head to Texas to play the Cowboys. The Dallas defense has been solid, so it makes you think twice about starting any Raiders besides Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs. On the other side, it looks like CeeDee Lamb might be able to go, which is excellent for Dak and the entire offense. Andy might even start Dr. Schultz. The Thanksgiving nightcap is the Bills at the Saints. The Saints give up the most fantasy points to QBs, so Andy is Team Stallion. If Kamara is active, you are starting him. If you have to start a New Orleans WR, the guys cautiously suggest Tre’Quan Smith.
Starts of the Week
To break up the Fantasy Forecast, here come the guys with their starts of the week. This week Andy is starting Jimmy G., David Montgomery, and Gronk. Mike likes Russell Wilson, Devonta Freeman, and DJ Moore. Finally, Jason is starting the likes of Matt Stafford, Antonio Gibson, Darnell Mooney, and Dalton Schultz.
Fantasy Forecast – Part 2
After the elegant prose that is Jason’s Boom Boom Kicker, the guys return to the Fantasy Forecast. The Steelers take on the Bengals in a very low over/under. You start Joe Mixon and Ja’Marr Chase, and that is pretty much it. On the Steelers’ side, against a great Bengals defense, Jason is concerned about starting many WRs. Always consider the Muth, and Najee is locked and loaded. Next up, the Bucs head to Indy to take on the Colts. You start your main guys on both sides, but Mike leans away from Carson Wentz. Jason is not afraid to visit Pitty City this week. The Carolina Panthers take on the Miami Dolphins in Andy’s almost upset of the week. You start Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki, but Myles Gaskin is a question. DJ Moore has a great matchup on the other side of the ball, and you always start Christian McCaffrey. The Titans head east to play the Patriots, and Mike is playing AJ Brown if he is active to Andy’s chagrin. New England has been on fire, and the guys think you can start both Harris and Stevenson RB-wise. The Eagles take on the Jason Garrett-less Giants in the next game. You are starting your main Eagles, including Miles Sanders. On the other side of the ball – Saquon, “he will be fine,” is the catchphrase of the day. Evan Engram is an option as well.
Two sub-par offenses play next – the Falcons at the Jags. Cordarrelle Patterson should be back, and if he is, you start him and Kyle Pitts. On the other side, Jason is starting James Robinson and suggests Marvin Jones. Andy is back on The Postman. The Jets head down south to take on the Texans. The Jets are the worst against RBs, and Jason thinks that both Rex Burkhead and David Johnson are startable. Tyrod Taylor is also a possible start with his rushing upside. Zack Wilson is a “no thank you,” and the only Jet to start is Elijah Moore. Next up is an AFC battle with the Chargers against the Broncos. With Denver, the guys think you can start Noah Fant and the RBs. Mike is also team Jerry Jeudy. On the other side of the ball, you start all your main Chargers with caution with Mike Williams. In a big NFC battle, the Rams take on the Packers in Lambeau. With a great Packers defense, there is a slight concern around the Rams. Kupp is always in your lineup, Darrell Henderson is a go, and Jason sees Stafford having a bounce-back game. Packer-wise, you are starting your usuals. If Aaron Jones is active, you start him.
Minnesota travels west to play the Niners in a massive game for both teams. Start Kirk Cousins and his primary offensive weapons. Jimmy G. is Andy’s start of the week, and if Elijah Mitchell is out, you should start Jeff Wilson. You obviously start Deebo and Kittle. On Sunday night, the Browns take on the Ravens. Lamar has drunk his orange juice, and he is back in your lineup. Devonta Freeman is a go as well, and if Hollywood is out, it might be the much anticipated Rashod Bateman breakout game. Cleveland wise – Nick Chubb is in, and Kareem Hunt is solid if he plays. Finally, the Monday night game in Seattle at Washington. This week, Taylor Heinicke is a streaming option, especially with possibly getting some of his weapons back, and Russell Wilson is Mike’s start of the week. Metcalf and Lockett are starts.
Fantasy Faceoff & Wheel of Shame
The guys are back with the DraftKings lineup battle, and Andy has to spin the Wheel of Shame. The guys close out The Megalodon show with some mailbag. Happy Thanksgiving, FootClan!
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