The Fantasy Footballers Podcast Recap for Week 4

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Monday – Monday Punday, News, Studs & Duds

It is kicker appreciation day over here at The Fantasy Footballers. After a quick discussion on the brilliance that is Justin Tucker’s leg, the guys get sophisticated with Monday Punday. Now it’s time for News. Tua goes on IR, so he is out for at least three games. In the classic San Francisco RB segment of the News, everything seems a bit simpler now – great friend of the show Kyle Juscyk had a great game. Mike still thinks that if Elijah Mitchell is healthy next week, he will be the guy. The Pittsburgh Steelers are falling apart at the seams, The New York Giants are losing pass-catchers left and right, and James White was carted off with a hip injury. After a few more headlines, we move to Week 3 Studs. Josh Allen shows that he was the QB you drafted him to be. Justin Herbert had an incredible week in a victory over Kansas City, Matthew Stafford (start of the week) had a great day with the Rams, and Kirk Cousins also had an excellent showing. RB wise, Kareem Hunt was RB1 on the week so far. James Robinson showed a flash of what he might end up being this year, and Peyton Barber had a career game, and Jason cannot seem to fathom it. Still uninjured Mike Williams led the highlights with WRs. Cooper Kupp again shows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson, and Ja’Marr Chase also all had incredible games. Conklin, Kelce, and Kittle all looked great as well. On to the Pooped in Their Big Boy Pants segment. Justin Fields could not have pooped more. It was rough. Staying with the Bears, Allen Robinson and David Montgomery also had rough weeks. Andy is entirely over Carson Wentz, and no one knows what happened with Ty’son Williams. Jason likes Williams as a trade-for candidate. Robert Woods no longer seems to be an every-week start, and Courtland Sutton could not replicate his Week 2 fireworks. The show ended with a wonderful chat about Mike Tagliere, who passed from Covid complications. Please go to the go fund me and support Mike’s family and commemorate an amazing career in Fantasy Football and a kind human.

Tuesday – MNF Recap, Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire, News, Waivers, Streamers of the Week

Andy, Mike, and Jason jumped right into the show with the MNF recap. The Cowboys and Eagles game had a plethora of garbage time and was an odd game overall. The Eagles could not establish the run game whatsoever, and they had to deal with the consequences. On the other side of the coin, the Cowboys pounded the run with Zeke and Tony Pollard, opening up the passing attack. Hurts managed to save his owners via garbage time. Now to Where There’s Smoke. This week the guys address some trends and muse on whether they will continue. The 1st smoke involves OBJ and his impressive Sunday performance. Both Andy and Jason (!) think it is fire. Next is Brandon Aiuyk, who was on the field as much as Deebo this week. That being said, Andy feels like it’s smoke, and he is not quite ready to start him. Jason disagrees. Finally, Brandin Cooks is clearly cooking with fire. Three great weeks in a row, even with a lousy QB. Time for the News. Christian McCaffrey will NOT go on IR, so good news for now. Gronk, Gronk, Gronk is expected to play Sunday, and AJ Brown is day to day with a hamstring injury. Matt Nagy continues to be a “magician,” basically telling us that every QB on the roster is on the table to play this week. It’s Waiver time! The guys open the segment with Robby Anderson. Anderson needs to stay on your roster with the McCaffrey injury in play, and Jason feels you can flex him immediately. Andy states the importance of looking at the season in very small chunks – there is no set it and forget it in fantasy football. The Bills are the Chiefs of Buffalo, and with that high octane passing offense, you must look at Emmanuel Sanders going forward if he is still on your waiver wire. RB wise the big add is Chuba Hubbard – if you can grab him. The guys think he will be flex-worthy for at least a couple of weeks. The TE landscape is sparse, as usual. Tyler Conklin and Evan Engram are the best options here.  QB Streamers of the week end the show. Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins, and Sam Darnold are the players to target this week.

Wednesday – Buy/Sell, News, Trending or Ending, Thursday Night Preview

It is a best friend show today! Mike and Jason are holding down the fort on a busy Wednesday show. Buy/Sell starts us off, and both Mike and Jason are coming into the week with great records. This week the segment includes Jonathan Taylor hitting 70 rushing yards, Hollywood Brown as a top 24 WR, and Miles Sanders seeing 15 opportunities. Now on to News. Julio Jones is getting treatment for a leg injury, and that coupled with AJ Brown being week to week leaves the Titans low on receivers. Marlon Mack and the Colts have mutually agreed to a trade, and we are left waiting to see how long it takes for Shanahan and the Niners to take them up on that offer. Jason isn’t sure if Mack is worth a stash quite yet. Rashod Batemen has been activated, and both guys think that he should be picked up and stashed.

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Trending or Ending is the next segment. We start with Joe Burrow. Even with competent pass catchers, Burrow has yet to break the top-12. Jason believes this will eventually end, and by the end of the season, the offense will click, and Burrow will be fully healthy. For a while, though, expect this to trend. Next is Myles Gaskin, who is running on empty. He has yet to finish in the Top 24, and that is not where you drafted him. Jason still stands behind the gas man being a flex-worthy RB, and he thinks this trend will continue. Allen Robinson is the next subject on Trending or Ending. So far, Robinson has not finished inside the top 44 and has not surpassed double-digit points in PPR leagues. With the budget magician Matt Nagy in charge, Robinson is a scary prospect to roster. Jason believes this bad luck will end, and Robinson will bounce back. Now the Rams WRs. While Cooper Kupp of Coffee dominates, Robert Woods is yet to finish in the Top 40. Jason saying trending for both players. Woods will have weeks where he is the guy – probably when Kupp is shadowed – but Kupp is clearly Stafford’s guy. He could even be traded for a huge haul. The Thursday Night Breakdown is next up. This barnburner, battle of the young QBs, is the Jacksonville Jags taking on the Cincinnati Bengals. The guys think you can stream Joe Burrow if needed and Joe Mixon is in. On the other side, James Robinson is playable as an RB2, and Ja’marr Chase is definitely in. Hopefully, TE Dan Arnold can deliver in his new home in Jacksonville.

Thursday – Never Not Working, News, Fantasy Forecast, Starts of the Week, Boom Boom Kicker

It’s football time!! It is Thursday, and the guys start the show with Never Not Working. Today they highlight players that Andy, Mike, Jason feel have yet to show their true potential yet with unrealized air yards, and they are great players to trade for. Mike mentions Emmanuel Sanders and Stefon Diggs to begin, then moves on to DeVonta Smith and Michael Pittman Jr. He finishes with the enigma that is Jakobi Meyers. He suggests attempting to trade for Meyers immediately. On to News. Tee Higgins will not play tonight, James White will miss the rest of the season with his hip injury, and Darrel Henderson returned to his practice with a “good look in his eye.” Dalvin Cook was limited in practice, hinting to his return this week, and Elijah Mitchell returned to practice.

After a few more pieces of News, it is time for the Fantasy Forecast. Washington takes on Atlanta, and Taylor Heinicke is a possible streaming candidate. It might be time to adjust expectations for Calvin Ridley with the lack of success we have been seeing with Matt Ryan so far this season. Houston head to Buffalo for a game where the Bills are insanely favored.  Most every Bill should be started, and Brandin Cooks is your only option for Houston. In the Bears/Lions game, the guys are confident in David Montgomery, and more of Swift moving forward makes all of his owners excited. Throw away last week when it comes to TJ Hockenson but temper your expectations this week. Andy thinks the Panthers and Cowboys game is primed to give you lots of fantasy goodness, and Dalton Schultz might even be an option. Chuba Hubbard gets the start here, and he should have a healthy amount of touches. The Colts head to Miami for Andy’s Almost Upset of the Week – Mike Gaseki is a sneaky play here. After a few more games, we move to Starts of the Week! Some of the highlights here from Jason are Tom Brady and David Montgomery. Andy likes Aaron Rodgers and Noah Fant, and Mike is a big fan of Jalen Hurts and Jonathan Taylor. We end the episode with Jason’s Boom Boom Kicker.

Friday – Footclan Friday, TNF Recap, News & Injury Updates, Fantasy Forecast, Fantasy Faceoff & Wheel of Shame

Welcome to the last show of the week and Footclan Friday! The show took home their 5th “Best Sports Podcast Award” last night at the Podcast Awards, so a huge thank you to the Footclan for helping to make that happen. A quick recap of another great Thursday Night Game. With a surprise Carlos Hyde injury and DJ Chark going down early in the game, James Robinson and Laviska Shenault took advantage. Moving forward, Dan Arnold looks like a real option with Chark out. The big question was, where was Marvin Jones? Hopefully, it was just a fluke game for him. Now for News. Lamar Jackson is dealing with a slight back flare-up, and Antonio Gibson practiced. Many players are going into Week 4 as questionable – including George Kittle – so make sure to keep an eye out on Sunday. Jamison Crowder is back and looking to play on Sunday. Birthday boy Matthew Betz has his Injury Blitz Podcast coming out after the Friday practice reports, so take a listen to that for updates.

Eight games to cover today in Fantasy Forecast. Titans take on the Jets, and potentially without Julio and AJ Brown, you might need to pivot from Tannehill this week. Chiefs head to Philly for the Andy Reid revenge game, and Andy thinks this will be a bounce-back game for Hill, and all of the Chiefs should do well. On the other side, Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith are two of Mike’s starts of the week. The LA Rams take on the Arizona Cardinals in a battle of the undefeated. With the Rams stout defense, and if Jalen Ramsey is on Hopkins, Jason believes Christian Kirk to be a good option. It’s shaky on WRs for the Cardinals this week. Andy thinks there might be a chance to see a defensive battle, where we assumed we would see an offensive one. When it comes to the San Francisco backfield in that Seattle matchup, Jason says if Elijah Mitchell is active, you should start him. Mike is ready to play every fantasy option from Denver in their battle against Baltimore. After a few more games the guys finish up the Sunday slate with the Brady Bowl. Minus Jakobi Meyers there are not many Patriots that the guys suggest starting, while you can start all of your receiving Bucs, with caution around Gronk. The episode ends with Jason losing the Fantasy Faceoff and spinning the Wheel of Shame.

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