The Fantasy Footballers Podcast Recap for Week 7

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It was a very busy week of football! Remember to check out The Fantasy Footballers Podcast. Listen to Andy, Mike, and Jason on…

Monday – Monday Punday, Fantasy Studs & Duds

News

Christian McCaffrey is on the IR, and Jason has no words. Kareem Hunt suffered a calf injury in Cleveland and was carted off in tears – hopefully, it is not an Achilles injury. Kadarius Toney, who was having a great day, also went down with an injury early on.

Studmuffins

Kirk Cousins and Dak Prescott lead the QB studs, both having highly successful games. Kyler Murray looks like himself again, even without his coach and his center. Matthew Stafford also had a great Sunday, and the Rams have a great schedule coming up, so get ready to play those Rams. RB wise, Jonathon Taylor was on fire again this week. Jason’s start of the week Joe Mixon had success, and Andy’s start of the week Darrell Henderson also delivered. A lesser-known name, Khalil Herbert, looked great for the Bears, and Mike hopes he will earn some more time from this performance. Finally, Damian Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson looked good. With WRs, CeeDee Lamb was on fire, Cooper Kupp was back and caffeinated, and we were hooked on a Thielen. Jaylon Waddle looked great, and Andy sees him as a great opportunistic play. TD roulette in Arizona on Sunday. Mike Gesicki, Ricky Seals-Jones, and Mark Andrews also delivered.

Duds

Many players Pooped in Their Big Boy Pants this week. The Justin Herbert shoe finally dropped, but that should not last too long. Taylor Heinicke was awful to the chagrin of everyone who was streaming him, and Austin Ekeler had a bad game, just like the rest of the Chargers. Andy wants a new club, entitled “The Impossibles,” for those players you just cannot start any week. Myles Gaskin and Tyler Lockett are founding members of this club. Miles Sanders is also a card-carrying member, according to Andy. WR-wise, Chase Claypool, DK Metcalf, Tee Higgins, and Allen Robinson had terrible results.

Enjoy the Monday Night game!!

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Tuesday – Monday Night Recap, Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire, Waivers & Streamers

Monday Night Recap

Derrick Henry is literally unstoppable. The Yeti finished the game with 3TDs and is clearly the number one RB in fantasy currently. We saw a couple of injuries with Dawson Knox and Julio Jones both leaving the game. With the Buffalo backfield, Singletary started the game strong, and now it is confusing for owners on which RB to turn to. Jason says it’s a crapshoot with Singletary and Moss.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

First up is Hunter Henry, who has had a couple of good games. Andy says fire and Henry should continue to be involved at the goal line. Mike disagrees and feels like Jonnu Smith could become the guy at any moment. Smoke/Fire with Joe Burrow is next – is he an every week start moving forward? Jason believes in Joe Burrow but does not think he is quite an every-week start. Andy says smoke, Burrow has a rough few games coming up, and he believes it’s not quite time yet.

News

When it comes to the Thursday Night matchup, Kareem Hunt will miss 4 – 6 weeks, and few other players are up in the air, so keep your ear to the ground when it comes to inactives. Michael Thomas is still a few weeks away from being ready to play, and many owners are frustrated, Mike included. Kadarius Toney’s injury might be bad, and Alex Collins’ status is up in the air. The Seahawks are also kicking the tires on Cam Newton.

Waivers

The bye-pocalypse is here, and there will be a lot of owners competing for players this week. Jason suggests looking at what your opponent needs, and if you have the roster space to play, keep away, do it. Player-wise, if Sterling Shepard is somehow available, you must pick him up. Brandon Aiuyk and Mecole Hardman are possible but are in no way guaranteed. Andy is also a fan of Darnell Mooney and Fireball Jones, Tim Patrick. Christian Kirk, AJ Green, and Hunter Renfrow are also good bye-week fill-ins. Here come the RB options. There are several likely rostered guys that just will not be available. Jason mentions that Elijah Mitchell might be available, and if not, you might have to take a shot on that Monday night Seattle situation. Jason hopes to avoid that situation, but he believes Rashad Penny would be the best pivot. TE options include Zach Ertz in his Cardinals debut and Ricky Seals-Jones. Streaming-wise, New England, Arizona, and New Orleans are the defenses to target this week. If you are streaming QBs, look for Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, and Ryan Tannehill.

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Wednesday – Buy/Sell, Mailbag, Thursday Night Preview

Welcome to Wednesday and some waiver reflection as they continue to run. Jason is a little nervous about D’Ernest Johnson now that we know he does not have his starting QB, multiple tackles, and multiple WRs. A masterful plan to run down the cost of the player, says Andy.

Buy/Sell

To revisit last week’s Buy/Sell, the guys had AJ Brown as a top 24WR, and he finished as 22. Everyone sold Chase Edmonds as a top 24 (correct), and everyone sold Adam Thielen as a top 24 (very incorrect). It is the bye-pocalypse edition this week! The first Buy/Sell is Josh Jacobs as a top 10 RB. Jason buys this, being big on health and matchup here. Michael Pittman with five or more receptions against San Francisco is the next discussion point. Andy, Mike, and Jason all buy this, especially with the Colts down a few pass catchers. The next one is Ryan Tannehill against Kansas City; will he score three or more TDs? Andy sells this, airing on the side of Derrick Henry being Derrick Henry.

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News

Case Keenum will be the starting QB for Cleveland this week, and that is just the tip of the iceberg of injuries for the Browns. Dawson Knox had hand surgery this week, and Jason says you can hold on to him through this, hopefully short, recovery.

Mailbag

We kick it off with a plethora of questions related to sacrificing a week during the bye-pocalypse. Should you be able to have empty roster positions in your starting lineup? Jason says no but makes it clear that this should be discussed on a league-to-league basis. Mike plays devil’s advocate, saying that you have to consider what will make your team the most successful, and that might be not dropping someone who will prove helpful later in the year. The next question was about starting Tyler Lockett, and the consensus is that Lockett is currently in a bad situation, and you should step away from him. Conversely, the guys are leaning towards Tim Patrick for a start this week. Mike mentions how he has never seen a week like this with byes. Finally, the guys suggest holding on to Jeff Wilson Jr. if you have an IR spot.

Thursday Night Preview – Broncos at Browns

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Before the guys jump in, Andy reminds us to take our Thursday Night players out of our flex spots. We want any amount of flexibility we can get this week. In an injury-ridden matchup, Case Keenum and – possibly Teddy Bridgewater – will start. Both teams desperately need a win, and owners will be placing their hopes on the likes of D’ernest Johnson or Demetric Felton. On the other side of the ball, Javante Williams and Melvin Gordon are pretty much the same player at this point. Courtland Sutton is a must-start, and Tim Patrick has a great matchup.

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

Never Not Working

After six weeks, the guys take a look at the red zone opportunities for WRs and RBs, which is a great sample size. So, who is over and underperforming at the goal line? WRs that are overperforming – Deandre Hopkins, DK Metcalf, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Austin Ekeler. Jason says that you could capitalize and sell Cordarrelle Patterson high. Underperforming players, who should be trade targets, include Chris Godwin, Michael Pittman Jr., and Keenan Allen. RB wise, our underperformers are Jonathon Taylor, Najee Harris, and Miles Sanders.

News

So many Deshaun Watson rumors!! Social media went wild with rumors that a Miami deal was imminent, but Andy says do not waste a bench spot during bye-pocalypse by picking up Watson. In reference to the Thursday night game, Jarvis Landry could be activated prior to kick-off.

Fantasy Forecast

The Washington Football Team travels to Green Bay to play the Packers. The Football Team is now a little banged up with Gibson and McLaurin potentially being out. JD McKissic “Smooches” is looking like a solid play this week. On the other side of the ball, Jason is keeping his eyes on AJ Dillon and his uptick in involvement, and Davante Adams should also have a huge game. The Chiefs play the Titans with a 58 point over/under and two defenses that allow so many points. Besides your usual starts, the guys say Darrel Williams is a go. With the Titans, start your big three guys. Especially The Yeti. The next game is the Falcons at the Dolphins. Calvin Ridley should be back, the Gas-man is shaky at best, and Mike Gesicki has been a great option lately. Andy says Cordarrelle Patterson will be great, and Matt Ryan is his start of the week. The Jets take on the Patriots in a game the Pats should win by pounding the run. Jason believes in Damien Harris as well as Rhamondre Stevenson. The guys say you could start a Corey Davis or a Michael Carter on the Jets side in a pinch. Finally, the Carolina Panthers head East to play the Giants, and this is Andy’s almost upset of the week. Chubba Hubbard is a strong play, and even with recent lousy QB play, DJ Moore is still a start. Giants-wise, Shepard is in play.

Starts of the Week

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This week Andy likes Matt Ryan, Chubba Hubbard, and Deebo back from the bye. Jason is starting Matthew Stafford and Zack Ertz, and Mike is a fan of Ryan Tannehill, James Connor, and Brandin Cooks.

We end as usual, with Jason’s Boom Boom Kicker of the week.

When it comes to the Thursday Night matchup, Kareem Hunt will miss 4 – 6 weeks, and few other players are up in the air, so keep your ear to the ground when it comes to inactives. Michael Thomas is still a few weeks away from being ready to play, and many owners are frustrated, Mike included. Kadarius Toney’s injury might be bad, and Alex Collins’ status is up in the air. The Seahawks are also kicking the tires on Cam Newton.

Friday – Thursday Night Recap, Fantasy Forecast, Fantasy Faceoff

Happy Friday! The guys are here to help us piece together our deep, somewhat questionable lineups. As Jason said, it is the wild, wild West out there.

Thursday Night Recap

After last night, Andy says OBJ is a full drop now – the injury risk combined with the lack of production has clogged up a roster spot for owners through six weeks. Jason reminds us to try to trade him before dropping him and capitalizing on the name. D’Ernest Johnson was the highlight of the night, and if you got lucky grabbing him off the waiver wire you are very happy. Pass catchers were unsuccessful, playing with two QBs who did not pass for even 200 yards the entire game. Fireball Jones was extinguished.

News

Baker Mayfield now has a fractured humerus bone in addition to his torn labrum, which will lead to more Case Keenum. AJ Brown still cannot seem to keep any food down, so we will see what happens this week. The New York Giants will be scouting high schools to find receivers, as Dante Pettis was promoted from the practice squad. Still no assurance on having Alex Collins on Monday night.

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Fantasy Forecast

The Bengals head to Baltimore to play the Ravens, who are still Andy’s pick to win the Super Bowl. Ja’Marr Chase is your only pass-catcher to start on the Bengals side, with Tee Higgins being a reach in this bad matchup. Jason thinks this could be a brutal defensive game with a low amount of fantasy points. Keep an eye on which Raven RB will be on the field. Next, the Eagles fly West to play the Raiders. Jalen Hurts is in, and Mike is still on board with DeVonta Smith. Miles Sanders is the big question mark in this game – he is getting the volume, yet not always capitalizing. On the Raiders side, Jason does not want to bring in the Carr, and Henry Ruggs is a flexible player. The Lions against the Rams in the Goff/Stafford revenge game is the next matchup discussed. Fire up all those Rams. You will start Swift and Hockenson from Detroit, and try to avoid the rest. Houston heads to Arizona to play the undefeated Cardinals, where Arizona is a 17.5 point favorite. Andy feels that the Houston offense just cannot do enough to find a path to victory, and the only possible play from the Texans is Brandin Cooks. Start your Cardinals. The Bears play the Buccaneers in a game with another huge spread. The Bucs pass rush is going to make Justin Fields’ day uncomfortable – hopefully, he can find Allen Robinson. Jason says this is the week to start him. The Sunday night game is the Colts at the 49ers, and Jimmy G. should be back. Colts-wise, Andy is a fan of Michael Pittman, especially with TY Hilton out. Finally, on Monday night the Saints travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks sans Russell Wilson. Andy feels like this game could look as messy as the Thursday night match we just witnessed. You might have to start Tyler Lockett on the Seattle side simply with all the other options on bye. RB wise, we still do not even know if Alex Collins will be available to play. Check out Matthew Betz and his injury blitz podcast to get all the up-to-date info.

Fantasy Faceoff

It is another weekly lineup battle for DraftKings, and this week Andy spins the Wheel of Shame.

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Good luck this week!

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