MEGALODON Episode – Week 12 Matchups, Turkey Day Awards & More!

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The MEGALODON is here! It’s a fantasy football Thanksgiving feast! On today’s fantasy football podcast, get a breakdown for all Week 12 matchups! Plus, Starts of the Week, Hungry For More, Wheel of Shame, and more! Manage your redraft, keeper, and dynasty fantasy football teams with the #1 fantasy football podcast. — Fantasy Football Podcast for November 22nd, 2023.

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Summary:

Giveaway announcement 02:05

  • There will be a giveaway with three prizes.
  • To be eligible, viewers have to tweet using the shared hashtag.
  • The prizes include a signed DK Metcalf jersey, a signed Javonte Williams jersey, and an AJ Brown signed mini helmet.

“We will be sharing a hashtag sometime late in the show and you’ll be eligible to win one of three pretty sweet items, a DK Metcalf signed jersey, a Javonte Williams signed jersey, and an AJ Brown signed mini helmet.”

Predicting Andy’s victory 04:17

  • There was a Twitter poll where followers had to predict who would win the matchup between Andy and Jason.
  • The majority predicted Andy to win.
  • Mike is playfully manipulating the universe to help his team get more points.

“The Foot Clan said basically 95 to 5 that Andy is clearly going to win. Mike is trying to manipulate the universe to bestow upon his slightly inferior team more points.”

Hungry for more segment and fantasy faceoff 05:16

  • The hosts are hungry for more and will discuss players to watch for in this segment.
  • Mike will spin the wheel in the fantasy faceoff.

“Welcome to Hungry for More presented by Uber. I’m also hungry for more Fantasy Faceoff because that’s part of today’s show as well, and I’m hungry for Mike spinning that wheel.”

Jason’s pick: Kyren Williams 06:00

  • Jason is picking Kirean Williams as a player to watch.
  • Williams had a great performance before his injury.
  • Cutting Darrell Henderson shows trust in Williams.

“I am hungry for Kirean Williams, the running back who was taking fantasy football by storm earlier this year for the Los Angeles Rams. He was averaging 17.4 half PPR points per game and was winning people’s weeks.”

Tony Pollard‘s Performance 10:00

  • The hosts discuss Tony Pollard‘s impressive performance, particularly his sensational touchdown run and his increased involvement in the passing game.
  • They consider him a high-end RB2 and hope he can maintain his position in the top 24 running backs.

“Thank you, Tony, for doing something and not just something.” 10:04 “He also saw five targets, the most he had seen since week six.” 10:24

Tank Dell‘s Potential 10:40

  • The hosts mention Tank Dell as a rookie wide receiver with great potential.
  • They express their hunger for him to solidify his position as the go-to receiver in the Houston wide receiver room.
  • They highlight his impressive statistics, placing him in a select group of rookie wide receivers.
  • They hope he can have a strong second half of the season and deliver big performances like Beckham and Jefferson.

“I want to see him become the definitive Easy Choice in the Houston wide receiver room.” 10:58 “A big Big Time Performance… we shall see with tank Dell.” 12:15

News and Notes 13:11

  • The hosts discuss various news and notes from around the league.
  • They talk about De’Von Achane‘s potential return, considering it a medium surprise if he plays in week 12.
  • They mention Darrell Henderson‘s sudden rise and Zavier Jones’ lack of opportunity, highlighting the brutal nature of football.
  • They briefly touch on other injuries and the Seattle Seahawks situation, emphasizing that Gino Smith being limited is a positive sign.

“If Devon aan plays in week 12, it will be a medium surprise.” 14:54 “Zack Evans should be the one that’s cut… I think trust was a tough part.” 15:46 “Gino being limited… it’s far better than him not.” 17:34

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Turkey Day Awards 18:36

  • Five turkey day awards to hand out this year
  • MVP award moved up this year

“This is the showstopper and MVP thus far through the season.”

Matchup Breakdown – Green Bay vs Detroit 28:40

  • Green Bay Packers are 4-6 going into Detroit
  • Detroit averages 30 points per game at home
  • Aaron Jones not expected to play
  • Jaden Reed dealing with a chest injury
  • Fantasy faceoff later to discuss Reed’s status

Green Bay Packers are 4-6 going into Detroit…Aaron Jones not expected to play…Jaden Reed dealing with a chest injury.”

Impact of Injuries on Green Bay 29:39

  • Packers have 17 players on the injury report
  • Luke Musgrave has an abdomen issue
  • Davien Wicks did not practice due to concussion
  • Simplifies fantasy decisions for AJ Dillon, Christian Watson, and Romeo Dubs

“Packers have 17 players on the injury report…Simplifies fantasy decisions for AJ Dillon, Christian Watson, and Romeo Dubs.”

Romeo Doubs – Top 24 Wide Receiver 31:26

  • Romeo Dubs has been a top 24 wide receiver in 5 of 11 games
  • Target volume is low, but 42% of his fantasy points come from touchdowns
  • AJ Dillon, Christian Watson, and Romeo Dubs are viable flex options

“Romeo Dubs has been a top 24 wide receiver in 5 of 11 games…42% of his fantasy points come from touchdowns…AJ Dillon, Christian Watson, and Romeo Dubs are viable flex options.”

Consolidation of Targets 32:08

  • With Jaden Reed and Luke Musgrave potentially out, targets may consolidate
  • Davien Wicks likely won’t clear concussion protocol in time
  • Watson and Dubs could benefit from increased target share

“With Jaden Reed and Luke Musgrave potentially out, targets may consolidate…Watson and Dubs could benefit from increased target share.”

Week 4 Performances Against Detroit 32:36

  • Romeo Dubs had 13 targets, 9 receptions, and 95 yards against Detroit in Week 4
  • This week’s matchup is favorable for Dubs’ production

“Romeo Dubs had 13 targets, 9 receptions, and 95 yards against Detroit in Week 4…This week’s matchup is favorable for Dubs’ production.”

Matchup analysis and player performance 32:37

  • Mike’s team is hoping to win the big league.
  • Dobbs and Jared Gof are mentioned as potential players to perform well.
  • Jameson Williams has been getting more snaps and opportunities.
  • Mike expects great things from both Gibbs and David Montgomery.
  • The matchup against Green Bay is seen as favorable.
  • Mike suggests starting both Gibbs and Montgomery.

“Gibbs is the rb1 in fantasy points per game since week seven of the Year.”

Discussion on Sam LaPorta and tight ends 33:44

  • Sam Lorta had two consecutive bad games.
  • Mike still has confidence in Lorta.
  • Nooku is mentioned as a good alternative to consider.
  • Logan Thomas is discussed as another option.

“I haven’t lost confidence in Lorta.”

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Preview of the Thanksgiving matchup: Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington commanders 34:49

  • The Dallas Cowboys are significant favorites in this game.
  • The matchup is expected to be high-scoring.
  • The Dak-CD stack is mentioned as one to watch.
  • Brandon Cooks is highlighted as a potential scoring player in this game.

“I am so thankful for this matchup.”

Analysis of the game script and potential outcomes 36:00

  • The game script is expected to favor the passing game.
  • The Washington defense is seen as weak.
  • Mike expects the Dallas Cowboys to dominate and keep throwing the ball.
  • Mike predicts that the Cowboys will hit their implied total.

“It all works together because of the game script.”

Confidence in Sam Howell as a starting quarterback 37:51

  • Despite the tough matchup, Sam Howell is seen as a viable option.
  • His volume and potential passing yardage outweigh the concerns about the matchup.
  • Other quarterback options are mentioned and compared.

“He is the quarterback four on the season.”

Expectations for Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson 39:43

  • Brian Robinson is still considered a must-start, despite the matchup.
  • Robinson’s involvement in the passing game has increased.
  • Antonio Gibson‘s limitations are mentioned as a factor.

“Robinson is a running back four on the year.”

Gibson’s injury status and potential replacement 40:11

  • Gibson has been dealing with an injury and missed the last game.
  • It is still uncertain if he will play in this game, as he is limited in practice.
  • Brian Robinson could be a good replacement option against the Dallas defense.

“Gibson has been banged up, he missed last game, he’s still limited in practice right now. No word on whether he’ll play in this one, but I think Brian Robinson, even though it is against a good Dallas defense, I think he’s a really good play this week.”

McLaurin’s recent performance and lack of touchdowns 40:25

  • Terry McLaurin has been disappointing in the past two weeks.
  • Despite his quarterback throwing for high yardage and having a high pass volume, McLaurin has only managed one top 12 finish.

Terry McLaurin has been extremely disappointing the last two weeks in particular, and then on the course of the year, he only has one top 12 finish despite all those yards. You would think if your quarterback’s throwing for a 5,000 yard pace and you’re throwing the ball 700 plus times a year that you might have touchdowns on the course of the season for Terry McLaurin, but that’s the story.”

Logan Thomas and Jake Ferguson as potential plays 40:57

  • Logan Thomas had eight targets in the last game, making him a viable option.
  • Jake Ferguson had a touchdown taken away in the previous game, making him an interesting play as well.

Logan Thomas, eight targets last week, would you play him? It’s fine. Jake Ferguson last week, he had a touchdown taken away. Jason is sitting here praying that he mitigates some of my [George] Kittle with Fergie. Fergie, if the touchdowns go his way, I will be ecstatic. Ferguson’s a good play.”

Evaluation of the wide receivers in the San Francisco vs Seattle game 43:22

  • In the San Francisco Thanksgiving Day game, the wide receivers are a bit uncertain due to the quarterback situation.
  • Deebo Samuel is a no-brainer start, as he has been sensational all season.
  • The involvement of Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle will depend on the starting quarterback.
  • Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, and Freddie Jackson are all startable, but worries arise due to the uncertainty at the quarterback position.
  • The 49ers have given up a lot of fantasy points to wide receivers in recent weeks.

“My expectations here are based upon worries at the quarterback position. If [Jimmy] Garoppolo starts, I worry how good he will be. If he’s going to be able to throw the way that he wants to against a really good [Seattle] defense. The exact same worries apply to Drew Lock as well. All three [Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Freddie Jackson] are startable, all three have worries.”

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Starting options for Miami vs Jets game on Black Friday 45:05

  • The Jets defense has been struggling and will unlikely be able to hold up against Miami.
  • Tua Tagovailoa‘s fantasy value is uncertain, as the Jets have not given up many fantasy points to the passing game.
  • Running the ball against the Jets has been successful, favoring Miami’s running game.
  • Tua is a streaming option, and depending on other roster options, other quarterbacks might be preferred over him.

“The Jets defense trying to do everything, but they just aren’t going to be able to hold up. I think Tua is getting the start. I would be nervous about Tua because the Jets have not given up a lot of fantasy points to the passing game. You can run on them pretty well, and the Dolphins are a great running team. I would go Tua over Trevor Lawrence, but if I had the [Taysom] Hill decision and Tua, those are close.”

“The Jets have not given up a lot of fantasy points to the passing game, you can run on them pretty well. The Dolphins are a great running team, so it kind of does line up where you say okay, they’re going to have more success on the ground, and because they’re going to have success on the ground, they’re going to keep the groundwork going, and it’s very difficult to throw on the Jets, they’ve got such good quarterbacks.”

Thanksgiving Feast 47:54

  • This is the first time the Gap guys have Thanksgiving on Fat Friday.
  • There is speculation about the impact of a big meal on the performance of running backs like Bree Hall.
  • Bree Hall’s offensive line is injured, leading to a difficult matchup.
  • It’s unlikely that Bree Hall will have a standout performance.

“You’re not expecting big things. No, I’m not. I mean, they stack the box to stop Bree Hall, rushing for like two yards a carry. He can’t do much when he gets the ball handed to him.”

Garrett Wilson and Other Wide Receivers 48:27

  • There is uncertainty surrounding Garrett Wilson‘s performance due to a new quarterback and the possibility of negative points.
  • Jason suggests playing other wide receivers over Garrett Wilson, such as Hollywood Brown and Chris Godwin.
  • However, there is later hesitation about sitting Garrett Wilson, as he has received significant targets in the past.

“I don’t even know if that’s a phrase that makes any sense, but I would try Hollywood on for size… I would play Godwin… I’ll take it back… I’ll play Garrett Wilson there.”

Jeff Wilson‘s Potential 52:01

  • Mike McDaniel’s comments suggest that Jeff Wilson is fully healthy and ready to play.
  • With Raheem Mostert out, Jeff Wilson could be a good fantasy play.
  • Wilson has been successful in the past when paired with another quarterback.

“I think Jeff Wilson might be a very good play this week if it’s just mostert and Wilson. We’ve seen those two succeed for fantasy… I think Jeff Wilson, who was healthy last week… ‘the people’s champ,’ that’s what they’d say.”

Flexibility and Player News 53:46

  • It is important to have flexibility with roster moves due to player news.
  • Andy advises taking Thursday and Friday players out of the flex position to have more options.
  • There are many uncertainties with players like Damian Pierce and Devin Singletary.

“Take them out of your flex… and make sure you can make some pivots… and you know what, you’re gonna have more information… I’m gonna have a lead, he’s gonna have a lead.”

“Please don’t make that mistake. Take them out of your flex… and make sure that you can make some pivots and you know what you’re gonna have more information.”

Gabe Davis in lineup for a potential fire 54:46

  • Gabe Davis is a player who has the potential to bring a spark to the lineup.
  • The uncertain status of Justin Jefferson is also mentioned, adding to the need for other reliable options.

Gabe Davis into my lineup just because he’s the type of player that can bring fire if I get lucky.”

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Non-obvious starts of the week 55:06

  • The hosts mention that they want to provide some non-obvious insights for their starts of the week.
  • They discuss quarterbacks Derek Carr and Jameis Winston as potential streamers.
  • The unfavorable defensive performance of the Atlanta Falcons against opposing quarterbacks is highlighted as a factor in considering these picks.

“I tried to go a little deeper this week, I want to make sure that we’re giving you some non-obvious insight.”

Derek Carr or Jameis Winston as streamers 55:40

  • The hosts discuss the potential availability of Derek Carr and Jameis Winston as streamer options.
  • Even if Carr doesn’t play, Winston is suggested as a viable alternative.
  • They bring up previous successful quarterback performances against the Atlanta Falcons, highlighting the potential fantasy value in this matchup.

“I think Derek Carr is going to play, that’s just my gut right now, but if he doesn’t, I’m still comfortable with Winston as a Wildman streamer.”

Brock Osweiler and Carson Wentz as streamers 56:58

  • One of the hosts mentions Brock Osweiler as their quarterback start of the week.
  • Osweiler is projected to be the QB6 this week.
  • Carson Wentz is also mentioned as a potential streaming option due to favorable circumstances and his recent performances.

“For quarterback start of the week, I’m going with Brock Piwen, who I’ve got as my quarterback six this week.”

The case for Dak Prescott 57:58

  • Dak Prescott is put forward as a strong starting option for the week.
  • His exceptional performances and fantasy value are emphasized.
  • The hosts refer to previous discussions where they have praised Prescott extensively.

“This is a case for number one on the week. This is a case for number one.”

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Raheem Mostert against the Jets 58:30

  • Raheem Mostert is brought up as a start of the week at the running back position.
  • The New York Jets‘ weak defense against the run is highlighted as a favorable matchup for Mostert.
  • The expectation is that Mostert will receive a significant workload and have the potential to be a difference-maker in fantasy lineups.

“The Jets are 30th against the run, allowing the third-most rushing yards per game. So Raheem Mostert is my start of the week on Black Friday.”

Rachaad White against the Colts 59:16

  • The hosts discuss Rashad White as a strong start at the running back position.
  • The Indianapolis Colts‘ defense is seen as susceptible to allowing points to running backs, making White an appealing option.
  • The volume of opportunities that White has been receiving and the Colts’ struggles against running backs are highlighted.

“The Colts are given up a ton of touchdowns, 15 rushing touchdowns, that’s tied for the third-most in the NFL since week four.”

Derrick Henry requiring consideration of the matchup 01:00:42

  • Derrick Henry‘s recent fantasy finishes and tough matchups are mentioned.
  • The hosts emphasize the need to pay attention to matchups and the game situation for Henry.
  • The favorable matchup against the Carolina Panthers is noted, as well as Henry’s potential for a significant workload as a favorite in the game.

“Unfortunately, Derrick Henry is now at the point where you have to pay attention to matchup.”

Brandin Cooks against Washington 01:01:10

  • Brandon Cooks is presented as a start of the week at the wide receiver position.
  • The Washington Football Team’s weakness in defending against wide receivers is discussed, along with their vulnerability to big plays.
  • Cooks is expected to benefit from the favorable matchup and have a strong performance.

“Washington giving up like 16.9 yards per reception, that’s crazy. CD lamb draws the coverage, Brandon Cooks brings the boom and it’s happening on Thanksgiving.”

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Michael Pittman Jr. against Tampa Bay 01:01:39

  • Michael Pittman Jr. is highlighted as a start of the week at wide receiver.
  • His high target share and consistent fantasy production are mentioned.
  • The shootout potential of the Colts’ home games is brought up, along with Tampa Bay’s vulnerability to wide receivers.

Michael Pittman Jr., he’s the dude there. The Colts’ home games, they’re averaging 57 combined points, that’s number one in the NFL.”

Start of the Fantasy Forecast segment 01:08:18

  • The New Orleans Saints (5-5) face off against the Atlanta Falcons (4-6) in a crucial divisional matchup.
  • The Atlanta Falcons are favored by one point according to the DraftKings Sports Book.
  • The winner of this game will take control of the division.
  • Both teams are coming off a bye week and have high expectations for this game.

“The winner will take control of the division.”

Jason likes the Falcons in this game 01:09:17

  • Jason leans towards the Atlanta Falcons.
  • The fact that the game is in Atlanta gives them an advantage.
  • The uncertainty around the quarterback position for the Saints could impact their performance.
  • Carr’s past struggles with playing through injuries are a concern.
  • Carr’s poor performance could negatively affect Chris Olave and positively impact Alvin Kamara.
  • Jason is confident that Kamara will perform well regardless of the quarterback situation.

“I think I like the Falcons. The fact that the game is in Atlanta sways me a little bit.”

Mike’s thoughts on the game 01:09:52

  • Mike believes that both teams will be fine in this matchup.
  • He’s not too worried about Michael Thomas‘s departure from the Saints.
  • He expects both Alvin Kamara and Chris Olave to have a solid performance.

“I think both players will be fine.”

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Rookie Season of Bejan Robinson 01:10:11

  • Bejan Robinson’s rookie season has been goodish in terms of fantasy performance through 10 games.
  • The upcoming games against Carolina, Indianapolis, and Chicago present good opportunities for Robinson in the fantasy playoffs.
  • If Robinson performs well after the bye week, it could be a season-defining moment for him.
  • The last time Robinson had significant opportunities was against Arizona, where he had 24 carries and played 75% of the snaps.
  • The targets weren’t ideal, but given the matchup against Arizona, the focus was on the ground game.

“I am optimistic that we will have turned the corner after the bye.”

Joe Mixon rest of the season 01:17:00

  • Mixon’s fantasy performance in the last four weeks is under scrutiny.
  • If the Bengals continue running their offense as usual, it would be a downgrade for Mixon.
  • With Brandon Allen at quarterback, Mixon won’t have the same scoring opportunities.

Joe Mixon‘s fantasy performance in recent weeks is a concern. If the Bengals continue running their offense as usual, it would be a downgrade for him.”

Impact of Browning on scoring opportunities 01:17:10

  • Even if Browning exceeds expectations and is competent, the scoring opportunities for Bengals players like Mixon are likely to decrease.
  • This has been a bad week for players with “Brown” in their name, including Hollywood Brown and AJ Brown.

“Even if Browning exceeds expectations and is competent, the scoring opportunities for players like Mixon are likely to decrease.”

New offensive coordinator for Pittsburgh 01:17:52

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers have a new offensive coordinator.
  • Deontay Johnson, George Pickins, and Jaylen Warren are players to watch under the new play-calling.
  • Pickins is particularly interesting considering his physical gifts and previous potential.

“The Pittsburgh Steelers have a new offensive coordinator. Deontay Johnson, George Pickins, and Jaylen Warren are players to watch. Pickins, in particular, with his physical gifts, is an intriguing prospect.”

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Jaylen Warren‘s potential 01:19:01

  • Jaylen Warren has played well and earned more touches than Naji Harris.
  • With a new offensive coordinator, Warren has the opportunity to showcase his skills even more.
  • If Warren receives more carries and targets than Harris in this game, it wouldn’t be surprising.

Jaylen Warren has played well and earned more touches than Naji Harris. With a new offensive coordinator, Warren has a chance to prove himself even more.”

Derrick Henry‘s potential in snowy conditions 01:20:23

  • Snowy conditions in Vermont have historically correlated with monstrous games from Derrick Henry.
  • The matchup against the Carolina Panthers is favorable for Henry, as their run defense is not strong.
  • Snow or not, Henry needs sufficient playing time to make an impact.

“Snowy conditions historically correlate with big games from Derrick Henry. The matchup against the Carolina Panthers is favorable for him.”

Limited passing game potential for the Titans 01:22:57

  • Other than Derrick Henry, it is not advisable to rely on the Titans’ passing game.
  • With only 17 pass attempts last week, it is clear that the Titans will prioritize the running game against the Panthers.

“Other than Derrick Henry, it is not advisable to rely on the Titans’ passing game.”

Limited fantasy options for the Vikings 01:23:10

  • With the Vikings, Adam Thelen and Derrick Henry are the only fantasy players worth considering this week.
  • The running backs have cannibalized each other’s fantasy value.

“With the Vikings, Adam Thelen and Derrick Henry are the only fantasy players worth considering this week.”

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Jonathan Taylor and the Buccaneers defense 01:24:11

  • The Buccaneers have a strong run defense, but Jonathan Taylor is a must-start regardless.
  • Taylor has been getting targets in addition to his ground game production.
  • Even if Tampa Bay locks down the run, Taylor should still provide value in PPR leagues.

“Taylor’s in a category where you just yep lock him in.”

Gardner Minshew‘s impact on Michael Pittman 01:24:40

  • Minshew has been targeting Pittman when they have played together.
  • Even if the Buccaneers shut down the ground game, there should still be enough value for Pittman in PPR leagues.

“Does he [Minshew] do enough for Michael Pittman this week? Jason says yes, start of the week.”

Uncertainty around Josh Reynolds‘ playing time 01:25:05

  • Josh Reynolds has not played full snaps since week eight due to injury.
  • It is important to monitor his practice reports to see if he is fully recovered.
  • If Reynolds practices in full, he is a good play, but limited participation raises concerns.

“The last time we saw Reynolds, it was only 25% of the snaps. It’s important to note if he is back to full practices.”

Comparing Michael Pittman and Josh Reynolds 01:26:34

  • It is advised to start Pittman over Reynolds, given the uncertainty surrounding Reynolds’ playing time.

Michael Pittman or Josh Reynolds? I don’t like this game.”

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Baker Mayfield‘s performance and preference for banana desserts 01:27:34

  • Mayfield has performed well in dome games, with multiple passing touchdowns.
  • Mayfield revealed that his favorite Thanksgiving food is Grandma M’s banana pudding.
  • This revelation has led to some humor and banter among the podcast hosts.

“Baker is a very fine streaming option… Mayfield was asked about his favorite Thanksgiving food… his preference for Grandma M’s banana pudding.”

Mixed opinions on Chris Godwin‘s recent performances 01:30:12

  • Chris Godwin has not been performing at a high level recently.
  • It is important to acknowledge his pedestrian numbers, even when fully recovered from injury.
  • Targeting wide receivers against the Indianapolis Colts has been successful, but recent matchups have been less fruitful for receivers.

“Look, he’s been bad, and it’s been a while… These are not valuable targets he’s getting against.”

Michael Pittman or Chris Godwin 01:26:51

  • Given Godwin’s recent performance, it is advised to choose Pittman over him in this matchup.

Michael Pittman or Chris Godwin? I love Michael Pittman in this game… Gotta put the name away a little bit.”

Rachaad White as a must-start 01:29:55

  • Rashad White is strongly recommended as a must-start option.

Baker Mayfield‘s dessert preferences and banter 01:27:51

  • Mayfield’s preference for Grandma M’s banana pudding has led to banter and jokes among the podcast hosts.
  • This light-hearted conversation adds entertainment value to the podcast.

“Banana flavored desserts… more than Jason Moore… Baker’s the second person I know… the banana us, banana people.”

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Rachaad White, Mike Evans, and Baker Mayfield 01:31:22

  • The podcasters love Rashad White, Mike Evans, and Baker Mayfield.
  • They believe that outside of these three players, the other options are not as appealing.
  • They express excitement for Rashad White, who plays every snap and has a favorable matchup.
  • The over/under for this game is 44, which indicates a potentially high-scoring game.
  • The podcasters discuss the percentages of people picking certain teams to win.

“I love Rashad White, I love Mike Evans and of course Baker’s the quarterback one but outside of those three, I think that’s all you want.”

Cade Otton as a potential surprise 01:31:35

  • The podcasters discuss Kate Auton as a potentially surprising player for fantasy football this week.
  • They mention that Auton is the 100% break glass option at tight end for those in desperate situations.
  • Her playing time and the matchup are considered favorable.
  • The podcasters express surprise at the low over/under line for this game.

“I think Kate Auton is potentially a spicy surprise this week… He plays every snap and that’s one of the prerequisites I want, and the matchup is good.”

New England Patriots vs. New York Giants 01:32:16

  • The podcasters discuss the upcoming game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.
  • They mention that this matchup is reminiscent of a Super Bowl game from years ago.
  • The over/under for the game is 33 points, which the podcasters find surprisingly low.
  • They humorously discuss the tough and rugged style of football expected in this matchup.
  • One of the podcasters predicts that the Giants might win this game.
  • The podcasters provide their almost-upset picks for the week.

“Patriots Giants, it’s just a Super Bowl, man, from years gone by games in New York. The over/under’s 33 points, they’re combined five and 16… I guess I’ll do it. Andy’s almost upset of the week.”

Houston vs. Jacksonville 01:34:45

  • The podcasters discuss the matchup between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • They mention the draftking sportsbook line and the over/under for the game.
  • They express excitement for a potential shootout between the two teams.
  • The podcasters highlight the impressive performances of Trevor Lawrence and Ridley in the previous week.
  • They discuss the rookie CJ Stroud and his exceptional performance as quarterback.
  • The podcasters debate the ranking of CJ Stroud among other quarterbacks.
  • They also discuss Devin Singletary‘s recent great performances but express caution for this week’s matchup.
  • There is a mention of the public opinion on Singletary varying from their own.
  • The podcasters discuss the potential startability of CJ Stroud and compare him to other quarterbacks.

“Lawrence, Ridley turned it up last week. Beautiful. Scored a pile of points… CJ Stroud is uh certainly someone that should be started in most situations.”

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Starters and Matchups 01:38:28

  • If choosing between Mixon and Singletary, go with Mixon against the Steelers who have been weak against the run.
  • Consider playing Trevor Lawrence in a good matchup against the Texans.
  • Evan Engram is a top 10 play this week with a great matchup against the Texans.

“I would go Mixon the Steelers haven’t been great at stopping the run.”

“This is a very good matchup for quarterbacks and for tight ends.”

Wide Receiver Room 01:39:00

  • The wide receiver room for Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars is uncertain, as different receivers have had varying levels of production.
  • Christian Kirk is the prime WR option to start, based on consistent performance throughout the season.
  • Nico Collins and Tank Dell are in consideration, with Collins having a strong performance last week.

Christian Kirk is the prime WR guy that you should start.”

Nico Collins did have 11 targets…I would start Nico and Tank over Ridley.”

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Streaming Quarterbacks and Tight Ends 01:40:35

  • This week is a good week to stream Trevor Lawrence as he had a solid performance with four touchdowns last week and a favorable matchup against the Texans who struggle against QBs.
  • Evan Engram is a top play this week at the tight end position as the Texans are the weakest team against tight ends.

“This is a week you would stream [Trevor Lawrence].”

Evan Engram seems like a top 10 play this week.”

Denver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns 01:41:20

  • The Broncos are favored in this matchup, which comes as a surprise to some.
  • The Broncos defense has improved significantly, but their offense is still lacking.

“I think Denver wins.”

“I do not think [the Broncos] win…I don’t think [the Browns] have a fun game.”

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Javonte Williams vs. Zac Stacy 01:43:14

  • Choosing between Javonte Williams and Zac Stacy is a tough decision due to the difficult matchup for Williams.
  • The recent utilization and performance of Williams have been disappointing.
  • The consensus is to start Zac Stacy in this situation.

“That’s a toughy cuz the matchup for Javante is a tough one…I’ll go Zac Stacy.”

“I’m on the other side of that…I think [the Broncos] win.”

Courtland Sutton and Touchdowns 01:44:01

  • Courland Sutton has been consistently scoring touchdowns this season, defying fantasy analysis and making him a reliable option for touchdowns.
  • It is hard to bet against Sutton finding the end zone, even against a tough Browns defense.

“If you had bet on Courland Sutton catching a touchdown every single week only twice would you have lost.”

“It’s really hard to be here and be like yeah just play [Sutton] because he’s gonna score.”

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Matchup Analysis: Amari Cooper and Cortland Sutton 01:46:00

  • Amari Cooper has 5 catches for 50 yards in the game so far.
  • Cortland Sutton has been performing well recently.
  • The defensive game is making it difficult for both Cooper and Sutton to excel.

“You got two for 25, you got to get lucky with something.”

Evaluating the Rams vs. Cardinals Game 01:46:54

  • The Los Angeles Rams are 4-6 and playing against the 2-9 Arizona Cardinals.
  • Arizona surprisingly holds the favorite position in this matchup.
  • The line has been moving back and forth, indicating a close contest.
  • Historically, Rams coach Sean McVay has had success against the Cardinals.
  • Despite this, the analyst believes Arizona might win this game.

“Arizona might win this game though, so you know when they play pretty well at home.”

Injuries Impacting the Rams vs. Cardinals Game 01:50:52

  • Cooper Kupp has a low ankle sprain and his availability is uncertain.
  • There is a chance he might not play this week or could be placed on the injured reserve (IR).
  • If Kupp doesn’t play, 2-2 Atwell becomes a viable option.
  • Tyler Higbee‘s usage remains consistent regardless of Kupp’s status.

“Also assuming that Cooper Kupp is not in this game… I think 2-2 Atwell is a very good play.”

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders Preview 01:52:51

“Last week, there were significantly higher expectations for the Miami offense than what we got against the Las Vegas Raiders.”

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Matchup analysis – Chiefs vs. Raiders 01:53:20

  • The Chiefs offense has been struggling in recent weeks, specifically Patrick Mahomes.
  • The Raiders defense has shown strength, particularly against quarterbacks.
  • The Chiefs’ low touchdown output can be attributed, in part, to the strong play of the Raiders defense.
  • Other quarterbacks like Brock Py, Sam Hal, and Dak Prescott have been putting up big fantasy numbers, while Mahomes has struggled.
  • The Chiefs defense has been strong, allowing the team to rely less on Mahomes and the wide receivers.
  • The matchup between the Chiefs and Raiders is expected to be simple for fantasy purposes.

“The Chiefs offense, particularly Patrick Mahomes, has been struggling while the Raiders defense has been performing well. This has led to questions about whether or not to start Mahomes in fantasy football.”

Player analysis – Adams and Jacobs 01:54:52

  • Adams is a risky play due to the tough matchup against the Raiders and the strong play of cornerback Snead.
  • Snead has shut down many top receivers in recent games.
  • Adams had a good performance in a tough matchup against the Jets, but it’s still a risky play against the Raiders’ defense.
  • Jacobs is a viable option to play against the Chiefs’ defense.

“Playing Adams against the Raiders could go poorly given the tough matchup and the strong play of cornerback Snead. Jacobs, on the other hand, is a viable option against the Chiefs’ defense.”

Player analysis – Gabe Davis and KJ Shakir 01:59:32

  • Gabe Davis is a risky play with a low floor and limited snap counts.
  • He has the potential for explosive games, but also the potential for no production.
  • Shakir has seen an increase in snap counts and could be a viable option if in need of a high-risk, high-reward play.

Gabe Davis is a risky play with a low floor, but he has the potential for explosive games. Shakir, with increased snap counts, is another spicy option for fantasy managers.”

Dalton Schultz‘s involvement in the Eagles matchup 02:00:28

  • The Philadelphia Eagles have a struggling defense, especially against the tight end position.
  • If the Dallas Cowboys need to score points, Schultz should be heavily involved.

“Matchup Eagles struggle and they have struggled recently against the tight end position um Kade if they need to score points he should be heavily involved.”

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Injury update on Dallas Goedert 02:00:51

  • The status of Dallas Goedert for the upcoming game is uncertain.
  • He was considered doubtful for the Monday night game last week.
  • Although he fractured his arm, there is a chance he could play.

“Do we have any knowledge on Dallas G I think there’s a chance he plays in this game uh the matchup is pretty good I don’t know that you want to start him in his first week back and we don’t it’s so early in the week he possibly play he was considered doubtful for the Monday night football game last week so they didn’t put him on the IR right yeah but didn’t he fracture his arm uh I mean he shouldn’t be playing but yes, he did fracture his arm. Yeah, there’s a chance he could be out there but I am not optimistic and I look first game back out there yeah I’m I’m not aving him.”

Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Chargers matchup 02:00:55

  • The Baltimore Ravens have an 8-3 record while the Los Angeles Chargers are 4-6.
  • The Ravens have a significant advantage over the Chargers.
  • The current DraftKings Sportsbook line favors the Ravens by 3.5 points.
  • The over/under for the game is set at 47 points.
  • Justin Herbert, the Chargers’ quarterback, has a tough matchup against the Ravens’ defense.

“Baltimore 8 and three Chargers 4- six draftking sports book line Baltimore minus three and a half the over unders 47 points Chargers are 4 and six that’s just that’s that’s unacceptable if you’ve got Justin Herbert you can’t lose the majority of your games.”

Concerns about Austin Ekeler‘s performance 02:03:10

  • Austin Ekeler‘s performance last week seemed off, with poor fantasy production.
  • Observations suggest that he was running differently and slower than usual.
  • No injury updates have been found, leaving his status uncertain.

“I know that uh I might be a little bit pessimistic because of how he looked last week and obviously, the fantasy production was bad, but something looked off with Austin Ekeler last week. I mean, Andy and I noticed it, not just at the end of the game when the stat line was bad. It was like he’s running weird. He’s running slow. He looks not like himself, and you know, I haven’t heard anything. I have looked for injuries. I have not to my knowledge seen anything.”

Lamar Jackson‘s reliance on Mark Andrews 02:05:13

“I think the offense needs Mark Andrews. I think that’s something we fundamentally know from three years of watching Lamar Jackson play quarterback. It’s not the same offense. They did have a big game last week, so you know he’s going to have to put it on his shoulders, he’s going to have to run the football in Los Angeles, they love to let you do whatever you want.”

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“I also think you could start Keaton Mitchell even though it was disappointing this last week you saw Justice Hill, I believe, with one carry he’s basically been usurped. Keaton Mitchell continuing to get more work, continuing to get healthier from that previous injury, he looks great. And if there’s a matchup where you could get it done, it would be the Los Angeles. Would you play Keaton Mitchell or Ty Chandler against the Chicago Bears? I would play Keaton Mitchell.”

Sitting on Justin Jefferson 02:07:38

  • If Justin Jefferson is back, it may be wise to look somewhere else for alternative options instead of relying on Jefferson for production.
  • Addison is still a great player but he becomes a consideration for benching if Jefferson is back and he becomes the third read in the offense.
  • Consider benching Addison and evaluate other options based on his role in the offense if Jefferson returns.

“Addison without Jefferson, you know last week was three for 44, he’s still a great player. I don’t think he’s a must bench…but he becomes someone that you then have to take a look at what your options are and consider benching him if he’s going to be the probably at that point the third read in this offense.”

Thoughts on the Offensive Side of the Ball 02:07:49

  • Both running backs from Minnesota, Alexander Madison and Tai Chandler, could be viable options.
  • Alexander Mattison is still receiving a significant amount of work, but has had fumble issues recently.
  • Ty Chandler is a fast player, but the Bears’ rushing defense has been strong in the past six weeks. There is uncertainty in terms of workload for both players.
  • DJ Moore has been performing well when Justin Fields is playing, despite the Vikings’ defense being better overall compared to last year.

“I think they both might be in play… Unfortunately, he [Madison] did fumble again…Mike for Minnesota, on the running back side…we saw 65% of the snaps…” “DJ Moore has been really great…so I think you can be confident in DJ Moore…but the Vikings haven’t been great at stopping wide receivers…”

Bears Running Back Situation 02:10:16

  • D’Onta Foreman‘s health is questionable, making it uncertain whether he will play.
  • Khalil Herbert may be the primary ball carrier if Foreman is inactive or limited.
  • The Bears’ running backs situation is unclear and the Vikings’ defense has been effective against the run.
  • It is advised to avoid starting any Bears runners due to the uncertainty and the possibility of Foreman playing on Monday night.

“I don’t think so…it’s going to be a time share no matter what…just avoid Bears to start…”

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Injury Updates and Spicy Surprise 02:11:53

  • Zac Taylor says Tee Higgins will likely be practicing, but his status for the game is uncertain.
  • The hosts promote a “#spicysurprise” giveaway on Twitter.
  • The hosts engage in banter about spinning the Wheel of Shame.

“Zac Taylor says T Higgins will likely be out there at practice…#spicysurprise…spin the Wheel…we want you to be a real turkey…”

Fantasy Faceoff & Thanksgiving Slate 02:12:37

  • The hosts discuss a previous Fantasy Faceoff segment and the Wheel of Shame.
  • They introduce a Thanksgiving slate game, where only the Thanksgiving Day games are in consideration.
  • They make their selections, focusing on Dallas Cowboys‘ players.

“If this is not turkey related, I will shame all of you…the Wheel is spinning…we’re doing a Thanksgiving slate…I’ve got Dak…” “I’ve got Dak…I’ve got your [SN] getting in the way…I’ve got A’Jir Gibbs…and then I’m going with Chuba Hubbard…”

Brandin Cooks and Amon-Ra St. Brown 02:16:23

  • Brandon Cooks is chosen by one of the commentators.
  • Almondra Saint Brown is chosen as well.
  • Green Bay is expected to struggle.

“Okay, but I have Almondra Saint Brown, and he has Brandon Cooks.”

Flex choices 02:17:22

“I have Jameson Williams as my Flex.”

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