Man Up/ Step Aside TNF
I ate nothing but crow last week after assuming the meeting between the Rams and 49ers would be an absolute crap show, but it was a pretty damn good game and one of the best so far through three weeks. Tomorrow I’m going to assume that the 195th historic showdown between these two NFC North rivals might not live up to the hype as last weeks game, but I expect a great start to Week 4 with a competitive game between these two foes.
The Packers are limping into Week 4 losing offensive lineman and men on defense, and the Bears are no different health wise but one of the biggest concerns is whether Jordan Howard can man up and put on another dominant performance as he did versus an above average Pittsburgh defense. Green Bay is human as we saw the Bengals almost get their first win of the season, but as long as they have a healthy Aaron Rodgers I wouldn’t put it past him if he digs deep and chucks one more memorable Hail Mary at the end to put the Bears away.
Compared to his five carries he got in Week 1 Tarik Cohen is getting more involved and comfortable in this offense. Now getting 10-12 carries a game he’s a solid flex starter and low-end RB2. You’re counting on his pass-catching also, but Cohen is literally their best WR and should not be left on the bench for Thursday night’s game.
This call is for the deeper leagues or daily plays as in head-to-head otherwise you’re not starting him unless you’re feeling pretty gusty. Allison had a six-catch 122 yard performance and most of that production came on one play in overtime with a seventy yard catch, but as I mentioned if Rodgers is going to look up and chuck another deep one Allison has the speed to get downfield to deliver the Hail Mary.
Adams exploded last season for over 40 points on a Thursday night game, and against a struggling Bears secondary it’s hard not to start Adams who’s been somewhat of a slow starter and benefits greatly from a healthy Jordy Nelson playing next to him. I’m not calling for another monster performance here, but Adams should score more than the 10-11 points he’s predicted to get.
Say what??? I know this sounds crazy especially with the huge performance in Week 3, but this call comes down to Howard’s health. He’s been dealing with an AC-joint sprain in his shoulder for quite sometime, and after the game he mentioned how he dug deep and came through for his team while dealing with all the pain he was in. On a short week it’s hard to imagine Howard running wild again. Personally if he’s starting I have to start him in a few leagues, and I’m not saying to bench him. Just temper expectations of an RB1 performance in Lambeau.
Tight end in general is a mess, and besides Gronk you’re just hoping whoever you plug-in can fall into the end zone. Miller seemed as if he would be targeted more, but was only targeted three times in Week 3. Then again the Bears only threw the ball only 22 times, and on a short week I’m streaming the position with someone other than Miller.
If I had a choice I’d rather start Bennett over Miller, but this is another spot on my roster I’m ignoring currently and looking elsewhere. It wouldn’t surprise me if Bennett catches two balls in the end zone tonight– the thing is we haven’t seen it. The season is still young, but Bennett was thought of to be a clear red zone threat when joining the Packers. He’s had some bad drops, and until I see more consistency in an already pass heavy offense I’m staying away from starting Bennett this week.