Man Up/Step Aside Week 9
Well this week has been up and down for both good and bad reasons. We started the week off with Jimmy G being traded to San Francisco, which had everybody scratching their heads at that questionable trade. Then to blow stuff out of whack the Miami Dolphins had a classic case of “Hold my Beer” moment and.. dun dun dunnn traded former pro bowler Jay Ajayi for… a fourth round pick. Now don’t get me wrong after hearing Adam Gase’s press conference I fully understand his point of view in talking about Ajayi’s attitude problem, and off the field issues. Go back to last season for example when Ajayi didn’t travel with the team Week 1 when Arian Foster was named the starter. However Gase threw everybody under the bus but him. Figures.
Oh but wait there’s more! The Carolina Panthers traded… Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills for a third and a seventh round pick. Besides the overreactions by several people, the trade does make some sense in a way, obviously more for the Bills especially with Zay Jones hyper-extending his knee last night versus the Jets. Talk about great timing. Oh no but wait there’s more! The freaking Cleveland Browns almost blew the internet up by adding their thousandth quarterback in the last ten years (well almost). So the Browns just about finalized a deal that was intra-division sending them A.J. Styles. Just kidding, it would’ve sent them A.J. McCarron. So the front office pulls a Miami Dolphins started busting out the “fun party stuff” and champagne celebrating, however they failed to call it in along with the signed forms. 🤦♂️ you honestly can’t make this stuff up people. Browns are gonna Browns.
Needless to say as the younger millennials say this trade deadline was “lit” or “Gucci”. It doesn’t sound as bad when I say it because technically I’m considered an “older millennial” for whatever that’s worth. Although I will say that when I hang out with my 21-year old brother and his friends I feel so out of touch, so maybe I don’t sound cool saying it. Ehh whatevs.
But before we get into my players who I believe will have a great week, and those I believe that will have a horrendous week– but end up blowing up that stat sheet—then I get roasted by some punk reading this. Haha I caught you slipping. It was also a sad day because the biggest story of the week was Deshaun Watson blowing out his ACL in practice late in the week, so now Matt McGloin, not Colin Kaepernick will be running the show in Houston, behind Tommy Savage of course— so those days of Hopkins and Fuller racking up yards and touchdown will see a drop off.
To top off the week Andrew Luck was placed on IR which is a bummer, because seriously why the f*** are y’all playing with my emotions and fantasy team Colts? Why not just tell us Luck is taking the year off so he can come back better than ever? But just like the Colts give no effs neither does Zeke, because the carousel continues, but at the end of the day your starting him each week. So no more messing around the road to the playoffs starts right now!
The Panther pass-catchers
I know, I know this doesn’t make sense listing like four guys at once, but with Benjamin in Buffalo now those targets he was getting are going to be spread out. McCaffrey might finally get a bigger workload, Curtis Samuel might finally be a thing now. Devin a Funchess could step up as the #1, and Russell Shepherd could make another appearance. Either way you get the point and start your Panthers. Except you Jonathan Stewart, except you.
Luck won’t be back until next year so that means Hilton’s value is heavily diminished, or is it? It probably is, but Hilton has a history of torching the Texans both on the road and at home. Brissett has been great in stepping in for Luck, so I think T.Y. can shake off his slump he’s been in here.
C.J. Anderson has been on a decline, while Booker has been turning heads in practice, and has looked like the better runner when given the chance. By no means am I saying to start Booker, but Philadelphia has been really good at stopping the run, so if Anderson is having a rough day, and the workload starts to shift towards Booker, things can get really interesting. I mean Osweiler is starting for the Broncos again, so Booker overtaking Anderson wouldn’t actually be that crazy.
I’m not exactly sure how much of Darius Slay that Nelson will see, but the Packers got their bye at a much-needed time. If the young buck Brett Hundley can do anything right on Monday night, giving the ball to your best player is the way to go.
Ertz has been one of the most consistent players in fantasy, and both real football this year. In PPR scoring Ertz does not have one game in single digit points. The Broncos secondary will be ready for Wentz and the deep ball, but teams have been gutting the Broncos by attacking the middle, and that’s where Ertz does his damage.
The Giants are no longer that same scary defense that they were a year ago. Sean McVay has done everything right to get Goff going, and on a week with six teams on bye, streaming Goff potentially has some big upside.
Shepard is healthy and back in the starting lineup for the Giants, and boy do the Giants need a playmaker. This won’t get Shepard slammed with targets, it’ll still be spread out, but this takes some stress off of Eli.
Winston is as tough as they come playing with a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. However look at last week against the Panthers. He just wasn’t right, and now the Bucs are getting a showdown with the Saints who have an improved defense, and can score at any time. It’s just hard seeing Winston being able to keep up if this were to get into a shootout.
Those faithful Mixon owners will keep on starting him each week hoping is the week he turns it around, but on the road at Sacksonville just isn’t a great matchup all around for the Bengals.
This could easily turn around and bite me in the behind, but I’m sticking with it. Even if Devontae Booker doesn’t have a better game than Anderson this week. Going up against the Philly front seven that’s ranked second in the league when it comes to stopping the run, I want no part of Anderson this week.
We all need tight ends in fantasy. There’s very few you can trust now, but the Ravens rank ninth when it comes to stopping tight ends, and Joe Flacco might sit this one out after getting knocked into another dimension by Kiko Alonso. It doesn’t help either that Walker has been declining in his production this season.
Please, just please do not fall for the trap. How many times have we’ve read or seen Pete Carroll talk about wanting to get Eddie Lacy more involved with the offense. Yeah until I see it, and see Lacy actually look good–he’s remaining benched or on the waivers for smaller leagues.
I believe Ajayi is way better than LeGarrette Blount, and Ajayi should finally be able to score at least once this season with the Eagles, but it won’t be this week. Ajayi might not even see the field a lot, and even at that stepping into a new offense that you’re still learning against the Denver Broncos is not an ideal matchup you want to be looking forward to.
In a perfect world this is a great matchup for Jackson inside the dome and pulling in some deep balls, and hopefully a score. Maybe on short passes Jackson could make something out of nothing, but until Winston gets better calm your expectations for a Winston/Jackson big play.
Hopefully this helps you if not keep sending me feedback good and bad because I really enjoy it. On another note that I didn’t get to yes start all of your Cowboys and Chiefs, because that is predicted to be the highest scoring game of the week. Till next time peeps.