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Friday, October 19, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: DAVID JOHNSON

This just has to stop.  Please I can't be tortured anymore.  Run after run right into the middle.  Behind a line that was missing their two starting guards.  No imagination.  No movement out in space.  No play action.  Only as severe a case of player neutering I have never seen before in fantasy football.  The madness needs to end Friday morning when Arizona Cardinals OC Mike McCoy gets canned before Week 8 for the second season in a row.  There can be no other way when your best player by a mile David Johnson gets most of his brutal 10 points in garbage time.  A guy who has single-handily destroyed my Experts League team to such a humiliating degree that I am in uncharted territory in terms of futility.  The madness has to end right here, right now.  My season in Experts is over because of this man and thousands of others have fallen by the wayside as well.  Hey, let's run up the middle again! 

Seriously though it has now gone beyond ridiculous with David Johnson who rushed 14 times for 39 yards and caught 3 balls for another 31.  Two of those catches came in garbage time as there was nothing doing here at all which will likely sink me to yet another loss in the Experts League (went from 50 percent chance to win down to 40 with ONE player).  Also condolences to those who picked up Arizona's defense for this one which looked like a decent play on paper considering they have played well lately and Case Keenum and the Denver Broncos offense couldn't get out of their own way.  Here is hoping against hope Steve Wilks reads the tea leaves that he too will be fired by the end of the season if he doesn't make a change but Johnson's utter disgrace of a year so far means it will arrive too late to save out teams. 


Thursday, October 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 7 QB RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 7 QB rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Pat Mahomes
2.  Tom Brady
3.  Matt Ryan
4.  Jared Goff
5.  Cam Newton
6.  Jameis Winston
7.  Andy Dalton
8.  Philip Rivers
9.  Drew Brees
10. Kirk Cousins
11. Andrew Luck
12. Joe Flacco
13. Carson Wentz
14. Matthew Stafford
15. Baker Mayfield
16. Eli Manning
17. DeShaun Watson
18. Mitchell Trubisky
19. Dak Prescott
20. C.J. Beathard
21. Blake Bortles
22. Alex Smith
23. Marcus Mariota
24. Brock Osweiler
25. Case Keenum
26. Sam Darnold
27. Josh Rosen
28. Derek Anderson


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 7 ISSUES: JERMAINE KEARSE SHAPING UP AS TERRIFIC VALUE PLAY GIVEN JETS' INJURIES

It is only Wednesday but already the New York Jets is filled with injuries that will likely reshape the offense for the team in going against the Minnesota Vikings at home in Week 7.  Having already lost top wideout Quincy Enunwa to an ankle injury, deep threat Robert Anderson didn't practice on Wednesday due to a sore hamstring.  Making matters more troubling was that Terrell Pryor also sat out with a sore groin which means Jermaine Kearse is the only man left standing in terms of a Jets wideout having fantasy football value.  Kearse does come off a nice Week 6 where he caught 9 passes from Sam Darnold and those in PPR formats should especially be intrigued regarding his fortunes against the Vikings.  For the time being, add Kearse given the fact Enumwa is definitely out and Anderson's suddenly looking a bit murky to go. 


2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 7 ISSUES: COOPER KUPP (KNEE) RULED OUT WEEK 7

It was no surprise on Wednesday when Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay announced that second-year wideout Cooper Kupp would miss Week 7's game versus the San Francisco 49ers due to the MCL sprain he suffered last Sunday.  It was shocking to see Kupp return to the game after going down in a scary fashion via a horsecollar tackle and one has to wonder if that caused further damage.  Be that as it may, this is good news for Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods who are both in the WR 1 region in a plush matchup against a San Fran defense that just got sone getting strafed by Aaron Rodgers Monday night.  Given the short week to prepare for the nuclear Rams offense, Cooks and Woods figure to put up a bunch of points.  


2018 FANTASY BASEBALL POSTSCRIPT: KRIS BRYANT 3B CHICAGO CUBS

What on earth is going on here?  Just two short years from being in consideration for a top 2-3 pick in fantasy baseball drafts and at a time when he is just reaching the prime years, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is in the process of trying to halt two straight years of declining offensive numbers.  While it was bad enough that Cubs manager Joe Maddon planted Bryant in the second spot in the team's order in 2017 (which robbed him of RBI chances), it is concerning that he still saw declines in 4 out of the 5 standard ROTO categories (all but batting average) that were just the undercard to what became an even more horrifying performance a year later.  Even though this publication and pretty much everyone else in the fantasy baseball community gave Bryant a mulligan for his 2017 dip, no one could have foreseen him hitting just .272 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in 447 at-bats last season.  Now right off the bat, it does need to be said that Bryant was severely impacted by a persistent shoulder injury that lingered almost the entire second half of the year.  Any shoulder ailment almost always negatively hurt prospective power and so Bryant's sizable decline in homers and RBI can at least partly be explained on that front.  Bryant does need to take some blame though for striking out more often (K/9 going from 19.2 in 2017 up to 23.4 last season) and at the same time drawing fewer walks (14.3 BB/9 down to 10.5 during the same span).  Perhaps the extended slump Bryant dealt with contributed to him being more aggressive at the dish and falling out of his swing more often but the numbers were a complete letdown considering the spring cost.  Finally, Bryant already seems done with stealing bases as he has now gone from a high of 13 in 2015 all the way down to just 2 a year ago.  So after digesting all the negativity, what happens next?  Well let's start with Bryant going into just his age-27 season in 2019 and we all know that is when the prime years begin and often the offensive numbers take off.  We also firmly believe the shoulder was a big problem that both Bryant and the Cubs minimized to the public and was directly responsible for the numbers decline.  So figuring Bryant enters into 2019 spring training with a clean bill of health, we could be looking at a return to around 30 homers, 100 runs/RBI, and an average that will be in the neighborhood of .290.  That would certainly be a mighty valuable batch of numbers and be worthy of a second round pick in drafts.  The best part is that Bryant may slip to Round 3 coming off such a tough season and there we would not hesitate for a second jumping back into a fantasy baseball relationship with the guy.  The talent is just too obvious.
2019 PROJECTION:  .288 28 HR 95 RBI 110 R 7 SB

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY FALLOUT: DEVONTA FREEMAN DONE FOR 2018 AS THE INJURY WOES CONTINUE

So in essence Atlanta Falcons running back and former Pro Bowler Devonta Freeman looks completely shot at the age of 26 after it was learned Tuesday he would be headed to IR due to needing groin surgery.  With Freeman having also dealt with knee and foot problems already this season which has kept him to just 14 carries for 68 meaningless yards, pretty much the entirety his 2018 campaign has gone bust and already we have clear evidence the guy serves as an example of a running back who has declined at a rapid rate due to the rough nature of the position.  While no one can take away how good Freeman was his first two years in the league, the troubling signs began in 2017 when he seemingly was hurt all year and didn't run very well when he was actually on the field.  Having always had an upright running style and an all-out approach that invited contact going back to his college days, the cumulative amount of punishment he received hastened this decline.  So now with Freeman out of the way, we get Tevin Coleman serving as the 1A to rookie Ito Smith's 1B and that means pretty much the same division of work in the past when Coleman was 1B to Freeman's 1A.  This obviously means Coleman is the guy to own primarily but Smith has had a knack for collecting touchdowns so far this season so he is worth an add as well.  Also when you think back to Coleman being far from a health marvel, Smith takes on even more long-term upside.  As for Freeman, obviously cut him loose but the Falcons may already be faced with cutting him loose after signing the guy to that big contract prior to 2017.