Monday, October 16, 2017


-With five games in the books already, Atlanta Falcons ace wideout Julio Jones still has not scored a touchdown.  As excellent a player as Jones is, that has been the knock on him throughout his career with regards to never being a sizable TD guy despite a string of monster reception seasons.  Still Jones had a decent day Sunday in a loss to the Miami Dolphins as he caught 6 balls for 72 yards but he is falling well short of first round WR 1 status.

-Remember when we said right here on the site in a lengthy piece that Falcons QB Matt Ryan would go bust this season?  Well he has just six touchdown passes through five games and we will remind you the reason we had him down as a bust candidate was the change in offensive coordinator once Kyle Shanahan left to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.  During the team's loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Ryan completed 24-of-35 throws for 248 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT as his numbers are falling short of preseason expectations.  While we have been big Ryan boosters in the past, his draft price went above where it should have gone this season considering the OC changes.

-Finally Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi got back on track after three straight duds as he rushed for 130 yards on 26 carries.  The workload remains very high as head coach Adam Gase has not lost any faith in Ajayi and this was a nice sign going forward.  Still Ajayi always seems to leave you wanting more and the knee remains a long-term concern.  A sell high is not the worst idea.

-It looks like Jerrick McKinnon is finally ready to be an impact players after he failed to do much of anything when given the chance to fill in for an injured Adrian Peterson in the past.  McKinnon rushed for 69 yards and a score on 16 carries, while also adding 5 catches for 30 yards and another score in the win over the Packers.  In PPR leagues McKinnon has more upside as a RB 2 but even in standards it seems the workload will be there for him to be a low-end RB 2.

-Placed in an almost impossible situation taking over for the injured Aaron Rodgers early in Sunday's game, Green Bay Packers backup QB Brett Hundley was dreadful as he completed 18-of-33 throws for 157 yards with 1 TD and 3 INT.  This is what the Packers now have under center with Rodgers likely done for the year with a broken collarbone.  In other words, big trouble for Jordy Nelson and company.

-Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard is in the midst of a hot streak right now as he made it two big games out of the last three in rumbling for 167 yards on a crazy 36 carries, while adding one catch for another nine yards.  The workload was ridiculous but not unexpected with rookie QB Mitch Trubisky under center.  After a rough first few games, Howard is rounding into form as the first round pick he went for in most leagues.  With Tarik Cohen taking almost all the receptions however, Howard is squarely into top RB 2 status.

-Speaking of Cohen, he had an interesting game himself as he rushed for 32 yards on 14 carries, while adding 1 catch for 14 yards and also a passing touchdown.  Still a gadget player more than anything, Cohen stays in the RB 3 area code in PPR formats.

-It is really starting to get insane now with Houston Texans rookie QB DeShaun Watson who set the all-time NFL record for being the quickest rookie in history to reach 15 passing touchdowns.  Watson threw three of them on Sunday as he completed 17-of-29 throws for 225 yards with the three scores and one pick.  Watson also rushed for 24 yards on six carries and added a passing two-point conversion.  Incredible stuff for sure and Watson should be started in all leagues now.  Right now Watson also could be the biggest mid-season add of the season.

-Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has now gone three straight games with 2 passing scores and he did it again on Sunday by completing 25-of-37 throws for 330 yards with the two scores and the pick in the win over the San Francisco 49ers.  While he still is trying to work through chemistry issues with the Redskins receivers, the fantasy football numbers are beginning to flow freely yet again.

-Alex Collins sure is exciting when he gets his hands on the football but Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh seems reluctant to completely take of the training wheels just yet.  Still Collins got the most carries on the team Sunday by rushing 15 times for 74 yards.  Collins did not catch a pass though as he clearly cedes that role to Javorious Allen.  Until Allen goes away, Collins is just a borderline FLEX play or RB 3/4.

-Boy it really has gone down the drain for Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery.  Already having missed a game, suffered broken ribs, and seen rookie Aaron Jones eat into his time, Montgomery rushed for just 28 yards on 10 carries, while adding one catch for 3 yards.  We already are at the point where Montgomery has to be benched everywhere and it could be getting closer to where he should be released since he still is not running well.  Even when scoring touchdowns the first three weeks of the year, Montgomery's average per carry was horrible and he remains a wideout trying to be a back.  No good.

-I guess a change of scenery (or offense) is what Adrian Peterson needed to put his name back on the fantasy football map.  Looking as spry as ever, Peterson rushed for 134 yards and two scores on 26 carries for the Arizona Cardinals in his debut.  It was really encouraging that the Cards used Peterson as a bellcow back right away and he looked tremendous.  Remember that Peterson has not played much the last three years due to suspension/injury and so his body probably feels pretty good.  If he was not picked up off waivers in your league, do so this week.

-Antonio Brown was back to his usual tricks after a quiet last couple of weeks; catching 8 balls for 155 yards and a score.  Still the best wideout in the game by a mile, Brown has no peer with Odell Beckham Jr. getting injured and Julio Jones still without a score.

-Things are getting pathetic with Los Angeles Rams wideout Sammy Watkins who caught just one pass for 11 yards in the team's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Watkins has just two catches total the last two games and has zero chemistry with QB Jared Goff.  This now makes it two stops in his professional career where Watkins has gone bust.  While we have given him a pass in the past due to the QB issues, perhaps maybe it is the player.

-Carson Palmer had it all working Sunday as he completed 14-of-22 throws for 283 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT.  Palmer was horrible for most of September but he has turned things around of late.  With Adrian Peterson now coming aboard to supply some help in the run game, Palmer is worth dusting off again.

-Rams running back Todd Gurley got off to a slow start Sunday but in the end rushed for 116 yards on 23 carries and caught one ball for 4 yards.  Not the best work by any means but Gurley now has three 100-yard rushing games.

-Larry Fitzgerald continues to defy age as he caught 10 balls for 138 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the team's win over the Tampa Bay Buc's.  With Fitzgerald still working as the number 1 wideout on the Cards, his status in PPR goes to borderline WR 1.

-Le'Veon Bell has fully rounded into shape after working off the holdout rust in September.  He was a monster in rushing for 179 yards and a score on 32 carries, while adding 3 catches for 12 more yards.  With David Johnson having suffered a serious injury at the start of the season, there is no doubting that Bell is the number 1 player in fantasy football.

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