Monday, October 30, 2017


-It was baby steps for Cleveland Browns QB DeShon Kizer as he completed 18-of-34 throws for 179 yards with one rushing score.  The big takeway is that Kizer did not turn the football over and at least that represents some progress.  He remains with zero fantasy football value.

-Case Keenum will now take a seat next week for Teddy Bridgewater but the perennial backup really played well in place of Sam Bradford since Week 2.  Sunday was another solid game as Keenum completed 27-of-43 passes for 288 yards with 2 scores and 1 INT.  Given that Bridgewater is not a big numbers guy at QB, you could make the case that Keenum deserves to stay in there.

-Adam Thielen finally hit the end zone as he caught 5 balls for 98 yards and 1 score.  Outside of scoring touchdowns, Thielen has been terrific this season as he builds off his big second-half performance in 2016.  He is already moving into WR 2 territory and in PPR leagues there is no doubt Thielen has been gold.

-Jerrick McKinnon continues to produce in place of injured rookie back Dalvin Cook as the speedster rushed for 50 yards and a score on 14 carries, while adding 6 catches for another 72 yards.  Solid work for McKinnon who still has to split reps with Latavius Murray but his RB 2 value is set in stone.

-Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston went bust Sunday as he was completely overwhelmed by the Carolina Panthers defense in completing 21-of-38 passes for 210 yards with 0 TD's and 2 INT's.  While Winston has thrown for a bunch of yardage this season, he has very turnover-prone and overall has failed to come through as the popular sleeper he appeared to be during the summer.  In fact in single passer leagues, Winston needs to be benched.

-Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was just all right Sunday as he completed 18-of-32 throws for 154 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  Newton has really run hot and cold this season in any given start and he remains toward the bottom of every-week starter status in 12-team leagues.

-Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy remains an ageless wonder as he was a monster for a third week in a row in rushing for 151 yards on 27 carries and a score, while adding 6 catches for another 22 yards.  It was an insanely productive game for McCoy as he remains as good a run/receiving back as there is in the entire league.

-Rookie QB C.J. Beathard doesn't seem to be the answer for the San Francisco 49ers as he completed just 17-of-36 throws for 167 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT's in the team's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.  The 49ers may have to turn back to Brian Hoyer for next week but either way you want to own no one from this mess of an offense.

-New England Patriots QB Tom Brady successfully dealt with the elements Sunday by completing 32-of-47 passes for 333 yards and 1 TD in the team's win over the Los Angeles Chargers.  By now we know that nothing bothers Brady and so a little wind and rain certainly was not going to deter him.  Again with Aaron Rodgers out of commission, Brady is the top fantasy football QB by a mile this season.

-Rob Gronkowski is healthy at least for now and so the numbers flowed like usual in an excellent sense Sunday as he caught 5 balls for 57 yards and a touchdown.  Gronk will always play pitch-and-catch with Tom Brady and Sunday was no different.  Of course every Gronk owner has to weigh selling high off a game like this since the next injury is always right around the corner.

-Very quiet for most of the 2017 fantasy football season, Philadelphia Eagles wideout Alshon Jeffery finally did something of note Sunday as he caught 2 balls for 62 yards and on score.  The development of Nelson Agholor has really hurt Jeffery's numbers overall however and he barely has WR 3 value at the moment.

-It was a mixed bag day for Patriots wideout Chris Hogan who caught 5 balls for 60 yards but left early with an injured shoulder.  Hogan has been beat up of late but the Pats have a bye next week which will help the recovery.  Be that as it may, Hogan has been a solid WR 3 in fantasy football with 5 touchdown grabs but also with light yardage.

-San Francisco 49ers wideout Pierre Garcon suffered a scary neck injury Sunday in the team's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after crashing into one of the latter team's assistants during the second quarter.  Prior to the injury, Garcon grabbed just two balls for 17 yards and he is being dragged down by the complete incompetence of the 49ers offense.  Garcon should not be owned or used anywhere.

-Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller will miss the remainder of the 2017 season after he dislocated his knee during Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints.  Miller did not catch a single pass in the game and in deeper formats where he may be owned, obviously cutting the guy loose is the only option.

-Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan got back on track after a quiet last month as he completed 18-of-29 throws for 254 yards and two scores in the win over the New York Jets.  The offense clearly is a work in progress for the Falcons under Steve Sarkisian but hopefully this is a sign Ryan is ready to have a good second half.

-New York Jets big-play wideout Robby Anderson scored again Sunday among his 6 catches for 104 yards and a score in the team's loss to the Falcons.  While you never want to grade Anderson as more than a WR 3, he has at the very least earned solid status on that tier.

-On the road Indianapolis Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton remained a complete abomination as he caught just two balls for 15 yards in the team's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.  Hilton has always struggled badly on the road and been a star at home on the fast turf and this season has been no different.  With QB Andrew Luck likely out for the season, Hilton is nothing but a WR 3 only at home.

-The one Colts offensive player who has been a stud this season has been tight end Jack Doyle who caught 12 balls for 121 yards and a score.  Doyle is quietly having a fantastic seasons and has made good on the sleeper upside he brought to the draft table this summer.  With QB Jacoby Brissett constantly in search of his safety valve, Doyle has moved to TE 1 status.

-Bengals RB Joe Mixon continues to disappoint as he picked up just 18 yards on 11 carries Sundya in the team's win over the Colts.  The running numbers simply have not been there but Mixon at leats added 3 catches for another 91 yards to save the day for his PPR owners Sunday.  There were comparisons to Ezekiel Elliott coming into the season but Mixon has been nothing but a RB 3 in all leagues.

-Doug Baldwin may have some company in terms of being the top wideout target of QB Russell Wilson in the form of the emerging Paul Richardson.  Richardson has picked up steal of late and was big on Sunday in catching 6 balls for 105 yards and 2 scores.  While he is not dependable enough to be more than a WR 3, Richardson should not be on the wire any longer.

-Tyler Lockett got in on the fun for the Seahawks in the receiving game as well Sunday in catching 6 balls for 121 yards. We would place Lockett firmly behind Paul Richardson in the Seattle receiving hierarchy though but a heavy bye Week 9 should get him noticed. 

-Will Fuller is some kind of crazy scoring machine at wideout for the Houston Texans as he was up to his old tricks Sunday in hauling in 5 balls for 125 yards and two more touchdowns.  Already with six scores on the year, Fuller needs to be utilized everywhere.

-It is beyond insane what Texans QB DeShaun Watson is doing right now.  The rookie from Clemson is putting forth the best rookie passing debut ever as he completed 19-of-30 throws for 402 yards with 4 scores and 3 INT's.  While the INT's are a negative, Watson has been the pickup of the season by a mile so far and is already putting forth top five numbers at the position.  Wow.

-Not to be outdone, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson continued his monster pace of late by completing 26-of-41 throws for 452 yards with 4 TD's and 1 INT.  Wilson had a rough start to the season but he has arguably been the most productive passer in fantasy football the last three games. 

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