Week Four, Fantasy Football Thoughts


We are a quarter of the way through the fantasy football season and things are heating up.

Let’s get the Family Truckster out on the road and see what stood out this week.

That’s the A.J. Green we know and love. More importantly the A.J. Green we likely drafted in the first round.

It’s not just fantasy owners that are missing TE Tyler Eifert. The Bengals red zone offense is a hot mess.

That’s the Ryan Tannehill we know and say ‘meh.’ So far the Adam Gase era looks a lot like the Joe Philbin era.  Tannehill appears to be just good enough to get mulitple coaches fired.

Bah! We finally get “Gronk” back (if we can call last week’s game being back) and then lose J.J. Watt. The NFL and fantasy (ok IDP fantasy) needs both of these guys on the field as it’s just a more fun product to watch when they are playing.

I suggest picking up rookie DE Yannick Ngakoue of the Jaguars. The kid has been putting up big play numbers and it’s always nice when a DE snags an interception. Hey, he was even covering T.Y. Hilton on a pass play in the 4th quarter and added a sack.

Hold on. The Colts just dropped another pass. Carry on.

Here’s Old Toad’s first old man “Get off my lawn” statement of the week. I do NOT enjoy these London games.  They tend to be a choppy, sloppy and flag-filled affairs.   That being said, we certainly got some fireworks from both offenses in the 4th quarter and Blake Bortles owners are happy this week.

Here’s some free advice from Toad. Start all your offensive skill position players against both the Colts and Jaguars defenses. You are welcome.

Yes. We had a C.J. Spiller sighting today. That makes me so happy for the two people that still own him in fantasy. Too bad they didn’t start him this week.  I did pick Spiller up in a deep dynasty league. Yes, he was on my bench.

From the ‘state of the franchises’ desk. The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears combined to post more penalties (12) in the first half than points (10).   Another week and another TD reception for a TE against the Lions. Again, always start the opposing TE against Detroit…always.

How happy is DeMarco Murray to be with Tennessee this season. Great to see him bouncing back from that horrendous stint with Philadelphia. Well, I guess he would be happier if the Titans were 3-0 like his old team is.

On a side note, Marcus Mariota is a fantasy train wreck. Feel free to drop him and look elsewhere for QB help.

We may have gotten got a glimpse of the Falcons TE of the future as Austin Hooper hauled in his first career TD. Make sure to stash the kid on your dynasty rosters.

Well hello there Julio Jones! We all missed you last week and will gladly take a 300-yard performance…good gravy!

The reports of Matt Ryan’s demise prior to the season seem to have been greatly exaggerated. Great game from “Matty Ice” this week. Great season-to-date numbers as well.

It looks like the Carolina Panthers are suffering from the Super Bowl loser syndrome a bit doesn’t it?  Cam Newton owners are in for a long week of checking practice reports if he ends up in the league protocol for concussions.

At least they will have company as Carson Palmer owners will be right there with them.

Maybe the Patriots can’t win with just anyone at QB after all. The second game of the Jacoby Brissett era wasn’t all that smooth.  Could today’s loss be part of Bill Belichick’s master plan to keep Rex Ryan employed within the division?  Julian Edelman owners cannot wait until Tom Brady returns. There was no way he was getting any fantasy traction unless Brissett went down and he took over at QB. Brissett isn’t doing Rob Gronkowski owners any favors either.

Just to spite me, Martellus Bennett did top 100 receiving yards.   On a side note. Way to ‘poke the bear’ Rex Ryan. You beat an undermanned Patriots team and then did your typical ‘look at me’ post game interview. The rematch will not end well for the Bills.  That is if Rex is still coaching the Bills in Week 8.

It took four games but Khalil Mack has officially jumped on the sack train. That sigh you hear is a boat load of IDP owners that have been waiting for Mack to get it going.

It’s officially time to start worrying about Latavius Murray moving forward as he lost more carries this week in a three-headed Running Back by committee for Oakland.

A couple of other players I’m beginning to have concerns about are DeAndre Hopkins and Amari Cooper. Both have been a bit too quiet for my liking of late. The games hadn’t ended on Sunday and already the vultures were swirling around as someone sent me an offer of A.J. Green & Ryan Mathews for DeAndre Hopkins & a 2017 1st-round pick. And right now that looks like it’s going to be a high pick. I rejected the offer.

I am not at all worried about Will Fuller as this kid is doing it all for the Texans.

A few names to be excited about after Week 4 are Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell, Jordan Howard and Matt Jones. These young RBs may have staked their respective claims as consistent fantasy relevant players moving forward. This will be the week that I drop Washington RB Rob Kelley from all my dynasty teams.  One thing to keep in mind though is that none of the defenses these RBs faced are inside the top-20 in run defense.

Ah, the ever popular John Kuhn scores three TDs. Now he’s stealing scores away from the Saints’ big name fantasy players.  Not to  mention fantasy owners….Ugh.

Apparently, a hobbled Russell Wilson can be effective against one of the leagues top defensive fronts. If had only started him vs. Palmer I would have a very comfortable lead against my wife this week. Ugh!

Fantasy owners who have stood by Jimmy Graham have to be smiling as he has now become a big part of the offense for Seattle.  Those same owners have most likely been drafting relatively high in their dynasty drafts.

It was nice to see Jadeveon Clowney notch another sack this week as the Texans are going to need him to step up with J.J. Watt done for the season.

That Navorro Bowman injury did not look good. No Watt and now this? Come on IDP fantasy gods give us a break.

This just in from the “Old Toad ‘I suggested this’ desk.” That was a very nice game from Dontrelle Inman of the Chargers. He was someone that I advocated picking up when Keenan Allen went down. He did have a costly drop late but is a name that has to be on fantasy rosters.

So, now we’ve seen rookie QB Paxton Lynch step in and be effective for the Broncos on offense. Can a Jared Goff sighting be far off?   Ok, maybe not!  The Rams are 3-1 with wins over Seattle and Arizona, do you think head coach Jeff Fisher cares about getting Goff into a game? After being inactive for the season opener, Fisher is probably doing Goff a favor by letting him suit up as the backup.  With Los Angeles starting 3-1 and beating both Seattle and Arizona I doubt it. It’s Case Keenum’s world and we are all just living in it.

Looks like the Steelers were a little sore after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles last week and the Chiefs got to feel the brunt of that.  Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown owners rejoice! Especially Roethlisberger owners.

It appears that Le’Veon Bell was indeed keeping himself in game shape while suspended. Nice return to the field young man. Now stay off the weed and keep fantasy owners, as well as the Steelers, happy.

If I am  anything it is an honest man. I watched the coverage of the Ryder Cup as much as I did the NFL action today. It is an awesome event so full of the emotion that I sometimes feel other sports lack.

With the Sunday Night game over for all intents and purposes I am going to sign off early this week as the Ryder Cup has left this old man tired and oh so proud. USA! USA! USA!

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