Week Six, Fantasy Football Thoughts


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As we pack up the  family truckster for another trip down that fantasy road, lets back up and remind all to vote in the upcoming election.  No, I am not going to tell you who to vote for. Last I knew, neither candidate had a stance on Fantasy Football!

The Philadelphia Eagles have come crashing back to earth and suddenly the Carson Wentz bandwagon seems to be losing momentum. The kid will be a good QB in the future but most rookies go through these highs and lows.  I betchya the Philly brass still feel a lot better about Wentz than the Rams brass feels about Goff.

Let’s not forget that Ryan Leaf was 2-0 in his first two starts. I’m just saying. Yes, I just went there.   It was nice to see the Chargers win a game after so many heartbreaking losses.  Was it a fun game to watch? No.  Well, I guess if you like to watch kickers it was OK.

Thursday Night Football…ugh.  Have I mentioned how much I dislike TNF?

It’s time to realize that the TE we want from the San Diego Chargers is Hunter Henry. With Antonio Gates looking every bit of 36 years old the torch has officially been passed. It’s hard to believe that Henry lasted until pick 3.11 in one of my dynasty experts leagues. Unfortunately, I was picking at 3.12.

It’s also looking more and more like Devontae Booker is going to supplant C.J. Anderson as the lead RB in Denver.  Anderson did have some long runs called back (including a TD) due to penalties and that may help him hold the lead role but the my aging eye test says Booker is coming on strong over the last couple of weeks. The clock is ticking. Yes, that eye test without  bifocals.  I refused to let my eye doctor put  me in them. Even though my last two exams she did mention the B word!

IDP owners that plucked Chargers LB Jatavis Brown off the waiver wire a couple weeks back are grinning like the butcher’s dog. That is if they actually started him this week.

First John Kuhn sharks three scores for the Saints and this week TE Coby Fleener runs in a score. I’m sensing an anti-Mark Ingram conspiracy in the ‘Big Easy.’

Only the banged up Detroit Lions defense could make the Rams offense look like a viable fantasy unit. Another week and another TD reception for a TE against Detroit. You are welcome Lance Kendricks.  I’m fully aware of the adage regarding rookie TEs, but when is Tyler Higbee going to start to figure into the Rams offense?

I can’t lie. The Lions won again and I love it!  I couldn’t be happier that the Bears are one loss closer to 1-15. It’s time to start looking towards the draft in Chicago.

Don’t look now folks but we had a big time Kendall Wright sighting in Tennessee.

Not to be outdone, Golden Tate also reemerged from the fantasy ashes with a huge week for the Lions (did I mention that the Lions won this week?).

All is right in the fantasy football world as the Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski show is back on track. This game is the reason folks took ‘Gronk’ in the back half of the first round in fantasy drafts.

Hey there Colin Kaepernick! Not a bad debut at all. The pass to Torrey Smith may not have been a masterpiece but then again all TDs count. We like the 66 rushing yards as well from Kaepernick and he could be a sneaky good streaming start next week against a shaky Tampa Bay defense.   Of course, the 49ers got blown off the field on a day that LeSean ‘Shady’ McCoy ran wild.

The 49ers have a nice duo of DEs in former Oregon teammates DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead. The youngsters combined for nine solo tackles and three sacks this week. IDP owners need to snatch them up if they happen to still be available on the waiver wire. This defense is on the field a lot.

On a side note. Always start your RBs against San Francisco. You are welcome.

It was another typical roller coaster week for Kirk Cousins. He tossed two TDs but had a horrible back foot thrown pick-six. As always, Cousins giveth and he taketh way.

Maybe this Cameron Meredith guy is for real after all. Hopefully folks snatched him off the waiver wire last week as suggested here (shameless plug).

From the “We sure saw this coming” desk. The Miami Dolphins steamrolled the Steelers with Jay Ajayi rushing for over 200-yards as well as a pair of TDs. Ajayi out-scored Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown’s combined totals. You can’t make this stuff up folks.

That being said, I’m not sure I roll out Ajayi next week against a much stiffer challenge versus the Buffalo Bills.

How exciting was the Panthers and Saints game to watch? Plenty of fantasy points to go around (unless you are the aforementioned Mark Ingram) and a fight to the finish.

Speaking of finished. That loss should about do it for the Carolina Panthers.  Cam Newton needs to bring back his lucky Dab.

The Saints still have a faint pulse after pulling out the big win.

As a long time IDP slappy, it is always fun to see a DT score a TD. Take a bow Dontari Poe. What I failed to mention is that Poe scored this TD on offense. . Per Chiefs.com, At 346 pounds, Poe became the heaviest man in NFL history to ever score a touchdown, edging out former Chicago Bears star William “Refrigerator” Perry, who was 335 pounds when he last found the end zone.

Do not sleep on early season bust Marcus Mariota of the Titans, as he has been playing very well over the last two games and gets Indianapolis, Jacksonville and San Diego in the next three weeks.

Ouch! I felt the hit that Derrick Johnson laid on Jalen Richard in the Raiders versus the Chiefs game. That was some old school ‘bringing the wood.’ Sorry, I love me some great defense.

I’m officially worried about the Packers offense for fantasy purposes and especially Aaron Rodgers. Things just seem off kilter and I’m not sure why.

Let’s go ahead and hand the NFC South to the Atlanta Falcons. Yes, they lost to Seattle this week, but had a missed pass interference call late against Julio Jones and Matt Ryan is playing lights out.

I’m not seeing Jamaal Charles taking back the #1 job at RB for the Kansas City Chiefs any time soon. If you drafted Spencer Ware as the handcuff to Charles then congratulations as the roles have been reversed.

With the ankle injury to Dwayne Allen of the Colts it appears that the Jack Doyle bandwagon is back on track, or is it.?

With so many other talented TE options out there, do not bother with Doyle. You are welcome.

If you haven’t dropped and given up on Houston QB Brock Osweiler then you don’t get this fantasy football thing. He’s a hot mess and dragging down DeAndre Hopkins with him.

After watching this Sunday Night Football game between the Colts and the Texans all I can say is that the AFC South is up for grabs and the team that wins it is out in the first round of the playoffs.

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