Week Seven, Fantasy Football Thoughts


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It appeared that Aaron Rodgers was doing his best Jay Cutler impersonation early in the game Thursday night. Less pouting and complaining with some better passes would be nice.   That being said, I’m guessing his owners are breathing a little easier after Rodgers tossed three scores.   On the flip side, Jordy Nelson owners are throwing some serious hate Rodgers way.

Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams all have at least 10 receptions and Nelson has one? Really?  This was Rodgers just taking what the defense gives him. And when it comes to the Bears, they give a lot.

It feels like Jeremy Langford’s fantasy stock is back on the rise while he continues to recover from an ankle injury. Jordan Howard has hit the rookie wall in record time.

With Brian Hoyer gone, if Jay Cutler doesn’t return soon we can safely avoid all the skill position players in Chicago moving forward.  What? No Matt Barkley love? That is correct!

I believe that is the nicest thing I’ve ever written regarding Jay Cutler.

I love what Green Bay is doing with wide receiver Ty Montgomery. Too bad I was unable to get him off waivers in any leagues.

From the Toad’s “Get off my lawn!” desk. It’s fitting that the Sunday morning game from London has been labeled a ‘special’ edition of Thursday Night Football.  C’mon NFL, you’re a billion-dollar enterprise and this is the best you can come up with?  By they way, fuck TNF.

Yes, that is correct!  I am not a fan of these London affairs or Thursday night games. Ugh.

I will say that as a long time aficionado of Individual Defensive Player (IDP) football, it is a joy to watch New York Giants safety Landon Collins play. He looks (and hits) like a linebacker and had a pair of interceptions with an awesome return for a score this week. Fun stuff!

As for the rest of the game from across the pond?

Meh.

I suppose that the big winners are Jared Goff owners as he will be under center sooner rather than later after Case Keenum went full on … well… Case Keenum this week.

This is for you Gary Davenport and Jim Bukowski … water always finds its level.

Let’s all congratulate Tennessee offensive tackle Taylor Lewan on his first career touchdown reception.

Now, let’s all go and give tight end Delanie Walker owners a hug as they’ll be very unhappy campers as he should have had a multiple-touchdown game.

Another week and another quarterback having to step in for Cleveland. Welcome to hell, Kevin Hogan.

That was a nice little 28-yard rushing touchdown for Hogan, though. Just keep your head on a swivel young man.

I’m not sure I’m buying that Matt Forte has reemerged as a weekly fantasy threat but congratulations on a nice week for the veteran. Unfortunately, in each of the games where he’s rushed for 100 yards it’s taken 30 carries.

Nobody comes off the bench like Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now all the New York Jets have to do is figure out who to start next week so Fitzpatrick can replace them. I am thinking Vinny Testaverde?

It appears that Jay Ajayi is for real. Back-to-back big weeks of more than 200 rushing yards for the kid.  This makes me wonder what the heck is wrong with Adam Gase? You have to question his ability to evaluate talent as he was all-in on an aging Arian Foster as the Dolphins starting RB to start the season.

Let’s have a quick moment of silence for Arian Foster and any fantasy relevance he may have had. You folks go ahead as I took mine before the season even started. It was a great run Arian and it’s over.

Cincinnati’s skill position players were able to do exactly what they were supposed to by feasting on the hapless Cleveland defense. Nice games by Andy Dalton, Jeremy Hill and A.J. Green. All are good plays next week against Washington. You are welcome.

It’s time to start considering putting Golden Tate back in the mix as a weekly flex or low-end WR2 option. The Lions are finding multiple ways to get him the ball and he’s producing again.

A few of the big-time Week 7 performers that I’m not chasing on the waiver wire are Kenny Stills, Marqise Lee and Marquise Goodwin. Chase the big games if you like but they all bring much more ‘bust’ potential than ‘boom’ heading down the stretch.

Here’s hoping that Oakland will decide to use Latavius Murray as the clear cut RB1 after he put up 18 carries and two touchdowns in his return from injury. That three-man running back by committee is a hot mess.

Speaking of hot messes, Jacksonville is a bad football team on both sides of the ball.

Let’s take another moment to acknowledge an outstanding IDP performance. Kansas City safety Daniel Sorenson had six solo tackles along with a sack and an interception that he returned for a score.  Great game.

Somewhere the 1972 Miami Dolphins are popping the corks … BOOM!  Hey, I have to brag on old days because the Dolphins make me cry –  to quote Hootie!

After failing to notch a single touchdown as a rookie, Melvin Gordon now has **10** in seven games. That’s one of the reason’s I bang the drum for fantasy owners to practice patience. You know … the whole water and its level thing (rim shot).

This may seem like a running back heavy trip but it’s been that kind of week.

I did not see Jacquizz Rodgers stepping into the lead back role the way he has for Tampa Bay, and of course, Peyton Barber sharks the rushing touchdown. It’s going to be interesting once Doug Martin finally returns.

I’ll say it again in case anyone has missed it. Start all of your offensive skill position players against San Francisco once it returns from its Week 8 bye. San Francisco makes Jacksonville look like a good team … ‘nuff said.

Tevin Coleman suffered a hamstring injury this week. Should he miss anytime, I don’t think I need to tell you how valuable Devonta Freeman will be (of course I just did).

I will give Landry Jones a ton of credit for playing a good game against New England and keeping the Pittsburgh passing game relevant for fantasy purposes. That being said, fantasy owners (more so than Pittsburgh) need Ben Roethlisberger back … pronto!

So, I took a break before watching the Sunday Night Football game and watched the season premier of “The Walking Dead.” Wow. No spoilers here but “The Walking Dead” was 10-times better than the Sunday night game.

The bottom line from the Sunday night game … David Johnson is very good. Both defenses are very good. The game was very boring.

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