Week Nine, Fantasy Football Thoughts


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The Family Truckster has been gassed up and ready to hit the road for Week Nine.

OK, Taylor Gabriel, you’ve officially piqued my interest. The speedy Atlanta wide receiver has scored a rushing, as well as receiving, touchdown in the last two games while accumulating 144 total yards. Very interesting waiver wire option indeed.

For the second straight Thursday night, ‘garbage time’ points came to the forefront. There are some happy Cameron Brate and Adam Humphries owners out there this week.

On the flip side, there are some worried Mike Evans and Jameis Winston owners after both suffered injuries that could keep them out of Week 10. At least they have extra days to recover. Keep your fingers crossed, folks.

I’m happy for Matt Ryan as his bounce-back season continues. He now has more touchdown passes than he threw in 2015. Well done.

Take your time coming back Jacob Tamme because Austin Hooper is doing just fine.

Here’s a little fantasy info to stash away for next season. In his four career games against Atlanta, Jameis Winston has put up 11 total touchdowns while turning the ball over just three times. It’s just Old Toad being helpful … that’s how I roll.

It is now official. Whenever I suggest benching (or starting for that matter) Baltimore wide receiver Mike Wallace in my weekly  article do the opposite. The man is my true nemesis.

So it appears the Rookie of the Year award will be a battle of teammates as Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott continue to roll. Just imagine the numbers they could have put up had played the entire game. Thanks Cleveland.

On a side note. Get comfortable holding a clipboard Tony Romo because Prescott isn’t going anywhere.

Did not see that stinker coming from Ben Roethlisberger and especially Le’Veon Bell this week. At least Roethlisberger scored a late rushing touchdown to salvage his day a bit.

It was nice to see Cameron Wake have a big day for Miami. The veteran defensive end helped me to a couple of Individual Defensive Player (IDP) titles back in the day.

There are no easy games for Eli Manning, are there? In a game where he throws four touchdowns, Manning keeps it close until the end with a pair of interceptions. That’s just him being him.

Of course, it doesn’t help matters that the New York Giants have absolutely no running game. None.

The wheels are quickly falling off the Carson Wentz bandwagon. Since I am  a ‘glass half full’ sort of guy, I will point out that tight end Zach Ertz was finally a big part of the offense in Week 9. That development could help Wentz down the stretch.

I am officially in love with Jay Ajayi. No, he didn’t manage to post a third straight game with more than 200 rushing yards, but fantasy owners will take 120 total yards with a score. The kid is flat out balling and carrying the Dolphin offense during its three-game winning streak.

I just wish I had Ajayi on all my teams … sigh.

I’m just glad I predicted a big game from New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall who caught a … wait … what? It was Jalin Marshall who hauled in the touchdown for New York? Never mind.

From the “I did not see this coming desk”… The Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings in overtime after trailing by three with 23 seconds left and no timeouts. Whoo Hoo!!! It is time that Minnesota  rids itself of Blair Walsh.  The guy is not reliable and just plain sucks.

On a side note, Golden Tate is back (I mentioned this weeks ago here) as a fantasy force and can be a weekly flex or even WR2 option moving forward. Well, not next week because Detroit is on its bye week.

Please hurry back Spencer Ware because Charcandrick West was a huge bust this week.

I did like the way Chris Ivory ran the ball for Jacksonville (the fumble notwithstanding) as he seemed to have his burst and power back for the first time in 2016. There was very little to like about the rest of the Jacksonville offense. OK. We’ll take a receiving score from T.J. Yeldon every week but the youngster also lost a fumble. Avoid the Jacksonville running game in general. You are welcome.

That collective groan you heard was New York Jets fans lamenting the return of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to the game after briefly leaving with a leg injury. It’s time for the Bryce Petty era to begin. It cannot be worse than what the Jets have seen at quarterback so far this season.

I wasn’t feeling all that great about having started Marcus Mariota over the aforementioned Eli Manning after the early games this week. Now. Feeling pretty good despite the late pick-six by Mariota.

I assume the sarcasm came through, right? There are no “experts” my friends. Just a bunch of us folks who put in a lot of hours of research at the expense of time spent with family to come up with the advice to help owners (and ourselves) bring home those championships.

It will be interesting to see if Mark Ingram will resume the starting role once again for New Orleans next week after his big day against San Francisco. Tim Hightower still had more carries and remains a factor in the offense. Just keep in mind whoever gets the nod at running back will be facing Denver.

That being said, the San Francisco defense is a hot mess that cannot stop the run (or the pass for that matter) and will travel to Arizona next week. David Johnson owners are licking their chops.

Since I post on Monday’s  and we won’t know how well (or poorly) Russell Wilson plays on Monday Night Football, I may regret this statement but feel it merits mentioning. For a barometer of just how bad Wilson has been of late just look at what Colin Kaepernick was able to do against a New Orleans defense that held Wilson scoreless. I’m just saying.

Hats off to Frank Gore for putting up a big fantasy day against a tough Green Bay run defense this week.

On the flip side … thanks for sucking again, Todd Gurley. There is no way he belongs in lineups next week against the New York Jets. In fact, in redraft leagues it’s time to try and trade this guy for whatever you can get. The Los Angeles offense is a dumpster fire with Case Keenum under center and not very likely to improve with rookie Jared Goff running the show.

At least Keenum can take heart knowing he is a better quarterback than Trevor Siemian. Denver will not only lose the division but struggle to make the playoffs if it doesn’t get better quarterback play. There’s little chance that Paxton Lynch could play worse than Siemian at this point.

After he struggled mightily as a rookie (I’m being kind), Melvin Gordon has now put himself squarely in the conversation for Fantasy MVP. Here’s a tip of the cap to you sir.

Once again, the Sunday Night Football Game was a letdown. Unless you own Latavius Murray that is and we all know what a fluke this week was.

Ah well. There is always next week but we are running out of those for 2016.

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