One Big Thing – AFC – Week 12

Updated: December 5th 2020

Every week we learn a little bit more about how a team sees each player as a part of their offense allowing fantasy footballers to react (positively or negatively) to those actions. Each week I will look to capture the “One Big Thing” that should have an impact on each team going forward and how you, the savvy fantasy player, can use that to your advantage.

AFC EAST

 New England

How an NFL team wins a game where they pass for less than 90 yards and have two interceptions in the modern NFL still confuses me days after the fact. Cam Newton has shown small samples of what he was during his time with Carolina but it has not been enough to likely keep him in New England for a second season. The Patriots’ offensive game plan has always been centered on timing routes with precision accuracy and Newton has not shown much improvement in his accuracy, missing open receivers on both short and deep routes. There was a chance that Newton could springboard this opportunity with New England into a long-term contract with a new team but he likely will need to be a backup who competes for a starting job if he wants to stay much longer in the NFL. With the NFL salary cap likely to be squeezed this offseason if Newton is still on a contract from past years, he is a likely starting point for off-season cut candidates in RSO.

 Miami

DeAndre Washington was a trade deadline addition for the Dolphins that flew under the radar due to rookie Salvon Ahmed coming off two strong performances. With Ahmed missing week 12 and Myles Gaskin still out Washington led the Miami backfield in touches and snaps against the Jets. If the Dolphins are trading for players they must have seen a need at the position and therefore Washington could have a role down the stretch. Not enough to put him on the fantasy radar but enough to be worried about Gaskin’s role when he returns. Depending on who the quarterback is could also influence how much the pass-run ratio works in their favor.

 NY Jets

Five (5) more games till Trevor Lawrence is all that Jets’ fans can be thinking at this point. After almost accidentally winning on Monday night three weeks ago, the Jets have turned back into the pumpkin that they were the first eight weeks of the season. Frank Gore dominated the snaps (60 percent) and backfield touches (21 of 25) with La’mical Perine out so if the Jets were more likely to be in scoring situations he would be a great pickup as an RB3. Unfortunately, he does not contribute enough without scoring a touchdown each week to be useful for all but the most desperate of leagues. Five more games Gang Green, five more games.

 Buffalo

The Bills got their win on Sunday but it did not look easy as the offense frequently tried to let the Chargers back in the game during the fourth quarter with two fumbles and an interception. Stefon Diggs also had his worst performance since week 7’s dud against the Jets. The Bills do not have much of a cushion between them and the Dolphins in the standings so if they want a home playoff game they can ill afford to play down to the level of their opponent in games as they have against the Chargers last week and the Jets in week 7. Leaning on the combination of Zach Moss and Devin Singletary down the stretch may not be a bad idea.

AFC NORTH

 Cincinnati

The score can be deceiving as despite having a respectable 17 points the Bengals scored a kick return touchdown on special teams and their field goal came off a fumble that started the drive at their 45 yards line. In total, the offense only had 155 yards and turned the ball over three (3) times. Tee Higgins’ touchdown late saved what would have otherwise been a terrible fantasy performance for all Bengals’ players and it would be risky to start any player over the final four games of the fantasy season. This really shows how one good quarterback can elevate a bad team to at least a mediocre one. This team is back to where it was ending last season without Joe Burrow.

 Cleveland

Jarvis Landry came off the milk carton with over 140 yards receiving and a touchdown after playing three miserable games in bad weather. For what it was worth Baker Mayfield did well enough to be considered at least a game manager with two (2) touchdowns, no turnovers, and 250 passing yards. Most will still point to the wide-open touchdown that he missed Jarvis Landry on in the red zone and there is no excuse for what that was. The Browns do not have to be spectacular to win games because of their defence and running game but they do need to avoid turnovers and long stretches during games with inefficient quarterback play. Giving the ball around the goal line to Nick Chubb seemed to work too so they should continue to do that.

 Baltimore

Hard to pull any conclusions from that game as much of the offensive group was unavailable to play due to COVID protocols and this was more like a week 4 pre-season game than a do or die week 12 divisional game. Marquise Brown finally did something with third-string quarterback Trace McSorley in the game late, breaking past a sleeping defender to score a long 70-yard touchdown. It was a little disappointing that Dez Bryant was not more involved because of the situation the Ravens were in but with how little the passing game was able to accomplish outside of the one big play maybe he can fit in better over the next four games with Lamar Jackson back…. hopefully.

 Pittsburgh

The Steelers had to run 51 pass plays in a game that they won and the opponent did not score their second touchdown until the final minutes of the game. It shows the lack of running game that the Steelers have had this season and poses a real problem for them once they start playing better opponents in the playoffs. The Chiefs used to have the same problem with being unable to put teams away without an efficient rushing game to keep good opponent’s offenses off the field. It is not necessarily a problem for fantasy as more passing equals more points but for overall team success, the Steelers have to spend the next five games figuring out how to run the ball better.

AFC SOUTH

 Houston

Will Fuller likely played his final game in a Texans uniform after being suspended after Thanksgiving’s game for PEDs but it was a great way to go out. As a team already committed to $192 million and expectation that the NFL salary cap could be, at best, flat to this year the Texans likely do not have the space to bring Fuller back even if they wanted to. There were rumors that they have interest but I am not buying it. In his place, Brandin Cooks stands alone atop the depth chart of reliable options for DeShaun Watson. Keke Coutee will step in to play most of his snaps from the slot position and his fantasy value goes from roster fringe to WR3/4. The Texans do not have any other receivers who have played a snap this season so it will be interesting if guys like Steven Mitchell or Isaiah Coulter are used much as third options or Romeo Crennel and the staff just use more two tight end sets.

 Jacksonville

Collin Johnson took advantage of injuries above him on the depth chart in week 12 to post his first career 100-yard game while playing on 80 percent of the snaps. Chris Conley and D.J. Chark’s injuries are not expected to be long-term and one or both could be back after just one game. Still, the 6’6” rookie made an impression and with much of the wide receiver core being free agents in the offseason there could be a large number of snaps and targets opening up heading into 2021. The final month of the season will act as an audition for Johnson and other receivers to see how much capital the current (or potentially new) coaching staff uses during the upcoming draft.

 Tennessee

Scoring 45 points in a game while only having 13 pass completions often lends to the running game having a big day and at halftime, it sure looked like Derrick Henry was on his way to setting records. The King had 140 rushing yards and three (3) touchdowns before the Titans took their foot off the gas with a comfortable 38-14 lead in the third quarter. I could write superlatives each week about how great Henry is but then this would become the Derrick Henry column and I try to give the spotlight to other players once in a while. But if you score three (3) touchdowns in a half I will keep going back to that well.

  Indianapolis

Jonathan Taylor was a late-week scratch as a high-contact COVID concern so Nyheim Hines got a majority of the snaps (65 percent) for the third time this season, finishing with both the most carries (10) and catches (8) for the Colts. With the Colts seemingly comfortable with all three of the running backs they have and spending the draft capital on Taylor this past offseason, it is highly unlikely the team will target adding another running back in 2021 which is good news for Hines’ future value. He is more likely to be a 1B than a true backup in Frank Reich’s offensive game plan at worst so his fantasy value should continue to hold. Hines is a strong zero-RB auction option next season for those who like to keep their running back contracts shorter and cheaper.

AFC WEST

 LA Chargers

Austin Ekeler returned from his week 4 injury and dominated the touches for the Chargers in week 12 with 14 carries and 11 (!) receptions. It is unfortunate that he missed so much of this season as based on what we have seen from his four (4) full games he likely would have finished as an RB1 on the season. Anthony Lynn likely will not be returning as the Head Coach though after how egregious some of the decision-making was, not only at the end of this game but throughout the season. If a new staff does come in it will be worth monitoring how they feel about Ekeler as a Christian McCaffrey do it all-type of running back or if they want to bring in better options to spread the workload around.

 Las Vegas

What was that? The whole Raiders team collapsed against an up and down Falcons team in a 43-6 thumping but the spotlight focused right in on Derek Carr’s play. I gave all the praise to Carr last week for being a consistent but under-the-radar quarterback in fantasy and he returns the compliment by having four (4) turnovers and negative fantasy points in week 12. Josh Jacobs also got nicked up and is likely to sit out week 13 so my suggestion of adding Devontae Booker in the Street FA Report two weeks ago should pay off for some lucky readers. Luckily for the Raiders, they have the Jets upcoming so hopefully, they can try and regain some of the confidence they had.

 Denver

It was a tough weekend for the Broncos who had to try and play a game after the whole position group was put on lockdown late Saturday. We knew that it was not going to be a good choice to start the skill positions because of this but I think even the biggest critics of the situation did not think there would only be one (1) completed pass the whole game. The team did not have a real shot at the playoffs anyway so in the grand scheme it may help them with securing draft position but it was still a tough situation to be in. We can just scratch all records of that game from the players’ weekly averages and move on to week 13.

Kansas City

The early set of games saw the opportunity for Derrick Henry to maybe have a record-setting day on the ground and after the first quarter people started to have a real conversation about Flipper Anderson’s receiving yards record for Tyreek Hill in the late afternoon window. The Bucs kept putting Hill in man-to-man coverage to start the game and he repeatedly burned them for seven (7) receptions, 203 yards and two (2) touchdowns before the first quarter was finished. They eventually put all the coverage Hill’s way in the second half but after he scored his third touchdown of the first half during the second quarter the damage was already done. As long as the Chiefs keep doing what they do and they do not outsmart themselves as they sometimes are prone to do we likely will see our first repeat Super Bowl Champions since the 2003-04 Patriots.

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One Big Thing – AFC – Week 11

Updated: November 28th 2020

Every week we learn a little bit more about how a team sees each player as a part of their offense allowing fantasy footballers to react (positively or negatively) to those actions. Each week I will look to capture the “One Big Thing” that should have an impact on each team going forward and how you, the savvy fantasy player, can use that to your advantage.

AFC EAST

 New England

Cam Newton finally put together a strong passing performance, going over the 300 marker for the first time since week 2, but he did not bring his rushing stats with him in week 11. To be fair none of the Patriots’ rushers were able to have any success running against what had been a terrible Houston rush defense but rushing was what had kept Newton’s fantasy value afloat. The whole Patriots team has been more inconsistent than most are used to as they seemed to be turning things around after beating Baltimore but then lost to two-win Houston. Rex Burkhead is likely lost for the season and Sony Michel will return to lineup in week 12. What his role would be is anyone’s guess as Damien Harris has primarily acted as the “thumper” running back. Hard to start any Patriots’ player with confidence right now.

 NY Jets

I thought the Jets might be able to turn things around with how they looked on Monday night before their bye. They even started week 11 with a blocked punt and an immediate touchdown but unfortunately, after the first half against the Chargers, it was clear they were the same old Jets still. L’Michal Perine went down with an injury that should side him for a couple of games so the ever-present Frank Gore could become a bell-cow running back for the final six games of the season. Gore easily had his best game of the season with 15 carries 61 yards and his first touchdown of the season.

 Miami

It was confusing to everyone that Brian Flores decided to bench Tua Tagovailoa in the second half to go back to a quarterback they had seemingly moved on from in Ryan Fitzpatrick to try and pull out a win. The Dolphins’ offense was struggling to move the ball consistently but he did not have any turnovers so it is a little unjustified to pull him at his first sign of adversity in only his fourth game as a starter. His injury during practice this week muddies an already murky situation for a team that still has a chance at their division and is in the wildcard hunt as well. Luckily, they play a Jets team that could give the rookie a confidence boost, if he plays.

AFC NORTH

 Cincinnati

This was a heartbreaking injury to Joe Burrow and the whole football community hopes that the first overall selection can return to full strength at some point next season. It has been speculated that due to the severity and the expected length of recovery time that not only his rookie season is over but potential what would have been most of Burrow’s sophomore season could be in jeopardy too. In the meantime, the Bengals will look to guys like Brandon Allen and Ryan Findley to keep the team going for the final weeks but there is not much to expect from either in terms of fantasy. It will be interesting to see what the downgrade at quarterback will do to guys like Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins in terms of their fantasy production. Once Burrow left the game the offense only produced 17 yards on five (5) drives.

 Pittsburgh

When healthy and on the field, it is now undeniable that Diontae Johnson is the WR1 in Pittsburgh. In the games that he has played start to finish (7) Johnson has seen at least ten (10) targets in all but one game. Johnson had twice as many targets (16) as the next receiver on the team, eight (8) for Chase Claypool, and caught triple the number of passes. The Steelers cannot seem to get their running game going so there will continue to be plenty of passing opportunities each game. If Ben Roethlisberger sticks around for another year I want to have any piece of this passing offense that becomes available in the offseason.

 Cleveland

Another bad weather game in Cleveland meant another heavy ground performance for Nick Chubb. The third-year back averaged 5.7 yards per carry and went over 100 yards rushing for his second consecutive game. It was concerning though that the coaching staff kept bringing in Kareem Hunt on goal-to-go carries with how successful Chubb had been on the ground. They could say it was to keep the defense from crowding the line for an expected run but Chubb is no slouch as a receiver so the threat of him catching a pass is still a real threat. The staff may just have been trying to be cute with their play calling and against an inferior Eagles team it probably would not have mattered anyway. But if they are going to get past teams like Pittsburgh and Kansas City, they are going to need to give their best offensive weapon as many opportunities as he can get, and their best weapon is Nick Chubb.

 Baltimore

As I said in this week’s NFC One Big Thing it seemed unfair to fantasy fans to show them what D’Andre Swift could do when given the workload only to have him have to sit out the next couple of games and likewise it will be unfortunate if J.K. Dobbins has to miss any games for the Ravens. They finally gave him a real workload playing on 64 percent of the snaps and had 17 of the 22 backfield touches and he rewarded them with 85 total yards and a touchdown. The Ravens situation with COVID cases seeming to go up daily so who knows when their next game will be and if Dobbins will be allowed to play when they take the field next. We can only hope that the staff keeps giving him the ball so we can talk about him as a buy in the offseason.

AFC SOUTH

 Jacksonville

It was a great story that Jake Luton almost beat the Packers two weeks ago but against a much better Steelers defense we knew there was not going to be a lot to expect in terms of production. Luton completed less than half his pass attempts and threw four (4) interceptions while the offense only managed to put up three (3) points. Doug Marrone made the switch this week to journeyman Mike Glennon to take over while Gardner Minshew still recovers from his hand injury. Glennon will be without two of the Jaguars’ top targets however as both D.J. Chark and Chris Conley have already been ruled out. The Jags probably do not win another game this season but unless the Jets pull off an upset between now and New Years’ the best they can hope for is the second quarterback taken off the board in 2021.

 Houston

The Texans may be done when it comes to the playoffs in 2020 but DeShaun Watson is still a baller who will play till the final whistle. Watson passed for almost 350 yards and two (2) touchdowns while also making some key plays with his legs and having another touchdown on the ground. I talk a lot about receivers that could be on the move this offseason and I think if the Texans could land one they could become a team just like the LA Rams under the right coaching staff. A receiver like Allen Robinson, Josh Reynolds, or Corey Davis I think it would be a perfect fit with the receivers they already have and the skillset that Watson brings to the table. While the defense needs a lot of work to shore up everything that is not J.J. Watt, the offense seems too good to be less than a seven-win team in any given season.

 Tennessee

Losers in three (3) of their last four (4) games, the Titans needed a win against a quality opponent to have at least one tiebreaker down the stretch. It started as a slow day for Derrick Henry but Mike Vrabel kept feeding him the ball and eventually Henry wore down the defense to score the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a nice cutback run. Henry’s 29 touches were the second-most he has had this season and the Titans needed every last one of them. Corey Davis also went over the century mark for the third time this season as he continues to play for a second contract. As I mentioned in the Houston section, it would be great to see him and DeShaun Watson together but if he was to re-sign in Tennessee we have already seen his growth this season so why not keep a good thing going. He will be an interesting player to watch in RSO auctions this year.

 Indianapolis

Philip Rivers did a great job of spreading the ball around and bringing the Colts back after a two-touchdown deficit at halftime. I would like the see Michael Pittman Jr. become more of the featured receiver however, as the last two weeks he has shown tremendous growth in his production and has had back-to-back games with a touchdown. What the Colts do this offseason at the quarterback position will have a major impact on the value of Pittman heading into the 2021 season and the chances of him being a potential breakout receiver. DLF trade analyzer has him rate as being about the same value as a mid-second round pick or a straight swap for guys like Brandin Cooks, Evan Engram, or Kenyan Drake. I would take Pittman over all four of those right now.

AFC WEST

 LA Chargers

16 receptions, 145 yards and a touchdown. Keenan Allen is a stud. Justin Herbert knows who his best weapon is on the field and gets the ball in his hands every chance he gets. Allen now has 11 more targets than the next receiver as of week 11 and could be on his way to finishing the season as the WR1. Speaking of Justin Herbert, the rookie had his fifth career game of 300+ passing yards, and also his fifth game with 3+ passing touchdowns. The Chargers may have been okay with whichever of the two quarterbacks fell to them at their sixth pick this year but I bet they would have moved up to get Herbert if they knew what they were getting. He is a lock for rookie of the year with Joe Burrow’s season officially over now.

 Denver

Tim Patrick is a restricted free agent after this season and I wonder what the Broncos’ strategy is with him after having his third 100-yard receiving game. Their number one option, Courtland Sutton, is set to return next year and the team invested two high draft picks in receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler in this past draft. While they could give him a small tag to see if another team is interested in Patrick first, but he was an undrafted free agent so they would receive nothing if they gave him a “same round tender”. Patrick is yet another receiver to watch this offseason to see if he moves on to another receiver-friendly offense.

 Kansas City

Patrick Mahomes has reached the same stratosphere that Bill Belichick was in for twenty years where every year they should be receiving the “Most Valuable” Award for what they do but because they do it with such nonchalant greatness that it seems they are sometimes overlooked for the flashy narrative of each year’s new underdog. In one of my Superflex leagues, I offered the Mahomes owner Ezekiel Elliot, Julio Jones, and Matt Ryan at the deadline but he denied and I cannot blame him. I was not playing dynasty during the mid-2000s Peyton Manning era but I imagine it must have felt the same as it does for Mahomes fantasy owners right now. A set it and forget it position for a decade and a half.

 Las Vegas

That Sunday night game was probably one of the best “wins” for a team that lost the game I have seen in all my years of watching football. The Raiders, and more specifically Derek Carr, went toe-to-toe with the juggernaut Chiefs and nearly came away with the season sweep if not for some “Mahomes magic” at the end. Carr is an underrated quarterback, both in real life and in fantasy, and while he may be just a QB2 he provides a lot more stability week-to-week than guys around him like Carson Wentz, Kirk Cousins, or Daniel Jones. If the team can develop rookie Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs heading into their second season and Darren Waller continues his dominance as dynasty’s TE3 right now, this Raiders team will look fairly similar to their mid-western division rivals heading into next season.

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One Big Thing – AFC – Week 10

Updated: November 21st 2020

Every week we learn a little bit more about how a team sees each player as a part of their offense allowing fantasy footballers to react (positively or negatively) to those actions. Each week I will look to capture the “One Big Thing” that should have an impact on each team going forward and how you, the savvy fantasy player, can use that to your advantage.

AFC EAST

Miami

Each year there is a late-season running back that comes along and provides weekly flex appeal. This season it might be Salvon Ahmed. The “Add of the Week” in our Street FA report, the Dolphins staff decided to lean on rookie Salvon Ahmed in week 10 and he delivered a strong performance (21/85/1) in his second career NFL game. There is a chance that Matt Brieda returns this week after logging a couple of healthy practices but why not try out the rookie Ahmed as the starter again.

 Buffalo

As someone nervous about Stefon Diggs going from Minnesota, where he enjoyed a steady 14.5PPR points per game average, to the previously run-focused Bills I wish I had more shares now. Diggs this season is fourth (4th) in PPR points per game (18.8), third (3rd) in targets per game (10.2), and second (2nd) in team target percentage (27.6%). As a player that was likely signed to a mid-level, multi-year deal in RSO leagues, Diggs’ contract is my guess for the most valuable contract heading into the 2021 offseason. At just 26 years old, Diggs is the ideal buy for a rebuild or contending team next year.

 New England

The curious case of what to do with Cam Newton long term? The ten-year veteran had a great start to his Patriots career, missed time due to COVID and took a couple of extra games to return to form and after three straight losses has now rattled off two straight wins. The passing yards have not been there outside of the one Seattle game and passing touchdowns are the lowest we have seen since the forward pass was invented. Still, his rushing ability around the goal line has resulted in nine (9) rushing touchdowns, second to only Kyler Murray, so his weekly fantasy points remain middle of the pack. Whether the Patriots are interested in Cam Newton long term will likely go a long way to determining his fantasy value in 2021 and beyond as I think Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels present a better chance of getting the most out of Newton than if he was to move on to his third team in three years.

AFC NORTH

 Cleveland

It was another weather-impacted game in Cleveland but at least this time they had Nick Chubb back healthy to dominate a terrible Texans run defense. The internet was buzzing after Chubb decided to go out of bounds rather than scoring a second touchdown on the day but after totaling 126 yards fantasy managers just need to be happy for his return. Other than their week 14 rematch against Baltimore, the Browns’ schedule shapes up to be rather beneficial to the offense, especially in the fantasy semis and finals weeks against both New York squads. Expect both Chubb and Hunt to have a strong finish to the 2020 season.

 Cincinnati

Joe Burrow did everything he could to avoid making it easy on the Steelers but this Bengals squad is still developing and is not on the same level as the upper class of the AFC quite yet. This season started with debating whether Chase Claypool or Justin Jefferson was the better rookie receiver but as of recently, it could be argued that Tee Higgins who has led his team in targets the last two games could be the best. Higgins is the PPR rookie WR3 as of week 10 and second (2nd) among all rookies in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. He and Joe Burrow have developed quick chemistry with one another, not unlike another recent Cincinnati QB-RB draft class. Joe Burrow is better than Andy Dalton and we would sign up for an A.J. Green career arc for Tee Higgins if that is where things are heading.

 Pittsburgh

Injured and missing most of practice with COVID precautions seemed to have no effect on Ben Roethlisberger who threw 333 yards and four (4) touchdowns last week. He was also nice enough to give all three of his top receivers a touchdown so nobody’s fantasy team was left without an acceptable performance. Roethlisberger has returned well from missing most of last season and is currently the QB12 despite not being propped up by the rushing stats that almost every other quarterback benefits from at the position in the new NFL. There should be a full expectation of his return to the Steelers in 2021 but with his contract expiring after that all bets are off if he wants to work out another extension or not. Another year with Big Ben would give an added boost to the value of his returning wide receivers, Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson, as well as JuJu Smith-Schuster (if they can work out a re-sign).

 Baltimore

We have to assume the weather had an influence on the performance of the Ravens against what many thought was an overmatched Patriots team but as a team known for their run-first offense, we would have expected more running in a monsoon, right? This is not a knock on Lamar Jackson’s performance who looked good outside of the one bad interception but why not lean on what you are best at. Yes, they were playing from behind for most of the game but it was not enough to warrant 34 pass attempts. Their next matchup against the Titans will need to be a rebound performance if they want their game in two weeks against the Steelers to still feel like the division could be there’s.

AFC SOUTH

 Indianapolis

It was a nice coming out party for Michael Pittman. After missing a month due to injury he played on over 80 percent of snaps for his second consecutive game and had his first career 100-yard receiving game. His performance was muted a bit because of the narrative of Nyheim Hines and his two touchdowns but that keeps Pittman underrated heading into the second half of the season. A second-round pick, both in the real draft and in most dynasty leagues, Pittman showed all the skills to succeed in the NFL while at USC. Colts OC Nick Sirianni even compared Pittman to Larry Fitzgerald in terms of both having the ability to be YAC monsters. Sign me up if that is the case!

 Tennessee

Tennessee went right down the field and scored and I, like many, thought that this could be another big game for the offense. Even after A.J. Brown missed that open catch it still seemed like it was going to be another routine day at the office. Unfortunately, they just seemed to stop after that drive and while they did have another touchdown drive in the second quarter, the Titans seemed to never have the ball in the second half. Five (5) plays then a punt, three (3) plays and a blocked punt, then a missed field goal, turnover on downs and the final drive of the game with none of the starters on the field and it was over. The Colts defense is great and they should be given credit but if Ryan Tannehill wants to go from good to great, he needs to be able to beat good defenses when Derrick Henry is being limited. We will see if they can rebound against the Ravens who need a bounce-back win themselves.

 Jacksonville

It was the second consecutive week that a heavy underdog team almost came away with the upset of the year as Jacksonville went wire-to-wire with Green Bay. The team knew what they needed to do to have a shot at winning which was to take advantage of Green Bay’s poor run defense and to try and keep that ball away from Aaron Rodgers. They even had a special team’s touchdown to try and tip the game in their favor, but it just boiled down to not having the talent to get to that next gear with Rodgers. The team has the inside track to draft either of the two top quarterbacks that the Jets do not take and if the Jets manage to sneak in a win, the tiebreakers could allow them to have their choice of either. The offense does have good pieces around whoever they take so the Jags could be the 2021 version of the Joe Borrow Bengals this year.

 Houston

While the weather played right into Cleveland’s strength of running the ball, Houston and their passing game were fairly ineffective on offense last Sunday. DeShaun Watson only passed for 163 yards on 20 completions and no receiver had more than 41 yards individually with the lone touchdown coming from third-string tight end Pharoh Brown. While not as windy, the Texans do travel to New England for what is supposed to be another cold day which could once again affect the passing game. With David Johnson going on injured reserve it will be on Duke Johnson to carry to load at running back although he did not look too great last week, 54 yards on 14 carries.

AFC WEST

 LA Chargers

For the second straight week, Kalen Ballage came off the practice squad and dominated the touches out of the backfield. He also was the team’s receptions leader so he is not just a one-dimensional option. Both he and Salvon Ahmed are championing the zero-RB strategy right now. While I do not see the Chargers sticking with Ballage past this year he is a great option to have down the stretch even if Austin Ekeler makes a return. The Chargers featured both Ekeler and Joshua Kelley in the first two games of the season and past seasons under Anthony Lynn have shown with consistency that they want to get multiple backs involved each week. With Ekeler out Ballage can be an RB2 and if he returns he could be a deeper RB3/4.

 Denver

Is Drew Lock worth waiting another season to evaluate or should John Elway, if presented the chance, draft a first-round rookie quarterback and start over again? After having four (4) turnovers against the Raiders last week there could be a case made that he should. A lot needs to be done on the defensive side of the ball, which could be Lock’s saving grace to having the front office looking at other options with their top 10 selection. With the sporadic play Lock has had this season, as well as the recent trends of teams souring on young quarterbacks earlier than before, he might not be as safe an option as some would think for keeping his starting job. A couple of weeks ago I compared Lock to Jay Cutler but since then I think Cutler is looking more like a ceiling rather than an expectation.

 Las Vegas

The Raiders dismantled the Broncos on defense which did not leave a lot for Derek Carr and the offense to need to do on Sunday. Josh Jacobs just ran his 21 carries for 5.3 yards a touch and two (2) touchdowns and when he was done Devontae Booker came in and mopped up his old team with 5.1 yards per carry himself and another two (2) touchdowns. The offense will likely need to hit another gear to have a season sweep of the Kansas City Chiefs in week 11 but this game along with their week 5 win at Arrowhead should go a long way to giving them the confidence that it can be done.

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One Big Thing – AFC – Week 9

Updated: November 12th 2020

Every week we learn a little bit more about how a team sees each player as a part of their offense allowing fantasy footballers to react (positively or negatively) to those actions. Each week I will look to capture the “One Big Thing” that should have an impact on each team going forward and how you, the savvy fantasy player, can use that to your advantage.

AFC EAST

 Buffalo

We discussed last week that Josh Allen should be able to rebound from his recent slump playing against a poor Seahawks defense and boy did he. Allen had 415 yards through the air, another 14 on the ground and four (4) total touchdowns to lay a 40 burger at the feat of Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll. This was as much about good coaching as it was great playmaking as the staff knew that Seattle was vulnerable most through the air and sparingly used the run game as evident by their 34 rushing yards. Expect more of a balance from this offense moving forward but it is good to see Allen hitting that top 3 QB upside once again.

 Miami

The kid looks for real. Tua Tagovailoa went toe-to-toe with Kyler Murray last week and showed that it was not just the Dolphins defense that could make them a playoff team in 2020. While not as shifty with his feet as Murray, Tua showed enough to move around the pocket and be able to pick up yards and first downs with his legs when necessary. His biggest strength, accuracy, was also on display with several touch passes in the second half. The Dolphins needed to find out if Tua was for real because of their high Houston Texans’ first-round pick and it looks like they made the right choice. This should open up their drafting strategy to build around their budding young quarterback next season.

 New England

I am as big of a N’Keal Harry truther as there is but right now Jakobi Meyers looks like the future of the Patriots receiving core. He has slowly been building on each of his performances since returning to the lineup in week 7 and has been the sixth (6th) most targets receiver over the last three (3) games. Cam Newton has not looked as great as he did earlier in the season but between the twenties, he has consistently been able to find an open Meyers. The numbers might not be as superb as Monday night moving forward, but WR3 levels of production should be the floor for Meyers for the remainder of 2020.

 NY Jets

I am sure that Jets fans were conflicted about potentially getting their first win of the season but potentially losing out on their chance to have the number one overall pick. The players did not care though as it was a pair of former Ravens, Joe Flacco and Breshad Perriman, who tried to will their team to victory, connecting on two (2) touchdowns. Perriman has been in and out of the lineup with injuries this season but it showed that once he and Jamison Crowder were back in the lineup, along with rookie Denzel Mims the Jets’ offense was not as bad as it had performed in the first half of the season. Unfortunately, they will be unable to build on that success this week as they go on their bye but hopefully a full two weeks of practice and time to get healthy can give fans some hope that their team can have success leading into 2021.

AFC NORTH

 Baltimore

It was another mediocre showing for the Ravens offense that looked sluggish in the first half and needed the help of their defense to be able to come back against the Colts in the second half. Lamar Jackson also failed to throw for over 200 passing yards for the fifth game this season. The yards are not as big of a concern as his 177 yards per game average this season is not that far off from the 206 that he averaged last year as it is the passing touchdowns as he is currently on pace to throw 12 less than he did last year. The Ravens’ next three (3) matchups against the Patriots, Titans, and Steelers, can hopefully elevate his need for a better connection with his receivers and drive to get the ball in the endzone more consistently.

 Pittsburgh

A win is a win but the Steelers’ performance against a terrible Cowboys team, and especially the Cowboys defense should be a concern. This was their second consecutive game rushing for under 50 yards against a defense that has averaged 157 yards against them. The concern surrounding Ben Roethlisberger’s knees should be something to monitor also as he appeared gimpy at the end of the first half, leaving before halftime to then return in the third. A lot of what has made Roethlisberger successful as a passer has been his ability to stand tall in the pocket and take hits to give his receivers extra time. If he is hobbled in any way then crossing routes, along with screens and slants will become key to keeping their franchise quarterback healthy down the stretch.

AFC SOUTH

 Tennessee

It was a rather pedestrian performance for Derrick Henry who carried the ball for only 68 yards on 21 carries and failed to score for the first time in five (5) games. The Titans were controlling the game and leading 24-7 in the fourth quarter so it is a little surprising to not see Henry have a stronger showing. With two games in three weeks against the Colts third rank run defense and a game against Baltimore in the middle, it could be a down couple of weeks for Henry owners leading up to the fantasy playoffs. Hopefully, his earlier season performances have given enough cushion that teams can manage without his “King” production.

 Houston

The Texans wish they could have a 16 game schedule against the Jaguars as both of their victories this year are against the Jags. The team is 2-2 since firing Head Coach Bill O’Brien, and overtime away from being 3-1, so maybe they finally are getting a break in their schedule after the gauntlet they had at the beginning of season. DeShaun Watson also seems to be getting better as he has now scored at least 24 points each of the last four (4) weeks after failing to reach 21 points in any of the four (4) games prior. His success has also allowed for more consistent production from his wide receivers as both Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks have been able to produce double-digit fantasy points each of the last four (4) games. A softer second-half schedule should allow for the Texans offense to continue being an underrated fantasy squad moving forward.

 Jacksonville

It was a strong showing for the sixth-round rookie quarterback as Jake Luton threw for over 300 passing yards in his debut and nearly got his first victory if not for a failed two-point conversion at the end to tie. His performance has allowed him to return as the starter in week 10 while Gardner Minshew rests his hand injury and could have the job for the remainder of the season if his strong performances continue. His play returned D.J. Chark to the fantasy spotlight after three (3) straight games with less than 50 yards receiving left him on the fantasy outskirts. It could be a tough week for Chark matching up against Jaire Alexander but with bad teams, there is always hope for garbage points.

 Indianapolis

I said last week that we could expect Jonathan Taylor to have another down performance playing against a strong Baltimore defense but I did not expect the team to outright abandon him after fumbling the ball. At the beginning of the season, the coaching staff mentioned that they had hopes of using Jonathan Taylor to spell Marlon Mack and they have remained that way even with Mack out for the season. Both Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines have played evenly split time with Taylor since their week 7 bye and it appears that all three will continue to be featured in the offense. If not for his early game touchdown Taylor’s week 9 fantasy output would have been brutal for those who may need him as their RB2.

AFC WEST

 Kansas City

The answer so far as to whether Le’Veon Bell was going to hinder Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s fantasy output has been yes but probably not for the reasons we expected. Patrick Mahomes has just taken control of the offense through the air leaving little opportunities for Edwards-Helaire or Bell to carry the ball. Mahomes has thrown over 40 pass attempts each of the last two (2) games as well as nine (9) touchdowns. We have seen this before with Andy Reid where he sometimes forgets about the running game. Having Patrick Mahomes might mean that it does not matter to have a balance as much as it did in the past but for fantasy players, it can be frustrating. Bell is all but benchable at this point and Edwards-Helaire will be more of a reliable RB2 than ever having RB1 upside every week.

Denver

Jerry Jeudy had his first WR1 performance and showed why he was a first-round talent. His skills as a route runner were on display as he consistently left Falcons’ defenders on skates and hauled in seven (7) of his 14 targets for 125 yards. If he can get a quarterback with better accuracy Jeudy could become a Julio Jones-type target monster as he continues his development. Add him to the list of likely second-year breakout receivers.

 Las Vegas

Statistically, it was not a big game for the Raiders but they were efficient with their drives scoring on five (5) of their eight (8) full possessions. Derek Carr found Nelson Agholor on another long touchdown as the two continue to build chemistry on the deep ball. Agholor’s performance has kept rookie Bryan Edwards on the sideline as he only played one (1) snap in week 9 despite finally being healthy. Agholor’s value will be one to monitor in the offseason to see if the team resigns him after signing a one-year deal this past offseason. He is another zero-WR candidate for 2021.

LA Chargers

Off the practise squad and into the featured running back role did Kalen Ballage go a week after signing with the Chargers. Ballage only played on 40 percent of the snaps, likely due to limited knowledge of the playbook, but still led the team in carries with 15 and a score on the goal line. The injury to Justin Jackson that led to Ballage’s opportunities may linger into week 10 as Head Coach Anthony Lynn said that he might rest Jackson to heal his knee. This will give Ballage a chance at an encore and maybe an opportunity for the Chargers to get their third win of the season.

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One Big Thing – AFC – Week 8

Updated: November 7th 2020

Every week we learn a little bit more about how a team sees each player as a part of their offense allowing fantasy footballers to react (positively or negatively) to those actions. Each week I will look to capture the “One Big Thing” that should have an impact on each team going forward and how you, the savvy fantasy player, can use that to your advantage.

AFC EAST

 Miami

Week 8 did not give a true understanding of what the Dolphins offense will look like with new quarterback Tua Tagovailoa under center. The defense gave numerous short field opportunities off of turnovers and therefore the offense needed only 145 total yards to score 28 points. Both Dolphins running backs, Myles Gaskins and Matt Breida, will miss their week 9 matchup so there could be a rare Jordan Howard sighting against the Cardinals this week. We should expect more from Tua this week if they want their winning streak to continue.

 NY Jets

It was another tough day for the Jets who hung around for some of the first half against the defending Super Bowl Champs but it was always going to be difficult to expect much when they were 20.5 point underdogs. The trend of starting Braxton Berrios when Jamison Crowder is out of the lineup continued as he had eight (8) receptions last week. In the three (3) games without Crowder, Berrios has averaged 8/6/52/0.67 and 15 PPR points meaning that if Crowder’s injuries continue to keep him out of game throughout this season Berrios may have flex appeal.

 New England

It was a better performance for Cam Newton and the offense than it had been in the previous two games but the result was still the same and the team finds itself in unfamiliar territory at 2-5. Newton still has not returned to his pre-COVID play and the team is 32nd in passing touchdowns with only three (3) in seven (7) games. The Patriots’ running game has at least been a top unit, 4th in yards and 5th in touchdowns, but in the 2020 NFL, the way to win games is through a top passing attack. Still having two games against the winless Jets on their schedule will likely decide whether the team finished inside, or outside, of a top 10 draft pick next year.

 Buffalo

The pass-heavy offense the Bills were implementing at the beginning of the season seems like so long ago as Josh Allen continues to slip down the passing yards and touchdown rankings. With both Devin Singletary and Zach Moss available and healthy, Allen attempted only 18 passes and threw for 154 yards. He did carry the ball ten (10) times and had another rushing touchdown to help his fantasy value. The hope is that the offense will be able to take advantage of the Seahawks secondary and Allen can throw for over 300 yards like he did in four (4) of the first seven (7) games as opposed to the sub-160 yards he has had in two (2) of the last three (3).

AFC NORTH

 Pittsburgh

It was a solid win for Steelers as their defense, much like Miami’s, force two fumbles and two inceptions to push their unbeaten streak to seven (7) games. Their offense was held relatively in check as they had their lowest total yards of the season, 221 yards, but managed to score three (3) touchdowns which boosted the fantasy output of Eric Ebron and Chase Claypool into the double-digits. As mentioned last week it would be difficult for all receivers to be fantasy relevant each week consistently and this week it was Dionte Johnson who only had a single catch on three (3) targets.

 Baltimore

It has been apparent to the fantasy community that Mark Ingram should not be receiving as much playing time as he had been in the first half of the season and hopefully, after the showing of J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards in week 8, their coaching staff can agree. Against a tough Steelers defense Edwards and Dobbins averaged 5.4 and 7.5 yards per carry respectively and should be the focus of the backfield from here on. Dobbins especially who had not produced much since his week 1, two (2) touchdown performance, finally played on over 60 percent of the snaps and had 113 rushing yards compared to the 154 yards he had combined in the previous six (6) weeks. His ceiling will be capped as long as Gus Edwards continues to be successful as well but Dobbins is the kind of running back who’s primed for a 2021 breakout once the team clears some of the hurdles around him.

 Cleveland

A game played in a windstorm that many thought played right into the script of Cleveland being a run-first team did not play out the way that people would have hoped for as Kareem Hunt only had 66 rushing yards and the offense scored just six (6) points. After taking full control of the backfield in week 5, Hunt has not produced in a way that many had hoped with Nick Chubb unavailable. His splits with and without Chubb, 17.2 PPR points playing 41 percent of the snaps versus 13.6 PPR points with 75 percent snaps played, shows that he functions much better in Cleveland as the 1B rather than the bell-cow back. A bye week this week and the possibility of Chubb being able to return in week 10 may help both of their fantasy value heading down the stretch.

 Cincinnati

The first surprising upset of Joe Burrow’s career as the one-win Bengals team dominated much of the game against what some thought was an AFC contender coming into week 8. Tee Higgins himself has quickly developed into a consistent fantasy receiver being the PPR WR23 halfway through the season and having seven (7) or more targets in six (6) of his last seven (7) games. An early to mid-second round rookie pick this year, Higgins is already looking like a bargain for RSO fantasy owners and another player to target in the offseason. With the team likely moving on from A.J. Green, Higgins’ target share should only increase moving into 2021.

AFC SOUTH

 Indianapolis

We have to assume it was the game plan for how the Colts thought they could beat Detroit that led to Jordan Wilkins playing over 50 percent of the snaps while Jonathan Taylor played only 34 percent. There was discussion after the game that Taylor was dealing with an ankle injury but full participation at Thursday’s practice this week means they could just be trying to save some face for his poor week 8 performance. His 5 PPR points were the lowest single-game total of his short career. He could have another letdown performance against Baltimore’s elite run defense this week but long term this should not have a bearing on his overall value. Those who drafted him either 1.01 or 1.02 this year are still benefiting greatly from his consistent RB2 numbers most weeks.

 Tennessee

Whether it was an emotional burnout from their week 7 game against Pittsburgh or just taking a one-win Bengals team lightly, the Titans did not look good in this one till midway through the second half. After starting the season with four (4) consecutive double-digit performances, Jonnu Smith has failed to record even ten (10) total points in the last three (3) games and his value has slumped significantly. How much of it is his lingering injury and how much is the offense being primarily focused around Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown, and Corey Davis remains to be decided. For a position that has been slumping at the top outside of Travis Kelce, Smith has been a huge disappointment to fantasy players in the last three (3) weeks.

AFC WEST

 Kansas City

That was exactly what we expected from the high-powered Chiefs against a historically bad Jets team. Patrick Mahomes threw five (5) touchdowns and 400 passing yards with relative ease and spread the ball around enough to have four (4) receivers score over 16 fantasy points. It was not the ideal revenge game for Le’Veon Bell against his old team as he only had 38 total yards but neither he nor Clyde Edwards-Helaire was needed in this game.

 Las Vegas

The Raiders did exactly what we talked about in the Browns’ section by using the wind to their advantage and using their strong running game to control the outcome. Josh Jacobs had his second game of the season with over 30 touches and cleared the 100 yard rushing mark for the first time. Other than the game against the Buccaneers, where many of their problems could be linked to their offensive line missing practices while dealing with COVID, the team has made every game competitive and has leaned on both Jacobs and Darren Waller to succeed. Look for both to continue to be top fantasy options at their respective positions for the remainder of the season.

 LA Chargers

It has been interesting that since Austin Ekeler went down with his injury in week 4 that Joshua Kelley’s role has gone down despite him being the primary secondary option behind Ekeler. Third-year running back Justin Jackson carried the ball 17 times last week and even Troymaine Pope had double-digit carries to Kelley’s seven (7). As this offense develops more and more into Justin Herbert’s team and Austin Ekeler hopefully returns later this season it remains to be seen who of these three running backs will continue to be involved in the game plan. Joshua Kelley’s selling window seems to have peaked weeks ago with the expectation that he might have a major role in this offense. One would be lucky to get more than a third-round pick for him at this point.

 Denver

It was great for Drew Lock and the Broncos last week to come back from over 17 points down but I think more of the discredit should go to the Chargers for letting them come back from such a deficit rather than looking at the great play of Denver.  I have recently seen people suggesting that Drew Lock is portraying the traits of former Denver Broncos quarterback, Jay Cutler, with his big swings in good and bad performances. I see the similarity and wonder whether Jay Cutler-esk play is enough for John Elway and the Denver front office to rally behind and build their franchise with. At 3-5 and currently the 13th pick in the 2021 draft, the team is unlikely to be able to replace him with a rookie quarterback in 2021 but what if a big-name free agent/trade candidate like Jimmy Garoppolo or Matt Ryan becomes available? In Superflex leagues, I would be testing the quarterback-needy teams to see if you could get a second-round pick for Lock right now. There could be plenty of better options six months from now with that pick in your draft.

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One Big Thing – AFC – Week 7

Updated: October 30th 2020

Every week we learn a little bit more about how a team sees each player as a part of their offense allowing fantasy footballers to react (positively or negatively) to those actions. Each week I will look to capture the “One Big Thing” that should have an impact on each team going forward and how you, the savvy fantasy player, can use that to your advantage.

AFC EAST

 Buffalo

The Bills were able to get back in the win column but they did not inspire a lot of confidence that they have regained their September groove. The offense failed to score a single touchdown against the Jets and Josh Allen has slowly been slipping down the quarterback rankings each week. After being a top 5 scoring QB each of the first four weeks, his rankings over the last three have been QB15, QB16, and QB19. With a chance to put a dagger in the Patriots’ playoff hopes, hopefully, Allen and the offense return to the level that saw them averaging over 30 points in the first four (4) weeks.

 NY Jets

Another loss for the Jets on their quest to win the rights to Trevor Lawrence but at least they had a lead at halftime. Small victories? Denzel Mims was finally able to get on the field, playing 79 percent of the snaps and catching four (4) passes which is a hopeful sign towards his future. With Jameson Crowder and now Breshad Perriman to miss this week’s game, he could have a more productive week along with Braxton Berrios.

 New England

What a downward spiral the Patriots have been in since Cam Newton missed their week 4 game against Kansas City. After falling to a terrible Denver team two weeks ago, the Patriots offense threw four (4) interceptions against the 49ers last week and did not score a single touchdown marking the worst home defeat in the Belichick-era. Cam Newton finished with negative fantasy points and was benched in the third quarter for Jarred Stitham. Julian Edelman will also be sidelined until further notice after having minor knee surgery this week, so an already weak offense will be even weaker heading into week 8. A fourth straight loss might put the Patriots into a selling position two days before the trade deadline.

AFC NORTH

 Pittsburgh

We have heard of a running back by committee but Pittsburgh might be trying out the first wide receiver by committee approach. A week after everyone declared Chase Claypool as the wide receiver to own in Pittsburgh he had only a single catch for negative yardage while the left for dead Juju Smith-Schuster had 14 targets and nine (9) receptions. The return of Diontae Johnson also made things murkier by also having nine (9) receptions and grabbing both of Ben Roethlisberger’s touchdowns. Luckily, this offense is high powered enough that it should be able to support multiple options each week but might not be able to feature everyone, like what happened last week. The plan should continue to be to play all three (3) when available but know that the roulette wheel may not land on everyone fairly each week.

 Cleveland

Have a bad game, band together against the hater, win against a bad opponent, have the football community question whether they should be considered a good team. This is the cycle for the Cleveland Browns this season as they bounced back from their terrible game against the Steelers to come from behind in a shootout against the Bengals last week. Baker Mayfield started terribly, throwing a bad interception on the first drive that resulted in Odell Beckham Jr. tearing his ACL and ending his season. He finished by throwing a dime to Donovan Peoples-Jones to win the game on his fifth passing touchdown. The Browns have very winnable games in their four (4) November matchups (Raiders, Texans, Eagles, Jaguars) so who knows how the offense will perform over the next month.

 Cincinnati

The Bengals may only have one (1) win thus far but at nearly halfway through the season it is clear that Joe Burrow was not just a one-year college phenom. He leads the NFL in pass attempts after week 7, is third (3rd) in passing yards, and has shown his mobility with three (3) rushing touchdowns. With his starting running back, Joe Mixon, out he racked up over 400 passing yards and did his part with a go-ahead touchdown before his defense collapsed. Another year in the system and hopefully an improvement on the other side of the ball and we could see a fourth-consecutive year of a second-year quarterback leaping into the elite conversation.

AFC SOUTH

 Tennessee

I think back to week 1’s Monday Night Football and how people were concerned about A.J. Brown’s usage in that game and then his injury along with the team’s COVID situation caused him to be unavailable until week 5. In the three (3) games since his and the team’s return, Brown has been a consistent WR1 with weekly finishes as the WR11, WR4, WR5. He and D.K. Metcalf are the best receiving duo to come from the same college program since Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. being drafted out of LSU in 2014. Both Brown and Metcalf should be easy top 10 if not top 5 dynasty assets at their position by the start of next season.

 Houston

Quietly, Randall Cobb is having a bounce-back season that the fantasy community is not paying attention to, likely because of all the other storylines surrounding Houston this season. Cobb has averaged 71 percent of the offensive snaps and 16 percent of the team’s target shares. This has led him to three (3) consecutive games, as well as five (5) of the Texans first seven (7), scoring over 10 PPR points and ranking as the WR32 thus far. There have been rumors of either Will Fuller, Kenny Stills or both potentially being available for trade. If either one was to be moved, especially Fuller and his 20 percent target share, this could put Cobb closer to a WR2 some weeks and drastically increase his value.

 Jacksonville

The question going into the Jaguars bye week is will Gardner Minshew be available to play after it was discovered that he has a fracture in his hand that he has played with for several weeks now? Mike Glennon has been the dressing backup and would likely be his replacement if the team thinks that Minshew will continue to be the quarterback but that is not a sure thing either. There are rumors that Minshew’s poor play in recent weeks could result in his benching. If that is the case then the team should look at rookie Jake Luton to evaluate him before moving focus to the 2021 draft. With only one win this season the Jaguars could be poised to draft near the top of the draft once again with a group of talented quarterbacks coming in.

AFC WEST

 Las Vegas

It was talked about in the Street FA Report that Nelson Agholor seems to have taken over the WR1 role for the Raiders after being an afterthought signing with the team in the offseason. Both he and Darren Waller were the only productive players in the Raiders thrashing by the Buccaneers last week so his performance likely fell under most fantasy player’s radar. The offense had to abandon the run leaving Josh Jacobs with only ten (10) carries and season-low 6 PPR points. There should be plenty of opportunities for fantasy points in their next matchup against the Browns in week 8.

 LA Chargers

Of the three (3) rookie quarterbacks taken in the top 10 it was suggested that Justin Herbert was the most likely to bust and therefore considered a riskier pick. His QB1 finish last week and QB4 overall ranking in points per game has all but ended that discussion. His success has not translated to too many wins thus far but another year of top 10 picks might benefit him and the Chargers by injecting more talent on the other side of the ball to create a better balance. The future of the Chargers looks bright with Justin Herbert on the field.

 Kansas City

How much Le’Veon Bell was going to eat into Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s role was the talking point heading into week 7 however, because of how dominant the Chiefs’ defense and special teams played we did not get a full answer after their first game together. Bell only played a third of the snaps but did have six (6) carries to Edwards-Helaire’s eight (8). Proportionally, that feels about right for what the Chiefs want to do and as Bell becomes more comfortable with the passing game he will be more involved in those situations as well. This week’s game against the Jets could get out of hand fast, so there is a chance that this could be a game where Bell takes a lot of inconsequential snaps later in the game to get more game reps with this offense.

 Denver

Everyone remembers the speed that Albert Okwuegbunam showed at the combine back in February, running a 4.49 40 time which was the fourth fastest since 2003 for a tight end. However, being drafted behind another ascending tight end Noah Fant put his value on the back burner for much of the offseason and to start this season. That is until Fant missed week 6 with an ankle injury so Albert O was called on against the Patriots and caught two (2) passes for 45 yards. Nothing special, but he continued to improve and hauled in seven (7) catches last week to lead the Broncos in receiving. With this season looking like a developing season while the team evaluates whether Drew Lock is the quarterback of the future Okwuegbunam could have similar games like he has had the last two weeks. He would also be an ideal resign candidate for those that use the feature more on developmental players rather than big splash contracts.

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