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We have our early Week six matchups that we have to talk about and before we go ahead and dive into that, we did have yet again some or news this morning that we're gonna have to prepare for.
I feel like I wanna be one of those old time radio shows, segments of every week that we're gonna have to have on Thursday this week in the cova 19 cases.
We have the Atlanta Falcons now they suddenly they had a defensive tackle who was tested positive yesterday.
Now the talk was that there was four more positive.
There seem to be conflicting reports about whether it was four more positive or was just one more positive that had to do with a coaching staff.
Uh, that's why they decided to go virtual today out of a precaution, which is good because they're actually one of the few teams so far they have had.
Positive tests have actually been a proactive approach after the fact not trying to see what they can get away with, see what they can push the envelope, what they just shut it down.
The hope is that they will not have any more positives, and they will actually able to be back in the facility practicing tomorrow.
And there's a lot of fantasy implications when you're talking about the Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings in that matchup.
So we'll get into those details when we actually go to preview that game.
Because that game will be part of today's preview as part of the early Sunday Games.
Now, on the flip side of that, we had some other news with Levian Bell.
I haven't been able to talk to you guys.
I haven't been able to talk to you guys about this situation yet because we recorded the show on Tuesday afternoon with the with the waiver wire recap show or the waiver wire reports show.
I should say, and we didn't get chance talk about everyone because he didn't get cut till later on, uh, that night.
So the report Right now the news going around right now is that he's choosing between three teams the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills.
Now what team he should choose for his career and his path.
We could talk about that.
But that's not what the focus of this show really, truly is.
It's the fantasy football show and look my advice to you guys.
First of all, definitely.
Hold on the Levian Bell, see what kind of situation he winds up in.
But I have to think for the all the fantasy football owners out there, the best place for him to wind up at that would create the least amount of fantasy football.
Ripples would be the Miami Dolphins, because there's not.
There's nobody who's really depending on miles gas, and he was a nice pickup.
Ah, guy that you're playing on using for, you know, bi week plug ins, maybe some injury plug ins just kind of give you a depth piece, so I believe Ian Bell goes there.
You're not losing ah lot if you suddenly have to now drop Myles Gaskin.
And if you had Levian Bell, that's probably the best situation that he could go to because that's the Onley situation.
I think of those three that he could still possibly get a Bell Cal type workload.
Remember? For some reason, they refuse to use Matt Burrito on a consistent basis.
Jordan, Howard, Jordan.
Howard could very well get cut if they were to sign.
Lay beyond Bell with the non usage that he has been and being that lay beyond bells on somebody to be taking out on the goal line.
I think Jordan Howard might not serve a purpose anymore for that team.
Um, and of course you would drop Myles Gaskin.
Miles gassing Isn't somebody that the man's touches the man's carries on any specific team out there? So that's the only place that he could go that I think he could still have a bell cow workload.
Technically speaking, after being the San Francisco 40 Niners last week, the record would put them in place to at least still be competing for that extra wild card spot remember there is an extra wild card spot this year, so there are some other teams that may have a chance at the end.
That would normally, but they're not really a contending team at the end of the day, so I don't I don't know.
They're really the best choice.
They're the favorite for Libyan Bell.
I think the favorite would have to be the can. City Chiefs.
No talking about a team that has the best chance to win Clyde Edwards.
Wow, I don't think it's completely 100% his fault.
The knock on him has been he has not been able to execute in the red zone.
And they had to kind of have to go back to Patrick Homes lining up in shotgun when they get inside the five yard line again.
That's not something they really want to be ableto they want to do anymore.
They want to be able to run that football in and take some of the pressure off.
So leave Ian Bell.
I think he could fit there.
He would be to me.
He would probably be in a 60 40 times share their with C E H most likely across the board.
60 in favor of C E h.
Of course, 40% in favor of Levy on Bell.
And you know what? Frankly, if Libyan Bell is getting the goal line touches and he's in a 60 40 split on the Kansas City Chiefs, he would probably still have flex appeal for your teams moving forward.
It's not gonna be what you wanted to be.
It's not gonna be the volume heavy that you drafted lay beyond.
To be to be that you know that high end, RB three Low and RB two.
It's what you wanted him to be.
But it would still be a situation where he could be valuable.
It would just have to be efficient on touches and then high scoring opportunities, which you would have so he would still be a flex consideration if he decides to go with the Chiefs.
Now, if he goes with the Buffalo Bills again, you know Devin Singletary is a okay back.
He's kind of used to step up for Myles Gaskin, definitely, but he's more of a high end RB.
Three more reflects play more of a by in filling, but I did like other than this past Tuesday game.
I did like the direction Devin Singletary seemed to be trending, which was he was looking pretty explosive.
He was taking on the Bell Cal workload because Zach Boss has been out past few weeks with a toe injury, even though it always seems like he's about to come back and be active in.
And all of a sudden, he's inactive at the last moment.
But he didn't have a great game on Tuesday, so I don't know what that was all about.
He didn't look like himself on Tuesday.
The Hole Bills team, though offensively, looked a little bit off with the exception of Stefon Diggs in that game, though, so I don't know if I had more to do with that.
But if you go to the Buffalo Bills, that is a situation where again, it could be so much the Miami Dolphins, where he could get the bell cow workload.
Now, I don't think it would totally be that, like maybe it would be a 55 to 60% work share for Levy on Bell and then you know Devin Singletary Zach Mosque.
It worked in about 40% of the time between the two of them.
Whatever the case, that might be, uh, so we still wouldn't see crazy volume.
He's not going to see the volume that he was gonna see anywhere that he was going to see on the Jets.
That's just not gonna happen.
But the bill is Could be that sweet middle spot.
You know, the whole Goldilocks.
Oh, this bowl of porridge is too hot.
This bowl of porridge is too cold.
This bowl porridge is just right.
And that would be the Buffalo Bills because they are in position to compete.
They have a situation where he could be the starting running back.
Possibly it still wouldn't be a ton of work load.
I think it wouldn't be what he may be looking for.
It wouldn't be 70% to 80% of the work share, which I think is what he really truly wants at the end of day.
But if you want to be on a team that's going to give him an opportunity to look decent, it's gonna have to be the Bills and achieve, because Miami Dolphins offensive line is still not very good and At the end of the day, they're not going to be ah, contending team.
So I think the Bills might make the most sense.
But as a Devin Singletary odor in some places, I'd rather see him go to Miami Dolphins.
But that might make the most sense, and it would give him some value as well.
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We are talking about the week five weeks.
Early matchup previews were just talking about Levian Bell, his death, possible destinations and what his fantasy value is going to be.
And we just got done with the technological issue with the lights.
So we are back on track.
Well, what we were talking about so that wraps up to talk anyway for Lavy on Bell.
Remember, he would go back to be an R B to be signs of the Dolphins, he'd probably be a low NRB to be signs of the Bills.
He would be a flex plate designs of the Chiefs.
But I think the bills for Lavy on Bell of those three options probably make the most sense.
Probably give him the best of both worlds of what he is reportedly looking for, which is playing time and a chance, UH, to content and go on late into the season.
So now that we talked about that, we talked about the Cove it news coming out of Atlanta Falcons.
Right now, that schedule is that game is scheduled to be as played on Sunday.
Obviously, that's something that could come out next five minutes while we're recording on the show and change or tomorrow.
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So let's dive into our first game and we want to talk about in today's show, and that's the Houston Texans.
That's the Tennessee Titans Bill O Brien gone.
Houston Texans look like a brand new team, or at least they did for one week.
We'll see if that continues.
But here's what I like schematically that I do think will continue as we move forward here.
And that is the different formation shakeups.
DeShaun Watson was not in shock on 24 7 during that game.
He was actually behind center.
He was actually with too tight end sets.
They actually mixed it up.
It's a big Weezer reason why Brandon Cooks actually was able to get involved into the game plan in the way that he hadn't yet to this point in the season, to the point where we had sent him down the flush town and all of a sudden revived him back up.
We went to the dump and scooped him back up and put him back in our lineups or put him back on our rosters, at the very least, heading in from last week.
Now is he going to be a catches 160 yards and a touchdown? No, but most players aren't gonna be that most of the time anyway.
But will he be involved in the game plan as long as they continue to do what they were doing.
Yes, because the big thing was they weren't playing for receivers all the time.
Wasn't 11 personnel 24 7? They mix up the formations when when they mix up the formations and they actually have some of those two receivers out there.
Then all of a sudden, Randall Cobb is not on the field as much anymore, and Randall Cobb's on on the field as much anymore.
That opens up the opportunities for bringing cooks and doing that, being a team that could actually run the ball effectively and put that in the defense's mind, make them have to respect that and actually have to respect the play action.
Pass something to Shawn Watson really hasn't had in his ****nal that much under Bill O'Brien because no one ever believed to Shawn Watson was ever going to hand the ball. Hoff.
When Bill O Brien was calling place, you knew when the Texans were going to run the ball, you didn't have to respect the play action pass.
You knew what was going to come.
All of a sudden, they mixed it up.
Those of the schematic differences between when Bill Bryants calling plays and what we saw last week that I do expect to continue.
That means David Johnson.
I think his value is a little bit on the rise where he can remain as a solid RB two whose I do believe is gonna start getting in the end zone sooner rather than later.
To least some degree.
I know chrome Romeo Crennel came out earlier this week, and you talked a little bit about Duke Johnson getting a little bit more involved.
How many times we've heard that from a head coach when it comes Duke Johnson getting more involved in the game plan? I think we've heard that every single year, every single coaching change the Duke Johnson has had throughout his entire career I'll believe it when I see it.
And even if he does get a little bit mawr involved, it's still not gonna come.
The expense of David Johnson not averaging 15 18 touches again.
Okay, so you don't worry about from that aspect.
In fact, in this matchup, because the Tennessee Titans, outside of the Tuesday game against seven Singletary have been such a great matchup for running backs, David Johnson comes in as a number 10 running back in half point PPR for us this week. That's right.
Top 10 running back that number 10 spot right there finishing its RV one for this week.
Now there's multiple reasons why he finishes that high.
One is because of the matchup.
The changes, schematics that I do like the out of Houston and three, I guess, because technically, the schematic changes would be, too.
So three is we have four teams on. Bye.
We have four teams on Bye.
We have other running backs injured, and all of a sudden you get left looking at the field like there's not a lot left that going into this week.
And that's a big reason why he winds up number 10 to an important thing for us to know, because you're going to have to make a lot of adjustment.
You're going to have to play guys that you wouldn't normally want to play because it is the first heavy bye week, especially from a fancy standpoint, because, you know, you had a lot of good teams like Seattle New Orleans.
Too much of the teams I can think of the Raiders, and I'm drawing a blank on the last team, but there's four teams on.
By this week, that is the issue.
That's why David Johnson comes in at number 10.
So you're gonna have to make moves here.
And certain guys, we're gonna have more value than they normally would.
DeShaun Watson there.
Q B six on the week Again.
It's a great matchup.
Tennessee's defense has not been very good.
They like that again.
They played well on Tuesday, but the cir***stances around that entire game or a little bit strange.
So I'm more leaning towards the sides of flushing down the toilet.
What we saw on Tuesday that I am ready to buy in that the Tennessee Titans have turned a corner defensively.
They're still pretty banged up.
Watson, I think, will continue to play better with these new schematics.
And and that's why I think he's going to be able to finish the top six and he's gonna be able to finish in the top six pretty consistently the rest of the way.
Wolf Fuller comes in, you're gonna play him.
He's a wide receiver to why I have him as a wide receiver 17 overall for the week.
Of course, he always has that upside to be able to get that one big play the big thing like we talked about leading off of this matchup.
His brain and cooks, I guess.
I mean Wide Receiver 32.
So I have him as a wide receiver.
Three guys you can consider in the Flex play in this matchup with these teams on.
Like Brandon cooks a lot if they continue with this schematics.
So this game is going to be big.
We want to see it.
Are you going to continue to do what you built upon last week, The first week away from Bill Brian? Are you going to be more fundamentally sound? Are you going to be a little bit more unpredictable with your coaching formations? Are you gonna be a little bit more predictable in your play, calling off of those different formations? All things we want to see continue.
But all things I believe will continue moving forward.
Only thing we have to talk about us faras injury goes Atkins.
He's still working his way out of concussion protocol.
Hey was limited in practice yesterday.
He should become available.
The only reason that's important of note because against Tennessee Titans, where they're being not a lot of options, Atkins is on the lower and I'm streaming tight ends for us.
Is we coming in a tight and 18.
5 point? PPR leaks Darren Bell didn't get a lot of volume last week, but you did see Darren NFL's wind up with a big touchdown.
Georgia Athens could actually wind up being in a similar situation.
When he comes back, he is a starter.
He they do have a bit of a report.
There he is, somebody who is looking at, you know, five or six targets, and that right now is probably good enough.
You can get a tight end with a pulse at the moment.
If you don't have one of the top five guys, you kind of have to take them under consideration.
So he's not my top streaming tight end by any stretch of the means, but he is somebody who's in that range, depending on what's available to you.
Now we flip over, we go to the Tennessee Titans side of the ball, Derrick Henry.
Not that you are going to start him anyway, but just an F Y I.
He is my number one running back heading into this week.
Obviously, Houston hasn't been able to stop the run very well.
The first time I did a decent job, I guess, was James Robinson.
But that had more to do with the game script and the fact that Houston got up by a few scores than it did with their defense, actually locking in on James Robinson and shutting him down.
So Derrick Henry We saw what he could do against the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday night, even with little no practice Tennessee.
Believe it or not, even though it's going to be a shortened week for them.
This is Mawr game planning, more practicing leading up in this game, and they ever got a chance to dio going up against the Buffalo Bills for that one.
So, yeah, I expect Derrick Henry to be coming out firing.
They're giving him the balm or um, or the offensive line is a concern.
But not when you're playing against the Houston Texans defensive front who can't stop the run against anybody, Really? So, yeah, he's gonna just an f y.
He's my number one running back heading into this week, especially with album Kamara on by A. J. Brown.
Welcome back, Big Buddy.
Brown, so happy to see him get going.
Seven catches, 82 yards a touchdown on the week he looked good.
He looks like he's fully healthy back from that injury.
Only thing of note was that in that game, you knew he was gonna get fed the ball, whether he was 100% healthy or not.
Now the good news is he looked like he was 100% healthy.
But you knew you could get fed the ball because both Adam Humphreys and Corey Davis or on the Cove in 19 reserve list well, Adam Humphries has been activated.
So it looks like he's going to be available heading into this match because Houston, Texas, have not heard anything to this point about Corey Davis and what his availability might look like.
But I what I can tell you that he has not been activated yet.
So there is a chance that Corey Davis may not be able to suit up in this game, so that would still leave enough targets share on the table for an A J.
Importantly right now Forage New Smith because he is a guy who was drafted late, who can absolutely be a game changer for you and has been a top five tight end.
Scored two more touchdowns again on Tuesday.
We have met tight and four heading into this week, so Adam Humphreys is not enough to take away the target.
Limit my ceiling.
New Smith in the passing game, Derrick Henry, A.
Brown, Geno Smith All must start heading into this matchup.
And Ryan Tannehill, of course, is going to be a top 10 quarterback for us this week.
He comes in a Q B 91 of our top streamers on the week.
Hands down, I got to hit the breaking news drop real quick breaking news.
B J was just sent home with an illness, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski.
Now we Usually, when the NFL, so far this season, has used the term illness.
When it comes to their players, it's not normally co vid related.
It's usually a different type of illness, and they're taking precautions when these guys get sick with anything they want to just go ahead and send them home just up across, just in case it is co vid or just in case somebody winds up with covert.
You don't wanna compact whatever it is they do have at the moment.
J sent home today because he came down with an illness.
So that is something we're going tohave toe watch, moving forward.
So they just kind of give you guys an F y I there.
Alright, so we talked about the Tennessee Titans.
We talked about the Houston Texans and what they're what their fantasy values are.
Let's move on now to the Cincinnati Bengals and the Indianapolis Colts.
We're gonna jump on Cincinnati Bengals side real fast.
I know he didn't have a great game against Baltimore, but you have to take solace in the fact that he had 30 touches in that game.
24 carries, six receptions.
You also have to take solace in the fact that Giovanni Bernard was not on the field very much in that game.
Now we find out now he's actually questionable and only limited practice, so I don't know if that was part of it.
But over the past couple of weeks, Giovanni Bernard has been playing less and less, and they have been looking to Joe Mixon to be the future guy that we thought they were gonna come out the season and let him be to begin with.
And it looks like they're finally start to take that path.
And at least it's happening earlier than it did last year where it didn't happen until week nine.
He's getting that volume now, so as long as he's getting that volume, he's gonna have a floor for you.
Obviously, Joe Mixon is never a guy that you can have in your bench.
And even though on paper against the Indianapolis Colts, this looks like a tough matchup heading into the week, it does not look like, as of right now, that we really expect Darius Leonard to play this week, either.
And if Darius letter mrs again this week, I feel pretty good about what Joe Mixon can at least do in the passing game.
Now, Gina, by Menard, is not playing nearly as much, so that goes a long way in your expectations for your ceiling for Joe Mixon, he's gonna have an easier time than he normally would against this cold Steve.
That's whether it's rushing the football or receiving the football.
So I think you could have a little bit more of a ceiling expectation with Joe Mixon and I were planning on.
If Darius Leonard can't in fact play on Sunday, which is the direction that it is leaning towards as of this moment because of the concussion issues that he's just had in his past, they're gonna probably play it pretty cautiously with him throughout the week.
So he comes in and R B 11 for us and half point PPR leagues again.
Not that you were going to bench him, but I think it should give you some comfort in the ceiling that you could expect out of him heading into this matchup.
Outside of that, there's not too many Bengals that I definitely feel the need to play.
You can play Tyler Boyd.
He comes in as a low end wide receiver, too high and wide receiver three based off of volume in this game.
But this is a Colt defense that has been playing very well even with some injuries in that secondary, Joe Burrow is not streaming option for us this week.
He will get back on track.
If you have Joe Burrow, I would not drop him unless you absolutely have to drop a quarterback.
If you have to do that, then I understand.
But if you have an extra bench spot where you can keep Joe Burrow, wait for those wait for the schedule to turn, wait for those positive matchups to come back again.
I would do that because he's still with the volume with the way he has played, a guy that is going to hover around that top 12 mark more weeks than not.
But this isn't gonna be one of so make your decisions based on what your roster construction is.
But Joe Burrow is not a play for us this week.
It comes in a Q B 25.
In fact, that's it, Tee Higgins.
I'm not gonna play him this matchup.
He is officially ahead of A J.
Green for us on the rest of the season unless something drastically changes where there's an injury of some sort.
Green didn't practice yesterday.
He is expected to practice today, so if he does practice today.
He should be expected to play on Sunday, but he's a relevant when it comes to fantasy football right now.
Until proven otherwise.
I don't know what's going on him now.
Apparently, this hamstring issue has been something that has been lingering since training camp.
I don't know that has something to do with him not looking nearly as explosive, especially over the past couple of weeks.
Higgins is out routing him out, snapping him and just out playing him right now.
And being the Tee Higgins is the future, and A J.
Green was only coming back for this year to begin with.
I don't see why the Cincinnati Bengals, who are building towards the future are developing for the future, would turn the reins back over to A J.
Green with Higgins performing well right now.
Higgins is the guy for the rest of the way.
Not really a matchup.
I'm looking to play him.
He is a wide receiver for Hopefully, you have better options.
Three Only guy I'm looking to play with the Tyler Boyd at the wide receiver to three mark drew samples not in the streaming territory uh, that one game that we saw when Joe burrow through the ball 61 times and he targeted the tight end position just as a unit 15 times.
It doesn't look like that has been the case since, um, I do think that drew samples.
Somebody could work yourself back into tight and streaming territory.
At some point, we see a couple of games of consistent, uh, consistent volume, but I don't know when we're going to see that.
And there's so many options in the tight end streaming territory because they're all bad.
Then I don't know when you're gonna feel comfortable doing that either.
He just just keep in mind this week.
Drew Sample, you're out.
If you're somebody that you're still contemplating, whether juice samples should be fantasy relevant to you right now.
Right now, he's not playing a simple.
So you flip over the Colts side of the ball.
Everyone's waiting for Jonathan Taylor to take over.
Now some people have talked about how he doesn't look special to them.
My big thing is that that offensive line is not the offensive line that we all expected to be.
They're not blocking the way we expected them to.
They're not dominating the way that we expected them.
Thio Coming into the season Ah, lot of people have the Colts, at least as a top three in the NFL, with their offensive line unit, if not the best offensive line unit in the NFL.
Remember, that was one of the big reasons everybody's so excited about Jonathan Taylor, his physicality, his speed and particularly that offense now on top of their offensive line, not blocking as well.
That offense as a schematics, is not playing the way I think they wanted to or thought they would have.
Thio, and that comes down to Philip Rivers is done now.
I've talked about that several times.
I'm not going to belabor that point too much, but Philip lovers being done does play into what the ground games able to dio and what they were able to do schematically.
Because right now, teams defensively could just squeeze squeeze Coles.
You have no threat of them actually being able to connect on a deep ball with you, I Hilton right now on the outside, you have no threat of explosive plays out of this team from anywhere at the moment so you could just squeeze them.
That means more guys in the box for offensive line that is underachieving.
And then on top of it, you add in the fact that Frank Reich is doing Frank right things and rotating guys for absolutely no reason at all.
I get name Heinz.
I get that you have a safety blanket out there for Philip Rivers.
I understand that at this point in his career, you have tow. Have that.
Okay, why is Jordan Wilkins involved in this rotation at all? Someone has to explain that to me.
Why is Jordan Wilkins, who every time has been given an opportunity over his young three year career, I believe it is now has never produced, never been efficient? Every off season, I feel like we're talking about Jordan Wilkins.
Being on the roster bubble is whether or not he's even going to get cut coming out of training camp.
And yet I have to sit here and watch Jordan Wilkins average 8 to 9 carries a game.
For what purpose? What does it do? All you're doing is preventing Jonathan Taylor from actually getting into a rhythm and actually starting to Dominy.
Jonathan Taylor needs to be looked at as a Derrick Henry type A Michael Turner type back in the day, a Mark Ingram type these air guys.
When you feed them enough carries, they wear down the opposing team come that fourth quarter.
Come that second half.
That is what he's built to Dio.
I think some people got lost in the surprising 40 that he ran this past ah year.
But that's not what he did in Wisconsin.
That's not the type of running back he is.
He is somebody who wears you down.
Well, guess what? He can't wear you down on 15 to 16 carries a game.
I don't know if that's something they're going to do when they get closer to the postseason.
But for right now, if Jordan will continue to see 8 to 9 carries and you also have to deal with 19 Heinz stealing all the passing down work well, Jonathan Taylor, who's stealing, winds up getting limited.
So that's what everybody's waiting for.
Having said all that, that's that's my prognosis.
When you're looking at Jonathan Taylor down the road for this game against Cincinnati Bengals, he could get 16 to 18 carries and still put up a possible top 12 performance.
Coming into this game, we have a number eight.
So we do think Jonathan Taylor, because of this matchup, will be able to give you an R B one performance, will be able to give you a top 10 performance this week.
That's the good news.
And that's with the unfortunate, idiotic, limited work share that he's been receiving in that offense so far.
Because the great thing is Cincinnati Bengal, especially with some of the injuries that they have on the defensive line, have nothing to stop the run.
And if there was a game, Thio help that underachieving offensive line get right just the game that they could do it.
So we like Jonathan Taylor a lot.
Jonathan Taylor is the Onley.
Colts must play, though, which is really sad when you're looking at them.
Play against Cincinnati Bengals.
T y Hilton comes in at wide receiver 37.
That's the highest I have had him all season, and that has more to do with the amount of teams on by than it does with anything else because he's not a factor and I would not be playing him unless I absolutely have to.
In fact, at this point, we've sent him down the flushed down A couple weeks ago, I wouldn't even have him rostered if you have him rostered out there, if there's other things you can pick up of more value Name.
Heinz comes in R B 32 so technically he will be somebody who enters that flex territory, especially.
We're talking about half 320.
4 point PPR Leagues three Onley issue that I have with name Heinz that this is a game that they could easily just run the ball, play defense and win the ballgame.
So I don't know.
This is a game script, at least not going into the game anyway for a name Heinz in this one.
So again, hopefully you have better options, but somebody who can fall into that lower end territory flex territory if you absolutely need them to be, because you might not have better options with the injuries and the amount of teams on by this week.
So we move on to that Atlanta game to the Minnesota game, to the possible the the new Week six edition of a possible cove.
It postponement, we'll see what happens.
Hopefully not theirs does seem to be mawr hope more of a silver lining, uh, surrounding this set of cir***stances of Kobe 19 positive testing than there has in the other matchups in the past couple of weeks.
So that's the good news, I guess.
Um, the Atlanta Falcons, if they can return to practice tomorrow.
Hell, they should be fine for this game.
So we're gonna look at this as of right now, because that's that's what the facts are, as of right now, that this game is going to be played as scheduled one oclock on Sunday.
So let's look at the fantasy value from that standpoint.
First and foremost, Julio Jones.
Will he? Won't he play? I tend to think that he probably will miss one more week.
This hamstring issue has not been going away for him.
It's been it's been lingering on this entire season so far.
He missed last week.
If he would miss another week and they were really to give him a chance to get right, he could actually have a chance to come back 100% healthy at some point this season if they keep running him out there, then it's just going to continue to linger on.
And they just fired Dan Quinn.
I get that part, they're gonna be coming out there with hopes they can finally get their first one of the season against the Minnesota Vikings.
I understand that there's gonna be some extra pressure there.
The place, um, extra pressure there to get right Onley.
If he's actually at least 90% healthy, should they be playing him? He did not practice yesterday, Obviously, because of the issues that they've had with the covert testing and the facilities being shut down, he's not gonna be practicing today outside of a virtual thing that they're all going to be doing.
So the question is gonna be if they could get back into the facility tomorrow.
What can he do in practice tomorrow? It doesn't practice again tomorrow.
I would suspect that Julio Jones would not play yet again.
We did rank him as if he will play and with the idea and this.
Obviously my rankings will update and they always dio up until Sunday morning, especially as we get new injury news, new information that's just naturally going to happen they are available to you on belly up fantasy sports dot com and I have them for Standard and half 0.
4 point PPR leagues.
We did rank Julio Jones as if he would play, and as if he would be closer to 100% than not after missing last week.
And, you know, just just for now, this might this might update later on.
There's a disclaimer there, but if Julio Jones able to play because of this matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, because on paper it should be a shootout, especially if Julio is playing, we have that wide receiver for not that you weren't gonna bench him if he doesn't play.
But just to give you an idea, we do expect him to give you wide receiver one production when he comes back.
The big thing for me about Julio Jones that assuming he's 75 to 90% when he comes back on Sunday, is Matt Ryan desperately needs Julio Jones come back in the lineup because it doesn't really seem to matter what the matchup is.
If Julio Jones does not play, Matt Ryan cannot have a good game.
I don't know why that has to be the case when you have good weapons like Calvin Ridley and you have Hayden Hurst and you have talked, Girl, you actually had a really good game last week and you should have had a play action pass available to you.
I don't know what the issue is, but when Julio Jones does not play the entire game, Matt Ryan is not a guy who performs well.
And that's something to kind of keep in mind when you're heading into this magic, because we have Matt Ryan ranked a Q B 12.
But again, that's what the idea that Julio is going to play if Julio does not play, not only do you have to take Julio out of your lineup, but Matt Ryan would fall out of the top 12 quarterbacks for us this week, meaning that you're going to have a better option to stream.
Then they have to sit there and play Matt Ryan.
I wouldn't play him even though, on paper this is a great matchup.
It could still be a shootout game.
I will not play Matt Ryan anymore.
If Julio Jones is not active heading into this matchup that's that's pretty much what we had to learn over the past couple of weeks.
Unfortunately, and I know there's a lot of other talk about this is, you know, is Matt Ryan done after this? Is everybody ready to move on in Atlanta? First of all, none of that's neither here nor there.
As far as this season is concerned.
They're not gonna move on from this year because they own too much money and there's a pretty good chance you're not gonna be able to move on him.
Move on from him next year because of the guaranteed money that he's that he's under under the table to get at the moment to.
So don't worry about that aspect.
Fancy football standpoint.
You could play Matt Ryan's top 12 quarterback if he doesn't and he can't.
Plain and simple Todd Gurley comes in number six running back.
He's been in R B one.
He went over 100 yards for the first time.
What felt like forever last week.
He actually looked more explosive in that game that I've seen him in a long time and he's scoring touchdowns.
I think every single week, except for one.
So far, Minnesota is not.
A defense has been able to stop the run.
There's no reason to think Todd Gurley won't get in the end zone again.
And with four teams on Bye, Todd Gurley comes in as an R B one for us this week, plain and simple.
I don't think anybody can argue with that at this point.
The guy is right there with Dalvin Cook as faras touchdowns for running back so far this year.
And with the album Cook probably not playing, we're gonna talk about that in a second.
We get to the Minnesota side of this of this game.
There's a good chance hot Girl is gonna surprise him outside of Julio Jones.
Obviously, you're playing Calvin Ridley.
He's our number three receiver, with or without Julio coming into this match up, and luckily, thankfully, he finally had a good game, so he was able to give us confidence.
Like okay, if there's no holy on the line up, you can still have a good game because the week before you goosed everybody, which was definitely ashamed.
But Calvin Really.
Wide receiver one Hayden Hurst.
Very difficulty, very difficult to get a feel on Hayden Hurst.
On one hand, he's getting the volume that you're looking for out of a streaming tight end.
On the other hand, he's not involved in the red zone the way you thought he would be in a Matt Ryan Atlanta led offense using utilizing the tight end.
So that's kind of dilemma that you have to go with.
We have him at tight end 12 which makes him a top and streaming option.
Considering what tight end options you're even gonna have out there.
That's with or without Julio.
Is it gonna be pretty? No argument.
Praying falls in the end zone, Yes, but tell me how that's different than any other tight end.
That's not in the top six.
And that's kind of what it boils down to at the end of the day.
So Hayden Hurst is somebody that you can stream.
You can play him as a low end, tight end one, but it's just gonna be as ugly as any other streaming options out there.
Or you're taking just much of a chance, I should say, as any other streaming options out there as well.
So let's flip it over.
Let's go to the Minnesota Vikings side of the ball.
As of right now, we don't have Dalvin Cook playing this game.
I would just be surprised, given that they have the bye week in Week seven.
Given that as a growing issue given as Dalvin Cook in his injury history, I have a hard time believing that they're just not gonna hand the ball off the Alexander Madison who should have a very good game against Atlanta.
They don't necessarily need album Cook to win this particular game, because Alexander Madison should be able to fill in quite well, and he has done that in the past.
So we would expect album Cook, the missus game.
And in fact, I just got a news alert saying that he did not practice again today, cooked that ISS so that would trained him in the direction of he's not gonna play on Sunday.
So as long as that is the case, Alexander Madison he's going to be our RB three on the week.
I don't think any surprise that he would be an RV one and anybody's ranking coming into this match up, but he is an elite RB three.
This is why I talked about if you weren't DoubleClick owner and you had an opportunity to pick up Alexander Madison, do it because it's very rare to get pick up somebody off the waiver wire.
Who is in line for the potential to give you a top five running back performance, even if it winds up being for one week.
Remember, you can always turn around and trade him back to the Dalvin Cook owner because they're probably gonna want him if they weren't able to get a hold of them to then protect themselves moving forward.
So there's a lot of different angles.
You could attack that from a fantasy perspective, and you guys should be taking advantage of Hopefully, if you are the Dalvin Cook owner, you already have Alexander Madison and therefore you don't care.
Heading in this week, you know you've got a top three running back, whether it's Cook or whether it's Madison playing in this match up.
So as of right now, we do not expect Dalvin Cook to play just to kind of give you guys an idea there.
Now, as far as the rest of Minnesota Vikings go, Kirk cousins has to be considered a top 10 quarterback.
I don't feel good about this.
I have a Q B eight.
It feels a little gross.
It feels a little nerve wracking because I really want to make sure I nailed those top 10 at every position I want.
I want to nail all my rankings, of course, but especially those top 10 positions.
I wanna be able to make sure I'm nailing those, or at least putting guys on the right track.
And what I'm telling you is that Kirk Cousins going to be one of the top streaming options to go after this particular week.
Now the matchup makes sense, right? It's Atlanta.
Every quarterback has played great against Atlanta.
Number one, and then you have, you know, Adam feeling who's playing great Justin Jefferson, who's coming on strong as of late.
Even without the album Cook, Alexander Madison should play very well.
Everything is kind of in place, and if Julio does play or if the Atlanta office finally gets a pulse again, as far as they're passing, attack goes.
This could be a shootout game.
So everything on paper says Kirk cousins should at least if nothing else, have a safe floor for you heading into this matchup, and there should be a ceiling.
There should be a ceiling.
Don't feel great about it.
It's gonna make me a little queasy.
But the facts of the fax When I look at my algorithms for my rankings, it spits out Kirk Cousins at number eight.
And it's hard to disagree with that in the argument as well, Other than it's just it's Kirk Cousins and he's another one of those guys.
Kind of like a dare car When, whenever you actually go to depend on him, he seems to find a way to just bottom out on you.
I think this Atlanta defense, though at the end of day, is so bad and even Kirk Cousins can't bottom out on you in this matchup.
So that's why it comes in the top 10.
Makes me feel a little gross, though.
I have to admit, and I'm feeling obviously playing him.
He's our wide receiver to in the week.
Justin Jefferson, wide receiver, 22.
We haven't as a low and wide receiver to he is going to have ah, bigger upside in this game, obviously because of the matchup, but also because he was quiet last week.
I think there is going to be a little bit more of an emphasis to get him back going because they want to keep Justin Jefferson rolling.
They want to keep that second option to Adam feeling on fire and confident, because when they go to play teams that actually have real defense's, they're going to look to take away Adam feeling They want to make sure Justin Jefferson is ready to step up in that role and consistently throughout the year as the Vikings start to turn around their season a little bit.
So I would suspect that there will be an emphasis to get Jefferson involved after he wasn't that involved last week.
I know there's been some talk about Herb Smith, and is he becoming a streaming tight end? Not yet.
We've only seen one name of it.
Yes, it looks like he's overtaking Kyle Rudolph US.
Faras who they're going to actually utilize the past catcher.
Remember this offense? It hasn't consistently used to tight end, no matter who it has been since this regime since Kubiak's too fancy since the system has taken over.
So I'm not going to be jumping there to go see if I can pick up Herb Smith Jr as a tight as a tight end streamer.
At least not till I see it for at least a couple of weeks in a row, because the tight end position in general seems to have a tendency to just disappear in this offensive scheme.
So that takes us over now to the Denver Broncos, to the New England Patriots, to the game that's been postponed and finally going to play this Sunday.
Good news is it sounds like Cam Newton is gonna play.
He came back to practice today.
He was asymptomatic the entire time, so all he had to do was test negative twice.
I believe that seems to have happened.
He is back at practice today, so Cam Newton will be available for you guys.
And that's a big plus because Cam knew somebody who's been a top five quarterback when he's been playing most of the season so far.
You get him against a banged up Denver Bronco defense, a team that doesn't have much offensive power to begin with.
So I don't think there's gonna be much pressure on campus.
Faras getting passing statistics in this game, but we all know that's not what you're playing.
Cam Newton forward to begin with your playing him because he's essentially the goal line back in this matchup.
I've been coming off of Kobe coming off of a loss against Kansas City Chiefs.
I think they'll allow him to be a little bit more aggressive.
Uh, then they normally would, I think, heading into a game like this one, typically speaking so Cam Newton fire him up.
We have him at Q B five for the week.
Uh, this in this matchup outside of that Damian Harris we do have him is low in R B two.
He's a decent option again, a lot of banged up pieces there on the Denver Broncos side of the ball.
And there's a good chance Patriots might just dominate time of possession.
Especially when you get to the second half, because offensively, we're gonna talk about in a second.
I don't know what Denver is going to be able to dio against New England Patriots this particular week, so we do have Damian Harris coming in as a low NRB, too, uh, to as a RB 22 total for half point. PPR leagues.
The only other guy I'm looking at his team's white.
I do think they want to get a continued involvement for White moving forward, especially in the postseason.
They want to get him is one of the main pass catchers.
They need him to become one of their main pass catchers as he's been coming back now off of his, uh, hiatus from the of his family tragedy that he had.
So we have this RB 36 again, hopefully have better options.
I think James White is somebody that I'm really only comfortable playing of them.
A full point PPR league, but again, game script in this one.
I just don't expect Denver to be able to put up a lot of points.
Therefore, I don't think there's going to be an emphasis.
The need to use James White a lot in this game.
I know for some reason, Rex Burkhead is on everybody's mind as a possible flex territory.
No, this is a game I could easily see.
Damian Hair is getting 18 carries in this game and then just running out the clock.
I'm not going to be playing Rex Burkhead.
I'm not going to take that chance this week.
Julian Edelman, wide receiver, 27 for us so that low and wide receiver to high end wide receiver three territories, somebody that you can start you can play.
The one nice thing about Julian Edelman is I just don't have anybody else that consistently go to Nikkila.
Harry is somebody that camp does like, but he's not going to have the main matchup Join.
Eman should have a big mismatch in the middle of that Denver Broncos secondary.
He's still getting the majority of the volume.
He's just somebody who has a safe floor heading into this match ups.
Why it comes in a wide receiver. 27.
We're not playing to kill Harry this particular week again.
I don't see the need while they're going to be that aggressive.
And the kill Harry to me is a touchdown or bust type of play right now, until he gets more involved in the offense as they move forward.
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We're talking about the early week six matchup previews.
We've been streaming that along.
We talked about the Levian Bell news.
We talked about what we expect as Faras de Koven, 19.
News out of the Atlanta and Minnesota game, and now we're moving on to the Washington Football Club to the New York Giants.
I gotta get on my soap box a little bit when we talk about Washington right now.
Why did you bench Dwayne Haskins? Why, as a Terry McLaurin owner and lover, please bring back Dwayne Haskins.
If you are going to turn into a checkdown team with anybody at quarterback, that's not named Dwayne Haskins.
Terry McLaurin screwed because one of the best things about his game is the ability to catch the deep ball.
He's not a guy that you want to turn into just a possession receiver.
He's not a D J. Moore.
He can do those things to some degree.
But one of his best aspects is going down the field now.
Part of that game, of course, was that the offensive line, no matter who is the quarterback, whether was Kyle out on what was Alex Smith last week? Barely had any time to even breathe against the Los Angeles Rams? I get it.
They're not gonna be under the rest that degree against the Giants this week because they don't have that type of pastors.
They don't have Aaron Donald.
But why'd you bench Dwayne Haskins are going to be speaking? Other than he didn't throw for a passing touchdown, he had his best game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Why now? He's not a practice this week to keep saying because of an illness, which is very much baby the case.
But it doesn't matter if illness or no illness they went from having him be the starter.
They didn't make him the backup.
They mean the third string quarterback.
And now there's rumors from inside the organization.
Their 100 sent through.
These were just rumors that they actually want Alex Smith to be the starting quarterback to take over at some point this season.
Look, the Alex Smith story is great.
It's inspiring for the NFL, it's inspiring for the fans.
It's wonderful for Alex Smith and his family.
What he was able to accomplish.
He doesn't belong starting on the field period.
Can we get that out of our minds right now? And what are you going to start? A quarterback who is approaching the age of 40 who you're not even sure what he has right now.
He just pulled off a miracle just to come back and be able to play football.
But I don't actually expect him to produce on a team that is supposed to be developing for the future.
This team isn't going to make the playoffs.
I know the NFC East is and shambles, and you might be able to actually go six and 10 and possibly win to this division right now with the way these guys were playing.
I understand that.
But they're not in position to make Iran.
That's not what they're built to do this year.
They're built to rebuild.
What are you doing? Wasting your time with bums like Kyle Allen with old men like Alex Smith.
I don't care what you think of Dwayne Haskins.
You play him out there, see what you have.
He hasn't even played a full 16 games in his career yet, and you move on next year if you really want Thio.
But why are you wasting your time? Because now, in the meantime, I have tow watch captain check down a and Captain Checkdown, be run this offense and Terry McLaren's not allowed to run 10 years down the line of scrimmage anymore.
Sorry I had to get off that.
I had to get that off my chest. I had.
It's just it's absolutely mind boggling what they're doing down and watching.
Scott Turner is probably one of the worst offensive coordinators.
Maybe one of the worst offensive play callers may be right next to Adam Gaze at this point, absolutely atrocious.
What just came out of him this past week? De****able? Because now people will ask it.
Well, like when it comes to Washington, it's terrible glory.
Those are the only two fantasy players that you're talking about.
We're going to give Terry McLaurin the benefit of the doubt.
We're gonna need to give Washington a little bit of the benefit out because they're playing the Giants, who do not have a pass rush.
Terry McLaurin probably see double digit targets in this game, so he's gonna come in as a wide receiver one for us this week.
He's gonna come in the top 10 because it's the matchup people would talk about Bradbury like, Oh, it is such a great job on Amari Cooper.
He's Amari Cooper, half the time, first of all, so it wasn't really all Bradbury second ball.
Bradbury's been burned plenty of times this season so far.
I mean, no one's been scared to play their wide receivers against New York Giants.
In fact, you look forward to it.
So Terry McLaurin is gonna come in the top 10 again, partly due the by weeks that we have this week and partly due to the wide receiver injuries that we also have on tap, even with ones that aren't on by.
But I don't feel great about that.
You have to play them.
But I don't feel great about it because I don't know what you're going to get.
A Scott Turner, What you're going to get out of kind of Alan, who's a scrub? Tonio Gibson.
As long as they don't run him up the middle, he should have a good game.
McKissic doesn't have to get eight targets for absolutely no reason whatsoever, he should have a good game.
The Giants are a matchup that aren't very good, so it doesn't really matter.
But you can't rub the middle against them.
They do have good, too good defensive tackles and David McKenzie can't be going for 78 targets again.
Know who you are? You are not competing for this season, so stop acting like it.
You want to see what you have at a Gibson.
You want to see what you have it in. McLaurin.
You want to see what you have, the quarterback position.
Then play the guys for the future and then move on next year.
Or do what you gotta do next year.
You're not playing for this year, so stop throwing out J.
D McKissic for absolutely no reason.
Stop throwing out Kyle Allen.
Stop trying to talk about how we can get Alex Smith as our starting quarterback.
It's it's insane.
It's a fancy football standpoint.
You're playing tear McLaurin.
We're gonna make him top 10 because of the matchup because of situation having this week.
Tonio Gibson is R R B 18.
5 When PPR league, our hope is that he's going to get at least five or six targets giving him that floor and against the Giants with his big play making ability, he will have a chance to make a big play and take one to the house.
So he comes in an R B 18 for us this week.
You can play him, but I'm going to have my eyes on Scott Turner and Kyle Allen very closely in this game, because if they can't get it done against the Giants this week, you may have to bail on Gibson and McLaurin if they continue to head down the current course that they are right now.
That's why I'm concerned.
So let's move on to the giant side of the ball where you could make the argument just is bad.
But to be expected when you hired Jason Garrett, Indiana Jones, your quarterback, what do you do from a fantasy perspective? Well, Darius latent comes in wide receiver 18 for us.
He's a wide receiver to Sterling Shepard, still not expected to play this week.
Darius lighten should be looking at a healthy target.
Share should be looking at a decent floor and then another plus matchup.
You went over 100 yards last week with his volume.
He should be in line, a position where he could possibly do it this week.
The one thing about the Giants that has surprised me to some degree.
The one thing about Daniel Jones that has surprised me to some degree is that last year he at least took shots down the field variously.
He wasn't afraid to get aggressive.
He still wasn't very good.
He was always very accurate.
But he wasn't afraid to get aggressive and take shots down the field variously.
And I haven't seen a lot of that.
That's because now it's Jason Garrett calling the plays and he has no Kahane's and we've known that for a long time now.
But even so, Dairy Slaten, with his playmaking ability, and Donald Jones, who I always give him this, isn't afraid to be aggressive.
I would think he would have more shots down the field than what he has received so far.
Maybe we see it against Washington.
But then again, maybe not, because the way this Giants offensive line has played, the one thing Washington does have going for them is they have a very active, aggressive and good front seven, especially, it comes toe pass, rushing the quarterback.
You're looking at a fancy football purposes.
If you are looking for a defense of stream, I like Washington this week, Daniel Jones hasn't learned how to not fumble the football.
I expect a couple sacks trip fumbles in this one.
There's no reason not to expect that with the way Washington has been able to pressure quarterbacks pretty much all year long and heading up against a tasty matchup with Deon Jones here.
So they're actually nice little streaming defense to keep your eyes on as well, not something We talk about a lot on the show, but Slaten, like I said, wide receiver to he has that upside capability, even though they haven't really been taking shots down into the field.
But Golden Tate's done, and there's not supposed to be any Sterling Shepard Evan Ingram.
He falls in the same category of my mind as a Hayden Hurst, where he comes in a tight and 11 for us.
So, yes, he is a a top end streaming option.
He's still healthy.
That's always gonna be the caveat, I think with Evan anger.
Whenever I talk about him, he's still healthy.
He's still active.
They get an end around there trying to get him involved in the game in different ways.
But he's another one who? His target share has been shocking to me.
The one thing about Jason Garrett that he's always traditionally gotten the tight end involved at least or a healthy target share.
I said his target shares been surprising to me.
It should be Darius Late and Evan Ingram leading the way.
And for this team and targets not Golden take getting six targets behind the line of scrimmage.
That's that's not what's supposed to be happening here.
That's not what should be happening here.
Not at this point is career, but Evan. Anger.
You're not gonna feel good about it, but I don't know how you're gonna have a better option for a lot of teams out there.
Not scared the matchup.
It's not gonna feel good.
This is not like I said.
It falls in the same category. Hayden Hurst words.
It's not gonna feel good, but you are one of the few tight ends who is looking at 5 to 6 opportunities per game.
At least you're supposed to be involved in the red zone.
You can roll the dice on, and it's really no different than a lot of the other tight ends that you're kind of kind of be looking at in the same territory anyway, So we do have is tight and 11 this week.
Let's move on because I can't even think about Washington and New York right now.
Let's move on the Baltimore and Philly.
Let's talk about Baltimore.
Let's talk about Lamar Jackson.
So I think maybe comment today.
He's okay about not running as much.
Yeah, well, your fantasy owners aren't okay.
And frankly, you're Ravensoffense isn't either, because it hasn't looked good at no game this season, even though they've had some blowout winds so far.
At no point this season has their offense actually looked crisp, Actually looked sharp, actually looked unstoppable at any point last year.
That offense looked unstoppable, and it didn't matter who they were playing this year.
I talked about this before.
They look like an offense that wants to do just enough to get out of old game with the wind.
And because their schedule has been so easy and so sweet for them, they've been able to play ultra conservative offense and just letting their defense pound people and winning by double digit points outside the can see Chiefs matchup That's the question.
When you play more competitive teams, what are you going to dio are you actually need aggressive Greg Roman? Are you actually going allow your team to get into a rhythm? And when I say actually, allow your team to get into a rhythm, Knock off the three running back carousel. Nonsense.
If you're up by double digits scored.
You wanna bring Gus Edwards in the fourth quarter because you don't care if he gets hurt? Fine.
Mark Ingram, J K. Dobbins.
That's your bread and butter.
That's your thunder and lightning.
That is where you need to take your offense to the next level.
Gus Edwards getting involved in the first half.
There's nothing but getting away.
You need to get Lamar Jackson back into rhythm because he needs to be able to hit marquees brown down the field.
If you want to continue to be able to run this conservative offense, underneath is pounding offense underneath, which isn't pounding, and it isn't as physical as it was last year.
But you want to continue to run that against good teams, the only way you can get them to not squeeze you and put 10 guys in the box is if you get Lamar Jackson right and get him hitting marquees Brown over the top.
That comes with practice that comes with taking more shots.
There's no reason not to get a little more creative.
I appreciate the physical nous of what Greg Roman and this offense tries to do with the pieces that they have, but you need to open things up a little bit more.
You need to allow Lamar Jackson to get by nature a little more aggressive, throwing the football.
You can't be conservative all the time because then he's gonna be afraid to take chances when you need to take chances.
You don't have to be too tight and sets all the time.
You don't have to be under center all the time.
It's like they have the opposite problem to Houston, Texas, where they're under shotgun.
Too much. Mix it up.
You have a lot of speed.
That wide receiver you have marquees brown, you have Devin Duvernay, Miles Boykin to decent, solid, big body type to throw to Willie Snead is a good possession receiver, good veteran presence toe have you can go 34 wide receiver set, sometimes just to throw in a few wrinkles.
And while you can't necessarily argue it from an NFL standpoint because they've only lost one game this season, from a fantasy standpoint, it's absolutely killing all of us.
Because outside of Mark, he's Brown and Mark Andrews, who's really been that great fantasy wise.
That includes Lamar Jackson.
He hasn't been good for your fantasy teams.
If he's not going to pick up and run the way he is, or if he's not gonna be aggressive against bad teams, the way he has not been well, all of a sudden, it doesn't matter what the matchup is.
You actually need him to play against better teams in order to have hopes that they're going to allow Lamar Jackson to be a little bit more unleashed in order to win that game.
That's you have to hope for Now.
If you see the Cincinnati Bengals on the schedule, you almost have to be like, Do I even play Lamar because the good matchups they don't do too much against them is the oddest thing in the world.
So the plane in Philadelphia Eagles this week on all probably I mean, I guess you could make the case that the Cleveland Browns haven't lost any game since the Baltimore Ravens, but the Cleveland Browns didn't look like the Cleveland Browns that we've been seeing as of late in that week. One.
So I kind of throw away that week. One matchup.
So I would say all in all, the Eagles, probably the most competitive team outside the Chiefs they played so far.
It's not saying a lot, but they could have guys like Alshon Jeffery back.
They could have guys like the Sean Jackson back, and we'll talk about in the second on their side of the ball.
What that might mean from a fantasy standpoint.
But from a raven standpoint, what do you expect to see? Well, Mark Jackson and I actually had to be a little bit more aggressive.
Dairy Sleigh is going through the concussion protocol.
He may not play this game if he doesn't play this game, Marquees Brown.
I feel very good about having his opportunities.
In fact, counting on Darius Slay not playing this week.
We have marquees Brown at wide receiver 12 just on that cusp.
That big play has to come at some point that big play might come this weekend's foot off the Eagles.
So we're definitely playing marquees, Brown, obviously playing Mark Andrews.
And obviously you have to play Lamar Jackson.
He still comes in the top five quarterback for us.
We're going to have to see him be more aggressive.
The thing going in their favor right now is Fletcher.
Cox is even if he plays.
He's not 100% right now, and that goes a long way.
I mean, opened things up for the running game, but I don't believe this offense is ever gonna truly getting rhythm until they actually pick two running backs out of the three and stick with those guys.
That has been the case.
Mark Ingram. He's our highest rank running back.
He comes out running back 31 meaning that if you have to play him as a flex, if you have to play Mazza by and fill in, fine.
But I'm not gonna feel good about it.
And he's the only one I'm even going to consider because he's the only one that I feel like has the best chance to perhaps fall in the end zone at some point.
It's an absolute nightmare.
So let's move on the Philadelphia Eagles side of the ball.
Obviously, you're not playing.
Obviously, not against Baltimore.
Not it With that banged up offensive line, Not with the way the Eagles offenses looked in.
General Miles Sanders comes in R B 18 for us.
You have to play him as an R B to you know you don't like the matchup.
The good thing about Miles Sanders.
You didn't like the matchup last week with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and yet he still did pretty well.
He still came away with two touchdowns.
He's still going to get a significant amount of volume to give you a high floor.
What do you do about the wide receivers? That's the real question.
I don't know if you could play any of them.
If the song Jackson's gonna be back and Alshon, Jeffery's gonna be back, which they're both both practicing, by the way and training in that direction against they match up like this with the Baltimore Ravens, where you have Travis Fulgham, you know, emerging Greg War.
They still want to play as the starting slot receiver.
For some reason, I don't think you can play any of their all wide receiver force for us this week.
Maybe you take the shop.
DeSean Jackson coming in can hit a home run.
But that would have to be.
You have to be in a situation where you're desperate for somebody to hit a big play because of what your line of choices are.
Because of the bye week, Zach Ertz Ah becomes a tight end six for us just because just because e don't feel good about it.
But the tight end position isn't very good.
We talked about that multiple times about this, this show even itself.
Earth has been terrible.
I don't know why they're not targeting him down the field.
I don't know what's going on there, but somebody in the passing attacks going to have to do something.
And Zach Ertz is the Onley one who, at least on paper, has a mismatch when they get in the red zone.
I think it's all you have.
You have to continue to plays Akers because I don't know what option you're gonna have out there is gonna be really that much better.
Even though it's been awful.
And I will say this your Zach Ertz owner and hopefully, you know, people have moved on from Dallas got because they need tight ends and usually not gonna hold onto a tight ends. Gonna miss multiple weeks.
Pick him up now because as soon as Dallas Goddard comes back, flip flop those guys.
That is what the Philadelphia Eagles gonna dio.
So let's move on.
We got the Pittsburgh Steelers, we got the Cleveland Browns.
We got a nice divisional matchup here.
Obviously, Nick Chubb still on IR.
You don't worry about that.
Landry did not practice yesterday, but he is expected to play.
He is expected to practice today, so he's expected to be available.
But he's the waters here for for us.
So we're fancy football purposes.
You're not gonna play him.
We talked about O.
J actually, earlier, when the breaking news came out that he had to get sent home today because of illness, We're gonna have to watch that.
As of right now, we had ranked him as if he was going to play because there wasn't, you know, anything that we had, We thought at least that we had to worry about when it came.
Toby J. Heading into this week.
He comes in at wide receiver 21 for us this week, so he's a wide receiver to against Cleveland Browns 18.
That has not been great against the past.
And I do believe Cleveland, given the nature of this match up, is going to have to be aggressive, going to have to throw the ball down the field a little bit more than they normally would.
With Landry being banged up with the way this offensive year has gone, I think you can play O.
B J as a wide receiver to who has a big play capability.
Because, actually, the Pittsburgh Steelers haven't been awesome against the past.
Haven't been awesome against wide receivers have let up some big plays.
The front sevens, been aggressive, has been blitzing.
You can't run on them, but they have been letting up someplace to deep field threat wide receiver.
So BJ might be in line for a decent game this week.
Having said all that about the Steelers about not being able to run on, Kareem Hunt is still a running back 14.
What we saw last week is that Maybe it was because he was coming off that groin injury that they didn't want to play him too much the week before.
That's why beginners Johnson wanted with the work share that he did, because last week it was 100% all Kareem Hunt.
And in this offense, I don't care who they're playing against.
Hunt is a must play without Nick Chubb in their matchup proof within the confines of this offensive scheme.
He's RB 14 for us.
He comes outside that RB one territory because the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he's gonna be just fine.
Farrah Steeler side of the ball goes big.
Ben is in that streamer territory.
He's at home, so that's always a plus for Big Ben.
He has a ton of weapons, even though he hasn't looked great again.
Cleveland's a team that you have been able to throw onto some capacity so far this season.
Big Ben comes in a Q B 11 for us, so just pick your spots in your streamer territory.
I'd rather have Ryan Tannehill and I would rather have Kirk cousins in this particular week.
If you're looking at streaming quarterbacks that should be available to you.
James Connor comes in at RB nine.
That has more to do with the volume.
He has been the featured guy.
He's getting passing work.
He's getting the rushing work there, only spelling him a little bit.
Benny Benny Snell thing died quickly in Week two, so as long as he's healthy, he should be the guy.
The volume is why we have a number nine.
Because the Steelers, I mean, excuse me, the Cleveland Browns have not been unease E team to run on this year, but he's getting the volume that he needs.
Why receiver situation? Deontay Johnson did not practice yesterday.
We expected him back, and this is one that kind of went back and forth throughout the week.
And we were putting this out there at belly up MDF show on Twitter throughout the whole week because my comma have been going back and forth.
The student game ended.
He was out well, right away.
John is gonna be back next week.
Then it was We'll have to see how it goes in practice.
He didn't practice yesterday, and then again, he kind of come out and said, We have to see how this thing goes.
So Deontay Johnson, we don't know if he's gonna play, we're leaning towards.
He's able to get out there because it wasn't considered a serious injury.
And this is a big divisional matchup right now between these two teams, So it's gonna be a very important match.
I mean, they're gonna push some of the guys who can play to play.
So the anti Johnson, if he plays, comes in a wide receiver 16 for us this week.
He comes in as a high end wide receiver to when he is active and out on the field and actually able to make it through all four quarters, because that has been a little bit of an issue this year.
But we have to rank. It is, if you will.
He has been the number one wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It's not juju Smith Schuster is Deontay Johnson when it comes to the targets when it comes to the routes.
So the Andre Johnson is a must play whenever he is going to be active.
Now I know it's been frustrating because he's been getting hurt throughout the games.
I get it that's not something has been really popped up before.
But the good news is, if there is good news when it comes to his injuries, is that they were not soft tissue injuries.
That's usually what I worry about.
With wide receivers and running backs lingering on from a week to week basis, other injuries I can have more confidence that they are going to be able to recover from and play closer to a 100% level.
Then they normally would be able to if it was a soft tissue injury.
So that's there's any good news With the Johnson being banged up so far this year, that's the good news.
It hasn't been a soft tissue issue, so if he plays, we play with the high and wide receiver to Juju Smith.
Schuster still comes in at wide receiver 25 so that low and wide receiver too high and wide receiver three territory.
But the way they have used him in this offense so far this season, he's become touchdown or bust.
And that's a real issue when you're talking about a wide receiver who's supposed to be leaning on volume supposed to be the slot wide receiver supposed to have a high floor, and yet he's someone who's become touchdown or bust down.
At this point, I think you have to play him this week, but I'm not feeling great about it.
In fact, if Juju Smith Schuster has a big game in the next couple of weeks, he's somebody who I would look to sell high on when I had the opportunity to do so.
Everybody wants to know.
Chase, Claypool, Chase Claypool, Chase Claypool.
I did talk about him. The waiver wire report.
I talked about how he is worth a pickup, but not an automatic play, because when the anti Johnson is in the lineup, it's still Claypool in Washington, splitting snaps, splitting routes, splitting playing time that is, has to be expected to continue until we see it be different.
When Deonte Johnson was out, then they still play their 11 personnel than everybody could be on the field.
The case should chase Claypool at this point.
He playing ahead of James Washington 100%.
But I think if you've been playing fantasy football for any length of time, you've been following the NFL for any length of time.
You'll know that the coach shooting staff does not always make the logical choice when it comes to playing their personnel on what they're playing.
Time is, it doesn't always happen.
Sometimes it does.
Sometimes it doesn't.
So we cannot count on the logical, rational thought definitely playing itself out this week, allowing Chase Claypool to play ahead of James Washington.
We can't we can't can expect it.
We can't hang our hat on it.
Therefore, Claypool comes in is a wide receiver four with, of course, upside this week, but not somebody that I think you should be plugging in your lineup.
You should have better options go to until we see him actually overtake James Washington on the field.
He just has to be treated somebody who's a hit or boom or bust threat as a wide receiver.
Unless Deontay Johnson's out and then it's a totally different story.
Then you could go ahead and play Chase Claypool as a boom or bust wide receiver. Three.
Who definitely belongs in your lineup.
That's the difference there.
That's what we're waiting on.
Eric Ebron is a top streaming tight end.
He comes in tight and seven for us this week.
He has been getting more and more involved as the weeks have gone on, regardless of what's going on with the wide receiver situation.
The Pittsburgh Steelers.
So, Eric Ebron somebody you can pick up and play and get at least which should be a decent floor out of.
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So we got two more games to talk about in the early window.
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So one of the last two games we want to talk about is Chicago and Carolina.
When Chicago side of the ball, there's two guys that I'm interested well, actually, I take that back.
There's three guys I'm interested in playing from a fantasy football standpoint. One.
Don't feel great about it.
I don't think anybody ever feels great about having to play David Montgomery, frankly, but he is getting the volume.
He had the receptions last week.
That's the big thing about Montgomery was that he didn't have much of a floor if he didn't score when Tariq Khan was out there.
But now that he's gone and Cordell Patterson is just a guy, really, that they could kind of go to the spell.
David Montgomery, but not a guy they're leaning on to be the quote unquote pass catching type of back.
The Montgomery had six catches or six targets last week.
As long as that continues to be the case moving forward, he's gonna have a decent floor.
And in this matchup against Carolina Panthers, he's got a good shot to score.
I don't know if he's ever gonna be efficient, but this is the matchup in which you've got to play him, and this is the week that you gotta play him with the heavy by.
So he comes in at RB 15 for us as a running back Thio against Carolina Panthers Alan Robinson, obviously playing him.
He's wide receiver nine coming in as a wide receiver, one for us in the top 10 with Nick Foles playing as long as I continue to be the case, Alan Robson is pretty much looked at double digit targets ever since Nick Foles has come into the ball game, they're not going back to Mitchell Zabriskie anytime soon.
Barring an injury, I would think at this point.
So Alan Robson continues to be a high volume, high end wide receiver.
Too low and wide receiver one, No matter the week, No matter the matchup, Jimmy Graham.
He has to be a top in streaming tight end.
He has to be because you're being getting targeted in the in the end zone on a consistent basis from a week the week since Nick False is coming to the lineup.
And that's more than I can say for a lot of tight ends out there right now.
In the similar streaming territory, which is a high end tight end to a low and tight end one.
Jimmy Graham comes in a tight and 14 for us and a half point PPR league.
Are you going to feel good about it? No.
What? How many tight ends do you feel good about when you have to stream them hardly ever.
So he does have to come into that territory, given his role in the red zone for this offense.
So we switched things around.
We go to Carolina Panthers.
You go to Teddy Bridgewater, not one of our top streamers this week.
Chicago, surprisingly because I don't really love their secondary but surprisingly have been pretty stingy against fantasy quarterback so far.
Now some of us do the cir***stance like last week that Thursday night game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I thought them holding Tom Brady and Check was more to do them, really not having any healthy wide receivers.
And it had to do with the Chicago defense.
But they have been pretty stingy against quarterbacks.
So Teddy Bridgewater that something would be going out there to stream.
He comes into the quarterback 19 for us, but he's been very solid.
He's been a guy you can lean on, and they're going to have more matchups with that offense that he will be able to be played more times than not as a low and Q b want.
But just particularly not this week.
Mike Davis continues to be a high end RB too low and RB one with no Christian McCaffrey will keep you up to date next week as this thing moves forward exactly when they expect Christian McCaffrey to come back.
But I ain't gonna be this week, so Mike Davis fired him up.
He comes in R B 13 for us on the week wide receivers.
At this point, I felt like I was probably one of the first ones to talk about this.
About Robby Anderson being their number one receiver this week, being the more valuable fantasy football wide receiver over gj.
It does seem like at this point, everyone has finally come around because the evidence just smacking you in the face every single week.
Anderson is getting like double digit targets every week.
It's absolutely insane.
He's not just a deep threat wide receiver.
He's being utilized as a possession type who has big play capability.
He comes in a wide receiver 15 for us in this matchup.
Anybody could argue that deejay more wide receiver 35 So a low end wide receiver three a low end flex play for us this week don't really love the matchup against Chicago Bears, and I don't love the fact that he hasn't really had much of a target share.
I told you guys after last week that D.
Moore should be somebody that you're selling high on right now after he had a 93% yard touchdown performance last week, because I think that might be one of the few big games that he has throughout the year, Given his hype status around his name that a lot of people still buy into.
And then he finally had a good game last week where some people are saying, Well, maybe that's the turn around now for GJ more for the rest of the season.
Take advantage off that and put him and put him out there on the trading block it.
See what you can get back in return for him.
You get a wide receiver to form Great.
I have to hit the breaking news sounder one more time.
Yeah, breaking news.
Melvin Gordon is back at practice to day.
That just came through.
Before you go crazy, it's still not setting.
Some of that means he's definitely going to play on Sunday there, so a lot to unpack what the Denver Broncos wanna dio what the NFL wants to dio Now there's definitely opens up the door, more so than we thought we were going to have the Melvin Gordon might have a chance to come back, but it doesn't secure it.
So make sure following us on social media at Billy MDF show.
We'll keep you update on that.
But Melvin Gordon is back in the facility is back at practice today coming off of that d u I.
So we'll have to see what that means.
Heading in to Sunday, We move on to the last game we're talking about.
In the early window of the Week six matchup, the Detroit Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Matthew Stafford has to be a streaming option comes in a Q B 13 for us all.
Quarterbacks have been doing very well against Jacksonville Jaguars long.
Your name's not Philip Rivers.
Adrian Peters and I talked about him.
The waiver wire, port somebody you could go ahead and pick up.
This should be his backfield.
As far as the carries are concerned, I am a little bit curious as to what they're going to do.
Coming out of the buy with DeAndre swift.
Are they going to give him the opportunity now, coming out of the by, moving forward to get more involved in that aspect? Because he's clearly the future of that backfield.
Or they're going to stick with Adrian Peterson, your are carry guy and, uh, DeAndre stripped.
You're just our past catching guy, and they're gonna continue with that.
As of right now, the assumption has to be the Adrian Peterson is going to get the bulk of the carries.
And against the Jacksonville Jaguars, that means he's going have potential for touchdown on potential for a decent game overall.
So if you're scrounging around the waiver wire, you're looking for somebody to plug and play and you're running back to spot Adrian Peterson somebody that could fall into that line.
He comes in our B 21 for us on the week.
Obviously, you're playing Kenny Golladay.
That goes without saying he should be in line for a decent game, this one as he's been working his way back from that hamstring injury.
We expect to be closer to 100% at this point that he has at any other point during the year, and it's a great matchup.
You can't play Marvin Jones.
You can't trust Marvin Jones.
He hasn't looked like himself, but I am gonna have my eye on him in this game coming out of the by.
Are they able to get him right? Is he able to start looking a little bit better? He's always been a little bit streaky.
Is that has that just been the case for the first few weeks of the season? He's somebody who should have touchdown potential within this offense.
It's gonna be worth keeping an eye on him after this game to see.
Is he somebody that you can pick up and plug and play in the flex? Plug and play is a buy and fill in, uh, in the upcoming weeks if he's able to get back to looking decent in a great match because the Jacksonville Jaguars, but you can't trust to play him or pick him up just yet.
But I will have my eye on the situation, T.
J Haakenson because he's been a guy who's been regularly targeted in the end zone.
He comes in a tight and five for us this week.
Again. Not great. Heavy bye week.
But again, somebody who actually can can say he's consistently been targeted in the red zone.
And that's what you're looking for.
Your tight end right now. T.
J Hawkinson tightened five this week for us.
Gardner Minshew comes just outside that top in streaming territory for us this week.
He comes in a Q B 16 obviously plus matchup against Detroit Lions here in this one.
But I don't necessarily trust him.
J H Arc cannot go, and D.
J chart did not practice yesterday, he looks very questionable.
Heading into this week, we're gonna have the watch what he does about the practice week to determine whether or not he can play.
If he does play, obviously, you start Shark.
And then Gardner Mitchell can get knocked up a couple of spots and be in that mawr top and streaming territory.
But for now, kind of in that mid tier and really wouldn't love it if chart doesn't play.
It's kind of like the Julio Jones Matt Ryan situation, where even if the matchup, it's great on paper, I don't necessarily want to trust that if he doesn't have his top weapon to be able to go to James dramas and obviously must play comes into the top five running back for us this week against Detroit Lions.
I don't think anybody could argue that.
Everybody understands why.
The viscous channel is also banged up dealing with the hamstring issue that he says he's been playing through this entire time.
But this is the first time that we've heard of it.
This is the first time he's missing practice over it.
So it's definitely something have to watch when DJs heart coming out.
He's somebody. A lot of people want to pick up and play.
Killing coal could wind up being the last man standing.
As a result of that, we do have met wide Receiver 33 he could move up if both chart and signal or to miss as a high end wide receiver. Three.
Who's going to get a lot of volume in a good match against short lines? So something to kind of keep your eyes on there.
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I got three questions to get through here for the mailbag segment.
The first one up a Ron Macavity sh Love the name, by the way, Trade So trade Davante Adams and Chris Carson for album Camara and O. B. J.
I think there's a very interesting question, because your position here, where Alvin Kamara very well may finish the year as the R B one.
And whenever you have a chance to get the RB one, you want to take that chance.
But I said on this week he's sitting there.
He gave me the full download of where his situation is. He's two and three.
He has a lot of guys on by.
And when I look at this, you have Chris Carson.
I'll buy your album tomorrow on by So Kamara is not gonna help you this week.
Which means the guy who offered you this deal might be willing to do this deal next week because this wasn't a move that was really gonna help him out too much this week.
Other than the upgrade from O.
B J to Davante Adams, that's really all this.
So my advice to you McTavish would be Go to this guy, Ask him, Hey, do you want to do this deal next week? If you want to do the deal next week, I would say 100% yes.
Otherwise, you're in a position where you could put yourself at risk the fall two and four because you much rather have Adam's than O. B.
J heading into this matchup.
And if it's a dire need where your two and three it's a big moment to get back to 500 it's a big moment to get you know your wide receivers there.
I know album come are Getting him is tempting for down the road, but if you could get this deal next week, which I think this is a trade that could be on table next week.
That's when I would do it.
But for this week, I think you're in too much of a pivotal situation to say yes, and Chris Carson has been very good in his own right as well.
I think the gap between Adams and O.
J is more significant than the gap between album Camara and Chris Carson so far at this point.
So that's why I would wait a week if you could get the deal done.
Then next up we got Ben and he asked me, Tyler Higbee or my Kosecki rest of season and a half point PPR league.
I think I'm a floor standpoint.
It has to be my kasicky.
He's actually more involved in the offense right now.
He's getting more targets on a per game average.
He's still very, very inconsistent.
But Tyler Higbee is somebody that while he's on the field all the time, he has become touchdown or bust.
So that's why I would lean towards my Kasicky.
But it is close.
It's in the same general range and last but not least, we have Mike Yes, Hopkins and Jacobs for McCaffrey and Mech, half in a trade in a redraft league.
This one's close because you have Hopkins and Jacobs, you, McCaffrey and Metcalf a chance to get McCaffrey down the road.
The problem here is you're about to go through massive.
By weeks, McCaffrey still might be to two, possibly three weeks away from actually being able to return.
Meg Half has been awesome, but so has Hopkins.
Those air pretty much even players right now, In my opinion, the differences is Josh Jacobs.
Who's on by this week is he is the gap between him and Chris McCaffrey when he returns.
Significant enough to do this deal, even though you might have to wait 23 more weeks before McCaffrey and come back now, this deal is completely contingent on where you're at in your record.
If you have a sub 500 record.
I think you can't do this deal because you can't wait for McCaffrey to come back.
You have to be keeping yourself in the race now.
If you are three and two, if you are foreign one, then I think you can do this deal because you can't afford to wait those two weeks of Christian McCaffrey.
But Josh Vegas has been so good he's been so involved.
He's been scoring touchdowns at such a high rate so far this season that I think I would stay pat on this trade.
Like I said, if you're some 500 I believe in this situation that he was so reform one.
I pulled the trigger on it because I could wait a couple of weeks to get Christian McCaffrey moving forward.
And you're not losing much between DeAndre Hopkins and D. K.
In my opinion, the greater improvement here is McCaffrey to Josh Jacobs.
But it's not so significant that I'm sub 500 right now that I'm doing that deal, just not so.
That would be my advice to you guys out there.
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