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We are going to talk about the Thursday night game from last night.
He blow out that it was We're gonna talk about the late will of games and Week nine all the late afternoon games tonight game, the Monday night game that we have coming up for the week.
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We have so much to talk about in today's game.
Once again, I want to thank all of you out there for joining us and prying yourselves away from all of the election news.
And we're happy to be here to provide you some content to give all of our brains breaks.
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So when we talk about all fun things, fantasy football and hopefully be able to get you guys ah, win this week because we are in the thick of playoff races with only five games left in the regular seasons for most of you out there because most of them are going to, uh, week 13.
So it's tight, it's knit, it's it's time.
It's pretty much if you're sitting there at a game less than 500 or at 500.
You have to make your run here and now.
Otherwise we're not gonna be in there and you're part of Empty Nation.
We're gonna help you every step of the way.
So let's talk about that Thursday night game and able to get some injury updates later on because we do have some stuff coming through our desk now, so make sure you guys are up to date when we go into that segment.
That game last night was about what you expected it to be.
I don't know anybody who would have expected a close game when you have the San Francisco 40 Niners with pretty much nobody left on the roster now, some things didn't go to our expectations.
Allah, Jordan, Reed, Allah, Robert, Tony and I'm not gonna finish in the top 10 after those performances after being hardly involved on either side.
Injury wise, from a fantasy standpoint, at least, there weren't any new injuries to talk about the big thing.
That would probably be that.
You know, Susan.
A couple hours after we got done with the show, all of a sudden came out the Erin Jones.
It was, in fact, going to play.
It was, in fact, going to be active.
They decided to do a 1 80 when it came to what they felt about Erin Jones. His ability.
Now, let's not be mistaken.
If Jamal Williams or A J.
Dillan were available in this game, I think there's a pretty good chance that Erin Jones would have probably sat out one more week.
This was a matter of they didn't really want to go into the game, having to lean on just Tyler Urban and Dexter Williams.
That was really the big thing that we take away from here.
He didn't have his full full workload, but he looked good.
He looked healthy.
You still got 15 carriers for 58 yards.
He still tacked on five catches for 21 yards.
So he still gave you a decent floor day.
And if you had Erin Jones and he found out he was gonna be active, well, you're going to play him.
And it's not a terrible day, especially considering it was a game in which he was not supposed to get a full workload.
He still gets 20 touches, 20 touches and really his snap counts.
We're gonna go back and look at those.
It wasn't a full workload as far as the snap count goes mean.
When he was out there on the field, they had no trepidation and handing him the football and giving him the football and getting him back involved in his offense.
So They were pretty confident that he was gonna be healthy.
And like I said, he looks good.
So the most important thing when it comes to Erin Jones is the fact that he's gonna be good to go.
I think from here on out, barring any more injuries.
So you're gonna have your Erin Jones.
You're gonna have your top five running back on the year back in your line ups, I believe moving forward with confidence.
Aaron Rodgers was, well, was Aaron Rodgers.
I mean, we expected at least a good game out of Rogers.
He actually threw the ball less.
Then I was expecting him to, but they put this game well out of reach earlier on.
Then I was necessarily expecting them to do so, either.
Aaron Rodgers goes with 305 yards, four touchdowns in this game off just 31 attempts.
400 defense looked like they couldn't get any pressure.
They looked like they couldn't cover Davante Adams, who went 10 catches, 173 yards a touchdown on 12 targets.
They talked about that they were going to double Davante Adams if you did, you did a horrible job and I watched that game.
They tried to play their their basic coverage against Davante Adams, which is stupid because he can't do it.
You can't leave this man one on one.
You have tow, have him double covered.
And when you're playing the Green Bay Packers, especially without Alan Lazard, I don't know why Defense's would be afraid to double cover Davante Adams.
You know where the ball's going now.
Marquez Valdas Scantlin did come away with two bombs in this game. Two touchdowns.
I should say in this game 11 bomb touchdown.
Never is gonna be asking themselves.
What does this mean? It means nothing because animals are gonna probably be back next week.
This is his once in a blue moon game where he puts things over the top.
He puts up big points.
If you could actually figure out when that was going to happen that my hat is off to you.
Nobody else is gonna be able to and with Almonds are coming back.
Does not like his target share his involvement.
The offense is gonna rise.
Now we know every so often he's going to catch a bomb.
The problem is, you're never going to know when to play him for that bomb.
So nothing much really changes for the Packers side of things.
Tyler Ervin was a little bit involved.
Four catches, 48 yards, eight carries, 24 yards.
That immediately disappears next week when we expect to see Jamal Williams back.
So not much really changes for the Green Bay Packers from fantasy standpoint, other than you got good performances of the guys you needed.
The only disappointment like I said before, was Tanya, who only had one target, one catch five yards.
They played a lot of the tight ends they kept, eh? So what do you do about Robert Tanya moving forward? I guess you could say he just He stays in the streaming territory.
They have a good matchup next week.
But you're just, you know what? These tight ends who are all in this 10 to 20 range really? Now they're all about the same.
They can all give you dud performances like this, or they could actually give you a solid performance on foot flops every single week.
It's just a matter of can you pick the right one at the right time? Because if you don't have a top five tight end.
You're pretty much you're playing Russian roulette when it comes to the tight end position what you're going to get.
So it's something that you have to keep in mind when it comes to tight ends knowing that you're gonna have to shoot your shot and sometimes it's gonna blow up in your face.
We'll talk about the 40 Niners I'm gonna give my I'm gonna give myself a little bit of a pat on the back when it comes to San Francisco. 40 Niners.
I am because I'm pretty sure I am.
The Onley won the Onley one who was saying that this was going to be a Jerick McKinnon game? Not a John Michael Hasty game, because Jerick McKinnon plays with Nick Mullins.
And I'm pretty sure I was the only one going around saying that.
I'm pretty sure maybe there's somebody else out there that I don't know about, but I'm pretty sure, so I'm gonna get myself a little bit of a pat on the back with that because I screwed up.
I openly admit that I screwed up the time he had endured re pick so I can give myself a little pat on the back for that.
But McKenna was good.
12 carries, 52 yards.
You got two touchdown, three catches, 16 yards if you listen to the show of your part of the nation and you actually play them and you're happy with his performance.
The touchdown, of course, came in garbage time in the last drive.
But, hey, that's where fantasy points live and die.
For the most part, especially, it comes to these bad teams.
And make no mistake, the San Francisco 40 Niners moving forward are going to be a bad team.
Nick Mullins was to 91 touchdown and interception.
So when you're asking yourself, you know who is gonna be the wider see because there's no brand I You know Deebo, Samuel No.
George Kittle, Richey James Ritchie James.
Nine catches, 184 yards a touchdown, 13 targets.
Ah, guy that they weren't even 100% shore was definitely gonna be able to go this week.
They weren't they didn't think it was gonna happen.
He comes in because he is a special teams.
Phenomena has always been fast, they pretty much just use that to their advantage.
It helped that Jared Alexander had to go out with a concussion during the game, but Richie James, now Richard game is not gonna be a thing.
We'll be back next week and it just kind of shows you that this could have been a brand new game, and that's kind of disappointing, cause he would have played in some people's lineups.
You weren't gonna play a San Francisco 49 or wide receiver in this game.
You just weren't so.
It's kind of a shame in that standpoint, but this doesn't do anything for Richard James going forward. Debo will be back.
I believe in two weeks or so, Jordan re will get Mawr involved Moving forward.
I'm not worried about Jordan Reed.
This was a situation where if you are really dying to find a tight end streamer, there was a case to be made that he could wind up getting a lot of targets in this game because they just desperately needed somebody.
I think Jordan Reed has some better days ahead.
I think he falls into that widening category of that really that low end tight and one tight end to it.
You're pretty much streaming any given week, depending upon the matchup.
Now, remember, the 40 Niners do have a buy and Week 11 as well.
So that's coming up.
There's really not much else to talk about here.
What are you going to do? Well, it's gonna depend on the quarterback If CJ both ARD plays and we're still waiting for Tevin Coleman and where he most had to come back.
Well, then I think you might see a little bit more to Michael Hasty.
But if it continues to be Nick Mullins, and that's gonna be the debate heading into next week is which quarterback is gonna quarterback in Week 10? Because I think that after what Nick Mullins did last, I think that has to be completely up in the air.
But it was gonna be Nik Wallenda is probably Jared McCann in because he looks to check down more.
There's a comfort level there with Nick Mullins and Jerick McKinnon that there's not with Michael Hasty, and if you played Hasty, he was terrible in this game.
I mean, we still had him as an R P.
Three, thinking he would still maybe get 8 to 10 carries in this one.
He only got four two catches, 10 yards.
Hasty is going to be a guy that you know what we can go ahead and hit this and hit this button because running mostly it will be back soon.
And I think it's gonna be Jerick.
McKinnon next week again prepare to be flushed.
You know that's gonna be frigid, Michael Hasty.
There's no reason to own him after this week after that showing after seeing what's going on right now with Sanders before year's offense, outside of Brand that you could.
Samuel, I don't know how much I'm gonna wanna own any pieces of his offense moving forward, so that's going to wrap up the Thursday night recap.
We could move off of that before we get into the late window game previews what we're gonna be talking about for the rest of the show.
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Obviously, we're getting some news in now that we'll just add to the injury port.
We'll just start off with this.
It looks like Devonta Freeman is actually going to practice today and he looking like he's going to trend in the right direction for Sunday's game.
So Devonta Freeman, who we are gonna talk about and we're gonna talk about the Giants in this show, I don't know.
We talked about the Giants yesterday.
My mistake, uh, is gonna look like he actually is going to play.
So where is that gonna do him? We'll update our rankings on the belly of fantasy sports dot com website that you always check out.
We have our updated rankings every single week for you guys and standard full point half point PPR.
And we had we in Goldman at RB 30.
We had an R B three.
I imagine that I'll probably wanted to be putting Freeman somewhere in these similar territory as a win.
Goldman, who we had who I had projected out as the lead running back for the Giants heading into this game in the first place.
So probably somewhere in at RB three territories.
So you're looking for a flax play.
Or if you're looking for a warm body toe, step into your RB two because you're hurt by the by weeks, everything like that.
That's a situation where you might be able to play a Devonta Freeman.
So he's somebody that you could probably go to possibly.
Obviously, you're not excited about the ceiling, obviously playing Washington with that front in the way the Giants, in playing as of late, there is a little bit of a low floor that comes with them.
That's why he's in the R B three territory, but he is a option.
If you're looking for ones out there we'll stick with that game here. Golden Tate.
He's back in practice yesterday.
He's expected to go now.
He in and of himself, of course, is not Ah, guy that you want to be playing or you're not gonna.
It's not gonna be fantasy relevant, I should say.
But him being back in the lineup does limit maybe some of the targets going to a Sterling Shepard, going to a variously and going to an Evan Ingram.
So something kind of keep an eye on there.
I still think Slaten of all the giant wide receivers, the one to go with this particular week because Sterling Shepard is gonna be matched up on Fuller, and he's also dealing with his own injuries.
Now we? There's nothing that we expect him to be out of for Sunday, but he is a little bit limited as far as where his health is at the moment.
Talk about Sammy Watkins.
He practiced again in a limited capacity yesterday, so he's looking like he really is trending in the right direction of coming back from that hamstring issue.
Going into Sunday's game, he came in at wide receiver high and wide receiver three for us with this Kansas City offense, given the role that he was playing in before he went down with this injury.
And also that while Michael Harmon was fine while the Marcus Robinson was fine, they didn't do anything special to, you know, keep Sammy Watkins out.
Maura particular with Michael Harmon because that's kind of what you're wondering.
Like Michael Harmon had a great stretch.
Would he suddenly be able to take over Sammy Watkins? Because eventually that seems to be the way they have to take these things, because we don't plan on seeing Sammy Watkins back again next year.
Do the contract situation unless he takes another pay cut and and the signs for another one year deal on even cheaper money, which I guess we can't rule out at this point depending on what he wants to dio.
But as it stands right now, we're expecting harm to take over that job at some point next season.
But it's not gonna happen this year.
He didn't do enough to make it in a question that Sammy Watkins is not gonna be the number two receiver for the cancer.
The Chiefs, heading into this game, so he becomes in his wide receiver.
He's someone who definitely is an option, and again that very well could be, Ah, shootout.
We're also getting news now that Kenyan Drake did not practice again.
We did not expect him to come back this week anyway, so it's kind of just confirms that Kenyan Drake will not be playing this week.
Fire up chase Edmund.
We had welcome to talk about this game in this state of window, but we have Chase em.
Is the top five running back this week.
He came back and practice in a full capacity yesterday, so whatever that ankle issue was, obviously it was not serious.
Jonathan, tailor, we do have him is a low NRB, too.
Obviously don't feel great about it right now, because the way the Colts are choosing to stick with this three man rotation.
Not to mention the playing the Baltimore Ravens, which is not a great matchup to begin with, but I think I don't know if you're gonna have a better option.
Most people who drafted Jonathan Taylor drafted him in the first three rounds.
I don't know if you're going to have a better option to bench Jonathan Taylor for if you do great, because he's not gonna have a high ceiling here against the Baltimore Ravens and when he's putting touches with two other running backs in that backfield and what seems like a possibility of him being in a hot man rotation a hot hand rotation, if you will, which always puts everything into an extra state of flux.
So we have an RB 22.
I think you have to play him because you probably got a better option.
But if you do, don't be afraid to bench him because he is gonna have a lower ceiling heading into this week that we have to expect for Calvin Ridley.
There's actually been some really good news on Calvin Ridley.
So Atlanta they're having to deal with their own Kobe issues right now, So they didn't have the team facility was not open today.
Now they're expected to be fine.
Overall, it was a high contact tracing situation, a precaution So this game still gonna go on as far as that is concerned.
But their hope was that they were actually going to get Calvin because he hasn't practiced past two days.
Their hope was they were gonna get Calvin Ridley to come out today's practice and see what he could dio.
I haven't ranked Calvin Ridley and I still want.
Until I get some more news on this pop, probably not until tomorrow.
They'll be updated for you guys first thing Sunday morning like they always are.
I promise you that on the bill of fancy sports dot com website.
But when it comes to Calvin, really, we don't expect any chance that he was going to play this week for two reasons, and I still lean towards him, not playing, but for two reasons. One.
It seemed like a serious enough foot issue that he really just needed at least a week off, but to their bye week next week.
So it would just be hard for me to imagine a guy who is a definitely a future piece of this franchise, the future wide receiver corps of this franchise, why you'd rush him back out there.
You're not going to the playoffs.
You have a bye week next week and come back 100% week 11, So I still lean towards him, not playing.
But there does seem to be growing optimism that they might be able to get him out there.
So make sure you're following us on Twitter at belly up.
MDF show will keep you up to date throughout the weekend as far as that goes, and if he does wind up looking like he's going to suit up, we'll have him ranked.
But I lean still lean towards them, not wind up playing him, especially since he got kind of cheated out of today's practice.
Now they'll do a walk through of sorts, uh, tomorrow.
So there will be a chance to see what he can do on the practice field tomorrow.
But he could wind up being a game time decision at this point.
Speaking of game time decisions.
Ezekiel Elliott He's going to be a game time decision.
It looks like he did not do as much in practice yesterday as Mike McCarthy was hoping for.
He was only a limited participant, has only been a limited participant to this point.
They're sounding more and more like they said.
They're gonna warm him up in today's practice, warm him up on Sunday.
That sounds like a game time decision to me.
So if Tony Pollard, for whatever reason, is available out there on your waiver wires, and I'm not sure the percentages are on on his availability, but check your waiver wire if he's available out there in your leagues you got, You got to pick him up now.
Part of it, you're not gonna want to play, Let's let's say for a second.
Zeke Elliot, Mrs.
Pollard will probably come somewhere in the low NRB to rain just because of pure volume.
But with the way that the Cowboys have been playing, the fact that it's going to be either Garrett Gilbert Cooper rush at the quarterback position, the fact that their offensive line is still banged up the fact that they're going to be playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who just traded for Avery Williamson to replace Devin Busch.
So the opportunity to run on this team just went out the window.
There's a lot of things working against you if you're certain sitting down a situation, hoping to play Tony Pollard.
If Ezekiel Elliott cannot go, there's a lot of things working against you.
In that situation, he will still, probably like I said, I still probably come in as a low NRB, too, because of the expected volume that we would want to see.
Especially talking about half point PPR leagues full point.
PPR leagues will expect him to see him get quite a few receptions to kind of boost his floor level.
If you're in standard leagues, though, it's gonna be a little tricky.
It's gonna depend on what you have available to you now.
You probably weren't depending unless you're Ezekiel Elliott owner Ridiculous owner.
You probably don't have a better option, but if you're not and you're able to get Tony Pollard, well, then you probably weren't expecting to use Tony Pollard anyway.
So I would look at what your roster construction is because there is going to be a low ceiling, given all the cir***stances, all the variables heading into this game around the Dallas Cowboys and the running back unit.
I mean, even Ezekiel Elliott.
We had ranked as a mid to low level RB two for this game, Zika Elliott, because of all those variables that we just laid out for you when it comes to Tony Pollard, So I am not necessarily rushing out there to pick him up and automatically insert him into my lineup.
It depends on what my situation is, but you still should pick him up.
So that way, nobody else in your league has the option, especially the Zico Elliott owner.
You don't want them to have another option.
Make everybody suffer, play it aggressively. Play with strategy.
Chris Godwin is out there.
This is something that I kind of expect we might hear about as the show progresses to the 1 30 hour he was able to.
He's able he's out there right now.
He has a special glove.
The last report that we got was minutes before he came onto the show, which he was gripping the ball.
Seeing how it felt, everything kind of testing out the new glove that he's gonna be trying to use.
He's going to test to see catch how he feels catching the football today.
So today's practice will determine, I believe whether or not we can expect to see Chris Godwin or not.
Today, we will know Well, no today, one way or another, I believe that's gonna be the good news.
At least going to know one way or another.
If he does play, we have him as a wide receiver to against the Saints. He's a good matchup.
The Saints defense has just been completely disappointing all year long, and everybody's offense will be moving full throttle.
And, yes, even with Antonio Brown being out there, because if Chris Godwin plays, I think the the snap share for Antonio Brown will actually be a little bit limited.
I don't think he's gonna go out there and just, you know, be out there on the field the same amount of time as a Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
The first game that he's back for.
It's still been what, a year and a half, two years down since Antonio Brown has played, I don't think is gonna come out there and get 95% of steps.
This is not gonna happen, especially if Chris Godwin place now he doesn't play.
I think there is an argument to be made that Brown could be a flex consideration because he probably would play a significant amount in that scenario and he would have the better mismatch because Mike Evans will be seeing Marshawn Lattimore again for most of this game, but I'm leaning towards Chris Godwin actually finding a way to suit up this week.
It's a big divisional matchup.
If anybody if if any of their top horses.
Congar Oh, they're gonna want them to go.
Oh, and speak of the devil.
We just got an update right now for Kris Godwin.
See, I told you, right? And I was hoping as the show went on, It's not.
It's not as big enough data.
I was hoping for those I'm reading through it here.
Bruce Arians talking about Chris Godwin's progress.
So we want to see how sore it is tomorrow.
But he did catch the ball fine today.
I would anticipate him.
So there you go.
Just as we're talking about Chris Godwin.
Could have done it better myself.
Chris Godwin, trending towards playing did catch the ball will test how sore he is tomorrow.
Of course, you're gonna wanna take a barometer of that and keep your ear to the grindstone at belly up MDF show on Twitter.
But it looks like Chris Godwin is going to play after all.
So good news there.
All right, so now we move on into Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos wide receiver, the guy who's been leading the way.
The guy's been playing Courtland Sutton role.
He's trending towards being able to go.
And if he can go against the Atlanta Falcons, we do have him rank to play because I was expecting him to be able to make a return for this game if he could go against the Atlanta Falcons.
Given the role that he has been in, he's a nice little.
He's a nice little play this week.
We have him in the wide receiver to range this week if he could go.
So it's him, Patrick.
Definitely somebody to kind of pick up.
He's someone who might be available offering the waiver wires and could inject a big boost into your lineup this week if he's available and ready to go against the Atlanta Falcons.
John Brown did come back to practice in full capacity on Thursday as we expected him to.
We we knew that the Wednesday off with just a veteran day, we're not worried about that in any capacity.
There's a great matchup against Seattle.
If he's fully healthy, which if he's practicing for would indicate that he's pretty close to 100% releases closely he's gonna get anyway.
We do think John Brown has serious ceiling upside in this game against Seattle Seahawks.
Not that that should be a surprise as far as that ****ysis going for anybody.
But for those of you out there who become a little bit shaken by Josh Allen become a little bit shaken by the inconsistent use of John Brown when he's been out there because of the injuries and everything like that, I would feel very confident in playing John Brown as my wide receiver three and playing him as my flex play, especially if I'm looking to hit Ah home run this week.
So I like John Brown a lot this week.
Adam Humphreys continues to be out.
At this point, we would say that it's more likely than not.
He will get missed because of the concussion, So that just means more targets for a J.
Brown. More targets for Corey Davis.
More targets for Geno Smith.
Maybe that's something we talked about yesterday.
We're gonna have to watch.
Of course it's against Chicago.
Not a great matchup, but if they're gonna get more targets.
These guys have been heavily leaned on on this offense.
I think they'll have just fine floors for you to go to in this game.
There's no Adam Humphreys.
Mark Ingram again was out yesterday to it does not look like he's going to play.
So we maintain our RB three status are low and RB two status on J.
Dobbins RB three status on Gus Edwards heading into this matchup.
And we still have not heard any updates on Matthew Stafford as far as is he trending in the right direction? Did he did he test negative? Since, you know, I think believe it was Monday or Tuesday.
Has he tested negative since then? Because if he continues to do so, he can still play this week against Minnesota Vikings.
He of himself would be a streaming quarterback for us because of the matchup.
I don't care that he didn't practice Matthew Stafford, not one of those guys that I feel like has to practice throughout the week in order to actually play well.
And also it would it would, it would go into what's the value for a T J.
Hawkinson? What's the value for a possible Marvin Jones play this week.
If Matthew Stafford is out there and playing so and it would affect the running back group, how much they're gonna lean on the running backs? Uh, if there's a Stafford versus a no Stafford.
So I haven't heard a lot of updates on that yet.
Of course, we'll keep you updated throughout the weekend.
Those are all the updates from the games that we talked about yesterday.
So the games we're gonna talk about today, the late window games are we're gonna keep you up to date on the injuries through them and talk about that as we go through our ****ysis.
What I want to do.
First, though, I want to take a little bit of a quick break.
Come back and we'll kick off the late Week nine matchup previews for you right after this.
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We've been talking about the injury updates going into this week from yesterday's show.
We're talking about Thursday night recap.
Now we're going to get into the late window of games for Week nine and give you all the fantasy ****ysis and, of course, keep you up to date with the injuries as well.
So now we got the Raiders.
We got the Chargers in this big A F C West matchup game, and we got Josh Jacobs.
Everybody keeps talking about Josh Jacobs.
You know, he's not quite the top six.
Maybe running back to peace.
Some people out there were hoping he would be to this point, but he is probably as solid as they come.
He has his hive of floors.
They come because kind of like Derrick Henry.
He's just going to get the ball.
No matter what the game script is, he's averaging over 20 carries a game right now, Josh Jacobs against the Chargers, who are kind of in the middle, mid level.
When I would say when it comes to the running back position to be able to fend the running back position, Josh Jacobs comes in as our number 10 running back on the week.
So I think it's gonna be a solid play for him.
A lot of people are asking, you know, Derek Carr and see a stream worthy quarterback because everyone's, you know, rightfully so.
You're throwing away the game from last week because it was such bad weather out there.
Nobody's passing attack was gonna be able to do anything, and I don't care if it was Derek Carr or frankly, I don't know if I would even matter with Aaron Rodgers because of how strong those gusts of winds were last week.
Look with with their car, he comes in a Q B 16 for us, so he's gonna be in the argument level.
But there is such a low cap to his ceiling that I think you could find better options, for instance, even a Matthew Stafford who doesn't practice all week long if he's able to go on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
I would much rather pick up and play Ah, Matthew Stafford than a dare car 100%.
And that is something that should be available to you in a lot of leaks.
I don't believe Matthew Stafford is more than 50% owned, at least not on average, anyway, throughout all the major platforms.
The last time I looked at it, so I would rather do some is some situations like that than have to go to dare car direction.
Darren Waller obviously must play tight and three for us on the week, Uh, just continue.
It just remains to be the number one pass catcher for the Raiders overall.
And while he hasn't had these huge games like he did a year ago, he's been very solid on a week to week basis.
So Darren Wall are good to go.
As far as the wide receivers going, you're looking at a Henry rugs.
I don't like this matchup for Henry rugs.
I don't like the fact that is gonna be matched. One.
Hey, where for most of this game, obviously, with drugs, you're on Lee, hoping for that one.
Big polite to make him fantasy relevant.
Otherwise, you know, you know there's going to possibly be a low floor when it comes to a Henry rugs.
If he doesn't hit that one big play because he's still just not in a situation yet where he's seeing, let's say, 5 to 7 targets on a consistent basis.
This is This is not It's not happening yet.
It might happen next year.
It might happen down the road, but right now, that's not our expectation.
So Henry Rugs, Obviously, if you are just looking for a home run threat, hey has got a chance this week to hit it as he does any other week.
But you are playing, uh, you're you're gambling on a high level.
If you are actually going to roll the dice on Henry rugs this particular week, we don't have him ranked inside the Top 36 a wide receivers When it comes to the Chargers side of the ball, Justin Herbert fire him up. He's a top 10.
Q B. We have a Q B seven on the week.
I don't think anybody should question that is a great matchup against the Raiders.
As long as the weather is fine and we don't run a situation like we did last week, this is a great matchup for any quarterback, for any offense, because the Raiders are so terrible defensively.
And you have Justin Herbert, who's been on fire over the past.
I guess you could probably say he's been on fire since the day he started when Taylor, unfortunately, had his lung punctured by his own doctors.
Herbert's gonna be a top 10 quarterback without a doubt.
I mean, maybe he'll even be a top seven quarterback without a doubt for the rest of the season, anyway, and it comes in a seven this week for us.
Obviously, he's a top 10 receiver for us this week.
He's seeing double digit targets every single week.
He gets that against the Raiders.
You could ensure he's gonna have Ah, great game, too, Hunter Henry.
So aggravating, so aggravating.
The talent is there.
The offense is playing well.
The quarterback is there.
Even the opportunities are there because Hunter Henry is somebody who's still getting, on average, 5 to 7 targets at the tight end position.
That is the Onley reason.
Theon pertuan it, er, the Onley reason that we continue to hold out hope for Hunter Henry because at this 0.
3 statistics the production just hasn't been there.
So if you're playing Hunter Henry's because you're trusting the process over the results so far, and we have him a tight and 13 on the week, I don't feel great about it.
But it does put him in the top end of streamer category, but you're probably not dropping Hunter Henry, you're not moving on.
You're not putting him on the waiver wire to stream.
You're just playing him is a low level, tight end, one which, and you're just hoping at some point Justin Herbert actually throws in the ball in the end zone because it doesn't make any sense that it hasn't happened to this point.
But it continues to not happen, so he's very, very frustrating.
I understand if you wanna look in a different direction, but we do have a tight and 13, given that it's the Raiders, given that he's still seeing 5 to 7 targets on average.
The real question With the charges, of course, And Mike Williams, I'll just touch them quickly.
Wide receiver 38.
So, yes, he's a considerable flex play.
It's only because they're playing the Raiders.
Last week was the first week that we actually saw Mike Williams be able to get targeted on a significant level while Keenan Allen was actually healthy and out there on the field is the first time we've seen it.
So I'm not ready to jump all in on Mike Williams being a a solid wide receiver.
That you can plug into your lineup into this offense because there's that was only one time I'm not ready to just jump in off of one occasion that Mike Williams was actually being targeted alongside of keen and out.
If it happens again this game, he'll have a good game and if it happens again this game, then we will start to have a little bit more confidence that that could happen again and again and again this season, and then we'll move up Mike Williams in the rankings.
But for now, I'm playing to that.
There is a low floor factor here that we have to recognize, and that's why it comes out.
Why Receiver 38 for us and what should be a game that Mike Williams would be normally able to dominate if we could trust, he was definitely get the target share.
The real narrative on the Chargers and trying to figure out what you're going to get is the running back situation.
We do expect Justin Jackson to get the majority of the work.
What majority of the work that is, I think, can be anybody's guess right now.
Last week, it happened to be 20 opportunities, maybe because it's the Raiders.
Maybe he gets the opportunity for that to be the case again.
But Jermaine Pope is gonna be a factor.
Josh Kelley is getting phased out.
Josh Kelley is the odd man out, but he's still gonna probably account for somewhere between 6 to 8 opportunities in his own right, whether be carriers of receptions.
So that's where it kind of gets a little cause.
Then you have to chip away there.
Somebody who came out of nowhere last week.
It has a very similar skill set to adjust in Jackson, but somebody that they liked.
And that's mostly due to the fact that Joshua Kelly has been very disappointing ever since.
Really, Week two of this season, he's gonna be a factor.
We have Pope ranked at RB 37 so he's just outside RB 36 1st just outside the cups off that flex plate for us because I don't think last week was a fluke.
I think that's something that is going to continue because he played well and it was just clear that he was playing ahead of Joshua Kelly now.
So all these factors kind of limit the ceiling of a Justin Jackson.
But we come in Jackson still a high end RB two for us again.
The Raiders are terrible against to run now.
They are a little bit better when Jonathan Abram plays, and he's gonna we expected to play in this game.
There are a little bit better in that sense, but Justin Jackson will get receptions.
Justin Jackson will get at least 15 carries.
I believe in this game we saw what he could do last week.
When he has the holes, he has some explosive ability.
I feel good given this matchup given this week, especially the landscape, this week is crazy.
Justin Jackson somebody we think is going to be a high and RB two this week.
So play him with confidence and then we're gonna be watching this game closely to kind of figure out what is.
The rotation now is solidify the pope is ahead of Joshua Kelly and what that possibly means, As far as opportunities go throughout these running backs I know a lot of people are trying to ask, Where's Austin Meckler? In all this awesome Meckler we don't know what He's gonna come back now They You know Anthony Lyne's was saying all the right things.
You know, Austin, Eh? Cler he is progressing well.
He's rehabbing Well, we might see him sooner rather than later that that's something that has changed now this week from what it was a week ago, where it was later rather than sooner.
It was such a bad hamstring issue, and people keep trying to throw out Week 10, which would be next week as a possibility.
I don't see how he come back Week 10 with that hamstring issue with the fact that Justin Jackson has been playing well and let's also put into the mix.
The Chargers are in the playoff race now.
They were magically, you know, they rattle off this game.
They were rattle off next week.
Maybe they could make an argument because there's that extra wild card spot this year.
They could make a run at that, but they're not in the playoff race.
You paid also nuclear big contract.
There's no way I could see them bringing him back unless they are 100% sure that he's gonna be healthy.
So I think we're still looking at a few more weeks before we even have awesome Meckler in the conversation.
If you have not our spot and you're able to keep stashing him there, go for it.
But if not, I could understand.
Maybe you look the trade in Austin Meckler to try to make the roster moves because I don't know when he's gonna come back and maybe somebody will buy into the idea that he will be back sooner rather than later, and you can get some good value for him.
But I don't think it's gonna be the case.
So let's move on to our next game.
Let's talk about the Steelers.
Let's talk about the Dallas Cowboys and we'll get into a little bit more on the Zika Elliott Tony Pollard side of things.
Obviously, again, you know, Jerry Jones comes out and I have comments here, and I did see that alert as well on Facebook at the moment.
Yes, Jerry Jones came out and said that he expects Ezekiel Elliott to go.
I don't care what Jerry Jones has to say.
Jerry Jones, you know, flaps his mouth about everything 24 7 and wind up not being true.
I would say about probably 80% of the time, especially when it comes to this football team.
It doesn't sound like McCarthy.
On the other hand, McCarthy doesn't sound like he expects Elliott to miss.
But this is going to be a game time decision and just given that they have a bye week next week, it makes things just a little bit more interesting.
I'm not saying that I'm leaning towards Ezekiel Elliott being out because I'm not at this point.
I still have him ranked as an R B two, but because they have that by week next week because they've been playing so poorly as of late.
I don't know if you just decide.
You wanna throw Ezekiel Elliott to the Wolves in this game instead of just letting him get healthy and coming back in Week 11, where there should be an Andy Dalton, which at least is an improvement amongst.
He could travesty.
That is the quarterback situation right now for them, and they might get some of their offensive lineman back in Week 11 to.
So there's there's there's that factor of why he might not play.
Why, I think it might be more of a chance that he might not play.
If this was any other week, they didn't have their bye week next week or if they already had their by.
I think there's I think there'll be very little chance that he didn't suit up, but I have never become a variable.
So again, it just re emphasizes the point.
Make sure you have $20 just in case with the wide receivers.
I have a Marquis Cooper ranked wide receiver, 26.
I don't feel good about it.
It's a high end, wide receiver.
Three. We're talking about 12 man leagues.
Look, when it comes to Marty Cooper, he should get targeted Mawr than he did with Ben DeNucci last week.
I don't know what happened there because he wasn't he.
He wasn't shadowed by sleigh, which we thought might happen.
I didn't wind up happening.
The guy who was actually getting shadowed by Slate with Michael Gallup, who had 12 targets.
I don't know what happened last week.
I don't think anybody knows what happened last week.
I think the Cowboys know what happened last week, and that's why I bend a new.
She's not starting quarterback again this week.
Mari Cooper's gonna have a low floor playing plain and simple.
You're going against Steelers who, from a wide receiver perspective, is not really that bad of a matchup.
But the problem is, how often are the quarterbacks actually gonna have any time to throw the ball down the field? Now that does play in the Cooper strength a little bit because he is the one running shorter routes in this offense.
That's why is that so many games for seven catches for 80 yards? Ah, lot this season.
But, man, Oh, man, I don't know if you can trust any pass catcher on the Dallas Cowboys right now.
I just don't I just don't think you can like that.
Mark Cooper comes at wide receiver 26 makes him, Ah, high end wide receiver three.
But even that I don't really feel great about, and you have to consider when you're doing your roster construction, you're putting your lives together.
He's gonna have a little floor in this game and not much of a ceiling, either.
So take that into consideration when you're looking at what options you have available to you, but you might not have a better one.
Some people wanna ask about Dalton Schultz, Dalton Schultz.
We have tightened 15 this week again unless it's a Marquis Cooper.
I don't think I'm even contemplating putting in a Dallas Cowboy pass catcher this week, just not doing it.
Plus the Steelers air great against good tight ends, let alone this situation.
Now let's talk about the Steelers side of the ball play everyone, I mean way.
Want to just give the quick fantasy ****ysis on it? Play everyone.
Chase Claypool finally looking like he is playing well ahead of James Washington.
Something that we were waiting for to get confirmation on, waiting for it to happen and then being able to have enough data on it to confirm that it did, in fact happen.
So Claypool fire him up.
Now he's probably the lower ranks of the three wide receivers when it comes to, uh, you know Claypool, Schuster, DeOnte Johnson, DeOnte Johnson, Our highest ranked receiver This week he comes at wide receiver. 14.
Juju comes in at wide receiver. 20.
Claypool comes at wide receiver, 22.
All too wide receiver.
Choose with upside, Obviously, they all three pretty wide receiver ones.
I mean, this is just a state of Dallas Cowboys air in it.
Just as it breaks down to Smith Schuster.
I think you can guarantee me seven catches released 68 yards.
The question will be, Do you score a touchdown or not? Because that's pretty much been a stat line, anyway.
Gets the Cowboys a decent chance.
You get the touchdown this game, Claypool like I said.
He has the big explosive abilities playing ahead of James Washington.
He comes in a wide receiver, 22 for us.
He's a big Reds on target, but the number one wide receiver of this team when he is healthy and that's been a struggle this year.
But when he is healthy is Deontay Johnson.
DeOnte Johnson is the number one guy now.
I know. Last week he goosed everybody.
I get it. I understand.
I don't understand your frustrations would be Danny Johnson would be a buy low candidate for me if you can get him for pennies on the dollar, which might be possible right now because between the injuries and getting getting zero points against Baltimore Ravens last week, I think that might be a possibility out there in some of your leagues.
I want every little bit of Deontay Johnson I could possibly get.
First of all, you get the nice upside of the Steelers already having their bye week done, so you don't have to worry about it while you're going into these playoff races and he is more times not with the exception of last week, when he's out there healthy on the field for all four quarters.
He's the number one target.
Plain and simple. He is.
So he comes in a wide receiver 14 for us.
I wouldn't be shocked at all if he winds up cracking the top 10 this week.
They're gonna probably have an emphasis on getting him the ball after not being able to get him the ball a week ago.
So play all of them pretty much.
Eric Ebron is the top 10 title.
For us to speak, you can have a tight end. Seven.
He's somebody, Even with the wide receivers getting their targets.
Eric Ebron has actually beginning his workload, his opportunities as well, to he's been staring at 5 to 7 targets on the every game.
And he's been getting touchdowns lately, too.
Eric Ebron tightened seven.
James Connor is going to be an R B one this week.
We have an R B seven overall top 10 rye guy.
Not that you were gonna mentioning these people, but just to kind of give you an idea of what our expectations are, what our ceilings are for this game, we believe James kind of will be an R B one.
This week without a doubt figure.
Steelers Get up big the Let Connor work out the clock.
We might see a little bit of Benny Snell this week to because I think there's a real chance we're going to see maybe all the fourth quarter or at least part of the fourth quarter.
We're going to see the backups with dealers coming, because I expect this to be a blowout.
100% expected to be a blowout.
Ben Roethlisberger Q B nine.
We have a top 10 quarterback.
He's a top streamer for us for this week.
I know he hasn't been great, but Dallas makes Ah lot of guys look really good.
And when you have this many weapons in this kind of a matchup, I don't see how he doesn't finish inside the top 10.
I just don't see it.
So Ben Roethlisberger, fire him up, fire him up.
He's a good option this week.
Let's move into the Miami Dolphins.
Let's talk about the Arizona card to attack a Lavoe, obviously, fantasy purposes.
We're not we're not telling you to plan.
He's Q B 20 for us on the week.
The question is, what do you do about the rest of the past catches because there should be high volume when it comes to the Dolphins this week.
There should be you're not gonna have Gaskin.
It doesn't look like you're gonna have.
You're gonna have breed.
And that's something. We're gonna update our ranking.
So we started breeding ranked.
We'll have that updated for you late Saturday night.
Sunday morning, you're gonna be leaning on Jordan Howard, who's been a healthy scratch for, I believe three weeks now you're gonna be leaning on DeAndre Washington, who you literally just traded for this week.
The running game is not going to be a thing for the Dolphins.
There's gonna be high volume for the rookie quarterback in this game.
Which leads me to Devante Parker.
Devante Parker comes in a wide receiver 31 for us, leaning on the idea that there's gonna have to be high volume, that the Dolphins are gonna have to throw the ball to move the ball in this matchup.
I'm not worried about Patrick Peterson so much.
He's not the same corner he used to be.
When I am a little concerned about, though, in this place to Parker possibly having a low floor.
I'm a little concerned that because it's Patrick Peterson to attack Lavoe, it may choose to target Preston Williams on the other side.
He made shoes just to go away from him, which is what my fear is a little bit when it comes to Parker.
But they're gonna have the volume I expect them to have.
And I expect at least 35 pass attempts in this game for to a if not 40 given the cir***stances around their running game and that Arizona has a real shot here to run up the score.
I know Dolphin Stevens have been playing well, but I think coming out of the by, I think Arizona's offense with now Chase Edmunds coming out is gonna look actually a little bit more efficient.
It's gonna look a little bit more explosive.
We'll talk about their offense weapons in a second, but as a result of that being, it's in Arizona and they're coming off the bye.
I think the Dolphins gonna have to come back from behind to at some point in this game, so there should be high volume in this game.
So Parker has a decent floor, I believe.
But I question exactly what his ceiling is going to be because we still don't know who to his favorite target really is.
I mean, Parker had two touchdown last week.
We only had two targets.
His favorite target, as far as pass catchers go, was pressing Williams.
So we're gonna have to see that game.
We had a really weird game script, so we just didn't get to take a lot of data out of that game.
Game really didn't tell us a lot when it came to, you know, to it, and Parker and Williams and my Kosecki just didn't tell us a lot.
So Parker wires here 31.
We're not playing Preston Williams.
Obviously, it's just a matter of you know, where's Parker's value at when it comes to Preston Williams targets my kasicky tight in 19.
I don't know how you can trust to make a sticky at this point.
I don't know who would want Thio.
He's had what, two good games this year.
He's been hardly even involved, and this goes back before, too.
It took over where we have a lot of question marks as to what we're going to see now.
I'm not trusting my kasicky this week as far as the Arizona Cardinals side of the ball.
This is where things get a little bit exciting now.
Like I said, the Dolphin Stevens has been playing well, but I expect the Arizona Cardinals offense to be a little bit more efficient.
Now. They have Chase Edmunds back there.
Why, I think Chase.
I must continue being the starting running back, but that will have that conversation at another time.
Kyler Murray is our Q B one.
He's been the Q B one for the season.
We know that even if he's not efficient throwing the ball, which he hasn't been at times this year, he'll run the heck out of it and give you a big, you know, give you a big fantasy output.
No worries there, so Q B one Chase Edmunds Running back five overall R B five top RB one This week.
Love the matchup.
Love his ability, love how he has looked so far this season.
It's gonna get all the work love Chase Evans this week.
I don't think that should be a surprise. Anybody.
DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver three on the week.
We know that DeAndre Hopkins has a better than 50% chance of getting double digit targets almost every single week.
He's kind of on the Keenan Allen thing right now, where it's just, you know, they're gonna get double digit targets and being how good they are and when they have games like this where, Yes, Miami secondary is decent, but they, you know, by whether Byron Jones or examine Howard whoever they want to throw out there.
Uh, there's nobody that I feel like has the capability of actually taking away of DeAndre Hopkins.
So I expect double digit targets.
I expect a high floor.
I expect a great ceiling.
DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver three.
Think the question is, Can you play a Christian Kirk on the back side? Who, going into the bye week had five touchdowns in three games, five touchdowns in three games at a Christian Kurt.
Now he has definitely established himself as somebody who needs to be owned everywhere.
I think the question is, when are you feeling comfortable playing him? I haven't Wide Receiver 43 this week, which puts him at the low end conversation of the flex territory.
I don't know if I'm looking to play him necessarily against the Dolphins, but here's what I will say.
If you're looking at your rosters and you're like, Look, I could need I need somebody who at least has some upside.
I need somebody who can take me over the top, but at least has the potential to win me the week because you know I have this guy on by or have this guy injured or the matchup that I'm playing against.
Hey, this guy has me outgunned.
If you're looking for that little spark from that guy who could just over perform and has that upside, that's a Christian Kurt guy Right now.
As far as the touchdowns go, he's overtaking Larry Fitzgerald in snap count and routes run in targets.
He is the second wide receiver we knew somebody else besides DeAndre Hopkins.
We're gonna have to start to get more involved.
I'm good with you playing Christian Kirk.
If you need to take a shot somewhere, that's why is that.
Why Receiver 43 for us? And that might even be a little bit too low, cause he has a big upside.
Let's move on here.
Let's move into the Saints Tampa Bay Sunday night talking about a game that everyone's looking forward to.
To me, it's the game of the week.
Let's talk about the Saints first because there's a lot of injuries here that we have to get through.
Drew Brees might be a little bit more banged up than we all realize with his shoulder issue that he's going through right now.
Now they expect him to play.
He's been limited in practice, but from what I understand yesterday, he was working off to the side.
More than not so.
Drew Brees might be a little bit banged up in this game, but we do it at this point.
Expects him to go as far as his actual fantasy value.
He's not extreme quarterback for us in this Games.
Tampa Bay's defense.
He's dealing with the injury, and it's not like he's been great this year anyway.
So not a streaming option for us.
But it's important because you need Breeze out there because guess who finally might come back.
Michael Thomas might be back in this game.
He's been practicing Olympic capacity this week, so far, as far as we understand it to this point, at 12 55 on Friday, there hasn't been any setbacks with him in practice.
I don't want to say that we're definitely gonna see Michael Thomas because I feel like every time I felt confident about that heading into a week, we haven't seen it yet.
It's been one thing or another with him, whether he's punching a guy out or picking up new injuries while he's practicing.
So I don't knock on wood.
I don't want to jinx anything, but we might actually see Michael Thomas coming back this week.
Make sure you're following us on Twitter at belly up.
MDF show will keep you up to date because that's something we're all gonna be watching right up until game time.
If Thomas plays, you're playing them.
We have him ranked at wide receiver 13.
No, it's not a great matchup, but there's going to be an emphasis if he's out there to get Michael Thomas the ball a lot, especially after what happened the first time these two teams played each other.
It's gonna be a big Thomas and Alvin Kamara game.
As far as targets go That's why we need your breeze to be healthy because we need to make sure that's exactly what's going to happen.
Kamara is our our before this week.
It's the first time in a while we actually haven't been ranked at RB one again.
That's a testament to the fact that he's playing Tampa Bay.
We don't expect high efficient numbers in the ground game.
The great thing about Camara and why he just has this insane floor every single week.
Even when he doesn't score, which has actually been a few weeks now since he since he has scored a touchdown, he's on a record peace and receptions and reception yards.
And even with Michael Thomas coming back even with Emmanuel Sanders coming back because we expect him to be back this week to you got activated off the covert reserve list, he may not see double digit targets.
Maybe there's still a possibility that could, but he's going to still see seven and nine.
He's still gonna be heavily involved.
So that's the great thing about Amukamara.
Even in a matchup like this, we know he's gonna be so involved in the passing game that you just don't worry about him killing your lineup.
And as long as he gives you that, for with the reception's, he's due for a touchdown 100%.
He's due for a touchdown.
Jared Cook tight and nine again.
He kind of falls in that category where, yeah, if he score, he's gonna be top 10 tight end.
If he doesn't, then you know who knows? He might be tired and 25.
There's a long list of guys like that.
He has been getting targeted in the red zone.
He has been getting a target a lot overall, which I think has been a little bit disappointing, especially since there's been no Michael Thomas.
We kind of expected him to be more involved in between the twenties.
But when they get inside the 20 Jared Cook is definitely somebody Drew Brees is looking for.
And that's not gonna change.
Even with Michael Thomas coming back, he's still gonna be somebody that Drew Brees looks for, and now there will be attention away from him in the red zone.
On top of it, it should allow him to get a few more one on one opportunity.
So Jared Cook is tight and nine for us on Tampa Bay side of the ball.
Tom Brady Q B eight We're following to see.
We talked about it earlier in the show.
It looks like we're gonna see Chris Godwin.
At least it's turning in that direction right now.
We have him at wide receiver 18.
We expect him to go.
We expect him to play is a big matchup.
He'll be in his long as he's good to go out there with that special glove he's trying out there.
You can catch the ball, which is what sounds like it happened in practice today.
Chris Garland will be a wide receiver to for us.
Mike Evans high and wide receiver, three 28th.
He's going as Lattimore.
You don't love it, but I don't believe Antonio Brown is gonna come in again and get 80 to 90% of the snap work.
I think there's gonna be an emphasis to target Mike Evans when it comes to the red zone.
That touchdown capability is what keeps him at a wide receiver, three even going up against Lattimore for most of this game.
Let's get the big one. Let's talk about Antonio Brown.
Everyone wants to know.
Can we play him? Week one? Well, look, I do have a wide receiver 46.
So it's not outside the conversation off.
Considering him potentially in your flex position, especially if you're in three wide receiver leaks, it's in the conversation.
Would I want to play him this week? Now that's why he's wide Receiver 46 is not somebody I want to play, but it's all again.
It's gonna come down to your roster.
Construction is gonna come down to your lineups.
What can you get? What do you have available to you? Is there a world where Antonio Brown walks in and gets double digit targets? Yeah, we saw what happened with Tom Brady.
The Patriots. Now, the difference between on.
I want to get into this because a lot of people keep throwing that example out there, but they don't seem to back it up with context.
When the Patriots had Antonio Brown for that one week and he was targeted double digit times after only being out there in one week with Tom Brady, that's what everybody keeps going back to.
They had no one out there.
Josh Gordon was hurt.
Julian Edelman was hurt.
There was no other receiver to go Thio.
That was why Tom Brady needed Antonio Brown so badly.
So at the context of what happened that week, I don't believe is gonna come out and play 80% of snaps.
I think you will be limited.
So I don't wanna play Antonio Brown if I can help it.
But the weird thing is because it's Antonio Brown, because it's Tampa Bay's offense and the way they've been playing as of late way.
Tom Brady, especially, has been playing as of late.
He does enter the conversation of a possible option, depending on what you're looking at, but we haven't wide receiver 46.
There should be better options out there for you.
I'd rather play Christian Kirk, Don Antonio Brown.
This week, for instance, Rob Gronkowski comes in tight end to for us.
I believe he was tied into for us last week.
He continues to be tight into for us this week.
He's just he's been very consistent.
He's a guy who's getting hit on a touchdown streak.
Right now, he's playing Mawr and what he's playing a lot.
I can't believe how much Rob Gronkowski is playing.
I don't think I ever expected Rob Gronkowski at any point, and I don't I know the O.
You know, injury definitely plays into this and why it's happening now.
But I don't think I ever expected him to play 90% of snaps this season at any point.
That's what's happening.
He's back to being like out in the field.
Robert now is the explosive Rob Gronkowski from a few years ago.
No, but he's a heck of a player right now.
If you picked him up and we're going through the streaming tight end situation, I think you have a top five title in your hands the rest of the season without a doubt.
So we're playing Robert Gutkowski, as are tight into Let's talk about the Monday night game.
Let's talk about the Monday night game.
Let's talk about this snoozer fest.
Let's talk about this brutal nous, this ugliness.
Oh, I am getting a little bit of an update, though.
First, hold on Randall Cobb returned to practice after missing Wednesday with a non co vid related illnesses.
Just wanted to make that clear to you guys.
Eso rental car will be back in the mix.
And it wasn't Covad that he missed in the first place.
So it's always important to note right now, because Houston has been dealing with some of their own covert issues along with, it seems like half the league at this point, anyway.
All right, so now let's go back.
Let's unfortunately, let's talk about this Monday night game.
I can't Okay, So before we actually talk about his money, let me go on a little bit of a tangent here just to get this off my chest.
Why can the NFL not flex out Monday night games? Who wants to watch the Patriots and the Jets on Monday Night Football? Even if you're a Patriot fan, even if you're a Jet fan, you have to admit they have no business being on Monday night.
I'm tired of these Thursday night games and these money night games just being awful.
Matchups that seemingly for whatever reason, whoever does the scheduling, however, they have it set up.
Whatever the policy is, they won't flex them out.
The flex out games on Sundays, the Flex out of Sunday night game from time to time, but they won't do it when it's a Monday or Thursday.
Now Thursday, I kind of get to some degree because there's the whole issue there with, you know, days in between teams playing.
You wanna be prepared for that, you know, beforehand.
So I get Thursday to some degree.
But Monday night that shouldn't be a difficult thing.
That's just something I had to get off my chest.
But let's actually get to the fancy ****ysis of that can do.
And are you a streaming quarterback against New York Jets? Theano sir, to that is, yes.
Do I feel great about it? No.
Does there are high ceiling? Not necessarily.
But do I believe Cam Newton will have a good opportunity to be able to get his rushing touchdown? Which is basically what you're counting on when you're playing Cam Newton for his fantasy value? The answer to that question is 100%.
Yes, there's a great chance that he can get a rushing touchdown and have good rushing numbers against the just this week.
Now wide receiver wise because we get to the running backs in the second.
Wide receiver Wise, I'm not looking to play anyone.
If you're in a really deep league and you're in a PPR league and you're just trying to find an option out there who might be involved, Jacoby Meyers is that guy.
He had double digit targets last week.
He's playing more of the slot role.
We thought maybe it would be Dimier.
Bird would be the number one target because he's actually been out there on the field with no Julian Edelman known to kill Harry.
But it's actually been Jacoby Meyers.
Now there is some chance from what I understand that McKeel Harry could suit up in this game, but he hasn't been good.
He he hasn't been targeted a lot, and I do understand that Nikkila here he comes out there, I think the overall narrative, the overall idea, would be that he would be the number one target.
A wide receiver.
I don't actually think that would be the case because off the role that he would be playing versus the roll off they Jacoby Meyers, who's been playing more in the slot.
So I think Myers is actually going to be that security blanket.
He's gonna be what we hoped Julian Element would be this season.
No, I'm just saying that he's not on Top 36.
He's not a guy who I want to consider in flex situations.
He's not a guy that if you're on 10 12 team leagues that I'm trying to throw out there at any point, I'm just making the point that you're in a deep league and you're in a PPR league.
Specifically, he is an option that you can kind of look at because of the role that he's been playing and what the cir***stances are this passing game right now for the Patriots.
I do think that their offense will least be able to be efficient, because once the New York Jets, their offense is gonna be able putting pressure on the Patriots defense, so this game will never get out of hand.
Therefore, the pages will be able to do what they really need and want to do to win games, which is used cams, legs and use the running game so that Segways us into the running backs.
We haven't RB 34.
There is an upside ceiling to Damian Harris again talking about the game script.
What we expect them to be able to dio because they should be able to run because they should be able to stick with that philosophy, one that leans towards Damon Harris because when they run the ball a lot, he is the main runner.
But to with it being the Jets and I know that they're not bad against running backs.
But they have let up a lot of big run so far this season.
And being that they have Cam Newton, I think that will open up some extra holes that normally wouldn't be there with other teams.
There is an upside of Damon Harris.
Him getting 100 yards and a touchdown again this week like he did last week, is very much in the cards.
So while we have um, RB 34 that's a reflection of the fact that he also has a low floor.
Because would we be surprised if all of a sudden we saw 8 to 10 targets out of James White? Or would we be surprised if the New York if the New England Patriots decided to screw us all over in the fancy industry and say, you know what we're gonna play Rex Burkhead A bunch of times tonight.
No, that wouldn't be a surprise.
We all know that the Patriots.
That's why Damon Harris comes out of 34 because that has to be a factor when you're looking at what his floor potentially be.
But this is a game script that should set up in favor of a Damian Harris this week.
Just from a logical standpoint, that hasn't always come to fruition when trying to examine the running back field off New England Patriots.
But that's where it should be.
That's what it could be this week.
So I'm more confident than not to take the chance on playing a ****ing Harris if he's somebody that I need an option for and playing him as a RB three of Flex play or my fill in RB two, depending on what your roster situation is.
So Cam Newton Damian Harris.
I'm okay playing them.
I don't wanna have to play anybody else on the Patriots.
The Jets side of things.
Crowder. He is limited.
There's actually some hope that he's gonna be able to go.
We know that if he goes, he's looking at double digit targets, so He's looking at nothing else.
We have met wide receiver 34 on the week.
You know, just just some concern.
When you're coming off an injury after a couple of weeks, you don't want to see like, Are you gonna get out there? There's some concern or you're able to make it through the entire game.
You're gonna reactivate the injury stuff like that.
But if Crowder's out there, I feel pretty good about playing him as a high end wide receiver.
Three in that situation because, like I said again, he's gonna see double digit targets.
We don't know if Perriman's gonna play.
Denzel Memes is still a rookie, and this offense wants to go around the slot.
Wide receiver James Crowder is the best wide receiver that they have.
No, no doubt about it.
And whether or not the font Gilmore plays for the Patriots on the other side, he doesn't normally shadow in the slot.
So James to Crowder, should be away from Gilmore.
You shouldn't have to worry about that.
He should have a favorable matchup.
You could definitely torch a slot right now against New England Patriots.
Now I know there's gonna be this whole factor of, Well, Bill Belichick has the history of selecting whoever your top pass catcher is and building up a game plan to take him away.
And that much is true, but because they're gonna have to force the issue to James A.
Crowder because that's what this team does.
I still think you're gonna give him double digit targets when you're talking about half 0.
4 point PPR leagues, He's still gonna have a high floor.
Belichick know Belichick.
Stefan Gilmore Know Stefan Gilmore outside of that again when it comes to Jets.
I'm not playing anybody who's not named James a Crowder period.
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First up, asks Mike Williams or D J Chart.
So we do have deejay chart ranked ahead of Mike Williams this week.
We have I believe we have a shark in the 33 34 range.
I don't have in front of you at this moment, but he isn't that wide receiver.
Three territory while we have Mike Williams we just talked about is wide receiver 38? Look, is Khloe's? Like I said again, when it comes to Mike Williams, we only have one game of proof that he could be involved alongside a healthy key to now just one game.
I know there's a lot that we have to unpack with.
D to chart side of things we talked about that we talked about that game yesterday.
Show Jake Luton, sixth round rookie quarterback Coming in.
It's a great magic is Houston.
That's the only thing that really gives us any confidence.
That deejay chart can actually be a wide receiver three for this game.
It definitely has a low floor possibility, given the quarterback situation.
On one hand, Jacksonville went into the by pretty much knowing that Jake Luton is gonna be the quarterback, so there is a little bit extra preparation.
Then let's say what we saw out of Ben DeNucci, which is immediately what you think of when you think six round rookie quarterback coming in in a spot start in the middle of the season for a injured starting quarterback.
Although in the JAG wires case, it kind of sounded like they wanted to move on from Gardner Minshew either way, because they're keeping, you know, Morones already talked about how women shoe is healthy.
He still hasn't said that he will definitely get his job back.
He's kind of put that out there in the Open now.
So whether it was the injury or just Doug Marrone, I don't know.
We're gonna see Gardner Minshew.
I don't know if he's gonna play this week, regardless, with Jake Luton there.
Obviously, like I said, there becomes a lot of variables as far as chart having a low floor.
But because it's to Houston, Texas, and because it is a rookie quarterback chart should be the number one target.
He should be the first read.
It's not gonna be Channel.
It's not gonna be Keeling Alan or Killing Coal.
Excuse me, it's going to be D J chart, and I know he's been disappointing to this point.
And the target share with Minshew was kind of inconsistent at best.
But against Houston, a game which Jacksonville is going to have to throw the ball at least a lot in the second half of nothing else if he can't do it this week.
If you can't play him this week, I don't know if you complain again the rest of the season.
And not that they say that should be a reason why you definitely start him over.
Let's say a Mike Williams against the Raiders, but I expect there to be a game plan coming out of the by for a D J H Arc.
I expect her to be a game plan is going to be featured around him in the passing game and making things simple as possible for 1/6 round rookie quarterback.
And that means going to his first read often.
So I think there's a floor for chart here.
Where? Mike Williams. Again.
It's a question of Are you Are you going to do what you did last week? Or we're gonna go back to Williams? Gets 3 to 4 targets because Kia now is getting 15.
And I think that is a more likely scenario than Shark not being involved in this offensive game plan against Houston in a game in which they're going to have to come back from behind.
That should have garbage points available to them, so we would lean toward gj shark over Mike Williams this week.
Buzz, ask us, uh, Marvin Jones or Brain and I uke rest of season.
Brandon, you I don't This shouldn't really be too much of a question.
Is not like any galleys out for the entire year.
First and foremost, eso we He might be back as soon as next week.
We're not We're not sure about that yet, but he could be back sooner rather than later.
Uh, Marvin Jones hasn't even been that great when Kenny Golladay has been out.
So I don't know what kind of value think I know the last two weeks, all of a sudden you have you have Jones, now who had five catches, 80 yards two weeks ago.
Last week, he had two touchdowns, but he still only had three catches for 39 yards.
I believe that's it, and that was with seven targets.
That was with Kenny Golladay missing most of that game, and that's kind of been the case throughout this entire process.
Even when Ken Ideology was out in the beginning of the year, Marvin Jones had two targets.
I mean, that's why he's wide receiver 25.
We talked when we talk about this game.
We talked about him being an option because the opportunities are still going to be there in a plus.
Magic is Minnesota, but we're talking about Marvin Jones.
You're the only thing you're talking about.
Him, as far as his fantasy value goes, is from a one week standpoint from this week.
Outside of that, I don't know what you expect that Marvin Jones moving forward while he's been great.
Even with 10 ideology on the field, it's just it's not his here brain Antyukh, however.
I know he had a miss last night's game, but for the rest of the season you have a banged up.
Samuel, you have a team that's flailing and they're gonna have to use I yuk I believe ah lot and I think he's somebody who's going to be inthe e wide receiver three conversation more times than not when he's able to go because of, you know, And he's not out because of stupid, high close Contact co vid protocols.
He's gonna be good to go.
He's been getting more involved in consistently in that offense.
They're gonna have some matchups that they're gonna be able to utilize.
So, Brianna, you definitely has MAWR rest of season value.
If you're debating on who to pick up there, let's go to Hodges.
Hodges asked me, Damian Harris or Marvin Jones in the Flex this week.
That's a very interesting question.
It's a very interesting question.
There's a simple answer to it, which is, if Matthew Stafford does not play, then 100% you're going to Damian Harris.
If Matt let's let's assume for a second staffer does play because that's where this question gets a little bit closer, a little bit more interesting.
I think it depends on what you need.
Do you need a pop Or do you just need, Ah, high floor out of your flex this week? I think that's gonna pending your matchup in Russia, construction and all that.
If you need a high floor, I would definitely lean towards Damian Harris because I think, like I said, when we're breaking down that game, logically speaking, it's a game script that should favor hairs as the main running back it should.
So I think he has a higher floor than a Marvin Jones who could, if he doesn't score a touchdown, could easily wind up with three catches for 30 yards on 8 to 10 targets and leave you completely screwed.
That is definitely in the variable range here, but there's also the other side, which is what we saw last week.
It's the fact that they're playing in Minnesota Vikings of Stafford's in there, and they have to throw the ball to catch up in the second half, which is Detroit tends to have to dio no matter who they're playing, there is a There is a scenario where Jones could get 100 yards and multiple touchdown game with no candy gala day because he's in a favorable matchup and he should be getting the opportunities and from watching the film.
And this was the most important thing. I went back.
I watched this film this week because I knew Marvin Jones was going to be a huge question, given the variables, and I'm watching him specifically, I'm watching where his athletic ability is.
He doesn't really look like he's lost a step.
He's athletically healthy.
Physically, he was fine.
They're just not targeting him as much. He's not.
He's not getting as open as normally, but he doesn't look like he's lost too much of a step to me.
So that gives me some confidence that against the Minnesota Vikings, there's at least a chance to get that upside Marvin Jones game, where he gets that three touchdown performance in 100 yards.
It's in the realm of possibility, so if you need a pop, I would go with Marvin Jones.
But if you're just needed a low floor or high floor, it should say, then I would go Damian Harris and then again, like I said, it staffer doesn't play, then you're definitely going.
No matter what it is that you need go into.
Simpson asked me trade Zeke for Miles Sanders and J.
I'm going to say this to you very clearly and concisely, if you are being offered that deal right now, pull the trigger now.
I can't imagine that you are right now, especially with the injury news about Zeke and whether or not he's gonna play this week.
But let's assume that he does play.
It's been horrendous for Dallas. So far.
It's been horrendous for Zeke so far.
He has now entered the conversation where we might have to consider him an R B to for the rest of the season.
And not just a low NRB one might be an RV to now.
He has a bye week next week.
I know he doesn't play this week, but if you can get J.
Dobbins, then you find out running back because Mark Ingram is not gonna play.
We expect Dobbins to be an R B two, and frankly, we only have him four spots below Ezekiel Elliott heading into this week.
When Miles Sanders comes back to Philadelphia, Eagles are gonna have to lean on him.
He'll have a high floor every single week.
We know what Miles and will bring to the table as long as he's healthy.
So if somebody is offering you that deal right now, or if somebody's willing to take that deal right now, pull the trigger.
Zika Elliott for Miles Sanders and J. K.
Dobbins. There's no question here.
Pull the trigger right now, and it's unfortunate statement as far as where we are at with Ezekiel Elliott in the Dallas Cowboys.
But that is a treat You have to make, Zeke.
You don't You don't have to just hold onto Zeke, no matter what anymore.
Livy, Should I trade Mike Evans for Levian n Stefon Diggs or structuring Mike Evans and Levy on for Stefon Diggs? That makes a little bit more sense going to say Who in the world would give you Bell and Stefon Diggs for Mike Evans right now? Okay, so that makes a little little bit more sense.
Mike Evans and leave Young Belfer Stefon Diggs.
My answer to that question is unequivocally.
Yes, again, if somebody's willing to give you that deal or someone proposing that deal to you, you're doing that you're doing that trade.
We talked about Antonio Brown.
Look for this week.
Do I expect Mike Evans play ahead? Do I expect Mike Evans have a better fantasy week? Yes, that's our That's in our expectation.
That's how we have that ring.
For the rest of the season, though, I worry about Mike Evans being the odd man out.
We've talked about this in the past with the addition of two Antonio Brown.
What his role will be compared to Chris Godwin's role in this offense, where Tom Brady is at in his career, and the fact that he hasn't really seem to be able to get on the same page as Mike Evans even before adding Antonio Brown into this mix on at least not on a consistent basis.
And especially not when Chris Godwin's been out there.
Mike Evans might wind up being the odd man out here.
There's a very real chance that's gonna wind up happening.
And even if he doesn't, he's only been a wide receiver.
Even with God, we're not playing for the most part, even being which should be the surefire wide receiver one.
He's only been a wide receiver three on a week to week basis.
Stefon Diggs, on the other hand, while Josh Allen has been slipping back into bad habits while their offense has suddenly sputtered a little bit, especially the passing him.
As of late, Stefon Diggs has still had a high floor because he's still seeing double digit targets on a consistent basis, no matter what is going on in the offense.
He had double digit targets in the game.
We're Josh Allen on Lee threw the ball 18 times.
Stefon Diggs is one of the safest wide receivers right now, and that's crazy to think, because this is a guy who, for the most part in his career, was kind of like a Tyreek Hill where he might win you the week on his own.
But he wasn't a guy that you expected consistent work out of every single week.
You can expect that now because the targets all going to him, especially this week against Seattle.
But obviously you're doing these trades are thinking about it from the rest of the season standpoint.
Stefon Diggs very well could finish as a top six wide receiver.
That's in the cards, definitely a top 10.
Mike Evans can't do that and when you factor in the whole avian bell thing to this.
Yes, It looks like he is, in fact, what we expected, or at least what I expected here on this show, that he would be on a almost 50% split with C H.
That is the case so far.
But with Levian Bell, we haven't seen the Chiefs actually utilized these running backs.
We're all of a sudden, you know, we're worried about ch and what he is even gonna able to bring to the table because they're splitting time and the Chiefs decide that they're not going to just, you know, I'm not gonna let the running backs be involved.
It all anyway, like they do with the jet scheme or just like, yeah, we're going all passing with Patrick Mahomes in our weapons.
They were not gonna involve the running backs.
There will be definitely better days ahead than what happened last week.
But the best leave Young Bell could be is a week to week RB three and even that he'll have a low floor on even that we will probably be inconsistent given the situation there.
Unless unless a lair was to get her.
So if I give up a guy who is, at best, an RB three the rest of the way.
More like an R B four.
Ah, wide receiver three.
And you're gonna give me a bona fide wide receiver one every single week? Yeah, that shouldn't be a question.
We're definitely pulling the trigger on that trade.
Mike Evans Levian Bell for a Stefon Diggs Getting some alerts here.
Just a little quick update.
Brown, who didn't practice on Thursday, is back of practicing full on Friday.
That is something we've come to A C with.
Brown seems like every single week he is going to just get Thursday off to maintain, uh, you know, the knee status and everything, but they give their guys off on Thursdays rather than Wednesday's Titans is do good things a little bit differently.
So every last three weeks in a row, that's been the case now A.
Not practicing on Thursday is not a big deal.
He's back at practice today just to kind of be able to confirm that, uh, Jimmy Garoppolo will be re evaluated in 4 to 6 weeks.
We don't expect him to be back.
Uh, Kyle Shanahan did come out today and say that Nick Mullins is firmly the starting quarterback.
So again, that goes back to the fantasy ****ysis that we talked about earlier in the show.
If Nick Mullins is starting quarterback and you know we don't have a review moster yet, we don't have a time Coleman yet.
Jerick McKinnon will continue to be the lead guy over to Michael Hasty like we saw last night.
That has been the case since Nick Mullins took over Jimmy Garoppolo going back to the game on Sunday.
It's been Jerick McKinnon paired up with Nick Mullen, so that will continue as long as Nick Mullins is starting quarterback.
That was why I said that.
I thought Jake McKinnon was going to be the lead back over to Michael Hasty going into the game yesterday, and I was the only one saying that because I recognize that those two seem to be a paired thing for whatever reason.
But that seems to be the situation, so that kind of confirms that we got a lot of news before the Niners actually coming out.
Good thing is, this show is just about the end, where he, Mostert and Deebo Samuel Kyle Shanahan says have a chance to return next week against the Saints.
So you may have most are back next week.
We may have Debo back next week. Now, Depot. I don't think of somebody.
I'm going to be encouraging guys to play.
Of course, this is next week, so we'll go over the rankings then and then I'll have a better idea for you guys.
But off the top, my head.
Probably not, but really most will come back and being a high end RB two just because he's been so good when he's been out there so explosive, you know your hope is that he doesn't get another injury, but if he's out there against the Saints next week, he'll be a high and RB two.
And the possibility that you guys might finally get some running back help coming back Now it's a shame, because if he does come back next week, he'll have to go on by again Week 11.
But we'll play that out as a coz Ah, week from now and Matt Role is anticipating that Christian McCaffrey will be activated either today or tomorrow, just to kind of confirm that we expect Christian McCaffrey to finally return to the NFL.
Uh, this Sunday.
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