My biggest fear happened last weekend and I got crushed. My bench has been a weakness for me pretty much all season, and with a large league and rosters, fixing it is very difficult. I am making do Having two key starters on the bye and a lackluster performance from everyone else, all contributed to a 50-point drubbing. My record now stands at 5-4.
Dak Prescott returned from the bye and picked up where he left off. Unfortunately, where he left off was a declining week to week performance. He was my top point getter (21.5 FPTS) with with 257 yds and 3 TDs. He still can’t help throwing an interception each week. I said I would ride Dak until the end and I will continue to do so. He gets Minnesota at home. The Vikings are capable of shutting down an offense or giving up the big play repeatedly. It’s a crap shoot.
My running backs absolutely killed me this week. With James Conner out because of a shoulder injury I was left with Aaron Jones and Austin Ekeler, who ironically were playing each other. Aaron Jones had been hot the past several weeks, that did not translate this past weekend. He had just 30 yards rushing and his targets suffered greatly with the return of DeVante Adams. Jones was only targeted once with one catch in the loss at the Chargers.
Ekeler was what he has become with the return of Melvin Gordon to the lineup, a change-of-pace back that can catch out of the backfield. He had 70 yards rushing and 23 yards receiving, but no TDs. It was good enough for 13.3 FPTS, which is what I am supposed to get out of a flex, not a starter. If Conner is good to go Sunday, Ekeler will drop to the flex spot. If not, I am in trouble again.
The receiver spot has been my Achilles’ heel all season, but with my top two receivers on the bye this week (Julio Jones and Robert Woods) it was a recipe for disaster. Cole Beasley and Darius Slayton were forced into action and totaled 10.9. Combined, they were targeted six times and hauled in three total catches. Beasley was able to get into the end zone. Jones and Woods will be back this week. I know I have been frustrated with Woods all season, but he’s been better than this.
Darren Fells has had the hot hand at TE for me and he produced as expected. He is on the bye this week and I picked up Chris Herndon off the waiver wire to fill in. Hopefully he plays this week so I am not scrambling at game time.
This weeks lineup:
QB Dak Prescott He’s better than the alternative, Baker Mayfield
RB Aaron Jones He turns it around this week at home against Carolina’s 27th ranked defense
RB James Conner I am putting him in, knowing that he will be replaced by Ekeler if he can’t go
WR Julio Jones Keep doing what you’re doing, just get into the endzone
WR Robert Woods Sorry for doubting you Bobby. Your absence was greatly felt.
Flex Austin Ekeler Home where you belong. If Conner can’t go, Beasley comes in.
TE Chris Herndon Hopefully, he can produce like Will Herndon. Only five people got that reference.
K Matt Prater He’s the only kicker on my roster.
Players not I my team that I like this week:
QB Drew Brees Brees hasn’t missed a beat since returning from injury. He’s got the lowly Falcons at home where he really likes to play. I can totally see him scoring 30 or more Fantasy Points. After watching Lamar Jackson last week I really feel bad for Bengals fans this week. Jackson is going to tear it up.
RB –Saquon Barkley There isn’t a lot to root for in New York with either team this year, but I think Barkley can have a big day against his roomates in the Meadowlands on Sunday. Alvin Kamara complimenting Bree against Atlanta is a good play as well. He missed the last game and then had the bye. He should be good to go
WR Michael Thomas Brees has to throw it to someone. I truly like Julio Jones this week, but he’s on my team. Tyreek Hill at Tennessee looks real nice. I’m guessing the Chiefs hold Pat Mahomes out one more week, as they have the bye next week, If Mahomes goes, Hill could have a big day
TE Hunter Henry He’s been producing since coming back from injury. A Thursday night matchup in Oakland could be good for the big target.
Good luck this weekend. Follow me on Twitter @nicoladandrea.