Second Place baby! Second win in a row and this time it was a team effort. I am 5-3 (3-5 in my other league, blah). Two quarters of the way through the season and I am primed for a final push. However, I have two byes that may cause problems for me this week
This week’s final was 160.6-96.5, a good overall showing. Baker Mayfield was not the absolute disaster I had anticipated, but he was not extremely helpful either, finishing with 194 yds, one TD and an INT, (11.6 FPTS). Dak Prescott is back off the bye and Mayfield will be back to the bench. Thanks Baker, maybe you’ll start next year.
My RBs were the name of the game this week as both James Conner and Aaron Jones were huge in wins for their respective teams. Conner totaled 150 yards and a TD to give me a solid 24 FPTS. However, an injury to his shoulder late in the game may affect his availability this week and going forward. Jones once again did his damage as a receiver. He had 159 receiving yards on seven catches and two TDs. Jones has 22 catches on 27 targets over the last four games, which coincidentally is when WR Devante Adams went out. Will the return of Adams affect Jones targets? We shall see. Austin Ekeler gave me 10 pts as my Flex.
Julio Jones once again was productive (10 rec, 152 yds, 25.2 FPTS), but did not get in the endzone. Jones would be a top-five fantasy scorer if he could get in the endzone more. Robert Woods is still struggling to get targets and I may move him to the bench once he comes back from the bye. Cole Beasley doubled his output in a loss to the Eagles. Decision is coming, sorry Bobby.
Darren Fells was a good pickup for me as he hauled in two TDs (23.8 FPTS) in a comeback win against the Raiders. Fells is my guy going forward because Delanie Walker has been injured and non-existent since week 1. He’ll stay on my roster, unless he moves to the IR, for backup purposes. But Darren in my guy.
Given that I am writing this article later than I normally do this week, I was able to make some moves before print. I was able to pick up Darius Slayton, WR, NYG. His role may be increased as Sterling Shepherd is once again sideline. Another pickup was Geronimo Allison, WR, GB. This was more of a safety pick, as I was really thin at receiver with both my starters on the Bye. Lastly, I added N’Keal Harry. If he gets activated by the Patriots, he has nothing but upside.
My Lineup this week:
QB Dak Prescott Back from the bye and ready to get back to work
RB Aaron Jones This guy is on fire and this trend will continue whether Adams is back or not
RB James Conner Until he’s ruled out, he’s in
WR Cole Beasley I need him to survive this week. A home game against the Redskins will help
WR Darius Slayton This could change given the recent pickups that I did. He’s in now
Flex Austin Ekeler Hopefullym he continues to produce or he may go to the bench when Woods comes back.
TE Darren Fells Watson seems to trust him right now.
K Matt Prater I cut Robbie Gould. Hopefully, he doesn’t burn me.
Players not on my team that I like this week
QB Aaron Rodgers is on fire right now and the Packers are clicking. He’s averaging over 30 FPTS the last three weeks and is playing a decimated Chargers team. Matt Stafford against the Raiders is also a good play.
RB Ezekial Elliot going up against the Giants seems like a solid play this week. Elliot seems to have found himself the last two games before the bye. A divisional game on Monday night, on the road, seems like a bad idea, but I think it will work for him. Christian McCaffrey is the only thing good going on in Carolina. Play him.
WR Stefon Diggs is starting to come around as well as the Minnesota offense. A road game against a horrid Chiefs defense that is struggling right now could provide well for Diggs and the Vikings. Mike Evans against Seattle at home is a good look. Hopefully, he repeats last week’s efforts.
TE Hunter Henry has produced since coming back from injury. Will it continue? I think so.