We are officially in the second half of the season. To keep up with consistency, I started the second half of the season the same way I started the first half … with a win. It wasn’t pretty, and my opponent fell asleep at the wheel (starting aplayer on the bye). But a win is a win, and now I am 4-3, and I am tied for third place. I am still not overly comfortable with my team, but I really can’t complain about 4-3, I guess.
Dak Prescott seems to have corrected himself against the Eagles and heading into the bye, but he is not where he was the first three weeks of the season. Prescott threw for 239 yards with a TD and INT, good enough for 20.6 FPTS. This week will be Baker Mayfield against the best defense in the league, the New England Patriots. The QB woes will continue for at least one more week.
I did get some production out of the running back position as both Aaron Jones and Austin Ekeler (18.3 and 25.5 FPTS, respectively). Unfortunately, both players got most of their points in the passing game and that is not a recipe for success, but with James Conner coming back from the bye, it will most likely work out.
My receivers continue to struggle. Julio Jones and Robert Woods get targeted a lot, but they never seem to get into the end zone. You can’t bench them because they are good for double-digit points because of their targets, but they are not giving me the big home run games that you would expect from WR1 and WR2. Jones has not seen the end zone in his last four games after having four in his first three games. Woods’ only touchdown this year has been on a rushing attempt.
Cole Beasly has been a nice fit for a Flex with injuries to Josh Gordon and Rex Burkhead, but his production is not viable to give him anything more than that.
I got nothing out of my TE position this week. Literally nothing. Delanie Walker was not targeted and was forced out because of an injury. Darren Fells will assume the starting role this week and I will have to figure this position out as well.
Anyway, this weeks starting lineup will look like:
QB Baker Mayfield Dak on the bye and going up against the Pats, does not bode well for Baker
RB James Conner Fresh off the bye and looking to produce
RB Aaron Jones Going up against a horrid KC defense that has fallout from the Mahomes injury
WR Julio Jones Will Matt Ryan miss this week’s game against Seattle? It may affect Jones if so
WR Robert Woods A home game against Cincinnati may be what the doctor ordered
TE Darren Fells He is showing consistency in a pass heavy offense. Hopefully, it will tick up some more
Flex Austin Ekeler He is going up a tough Bears D. This may change. But who? We will see
K Matt Prater Giants at home. Scoring?
Players not on my team that I like this week.
QB Russell Wilson Wilson has looked good the past few weeks, even last week in a loss to Baltimore. raveling to Atlanta, who is unravelling right in front of our eyes, could get him right back on target. You also have to like Aaron Rodgers going into Arrowhead Sunday Night
RB Leonard Fournette After just having watched the New York Jets defense play against the Patriots, I think Fournette will make other members of the Jets see “ghosts.” The running production is there. This may be the week he finds the end zone. Dalvin Cook is always a play and Minnesota may finally be starting to get it together.
WR Michael Thomas Thomas just goes about his business and New Orleans is rolling. A road game at Arizona, the 17th-ranked passing defense in the league, could provide much opportunity for Thomas. DeAndre Hopkins at Oakland is a wide-eyed look as well.
TE Austin Hooper Hooper has been pretty productive for a not very productive team. If Ryan is out, the offense will need his pass catching abilities on short yardage, especially if Freeman gets suspended for his punching incident on Sunday against the Rams.
Good Luck, everyone!