Week 6 in the NFL has been a complete roller coaster ride… teams went up, while some players came crashing down
Carson Wentz vs. Cam Newton on Thursday Night Football was must see TV. In a highly competitive road contest, Carson Christ and company traveled well as they marched up and down the field with a balanced attack of run & pass. The Philadelphia Eagles held classless Cam in check and are now 5-1, their best start since 2014.
Tarik Cohen did his best “Sweetness” impression; not on the ground or receiving a pass, but with his ARM, throwing a beautiful lobe pass TD to Zach Miller! Walter Payton had 8 TD passes in his Hall of Fame career.
Chris Thompson (138 APY) did his best to make me look like an idiot on air (no real special feet here, as it is a commonality) when I told people to get off him in fantasy, as he will not keep up his torrid pace: (1) He’s averaging a career best 35.5 yards on the ground. (2) He’s averaging five carries a game. (3) He has two rushing scores to give him five in 39 career games. (4) He’s been held under 30-yards receiving in 2-of-3 games. (5) He has four touchdowns this season on 34 touches. All good reasons, right? I even dropped him during the bye week for his teammate “Fat Rob” (IA). SMFH – Shake My Fantasy Head
The Atlanta Falcons were upset by the visiting Miami Dolphins down in the new dome (Mercedes Benz Stadium) faster than you can say Super Bowl Hangover… usually only get those when you win the big game! Atlanta may be 3-2, but have played like absolute fucking dogshit so far!
Saints spanked the Lions, as expected, although Saints were up 45-10 at one point, so Lions really “clawed” their way back into the game (excuse the pun).
Pharoh Cooper had a 103-yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown, the first of the season. Going from young to old, Adrian Peterson (26-134-2), who is looking to revitalize his career in the desert, scored on a 27-yard run on his first carry for the Cardinals.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 15, 2017
AB further solidified his spot, both as top wideout in the NFL as well as a future Hall of Famer, by reaching 9,000 career reception yards. He is the 4th fastest to reach this milestone (107 games tied with Randy Moss). The all-time list: Lance Alworth, 98; Calvin Johnson, 102; Torry Holt, 105; AB & Moss; Jerry Rice, 108.
Kyle Shanahan gave Brian Hoyer the hook in the second quarter for C.J. Beathard (Who, in the blue hell, are you?)… looks like the Niners did indeed pimp out their shopping cart! [Insert In-bound link on “shopping cart”]
ZEKE’S SUSPENSION BACK ON… OR IS IT?
A federal appeals court cleared the way Thursday for the NFL to impose a six-game suspension on Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations, siding with the league in the latest high-profile fight over its ability to punish players for off-field behavior. Not surprised, everyone knew this was coming. He eventually has to pay the piper. I’m just hoping for a peaceful resolution based on compromise. The league’s message has been sent to Zeke; you can see the toll it’s had in his lower performances this season. Interesting that the decision comes during their Bye Week. The NFL screwed this up big time.
As of writing this article, Zeke’s suspension is being put on hold by a Texas judge, pending further legal motion. The court’s mistake may allow Elliott to delay his suspension: “court rules allow the NFLPA seven days to file a petition for an en banc rehearing in Texas, a hearing in front of the full panel of Fifth Circuit judges. The NFLPA says it was told by the court clerk it would have 14 days to file this petition” (Will Brinson – CBS Sports, Oct. 2017). Shenanigans are in play, as this issue may go back to New York courts (eerily similar to the Tom Brady case).
The court will declare its decision as soon as 10/16, so there could be a resolve before any of you have to decide on starting or sitting Elliott in Fantasy lineups.
WEEK 6 KEY INJURIES
Aaron Rodgers (broken collarbone) was carted off in the first quarter after taking a hit from LB Anthony Barr. He extended the play with his legs in a failed pass attempt to Marty Bennett, but was driven hard into the ground and I saw that shoulder take the burden of the players’ weight.
Prognosis: ARod is most likely done for the season, depending on whether he decides to allow collarbone to heal by itself or opt for the season ending surgery. Either way, he is out for the foreseeable future and Fantasy owners are crying everywhere!
Fantasy Impact: One can not replace Rodgers… you just can’t. Hopefully you have a decent back-up on your bench, as QBs on the waiver wire could be slim pickins! Jared Goff, Jacoby Brissett or Tyrod Taylor could be available to you as a band aid.
Other Injury News
Jameis Winston (right shoulder): X-rays were negative… no ARod doppleganger here!
Luke Kuechly (concussion): His third concussion in as many years. Feel bad for the dude!
Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) had to be carted off of the field after taking a low hit by SS Landon Collins. Didn’t look good, and despite negative X-rays/positive initial diagnosis, I would not be surprised to hear Sanders is out for the rest of the season. Keep tabs…
Breshad Perriman (concussion)
Tyreek Hill (possible concussion)
Golden Tate (shoulder)
Stefon Diggs (IA – groin)
DeVante Parker (IA – ankle)
Rob Kelley (IA – ankle)
Bilal Powell (IA – calf)
NOTABLE ROOKIE PERFORMANCES
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 15, 2017
Deshaun Watson (17/29-225-3; 6-23): The Texans offense looks as fine as any in football! #FineAF – To follow that up, Watson’s three touchdowns against the Browns means he now has the most touchdowns in six games of any NFL rookie since the NFC-AFC merger. He’ll probably get a few votes for NFL rookie of the year…
Leonard Fournette (21-130-1): You may see him pop up on the injury report tomorrow with a sprained ankle, but it looked much worse to me – left late in the game. He never returned so this is certainly one to monitor closely on Monday and throughout the week.
C.J. Beathard (19/36-245-1 in relief): We know who he is people, Bobby Beathard’s grandson (former Washington and San Diego GM); ironic to make his debut in Washington!
Christian McCaffrey (10 rec-56-1)
WEEKLY STAT LEADERS (HEADING INTO MONDAY NIGHT)
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans (LP Field, 8:30 EST): Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is reportedly in line to suit up for Monday’s game against the Colts, according to Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone. This bodes well for Fantasy owners of Mariota and his weapons, as well as those who took a flier on Jacoby Brissett this week… and of course T.Y. since a more competitive game means touches for all! Either way, this will be a very entertaining Monday Night contest.
Tennessee Titans win 27-21
Titans -8.5 O/U 48 (Take Colts with the points and avoid O/U bet as it could go either way)
Team Totals: Titans – 23.6, Colts – 19.2
Fantasy Projections: Keeping with Brissett, he makes an awesome play for Mon-Thurs DFS. T.Y. Hilton will have his third monstrous game in four for those of you who need a Monday Night Miracle. As for the Titans, I would be nervous to start Mariota with risk of reinjury to that hammy, but DeMarco Murray is a stud play (est. 18-100-2) vs. Indy D (31st rush DVOA, Football Outsiders). Primetime matchup… Get your popcorn ready!!!