Chase Edmonds out to steal DJ’s job
When a player is active, generally you expect them to start the game and perform in a normal role for their offense, right? Well Kliff Kingsbury did not get that memo apparently, as he deployed Chase Edmonds on the vast majority of rushing plays this weekend, despite having David Johnson dressed on the sideline. What’s most concerning for DJ owners, is that Edmonds was awesome in his spot start, tallying 150 yards from scrimmage, punching in three touchdowns along the way. While he wasn’t as dominant as a receiver, Edmonds was able to top Johnson’s season high for rushing yardage by 35 yards. Should Johnson be limited or miss another contest, Edmonds possesses low-end RB1 value these next couple of weeks. In the long term, it seems like a committee approach, similar to the one we have seen with the Chargers, may be on the horizon, with Edmonds in the Austin Ekeler role, and Johnson in the Melvin Gordon role.
Austin Ekeler thriving in chaos
Speaking of Austin Ekeler. His dominant fantasy campaign continued on Sunday, as he racked up 118 receiving yards on 7 receptions, despite the Chargers losing yet another contest in heartbreaking fashion. With Melvin Gordon’s slow start, Ekeler has carved out a significant role in this iteration of the Chargers offense, especially as a receiver out of the backfield. I see Ekeler as the back to own on this offense until Gordon proves his worth a bit more.
Aaron Rodgers is out to steal the MVP in the second half
5 touchdowns and a perfect passer rating during a game where his top receiver was on the sidelines. Aaron Rodgers is indeed a baaaad man. In a week where Patrick Mahomes suffered a significant knee injury and Russell Wilson lost an ugly game at home, Rodgers had a game that might just throw his name back into the MVP conversation. If he and the Packers can continue to win (and win in such dominant fashion), Rodgers will absolutely have a chance to hoist the NFL MVP at the end of the season, and perhaps a Lombardi trophy as well.
Marvin Jones, red zone monster
Just when you thought he was washed up, good old Marvin Jones burst back onto the fantasy scene this week, hauling in four touchdowns despite registering less than 100 receiving yards. As great as he was this week, I would recommend not chasing these points, as a four touchdown performance is simply unsustainable. Jones should continue to produce at a WR3 level, with decent flex consideration week-to-week, but don’t expect another game like this any time soon.
Waiver Wire Warriors of the Week
- RB Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals
- QB Matt Moore, Kansas City Chiefs
- RB Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions
- WR Olabisi Johnson, Minnesota Vikings
- WR Alex Erickson, Cincinnati Bengals
Kyler Murray turns into 2018 Russ
For an “Air Raid” QB, Kyler Murray certainly played it safe on Sunday, passing for just 104 yards, as the team ran its offense directly through running back Chase Edmonds. Perhaps the weather played a factor in this revised gameplan, but seeing such a low passing volume from Murray in a favorable matchup was extremely disappointing and disconcerting considering the team’s success running the ball. If Edmonds continues to have this much success on the ground, we may not see as many great fantasy performances from Murray.
Tight End Turmoil
It was a very bad week for the tight end position. Evan Engram left early, Mark Andrews dropped a million passes, Zach Ertz caught just two passes, and Travis Kelce lost his QB. Unless you had Jimmy Graham, Hunter Henry, or Austin Hooper, you were likely let down by the position this week.
Maybe Nick Foles was the right choice after all. Wentz struggled yet again in a big game that Coach Doug Pederson had guaranteed victory in (really not a good look). With rumors of dissension in the locker room swirling, Wentz is beginning to look much less like the MVP candidate he once was and more like the inexperienced FBS QB he was drafted as. If the Eagles can’t right the ship, Wentz’s extension may look like the worst contract in the league pretty soon.
The Bills almost blew it
If it weren’t for a rare onside kick touchdown, the Bills (a 5-1 team) would have beaten the Dolphins (winless if you haven’t heard) by just a field goal. For an offense that features Frank Gore as their best player, the Bills have had a great season, however, their honeymoon will soon be over. With a dangerous matchup against the Eagles in week 8, expect the real Bills to show up.
Injuries derail week 7 fantasy performances
You could make a pretty good fantasy lineup of players that got injured this week. In fact I did make one.
QB Patrick Mahomes
RB David Johnson
RB Kerryon Johnson
WR Adam Thielen
WR Will Fuller V
WR Marquise Goodwin
TE Delanie Walker
Flex Matt Breida
Washington/SF get down in the mud
What an ugly game. Due to the weather conditions neither team could get anything going offensively, as players were slipping and sliding all over the field. The only silver linings from this game come from the run game, where Adrian Peterson was fed the ball over and over. Peterson presents a safe floor as a fantasy asset, as he should be a consistent source of production until Derrius Guice returns from injury.
What to do if you’re a Mahomes owner
Judgement Day has come. Patrick Mahomes is out and Matt Moore has checked in. If you lost Mahomes, Moore could be a decent streaming option, although turning to a player like Sam Darnold (incredible schedule in the second half) or Jacoby Brissett could be a better move.