In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter we recap Thursday Night Football, share breaking news on Will Fuller, and roll our eyes at Bruce Arians. It's 9/17. Take it away, Peter Overzet…
Before we get to the Thursday Night Football recap, we need to pass along some pretty shocking news out of Miami:
As of right now, we don’t know what the personal issue is, but the fact that Flores even has to speculate on whether Fuller might ever return this year does not sound good. Fuller himself told Alain Poupart that he was taking things “one day at a time.”
In the meantime, this significantly boosts the target expectations for DeVante Parker and the rookie Jaylen Waddle. We’ll pass along any updates as we get them and wish the best for Fuller with whatever he’s going through.
For years Thursday Night Football has received a bad rap and a Taylor Heinicke-Daniel Jones tilt didn’t seem likely to undo that perception. But lo and behold, we got a wild 30-29 game where Heinicke was able to avenge a 4th quarter interception and lead Washington to a game-winning drive capped off by a Dustin Hopkins field goal.
It was actually a big night all around for the kickers:
Other notable fantasy performances:
* Saquon Barkley didn’t quite deliver on his early round draft cost, but he looked much better as he ripped off a long run and saw a big increase in snaps (48% to 84%) and routes (38% to 74%) compared to Week 1 (h/t @SmolaDS). You can start him more confidently going forward than you did tonight.
* Antonio Gibson is a rorschach test for analysts right now. You’re either excited about his role growing relative to last year or you’re concerned about him continuing to lose two-minute drill work and target share to J.D. McKissic:
I think both things can be true and ultimately game script will dictate Gibson’s week-to-week fortune. He isn’t going to be DC’s version of CMC, but that’s okay. He can still deliver on his Round 2 cost at this rate.
* Terry McLaurin was the best player on the field. He turned 14 targets into 11 catches for 107 yards and 1 TD and doesn’t appear to be taking a hit with Ryan Fitzpatrick on the shelf. Also worth mentioning that rookie Dyami Brown played 51 of the 55 snaps for Washington and looks like he’s ready to contribute right away.
* Kenny Golladay hasn’t been a fantasy factor for two weeks now (3-38), while Sterling Shepard continued to vacuum up targets (9-94) and Darius Slayton enjoyed the lone splash play (3-54-1).
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🚑 THE INJURY WARD
* Did Not Practice: Josh Jacobs (toe, ankle), Marquise Brown (ankle), Will Fuller (not injury related), Emmanuel Sanders (foot/veteran rest), Tyrell Williams (concussion), Eric Ebron (hamstring), Dee Eskridge (concussion), Rashaad Penny (calf)
* Limited participants: D’Andre Swift (groin), Jamaal Williams (chest), Jonnu Smith (hip), Zach Ertz (hamstring), Keelan Cole (knee)
* Full participant: A.J. Brown (knee), Miles Sanders (ankle/rest), Austin Ekeler (hamstring)
One main takeaway here: keep an eye on Lions RB Jermar Jefferson with both Swift and Williams limited.
📰 FANTASY NEWS FOR THE TRUE SICKOS
* Legit LOL—two days after telling us Ronald Jones was the starter, Bruce Arians is back doing what he does best with the media:
* Jamison Crowder was activated from the COVID list and should make his debut Sunday vs. the Patriots.
* The Jags released RB Duke Johnson from the practice squad. The Jags need pass catching help, so this doesn’t bode well for Johnson’s prospects in the league at this point.
🐦 TWEET OF THE DAY
- Pete Overzet