In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter we recap 13 interesting takeaways from yesterday, take an initial pass on injuries, and preview Monday Night Football. It's 10/4. Take it away, Peter Overzet…
Tom Brady narrowly got his revenge last night as the Buccaneers eked out a 19-17 victory on the road in New England. Bill Belichick elected to have Nick Folk attempt a rainy, 56-yard field-goal with less than a minute to go instead of going for it on 4th and short.
Mac Jones played well (31-for-40, 275 yards and 2 TDs), as did Jakobi Meyers (8-70). Lenny Fournette enjoyed bellcow usage for the Bucs (20-91; 3-47), although Ronald Jones stole the TD.
Here are 13 more quick takeaways from yesterday’s action…
* D.J. Moore stans have been clamouring for TD regression and boy did they get it yesterday. Moore tallied 8 receptions for 113 yards, but also found the endzone twice on his way to a monster fantasy day. Robby Anderson was right there with him in usage (11 targets), but just can’t seem to convert anything into production this year.
* Adam Thielen finally cooled off yesterday while not scoring a TD for the first time this season. He and Justin Jefferson continue to run a similar amount of routes and see a similar amount of targets, although Jefferson (6-84-1) produced the fantasy points. On the other side, Odell Beckham was just short of a very big day after narrowly missing on a few big plays with Baker Mayfield.
* We still haven’t gotten the monster Stefon Diggs game (7-114), but the Bills offense continues to roll. Dawson Knox (5-37-2) was the surprise beneficiary of the Buffalo offensive machinery yesterday. No need to panic on Brandin Cooks (7 targets), by the way. He continues to serve as the alpha target hog.
* 25+ carries used to be a pipe dream for Alvin Kamara. The early down plodders were omnipresent in the Saints backfield, siphoning off touches from a pigeonholed Kamara. Things appear to be changing, however. Kamara had a whopping 26 carries for 127 yards and still managed to avoid 8 tackles. He’s the only safe start on the entire Saints roster right now.
* The Titans-Jets game went into overtime yesterday despite no one at Buffalo Wild Wings asking for it. The Big Dog did Big Dog things (33-157-1 on the ground; 2-20 in the air) and Corey Davis enjoyed a nibble of revenge (4-111). Jamison Crowder also finally returned to action for the first time this season and promptly led the team in targets (9).
* The Colts-Dolphins game was ugly. Jonathan Taylor continues to be extremely efficient (16-103-1; 3-11) and the Colts TE carousel kept revolving with Mo Alie-Cox hitting paydirt twice. I can’t bring myself to write anything about the Dolphins right now, sorry.
* Tyreek Hill put up an absurd line against the Eagles (11-186-3), while Jalen Hurts stuffed the box score for the Eagles (32-for-48, 387 passing yards, 2 TDs 8-47 on the ground). Rookie DeVonta Smith continues to impress. He finished the game with 10 targets and led the team in snaps and routes run.
* Cordarrelle Patterson, whew. CPatt is still playing half the snaps of Mike Davis but lapping him in production. He had 6 carries for 34 yards on the ground, but 5-82 and *three* TDs in the air. This production is both entirely unsustainable and yet it’s hard to envision the team not growing his role after this performance.
* David Montgomery did what he does best yesterday—take advantage of plush matchups. He turned his 23 carries into 106 yards and 2 TDs before leaving the game with a knee injury in the 4th quarter. Justin Fields looked better than he did last week while connecting with Darnell Mooney on a few deep shots, although Allen Robinson (4 targets) has yet to be unlocked in this version of the offense.
* Two to three Arizona Cardinals will go off every week, we just can’t predict which ones it will be. In Week 4 it was the RBs getting things done. Chase Edmonds was highly efficient on the ground (12-120) and pitched in 4-19 through the air. James Conner has now scored 4 TDs in two weeks after yesterday’s performance (18-50-2; 2-16). Cooper Kupp didn’t go nuclear, but continues to see absurd usage (13 targets) that solidifies him as a Top 5 WR play every single week.
* Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) left the game early after a calf injury and paved the way for rookie Trey Lance to play in the second half. Lance threw for 2 TDs and rushed 7 times for 41 yards in relief. Deebo Samuel (8-156-2) refuses to share any of the Niners production with Brandon Aiyuk (3 targets) and George Kittle (4-40).
* Marquise Brown apologized to fantasy gamers for last week with a belated 4-91-1 line against the Broncos. Ty’Son Williams was a healthy scratch for the Ravens, which led to 18 carries for Latavius Murray. Teddy Bridgewater left the game with a concussion so his Week 5 status is in question.
* The Steelers-Packers game was barely notable. Randall Cobb (5-69-2) showed off his deep bond with Aaron Rodgers, while Diontae Johnson (9-92-1) took advantage of Chase Claypool’s absence to rack up a bunch of targets (13).
🗣️ IMPORTANT PSA
🚑 THE INJURY WARD
Here are a few of the injuries that we will be monitoring throughout the week…
* David Montgomery (knee), Antonio Gibson (undisclosed), Jimmy Garoppolo (calf), Teddy Bridgewater (concussion), Will Fuller (hand), Tony Jones (ankle), Dyami Brown (knee), Logan Thomas (hammy), Damien Williams (quad)
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🔮 MNF PREVIEW
Tonight we have the Chargers hosting the Raiders in a game Vegas gives a 51.5 over/under. Earlier last week Sam Hoppen shared this nugget with us about the game:
The matchup between the Chargers and Raiders is the highest combined play total on the week and features two teams that have an above-average pass rate. Start as many players from this game as possible and enjoy the show on Monday Night Football!
We’ll be back tomorrow with waiver wire picks. Enjoy the game.
- Pete Overzet