In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter, we recap Thursday Night Football and take a look at the full practice report from yesterday. It's 10/15. Take it away, Peter Overzet…
The Bucs held on to beat the Eagles 28-22 last night while fantasy twitter spent the evening arguing with football twitter about whether Jalen Hurts is actually good or not.
Hurts struggled through the air, but salvaged his day with 44 rush yards and 2 rush TDs. Lest we forget, the rushing production was always the thesis of the Hurts play to begin with:
I think we need to add Thursday Night Lenny to Leonard Fournette’s rolodex of nicknames after he put up 22-81-2 on the ground and 6-46 through the air. Antonio Brown stayed hot as well, turning his 13 targets into a solid 9-93-1 line.
The Eagles were a disappointment outside of Hurts and Zach Ertz (4-29-1), who snuck in one final TD before getting traded to the Cardinals earlier this morning. The Cardinals were in the market for a TE after losing Maxx Williams for the year.
This is great news for both Ertz and Dallas Goedert, who no longer have to wrestle with each other for targets. This is likely a slight ding for Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk, who now have to compete with another respectable veteran for underneath looks.
📚 THE FANTASY ARTICLES YOU MUST READ
Matthew Berry's Love, Hate and how fantasy football saved a life. “Believe it or not, Dalton Schultz is top-five on the season among tight ends in fantasy points, receptions and receiving yards. And you no longer have to be worried about him sharing the job with Blake Jarwin. Over the past three weeks, Schultz has run twice as many routes as Jarwin. And he has had at least seven targets in three straight weeks as well.”
DFS Stacks & Values: Week 6 by Ryan McCrystal. “Justin Fields’s production has been inconsistent, but his primary issues appear to stem from an inability to handle pressure. According to Sports Info Solutions, Fields has generated -36.0 EPA on dropbacks versus pressure, compared +13.3 EPA when not pressured. Since the Packers generate pressure at the seventh-lowest rate (34%), this could be one of the better matchups Fields will face, allowing him to connect with (Darnell) Mooney throughout the game.”
Get access to Matthew’s column on ESPN, McCrystal’s piece at Sharp Football Analysis, and a host of other great sites with a Rotopass subscription.
🚑 THE INJURY WARD
Posted below is the full Thursday practice report roundup for a bunch of notable fantasy players, but I also wanted to touch on a few situations in more detail here...
Both Christian McCaffrey and Joe Mixon were limited Wednesday but then downgraded to DNP on Thursday, which is not a good sign for their availability this weekend. With Samaje Perine on COVID list, Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams could be the only two backs still standing in Cincinnati by Sunday...Damien Williams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list which means Khalil Herbert and Ryan Nall will lead the Bears backfield this week...The beat reporters are not optimistic that Damien Harris will play this weekend despite getting in a limited practice yesterday. Make sure you have Rhamondre Stevenson on speed dial...Russell Wilson made a surprise appearance at practice yesterday despite having surgery on his finger five days ago. He’s still expected to miss a decent amount of time.
Ok, here’s the full, exhausting rundown from Thursday practices...
* Did Not Practice: Lamar Jackson (illness), Chris Carson (neck), D.K. Metcalf (foot), Christian McCaffrey (hamstring), Joe Mixon (ankle), Mike Williams (knee), Allen Robinson (ankle), Justin Jefferson (ankle), Adam Thielen (foot), Nick Chubb (calf), Kareem Hunt (knee), DeAndre Hopkins (illness), Tyreek Hill (quad), Josh Jacobs (illness), Sammy Watkins (hamstring), Tyreek Hill (quadriceps), DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring), Kenny Golladay (knee), Saquon Barkley (ankle,
* Limited participants: Robert Tonyan (knee), Damien Harris (limited), Melvin Gordon (hip), Kadarius Toney (ankle), Sterling Shepard (hamstring), Darius Slayton (hamstring), T.J. Hockenson (knee), Daniel Jones (concussion), Chase Claypool (hamstring), James Washington (groin), Aaron Jones (ankle), Alexander Mattison (shoulder), Ezekiel Elliott (ribs), Kyler Murray (shoulder), D’Andre Swift (groin), Antonio Gibson (shin)
* Full participant: Dalvin Cook, Julio Jones (hamstring), Darren Waller (rest/knee), Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral/hip)
Also, one other loose end worth noting:
We’ll be back tomorrow with Waz’s updated Week 6 ranks and updates on a lot of these injury situations.
- Pete Overzet