As Danny Kelly said last night on Twitter, the Ronald Jones narrative roller coaster has been exhilarating.
After getting squeezed on touches last year by Peyton Barber & Dare Ogunbowale, Rojo then watched the team draft Ke’Shawn Vaughn in the 3rd round of the draft and sign veterans LeSean McCoy and Leonard Fournette. Every move by the team screamed “WE DON’T TRUST ROJO” and yet here we are.
Last night Jones ripped off big gains, iced defenders with shifty spin moves, and had an incredible catch that should have been a touchdown. Rojo finished the game with 106 rushing yards and 3 receptions for 19 yards.
As I mentioned yesterday, I still like Vaughn (played all 16 3rd & 4th down snaps) to emerge in this offense as the primary pass-catching back down the stretch, but Ronald Jones looks too good to ignore right now as the lead back.
My buddy Pat Kerrane, who I co-manage multiple high stakes fantasy teams with, repeatedly bullied me into drafting Rojo this offseason. Can’t say I’m too mad about it now, but I’m still buckled in for wherever this coaster takes us.
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A Jets player tested positive for COVID today and the entire team was sent home from the facility. This is breaking on Friday morning so more details to come. Their game vs. the Cardinals is officially in doubt and likely to be postponed…How about some good news? There were no positive tests in either Tennessee or New England this morning, which means both their games are on track to be played.
Tom Brady struggled last night (253 yards, 1 TD, & 1 memory lapse at the end of the game where he thought the Bucs had another down)...Allen Robinson remains a target monster (10 catches), but Nick Foles still missed him badly on a few plays...David Montgomery has averaged 7 targets per game since the Tarik Cohen injury...Rookie Tyler Johnson (6-4-61) looked great in his first extended NFL action.
Matthew’s Week 5 Love/Hate column went up yesterday. Things are setting up really nicely for the Panthers passing game this weekend.
PFF’s Ian Hartitz joined us on the Splash Play podcast last night to give out his favorite picks and plays for Week 5. This is the only fantasy podcast where you will be able to find love for both Auden Tate and Devin Duvernay in the same segment.
Justin Herbert was officially named the starter going forward for the Chargers...Cam Akers (ribs) was a full participant in Thursday’s practice...Michael Thomas (ankle) was limited at practice Thursday...Despite an illness and a knee injury, Lamar Jackson remains on track to play Sunday...QBs Drew Lock (shoulder) and Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) were both limited at practice...Raheem Mostert is trending in the right direction after getting in another limited practice...Deebo Samuel missed a practice due to illness...Julio Jones (hamstring) missed another practice...John Brown appeared to aggravate his calf injury during Thursday’s practice....Le’Veon Bell (hamstring) is expected to return this week.