You won’t believe this, but after being stuck on the worst team in football Le’Veon Bell decided to sign with the best team in football. Let’s see how the fit looks:
Not too bad. Now let’s get down to what we all care about...how does this affect Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s fantasy value? First off, Bell won’t play this week, so let’s start thinking in terms of Week 7 and beyond. As Matthew notes here, there is a ton of uncertainty to how this plays out, but it’s impossible for this not to eat into CEH’s workload, at least early on. Bell could certainly hold some standalone value as the 1b/2nd back in the offense. The Chiefs haven’t seemed too enamored with what Darrell Williams and Darwin Thompsen have given behind CEH, even recently bringing DeAndre Washington up from the practice squad, so it’s clear they want a more reliable second option.
I think the real rub is what, if any, high value touches Bell will see. If he’s involved in passing downs and/or at the goal line (where CEH has struggled) he could provide immediate standalone value and submarine CEH down into flex play territory. As always, we’ll just have to wait and see, but I think it’s very reasonable to be bummed out if you have CEH. Now it’s time to see if Bell is dusted or just needed a change of scenery.
The Colts Close Their Facility. Another morning, another team reporting positive COVID-19 tests within their organization. This story broke early this morning so we are awaiting more details as the team works to confirm the tests. Evergreen statement: their game vs. the Bengals is in more jeopardy now than it was yesterday.
The Falcons Return To Their Facility. Great news after the COVID scare yesterday. Barring any more positive tests, their game vs. the Vikings is still on track for Sunday. Julio Jones (hamstring) still isn’t practicing, though.
Lord Reebs joins the Splash Play podcast. Spags and I invited Sharp Football’s Rich Hribar on the show to give out our favorite fantasy plays and sports bets for Week 6. We also made Rich talk as fast as he can, which is pretty fast.
Injury Roundup. DJ Chark (ankle) missed another practice...Jarvis Landry (ribs/hip) didn’t practice Thursday...Melvin Gordon practiced fully Thursday, but it’s still unclear if the league will issue a punishment regarding his DUI before Sunday’s game...Cam Newton practiced in full on Thursday...A.J. Green was a limited participant in practice. He’s also been a limited participant in games hey-o...Chris Godwin (hamstring) has been practicing all week, but in a limited fashion...Mike Evans (ankle) was limited yesterday as well...DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Alshon Jeffery (foot) were limited in practice...Diontae Johnson returned to practice...A.J. Brown sat out yesterday.
Interesting Stat. Darrell Henderson has turned 7 red zone opportunities into a league-high 17.1 red zone PPR points (via Zachary Krueger on Rotoviz).