🔮 It’s Week 16. The Chiefs are home vs. the Falcons on a cold, chilly day at Arrowhead. After a string of bad injuries, the team is down to just practice squad callup Gehrig Dieter and the talented second year WR Mecole Hardman. Mahomes rolls out, looks down the field, and delivers an absolute dime to...Dieter. 🔮
It does feel like Hardman is never going to happen. He played a measly 29 snaps last night and ran only 12 routes, operating as Tyreek Hill’s direct backup and not seeing any meaningful jump in work with Sammy Watkins out. Such is fantasy. As Sigmund Bloom is fond of saying, we can’t assume rational coaching. Andy Reid just absolutely has to get Demarcus Robinson those 69 (no, it’s not nice) snaps. Anyways, I’m certainly not tilting or anything.
Monday Night Football. Overall the double header was a bit disappointing from a shootout perspective, but we still got some serviceable fantasy days. Travis Kelce kept his vice grip on the TE1 spot with 65 yards and 2 TDs. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who has a serious allergy to the end zone, rushed for 161 yards. In the second game, Andy Dalton reminded us very quickly that he is not Dak Prescott. I agree with Matthew that we need to stay the course, though. Kyler Murray went off for 188 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 74 rushing yards, and 1 rush TD. Christian Kirk is starting to cement himself as the #2 in this offense with 86 yards and 2 TDs. And of course, we can’t forget Kenyan Drake sucking out with a 69-yard TD run in garbage time.
TOP 5 WAIVER ADDS FOR WEEK 7
- Boston Scott (RB - rostered in 10.9% of ESPN leagues) - Miles Sanders is expected to sit out of Thursday’s game against the Giants and potentially miss more games, which means Scott, who is also a plus pass catcher, is the next man up. Corey Clement also figures to get some touches, but Scott should lead this backfield. The offensive line situation here is not great, but we are just chasing the volume.
- JaMycal Hasty & Jeff Wilson (RB - 0.1 & 8.8%) - Raheem Mostert has been placed on IR with a high ankle sprain, which means he will miss at least 3 games. I’m listing both RBs here because Wilson missed Week 6 with a calf injury, but appears likely to return this week. The rookie Hasty got 9 carries for 37 yards when Mostert went down on Sunday night. We never truly know how a Shannahan backfield will play out, but it continually pays dividends so it’s worth taking stabs.
- Keelan Cole (WR - 14.3) - It pains me to talk about a non-Laviska Shenault option in this offense, but Cole has had at least 5 targets in every game and touchdowns in 3 games this season. He’s now coming off a 6-catch, 143 yard performance vs. the Lions and appears to have dialed in a rapport with Gardner Minshew.
- Dallas Goedert (TE - 24.1%) - Goedert is eligible to come off IR prior to Thursday’s game, but even if he doesn’t, I still think he’s a great add. TE is so gross right now outside of the top few options, so we should be taking swings on high upside plays for the back stretch. With Zach Ertz likely out 3-4 weeks, Goedert will step into a huge role the second he returns.
- La’Mical Perine (RB - 11.9%) - Frank Gore’s presence is providing nice cover right now for Perine, who I think you can sneak through on waivers. He had 9 touches on Sunday, including 2 catches, and that workload should increase as the season progresses and the team evaluates their younger talent. He’s not a guy you can comfortably start now, but if (and hopefully when) they phase Gore out, Perine should be the main beneficiary.
Injury roundup. Tevin Coleman (knee) is unlikely to return this week...Mark Ingram (ankle) will “probably be back” after the bye, according to coach Harbaugh...Sam Darnold could miss another week...DeSean Jackson (hamstring), who I swear is limited every single week and never plays, was listed as a limited participant at Monday’s practice...Darius Slayton (foot) was limited yesterday as well...The Bengals are awaiting more information on Joe Mixon’s foot injury...Melvin Gordon (illness/DUI) is expected back in Week 7. Still no word from the league on a possible suspension...Noah Fant could return in Week 7...Coach Matt Rhule was ambiguous on Christian McCaffrey’s (ankle) return date...Baker Mayfield’s removal from Sunday’s game vs. the Steelers was “preventative” according to coach Stefanski.