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THE FIRE SALE: Week 10

I feel like the season just started but Thanksgiving is now just a couple weeks away. College football is almost over. The football season really does fly.

You know what’s amazing? Not only is the season almost over but the following head coaches are still employed:

Todd Bowles, New York Jets
Vance Joseph, Denver
Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay

I mentioned last week that there are opinions and facts. If your opinion is any of those three coaches are good, it’s wrong. I’ve been following football for more than 30 years and none of these guys have any idea what they’re doing.

The coach who really chaps my backside is Bowles. Living in New York, I know a lot of Jets fans and I have no idea how they live with him. Actually, I do. I lived through Dave Campo. Bowles reminds me of Campo. They’re both buffoons who got way too long to prove their incompetence.

I mentioned in the past how Bowles never talks which is astonishing. Even Jason Garrett talks sometimes. Think about that. As much as I dislike Garrett, he’s a much better coach than Bowles, Joseph and Koetter. That’s saying a lot.

The good news is all three of those coaches will be unemployed come January. I’m the guy who likes to see bad coaches get fired. If you’re not good at your job, you get replaced. The same hold true with me and everyone else. I’m looking forward to the day these three tomatoes get canned. The NFL will be a better place.

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Now, on with the “The Fire Sale … ”

Going Up

Nick Mullens, QB, San Francisco

So, when I heard Mullens was going to start, I bet the Oakland money line. Not one of my best wagers. That’s what I get for trusting Oakland coach Jon Gruden. We all knew that Gruden coming back was going to be a disaster but he’s exceeded expectations. And Oakland fans who think he’s the guy to build for the future are sadly fooling themselves. Gruden doesn’t want to be there now, forget about five years down the road.

Mullens came out of nowhere last Thursday night to rip hapless Oakland for 262 yards and three touchdowns. While the miserable Oakland defense needs to take some of the blame, Mullens did look good leading the San Francisco offense. There’s more good news for Mullens. San Francisco’s next two games are against teams almost as bad as Oakland – the New York Giants and Tampa Bay.

It’s still too early to tell if Mullens is a one-game wonder but given his favorable upcoming schedule, he’s worth adding in two-quarterback leagues or if you need a starter in a pinch. I mean, he can’t be worse than Joe Flacco, can he?

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona

Kirk has made the list a couple of times and coming off a bye, I still like him for the rest of the season. In the first half of his rookie year, Kirk has 31 receptions for 410 yards and two touchdowns. He’s developed a nice chemistry with rookie quarterback Josh Rosen that should make Kirk a viable WR3/4 for the rest of the season based on matchup.

Kirk has the right matchup this week against a Kansas City defense allowing the 13th-most fantasy points to receivers. Kirk has at least 57 yards receiving in three of his last four games with two touchdowns over that span. He’s coming on at the right time. Grab him now.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Denver

I do a red zone article and last week I was surprised to see that Heuerman ranked third among tight ends in red zone targets, behind only Eric Ebron and Zach Ertz. He scored his second red zone touchdown on Sunday and now has 12 targets inside the 20-yard line this season.

Heuerman caught 10-of-11 targets for 83 yards and a score against the Broncos. If Heuerman can start turning more of those targets into touchdowns, he’ll make an impact at a weak tight end position. Heuerman has at least five targets in four of his last five games. He’s worth adding this week if you need tight end help.

Then again, the last time I endorsed a Denver tight end, it was A.J. Derby, so take this with a grain of salt.

About Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and SI.com.