Welcome to The Lowdown for Week 9. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay a while!
Wheeling and Dealing
I like what’s been happening in the NFL the past couple of seasons re: the trading deadline. The deals, near-deals… all add that extra bit of spice in the middle of the season. This season there was some extra intrigue, as several teams were seen as sellers. Here’s my two cents on the moves of the week:
- Lions send Golden Tate to the Eagles for a third-rounder – love this move, even though I had the Eagles looking to pick up an RB. Tate is a beast after the catch, and I’m sure he’ll quickly become Carson Wentz‘ favorite target, along with Zach Ertz. I look for Tate to keep up his fantasy output, and perhaps add a bit more consistency. In Detroit, both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones should see an uptick in their outputs.
- Broncos send Demaryius Thomas to the Texans for a fourth-rounder (and a swap of 7th-rounders) – a move that benefits both teams. The Texans were in a tough spot following the season-ending injury to Will Fuller. Thomas may not be a WR1 any more, but as a big receiver to play opposite DeAndre Hopkins, Thomas is more than capable. For the Broncos, getting a 4th-rounder for Thomas is solid value and allows good-looking rookie WR Courtland Sutton to see more targets. It’s almost as if the Broncos replaced Thomas with a younger version of himself.
- The Redskins acquired DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from the Packers in exchange for a fourth-round pick – After getting lit up by Drew Brees a couple of weeks ago, the Redskins obviously decided they needed to upgrade the secondary. I don’t see Dix’ numbers rising significantly for IDP purposes.
- Jags send DE Dante Fowler to the Rams for 2019 3rd- and 2020 5th-round picks – what were the Rams missing on defense? An edge rusher? Not any more… I’ve been watching pro football for a while, and I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a defense fielding seven first-round picks. Seven.
- Packers ship RB/WR Ty Montgomery to the Ravens for a 2020 7th-round pick – this wasn’t a trade so much as the Packers’ way to jettison a malcontent. Apparently, Montgomery did not follow Mike McCarthy’s instructions, and then topped that off by fumbling the ball in a critical situation last week against the Rams.
Speaking of players being jettisoned, the Raiders cut DE Bruce Irvin because he didn’t fit into Jon Gruden’s 4-3 defensive scheme; the Cardinals cut QB Sam Bradford because.. well… he sucked and management didn’t feel like paying him anymore.
The Raider Way
I thought watching the Giants play this year was the worst football viewing experience, but I hadn’t sat down to watch the Raiders this season. Good grief… what a fuster cluck! Not only did the Raiders get crushed, they got crushed by a QB who hadn’t taken a regular-season snap… ever. I mean, they couldn’t stop Nick Mullens on Thursday night at all. I get the fact that Gruden has collected a few extra high picks for next season– but in doing so, he’s completely lost his team. It wouldn’t shock me at all if there’s a new QB under center for the Raiders in 2019. Instead of “Just win, baby!“, the Raider Way seems to have morphed into “Just suck, baby!”…
Good thing they’ve committed $100 million to Gruden; clowns of this magnitude are rare commodities and need to be compensated accordingly.