Welcome to The Lowdown for Week 10. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay awhile!
Back to Basics?
Is the NFL starting to turn back into a smashmouth league? Well, I wouldn’t go that far, but I think I’m starting to see signs that teams are ready to go a bit contrarian. The success of most of the top RBs drafted in the past three seasons or so– Saquon Barkley, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, Chris Carson— plus this year’s high-profile rookies (Josh Jacobs, Devin Singletary, and David Montgomery) probably has at least some GMs thinking that the path to a Lombardi Trophy doesn’t need to be rooted in a spectacular aerial attack that requires a great QB under center, a superstar WR, a pass-catching TE and at least one generational OT. With the preponderance of outstanding three-down runners and a solid QB, any team can be competitive; throw in a second element, either a stout defense or other playmaker on offense, and you’re playoff bound.
Of course, I’ll need to review the data at the end of the regular season to see how overall usage and trends have shifted, but I think it’s obvious that the NFL may be turning back to a more run/defense oriented league.
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Interesting Players for This Week
Straight from the flawless algorithms of Mighty Max come the top match-ups at every position for this weekend’s games …
Note #1: The value associated with each player indicates the likelihood of that player having the best score at his position that week; it’s not a representation of his score for the week. A carat (^) symbol next to a player’s name indicates an injury designation negatively impacting his ranking.
Note #2: Computers don’t deal in “hunches”; all projections are data based… so only players who have at least one game of statistics are considered in my models.
Teams on bye this week: DEN, HOU, JAC, NEP, PHI, WAS.