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 a while!
So, it appears that instead of focusing on football this week, a lot of folks were instead busy trying to figure out which politician was the least horrible. I’d like to tell you I don’t want to get political, but I’d be lying. I love to get political, but Tony Holm and Jim Bukowski have promised to beat me senseless with footballs shot out of a Juggs machine at 110 mph if I mention politics here at Sharks. But if you think it might be fun listening to an absent-minded old fool yell and scream about the state of our nation for an hour while skillfully integrating several fart and genital jokes into the conversation, then you need to check out The Riot. There, I’ll consider that my patriotic duty for the week. [Editor’s Comment: Nice attempt at trying to circumvent the no politics talk, John. That will cost you one Juggs propelled football to the head….nah, make it the genitals.]
Back to football… I have to admit that I’m liking the PAT having been pushed back. I thought I’d hate it, mainly because… well… because I’m old and old people don’t handle change very well. It certainly makes the games more exciting knowing that the PAT isn’t a gimme, and it also has had the unintended consequence of making coaches actually revise their thinking of when to go for the two-point conversion.
So, I got to thinking: why not go in the other direction as an experiment? Why not offer the option of going for two points with the ball spotted at the 2-yard line (for a run/pass play) or with a kick spotted at the 35-yard line (i.e., a 52-yard attempt)? Doesn’t that sound reasonable?
Also, let’s experiment with banning Cris Collinsworth from ever broadcasting a football game again. I’ve never heard a color commentator latch on to the most insignificant factoid (“Brady has tremendous vision”) and then have to hear about it for the next three hours, whether it is relevant to the action or not. It’s like listening to some bizzaro sermon, except there’s no moral to the story or anything remotely applicable to your life. It just fills the air with vibrations that make their way to your ear, which then make you want to stick a pencil in there, just to end the pain.
Interesting Players for Week
Not necessarily the players in line for the biggest games this week, but rather some players that caught my interest and upon whom I shall cast my gaze …
If you’ve read this week’s Consistency Rankings (and why wouldn’t have you read it?), you’d know that the epitome of the “average” fantasy QB is Eli Manning; it comes as no surprise that he’d float in at #5 this week. Despite facing the league’s top defense against the pass, the greatness of Drew Brees still pushes him into the Top 10. His performance has been less inspiring than last season’s, but Marcus Mariota has been putting up some numbers recently, so he’s a sneaky play this week against the Packers.
- Tom Brady, NEP (vs. Sea) – 42.18
- Aaron Rodgers, GBP (vs. TEN) – 41.32
- Matt Ryan, ATL (vs. Phi) – 40.44
- Cam Newton, CAR (vs. KCC) – 39.30
- Eli Manning, NYG (vs. Cin) – 38.03
- Ben Roethlisberger, PIT (vs. DAL) – 37.71
- Marcus Mariota, TEN (vs. GBP) – 37.65
- Carson Wentz, PHI (vs. ATL) – 37.33
- Alex Smith, KCC (vs. Car) – 37.15
- Drew Brees, NOS (vs. DEN) – 37.10
How messed up is it that there’s a Vikings’ runner on the Top 10 list– and that it’s Matt Asiata? David Johnson and Melvin Gordon have been money all season, and there’s no reason to think that either one of these guys will be slowing down this week.
- David Johnson, ARI (vs. SFO) – 56.82
- Le’Veon Bell, PIT (vs. DAL) – 51.01
- Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (vs. Pit) – 47.91
- Matt Forte, NYJ (vs. RAM) – 42.08
- Matt Asiata, MIN (vs. WAS) – 41.98
- LeGarrette Blount, NEP (vs. Sea) – 41.85
- Melvin Gordon, SDC (vs. MIA) – 41.21
- Jordan Howard, CHI (vs. TBB) – 40.25
- Jay Ajayi, MIA (vs. SDC) – 40.06
- Devontae Booker, DEN (vs. NOS) – 39.20
Kenny Britt isn’t the same player he’s been in recent years (he’s better), and neither is Darrelle Revis (he’s nowhere as effective)– the net effect being that Britt cracks the top 10 this week. DeAndre Hopkins has been disappointing this season (probably due to Brock Osweiler being so horrible) but there’s an opening this week due to the absence of some good WRs on bye (Amari Cooper, T.Y. Hilton, Marvin Jones, Golden Tate). The Falcons secondary makes a lot of guys look good, and it’s Jordan Matthews’ turn this week.
- Mike Evans, TBB (vs. Chi) – 65.69
- A.J. Green, CIN (vs. NYG) – 59.41
- Antonio Brown, PIT (vs. Dal) – 58.08
- Jordan Matthews, PHI (vs. ATL) – 57.47
- Kelvin Benjamin, CAR (vs. KCC) – 55.04
- Alshon Jeffery, CHI (vs. TBB) – 55.00
- Julio Jones, ATL (vs. PHI) – 54.38
- Jordy Nelson, GBP (vs. Ten) – 52.17
- Kenny Britt, RAM (vs. NYJ) – 52.10
- DeAndre Hopkins, HOU (vs. JAC) – 51.88
Travis Kelce is the top TE play this week, assuming he doesn’t decide to throw any equipment at a zebra’s direction again… you know you have a weak group of players when Larry Donnell sneaks onto the Top 10 list.
- Travis Kelce, KCC (vs. CAR) – 29.76
- Jordan Reed, WAS (vs. MIN) – 28.53
- Tyler Eifert, CIN (vs. NYG) – 26.20
- Delanie Walker, TEN (vs. GBP) – 25.64
- Jason Witten, DAL (vs. Pit) – 24.41
- Zach Miller, CHI (vs. TBB) – 24.11
- Greg Olsen, CAR (vs. KCC) – 23.82
- Kyle Rudolph, MIN (vs. WAS) – 23.65
- Zach Ertz, PHI (vs. ATL) – 23.60
- Larry Donnell, NYG (vs. CIN) – 23.54
Teams on Buy this week: Bills, Colts, Lions and Raiders.