Learn From yesterday, Live for today, hope for tomorrow. The NFL season builds upon itself each week and offers up its share of highs and lows. This is on a cumulative basis but DFS gives us a fresh start each week. The key is to take everything as a learning experience while not overreacting in either direction. We are here to make hoping for tomorrow a little more palatable.
Each week we will take a look at both positive and negative situations that transpired from the week prior and what it means going forward. Let’s keep in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg and throughout the week we will go into further detail about other players that deserve our attention for the coming slate of games. That is why you need to stick with us throughout the week.
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As a preview of what you can expect, there was a time early in the season where the Titans looked like they couldn’t be beaten, but the tides have turned, losing a tough one yesterday at home to the now 9 and 3 Cleveland Browns(no that is not a typo). Baker Mayfield threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns for the Browns, Rashard Higgins had the biggest receiving game for the Browns with 95 yards and a touchdown, and Nick Chubb was steady with 80 yards and a touchdown as well. For the Titans, Corey Davis was an absolute beast, with eleven receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown, and Ryan Tannehill didn’t hurt anyone either with 387 yards, and three touchdowns. Derrick Henry was a disappointment for anyone who paid up for him, however, with just 60 yards on the ground, and 9 receiving yards, and a fumble.
If you read last week’s tight end article, I hope you followed Ray’s advice because Darran Wallerbroke the DFS slate yesterday with 13 receptions for 200 yards, and two touchdowns. Derek Carrgot it done for the Raiders throwing for 381 yards, and three touchdowns and Henry Ruggs IIIshowed off why people were so excited about him on draft day with 84 yards on just three receptions and a touchdown. On the Jets side, Ty Johnson rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown, and Jamison Crowder caught a pair of touchdowns, but otherwise, the Jets offence continued its struggles in the loss.
In Minneapolis, we got another strong performance from Dalvin Cook with 120 rushing yards and 59 receiving yards. Justin Jefferson had a big day as well with nine receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings. James Robinson was the lone standout for the now 1-11 Jaguars, he had 78 rushing yards, 30 receiving yards and a touchdown
Down in Miami, Myles Gaskin, and Mike Gesicki lead the way for the Dolphins, as they improved to 8-4 with a win over the Joe Burrow-less Bengals. Gaskin rushed for 90 yards, and added 30 receiving yards, while Gesecki added 88 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions. Tyler Boyd was the only player on the Bengals side to really affect DFS with one reception for 75 yards and a touchdown.
The Colts rode into Houston and beat the Texans on the back of strong performances from Jonathan Taylor, and T.Y. Hilton. Taylor rushed for 91 yards and caught three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. Hilton caught eight passes for 110 yards and a touchdown as well. The Texans had strong performances from Keke Coutee and Chad Hansen. Coutee had eight receptions for 141 yards, and Hansen added 101 yards himself. Deshaun Watson, while he didn’t throw for any touchdowns, did have 341 passing yards, and rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown.
Down at Soldier Field, Matthew Stafford showed some life, throwing for 402 yards and three touchdowns, Marvin Jones was the top receiver for the Lions adding 116 yards on eight receptions and a touchdown. T.J. Hockenson also added 84 yards from the tight-end position. Adrian Peterson only rushed for 57 yards, but he did add a pair of scores. On the Bears side, David Montgomery, and Cordarrelle Patterson were the big fantasy contributors. Montgomery had 72 yards rushing, 39 yards receiving, and a pair of touchdowns, while Patterson added 59 rushing yards of his own and a score.
Down in Atlanta, Taysom Hill continued to show viability as a DFS quarterback, putting up 232 passing yards, and two passing touchdowns, to go along with 83 yards on the ground. Alvin Kamara added another 88 yards on the ground, to go with nine receiving yards and a touchdown, and Michael Thomas had nine receptions for 109 yards. The Falcons had nice games yet again from their top receivers with Calvin Ridley hauling in five receptions for 108 yards, while Julio Jonesadded six receptions for 94 yards.
The Seahawks laid a rare poor performance at home, losing a low scoring game to the Giants. Chris Carson contributed 65 yards on the ground, and had 45 receiving yards and a touchdown for the Seahawks, DK Metcalf also added 80 receiving yards. Wayne Gallman did most of the damage for the Giants with 130 rushing yards.
In Arizona, the Rams came in and used a well-rounded effort putting up 38 points in the process on the Cardinals. Jared Goff, threw for 351 yards and a touchdown, while Cam Akers got the bulk of the carries contributing 72 yards and a touchdown. On the receiving front, Robert Woods added ten receptions for 80 yards. For the Cardinals, DeAndre Hopkins put up just 56 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions, while Dan Arnold had a big day with two receptions for 61 yards and two touchdowns.
In LA, the Patriots came in and put up what might be the least DFS relevant 45 points that I can remember. Cam Newton threw for 69 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 48 yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers offered nothing of value against the Patriots as Justin Herbert had the worst start of his young NFL career throwing for just 209 yards and two interceptions.
The Eagles flew into the not yet frozen tundra of Lambeau Field to face the Packers and really struggled to do anything on offence. Dallas Goedert was the closest thing to a DFS relevant player they had, as the tight end had five receptions for 66 yards. The Packers however were a different story. Aaron Rodgers threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns, Aaron Jones rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown, and Davante Adams had ten catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. All of the usual suspects for the Packers were at play.
Last but not least we had the Broncos taking on the Chiefs in Kansas City. Melvin Gordon had a big day on the ground(130 yards on 15 attempts) for the Broncos, and that was really about it for their offence. As for the Cheifs, Patrick Mahomes was well… Patrick Mahomes. He threw for 318 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 26 yards as well. On the receiving side of things, we saw Travis Kelce catch eight passes for 136 yards, as he continues to prove himself a consistent threat week in and week out.
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