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Falcons vs. Panthers
I was worried about Julio’s health a few weeks back. Well, no longer. He looked downright spritely, and he’s about to become an alpha with Ridley banged up.
Vikings vs. Packers
Not a lot of trends from this game because the wind was a big factor here. To the extent there are any trends, Robert Tonyan might be the clear second option in Green Bay. But even that is fluky. If the Packers weren’t losing big, I doubt anyone not named Devante Adams would be fantasy relevant. Let’s just move on.
Titans vs. Bengals
Corey Davis was really good in Week 8, but take it with a grain of salt. Tennessee was losing for most of this game, and most of his damage was done in the second half against a weak defense. On Tennessee’s last real drive, he received three targets in a row, gained 34 yards, and caught a touchdown when Tennessee was down 17. Seems a little hot-handy. I’m not doing backflips here.
Jets vs. Chiefs Trends
Mecole Hardman might have finally cracked the starting lineup! He played the second-most snaps of any WR, ran the second-most routes, and got nine targets. That said, Sammy Watkins was inactive again this week, so I want to see it again when Watkins is healthy. Hardman is a name to add leading up to the fantasy playoffs.
Colts vs. Lions
Jonathan Taylor struggled against Detroit but Jordan Wilkins dominated. However, Rivers suggested that Taylor was banged up in the post-game interview. That would explain a lot. I’m not panicking quite yet, but he’s not been the player I hoped.
Steelers vs. Ravens
If you held onto J.K. Dobbins this long, congratulations. He absolutely dominated on 15 carries and was rewarded with a season-high 66% of the snaps. Of course, Mark Ingram was out, but Dobbins still had a strong showing against arguably the best defense in the league. Ingram may have just lost his job.
Rams vs. Dolphins
Due to a punt return TD and a defensive TD, we didn’t get to see a ton of Tua. At the beginning, he looked very much a rookie with a bad miss and a fumble. Eventually, he settled down a bit and threw a touchdown pass to DeVante Parker in a fairly tight window. Overall, I thought he looked fine. He didn’t really do much, so all we can really do is just confirm that the Dolphins pass catchers do indeed take a step back.
Patriots vs. Bills
Zack Moss is the only running back you want to roster from Buffalo. Yes, they both received 14 carries and both topped 80 yards, but what the box score fails to tell you is that Moss got 4 carries inside the NE 10 yard line and six carries inside NE 20. While that sounds great, the problem with Moss is that Josh Allen still vultures a lot of goal line touchdowns, so he’s not the clear goal-line ball-carrier despite all the red-zone opportunities.
Bonus Trends: Cam Newton looked a lot better in this game both passing and rushing. The passing is notable as this was another one of those windy games. He cost NE the game with a fumble at the end of the game, but he passed the eye test more than the last two down weeks.
Raiders vs. Browns
The wind was, again, a huge factor in this game, so there isn’t much to be learned here in the passing game. Something to note: KhaDarel Hodge only played one fewer snap and one fewer route than Rashard Higgins. The Browns don’t have a clear Odell Beckham replacement – it’s a group effort. Likely renders all receivers other than Landry irrelevant.
Chargers vs. Broncos Trends
I thought Justin Jackson looked really good this week. Last week was a big disappointment, but he had an injury designation going into the game. I’d be more excited after his 17 rushes for 89 yards and five targets for 53 yards, but out-of-nowhere, Troymaine Pope played and touched the ball just about every time he was on the field (25 snaps, 17 targets and carries combined). Pope clearly hurts Joshua Kelley more than Justin Jackson, but I’d much rather not have a third back involved in this backfield.
Saints vs. Bears
Anthony Miller got 11 targets, but Darnell Mooney was on the field far more (12 more snaps) and saw more air yards. Miller clearly has been passed on the depth chart, so I’m not rushing to the wire to add him. Still, Miller did have a late-season surge last year, so keep an eye on this.
49ers vs. Seahawks
Brandon Aiyuk excelled after Jimmy Garoppolo left the game. 7 of his 11 targets came from Nick Mullens, and Mullens pushed it down the field a bit more than Jimmy G. Aiyuk played a ton (90%) and ran the most routes. He didn’t receive any carries, but he did run a few pre-snap motions suggesting he’s still involved in those gimmicky plays. I like him a lot down the stretch, especially with Kittle projected to miss some time.
Cowboys vs. Eagles Trends
Jalen Reagor returned to action to play 73% of the snaps and receive six targets, two of which were deep end-zone targets! Reagor caught a touchdown on a play clearly designed for him and his speed. Best of all, I love the 77 air yards this week on only 6 targets. He’ll be a deep threat for this team, and I expect the snaps to increase as they continue to trust his health.
Bonus Trends: I was surprised to see only one target for Goedert after playing 84% of the snaps. The problem is Travis Fulgham is clearly Wentz’s new favorite target. I saw several plays where Wentz threw to Fulgham without remotely looking at another wide receiver. That limits Reagor and Goedert a bit, but overall this is an offense on the rise.