Week 9 Fantasy Football Wrap Up

By: Luke Grilli (@glorypodcast)

Welcome back to another edition of the Dynasty Football Warehouse Fantasy Football Wrap Up. This week, we will talk trades, injuries and missed medical appointments, but first how about some #PointPounders?

#POINTPOUNDERS
For those who have heard my podcast Never Ending Glory, we like to talk about our weekly #POINTPOUNDERS. Simply put, these are the guy who led their respective position in scoring and probably helped you win your fantasy match up

Quarterback
Jared Goff- 311 yards passing, 4 TDs
This is the week where all “Late Round QB Strategists” are patting themselves on the back. All the QBs we will talk about here either went undrafted in redraft leagues or were considered QB2s at the beginning of the season, but first we have to talk about last year’s #1 overall pick who was left for dead after a dreadful rookie year. I went into this off season trying to buy Goff anywhere I could because some owners simply don’t have any patience. I understand how bad his year was, but the guy was the #1 overall pick. Let’s give him a little longer leash than half a year in Jeff Fisher’s vanilla scheme. It doesn’t always work out this way, but it looks like rookie head coach Sean McVay was able to turn Goff’s career around and we saw him shred the Giants on Sunday. Should we expect 311 passing yards and 4 TDs every week? No, but Goff has become a streaming option and I’m considering starting over Tom Brady in Week 10 when Brady travels to Denver.
Honorable Mention
Jay Cutler-
Jay Ajayi goes away and the Dolphins offense comes out to play. Oakland’s defense is #SAD, but Smokin’ Jay still looked great on Sunday night and had 311 passing yards on 34 completions with 3 TDs. I don’t expect this to happen every week, but Cutler has various QB1 appeal and is a streaming option moving forward.
Tyrod TaylorOne of the worst things (or best) that can happen to you is have a QB put up 30+ against you on a Thursday night and that is what Tyrod Taylor did against the Jets. Taylor has 3 total TDs in losing effort to the Jets. While Buffalo fans had to be upset with the outcome of the game, Taylor fantasy owners were thrilled with his production.
Carson Wentz- Wentz continues to make his case for the 2017 Offensive MVP with another win and 4 TDs thrown. Wentz has been great and the Eagles currently hold the best record in the league. Heading into a bye this week, Wentz owners will have to find a replacement on the waiver wire. Maybe one of the guys I mentioned above?

Running Back
Alvin Kamara-
68 rushing yards, 1 TD, 6 receptions, 84 receiving yards, 1 TD
I talked about how great the 2017 rookie class was last week and Kamara did everything he could to prove me right. Averaging 12 yards a touch (and show amazing strength and balance on his TD catch), Kamara bested all of his fellow rookies and running backs this week. It’s safe to say that if you have Kamara in your lineup each week, you have a great chance of receiving RB1 production
Honorable Mention
Corey Clement-
Owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues, Clement had a career day and found paydirt 3 times on Sunday. Looking like the odd man out thanks to the Jay Ajayi addition, Clement showed us that he should be taken into consideration when discussing this historical 2017 rookie RB class
Matt Forte- Old man Forte refuses to roll over and die! Looking to be 100% healed from his turf toe issue, Forte was able to find the end zone twice on Thursday and has looked better than fellow running back Bilal Powell this season. I’d like to think that we can expect this from Forte moving forward, but that may be wishful thinking.
Todd Gurley- Gurley continues to fill up the state sheet and find the end zone as he finished with 104 yards from scrimmage and 2 TDs. He continues to climb up the ADP ladder and is making a case for being the #1 overall pick in redraft leagues in 2018.

Wide Receiver
TY Hilton-
5 receptions, 175 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs
TY’s bipolar season continues. One week he’s up. One week he’s down. Fortunately, Hilton was up this week (and CHEAP in Draft Kings) thanks to some poor tackling from the Texans and Jacoby Brissett looking more and more comfortable each week. Regarding the poor tackling, Hilton caught a deep ball and went untouched to the ground. Being the smart veteran he is, he got up and scampered into the endzone for an 80 yard TD in what was his 2nd long TD of the game. The production may not be consistent week to week, but it is great to see TY can be an elite player no matter who is under center.
Honorable Mention
Alshon Jeffery-
About time Alshon put up WR1 numbers! Jefferey and Wentz were able to connect for 2 TDs in the rout of the Broncos. With a bye this week, expect the Eagles coaching staff to continue to find a way to get Alshon the ball.
Doug Baldwin- Baldwin was clearly Russell Wilson’s #1 target on Sunday and the Paul Richardon/Tyler Lockett breakout season was put on the back burner. Baldwin led the team with a stat line of 7/108/1 and the Seahawks offense looks to be rolling, which is great for the fantasy football owners that invested one or both of the Wilson/Baldwin duo.
Terrance Williams- The always tantalizing Terrance Williams had the best game of his 2017 season (Career?) and caught 9 balls for 141 yards before tweaking his knee. The Cowboys have been waiting for Williams to step up as the WR2 in Dallas, pending the outcome of this knee injury Maybe their patience will be rewarded?

Tight End
Jared Cook-
8 catches, 126 receiving yards
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Jared Cook looked awesome last night. Listen folks, don’t get too jazzed up. It’s a story as old as time. Cook will show up his immense upside only to put up a goose egg the next week. The Raiders have a bye next week, so don’t drink the Kool Aid.
Honorable Mention
Julius Thomas-
Speaking of untapped potential, Thomas was able to find the end zone after looking like a baby gazelle who was just learning how to walk earlier in the game. I’d love to say that Thomas will be a streaming option at TE, but it is really hard to trust him week to week. Still, the 6/84/1 stat line from Sunday Night Football is hard to ignore. In leagues where I have Travis Kelce on a bye, I will consider adding Julius Thomas even though he has a touch match up with the Panthers next week.
Travis Kelce- Speaking of Travis Kelce, he went ahead and did Travis Kelce things and finished with 7/73/1 in a losing effort to the Cowboys. Kelce continues to be a high end TE1 week to week and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Evan Engram- Jeremy Shockey
in 2002. Rob Gronkowski in 2010. Evan Engram in 2017. These are the only TEs that would be considered viable fantasy football tight ends in the rookie seasons. Seriously, CHECK THE STATS! While Engram was massively talented coming out of Ole Miss, he has seen his production shoot through the roof (4/70/1 this week) thanks to a multitude of injuries to the Giants receiving corps.

#THISGUYSUCKS
So with the good, come the bad and here they are. These are the players that severely underachieved taking into consideration their match up/projections
Jameis WinstonI hate doing this because the dip in production was due to an injury, but the QBs this week were pretty solid. Unfortunately for the Bucs Jameis’ shoulder looks like it simply needs time to heal. I said this back in Week 1 that not having a bye due to Hurricane Irma would be a competitive disadvantage and we are seeing that now. Looks like it could be the Ryan Fitzpatrick show for a few weeks. Did you know he went to Harvard?
LeSean McCoy- Brutal showing from Shady after I touted him as the most consistent weekly RB1. 25 rushing yards with zilch in the passing game? Yikes
Mike Evans- You figured when a guy is throwing fists that he would be feisty and have more than 1 catch for 13 yards. Apparently not in the case of Mike Evans. This has been a down season for the Bucs and Evans who is now on a 16 game pace of 80/1150/8, which is not what fantasy owners were hoping for when he was a 1st round pick in drafts this summer.
Cameron Brate- Hate to pour it on the Bucs, but the numbers don’t lie. After being a consistent double digit point scorer, Cameron Brate disappointed with 1 catch for 9 yards.

Injuries
Andrew Luck- I asked last week if the Colts should shut Andrew Luck down for the season and apparently they read DFW. Mid-week, it was announced that Luck would be headed to the season ending IR. While 2017 is a lost season, it sounds like there are real questions about his ability to come back from this torn labrum 100% in 2018 and beyond. Dynasty owners need to keep an eye on this situation and how it plays out.
DeShaun Watson- In what Peter King made sound like a national tragedy (seriously, check is Twitter timeline), DeShaun Watson tore his ACL in practice and ended his historic rookie season. Huge blow to the Texans playoff chances as they are now on the Tom Savage roller coaster, but I’m optimistic that Watson can come back from this injury and repeat his QB1 performances next season
Zach Ertz- Ertz was a late scratch due to a hamstring injury suffered in practice and Trey Burton and Brent Celek were serviceable in his absence. With a bye in Week 10, Ertz will hopefully be able to come back from this injury and be a TE1 the rest of the way.
Dez Bryant- Dez went down with an ankle injury towards the end of the game after he got rolled up on. It doesn’t look very serious and his comments after the game suggested the same, but doctors on Twitter (I don’t say this in jest) are saying that this could be early season Odell Beckham all over again, which is a cause for concern since Odell missed about 4 weeks with the injury. According to the actual medical professionals, the next 24-48 hours will be huge for his chances on playing next week. Keep an eye out for chatter about the injury
Jameis Winston-
I fully expect Jameis Winston to miss the next week or two has he tries to heal a sprained shoulder/rotator cuff. Look to make a move at QB as this be a multi week absence.

Rookie of the Week
We talked about him in the #POINTPOUNDER section, but Alvin Kamara easily runs away with my rookie of the week. Good on ya if you were able to pick up the rookie running back in rookie drafts or the waiver wire.

Luke’s Top Storylines of the Week
1.The trade deadline was actually fun! Let’s talk about a few of them
1a. Patriots trade Jimmy Garoppolo the 49ers for a 2018 2nd round pick- 
Earlier this year on DFW I wrote a 2,000+ word dissertation about the Jimmy Garoppolo conundrum that the Patriots would face in the upcoming off season. Instead of waiting til the off season, the Patriots moved their back up QB to a team on my list as being in the picture for his services. The Pats got back a 2nd round pick in 2018, which I think is pretty solid value considering the 49ers now only have 6 games to give Jimmy an extended tryout to see if he is worth a $100 million investment. This is a great landing spot for Garoppolo because of what Kyle Shanahan can do to maximize the weapons in an offense. I don’t expect much fantasy production from Garoppolo in 2017, but he could be a steal in 2018 drafts
1b. Dolphins trade Jay Ajayi to the Eagles for a 2018 4th round pick- This was a shocking trade as the Dolphins were still in contention for a playoff spot in the AFC when the trade was made. Based on how last night went with Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams though, the Dolphins offense shouldn’t skip a beat. Ajayi was hit or miss in Miami and now maybe a change of scenery will help him in Philly (he scored a long TD in his debut), but being traded mid season for attitude issues may follow him around once contract negotiations start up.
1c. Panthers trade Kelvn Benjamin to the Bills for a 2018 3rd and 7th round pick– There were only 2 days between the trade and the Bills’ first game so that is why he didn’t suit up for TNF, but again, shocking that a contending team would trade their top receiver. Kelvin has been inconsistent this season and battled weight issues early on, so apparently the Panthers felt like they didn’t want to invest in him and already had his replacement in house with Devin Funchess. Curtis Samuel saw some more action with Kelvin out of town, but I love this move for the Bills passing attack. Jordan Matthews has shown that he truly is a mediocre receiver and hopefully a motivated Benjamin will turn things up a notch in Buffalo.
2. If Leonard Fournette missed team activities and rehab it would have been great to know this information EARLIER! Seriously Doug Marrone. An hour and a half before kickoff? Ok, I get it. You don’t want to give the Bengals a heads up, but what about us fantasy football players who were hoping to get our RB1 back this week?! It was pretty hilarious that the NFL Network ran a segment on Fournette and his great work ethic a mere 2 hours before the 1 PM kickoff, but that’s neither here nor there. I’m just hoping that this isn’t a long term attitude issue with Fournette. Maybe he was a little pissy that he was forced to sit Week 7 and felt he was healthy enough to play?
3. There were a bunch of fights this weekend, which is very dumb because these guys wear pads and helmets. AJ Green took down Jaelen Ramsey with a move that would make Hulk Hogan or the Ultimate Warrior blush, but then he proceeded to try and punch Ramsey in the face mask. What is that going to do other than break  your hand which you need to…ya know, catch the ball? Later on, Mike Evans got into it as well and threw fisticuffs, but didn’t get thrown out (though his stat line may say different). Geniuses I tell you, geniuses.
4. A long time laughing stock and a DST that fantasy owners looked forward to  playing each week, the Saints D is actually legit. I can’t really explain the quick turn around, but they are quickly turning into a team that you don’t want your players going against. The Bucs struggled to get anything going this week, but even for the past few weeks, the Saints DST has been lighting it up. The next two weeks, New Orleans heads to Buffalo and plays the Redskins at home. Both opposing teams shouldn’t keep you from playing the Saints DST.
5. Buck Allen had another solid PPR game, but the Danny Woodhead return is imminent. Woodhead could come back as soon as Week 11 and that would make Buck Allen all but worthless in all formats. If you have been relying on Allen as a RB2/FLEX, now may be the time to look for a replacement. If you remember correctly, Woodhead has 3 catches on the first drive of 2017 before going down with a hamstring injury. There’s a good chance that Woodhead could get hurt again, so keep Buck in your back pocket.
6. Adrian Peterson  beats up bad teams, but it would be nice if he could produce against good teams too. AP broke a single game record for most carries for a player over the age of 30 (37) and he finished with 159 rushing yards and 2 catches for 8 yards, but this was against the lowly 49ers. Let’s see how he does against a tough Seahawks defensive front. There is some skepticism starting AP, but I’m willing to take the risk this week.

Alright, that is it for this week. Enjoy Monday Night Football. If you need a W from the game tonight, I hope you get it! Follow me on Twitter (@glorypodcast) and be sure to give us a listen on Soundcloud or iTunes!