The NFL never suffers from a lack of things to talk about each week. Usually there’s too much to talk about and you have to narrow it down. One of the things that stood out the most to me this week was the absolutely awful performance by Zeke Elliott. You don’t draft a guy like Elliott to get 8 yards from him. This is the same guy who led the league in rushing last year. Most fantasy championship winners had Elliott on their team and rode the rookie all the way to the title. His pending suspension is the only thing that kept him from being drafted #1 overall. When it was announced that he likely wouldn’t serve the suspension until next year, Elliott owners rejoiced at the value they got drafting a player of this caliber in the second round or late in the first. But when they saw effort like this…..
they likely got pretty worried. And for good reason. A leader is supposed to set an example, not give up on the play. When you lead the league in rushing, you’re looked at as a leader whether you want to be or not. Now that teams have a lot of tape on Zeke you can bet they’ll use this to try and stop him. If teams know that frustrating Zeke will cause him to give up on the team that gives them a way to beat the Cowboys. I’m sure that teams are already game planning around this. They would be foolish not to. Also, you can’t have Jerry Jones out here making excuses for his star player if he wants the rest of the team to play hard. You have to treat all players equally if you want to motivate them. Jones is setting a scary precedent if you’re a Cowboys fan. You can’t make an exception, you have to hold everyone to the same standard. Or you could simply not comment to the media about it. This will be an exciting one to keep an eye on.
Eli Manning might be done. The guy has won two super bowls, defeating the hated Patriots twice. One of them was probably the best super bowl I’ve ever seen with one of the greatest plays in super bowl history (David Tyree helmet catch). But to watch Eli now you wonder what happened to him and this team. They have no offense. Their defense is still pretty good, although not near as good as those defenses. When you watch Eli get tackled by a ghost:
all you can do is laugh. The Lions are much improved and they could go pretty far if they keep playing like this, but what happened to the Giants? I’m tired of watching this team in prime time games. Let see some teams that can play football, not QBs that get tackled by phantom defenders.
Marshawn Lynch looks happy to be playing football again for his home town team.
Here’s a word on trades: When you propose a trade, everyone in the league then has 3 days to vote on the trade if they want to. If the trade has 3 people vote against it, the trade doesn’t go through. As the commissioner I can veto a trade instantly, but I will only do that for clearly one-sided trades. For example, trading Tom Brady for Theo Riddick is a one-sided trade that will be vetoed.
The Games: Lauren vs. Nick Lauren had the best scoring week so far behind a great performance from Tom Brady, Ty Montgomery, andTravis Kelce. This is the exact same thing Brady did last time he got mad. A mad Brady is a good Brady as far as fantasy is concerned. I’m sure Lauren hopes he stays mad, but they won’t play many defenses as bad as the Saints. Nick didn’t have a very good week. 87 points won’t win you many match ups. The important thing is to just get to the playoffs, then the season resets. But unless these guys play better I don’t know if that will happen for Nick. If Lauren’s team keeps this up she could win it all.
Brian vs. Colton: Colton has a pretty good week. Drew Brees and Emmanuel Sanders were his best players. The Saints will be playing from behind all year so Brees should put up record numbers again. Brian had the lowest score of the league this year. This is basically what his team did this week:
Yeah, you got that right, a belly flop into a pool of mayonnaise. It’ll get better, by the law of averages, it just about has to.
Mitch vs. Nathan: Mitch has the best running back situation in the league, and he was able to win pretty handily even with 29 points on his bench. Kareem Hunt looks to be this year’s Zeke Elliott, and Kansas City looks to be a Super Bowl contender behind his running. Mitch could ride these guys to a championship if they keep playing like this. Michael Crabtree also had a hell of a week. It must be nice to be in this kind of shape. Nathan had a good draft, but he’s now 0-2 and trying to plug holes in his roster. Like I said, you don’t draft Elliott to get 4.2 points from him. Gurley looks to be back to his rookie year form and you can tell coaching makes all the difference in the world because now the Rams are playing good football (even though they lost). They’ve been stockpiling talent for years, and it looks like they’re starting to put it all together. Cam Newton doesn’t look like himself though. Might be time to dump him and give someone else a shot. You can’t usually win with 10 points from your QB.
Ben vs. Jason: Ben won a match up even with his defensive player suspended. Jason’s stud players like Antonio Brown and Matt Stafford didn’t do much this week and he lost because of it. I’m sure they’ll be back nest week. Ben had a lot of points on his bench which is one of the most frustrating things in playing fantasy football, but he won anyway because Freeman and Mike Evans really showed up this week. If Ben gets the right lineup he could win a lot of match ups.
Chad vs. Jordan: My wide receivers struggles this week while Jordan had a good week out of his and that made the difference. This was the closest match up of the week and it hurts to see your stud TE get placed on IR and lose a match up because of it. Jordan needs a better performance from the bottom half of his roster going forward, but the important thing is to win and he did that so he’s in good shape.
I’ll wrap up with this. Unfortunately this is going to be nine of us: