I’m glad I waited until after the trade deadline to write this thing. A notable move to skill positions actually happened on Tuesday, giving the NFL the same excitement as the NBA and MLB at the trade deadline. As if they needed more publicity, professional football has turned what was once the quietest deadline in American sport into a dizzying mix of fantasy football plays. It’s fantastic. Chase Claypool at the Bears bolsters a lean receiving body for Justin Fields. Chase Edmonds at the Broncos and Jeff Wilson at the Dolphins fixes a few holes for each team’s committee. TJ Hockenson to the Vikings (intra-division!) and Nyheim Hines to the Buffalo Bills are two moves that will have an immediate impact in the fantasy landscape. Pretenders and contenders now and later jockeys and football fans act like they’ve just blown salts.
Phew! Players who have not been distributed by the deadline could be even more surprising. Kareem Hunt is still a Brown. Brandin Cooks is still a Texan. Cam Akers still isn’t a Ram but isn’t anything else either. The Green Bay Packers were jolted awake at 4:01 a.m., grumbling asking what all the commotion was about. They have failed miserably to meet their dire needs again, which should come as no surprise to anyone. DJ Moore and Elijah Moore are stuck in toxic relationships, while Jerry Jeudy stays in Denver trying to sleep through Russell Wilson’s nightmarish rendition of joining the Mile High club.
The Week 9 slate is marked by six teams goodbye (CLE, DAL, DEN, NYG, PIT, SF), but also by huge point spreads pushed by Vegas. The Eagles are expected to invade Houston on Thursday night and are favored by 13 points. The Bills head to New Jersey and are also favored by 13 points over the Jets. The biggest home favorites are the Chiefs, who are outrageously favored 12.5 over the Titans 5-2. Fantasy managers will be intrigued by a single game with an implied total of 50 or more (Cardinals/Seahawks), but quite a few sporting a line over 45 points. The end of this week’s action means half of what has been the blur of a 2022 season. Here are the best fantasy football storylines I’ll have both eyes on for Week 9.
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The Morning After Bowl
It was truly something that through 54 Super Bowls, not a single team reached the big game at their home stadium. Then all of a sudden the Buccaneers won the Lombardi in Super Bowl LV in Tampa, followed by the Rams winning the championship in SoFi last year in Super Bowl LVI. Read also : Thunder from behind: The 1998 Cheerleading Championship. 2022 hasn’t been kind to any of these franchises. The Rams and Bucs enter their Week 9 night with losing records.
The last two teams in the championship stink this year. Tom Brady attempts to navigate the Bucs through the turmoil of the NFL grind, as well as the most relatable personal conflicts we’ve witnessed during his playing career. Matthew Stafford wiggles through the riptide with terrible running game and an offensive line chained to him like cement slippers. They’re not bad teams, but they’re decent teams that lose games in unusual ways. One will emerge from the wreckage of this game with a light on the horizon, while the other will be left rudderless and should honestly retreat and think about 2023.
Primed for a Massacre
Thursday Night Football is already the worst idea ever, but this season’s deals on Amazon Prime Video have been embarrassing. This week’s Olive Branch finally has a good team on the schedule. Read also : 11 compete for the crown of Queen of the Autumn Leaf Festival. The conclusion is that the undefeated Eagles travel to Houston to face the hapless Texans. Jalen Hurts and A.J. Brown are among the most exciting offensive duos in the NFL and Philly is arguably the best team in the league, while Houston is arguably the worst.
Don’t just put the Eagles’ eighth victory in ink just yet. There were plenty of examples of good teams going into games that were totally flat and looking to the future, especially on Thursday. Look for Dameon Pierce to have a good game against an average Eagles defense, which would certainly make things closer and more interesting. We’re in for some good football on Prime; we need more than free shipping on Alexa phone taps and FitBit watches destined for the garage junk drawer. Our fingers will be crossed, but our breath will certainly not be held.
Placated Targets > Vacated Targets
It would warm our hearts if Arthur Smith admitted he heard our cascade of insults and that his abnormally clever game plan against the Panthers was just to shut us up. I would certainly accept his apology and expect him to have finally come to terms with the error of his ways when he previously managed the best TE prospect in the history of the sport. Kyle Pitts was running routes. On the same subject : Falcons – 49ers Week 6 open topic. He was catching passes, even breaking YAC yards and scoring a touchdown in the red zone. The Falcons won the game in overtime, although they didn’t target Pitts much in the second half. Fantasy managers are insatiable. We want more.
Drake London was also back in the fold of Atlanta’s balanced offensive offense, though his five targets were a pittance for a receiver of his stature. RPO and play action really worked for the Falcons, who had adamantly refrained from turning their rushing prowess into advancing via the pass before the last three games. Mariota doesn’t have to look like his childhood idol Joe Montana there, especially once Cordarrelle Patterson joins that stable of arms with Pitts and London. Coach Smith can take comfort in the fact that we won’t be calling him mean names if he doesn’t coach like the carpentry teacher in charge of the JV high school team.
Yardage ETN SZN
This blurb is partly about Travis Etienne, who was amazing last week, as well as Tony Pollard and Antonio Gibson. Imagine an NFL where the offense trusts the “receiver” with all the starting workload because he’s the best playmaker on the team. The league was like that before. Warrick Dunn was smaller than half the cheerleaders, but carried the rock full-time for an entire 10-year career.
Dynamic ball carriers should have more work. The proof is in the performance. Etienne is not a puncher, but he was incendiary for the Jaguars in London. Pollard isn’t even a little short for an RB, but since he’s skinnier than Ezekiel Elliott (and plays for pennies on the Zeke dollar), he played second fiddle like Johnny in “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. All we ask is that coaches and front offices stop biting their noses to upset their faces and favor their special players in game plans instead of stubbornly cutting each other with an RB committee .
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