Continuing on where we left off, the week 6 dynasty dashboard should be used as your dynasty cliff notes for every game and how they impacted the dynasty values of players like Matt Forte, who is going to help bring home the cup for dynasty owners. Meanwhile, I think I’ve filled up my son’s sippy cup 4 times by now. I should probably go make sure he hasn’t peed all over my man-cave couch by now.
Jacksonville Jaguars 14 – 16 Tennessee Titans
Dynasty owners everywhere ran to the store to clear the shelves and stock up for the big storm coming to town – Storm Johnson. The storm touched down hard right off the bat, but then it quickly faded away for a measly 21 yards on 10 carries. Look, not even LaDainian Tomlinson in his prime would be able to run behind this offensive line right now. Toby Gerhart owners are as content as they can be knowing it isn’t all Gerhart’s fault here. Cecil Shorts came back and stayed healthy enough to finish a game! Shorts had a very solid performance and appeared to be the first read. Allen Robinson’s chemistry with Blake Bortles remained intact and continues to be the receiver to own for the future. Marqise Lee made his first appearance back from his injury and was able to catch a couple passes to get into a groove, but he’s buried for the foreseeable future.
“Check down Charlie Whitehurst“ achieved the most passing yards he’s ever racked up in his clipboard career – a whopping 233 yards. Don’t quit your day job, errr… Bishop Sankey critics made themselves heard after Sankey started off and finished slow. It wasn’t until the second half that Ken Whisenhunt sent to the rookie more consistently. If you’re a Sankey owner you’re certainly desiring more, but until the passing game gets it together teams will continue to have the luxury of stacking the box. Dexter McCluster had 6 catches for crying out loud, 1 less than all three Tennessee Titans top 3 receiving options combined.
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San Diego Chargers 31 – 28 Oakland Raiders
The Raiders kept this game interesting and competitive for all 4 quarters, and much of it was due to a stellar game from DraftKings super savers $3000 option, Andre Holmes. Holmes only caught 4 balls, but they went for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns in the same spectacularly athletic fashion that we saw late in 2013. Hopefully Holmes will be able to carry this momentum forward – my money says yes. Darren McFadden had a respectable game, and it doesn’t make sense that he’s not being used in the passing game. At least McFadden owners can count on him as a flex option going forward. Remember Brice Butler? He even showed up in this game as the Raiders grasped at straws for bodies. His athleticism prevailed as he hit pay dirt. I’m not ready to go back to the well with Butler yet, but if you do want to take a shot, you’re not going to be able to wait to secure him.
It was Philip Rivers that just can’t be stopped this year as he posted yet another stellar line with 3 touchdowns to Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal, and Antonio Gates. Keenan Allen caught another 3 balls – 3 rancid, stinking, putrid balls. I don’t know what’s going on here, but whatever’s going on Allen isn’t a part of it as he hasn’t been the open man. Branden Oliver isn’t going to be giving Donald Brown his replacement job back, and Ryan Mathews is only going to get back his early down work – Oliver is here to stay. Maybe Ladarius Green’s catches signify an increase in usage from here on out? Maybe not. It’s a crap-shoot regardless until Gates is out of the picture or Eddie Royal is less royal.
Washington Redskins 20 – 30 Arizona Cardinals
Boy was it good to see Carson Palmer back under center for the Cardinals. How long he can hold up at this point, that’s another question. Clearly Logan Thomas is a long-term project and Drew Stanton isn’t the answer. For the sake of Michael Floyd and John Brown, let’s hope that the Cardinals make quarterback a priority in the 2015 draft. Andre Ellington looks another step healthier and ready to carry the load. I’d still rather sell him once he does this another time or two; these injuries dating back to college keep piling on.
Kirk Cousins made just enough bad plays to outweigh his good plays and help the Cardinals pull ahead. Jordan Reed came back with a vengeance and left no questions unanswered as to whether or not he and Niles Paul will split time going forward. I’d still be willing to hang onto Paul as roster depth if you can afford him. You never know when Reed goes down again, but the Reed owner should really be interested in him if that’s not you. Can we please let Roy Helu get more work? Anytime he touches the ball good things happen.
Chicago Bears 27 – 13 Atlanta Falcons (Matt Forte is just the greatest)
As a Bears fan, I was “oh ye of little faith” as all the starting Linebackers for the Bears and the top corner back options were down for the count. It’s unfathomable to me how the Falcons were unable to capitalize on this and penetrate the middle of the field – hat tip to the Bears for an excellent performance. Jared Allen’s presence is very well known when he’s on the field. Matt Forte is on pace to destroy the 100 receptions by a running back (not half back) record held by LaDainian Tomlinson since the merger – he’s averaging 7.67 receptions a game, good for 122 by the year-end. Waiting in the wings, Ka’Deem Carey looked good in a reserve role and can take over this job should the Bears move away from Forte due to contractual/ cap reasons.
The Falcons weren’t able to get anything going, and it was Antone Smith that helped Matt Ryan owners salvage a decent day. It’s a damn shame the 29 year old Smith is just now getting his chance to shine. Devonta Freeman lovers have only the future to look forward to with hope, but if he can’t demand all the reserve carries over Jacquizz Rodgers, well, my money is on another running back joining the team next year. This is a prospect that simply plays a lot faster than his work-out speed, which so far doesn’t appear to be the case for the aforementioned Sankey.
Dallas Cowboys 30 – 23 Seattle Seahawks
The 8.5 line in favor of Seattle seemed pretty careless, as the clues were in place that the Cowboys are a force to be reckoned with. They said they were going to come right at Richard Sherman, and they meant it. The Cowboys also meant in when they said they were going to curb DeMarco Murray’s touches, but it didn’t mean that Murray would lose efficiency as he still put up a solid showing, joining Jim Brown as the only other running back to rush for 100 yards in each of his first 6 games. Joseph Randle is the early down handcuff that Murray owners need to own, but he wouldn’t get the bulk of the carries as it would be an even split with Lance Dunbar taking all the passing down duties as evidenced in this game. The narrative that a team “won’t take Player X off the field and replace him with Player Y because Player Y isn’t as talented” doesn’t hold up. Just ask Chip Kelly and Co.
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The Seahawks simply weren’t prepared for this game and likely underestimated their opponents. There isn’t a good thing to take away from this game from the Seahawk’s side of the fence. Pete Carroll needs to start using Percy Harvin as an actual receiver – not a gimmick player. Carroll doesn’t have the talent at the position to have a luxury of using Harvin sparingly. If this is how they plan to use him going forward, then that’s an absolute waste of a premium draft pick they gave up via trade. After all, what good is SPARQ if you’re not going to put it to use? “Sure, we have an analytics team, this is what they’ve told us, but I’m smarter than them.” Those aren’t actual Pete Carroll words, but they as well be.
New York Giants 0 – 27 Philadelphia Eagles
I don’t know what it is about primetime games this year, but they all suck more than the Mega Maid from Spaceballs.
The Eagles were able to get the run game going, and LeSean McCoy owners rejoice as he hasn’t lost a step, and the offensive line was able to open up enough room for him to get around the edges and only need to juke one defender at a time. Darren Sproles owners will need to monitor his knee injury. Jeremy Maclin was almost non-existent in this game, but he was clearly game-planned for on the Giants’ defensive side. Jordan Matthews left a couple plays on the field, but the Eagles are getting him involved. The splits are just not going to change in this offense.
At first glance I was excited to see Zach Ertz score his second touchdown of the night, but then I realized it James Casey, the other non-racist white guy on the team. There was a Josh Huff sighting on special teams and he dropped a screen at the end, but clearly he’s the next bench player to work into the lineups should Maclin leave after this year.
Eli Manning didn’t have any time to throw as he was sacked 6 times. Odell Beckham Jr. made a Tim Howard like catch to start the Giants first offensive drive, showcasing his athletic ability. Then he followed that play up with a punt he shouldn’t have fielded and was rocker because of it. After that, he muffed another punt that was kneed into the back of the end zone, which ultimately rewarded the Beckham and his follies with a touchback because of a stupid rule that doesn’t make that play a safety.
Victor Cruz left the game with a non-contact injury. It didn’t look bad by any means, but it turned out to be a major blow as he was taken to the hospital with a torn patella tendon. Victor Cruz is done for the year. Ironically, Beckham Jr. won’t be given the chance to be put back in the Tom Coughlin doghouse due to the injury, and consider his value upgraded from here on out. Preston Parker will see the immediate snap increase, but it won’t take long for Beckham to surpass him. Larry Donnell caught a great touchdown, but penalties are a bad thing, kids.