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I’m still of the belief that Matty Ice is complete dogshit, but it’s worth noting that when he’s not facing the Panthers, he’s a viable fantasy option. Since week two, he’s topped 240 yards AND two tugs in six of seven and is on pace for over 4,500 yards and 34 scores. If we take out the Panthers game where it was a complete trainwreck and his hand got ruined, he’d be on pace for 4,925 yards and 37 scores, pretty close to his 4,944 and 38 tuddy output he posted in his MVP season. Am I saying he’s back to form? Fuck no, he stinks, but it’s more than apparent that ATL can’t run, and their defense is gonna keep them throwing. They do get a few tough games vs the Pats (W11), Panthers (W14), and Bills (W17), but between those, it’s all either pass funnels or shit hole secondaries. He’ll be a fringe QB1 in those spots and a viable streamer from here on out.
One of the lone bright spots on this pathetic team is rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore. He has now seen 20 targets over his last three weeks, and it was against the Colts where the Ole Miss product finally broke out to the tune of a 7-84-2 receiving line. They were getting him involved all over the field, and the juice was more than apparent. He’s like a juiced up Jamison Crowder, so there’s no reason to think he’ll play second fiddle to JC, aside from the fact that the Jets are incompetent. The only real hesitation is that Corey Davis is set to return this week, but with NYJ playing from behind week after week, there will be no shortage of volume.
I hate it here. Three weeks, three different Eagles backs listed on this article. I don’t wanna do an ounce of analysis because it’s just an exercise in futility at this point, so I’ll just note that this fat bastard led the Eagles with 17 carries, doing so on just 23 snaps. Talk about showing your hand. He’s essentially a homeless man’s Damien Harris with like two weeks of shelf life left. I would not be interested in him unless one, I was desperate for a RB and a win this week, or two, my opponent is under that same constraint and I don’t want them playing Howard against me and lucking into a tuddy. Aside from that, let your leaguemates waste a roster spot on the career long plodder.
He only played 21% of the snaps, but to my very inexperienced eye, he looked the best of the bunch, especially on the ground. Maybe because he looks like Derrick Henry’s younger sister, but who knows. He’s big, and fast, and explosive, and in this offense, that’s the type of runner you need. He’s not an immediate starter, but I would not be surprised at all if he comes out of the bye (Week 13) as the team’s lead back. He’s got way more juice than AP at this point and fits the system better than McNichols. It’s a bet I’m willing to make.
With Chase Edmonds suffering a high ankle sprain, Eno Benjamin stands to see an uptick of usage going forward. James Conner dominated touches (26) and snaps (76.5%), but I’d bet that’s more due to the Cardinals game planning on using him heavily regardless due to Kyler Murray’s injury. Benjamin still got some nice run, seeing 25% of the snaps, and looks like he deserves to see more, as he turned his nine rushes into 39 yards and a score. Basically all of his production came on a 21 yard run where he ran through a 49ers corner, but I don’t think that’s what he’s limited to. Benjamin posted a 15.6% target share in college (94th) to go along with an 87th percentile burst score, so I could see his value come in many of the same areas as Chase Edmonds boasted. James Conner is pretty fuggin good in the receiving game, as well, so maybe Eno is rendered useless, but there’s a reason JC hasn’t been used as a bell cow this season, and I’m sure that remains the same. He’s notably injury prone, and with this team having Super Bowl aspirations, I doubt they run him into the ground. In keeping him spry, I imagine Eno pulls through with 8-12 touches a game, enough to bring FLEX appeal on such a high powered offense.
It’s been a while since Antonio Gibson has looked remotely good. I think him having a few blow up games as a rookie blinded us from the fact that he was never a full time running back prior to 2020, and a lot of the issues people claimed he’d have making the transition are becoming apparent in year two. That, along with his shin injury, has paved the way for McKissic and Patterson to carve out roles in Washington. The latter matched Gibson’s touches in week eight (11), but out carried the former Tiger 11 to 8. I don’t know what this split will look like going forward, but if AG continues to look like trash, then we should maybe come to expect this usage. There’s not much standalone value here unless #24 goes down with an injury, and with him dealing with a nagging shin recently, it’s not a terrible bet to stash the Buffalo product.
That’s THREE straight weeks of startability for Patty, finding the end zone in back to back games and totaling three tugs over this span. He’s got great hands and athleticism to boot, and over the past few weeks, he seems to have gained Big Ben’s trust, especially in the red zone. It’s also worth noting that Chase Claypool looked a little banged up at the end of the game, which could potentially open up more looks for the Penn State product. His usage is that of a back end TE1, and with that being the case, should not be sitting on waivers.
7.5 targets, 5 receptions, and 55 yards. Those are Dan Arnold’s averages since week five, a week after joining the Jaguars. He’s essentially acting as the team’s top receiving option, and although he’s yet to show a boom game, the consistency is something foreign from this position, especially this year, in FF. The ceiling is capped, but it’s hard to say Arnold is anything but a TE1 due to the floor he provides. He’s 2021’s Logan Thomas, meaning he should be in your line up week over week unless you own the likes of Kelce, Waller, Kittle, Andrews, Pitts, and Hockenson, and maybe a few other fringe guys.