Oh, the humanity. Covid-19 is ruining this NFL season just as it
was staring to get good. On Monday of Week 17, a new high of 96
players went on the list, after more than 200 went on Covid hiatus
last week. I hope your guys stay healthy for one last weekend and
you get the Championship ring you worked so hard for all season.
is generally the best vindication against slander.” Abraham
1) If you are in a dynasty league and you can trade a young
career WR13-24 for a better chance for the title this year …
I would. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that
the future is far too unpredictable. Nothing is guaranteed. If
you have a chance to win it all right now, this week, take the
shot. Grab for the brass ring. Are you a big underdog? Take the
winning leap. Don’t go down without a fight. Make the long-shot
waiver claim. As we see all too often, the best team doesn’t
2) My preseason prediction for Jalen Hurts was wrong.
True. I thought that even if the OL stayed healthy (they have)
and the young receivers were for real (DeVonta Smith will be a
WR1 soon and tight end Dallas Goedert is a star in the making)
that Hurtsí best level would be around top-12. Heís
surpassed that (currently ranked seventh at 24.6 FPts/G) and this
week in Washington heíll be elite because the team needs
it. Miles Sanders (broken hand) is out and Jordan Howard is hurting.
Hurts will have to run and pass for the Eagles to win this one.
He produced 34.6 fantasy points against the WFT two weeks ago.
3) Considering their respective quarterbacks, Jalen Waddle has
had a better rookie season than JaíMarr Chase.
Fact. Chase (68-1,163-10) gets passes from Joe Burrow, who ranks
sixth among all fantasy quarterbacks (23.4 FPts/G) and have averaged
16.4 FPts/G. Meanwhile, Waddle (96-941-5) averages 16.2 FPts/G
while catching passes from Tua Tagovailoa, who ranks 22nd at 18.5
FPts/G. Waddle is just six receptions from breaking the all-time
rookie record held by Anquan Bolden (101 in 2003 with Arizona).
4) Falcons rookie Kyle Pitts ranks third in tight end receiving
yards (941), but his lack of touchdown catches (1) keeps him from
being a top-five fantasy tight end.
True. He currently ranks 10th averaging 11. 0 FPts/G. But the
good news is that Year 2 usually sees huge improvement from elite
tight ends throughout history. In the case of Pitts, a lot could
depend on who is under center for Atlanta next season. Matt
Ryan has always utilized his tight ends, a rookie quarterback
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5) The starting quarterback spot for the 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers
should be a highly desired position.
“Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens.”
– Nick Diamos
1) Placing Carson Wentz on the Covid-19 list will obviously
reduce Jonathan Taylor’s effectiveness.
If itís due to a positive test and not close contact, the
unvaccinated quarterback may watch from home, while rookie Sam Ehlinger (zero career passing attempts) should be under center
as the Colts battle for a playoff spot. But for the season, Jonathan Taylor has rushed 87 times against an eight-or-more man front
and produced 469 yards (5.39 ypc) and 11 touchdowns. Thatís
not far off his overall 5.47 ypc this season. Beware, however,
if linemen Quenton Nelson and Ryan Kelly donít return to
the lineup or more guys end up on the Covid list. The matchup
for Week 17 is ideal - Raiders rank 29th against opposing fantasy
2) Isnít it amazing how quickly New Orleans Saintsí Sean Payton
became bad offensively after losing his Hall-of-Fame quarterback?
False. Yes, the Saints offense was simply horrible on Monday
night. But that was with a third-string quarterback and massive
Covid-19 list losses. He was 5-2 with Jameis Winston. The true
test for Payton will be next season. Almost every coach (the 49ers
transition from Joe Montana-to-Steve Young a rare exception),
suffers after they lose their elite quarterback. Even the great
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Manning - Indy
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3) The 2022 quarterback free agent class can help turn a team
4) Patrick Mahomes is always a good start at quarterback.
Actually, in 2021 you want to start Mahomes when his team is
on the road, as he is in Week 17 at Cincinnati. In six road games
heís averaging 340 passing yards and three touchdowns, but
in the ďfriendlyĒ confines of Arrowhead Stadium heís
averaging just 252.2 passing yards and 1.67 touchdowns. For fantasy
owners that translates to 31.1 FPts/G on the road and 22.6 FPts/G
5) Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson is irreplaceable.
Apparently not, at least in the short-term for fantasy owners,
as Head Coach John Harbaugh and OC Greg Roman have produced solid
fantasy results from his backups; Tyler Huntley (30.0 FPts/G in
two starts) and journeyman Josh Johnson (24.2 fantasy points last
weekend). Jackson has averaged 24.7 FPts/G this season. Unfortunately,
the team went 0-3 in those games, so while fantasy owners may
have survived Jacksonís ankle sprain, the Ravens win percentage,
and chance to make the 2021 playoffs, is a lot high with Jackson
(career record of 37-12-0) at the controls.