Monthly Archives: September 2021

Week 3 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Giants QB Daniel Jones

Improved weapons have helped Jones look better so far this season.  Jones can contribute with the legs as well.  The Falcons have allowed a league worst 8 passing TD through 2 games.  I own Jones in a dynasty 2 QB league. 

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Costly fumble vs. the Ravens and not enough of a workload to start the season.  Edwards-Helaire has a softer matchup vs. the Chargers this week. The Chargers are giving up an average of  5.6 yards per carry.  Don’t get cute and keep him in your lineups this week. 

Cardinals WR Rondale Moore

Rookie from Purdue is one of the top waiver claims this week.  With a tantalizing matchup vs the Jaguars, Moore is a DFS stream.  I would not be concerned about A.J. Green or Christian Kirk cutting into his workload. 

Seahawks TE Gerald Everett

2 targets in each of the first 2 games, but I see him more involved vs. the Vikings.  The Vikings have allowed an opponent’s passer rating of 123.6 so far this season.  

Raiders K Daniel Carlson

Contributes to the perpetuation of greatness of the Raiders this week against the Dolphins.  

Broncos Defense

Home vs. Zach Wilson and the Jets.  Wilson has looked overmatched to start his career. Wilson’s case supports using a veteran stopgap to start the season.  I’m exploiting this matchup until Wilson improves. 

Cardinals LB Isaiah Simmons 

17 total tackles so far and matchup with a dysfunctional Jaguars offense.     

Week 2 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

The Raiders do not have enough talent in the secondary to match up with the Steelers receivers. Big Ben is a DFS play. 

Colts RB Nyheim Hines

Should be heavily involved in the passing game Carson Wentz may have to get the ball out of his hands in a hurry against the Rams defense. Hines is a PPR flex play.

Saints WR Marquez Callaway

The Panthers gave up 5 pass plays over 20 yards in Week 1. Callaway will be more involved in Week 2. 

Packers TE Robert Tonyan

I see the Lions defense resembling an Oprah giveaway. You get a touchdown and you get a touchdown, and you get a touchdown. Rout on Monday Night. 

 Cowboys K Greg Zuerlein 

Should be busy vs. the Chargers improving defense.

Patriots Defense

I don’t see Zach Wilson lighting up Bill Belichick’s defense in his 2nd NFL start.

IDP

Rams Rover Jalen Ramsey

Ramsey plays a role like Charles Woodson did for the Packers. Ramsey provides big play scoring potential at the Defensive back spot. 

Week 1 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Panthers QB Sam Darnold

I’m not buying the revenge game narrative vs. the Jets. I am however buying that the Jets don’t have the back 7 to match up with the Panthers skill players. Darnold is a cheaper DFS stream.

Patriots RB Damien Harris 

Should be the main bellcow back in New England this season.  Efficient runner gets downhill quickly. I was surprised at his draft cost this season. Standard league flex play vs. the Dolphins.

Colts WR Michael Pittman

The de facto number 1 option for the Colts vs. the Seahawks. The Legion of Boom is gone. Now the defense is the Legion of chunk plays allowed through the air. 

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert

I can see Zach Ertz having a role in this game as well vs. the Falcons.  Atlanta’s defense gives up a lot of fantasy points.  My educated guess is Ertz was showcased in the preseason trying to drum up trade interest.  

Bills K Tyler Bass

Matchup with Pittsburgh should provide plenty of scoring opportunities.  

Rams Defense

I don’t see Andy Dalton and the Bears scoring much in LA.  The Justin Fields clock is starting to tick. 

IDP 

Washington Football Team LB Jamin Davis

Rookie was a thumper at Kentucky and that translates in the NFL. Davis should be free to roam behind a stellar Washington Defensive Line. 

Recapping a 10-Team PPR Snake Draft

This is a 10-team Full point PPR snake draft from the 9th pick.  Having to play 3 Wide Receivers instead of a flex option tends to sway my teams in league to be receiver heavy.  The site gave this one a B plus.  

1.(9)Stefon Diggs (Buf – WR)
2.(12)Nick Chubb (Cle – RB)
3.(29)Terry McLaurin (Was – WR)
4.(32)James Robinson (Jax – RB)
5.(49)Julio Jones (Ten – WR)
6.(52)T.J. Hockenson (Det – TE)
7.(69)Chase Edmonds (Ari – RB)
8.(72)Justin Herbert (LAC – QB)
9.(89)JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pit – WR)
10.(92)Dallas Goedert (Phi – TE)
11.(109)Jaylen Waddle (Mia – WR)
12.(112)Matthew Stafford (LAR – QB)
13.(129)Phillip Lindsay (Hou – RB)
14.(132)Tampa Bay (TB – DEF)
15.(149)Henry Ruggs III (LV – WR)
16.(152)Tyler Bass (Buf – K)
17.(169)Giovani Bernard (TB – RB)
18.(172)Deshaun Watson (Hou – QB)

Looking back at the draft I question if taking Diggs ahead of Travis Kelce was the correct move.  Nick Chubb being there in the 2nd round threw off my draft strategy a bit.  My plan was to reach up for Darren Waller at that point.  My other regret was taking Terry McLaurin ahead of Josh Allen. Justin Herbert with added receiver depth isn’t a bad consolation prize.  I like the overall depth and upside of this team.  Julio Jones looks hungry after a lost year in Atlanta and JuJu as a wide receiver 4 is stealing.  James Robinson and Chase Edmonds should be able to give me stable points through the air and ground each week.  I don’t see Robinson repeating last season, but ¾ of those totals is good to me.  Edmonds was selected ahead of Damien Harris.  James Conner doesn’t scare me as too much of a threat to Edmonds workload.  Goedert is insurance for Hockenson, but also can’t be used against me.  I focus on maintaining the advantage at the Tight End position in fantasy leagues.  It’s a way to keep an opponent’s scoring down.  Stafford hung around too long for this format.  Hopefully Stafford rots on my bench all year or gets traded for an upgrade.  Waddle was my first attempt at throwing a haymaker.  I loved him in the draft process and believe he pops off right away.  Ruggs III is too talented to have a repeat of his rookie season.  Ruggs III in the 15th round is a tremendous lottery ticket.  Lindsay and Bernard are PPR caliber flex plays.  If I had to pick one I’d go with Bernard right now.  Watson was a throw away pick to see if a trade happens or his league situation gets cleared up.  If he gets deactivated, I have a clear cut guy to use for early waiver wire pickups. I’m happy with this team and looking to defend my crown.        

Predraft Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa

Compared to Justin Herbert, Tua’s rookie season was a complete disaster.  The reality is Tua displayed good pocket awareness and made some good plays last year.  His inability to connect on passes down the field was surprising.  With a full offseason to focus on football instead of rehab, I can see Tua stepping forward at a discount to fantasy owners in year 2. 

Buccaneers RB Gio Bernard

Recruited to Tampa by Tom Brady and Bruce Arians.  Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones are not as effective in this offense in pass protection and catching passes out of the backfield.  Last season, Tom Brady’s completion percentage when targeting running backs was 26th in the NFL.  That’s one of the weirdest stats from 2020.  That ranking will change with Bernard in the offense.  I believe he will flirt with deep league flex play numbers in PPR formats.  

Raiders WR Henry Ruggs

The adjustment to the NFL was clearly not as smooth for Ruggs as many of his draft class contemporaries.  With the lack of competition in the receiving corps, Ruggs should be given every opportunity to succeed.  My selection of Ruggs was fast in the 17th round.  Speed kills 11 signs should be hanging in Las Vegas this season.   

Broncos TE Noah Fant 

Has ranked among the elite in his position in run after the catch yards. Teddy 2 Gloves is significantly more accurate than Drew Lock.  Fant getting hit in stride should be able to provide even more explosive plays.  

Bills K Tyler Bass

Was the 4th scoring kicker in football in 2020.  Bass also has a big leg making 4 of 6 from beyond 50 yards. The Bills offense should be explosive again in 2021 giving Bass plenty of scoring opportunities. 

Browns Defense

Their defense has a nice accumulation of early draft choices.  The Browns low sack rate should improve in 2021 with Jadeveon Clowney opposite of Myles Garrett.  John Johnson was added to the secondary along with Troy Hill.  With talent at all 3 levels Cleveland could be a popular early season pickup.  

IDP 

Browns LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

Drafted by Cleveland in the 2nd round will play a rover position in the Browns defense. Owusu-Koramoah was a vicious hitter with great range at Notre Dame, I anticipate him adding some thunder to the Cleveland defense.