by Chris Foster
After sitting down and watching football literally all day on Sunday, it often leaves me with several reflections on the day’s events. In this piece every week, I will chronicle those reflections.
The Frustrating Jeremy Hill: I am not sure there is a player in fantasy football more frustrating than Jeremy Hill. Nothing could stop Jeremy Hill Sunday except this Browns fan!
Here are his stat lines so far this season.
- Game 1 v. NYJ: 9 carries, 31 yards, 1 touchdown
- Game 2 v. PIT: 11 carries, 22 yards
- Game 3 v. DEN: 17 carries, 97 yards, 2 touchdowns
- Game 4 v. MIA: 21 carries, 71 yards
- Game 5 v. DAL: 4 carries, 12 yards
- Game 6 v. NE: 13 carries, 38 yards
- Game 7 v. CLE: 9 carries, 168 yards, 1 touchdown
So, basically, your season (and career) with him has looked like this. I will start him in the season opener because I spent a 5th round pick on him and expect him to be my RB2. He rewarded you with 9 points because thankfully he was able to get a touchdown. More than likely you were decently satisfied with those results, but you were expecting a little more. Then you started him the next week and he gave you 2 points! No way I start him week 3 against Denver and their stout defense. Insert, best Jeremy Hill game of the season. Typical! Now you have to roll with him against Miami after his huge Denver performance, and he once again delivers a mediocre 7 point day. By this point, you are likely frustrated and don’t play him against Dallas, but some of you did and got 1 point from him, followed by a 3 point game against New England the next week. It had all but looked like Gio Bernard had taken over the Cincinattie backfield at this point. Since game 5 Bernard had garnered more touches than Hill. Now, maybe, you thought that against Cleveland I am going to go with my 5th round pick and start him. According to ESPN about half of its users started Hill, it was less in other leagues. Those that didn’t watched Hill take 11 touches and turn it into 24 fantasy points. Next week they play Washington, which, should be an easy matchup for Hill. Warning: HE WILL FLOP! Always does! History tells us that! He is so FRUSTRATING!
Jacksonville Jaguars: Everyone’s trendy pick to win the AFC South has been anything but trendy since the season started. Blake Bortles who finished as a top 5 fantasy QB a year ago, is currently ranked outside of the top 15. His star receiver Allen Robinson, who finished in the top 7 of wide receivers a year ago is outside of the top 40 this season! Their defense, in which people thought would be a lot better this year, has been below average. Last year, Bortles and the Jags offense made a living racking up garbage time stats, and this year it just hasn’t happened. The Jags are 2-4 in probably the worst division in the NFL.
Jay Ajayi, Again?!: Jay Ajayi is the 4th player in NFL history to have back to back 200-yard games. Who are the other 3 you might ask? O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell, and Ricky Williams. That is pretty dang good company to be in for Jay Ajayi. All 3 had very successful NFL careers. What does this mean for Jay Ajayi? I wrote about him last week in this same column and talked about how no one started him last week. If you were like me, which I own Ajayi in a league, I didn’t believe in his results and didn’t start him this week either. Ouch! I can guarantee you this, myself, and other owners will be making sure to start him in week 9 when the Dolphins come out of their bye week. I also fully expect him to fall flat on his face and go back to his normal stat line of 14 carries for 40 yards. I’m still not buying Jay Ajayi, but I won’t be the one who doesn’t start him 3 weeks in a row after 2 huge performances.
Elite WR’s, Have a Day!: If you went cheap on running backs this week in DFS and played elite wide receivers, then you probably had a great day. Check out these stats over the weekend from some of the league’s best wide receivers.
- Julio Jones: 9 receptions for 174 yards
- Antonio Brown: 7 receptions for 107 yards
- AJ Green: 8 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown
- TY Hilton: 7 receptions for 133 and a touchdown
- Mike Evans: 8 receptions for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns
- Michael Crabtree: 8 receptions for 96 yards and 1 touchdown
That is 6 of the top 10 receivers in the league this season that had at least 15 points this week. 5 of the top 10 receivers had 20+ points!
Sunday Night Football: I couldn’t stop watching last night. It was like a train wreck that you could see from a mile away but couldn’t turn your head away from. Russell Wilson is extremely bothered by the injuries and is not himself. That is clear. The Seahawks offense was horrible throughout the night. Midway through the 4th quarter, they had not even passed the midfield stripe yet. Everyone knew coming into this game that both defenses were extremely good, but what was also extremely good were the Seahawks special teams. They blocked a field goal and a punt that basically saved themselves the game. Coming down the stretch, when the game got to overtime, it just felt like Catanzaro was going to miss or get the field goal blocked.
Doink! Upright connection! Mad Bruce, Happy Pete!
My issue was that I thought that David Johnson scored on the 1st down play. I thought the Cardinals should have waited a little longer to see if the refs would review the play. Instead, they quick snapped it and got stuffed. Then when Seattle got the ball back and drove the field, but didn’t score, I could literally see the train collision happening. Hauschka barely made the field goal at the end of regulation and the one in overtime was like a wounded duck that had just been hit by a 12 gauge shotgun.
Pete Carroll’s reaction was priceless!
It had no chance. There is such a thing as a good defensive game, but last night wasn’t it! Pete’s face descibes how we all felt during the whole game!
Have a great Monday Y’all!
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