The beauty and the frustration of fantasy football lies in its ever-changing landscape. One moment you have the perfect lineup that every single analyst agrees with, then the next moment you're cursing at the screen because something no one saw coming occurs.
Fantasy is not a stagnant practice. In order to be good, you have to be able to adapt to the ebbs and flows week in and week out.
Here's analysis from some quick takes occurring this past week:
Stafford and Cousins Are Starters: EVERY WEEK
Sometimes as fantasy players, we try to be too cute and start players like Blake Bortles or Jared Goff over the likes of Matthew Stafford or other Qbs of his ilk because of a bad matchup. We need to dismiss the narrative of Stafford and Cousins being semi matchup based plays. No matter the lack of a great weapons or past exploits, as of this season both are every week starters that are carrying their offense.
Stafford (2760 yards) and Cousins (2796 yards) both stand in the top five in passing yards and then the top seven in touchdowns: Stafford (19) Cousins (17).
Bad matchup or not, roll with these two guys rest of season.
The Eagles Running Back Rotation is a Mess
The worst thing about RB committees is half the time they don't work and just cause us fantasy owners more frustrations. Causing even more strife though, exists the Eagles' backfield supporting a RB committee that actually does work. After the bye week, it was assumed by many that newly acquired RB Jay Ajay would start getting the lion share of the work in Philly. Well, that certainly didn't happen this week. LeGarrette Blount led with 13 carries for 57 yards, Ajayi had 7 for 91 yards, and Corey Clement had 6 for 50 yards. Despite the talent of Ajayi and the track record of Blount, it has been Clement that looks like the best back. Every time he touches the ball, his explosive talent is on full display.
While HC Doug Pederson has stated that Ajayi will get more involved in the offense as time goes on, it's hard to project any sort of direction for this backfield.
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The Chiefs Aren't Who We Thought They Were
It feels like it was last year when we all loved the Chiefs' offensive and wanted to hop aboard the hype train. Coinciding with losing 4 out of their last five games, comes the steady decline in points from Kareem Hunt. Over the last four games, Hunt has averaged 48 rushing yards. While Players like Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill have managed to keep producing, there just is not as much confidence in the offense as a whole.
Big Ben is Slowly Becoming Fantasy Relevant Again
For the first time since week 2, Big Been has thrown for multiple touchdowns and two of the last three games he has thrown for about 300+ yards. The continued emergence of Juju Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant's incorporation back into the offense may be the jolt that Big Ben needed. With two of his playoff games being against New England and Houston, his steady play is something to keep an eye on as a good streaming option.
Two Backs Are Better Than One
It has become fairly obvious that both of the New Orleans backs are RB1 options at this point in the season. This week further cemented the fantasy relevance of two back systems on several other teams.
Winter is coming and with it comes the need for ground and pound football. The Vikings are starting to see this as the last four weeks have seen an uptick in the production of Latavius Murray as he's averaged around 17 carries each week. With a 50/50 split between him and Jerrick McKinnon, both have become RB2 options.
The same seems to be holding true over in LA as Austin Ekeler has scored four touchdowns in his last four games. While not getting the volume of Gordon, his play-making ability should not be ignored. He has been elevated from a handcuff option to a low-end flex play with high upside.
Start Everyone Against the Bills
As NFL defenses try to improve with every game, some units seem to get worse as the season wears on. With the Patriots' D turning things around slightly, we have been on the look for a new D to take its place.
That defense is the Bills. Giving up an average of 35 points per game over the last four, the Bills have become the wanted matchup for our players. Once feared for a vaunted pass D against fantasy QBs, the past few weeks have told a different story.
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