Despite the turmoil of a coaching shake-up, and the devastating
situation with Ruggs, Carr has kept this team competitive and
a fantasy asset as he now leads the NFL with 3,414 passing yards.
Losing Darren Waller hurts, and Washington made Seattle look silly
on Monday night, but Carr is humming, spreading the ball around,
and making an average group of receivers look good. Despite a
quality defensive performance, Washington is still one of the
worst pass defenses in the league, and Carr should have plenty
of chances to rack up numbers at home. Tom Brady @ ATL
Injuries at receiver and a herculean effort by Leonard Fournette
has slowed fantasyís best quarterback the last few weeks.
His 9-6 touchdown to interception ratio over the last four games
is as ugly a stretch Brady has had in over a decade, and with
that questions will begin to arise about his age and eventual
decline. For now Brady remains a frontline starter, and should
have a healthier wideout crew this week against a Falcon defense
thatís just dreadful. The ageless wonder keeps getting it
done, but when will we know when the end is near?
If Stafford and this Rams offense canít right the ship against
a listless Jacksonville team, the panic meter will be turned up
to 100 in LA. Propped up by two deep touchdowns that saved his
fantasy day last week, a myriad of injuries have cooled Staffordís
hot start. Heís not in Detroit anymore, so why he keeps
trying to pull rabbits out of a hat is mystifying. Unless Jacksonville
keeps it close I donít expect a big yardage day, but with
the running game banged up, a few touchdown throws keep Stafford
in the QB1 conversation.
Despite hanging a 31 spot on New Orleans on Turkey day, I donít
believe this offense is back to where they were last year. Teams
are taking the big play away from Allen, and heís struggling
to sustain drives, as he seems to press, hence the 11 interceptions
already. New England is the hottest team in the league right now,
playing elite defense. They have the scheme to be able to harass
and frustrate Allen into the kind of mistakes his physical ability
canít always get him out of. Ultimately I think this is
a low scoring, physical game, and thatís not ideal from
my fantasy starter.
It seems like Murray will be back this week after missing almost
a month with a serious ankle injury. Quarterbacks havenít
typically fared well this year when returning from long absences,
showing issues with consistency and timing. Murray wasnít
able to practice much until recently, and being outdoors in Chicago
in December is a tough task. You probably canít afford to
sit him during the playoff push, but temper expectations.
It seems someone on the Bengals coaching staff got tired of watching
Burrow get beat up, and in turn, Joe Mixon and the running game
have propelled the Bengals back into the AFC North picture. His
24 pass attempts last week were the 2nd lowest of the season,
and the Chargers are dreadful against the run, setting up another
run heavy game plan from Cinci. Burrow hasn’t been over
300 yards since Week 7, and the potential of a close, competitive
game should keep the passing numbers on the low side for a fantasy
starter. Proceed with caution.