2018 NFL Week That Was: Week 9
Glenn Colton takes an in-depth look at the past week of the NFL season and how everything turned out for fantasy football owners.
Tevin Coleman dominant performance highlights this week’s Football Week That Was.
Tevin Coleman : Tevin Coleman looked like a special back Sunday. He showed some great acceleration as well as a nose for the goal line. Oh, and since this is a fantasy football column, it is worth mentioning that he put up almost 34 PPR points by rushing for 88 yards (on only 13 carries), hauling in 5 passes for 68 yards and scoring two TD. It is also worth mentioning that he did his damage against a Washington team that had shut down some of the league’s best backs including Zeke Elliott. With the Browns up next, Coleman is a must add/must start. That said, his schedule thereafter is not appealing with Dallas, Baltimore and Carolina on the horizon. If someone is willing to shell out top dollar to get Coleman, consider it – especially after next week.
Duke Johnson : The new management of the Browns dusted off Duke Johnson showcasing the weapon prior management seemed to have misplaced in the dusty attic. Duke hauled in all 9 targets for 78 yards and two TDs. With the Browns likely to be playing from behind every week, Duke will once again be a PPR darling. Carp about how he does not get to rush the ball and land yourself an unpriced asset. Duke is one of those fantasy players, when used properly, who has a high floor and a high ceiling. Sign me up. Remember – garbage time counts stats count just as much as any others.
Joe Flacco : Joe Flacco laid an egg in what should have been a good situation for him in a duel at home against Big Ben. The former Blue Hen threw for just 209 yards and no TD in the big loss to the Steelers. Flacco has thrown three TD only once this year (Week 1) and has only 4 TD passes in his last 5 games (yeah, not good). As much as I like Oakland, Tampa and Atlanta being on the schedule, I cannot confidently start Flacco absent injuries, two QB leagues in bye weeks, etc. Move along.
Jeff Heuerman : Jeff Heuerman , not Cortland Sutton, filled the void left by Demaryius Thomas ’ exit. The Broncos tight end had a huge fantasy game hauling in 10 of 11 targets for 83 yards and a TD. With a bye week coming up, Jeff could be cheap on the waiver wire. Should you grab him? Heck yeah – weeks 14-16 shape up like this: SF, CLE, OAK. Wow, I could not draw up a better schedule than that. Buy while you still can.
Dak Prescott : Forget the stats. Forget the end result of the game. Dak Prescott was flat out awful Monday night. He threw a terrible interception that cost the momentum and the game. He then tried to extend a play (for the second week in a row) and essentially handed the other team a TD. I know Dak has a great fantasy football playoff schedule but how can you play him in fantasy football? Answer: Only if he starts running – a lot.
Final Note: One of the great things about fantasy football is that it allows you to escape the awful play of your real world team. For me, the Dallas Cowboys were atrocious on Monday night. However, I took solace in the fact that I ended up winning some key fantasy matchups based on the outcome of the game. Is it worth it? For me, no but it still gives me a bright side!