We were excited about the Los Angeles Chargers at Minnesota Vikings game with the 50+ point over/under. And over fifty points were scored. Little did we know, the Miami Dolphins would score SEVENTY points by themselves. After a couple low scoring early weeks in the NFL, this week provided a much needed injection of scoring for fantasy football. There will be a LOT of movement in your fantasy football rankings and a LOT of FAAB spent on the waiver wire so we’re here to sort out what hype matters and what doesn’t. Here are some hot takes about NFL football from Week Three that we don’t think are a fluke.
Sam LaPorta Has Arrived
They told me that rookie tight ends can’t be good. I mean, I was the one who laid out exactly why it’s so difficult for rookie tight ends to be good in this article. But, in that very same article, I also laid out exactly what conditions we need to breakout rookie tight ends. Dalton Kincaid, Luke Musgrave, and Sam LaPorta meet the conditions and have that chance. Now, we still need to see what happens when Jameson Williams returns from suspension. But, as of right now, we have to be feeling pretty good. LaPorta ran the second most routes behind only Amon-Ra St. Brown and his 11 targets speak for themself. .
Is the fullback BACK?
Look, folks have been telling me for years that the fullback is being phased out of the NFL. That it’s a dying position. It doesn’t matter. Well guess what - the two best offenses in the NFL? The San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins? They HEAVILY feature the fullback position. Kyle JUszczyk and Alec Ingold play essentially half of the game and, though they don’t produce a lot on their own, clearly these offenses are thriving. The Dolphins hung 70 points this week. The cherry on top for the fullbacks today was of course Andrew Beck returning a kickoff for an 85 yard touchdown today. That wasn’t on offense but DeMeco Ryans and Bobby Slowik are part of that same Shanahan coaching tree so there is something to be said about the personnel choices.
Keenan Allen Is A Super High End WR1
Keenan Allen missed the early part of last season with a hamstring injury which is obviously concerning at his age. But, in the games after he returned, he was the WR2 in PPR behind only Justin Jefferson. This year he’s picked up right where he left off - in fact, he’s currently the WR1 in PPR as of the writing of this article. Yes, not Justin Jefferson, not Tyreek Hill - Keenan Allen. And we tried to tell you.
Zero/Hero RB Drafters Are Crushing
Believe it or not, it’s been almost a decade now since Shawn Siegele wrote his famous Zero RB, Antifragility, and the Myther of Value-Based Drafting To me that’s a Mount Rushmore level fantasy article. And it kicked off the zero RB trend. Now, we do this every year but, after three weeks I’m not afraid to say it this year. Austin Ekeler is hurt. Saquon Barkley is hurt. Jonathan Taylor is hurt. Nick Chubb is hurt. And the top ten running backs as of now this week? De’Vone Achane, Raheem Moster, Kenneth Walker, Christian McCaffrey, Zack Moss, James Conner, Jerome Ford, Jerick McKinnon, Travis Etienne, and Alexander Mattison. Just don’t look at the weekly finishes at tight end and wide receiver, that are equally wacky, and you can feel really good about your zero RB build.
No More Taysom Hill In Fantasy Football - Ever
Anyone who has followed me for any amount of time knows that I have no interest in Taysom Hill at the tight end position. He’s not a tight end. You can’t compare him to tight ends. And the VAST majority of tight ends are actually predictable in PPR. This week Jamaal Williams was hurt, Alvin Kamara was suspended, Derek Carr got hurt, and STILL - he did nothing. I don’t want to hear about Taysom Hill again in fantasy football. On our favorite platform, FFPC, he’s not even tight end eligible. Use promo code COOP over there and they will give you $25 in funds when you deposit $35 or more if you want to play on a platform where you don’t even need to think about that.