Week 8: What Did We Learn?

Basically halfway through the season and this week was nothing like any other. First time in league history that 4 teams are still undefeated. The Lions got embarrassed jn front of half the world (not surprising). Atlanta doesn’t look as glamorous as they did a few weeks ago, and New England is still the team to beat. What else did we learn?


Injuries On Injuries On Injuries
That was the official theme this past week. Cameron Wake torn his Achilles on Thursday, Steve Smith Sr. did the same on Sunday, Reggie Bush torn his ACL on concrete, Le’Veon Bell severely damaged his MCL, Khiry Robinson suffered a leg injury,¬† Ricardo Lockette was left motionless in “Jerry World” (All 5 out for the season), Keenan Allen injured his kidney, Matt Forte has a lower left leg injury, Calvin Johnson injured his ankle, Ryan Fitzpatrick torn ligaments in his non-throwing hand, 4 Cleveland Browns players had to leave the game for concussion protocol, and there were many more injuries. It is mind blowing how so many significant injuries affected so many (big name) players and teams.


Shredded Cheese
The Green Bay Packers are the latest of the unbeatens to go down. The stingy Denver Broncos defense held Aaron Rodgers to 77 yards passing, the fewest of his career as a starting quarterback. I don’t expect the Packers to fold after this game. They are still playing good football. This game was more of a testament to the Broncos offense that actually came alive. The running game that has struggled all season came away with 2 touchdowns. Peyton Manning looked like vintage Peyton Manning, connecting on passes all across the field. If the Broncos offense can consistently play this well, don’t be surprised if you’ll see them in February.


Reintroducing Blaine Gabbert
You know it’s ugly in San Francisco when the 49’ers bench Colin Kaepernick for Blaine Gabbert. Blaine Gabbert was a former 1st round pick by Jacksonville in 2011. His last start was in 2013 when threw 1 touchdown to 7 interceptions. There’s a reason why he’s not a starting quarterback in the league anymore, and for the Niners to give him a chance speaks volumes on how far Kaepernick has fallen. I don’t think this is the end for Colin, but this is his lowest moment of his career. Good news for him is that the way to go is up!


Minnesota Going Ghost
So… the Minnesota Vikings have quietly gotten off to a 5-2 start this season. Adrian Peterson hasn’t been the AP we know but he’s been really productive. Teddy Bridgewater has shown flashes of progression this season. Their defense has played respectable thus far. The biggest surprise for them and my fantasy football team has been rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs out of the University of Maryland. He was 5 yards short of his 3rd straight 100 yard performance and has found the end zone the past 2 weeks. He has seriously rejuvenated a suspect Vikings passing attack. I wonder will this hold up. What do you all think?


Players To Avoid: Fantasy Football

One of my friends shared a link with me involving this subject and said I should do a topic about this as well. I took a couple of days and comprised my own list of players you should avoid during your fantasy football drafts.

Colin Kaepernick

Honestly, did we really see the best out of Colin Kaepernick two or three years ago? What made him effective was the ability to run the read option. Once teams started to figure it out, they figured him out also. He still has the ability to make plays with his feet, but if his accuracy as a passer hasn’t improved, him and the 49’ers offense may be in for a long season.


Reggie Wayne

I thought I would never see Reggie Wayne in another uniform (I thought the same with Steve Smith and looked how that turned out). In the last 2 seasons, he as hasn’t eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving or scored more than 2 touchdowns. It’s not like Joe Flacco was his quarterback or something. He’s been playing with Andrew Luck. New England has just as many weapons, including Gronk.


Joe Flacco

Speaking of Joe Flacco, he’s equivalent to a mystery box: you don’t know what you’re going to get. No disrespect to Justin Forsett, but if the running back becomes a one hit wonder then Flacco is in trouble. In addition, he lost his deep threat WR and has an aging WR as his number one.


Darren McFadden

Two things that concerns me about Run DMC: his health and his position on the depth chart. I feel like he has a condo on the injury list as much as he spends time there. Also, Joseph Randle is the starter for now. I’m not sure how they will split carries in Dallas but I’m pretty sure McFadden will get the short end of the stick, for now.


CJ Anderson (First Round)

The committee of running backs hurts him, even though they will be running the ball more in Denver this year. ESPN has him ranked very high this year for whatever reason. These running backs should go before CJ in this order:

Adrian Peterson
Le’Veon Bell
Jamaal Charles
Eddie Lacy
Marshawn Lynch
Matt Forte
LeSean McCoy
DeMarco Murray


Jimmy Graham (Not High)

Jimmy Graham’s production last season was subpar due to lingering injuries and being in an offense that wasn’t as efficient as years past. Now going from a pass-happy offense to a run-happy offense makes things that much worse. There are reports he will be doing more blocking than he’s ever done. I’m not saying he won’t be a red zone threat but don’t expect him to be a top TE like before.


Any Cleveland Browns Players

Well.. there’s the Browns. Until proven that someone can produce on a consistent basis, don’t touch anybody from the city of Cleveland. I rather have you draft players from Jacksonville.