Last week wasn’t so good for the Hebrew Hammer. The fantasy king has fallen again. I usually don’t like to call Alan out on his takes, but the Hammer should have put himself in the cheeks category.
The fantasy Don Ezzus, however, was a freak and didn’t miss a single pick. Ezzus started off the season hot, going 3-0. And the misinformed Hebrew Hammer went 1-2. But the only thing that matters is both fantasy experts outsmarted the self proclaimed fantasy “guru” Matthew Berry.
Hammer did have this to say on his slow start to the season:
Going 1-2 was really tough on my mental health. I truly feel sorry for anyone that started Chris Thompson because of me. I will never fall victim to Thompson’s antics again, and I hope you all do the same. Keep in mind that the first week is a shit-show every year due to the lack of data and knowledge of schemes, pecking orders and more. With a week under my belt, you can expect to see me return to fantasy glory.
Freaks/Cheeks From The “Mind” Of The Hebrew Hammer
FREAK: Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers reminded everyone and their mother that he’s still a BAD, BAAAD MAN this past Sunday. It seems that he was fed up with the slander that he was receiving all off-season, and is now on a mission to prove that he shouldn’t be replaced any time soon.
Rodgers should continue his dominance on Sunday against the Lions. Three of Detroit’s starting corners are currently nursing hamstring injuries. Honestly, it’s probably why Mitch Trubisky looked immortal last weekend. Expect a motivated Rodgers to eat this Sunday.
FREAK: T.Y. Hilton
Hilton will line up against the same rookie-filled secondary that Aaron Rodgers absolutely torched last weekend. Philip Rivers has yet to develop a rapport with his veteran stud receiver, and this will be the week to do it. Expect Hilton to put up a statement game on Sunday.
CHEEKS: DeVante Parker
Parker is currently nursing a hamstring injury which held him out of the second half last Sunday. I expect this injury to linger into this week’s matchup, which will certainly cap his ceiling. He’ll also line up against All-Pro cornerback Tre’Davious White. It seems like there is a ridiculously high possibility that Parker is cheeks this Sunday.
Freaks/Cheeks From The Greatest Mind In The Game, Ezzus
Freak: Amari Cooper
I don’t Know what Mike McCarthy was thinking when the Cowboys didn’t kick a field goal down 3 early in the fourth. What I do know is McCarthy likes Amari Cooper.
No one got more targets than Cooper did. And that’s from a team with Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Gallup and rookie CeeDee Lamb. Logging 14 targets against Jalen Ramsey is good, but catching 10 passes for 81 yards is great.
Cooper faces a Falcons secondary that Russell Wilson just incinerated — posting a 322 yard and 4 touchdown performance.
Look for the Cowboys number one receiving option to eat this week. I’m giving out my first ever certified freak tag. Start him and forget about it. He’ll be a huge reason why you win your matchup.
Freak: Emmanuel Sanders
Berry is still disrespecting Emmanel Sanders, predicting the receiver will score 12.8 fantasy points. I don’t know why he only got a 2.3 bump, but this should be higher. With Michael Thomas missing several weeks, Sanders is locked in as the team’s number one receiver.
Last week Sanders scored 10.5 points in PPR formats, mostly thanks to a touchdown. With Thomas’s injury, I believe he gets more than the 5 targets he saw last Sunday. He only played in 49 percent of the team’s snaps. Look for that to make a huge jump this week against the Raiders.
Freak: Jordan Reed
Jordan Reed is a very intriguing option this week. George Kittle was banged up last week against the Cardinals. Now, the 49ers are dealing with injuries with some of its pass catchers, more specifically Deebo Samuel — who won’t come back until at least week 4. If Kittle does not play, the door is wide open for Reed to have a monster game.
When healthy, Reed has shown he can be a team’s number one pass-catching tight end. Now with Reed healthy, the Niners can feel free to let him do his thing in Kittle’s absence. With no one to throw the ball to, Jimmy Garoppolo should be looking his way. Garoppolo should be looking his way anyways as he loves throwing to his tight ends.
Reed is a must start if Kittle does not suit up for Sunday’s contest against the Jets. But Kittle is not practicing all week in hopes of playing this week. If Kittle does play this week, I would still think about starting Reed. How much can Kittle really do if he didn’t practice all week? Kittle did not catch a single pass after coming out of the game with the knee injury. I can see Reed getting the red zone targets, which should translate into a touchdown.
By Elias Makhlouf and Alan Ross