Oh, how the tables have turned. The Hebrew Hammer notched his first winning week of the season with a perfect 3-0 record in week 7. His fantasy funk could potentially be over.
Ezzus, however, continued to struggle with yet another goose egg. The Hebrew Hammer now stands at 7-14 on the season while Ezzus stands at 9-12.
Should we give the Hebrew Hammer props for inching away at Ezzus’s once insurmountable lead? Or do we need to start a dialogue about Ezzus and his epic choke job? I’ll leave that up for you to decide.
Freaks/Cheeks: From the Mind of the 7-14 Hebrew Hammer:
Freak: Mike Evans
For the first time in 10 years, Mike Evans is not listed on the injury report. However, his teammate Chris Godwin will miss Monday’s matchup against the lowly New York Giants.
Evans is set to be Tom Brady’s de facto No. 1 receiver and therefore should see a very thicc workload. Add in the fact that New York’s pass defense is among the league’s worst, and ladies and gentleman, WE HAVE A FREAK.
Freak: Tevin Coleman (Or JaMycal Hasty if Coleman doesn’t play)
All signs point to Tevin Coleman finally coming back from his knee injury that he suffered in week 2. And if he does, he would lead a depleted 49ers backfield that is dealing with both Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson’s IR designations, along with Jerick McKinnon’s “tired legs.”
Keep in mind that Coleman has a very similar skillset to the shifty Chase Edmonds, who just feasted on Seattle’s defense last weekend. It looks like Coleman will finally have a legitimate shot at taking hold of the fantasy friendly 49ers’ backfield.
Cheeks: Le’Veon Bell
The RB touches in the Chiefs backfield were split nearly down the middle last week. If this timeshare continues, it’ll be very difficult to trust either Bell or Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
This might be Bell’s “revenge game,” but that doesn’t mean they’re going to force feed their backup running back the ball on each drive. I could see him scoring a short yardage touchdown and little to nothing else. That’s a no from me dawg.
Freaks/Cheeks: From the ill Mind of the 9-12 Ezzus:
Freak: J.K. Dobbins
Mark Ingram’s injury and not practicing this week is paving the way for Dobbins to go off. This is what fantasy managers have been waiting for ever since they drafted Dobbins too early.
His biggest hurdle has always been Ingram’s touches. This week, that will be completely taken away.
Being a part of the number one rushing team should produce big numbers for the rookie. His current projection of 9 points is a little sus, I could see him with well over 15. Dobbins should see work on the ground and the air. This can be his statement game and finally take the job from Ingram.
Freak: Le’Veon Bell
Bell wants to “embarrass” the New York Jets this week and I think he’s going to do it. He obviously wants to show the Jets and Adam Gase why they made a huge mistake. He played a bigger role than what I expected and he’s only going to be used more.
I think Andy Reid gives Bell the chance to play more so he can get a better understanding of the offense. If KC gets up early, look for Bell to get a bunch of touches late and potentially get some garbage time scores.
Bell will score more than his projected 9 points. I could see anywhere from 12-17 points. Start Bell while you can because he might not have a better matchup.
Freak: Cam Newton
Last week was bad for the former MVP. Accumulating -2 points would make any fantasy manager want to sit Newton. But this is a mistake.
The weather in Buffalo this week is horrible. 50 MPH winds will hurt any QB. But Newton can overcome this with his rushing ability. The game plan should be to run the ball on most downs.
This is great for Newton owners as he currently is the team leader in rushing yards and touchdowns. I’m expecting at least 50-60 yards rushing and a touchdown this week. Add on what he’ll do in the passing game, and you have yourself a top-10 QB this week. He is a must start and a guaranteed freak this week.