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Week 6 TNF Fantasy Reaction

On last night’s TNF we saw the Eagles host the reigning champions the Bucs, with the pregame storylines being Tom Brady’s apparent thumb injury, Rob Gronkowski missing (rib injury) for the third straight game and racist, homophobic ex-Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden being removed from the Bucs’ Ring of Honor. Good riddance. For the Eagles, they were fresh off a huge comeback win against the so far impressive Panthers, however HC Nick Sirianni’s butt has been getting hotter as the weeks go on as the offense is, to quote a friend ‘looking a bit like a bad college offense that’s only half successful’. Thanks Josh.

Anyway, Brady completed 34/42 passes for 297 yards and two scores (AB, Howard), while Fournette and Jones combined for over 100 rushing yards and two scores (Fournette x 2). Bucs took an easy 28-7 lead and the comeback charge was on in the 3rd quarter as the Eagles scored twice with no answer from the Bucs. 28-22 was the final score with the Bucs never looking in any real doubt of taking the W.

Here’s my key fantasy related takeaways:

Jalen Hurts is amazing…for fantasy

He was awful last night, going 12/26 for 115 yards and a score. He also threw an interception. By the third quarter had only 63 passing yards and they were 21-7 down, with the game really out of sight. A disaster from a fantasy and a real life perspective. But then, he punches in a rushing score. And then another, with 44 yards rushing to go with it. All of a sudden, you’ve ended up with 25 fantasy points from a QB that appeared to generate absolutely nothing all game.

In 6 weeks of 2021, Hurts has scored multiple touchdowns in 5 of 6, thrown for 250+ and 2+ scores in 3 of 6 and is 53/300/5 on the ground. He also has thrown for under 200 yards in 3 of 6, failed to throw a touchdown in 2 of 6 and thrown just 8 touchdowns with 4 interceptions. But in every single week this season, he’s scored 20+ fantasy points and has finished as a QB1.

I hate to use the term ‘cheat code’, but for fantasy he truly is. When your QB can have that bad a game and still get you 25 fantasy points, he just has to be an every week starter for your roster. The Eagles trail in games often so in the 2nd half Hurts is having to put the offense on his back which equals great fantasy production.

The Eagles shouldn’t be challenging Dallas for the NFC East title, but their next 5 games are @LV, @DET, LAC, @DEN, NO. I wouldn’t be surprised if after week 11, the Eagles are 6-5 and Jalen Hurts has continued to put up 20+ fantasy points every week. The only fear here is that Hurts plays so badly they bench him for Flacco, but if they are able to scrape wins, he’s going to keep starting.

Antonio Brown should’ve been drafted A LOT higher

There was chatter in the fantasy circles preseason that AB would be a bigger threat to Evans and Godwin’s target share this season than last and so far, that’s absolutely true. In weeks 4-6, AB has had 11, 8 and 13 targets – 32 total. Meanwhile Evans has 24, Godwin 21. Yikes.

Not only is he getting targets, but he’s producing as though he was 27-year-old AB. In 5 games (missed week 3) he’s gone for 418 yards and 4 scores. Meanwhile it’s 402 and 2 for Godwin, and 420 and 4 for Evans. There simply is no true WR1 in this offence, which usually counts for a lot of frustration from a fantasy aspect, but that just isn’t the case while Tom Brady is throwing touchdowns at an absolutely absurd rate, especially at age 44.

He just looks incredible and there’s absolutely no justifiable reason, especially after what we saw last year from this offense, as to why Evans and Godwin were being drafted 5+ rounds later than Brown. He’s shaping up as a WR2 with WR1 upside every single week, and you got him in round 9 of drafts.

Fournette is the RB1 for Bucs and an RB1 in fantasy…until he makes a mistake

This one cuts me deep to write, as I have long been a Ronald Jones truther, especially last year predicting his breakout season. But Leonard Fournette is now the clear RB1 in this offense and probably now an RB1 for your fantasy roster.

The volume he’s getting is fantastic – 25, 17 and 28 opportunities in weeks 4-6. He’s also dominating snaps, last night being on the field for 47 of 75 plays (63%), with Jones seeing a mere 14 snaps and Bernard 12.

Picking up exactly where he left off after his playoff heroics, ‘Playoff Lenny’ is a set it and forget it flex play as your RB3/4 who is putting up RB1/2 numbers ever week going forward. The only thing that can stop him now is a series of mistakes that result in Bruce Arians sending him to the doghouse…(here’s secretly hoping this is true, let’s go RoJo!)

Miles Sanders – droppable in 10 team leagues?

Quite possibly, but unless you can find another running back with better opportunity and better production on the waiver wire, just keep him on the bench and see if things improve. If things don’t get any better with some hopeful leads the Eagles will be having the next few weeks, then time to panic/drop/trade away.

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