TNF was shaped up to be a real hot mess – Cleveland, with multiple starting offensive linemen, both starting running backs and franchise QB Baker Mayfield missing to injury. Denver, with Teddy Bridgewater playing through a touch and go ankle injury, on a three game losing streak and still without sophomore receiver Jerry Jeudy. That paired with some inclement weather forecasted, we were in for one the most hotly anticipated TNF matchups all…nah I’m just kidding.
A hot mess it was and probably the worst of the TNF games this season so far. Unsurprisingly we saw very little offence, with a Case Keenum led Cleveland managing to come away 17-14 victors in front of the Cleveland faithful.
Here’s my key takeaways for fantasy:
Okay lets skip the formalities – De’Ernest Johnson went for 22/149/1 on the ground and 2/2/22 in the air last night against a Broncos D that is no push over.
What the absolute heck.
If you picked him up off waivers this week and started him – which someone in your league more likely than not did – he’s helped in a huge way to win your week. It remains to be seen if he gets another go at toting the rock next week, with Chubb looking likely to return but we can’t be too sure.
He looked like the Browns best offensive player last night constantly gashing the Broncos. Demetric Felton received 2 carries and there was no sign of a committee approach. If Chubb is out next week, start De’Ernest Johnson with confidence. Cleveland play the Steelers next week, which is a tough matchup, but they recently got carved up by Alex Collins for 100 yards and a score.
The Javonte Williams breakout is….not happening?
Every time Williams gets the ball he looks like he’s worth all the hype and the 2nd round draft capital spent on him. But as long as Melvin Gordon is healthy and playing at the same high level that Williams is, the breakout just isn’t going to happen. Williams only received 4 carries last night, which he took for 20 yards. But he was used heavily in the passing game garnering 7 targets, catching 6 for 32 yards and a score (which was a really nice screen play where he showed great balance, tackle breaking ability and physicality to leap into the endzone from what seemed like a mile out).
Twitter folk can try and talk the breakout into existence all they want, but Vic Fangio, along with any other NFL head coach for that matter, does not care about my fantasy team, or your fantasy team or anyone’s god damn fantasy team. Do I seem frustrated? Well, I’m not even a Javonte owner, but as a spectator you want to see these guys go H.A.M, unfiltered, unrestricted.
In the long run, it’s great for Javonte’s development and body. They’re keeping him fresh, limiting his touches reducing burnout both this year and for his future career. But it’s mighty frustrating seeing a quality player not get the chance at a full workload.
Dynasty players – trade for Javonte Williams. He’ll get his time and when that time comes, be it this year or next or even the year after, he’s going to be a stud. Redraft players – hold him. He’s a decent flex play in 12 team leagues already, and in the event Gordon misses time he’s going to go nuclear.
Time to give up on Odell
It’s sad to see, but Odell was just a decoy last night after gutting out a shoulder injury that was absolutely predicted to see him miss the game. Fair play and he showed real toughness playing, but the injuries have just piled up and piled up, meaning any dreams of #OdellComebackSzn look almost certainly dashed.
If he can be healthy and play, he’s obviously got the quality to be an asset for your fantasy roster, but he isn’t and can’t and won’t stay healthy. And now with Mayfield injured, albeit short term, there just isn’t much reason for holding out hope.
Since THAT picture on the boat, it just hasn’t been the same. Oh, which boat picture you say? This one obviously:
Yeah. Anytime to show this is a good time to show it. Not that I like to wish bad luck or ill health on anyone but…he kinda deserves it. Don’t @ me.
It’s time to give up on Odell as anything more than a late round draft pick going forward. This season – leave him on your bench in the hope he gets healthy or just trade him on name sake for just about anything useful.