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Random observations from a week in which it was difficult to care about what happened with my fantasy football teams:
Hoyer done, Miller fading. Cutler? Nah . . . : With Brian Hoyer having suffered a broken arm at the height of his value, there are few Chicago Bears worth owning for fantasy.
TE Zach Miller's value probably takes a plunge with Hoyer done. RB Jordan Howard and WRs Alshon Jeffrey and Cameron Meredith all have some borderline value.
What about QB Jay Cutler, who probably returns his week? You can make a mild argument for him as a bye week filler if you're in a very deep league in which most other options are exhausted, but the Bears are way off course, and I really doubt you will get double-digit fantasy points out of him.
In any case, who cares? By the time Sunday came around in Week 7, I was still too drunk on the Cubs' pennant clincher Saturday night to even check my fantasy football rosters.
Jay Ajayi is so good that Arian Foster retired: Ajayi, the second-year Miami RB, collected more than 200 yards rushing for the second straight week. This comes after Ajayi started the season playing second fiddle to veteran Arian Foster, but Foster, as we all knew would happen, got hurt in the second game of the season. He played the last two games while Ajayi was running wild, but no surprise, no one noticed. Foster promptly announced his retirement Monday after eight increasingly injury-prone seasons.
All I can say is I hope you hand-cuffed Ajayi to Foster in the draft like you were supposed to. Ajayi looks pretty legit right now, though I'm betting his workload comes down a bit - he may only manage 190 yards in Week 9 after a bye this week.
Melvin Gordon is a TD-scoring machine: The Chargers again look like the most pass-happy team in the league, but you won't convince Gordon of that. The Kenosha-born former Badger has scored eight rushing TDs and 10 total in seven games. That's really the bulk of his fantasy value, since he has surpassed 69 yards rushing in a game just twice this season.
Gordon didn't have much of a rookie season last year, and was seen as the second-best fantasy RB in San Diego this season after Danny Woodhead, but the latter is out for the season, and the Chargers seem willing to ride Gordon in the red zone. It's a recipe that has earned him the third-most fantasy points among RBs despite no being in the top 10 in rushing yards.
Dan O'Shea is our man in fantasyland. He welcomes your comments.