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Random observations from a week in which Brian Hoyer threw for 300-plus yards for the fourth straight game, but was somehow a disappointment.
Brian Hoyer plays well, may lose job. Wait - what? Fantasy darling Hoyer threw for 302 yards, no TDs and no INTs in Week 6. Okay, could have been better, but it was his fourth straight 300-yard game, and he's now tied with Matt Ryan, QB, ATL, for the most 300-yard games this season despite only starting four of six games. He also might have had a better game last week if his teammates hadn't committed 10 penalties that repeatedly had him throwing out of a hole.
Supposedly, Jay Cutler is being considered to start this Thursday night at Green Bay. GB's pass defense has been lackluster this year, and it could be another chance for Hoyer to collect 300-plus yards - if he's done enough to earn another start.
OBJ disappears, reappears, explodes: Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, NYG, through six weeks has generated more drama than many players do in a career. He seemed to be at it again in Week 6 as he lost a fumble early against the Ravens, then inexplicably sat out of the game for several plays, and ended the first half with 11 yards receiving. But he returned in the second half to post 211 yards receiving and two TDs.
Outside of Julio Jones' ridiculous 300-yard game a few weeks ago, that's the best game we've seen by a WR this season - and it took him just two quarters.
Yet, he still somehow found time to bring more drama, as he took off his helmet on field while celebrating a TD late in the game with the Giants ahead 27-23 - an obvious unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and lame-brained move that helped Baltimore get deep into Giants' territory before running out of time. OBJ can win you the week when he's not losing you the week. Don't expect that to change.
Another Eddie Lacy injury opens the door for . . . Knile Davis: GB back Lacy was supposed to have a rebound season, but he's been no better than average, surpassing 100 yards in just one of five games and failing collect more than 81 yards in any of the other four. Now, he appears lost for several weeks with a mysterious ankle injury, and with back-up James Starks out for at least another four weeks, the Packers traded a draft pick to Kansas City this week for Knile Davis.
Davis is still available in about 70% of Yahoo! leagues, but aside from fullback Aaron Ripkowski, there is no one else to hand off to (although WR Randall Cobb may get a few gadget totes). There is great temptation to start Davis against the lowly Bears on Thursday night, though you might want to stash him on the bench in a short week in which he's still getting acclimated to his new team.
Dan O'Shea is our man in fantasyland. He welcomes your comments.
There has been virtually no criticism of hitting coach Todd Steverson. We'll see how long that lasts.Continue reading "Hitless Wonders" »
Posted on Apr 24, 2017