Takeaways from Week 9 Game Film (Fantasy Football)
Chances are that you saw Odell Beckham remind us all why he was considered a top wide receiver in football and Melvin Gordon leap a grown man, but my goal today is to tell you about some tidbits you may have missed from a fantasy perspective. I went back through and watched every play of every game. I saw the Thursday night game and three Sunday games live then used NFL Game Pass to see the other 8 contests this morning. Let’s do this!
Devin Singletary is a unique talent for Buffalo
There are several obvious reasons Singletary dropped in the NFL draft: At 5’7″, he doesn’t have the prototypical size you want in a workhorse. With his 4.66 forty-yard dash, he doesn’t have the straight-line speed you’d hope for, but he makes the very most of his physical limitations. As far as anticipation and vision go, there legitimately may not be a more capable back in football. He accelerates well into a hole and sets up his blockers to create holes to slip through. Singletary will never be a Christian McCaffrey or Saquon Barkley type freak of nature, but assuming the Bills know what’s good for them, he’ll be a very strong fantasy asset over the next few seasons. Think Dion Lewis or James White with durability.
Noah Fant is the new #2 receiver in Denver
I’ve gotta say, I wasn’t planning on writing anything about Fant this season after he started so slow. Through 7 games he had just 159 yards on 15 receptions but then the Broncos traded Emmanuel Sanders to San Francisco and Fant was let loose. Over the last two weeks, he has tied Courtland Sutton for the team lead in targets and has flashed uncanny athletic ability out of the tight end position. If Brandon Allen continues to look his way, we may very well be looking at a rest of the season top 12 fantasy tight end.
The best handcuff might not be who you’d expect
Yes, Alexander Mattison would be a star if Dalvin Cook went down and Tony Pollard if anything happened to Ezekiel Elliott, but we’ve got a more talented football player in, believe it or not, a better situation. Ryquell Armstead is an absolute three-down stud in the waiting behind what may the most fragile starting running back in the NFL. If anything happened to Leonard Fournette, Armstead would find himself in a run-heavy offense and with a quarterback who is constantly under pressure and checking down to Fournette. Now is where I might lose you, but hang tight: Not only that, but Armstead is a better running back than Fournette. No, he isn’t as big, strong or fast, but his agility and instincts are light years ahead of Fournette plus Armstead has the skills to be among the best pass-catching backs in football. Armstead is Chris Carson and Fournette is Brandon Jacobs. I know who I’d rather have.
D.K. Metcalf is already everything we dreamed he’d become
No one would deny that Metcalf is an athletic specimen beyond compare but there were certainly question marks surrounding his polish and adaptability, but as we’ve seen time and time again in this league, special talent breaks the mold. Lamar Jackson‘s arm strength didn’t break him, Maurice Jones-Drew’s height didn’t break him and Davante Adams‘ hands didn’t break him. Great football players improve their weaknesses and work with their strengths and that is exactly what we’ve seen from Metcalf who is limited in mobility, but more than makes up for it with his motor, awareness, body control and instincts. If not for Pete Carroll’s affinity with the run, we’d be talking about Metcalf as one of the top rookie receivers in years.
- Mark Andrews now plays less than most team’s backups and I’m not kidding
- Mike Gesicki keeps improving and will likely be the #2 in Miami now
- The Raiders are a legitimate playoff contender
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling looked healthy for the first time since Week 4
- Matt Brieda is not just the best RB on the 49ers but one of the most impressive in the NFC
- D.J. Moore is quickly blossoming into a complete weapon
- Zay Jones is a perfect with for Gruden’s offense and is about to take off
- Adrian Peterson is running so well that it seems unlikely Derrius Guice will be given the job
- Melvin Gordon finally looked up to speed now that his “preseason” is essentially over
- Russell Gage looks good enough that he should be on your radar as a waiver wire speed-dial guy
- Desmond King is one of the best slot corners in football, perhaps the best
- Keelan Cole likely stole Chris Conley‘s job Sunday morning
- Buffalo is phasing Cole Beasley out of their offense
- *NFL Draft Special* Isaiah Simmons is going to fly up boards in the coming months. True top 10 talent