Start/Sip Pourcast: Week 7
Week 6 is in the books, and I’ll bet the Colts wish their fake punt play wasn’t. If there was such a thing as a “That Play Call Was Ass IPA,” Chuck Pagano would have won an honorary brew. That being said, this week brings some tough byes (CIN, DEN, GB, CHI), and chances are you’re looking at the free agent pile with scrutiny or trying to trade. Here is our Toasts and Tabs, followed by a nice, fresh flight of craft beers for your Start/Sipping pleasure!
Matt Ryan (QB - ATL) - 25.80 points - With his second highest total of the year, Matty Ice did not disappoint.
Colin Kaepernick (QB - SF) - 31.60 points - Also clocking his second highest point total of the season, Kaeppy put up 340 yards, 2 TDs and no picks! No picks! I know! It’s crazy! Soft rushing day for Colin, but he came through.
TABS (defensive fp totals shown for return ydg leagues):
Carolina Panthers (DEF) - 5.80 points* - While the sacks were there as expected, there wasn’t much else, even in a return yardage league, that translated into fantasy points.
Pittsburgh Steelers (DEF) - 20.70 points* I expected them to fizzle, and instead they sizzle. A caveat here: In standard leagues, when you take out the 9.7 points for return yardage, it was a decent outing, and nothing more.
Chris Ivory (RB - NYJ) - Perhaps I need to rethink the whole “I’m just not sold on Chris Ivory” thing. He’s looking quick and powerful, adjusting fast, and carving out routes with a scalpel. The Jets system really seems to be able to highlight some rarely precedented talents. The Jets coaching staff may end up getting a beer on the house this season.
*defensive points totals shown for return yardage leagues
Week 7 Pourcast
Todd Gurley (RB - STL)
Ranking: Fullsteam Carver
Hell, he pulled a straight wrestling move on Clay Matthews. And he can carve with the best of ‘em.
I am proud to say that I am a Gurley man. The young, promising rookie has stomped all over the Packers and the Cardinals, who are two of the best teams in the league, both with arguably better run defenses than the Cleveland Browns. Expect great things from the upstart rookie this week.
Carson has seemed to get it done every week, whether it’s more touchdowns or more yards, or just a nice balance of the two. Fourteen TDs and only four picks on the year plus the collective talent of that offense? That’s a nice formula for continued success. This week should also be pinnacle as the Cardinals host the Ravens, and no one has allowed Quarterbacks more wealth in 2015.
Philip Rivers (QB - SD)
Ranking: Stone IPA
Let’s face it… Rivers is a goddamn rock.
Phil is on fire, and while he’s struggled with Oakland in the past, they are allowing a consistent showing of fantasy points to Quarterbacks. Rivers has thrown for 1,226 yards in three weeks, their running game is a mess, and that shouldn’t change dramatically anytime soon. I’d start Rivers with a smile on my face this week.
Dion Lewis (RB - NE)
Ranking: R.J. Rockers Patriot Pale
An aptly named brew that pales in comparison to the passing game.
It should probably be in the Ten Fantasy Commandments that “thou shalt not ever try to figure out Belichick’s backfield,” but I’m gonna try it anyway! The Jets Defense has been on point against every major fantasy position, and they have maintained their gnarly run attack. I wouldn’t start Dion as anything but a desperation flex play in Week 7.
Melvin Gordon (RB - SD)
Ranking: The Abyss, Deschutes Brewery
If you play him this week, you may find yourself here.
While Philip Rivers continues to overcompensate in the passing game, no studs have emerged in the backfield. The Raiders have allowed the ninth fewest fantasy points to Running Backs, and they don’t have much work cut out for them coming into San Diego.
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