Week 9 is in the books, and it was a real “eye opener,” unless you are Dwayne Allen, and then it was an “eye closer.” The fantasy playoffs are just a few short weeks away, and it’s time to start tightening up your rosters. Hit that waiver wire like Ray Rice and Greg Hardy… oh hell, I can’t even go there. I just can’t. Let’s get cracking with our Toasts and Tabs from last week!
Jeremy Langford (RB - CHI) - 22.20 fantasy points - 18 carries for 72 yards and a TD, plus 3 catches on 4 targets for an additional 70 yards made Langford a top 6 Running Back last week.
Jameis Winston (QB - TB) - 18.36 fantasy points - What was a solid football performance for the talented rookie would not have translated into a decent fantasy showing had Winston not posted an identical rushing stat line to Week 8. His 3 carries for 24 yards and a TD gave him the 8.4 point boost I needed to justify toasting young Jameis.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE - TB) - No harm, no foul, no play, no tab. ASJ was a last minute scratch to play vs. the Giants. Because, hey, free beer. I still say when he plays, he will make great things happen.
New Orleans Saints (DEF) - 11.30 fantasy points* - The big ol’ ugly asterisk means that unless you play in a league that gives a point for every 10 return yards, you had a bust with the Saints in what was a very promising matchup, on paper that is. The Saints Defense is so horrible that it has proven itself to be “good matchup proof.”
T.J. Yeldon (RB - JAC) - 10.10 fantasy points - He turned 14 touches into 64 yards and caught all 3 targets for another 37 yards. That’s just enough to get me to pick up Yeldon’s tab. Bastard.
Week 10 Pourcast
Blake Bortles (QB - JAC)
Ranking: Jaguar Pale Ale
This cat’s gonna be hard to tame this week.
Bortles continues to impress, and this week brings a honey of a matchup against the Ravens. Baltimore’s secondary continues to be just dreadful. Quarterbacks have been lighting the Ravens up like Times Square at Christmas time. Start Blake Bortles this week with confidence.
Tyrod Taylor (QB - BUF)
Ranking: Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale
Have you been shopping lately? Did you expect a pumpkin spiced product NOT to make an appearance?
I know what you’re thinking… “Is he crazy? It’s the Jets Defense!” Indeed it is, but Gang Green is without 4 of its 5 Defensive Backs this week, leaving Revis on an island, all by himself. With a finally healthy Sammy Watkins back in action and on fire, Taylor should be able to get the jump on the weakened Jets secondary. Also, the Jets have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to Wide Receivers this season, a stat which many people miss.
Jeremy Maclin (WR - KC)
Ranking: Cathedral Square Brewing Hail Mary IPA
This one is a longshot, but I like putting it out there.
Here’s my bold prediction for the week. I normally wouldn’t bet against the fearsome Broncos Defense, but this week they are without one, possibly two of their strongest players: DeMarcus Ware is nursing a nagging back injury and may be slowed down if he does suit up, and Aqib Talib (1 game suspension) just needs to stop poking people in the eye. I know I’m taking a chance on this one, but if Alex Smith remembers that there are people downfield waiting to catch the ball, Maclin can easily be a good flex option in your lineup this week.
Chris Ivory (RB - NYJ)
Ranking: Surly Brewing Overrated West Coast Style IPA
Overrated. Overrated. Overrated.
I know what I said a few weeks ago, but I’m over it. I’m back to hating Ivory. Consider this deplorable stat: In his last three games, Ivory has had 55 carries for 87 yards. That translates to a pathetic 1.58 yards per carry! The only thing that has disguised this are the touchdowns. This is not a sustainable model for success. In reality, Chris has only had three great performances this year. I don’t think this week will bring him a fourth.
Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson (RBs - DEN)
Ranking: Great Divide Brewing Yeti Imperial Stout
Drink up, Denver RB owners. You’re going to want to be good and drunk for the fantasy playoffs.
It’s double trouble in Denver. The Broncos’ backfield reminds me of a fantasy owner who has too many RBs and cannot decide who to lean on. In actuality, they haven’t had an “every down” back since Knowshon Moreno helped bring me to a fantasy championship in 2013. The point is, maybe it’s Hillman. Maybe it’s Anderson. Maybe it’s neither. Stop drinking the Orange Crush and stick to good craft beer.
Jeffrey Gray is a fitness expert who consults medical and osteopathic students on clinical skills. He is in desperate need of treatment for his fantasy football addiction. You can reach him on Twitter @graydog or email email@example.com.
Jeff "The Guru" Gray owns Gray Area Fitness, has a BA in Biology from Whittier College, works with osteopathic and medical students at 2 universities, is an avid shooter, acts, writes, and spins fire. Animal lover, Burner, traveller, fantasy football analyst, he's just your typical Tourette's/A.D.D. kid from the suburbs. He currently looks after his codependent dog and neurotic cat. Passion and experience sums it up for The Guru, and new destinations, great shows, cars, and crazy animal adventures are always within his purvey.