Your weekly (hopefully) series from the Gut Feeling Podcast Crew, Jason Tran (@JasonTran) and Derek McCreath (@TheFFRx) [and your favorite editor: Kevin Cutillo (@wallycentral)]
For those of you that are new to this series, it will have a streaming type feel to it. As with most things in the FLAFFL House though, it will have a competitive component. Each week Jason and Derek are going to pick one player and build a brief summary as to why you should start them. The one caveat to this however is the player chosen MUST not be leading their team in any fantasy relevant statistical category (read: score points, therefore targets not included) at their respective position.
Wow, Jason and I have really been picking them well for you these first two weeks. Jason’s combined total is just 8.3 fantasy points, while mine is a whopping 5.5 fantasy points. That said we have had two winners, two losers, and we are both sitting at 1-1.
This week as I was trying to find a player, I realized how gross our rules for this little competition are. They make the crop of players we get to choose from just dreadful. That said, our aforementioned totals are simply embarrassing. One strategy to win would be to choose an obvious player who has a shot at coming into some volume due to recent news, such as Alfred Morris with the Zeke suspension or Kenyan Drake with the Ajayi trade. Instead, I’m going to pick a player with an incredible amount of talent,first round draft pedigree (4th overall) and is in what has turned out to be a surprisingly strong offense.
For week 9, Sammy Watkins is going to be out there #DoingThings against the Giants. I know, he hasn’t done much outside of week three against the 49ers but give the guy a break. He changed teams a couple weeks before the season and his talent hasn’t just mysteriously disappeared. I’ll admit, there is a reasonable chance he continues to be garbage and puts up another stinker. This would suck as I know I would never hear the end of it from the already insufferable Jason Tran if he were to beat me two weeks in a row. There is also a chance Sammy’s talent shows though and puts up 20+ again. Not to mention, as I am typing this, I got a notification that that Giants have suspended cornerback Janoris Jenkins for violating team rules, and that is definitely a plus for Sammy. Mark it down, he’s had many busts already this season, but this is going to be a week in which Sammy Watkins BOOMS!
Please hold your applause as you read from last week’s winner and the future first time back to back winner, me. I will admit, DeSean Jackson let me down last week, but I am going to blame the weather since that’s what everyone was telling me would doom me.
Derek, without knowing what my pick would be, gave an unintentional dig at my pick this week. But as we know, we don’t need a “Boom” pick to win this contest, so I am going with the safer floor. My pick this week is Alfred Morris. Now this may backfire because Zeke is suspended one day and not suspended the next, but I think this time it is for real [Editor’s Note: Shortly after this article was submitted for publishing the news came down that Zeke was again reinstated. Jason was given the chance to change his take but apparently couldn’t come up with anything better. Or he was too drunk. I forget.]. Alfred Morris will have to compete with Darren McFadden and Rod Smith, however I think he will be the lead back, and it seems as if Jerry Jones is on the same page.
As for the matchup, Dallas takes on the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend in Dallas. Dallas is currently second in the league in rushing, while KC is fifth worst in rush defense. While he has not been used as much since coming to Dallas, people forget that Alfred Morris had three 1,000 yards rushing seasons to start his career in Washington. He holds a career average 4.4 yards per carry. I don’t see the Cowboys being afraid to run the ball even with the loss of Zeke, and if Morris is indeed the main guy to carry the ball in his absence, he should have a safe enough floor as a plug and play guy this week. I fully expect Morris to score over 11 points, something Watkins has only done one time this season.
Well, since Jason was unwilling (or unable depending on what you want to believe) to provide a backup option this week, I’m stepping in to take down the crown. Can’t just give it to Derek right? While I'm not a huge fan of the player I'm going to pick for this competition, I do think there is a solid chance he is very effective this week. The Miami Dolphins have had 10 days to stew about the beat down they received from the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday. Matt Moore was their starting quarterback and his terrible play hopefully quieted all the truthers saying he should start over Jay Cutler. Cutler isn't great either but I do think this team bounces back a little with him at the helm. For my first foray into this competition I'm taking the Dolphins receiver that comes in third in targets, receptions, yards and touchdowns on the team in DeVante Parker.
Parker has sat out the last three games with an ankle injury which is probably the only reason he is actually eligible for me to choose here. When we last saw him healthy he was getting targeted nine, ten and eight times in weeks two, three and four respectively. He had over 69 yards in each of those contests with a touchdown in week three. I expect more of that production now that he's healthy. Let's be honest, even half of that will be good enough to win this competition. Thanks to Jason for mailing it in this week to allow me to jump in for an easy W.