#DoingThings: Your weekly (hopefully) series from the Gut Feeling Podcast Crew, Jason Tran (@JasonTran) and Derek McCreath (@TheFFRx) and sometimes 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.
This week, with only four teams on bye as opposed to 6 and a number of good matchups on paper, I thought there would be some slam dunk picks. Well, I was wrong. Or, I didn’t look hard enough. Rather than pick a long shot in a good matchup, I’m going with a LOOOOONG shot in a terrible matchup. Last week I went with Sammy Watkins, who edged out Devante Parker narrowly and blew Alfred Morris out of the water. He only had a single catch but since it was a 67 yard TD it was enough. I think I am going to need more luck than that this week.
My week 10 pick, like last week, is a first round NFL draft choice who also went in the top 10 overall. The difference is, this receiver has yet to do anything in the NFL and actually missed the first chunk of this season due to injury. His offense has struggled relative to what was expected heading into the season and he has plenty of competition for targets. Oh, and all of that goes without saying that they are facing the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. Those Jaguars, who happen to boast one of the best secondaries in the NFL. If you haven’t guessed it, I am taking rookie WR Mike Williams. Coming out of the bye week I am hoping they will have found a way to work him into the offence [Editor’s Note: Excuse him, he’s Canadian] a bit more. I’m also hoping that maybe, just maybe, he will benefit from Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry getting most of the attention. This probably is not a smart pick given everything I just told you but, absent breaking the rules, like Kevin tried to last week, with Alvin Kamara [Editor’s Note: Kevin obviously changed this pick when it was point out that he was cheating…Derek is just a jerk], there aren’t many great options this week. Wish me luck, and enjoy the Ketchup, Jason.
My stubbornness got in the way last week with my Alfred Morris pick. I thought maybe the Cowboys would be a smart team and let Alf get some carries in preparation for Zeke actually getting suspended (which apparently is now happening). Anyway, this week I could cop out and take Alf again, but I am not going to do that. This week I am going to take Chicago Bears wide receiver Tre McBride.
McBride was more involved before the Bears’ bye week than ever before catching three of five targets for 92 yards. I believe the Bears will open their playbook to the passing game a little bit more coming out of the bye after getting some extra time for Trubisky to learn it. Luckily, they get to play a Packers team that is in shambles since losing Aaron Rodgers. Also in shambles is the Bears wide receiver core, with McBride being the only big play WR remaining. It’s possible that McBride luckboxes his way into something like one catch for a 67 yard touchdown, similar to what Sammy Watkins did last week.
Sure, I may have tried to cheat initially last week, but I play by the rules and changed my choice to DeVante Parker. That was a bad choice because, while I won, he really didn’t score much and I still felt like a loser. This week I certainly know the rules and am going to get this right out of the gates to get the win. Based on the two selections already made in this article it shouldn’t be that hard. My choice this week is a wide receiver that many had high expectations coming into the season and he has just not performed yet. Coming off a suspension with a talented rookie getting all the hype though, I think he comes into this week with a chip on his shoulder. That’s right, I’m talking about Martavis Bryant.
Bryant only has 18 receptions on the season and clearly has not looked great when the ball has been thrown his way. However, if you watch the games, his issue has more been his ability to catch the ball than it has been to get open. He’s either dropped the ball or Ben Roethlisberger has missed him on many plays that could have made his stats a lot better looking. Add in the fact that the Indianapolis Colts have given up the seventh most points to opposing wide receivers. I do expect this one to be a heavy Le’Veon Bell game but that’s because I think the Steelers will be ahead early. Why will they be ahead early? Expect a long Martavis touchdown in this one and an easy win for me.