Another wild weekend of football is in the books. The standings are starting to take shape. The players and the non-players alike are beginning to show themselves. Let’s take a glimpse at who’s going to show up to work this week.
Players to Watch
This one is really a tandem choice. Something these two players are very familiar with in their careers. Former Georgia running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb both had breakout games in week four. Chubb put up a ridiculous stat line that made me refresh my phone numerous times to make sure I wasn’t crazy. He had 105 yards and two touchdowns. Right, nothing too crazy there. He managed to do that on only THREE touches. He’s the first player to ever do that and of course this only something that a Browns player could accomplish. It is mind-blowing to me that he didn’t get more touches in this one after a stat line like that. I understand they were in a shootout, but this guy was the most explosive player on the field Sunday, you’ve got to figure out how to get him the ball more.
Patriots running back Sony Michel had a 100-yard game as well but on substantially more touches. He toted the rock 25 times for 112 yards and score. With injuries to their once deep running back rotation the Patriots will need to cultivate the Michel and James White duo. It won’t be the same as the Dion Lewis and White tandem, but it can be equally as effective. Michel can be the workhorse back in this offense. They like to pull their guards which gives Michel a chance for some quick hitting runs where he can plant and go. Expect him to continue to build momentum as the season progresses. The entire offense is getting better, so Michel will benefit from the cohesion.
Both backs are still second tier fantasy options. They have the potential to have huge games, but their inconsistent fantasy production is driven by the fact that each of their teams have multiple running back choices. With that being said I would keep both players in mind as RB2 options as you set your lineups each week.
Games of the Week
Jaguars vs. Chiefs
The highest scoring offense in the league matches up with the lowest scoring defense in the league in this one.
The Chiefs are lighting the world on fire with first-year starter Patrick Mahomes at quarterback. Shout out to those lucky few who bought into the hype early and drafted Mahomes in their fantasy league. He’s a hot commodity in an otherwise slow fantasy year for quarterbacks. The Chiefs are rolling. They survived a thriller in Denver on Monday night. They’ve got another tough test with the jags.
The Jaguars are living up to the name they built for themselves last year as the best defense in the league. They’ve got the right combination of guys up front and in the back end of the defense. Their defense is littered with former SEC talent. Most all of them are standout players at their position which is why this defense is so scary. Their offensive production is the icing on the cake for this team. They go as Bortles goes. But they also have star running back Leonard Fournette (LSU) to help anchor production. He’s as good as they come when healthy. And an absolute RB1 when available.
I think the AFC South has quietly become one of the best divisions in football. Everyone knows how good the Jaguars defense is, but I believe their offense is good enough to turn them into an elite team. They’ll hold Mahomes in check and Bortles will have another good game.
Sun 10/7- 1:00 PM ET- CBS
Final Score: 28-21 Jaguars
#5 LSU vs. #22 Florida
Joe Burrow is starting to settle into the LSU offense and establish himself as a good quarterback. They need the offensive spark he provides if they want to keep their streak going. They face another tough conference test with the 22nd ranked Florida Gators.
The Gators were low on many analysts and media pundits lists before the season. It took a couple of vital wins early, but the Gators are picking up some steam in the rankings. If they can pull out the upset against the fifth-ranked Tigers, then they will have a chance to be in the running with Georgia for the Eastern crown. They still have a long way to go in many facets, but anything is possible. I’m still not 100% sold on them being a great team. I think that Tennessee game got out of hand more because of how sloppy Tennessee was with the ball. Several of the six total turnovers were unforced, so Florida was catching breaks left and right in that game.
Ed Orgeron has been coaching for a long time. It looks like he may have been the perfect fit for this team. The players seem to have bought into his program, and everyone is playing together. The result is an undefeated team heading into week six. I think they keep the magic alive and make it to 6-0 versus a questionable Florida squad.
Sat 10/6- 3:30 PM ET- CBS
Final Score: 38-21 LSU
Texas A&M vs. #13 Kentucky
Don’t let the rankings or the records fool you. This game is a much better matchup than it appears. The Aggies are 3-2 on the season with losses to fourth-ranked Clemson and first-ranked Alabama. Those are some high-quality losses if you consider that a thing. Kentucky may be undefeated, but they’ve yet to face a team with anywhere near the talent the teams above have.
I have fully bought into the idea that Kentucky is a good team. Not because I’m suddenly hopping on the bandwagon. The success has been building for several years. They have continued to put a better product on the field from one year to the next. And it has culminated into a highly competitive SEC football team. In a relatively weak era of SEC East football, they have a chance to be one of the better teams for the next several years. Right now, they are being led by running back phenom Benny Snell. I have raved about him all year, and he’s continued to impressive week in and week out.
The Aggies are loaded on both sides of the ball, but the pressure is reaching a critical point in Jimbo Fisher’s first year. This week he’s been dealing with the repercussions of a highly disputed outburst with a player where he angrily grabbed the kid’s facemask. Ten years ago, that wouldn’t have been a big deal but in the highly scrutinized environment we live in any altercation is bound to be spotlighted. From the outside, it looks like this A&M squad may need some time to fully catch on to the Jimbo Fisher way of life.
Big Blue gets the big win this weekend in a late thriller. Benny Snell becomes everyone’s favorite running back as he leads his team to a victory with 3+ touchdowns.
Sat 10/6- 7:00 PM ET- ESPN
Final Score: 42-38 Kentucky
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