The fantasy football community lost a great person recently when Mike Tagliere of FantasyPros passed away from COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated against the disease. His shocking and sudden passing has left a huge void behind the scenes in the industry and he leaves behind a beautiful family, including Tabbie (Mike’s wife) and their children, Alyssa (18) and Jonathan (4). Many have rallied to support the Tagliere family and there’s a GoFundMe account set up to do just that. If any of you feel the calling to give, there are few people better to support than “Tags.” He will be missed!
I’m honored to write DLF’s traditional Sunday Six Pack series this year. However, it’s essential to go beyond predicting and discussing what will happen. Therefore, I will look at my storylines from the weekly Six Pack and summarize the results in these Monday hangover articles. Occasionally, I will also add other important reactions from the week, whether injuries, breakouts, or busts. So let’s jump into it!
The Mike White Experience
I won’t waste too much of your time discussing White and his future value. He had a putrid game against the Bills’ strong defense in an awful 45-17 loss. White completed 24 of his 44 passes for 251 yards, no touchdowns, and four interceptions. The Jets scored a couple of garbage-time touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but Joe Flacco was in on their only passing touchdown to Elijah Moore.
After this terrible performance, I fully expect the Jets to return to Zach Wilson as their starter if he’s healthy against the Dolphins in week 11. So let’s use the DLF Trade Finder to look at some recent dynasty trades involving Wilson.
This trade seems like an insanely cheap price to acquire Wilson. Even if you say that Kadarius Toney and JK Dobbins hold relatively equal value, a 2023 second-rounder is beyond cheap for Wilson. I’d easily pay this price and grab a quarterback in dynasty superflex leagues.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell where this first-round pick will land, but I hope it’s a later first-rounder. If so, I’m fine paying that price to acquire Wilson, especially considering the lack of quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft class. I still think Wilson could have a successful NFL career. Overall, I’d at least explore potential trades for Wilson, as acquiring a young, high-pedigree quarterback on the cheap is usually more difficult than these deals.
The Bills’ Offense
In the Six Pack, I discussed the Bills’ offense, specifically if there were any concerns after their week nine dud against the Jaguars. Well, the Bills answered most of those questions in their victory against the Jets, moving to 6-3. Josh Allen had a solid performance, completing 21 of 28 passes for 366 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Allen’s success also came with a ceiling game for Stefon Diggs, who exploded for eight receptions on 13 targets for 162 yards and a touchdown.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t all roses for the Bills’ other offensive weapons. Gabriel Davis had his best game of the season with three catches for 105 yards, but everyone else in the passing game busted. Dawson Knox returned to the lineup and caught his only target for 17 yards, while Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley had two receptions each for 27 and 15 yards, respectively.
Even worse, the Bills’ backfield became a three-way committee. Devin Singletary and Zack Moss had seven carries and a rushing touchdown, but Matt Breida mixed in with three carries, three receptions, and receiving and rushing touchdowns. As I mentioned in the Six Pack, the Bills need an upgrade in their backfield, and I want to double down on that sentiment after this week. If there’s any selling window on Moss or Singletary after their touchdowns this week, I want to immediately get them off my dynasty roster.
Michael Pittman’s Rise to Stardom
Pittman did nothing special in the Colts’ 23-17 victory over the Jaguars. He only had five targets, catching all of them for 71 yards. However, considering that Carson Wentz only had 180 passing yards, Pittman had a decent game. He led the Colts in receiving yards, and he finished second on the team in receptions and targets behind Jonathan Taylor.
This game did little to change Pittman’s dynasty value for me. He’s the Colts’ top receiving weapon in a middling Wentz-led passing offense. Let’s go to the trade finder once again to explore potential deals to acquire Pittman.
This trade was my favorite recent one in the trade finder. If I’m a rebuilding dynasty team, I’d likely rather have Pittman over Austin Ekeler straight up heading into the off-season. Therefore, if I could acquire an extra first-round pick with Pittman, I would be ecstatic.
I also love this trade. I’d rather have Pittman over James Robinson, and I prefer Mike Gesicki to Dalton Schultz in dynasty formats. Therefore, this is a monster trade. It seems that dynasty managers and the market have been slow to adjust on Pittman, and it’s confusing to me. He’s a 24-year old alpha receiver with early second-round NFL Draft capital who’s breaking out in his second year. He should be a far more popular and valuable dynasty asset than he is.
Pat Freiermuth: Future Top-Five Dynasty Tight End
Freiermuth had a decent fantasy game in week ten, but that won’t be the main story. He lost a critical fumble in overtime, partially leading to the Steelers’ 16-16 tie with the Lions. Either way, the Steelers lost Ben Roethlisberger for the week due to COVID-19, which I didn’t know when writing my Six Pack entry.
Mason Rudolph was awful as his replacement, so hopefully, the Steelers have Roethlisberger back for week 11. However, I don’t want to make too many long-term takeaways from this game, as the Steelers had no opportunity to game plan for Rudolph as their starter. The Steelers must work on acquiring a new quarterback for the 2022 season immediately.
Antonio Gibson’s Role and Health
Gibson had an excellent fantasy game against the Buccaneers’ stout run defense in Washington’s 29-19 surprise victory. Coming off the bye week, he dominated carries, taking 24 of the 30 running back carries, compared to four for Jaret Patterson and two for JD McKissic. Unlike week eight, there was zero doubt that Gibson was Washington’s lead back. He took his 24 carries for 64 yards and two rushing touchdowns while adding two catches for 14 yards.
Unfortunately, this game wasn’t entirely positive for Gibson. He still looked hampered by the stress fracture in his shin, and he only averaged 2.7 YPC. If a bye week wasn’t enough to get Gibson back to total health, it probably won’t happen this season. I also think it’s clear that Washington has little to no interest in involving Gibson in the receiving game, as McKissic remained the primary pass-catching back even as Gibson dominated carries.
Gibson is one of those players who has a massive hive of fans, and there’s likely one in your league. If you can get anything like the value I discussed in the Six Pack, I would certainly sell. It’s tough to look at recent Gibson trades, as he came off a terrible week eight performance and a bye week. However, to give a specific example, if I could do anything close to a one-for-one deal with Gibson and Javonte Williams, I would love to do so. Williams would be my primary target if I wanted to move off Gibson for a different running back.
Jerry Jeudy Breakout Time?
I definitely wouldn’t describe Jeudy’s performance this week as a breakout. The entire Broncos’ offense sputtered in their 30-13 loss to the Eagles, dropping them to 5-5. Teddy Bridgewater failed to provide much for his receiving, completing 22 of 36 passes for 227 yards and no touchdowns. Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon played well on the ground, especially Williams, but the Broncos had to abandon the run early in this contest.
Jeudy salvaged his fantasy day with a volume performance, catching six of nine targets for 49 yards for 10.9 PPR points. He easily led the Broncos in targets, as Noah Fant and Tim Patrick tied for second place with six targets. Most worryingly, Courtland Sutton only had three targets, converting them into two catches for 29 yards. Albert Okwuegbunam also chipped in with three receptions for 77 yards.
Right now, it seems like it will be difficult to start any Broncos’ receivers moving forward this season. Sutton is entirely off the fantasy radar, and fantasy managers can only play Fant because tight ends are tough to find. At this point, I hope Jeudy can continue to see volume and provide a fantasy floor for the rest of 2021. If he does, he’ll be a popular third-year breakout candidate going into 2022, as the Broncos hopefully will have a new quarterback. I’d love to buy the dip on Jeudy in dynasty leagues, if there is any.
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