The last few weeks I’ve been posting a fantasy studs and duds article, but basically recapping a game and regurgitating stats and scores just gets a bit old. Instead, I’ll give you my five takeaways from each week. Starting with week 4.
1. Are The Rams a Playoff Team?
Man what a coaching change will do for a team. I’ve been saying for years of how overrated a coach Jeff Fisher is, and they replaced him with an offensive whiz. Under 31 year old Sean McVay, Todd Gurley has come back to life as an elite running back, Jared Goff is showing his worth as the #1 pick, and the Rams are 3-1 and in control of the NFC West. But of course, not even McVay can make Sammy Watkins a consistent fantasy option.
2. The Patriots Defense Is Bad
Through four weeks, the Patriots are dead last in total defense, 2nd to last in scoring defense, and in the bottom 5 in sacks. They’ve given up an average of 32 points per game, and seem to be the cure to an ailing offense. They signed Stephon Gilmore away from Buffalo to replace Darrelle Revis, but that hasn’t worked out yet. He’s the 71st graded corner according to Pro Football Focus and this week committed two costly penalties that eventually lead to Panthers scores. They can’t continue to expect Brady to put up 30+ points every week to win games.
3. Deshaun Watson Is the Real Deal
I’ll give this to Bill O’Brien. At least he didn’t wait any longer than the first half of the first game to realize Tom Savage wasn’t the guy. After going toe-to-toe with Tom Brady, Watson goes out and scored 5 touchdowns and drops 50 (!!!!) points against the Titans. Whether in the pocket, or on the run, in a clean pocket, or under pressure, Watson is showing he can make all the throws and lead a team to victory. I bet the Browns are kicking themselves for not taking him with the 12th pick and trading it to the Texans.
4. Ben McAdoo Will Be The First Coach Fired
The Giants have without a doubt been the most disappointing team to start the season. A popular pick (including myself) to win the NFC East, they are now sitting at 0-4 after losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The schedule doesn’t lighten up as 3 of their next 4 games feature the Broncos, Seahawks, and Rams. The offense has finally gotten over that 20 point hump, but for the offense McAdoo was supposed to keep going as head coach, it’s not even close to good enough. I’ll say that if they don’t win 3 out of those next 4, McAdoo will be packing his bags.
5. The Raiders Are in Trouble
They might have the most offensive talent in the NFL, but I think there’s definitely cause for concern. They’ve only been able to score 10 points each of the last two weeks, and their defense hasn’t shown signs of improvement. The Raiders sit at 2-2 and will be without Derek Carr for anywhere from 2-6 weeks with a back injury. In that time they face the Ravens, Chargers, Chiefs, Bills, Dolphins and Patriots. If Carr misses the full 6 weeks, I wouldn’t be surprised if they go 2-4 or 1-5 in those games with EJ Manuel as quarterback. Short and simple, Raiders fans should be worried.