• Drew W

Fantasy Noise: Jeopardy Edition

I’m starting to feel like a broken record. Each week I talk about the injuries, and the Covid, and the byes, and the uncertainty of games, and the piecing together of lineups from players off the waiver wire. To be honest though, this is what I love.


The more decisions that need to be made and the more difficult it is, the more I like it. I’m a competitive person and don’t like to lose. So the more decisions that need to be made means the more ways I can gain an advantage. Each week though I feel like they’re things that I miss, from good waiver wire pick-ups to factors that should influence my start/sit decisions. Each week I get better though juggling these issues and it keeps me engaged.


And Week 9 had me engaged too. Running the gamut from close games to blow outs, week 9 had the usual big performances as well as surprises.



This week in honor of Jeopardy host, television icon, and noted sports fan, Alex Trebek, who recently passed away from a year and a half battle with pancreatic cancer, Fantasy Noise will have a Jeopardy edition. I’ll describe players and their performances and at the end of article I’ll reveal the answers. Some will be easy, some will be hard but all must be answered in the form of a question.


Let’s get to the Noise!




Quarterback


$100

I was a former MLB draft pick and now I’m a MLB owner. I continue to dominate the NFL and last 2 weeks I’m averaging almost 400 years a game with 9 total TDs. I’m 2nd in QBR and 3rd in passer rating but this week I won’t be able to improve my stats.


$200

The last 2 games I’ve led 4th quarter come backs. Winning one and losing the other. In those games, I have 6 total TDs, all in the 4th quarter. Coming off my best fantasy game, I’m looking to keep things moving against a divisional rival.


$300

I’m having a resurgence as I have almost as many TDs in 8 games as I had all of last year. I’m coming off my 3rd 300 yard passing game and my 4th 4 TD no interception game this year. I have a very favorable matchup week 10 against a defense that gives up the 3rd most points to QBs.


Running Back


$100

I’m coming off my 6th double digit fantasy game (ESPN) out of 8. This marks the 4th game in a row I’ve received the lion’s share of snaps in this ambiguous backfield. I had a chance to be a hero week 1 but dropped a game winning TD.

$200

I had more touches and TDs in week 9 than I had all year combine. I averaged only 1.8 yards a rush in 2019 but this week could be a hot waiver wire pick up. I’m already on my third team this year and this week I get a revenge game if I’m not put back on the practice squad.

$300

Other than maybe in deep leagues, I was largely undrafted. I’ve started off slow but in 3 of the last 4 games I’ve had double digit fantasy points. During that span I’m averaging 59% of snaps, 10 touches a game, 66.5 total yards a game, and 12.4 fantasy points a game (ESPN). I work better in negative game scripts, which my team is usually in, and I have 0 TDs on the year.



Wide Receiver


$100

I came into this season with higher expectations but have been somewhat of a disappointment. I gained 23 pounds in the offseason to help withstand a bigger work load but my QB never uses his “souljas.” I’ll certainly do better this week if the reigning defensive player of the year is still hurt.

$200

I have a high scoring fantasy points per game average but my range of outcomes have been drastic. I’m coming off my best season ever but still may be overshadowed on my own team. And now after 2 subpar games, I’m facing maybe the best defense against wide receivers.

$300

I’m coming off my best game of the year and 4 straight of double digit fantasy points. I have one of the top catch rates in the league including 24 catches on my last 25 targets. Now I’m facing one of the best defenses against WR but my involvement in the run game adds another layer to my explosiveness as I have 2 rushing TDs in my last 3 games.


Tight End


$100

I’m a former Division 1 basketball player now on my 4th team. I have just as many or more TDs than Mark Andrews, George Kittle, and Darren Waller just to name a few. Now in my 11th season, I’m coming off one of my best games of the year but get a division rival that’s only given up 3 TDs to TE all year.

$200

I’m a former college WR who’s now my team’s main receiving threat at TE. I’ve scored double digit fantasy points in 6 of 8 games but my yards per catch is down significantly since last season. I’m the most targeted player at my position per game and I’m in a new city.

$300

I started 3 games at QB in College before moving to WR. Eventually, I signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017 but didn’t make a splash until a nationally televised game in week 4. Since then my production has dropped and haven’t scored a TD since week 4 either.


Dailey Double

With one of my old teams, I was “special.” I bare a resemblance to Napolean Dynamite but am more like uncle Rico because of my arm. I’m coming off my best fantasy game of the year and now get a favorable matchup against a division rival.



Quick Hitters:


Christian McCaffery returned week 9 with 28 touches for 151 total yards and 2 TDs on 71% of snaps, got hurt and is doubtful for week 10 . . . . . . . . Antonio Brown returned week 9 with 3 catches for 31 yards on 78% of snaps . . . . Michael Thomas returned week 9 with 5 catches for 51 yards on 55% of snaps . . . . Dez Bryant returned week 9 with 0 catches for 0 yards on 3% of snaps . . . . Nick Chubb could return week 10, he still leads the league with 6 rushes of 20+ yards . . . . Dalvin Cook had 24 touches for 252 total yards and 2 TDs . . . . Jakobi Meyers had 12 catches for 169 yards on 99% of snaps, he hadn’t had more than 11% of snaps until week 7 . . . . Tampa Bay rushed 4 times . . . . Minnesota passed 20 times, which was 6 more times than week 8.

Answer Key:

QB $100 – P.Mahomes RB $100 – D.Swift

QB $200 – D.Lock RB $200 – K.Ballage

QB $300 – A.Rodgers RB $300 – J.D. McKissic

WR $100 – Mar. Brown TE $100 – J.Graham

WR $200 – T.Lockett TE $200 – D.Waller

WR $300 – C.Samuel TE $300 – R.Tonyan

Daily Double – N.Foles

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