This is one weird season, getting weirder all the time, no?
Not like I am the all-time genius of geniuses, and perhaps I should have seen as much domination of Tennessee with Zach Mettenberger at the helm as I thought Brandon Weeden, facing among the best pass defenses. Oops.
But, let me ask you: Who thought the top scorers in any given NFL week would be:
1. Arizona Cardinals defense
2. Kirk Cousins
3. Drew Brees
7. Jordan Reed
9. Julio Jones
10. Blair Walsh
Seriously, we can all see Jones, Brees, and Marshall hitting it. But seriously, Tim Hightower, who was an afterthought of two-plus years ago until three weeks ago? Not to mention a defense and a kicker?
Weird, like I said.
So, do I think Mettenberger makes a good play this coming week? He did throw for 234 yards against a good Houston team, but he also was forced into them to the tune of 51 attempts. So, he will be low budget, and he will be facing the Colts, not stalwarts at pass defense this year. But, it might be much ado about nothing.
On the other hand, Brandon Weeden, playing for his fourth team this year, taking over to the tune of two passing touchdowns, zero picks, and a rushing score to boot? Huh? Truly, the perfect spot, playing on a team with a dominant defense, for that means Weeden can put on his Alex Smith game, grind it out, and try not to make any mistakes.
Then there's Frank Gore, who had his best totals since Week 3, with 86 yards and a pair of scores. I would like to bank on the yards and one TD for what Gore costs these days, and he is going up against those same Titans at home, who must be shell shocked. So, essentially we are talking two fairly bad teams duking it out, which is kind of fun. I think that makes Gore a reasonable play as a flex guy/second back, depending upon how you are allocating your funds.
Next, however, I really like Jerick McKinnon, who has had an increasing role in the Minnesota offense, with seven rushes and four catches good for 86 yards and a score last week, and then seven rushes with a pair of catches for 97 yards and two more TDs this week. McKinnon's presence seems to complement Adrian Peterson and just give Teddy Bridgewater--who is getting better and better--one more weapon and that much more confidence.
Another back to check out would be Tampa's Charles Sims, a second-year player who like McKinnon has been pretty consistent with his touches all season. This past week was worth four carries for 45 yards plus three catches for 72 and a score against the Bears. Tampa is going up against Carolina and a solid defense, but this is also inter-conference, which always makes for an interesting contest. I think that means Sims could get some shots in the red zone.
Finally, if I were scrounging for a receiver, Vance McDonald of the Niners might still be floating around your free agent pool and the dregs of the DFS ratings. He had a bad game two weeks ago, against the Bengals, but that was coming off a concussion. Previous to that game, McDonald was connecting with Blaine Gabbert, and against the Lions he caught five for a touchdown and 61 yards. Facing the Rams in another inter-conference conflict, he could get some close-in opportunities.