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Monday 16th Oct 2017

When my wife woke me up early Monday morning to tell me about the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, my immediate thought was “I could easily have been there.” As our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims and prayers for all the survivors, playing fantasy football feels so insignificant this week. 

About five years ago, my kids (both now in college) got this 80’s classic rock guy into new country music and I have been hooked ever since. My car radio is constantly tuned to XM 56 The Highway to hear all the new country music. I drag my wife (who is not a country music fan) or my daughter (who is at an age where it is not cool to be out with her dad) to country music concerts whenever they will go.

I also go to Las Vegas every year with my college roommate from 35 years ago to draft fantasy football teams in the NFFC and watch opening week of the NFL season in the best place in the world for football. I even dragged him to see Justin Moore two years ago during our Vegas trip.

So if the Route 91 Harvest Festival was three weeks earlier, I can just about guarantee that I would have been there. And the thought of that makes me reflect on how grateful I am for everything I have, including the opportunity to drift away once a week to write this column about fantasy football. 

So as you are watching the games this weekend and rooting for the players on your fantasy teams, think about how fortunate you are to be able to drift away into a fantasy world. I know that I will.

QB Aaron Rodgers GB 8100 Should be back and forth with Dallas
QB Russell Wilson SEA 7100 Rounding into the form we expected
QB Dak Prescott DAL 6800 See Rodgers
QB Ben Roethlisberger PIT 6400 Big Ben is gold at home
QB Philip Rivers LAC 5800 Rivers always seems to have big game at low price
QB Jay Cutler MIA 5200 The Dolphins can't be this bad
         
RB Le'Veon Bell PIT 9500 This is a good week to spend up at RB with value at WR
RB Ezekiel Elliott DAL 8800 I like the $700 discount from Bell
RB Leonard Fournette JAX 7000 Might keep Jax in the game
RB Bilal Powell NYJ 6200 Finally, the Powell we expected with Forte out
RB Christian McCaffrey CAR 5700 Still waiting for the "big" play
RB Duke Johnson Jr. CLE 4900 Getting it done through the air for Cleveland
RB Alex Collins BAL 4000 Best back in Baltimore if he can hold on to the ball
RB Wayne Gallman NYG 3900 May be a week or two early, but watch out
         
WR Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 8500 Not only is he great, he is also tough
WR Antonio Brown PIT 8400 Squeaky wheel gets the grease
WR A.J. Green CIN 8200 Better with no OC
WR Jordy Nelson GB 8100 More targets if Adams does not go
WR Keenan Allen LAC 7200 Very consistent targets when healthy
WR Larry Fitzgerald ARI 6800 Getting massive targets with David Johnson out
WR DeVante Parker MIA 6600 I am going all in on Dolphins stack this week
WR T.Y. Hilton IND 6000 Nice spot even with marginal QB
WR Jarvis Landry MIA 5800 Did I say I was going all in on Dolphins this week?
WR Tyrell Williams LAC 5300 Deep threat scores touchdowns
WR Cooper Kupp LAR 4500 Not quite consistent targets yet, but catches everything
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT 3500 Earning significant playing time
         
TE Zach Ertz PHI 6200 The best tight end on the regular Sunday slate by far
TE Jason Witten DAL 4200 Could see major usage in the back and forth affair
TE Martellus Bennett GB 4100 See Witten
TE Evan Engram NYG 4000 Good rapport with Eli
TE Hunter Henry LAC 3800 Tight ends kill the Giants
TE Tyler Kroft CIN 3200 Nice cheap fill-in
         
DST Steelers PIT 3900 Gold if they stop Fournette
DST Seahawks SEA 3500 Tough matchup but playing well
DST Bengals CIN 3300 Bills offense has been scaring very few
DST Eagles PHI 3100 Palmer takes sacks
DST Browns CLE 3000 Kizer turns it over
         
QB Jay Cutler MIA 5200  
RB Ezekiel Elliott DAL 8800  
RB Christian McCaffrey CAR 5700  
WR DeVante Parker MIA 6600  
WR T.Y. Hilton IND 6000  
WR Jarvis Landry MIA 5800  
TE Evan Engram NYG 4000  
TE Hunter Henry LAC 3800  
DST Steelers PIT 3900  
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