Fantasy Football:Wednesday Morning GM
With the halfway point of the NFL season officially in our collective rear-view mirror, every team – and their fans – are now staring squarely ahead at the playoff picture.
The same also goes for fantasy football players as well. After witnessing what transpired in Week 10 of the NFL season this past weekend, here are main takeaways for the week:
The Steelers Offense Is A Fantasy Juggernaut — While Le’Veon Bell’s holdout has dominated the news cycle during the middle of this week, it’s overshadowed the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers really have absolutely no need for him. Coming off their 52-21 thrashing of the Carolina Panthers, the Steelers are piling up the 4th-most yards and the 4th-most points in the NFL. Even without Bell, Ben Roethlisberger is tied for fourth in touchdown passes, wide receivers Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster are both on pace to go for more than 1,200 yards receiving this year, and running back James Conner has more rushing touchdowns in nine games than Bell ever did over the course of a season. With their current offensive output, the Steelers have very much thrown their hat in the ring of contenders in the AFC.
The Patriots’ Offense Has Problems – If you want to look at an AFC powerhouse that’s on the opposite end of the offensive spectrum, look no further than the New England Patriots. Here’s a startling fact for you: over the past three games, quarterback Tom Brady has one touchdown pass. Between the not-yet-100% Julian Edelman and the always-injured Rob Gronkowski, Brady has nobody to throw the ball to, other than running back James White (currently 5th in the NFL in receptions). And with the injury to prized rookie Sony Michel, the Patriots’ couldn’t run the ball effectively either; all of this isn’t even mentioning their sub-par offensive line, either. While history always tells us not to bet against New England, and that they have a late bye week to help Gronkowski and Michel recover, there are still very legitimate concerns here.
Andrew Luck Is Back – There’s no question that Andrew Luck spent the month of September getting acclimated to life on the gridiron, and shaking off the rust that had accumulated from not playing nearly the entirety of the 2017 NFL season. But after a rough few games, and amidst all the talk show pundits questioning whether we’d ever see “the old Luck” again, Luck has been on an absolutely torrid pace. Because the Colts don’t have a winning record or a bevy of Pro Bowl players on offense, their current offensive output is being overlooked. But as of right now, Luck is second in the NFL in touchdown passes (26). In fact, since the first weekend of October, Luck has the same number of touchdown passes as Patrick Mahomes, whom everyone considers to be the runaway MVP favorite. Luck is doing this despite having only one true wide receiver of consequence (T.Y. Hilton), instead dishing out passes in the direction of his tight ends like Eric Ebron, who leads all players at his position with nine receiving touchdowns.