Thursday Night Football: Fantasy Football Takeaways
BENGALS 34 RAVENS 23
- Andy Dalton is certainly streamer-worthy after he torched the Ravens for 4 TD's on Thursday giving him 6 total on the season. The match-ups will certainly get tougher as he is going on the road to Carolina and Atlanta in his next two contests.
- Joe Mixon labored through this game, leaving many times for injuries and was even labeled as questionable to return at one point. Gio Bernard actually got a lot of work in his absence. But if Mixon is on the field he's undeniably an RB1 given his usage and production through the first two weeks. He rushed for 84 yards on 21 carries and caught 1 pass for 3 yards.
- AJ Green is locked in as a WR1 right now, as he usually is. The 3 TD catches were certainly more than expected. Kind of weird, but he almost fumbled for the 3rd time in two games. Hopefully that's just a fluky thing and will go away. - Tyler Eifert is droppable. Uzomah and Kroft are both heavily involved in the offense and if Eifert is going to split snaps and targets (tonight Eifert had 4, Uzomah had 4 and Kroft had 2) he needs to be on the waiver wire. Eifert's usage is clearly being monitored after several injury-plagued seasons and it really caps his value. Cya Dink!
- Tyler Boyd - He's alive!!! He looked great tonight. He batted down a would-be interception and tied with AJ Green for the team lead in targets with 9. He hauled in 6 of those passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. He is clearly the 2nd best receiving option for the Bengals after out-performing John Ross in back to back weeks. Boyd will be a popular add off the waiver wire next week as he approaches WR3 status thanks to his 14 targets over 2 games.
- Alex Collins is still an RB2 (albeit a back-end one). The goal-line touches going to Buck Allen is confusing and frustrating for his owners. He is still the favorite for carries in this backfield (9 carries tonight) and added 3 catches for 55 yards. His total of 90 combined yards isn't horrible. If he had gotten in on his goal-line carry the night would have looked much better for him.
- Joe Flacco regressed quite a bit tonight from his performance last week vs. Buffalo (as expected). He was lucky to escape with just 2 interceptions and completed just 58% of his passes. He is off the streaming radar with Denver up next followed by 3 weeks on the road to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Tennessee.
- John Brown has emerged as an every week WR3, and is trending towards a back-end WR2. He had 10 targets tonight, caught 4 of them for 92 yards and scored for the 2nd time in as many weeks.
- Michael Crabtree saw a lot of targets (10) and was able to convert that into 5 catches for 56 yards. He's a low-end WR3/Flex at this point.
- Buck Allen is best viewed as a handcuff to Alex Collins because he just will not get the workload necessary to be usable in your lineup unless Collins gets hurt. I would consider Buck Allen an RB4 on your team and only startable to cover byes or injuries. The goal-line work and receiving work is encouraging, but he's an inefficient runner (8 yards on 6 carries) and needs to get a lot more work in the passing game to be a worthwhile add or flex play. - Willie Snead is a WR5 at his current usage. He caught 5 balls for 55 yards on 8 targets, but 2 of those catches came on the last drive of the game where the defense was backed off of him.