2022 EYE IN THE SKY NFL SCOUTING REPORTS

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CINCINNATI BENGALS
1/6/2023

After the screw job the NFL administered to the Bengals, Cincinnati has plenty to play for this week.
Not that they didn't before but now the league has made certain the Bengals play to its fullest extent against the Ravens this week.
The division battle between the Ravens and Bengals is the second of the season. Baltimore won 19-17 earlier in the season.
Last year, though, the Bengals scored 41 points in both games.
Cincinnati is fully healthy this week, at least physically. The team may be mentally drained after going through the well-documented situation Monday night involving Buffalo S Damar Hamlin.
Bengals players were clearly affected, watching first hand as one of their opponents fought for his life.
But I'd say the Bengals will be good to go come Sunday. If this is a week in your fantasy playoffs, play your Bengals. Then get out of that league. It's not the way the game is meant to be played.
Joe Burrow has had his great games against the Ravens in the past so play him. He was razor sharp in limited game action against the Bills last week. I think he's determined.
Joe Mixon has struggled this season and when he said the Bills defense isn't the Ravens he was saying Baltimore is one of the toughest, if not the toughest, defense against the run. I'd be leery about playing Mixon but in a week when so many players have little incentive, Mixon is one that has plenty to prove. Samaje Perine is another decent play.
At the receiver position, Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are all must plays. Boyd was struck hardest by Hamlin's situation as the two are both Pitt Panther alumni.
Hayden Hurst looked sharp Monday night in his return and hopefully will continue this week.
Evan McPherson needs to ramp things up after a so-so regular season. He'll start this week.
Without Lamar Jackson the Ravens have been suspect on offense. JK Dobbins gives them some life but beyond that the Bengals should be a solid play. Individually play who you have but Logan Wilson, Germaine Pratt, Vonn Bell, Jesse Bates and maybe a sneaky play is DJ Reader.
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Mark Huber


HOUSTON TEXANS
1/6/2023

The Texans are a 2-point dog in Indy this weekend for good reasons. The offense fell apart last week at home against the Jags in a sickening game to watch. I do believe the Texans defense will stop the Colts because Colts management is playing for a loss. So are the Texans.Both teams are starving for a franchise QB. That said do not expect many points from the Texans nor Colts offense.
The Texans are playing a two-QB offense that has been somewhat effective at times. QB Davis Mills has been up and down this year.The offensive line has played better than last year but they have not given the Texas QBs much help. First round pick OG Kenyon Green is starting but has had a poor rookie year. The best Texans are out with injuries. The RB-corps is depleted of real talent. WR Brandin Cooks and TE Brevin Jordan are about the best they have at receiver.
There will be fluke scoring. It is a flip of the coin of who will have the most fluke scoring in this one.
I would not start any Texans in this game. I am not sure if there are any Colts that are fantasy worthy.
The Texans are looking forward to better times in 2023. They have good draft picks this year and will be in good shape cap-wise. For Houston fans this is the best time of the year anticipating the draft and hoping that Miracles can be real. Hope is a good thing. In Houston it is the only thing right now.
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David Trojanowsky


INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
1/6/2023

Hey there Colts’ fans! Here is my last preview of a Colts’ game for the 2022-23 season – a season that for a fan of the Colts (or a fantasy football owner of any Indianapolis players) could not end soon enough!

INJURIES: New injuries this week to a highly depleted roster include nominal starting QB Nick Foles and rookie TE Kylen Granson who have already been ruled out. This really doesn’t impact the fantasy performances of anyone as these were unrostered players even in the largest of leagues. The defense may also be without a few players as slot CB Kenny Moore was placed on injured reserve and star CB Stephon Gilmore is listed as questionable with a wrist injury that has kept him off the practice field all week. With nothing to gain by playing, Gilmore’s presence on the field Sunday will be due to the veteran’s prideful decision to play out the string, or a clear mandate by the Colts that they do not plan to bring him back.

QUARTERBACK: The carousel continues as QB Sam Ehlinger will step in under center to start in place of the injured QB Nick Foles. Ehlinger looked adequate last week in relief, but he was horrific in his prior two starts (although against admittedly far superior defenses. Playing at home should also help, but there is really no reason to get excited about the NFL or fantasy potential of Ehlinger this week (or maybe ever)

RUNNING BACK: This might be the one position this week that brings about some serious fantasy football potential. RB Zack Moss has been receiving nearly all the touches and snaps in the Indianapolis backfield since RB Jonathan Taylor was placed on IR, and he seems likely to continue to dominate the offensive touches in this last game. He has actually looked pretty solid and the games simply have gotten away from the Colts a bit in these last few weeks. This week’s opponent the Texans are also far and away the most generous to the fantasy running back, so this volume should also line up with some really solid fantasy numbers. Look for Moss to be a solid #2 with some significant #1 upside in a week that will be dominated by a lot of uncertainty for touches around the NFL.

WIDERECEIVER: Sam Ehlinger is throwing the ball. Need I say more? WR Michael Pittman is still the best bet in PPR formats to dominate target share and receptions, but that is kind of like saying that he is the tallest guy in Munchkinland. While true…it is not very significant. He did in fact catch the only TD pass of Sam Ehlinger’s career last weekend, but that sort of #3 receiver potential is about as excited as I can get for any pass catcher in this offense. WR Parris Campbell has been the clear #2 target for any of the quarterbacks that have rotated through in the last three weeks, but he is still a distant second to Pittman and unworthy of a start.

TIGHT END: I might say that Granson could get extra work as he was a high school teammate of Ehlinger….but he is out this week. TE Jelani Woods has been getting more and more snaps and touches each week and will likely dominate opportunity amongst the tight ends this week – the question is will he be able to produce anything of value? He is the best crack at a receiving score in my opinion, but his usage and the overall offensive and aerial futility render him unstartable aside from only the largest of leagues and in the most desperate of situations.

KICKER: Maybe the only other player worth fantasy consideration is PK Chase McLaughlin. A solid kicker in a great situation – and as often is the best predictor of fantasy success in December and January….playing indoors. Houston is generous to the kicker, the Colts can’t score TDs – this looks like a match made in heaven, making McLaughlin at worst a low end #1 in his last chance to convince the team to keep him from hitting unrestricted free agency in 2023.

DEFENSE: The Texans have looked better recently, both in their offensive output as well as their ability to stay in games and protect the ball. This does not bode well for a high fantasy output for the Colts defense…especially by a unit that has been worn down all season and in recent weeks has really shown the fatigue from the beating it has taken due to the team’s offensive woes. The secondary is still very beaten up, but thankfully there are few playmakers to make it a struggle. Even with the weak opponent, I can’t see a real good reason to feel positive about the fantasy production, although the Colts do have a long history of scoring defensive TDs at home against the Texans. LB Zaire Franklin continues to be an IDP stud and a preseason draft value as he sits at #4 in the NFL in tackles and is 5 tackles away from the team record despite starting the season as star LB Shaq Leonard’s backup. The injuries in the secondary might make rookie CB Dallis Flowers an intriguing IDP waiver wire add as he will see a lot of snaps and likely will get targeted a bunch – plus he is a prime kick returner and could give you a bonus score there.

OVERALL: What’s to like about this game. You have a team that has seemingly given up the ghost playing a bad team that has pushed some of the NFL’s best to the limit over the last month. Neither the Colts nor the Texans have anything to play for aside from pride. Will Houston try harder to rid themselves of the bad taste in their mouths from the annual beatdown they always get in Indy? Or will the Colts muster up a little gumption knowing that they always win this game, and that the tie in the season opener put them on a downward spiral from which they never recovered? I’ll take the Colts at home in an uninspiring and uneventful game to close the season with a 20-16 home win, sending the fans home as happy as they have been in this season and screwing up the Colts’ draft position in 2023. But I don’t feel great about it.

That is all for this week – and this season – from the Crossroads of America. While the season did not offer us a lot of highlights or hopeful possibilities from a fantasy perspective, I hope some of the information I was able to provide you served you well in your quest for a fantasy football title. And on those cases when my predictions were maybe a bit “less accurate” than I might have hoped, I trust that at least I informed you or entertained you just a little bit. Thanks for checking out my corner of the web, and thanks for making FFMastermind.com your home for fantasy insights. Have a happy new year, and good luck this week!

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Chris Rito


DENVER BRONCOS
1/3/2023

Denver 24 KC 27

The imploding Broncos were 13 point underdogs against the second seeded AFC playoff team Kansas City Chiefs at friendly Arrowhead Stadium. But, In their 27-24 loss, the offense played thoughtfully, controlled the tempo and the Special Teams played their best game in recent memory. This loss came because of things beyond their control. And, the Chiefs, were lucky to get the win. The Broncos don’t have a margin for error, but they did not beat themselves.

TOP PERFORMERS
QB Russell Wilson: 26/38-222-1-1/4-27-2; RB Latavius Murray: 12-56-0/4-16-0: RB Chase Edmonds: 7-34-0/ 3/3-39-0; TE Albert Okwuegbunam 3/6-45-1; WR Courtland Sutton 4/6-45-0; WR Jerry Jeudy 7/8-38-0; TE Eric Saubert 3/3-30-0; FB Andrew Beck 2/2-10-0; S Justin Simmons one interception; K Brandon McManus 3/3 PAT /1/1FG (49 yards).

LA Chargers @ Denver 3.5/40.5

Interim HC Jerry Rosburg was in control, confident, and displayed crisp, clear decision making and leadership, with no procedural issues. This game is the Broncos’ last chance to get an AFC West win in the season. They are three and a half point underdogs to the up and down Chargers at Mile High. The Charger’s offensive trio of QB Justin Herbert, RB Austin Ekeler and WR Brandon Allen are arguably the best trio in the NFL, when healthy (and supported by WR Mike Williams and TE Gerald Everett). LA Chargers 18 Denver Broncos 21

Transactions

Promoted CB Lamar Jackson and rush LB Jonathan Kongbo from the practice squad.

Orangeman’s Take

Greg Penner will chose the next head coach who will report to him, not to Paton. Penner says that is “a more typical structure in the NFL.” IMO, it is a recipe for a power struggle, if Paton remains the GM. Penner will be aggressive and do whatever it takes to get “his” Head Coach. While he knows the X’s and O’s are important, he wants a strong leader that’s focused on winning, through culture, accountability, disciple and offensive identity. That sounds good, but doesn’t address the fact that offense and defense are equally important. Special Teams often do not get enough, but they account for about 20% of the game in terms of winning and losing. Hopefully. Penner’s football philosophy includes all three phase of the game and emphasize getting every ounce of advantage from playing at altitude.

Fantasy outlook

Quarterbacks points
Russell Wilson 15-16

Running Backs
Latavius Murray 12-13
Chase Edmonds 5-9
Tyler Badie 2-3
Andrew Beck 1-2

Wide Receivers
Courtland Sutton 9-10
Jerry Jeudy 11-12
Freddy Swain 1-2
Kendall Hinton 5-6

Tight Ends
Albert Okwuegbunam 5-6
Eric Saubert 2-3

Kicker
Brandon McManus 6-7

D/ST 5-6

Good luck this week!

End.

Charles Rives


KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
1/6/2023

A week ago I closed this report with, “Patrick Mahomes has 10 starts at QB against Denver and owns 10 wins. Nothing changes this week, make it 11-for-11. Chiefs handle the Broncos at home, 29-24 to go 13-3.”
Almost! Final was 27-24. Not bad.

Week 17 was quite an eventful one, with no nothing more eventful than the life-drama that unfolded on Monday Night Football. No need for me to rehash the incredible life-saving efforts of the Buffalo Bills on-field medical team and all involved in rescuing Bills’ DB Damar Hamlin; I’m sure you all have seen it, heard about it, read it and talked about it.

Blessings for Mr. Hamlin and his family as he recovers.

Those events had left the NFL in a state of limbo for several days but now things are looking up for Damar Hamlin, the league is moving forward fast and furious to conclude the week 17 contest between the Bills and Bengals, refocus on week 18 and finalize the playoff proceedings and structure. The Bills-Bengals game is officially deemed ‘no contest’ and the league will sort out how to seed the post-season following that decision. With the top-seed on the line between the Bills, Bengals and our Chiefs, a win by KC this week would lock-up top-seed, but the ‘unfairness’ cloud looms over Buffalo and Cincinnati having played 1-game less and unable to compete for that home-field advantage in a potential AFC title game vs the Chiefs. So, the NFL voted on a neutral site venue should the Chiefs end up first overall and square off with either the Bills or Bengals in that big AFC title tilt..

OK, we’ll take that.

With all this known, it is obvious Kansas City has legit reason to play all startersin week 18. As stated, the club is still in play for the #1 seed in the AFC. But there’s more, such as recording a 14-win season in team history and by taking down the Raiders in the finale KC will have swept the AFC West.

Last time Chiefs-Raiders traded hits was week 5. Chiefs got the win but it wasn’t a cake walk; 30-29. Raider RB Josh Jacobs rumbled for 193 YFS and a TD on 26 touches. WR Davante Adamsflew past Kansas City’s DBs for 124 yards and 2 TDs on just 3 receptions. Adams TD catches went for 58 and 48 yards. For the Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes fired in 4 TD strikes and gained 292 passing yards. WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling had the rare great game (for him), catching 6 of 8 targets for 90 yards. Mecole Hardman snared 4 passes for 73 yards but TE Travis Kelce could manage just 25 yards on his 7 hauls. Ah, Kelce was turned the RedZone ablaze though, securing all 4 of Mahomes’ TD throws. RB Jerick McKinnon wasn’t in his current scorching pass-catching RB mode yet but led the team in rushing with 53 yards on 8 carries.

The O-line was an issue in that one, however, notably at the tackle spots. Orlando Brown and Andrew Wylie were just awful. Brown, who has looked ploddingly slow afoot all season, consistently lost his angles and allowed pressure on Mahomes’ blind side. Wylie got abused by Mad Maxx, Maxx Crosby. Crosby finished with 2 sacks of Mahomes, numerous pressures and made 4 tackles to boot. KC needs better play off the edges and this week, with the Raiders eliminated, Crosby will be playing loose and free. Chandler Jones is now on IR, so let’s hope Orlando Brown can fare better here.

AS I said there’s much to play for this week. Some fantasy leagues have moved to week 18 as the title game due to the complications of the Bills-Bengals game being a ‘no contest’. So let’s play for something here.

Mahomes also has personal reasons to light it up in week 18. He currently leads the NFL in passing yards and TDs (5048-40). He needs 50 passing yards to set a personal best in a season. He won’t be doing the same for TD passes in a campaign though as his best is 50 (2018, 1st year as a starter). Mahomes is comfortably ahead of Tom Brady for the passing yards crown this year and owns a 6-TD pass lead over Cincy’s Joe Burrow for that honor in 2022. The KC QB owns an 8-1 record over the Raiders, and have lit up Oakland/Vegas for 30 or more points 8 of those 9 starts. This week is in Vegas which is just fine for passing Patrick as he has 15 TDs in 4 road trips to the Raiders. Last time in Sin City Mahomes torched the strip for 406 yards, 5 TDs in a 41-14 crush. Coach Andy Reid won’t be looking to outlast the Raiders in this one and will go for the knockout early. Mahomes’ array of weapons should be fully stocked as well, with Mecole Hardman expected to lace em up, Kadarius Toney looking more confident in the offense, RB Jerick McKinnon white-hot as a RedZone scoring machine and fellow back Isiah Pacheco crashing the opposition with speed and power. Yeah, Kelce has that 4-TD game as a reminder for the Raiders as well. Speaking of Kelce, he sets personal bests with 2 more catches (best is 105) and should he gain 117 yards Kelce would break his own mark for yards, at age 33. Amazing.

So, yeah, there’s lots to play for here. If you are now forced to play for lots as well in week 18, Mahomes, Kelce, McKinnon and Pacheco are all in-play for you. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, an incredible disappointment throughout the fantasy post-season, needs 102 yards to hit 1000 for the season. Not sure that happens. McKinnon hits 10 receiving scores if he bags 2 this week. That may very well happen as he has 7 scoring catches over the last 5 games.

IDP Looks: LB Nick Bolton!!!... 164 tackles, 9 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 INTs.
CB L’Jarius Sneed… 105 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 INTs! DE George Karlaftis… a sack 5 of the last 6 games. DL Chris Jones… 13 sacks (best is 15.5), 39 tackles (best is 40), 15 TFL (tops is 19). S Juan Thornhill… 29 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT over last 5 games and he plays 100% of the defensive snaps every week.

To the neutral site we go as the Chiefs dismantle the Raiders on the Vegas strip, 38-24. 14-4… NICE!.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!PEACE AND LOVE… PEACE AND LOVE!.

End.

John Cooney


LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

The report for this week has not yet been released.


NEW YORK GIANTS
1/6/2023

The Giants soundly defeated the Indianapolis Colts 38-10 last Sunday at MetLife Stadium to garner their first trip to the NFL playoffs since 2016. This might have been their best overall effort on both sides of the ball this season. With their victory, they have locked into the #6 seed, either playing the Vikings or the 49’rs. They have nothing to gain this Sunday playing the Eagles in Philadelphia. The Eagles are playing for the division title and the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs. There is much speculation as to what HC Brian Daboll will do with his starters. I believe several key starters will be rested completely and other may only play a few series. As a result, there isn’t much to see here in terms of usable fantasy options for 4 quarters.

The reviews/previews by area are below:
QB Daniel Jones played an outstanding game and put the team on his shoulders. He completed19 of 24passes for 177 yards, 2 TD’s, 0interceptions and a passer rating of 125.2. He was not sacked. He also ran for 91 yards and 2 TD’s.

The Giants face the #1 ranked passing defense allowing 181yards per game and a quarterback rating of 82.0. They have allowed 21 TD passes and accrued a whopping 68 sacks. Since I don’t believe Jones will play the entire game, he should stay on the fantasy bench. Better days will be ahead for this improving and dynamic signal caller.
RB Saquon Barkley is ready for the playoffs. He had 12 carries for 58 yards. He also added 2 catches for -5 yards.

Saquon is a RB1. But he will get limited work if it all. Big Blue faces the 18th ranked run defense allowing 121 yards a game and 14 TD’s. I would not recommend playing backup RB Matt Breida in this contest.
WR Darius Slayton collected 2 catches for 14 yards. WR Isiah Hodgins chipped in with 4 receptions for 42 yards and a TD. WR Richie James got in on the action with 7 grabs for 76 yards and a TD.

This group will be devalued with Jones playing little if at all. In addition, the matchup is very tough. As a result, they should remain on the fantasy bench.
TE Daniel Bellinger collected 3 grabs for 42 yards. He should remain on the fantasy bench with the quarterback situation in flux.

This defense has played well of late, but several key starters will either rest or see limited reps. As a result, keep them on the waiver wire.
PK Graham Gano is a top 8 kicker. He has been very good from long distance as well, but since the offense will not be fully utilizing their best players, he should be benched.

That’s all for now and good luck in Week 18, especially those of you in your fantasy championships!

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Tony de Armas


CHICAGO BEARS
1/5/2023

Before I start my report, I want to speak briefly on what happened to Buffalo’s Damar Hamlin. Along with many around the country, I watched in shock and horror as the events unfolded on Monday night, then listened to many ESPN personalities say that they’d never seen anything like this happen on a football field. Well, I have. On a different kind of football field on the other side of the world in June of 2021, Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed during a game against Finland in the UEFA European (soccer) Championship. As I watched what happened to Hamlin and the aftermath, it brought me right back to that summer day when I saw one of my favorite players receive CPR on the field and prayed that he would survive as I watched in horror on my TV.

The two situations are a bit different; Hamlin’s cardiac arrest appears to be impact-related, while Eriksen’s was quite random (the exact reason for it is still unknown). However, both incidents were equally jarring and reminded us of the importance of CPR and defibrillators and the fragility of life. Eriksen was one of the lucky ones. After being resuscitated on the field with a defibrillator, he was awake and alert enough to correct the cardiologist about his age. After having an ICD implanted in his chest, he was able to resume his playing career a mere eight months later. As for Hamlin, I’m ecstatic about the great news that came out this morning about his condition, but it looks like he has a more difficult road ahead, so let’s continue to pray and send good vibes his way. Stay strong, Damar. We’re all pulling for you.

Week 17 Recap/Analysis: Bears at Lions
There’s losing, and then there’s taking an “L”. A great big “L” in neon lights. Lions 41, Bears 10.

Quarterback QB Justin Fields completed seven of 21 passes for 75 yards and a TD and an INT and ran ten times for 132 yards. Even in a season where winning was never the biggest priority, I still expect to see effort. For the most part, despite a trying season, that effort has been there, and you have to give HC Matt Eberflus some credit for that. However, it all got to be a bit too much in this game, and it definitely seemed like players weren’t quite giving their all by the second half. Injuries certainly didn’t help; despite being as healthy as they’ve been in a while going into the game, the Bears quickly were down to their third-string right guard. The entire O-line was awful, leading Fields to be sacked seven times. Justin suffered a hip injury in the first half that clearly affected his mobility and effectiveness for the rest of the game. Considering the injury and the battering he was taking, he really should’ve been pulled sometime in the third quarter.

Runningback RB David Montgomery had six carries for 24 yards and caught two of his three targets for 12 yards, while RB Khalil Herbert had five carries for 31 yards.

Wide receiver WR Equanimeous St. Brown caught two of his three targets for 20 yards. WR N’Keal Harry caught his only target for 16 yards. WR Byron Pringle was targeted four times but came up empty. WR Dante Pettis was targeted once but came up empty. Ditto for WR Velus Jones Jr (who did have a 13-yard run). WR Chase Claypool was targeted once and had a sideline outburst, after which Fields had to calm him down. That trade is looking worse and worse by the day...

Tight end TE Cole Kmet hauled in two of his three targets for 27 yards and a TD. TE Ryan Griffin was targeted once.

Defense/Special teams
I’ve seen some bad Bears defenses in my day (1995, 2013, etc.), and this one certainly ranks up there with the worst of them.

Kicker PK Cairo Santos hit his lone field goal and extra point attempts.


Week 18: Vikings at Bears
The Bears will end this miserable season by hosting the Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon.

Quarterback
The Vikings have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points/game to quarterbacks. Fields (hip) has already been ruled out, effectively making this game unwatchable (though of course I will watch it anyway). Even if you only considered Fields’ injury and the fact that the starting and backup right guards were placed on IR this week, this would obviously be the right decision. Of course, there is also the draft pick aspect of the situation. The Bears have a very real shot at the #1 pick (if the Texans beat the hapless Colts and the Bears lose). A Bears loss would at least guarantee themselves the second pick, while a win potentially could drop them to third or fourth. QB Nathan Peterman will start. No, you should not play him.

Runningback
The Vikes have allowed the 13th-most fantasy points/game to tailbacks. In what may be his final game for the team, I suspect Montgomery will get most of the carries, though this offense has been anything but predictable this season. Montgomery is an average play, Herbert a bit below average.

Wide receiver
Minnesota has allowed the second-most fantasy points/game to wideouts. I obviously wouldn’t recommend any Bears wideouts for a start, but St. Brown, Pringle, or Pettis would be your best bets if you had to play one.

Tight end
The Vikes are middling (16th) against tight ends. Kmet is an average play.

Defense/Special teams
Nope.

Kicker
The Vikes are allowing the most fantasy points/game to kickers, but how often will the Peterman-led Bears actually get into field goal range? I’d look for a more consistent option.

Good luck this final week!

End.

Richard Fung


DETROIT LIONS
1/4/2023

Lions at Packers

QB: It was another efficient game for QB Jared Goff as he went 21-29 for 255 and 3 TDs, and no turnovers. He hasn’t thrown an interception since week 9 against the Packers. Well, now it’s time for the rematch with the Pack but this time it will be in Green Bay, with high playoff stakes. Even if the Lions don’t get the help they need from the Rams and they take the field for Sunday Night Football knowing they have been eliminated, they would still love to knock Green Bay out and get this young team some experience playing meaningful games in January. So if you are building a lineup this week, you can count on Goff to play the whole game no matter what. But since he hasn’t been as good on the road this year, the Packers defense has really stepped up their play, and it was flexed to Sunday night where the temperatures will be below freezing, I wouldn’t project him to have huge numbers this week. Oddly enough, the 41-10 win over the Bears was the lowest scoring game at Ford Field this year other than the 15-9 grinder over Green Bay in week 9. Goff only threw for 137 yards in that one. Could we see another low scoring affair this week? The Packers pass defense is only allowing 195 yards per game on the year.

RB: The Bears had all the looks of a team that was mailing it in and the Lions took advantage by piling up 500 yards of offense along with 41 points, and with the game in hand they were able to run the ball quite a bit in the second half. RB Jamaal Williams racked up 22 carries for 144 yards with a TD, his 15th of the season. RB D’Andre Swift added 11-78 on the ground and 4-39 receiving, with a rushing and receiving TD. RB Justin Jackson (hip) was inactive so RB Craig Reynolds got some snaps but no touches. Williams is only 6 yards away from a 1000 yard season, so he is obviously a safe bet to reach that milestone this Sunday against his former team. In week 9 Williams only managed 81 yards on 24 carries. The numbers say you can run on the Packers, but the Lions run game had struggled for a few weeks until facing the Bears. Hopefully they are back on track with their ground game. The Lions have gone over 2000 rushing yards as a team, and they did it without a running quarterback.

WR/TE: Goff’s 21 completions were spread out to 10 different players, so nobody really put up huge numbers. After TE Shane Zylstra scored 3 TDs against Carolina, it was TE Brock Wright checking in with a multiple TD day as he scored twice against the Bears. That makes 12 total TDs from the tight end position this year. Keep that in mind if the Lions add a true number 1 tight end next year instead of the three man rotation they are currently using. WR Amon-Ra St. Brown was under his projection with only 62 yards on 4 catches. He reached the 100 reception mark on the season, something he should keep doing in the future. WR Jameson Williams was not one of the 10 different players to have a catch but he did gain 40 yards on an end around. So now he has two touches in five games. Don’t worry, he will be a big part of the plans in 2023. This was always going to be a redshirt year essentially.

K/DST: Early on it looked like Justin Fields could set a new record for rushing yards in a game by a quarterback. But then it seemed like he got a little banged up, which limited his mobility a bit, and the Lions came after him hard. They ended up with 7 sacks on the day, and Fields only completed 7 passes. I wouldn’t recommend using the Lions defense this week despite how well they played against Green Bay in week 9 when they held the Packers running game in check and also picked off Aaron Rodgers three times. PK Michael Badgley had a nice 11 point day on Sunday as he has been pretty solid for the Lions.

I hope everyone enjoyed their fantasy season.

End.

James Hintz


GREEN BAY PACKERS

The report for this week has not yet been released.


ARIZONA CARDINALS

The report for this week has not yet been released.


SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
1/3/2023

Hey! The defense finally returned from the bye. Seattle looked like they did on that four game stretch that seems so long ago now. And the Jets, yech. Makes me glad I am a Seattle fan every time I watch them play.

QB:
I did not think of this as a revenge game for QB Geno Smith because he is treating every game the same. So I was stunned at what he was able to do with WR DK Metcalf locked down and WR Tyler Lockett injured. 183 yards and 2 TDs is not great, but more than enough against the Jets. Next up is a must win game against the wounded to the point of inept Rams. Lockett may not play, but DK will be on fire. I would start Geno all day.

RB: RB Ken Walker's 133 yards were great and the Rams seem to have lost their ability to defend the run too, other than LB Bobby Wagner of course. Walker should also be started. With receivers locked up last week RB DeeJay Dallas became the leading receiver with 55 yards along with 43 on the ground. He is hit and miss so I would not recommend him this week.

WR:
Metcalf had 3 yards all day against the Jets including dropping a pass he should have caught. That makes him a must start against the Rams. He is going to be highly motivated by that bad performance and by wanting the best for Geno. Lockett is unknown at this point. Watch the wire and start him with caution.

TE:
Hello TE Colby Parkinson! Colby showed up with 5 catches for 36 yards and a TD. This guy is big and young and could be a game changer if he keeps this going. Starting him or TE Noah Fant is a risk, but may pay off.

K:
Now that everyone else is playing well, PK Jason Myers missed a field goal that at the time felt significant. All turned out well and his stats were fine for fantasy; 3 field goals and 2 extra points. Against the Rams he may only have extra point attempts, so start with caution.

D:
The D was hitting on all cylinders against the Jets. Did the Jets just choke after falling behind fast? No, I think the 'Hawks showed up ready to brawl and caught the Jets sleeping. The Rams look horrid and I doubt that will change in a week. Start this D if you got em.

I really thought the Jets had some fight left and was wrong, but the Rams do not.

Prediction:
'Hawks: 31
Rams: 13

Go 'Hawks!

End.

Rick Watts


LOS ANGELES RAMS
1/6/2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Rams were the “road” team at SoFi and get blitzed by the Chargers 31-10 to fall to 5-11 on the season. Los Angeles ends the 2022 season in Seattle and has a chance to keep their division rival out of the playoffs. It has been a long and trying season for the Rams and HC Sean McVay so hopefully they can end it on a high note. Let’s take a look at how the players did against the Chargers and how they might do against the Seahawks.

QB: QB Baker Mayfield (11-19-132) was sacked three times and failed to generate momentum for the offense. The Seahawks allow 217 passing yards per game while giving up 23 passing touchdowns in sixteen games. Seattle has collected 13 interceptions and 40 sacks. Seattle has improved on defense and the weather could be a factor so Baker is not expected to put up big numbers in his finale of the season. 200 passing yards and a touchdown (maybe two) would be a pleasant surprise.

RB: RB Cam Akers (19-123 rushing and 1-10 receiving) had another solid game and has put together two consecutive one hundred yard rushing games. As good as Cam was rushing, his most impressive play of the game was an awesome pass block he laid on a Charger defender. Rookie RB Kyren Williams (2-6 rushing) barely saw the field and veteran RB Malcom Brown (1-23 for a touchdown) made the most of his single carry. Seattle’s rush defense allows 150.5 yards per game at 4.8 yards a carry and they have surrendered 20 rushing touchdowns in sixteen games. Cam Akers has been the Ram’s best offensive player the last two games and I think he finishes the season with another 100+ yard rushing game and at least one touchdown.

WR: WR Van Jefferson (3-77) led the team in catches and yards. WR Tutu Atwell (2-10) did not do much in this game. This depleted unit limits Mayfield’s production but hopefully Van and Tutu can get deep against the Seahawks. I cannot recommend any Ram receiver but Jefferson has the most upside.

TE: TE Tyler Higbee (3-11) had minimum protection after his big game last week and was out gained by TE Bryce Hopkins (1-21). Higbee was dealing with an elbow issue last week and I do not know if he will be 100% on Sunday. Tyler has been productive with Baker at quarterback and the limited receiving group so TE2 numbers are not far fetched.

K: PK Matt Gay (1-1 field goals (23) and 1-1 extra points) had a disappointing day as the offense struggled most of the game. It was unfortunate for Matt’s Fantasy Owners depending on him during Fantasy Super Bowl week. Matt will be limited by the offensive woes but he could also hit from 50+. If you rode him this long might as well go all the way with him!

DEF: This unit was dominated by the Charges as the defense failed to record a sack or turnover. SS Taylor Rapp (8 solos and 1 assist) led the team in tackles while LB Bobby Wagner (5 solos and 2 assists) and LB Ernest Jones (5 solos and 4 assists) were productive. Rookie CB Cobie Durant (6 solos and 1 assist) is finishing the season strong after his two interception (one for a pick six) game last week. Seattle averages 254.3 passing yards a game with 29 passing touchdowns. The Seahawks have thrown only 10 interceptions and have allowed 43 sacks in sixteen games. Seattle averages 115.3 rushing yards per game with 12 touchdowns. Geno Smith was considered a long shot to start for the Seahawks but has had a Pro Bowl season. Bobby Wagner had a great game the first time against his former team and I think he will be even more pumped being back in Seattle. Look for him to have another monster game with Jones also being productive. My bold prediction is that Durant gets his fourth interception of his Rookie season.

The long frustrating season comes to an end but this team has not quit and I think they upset the Seahawks. As trying as this season has been, there have been some encouraging signs for a better season in 2023. Injuries to veterans have given young players the opportunity to develop and I am encouraged to see this team healthy and hungry in 2023. Congratulations to all of the Fantasy Champions and prayers for everyone for a safe and enjoyable 2023. My resolution/goal for this year is to help more people and I invite all of you to do the same. If we all cared for others more than ourselves, I guarantee you this world would be a better place. Love and blessings to my family. Miss you Pops & Scratch! Aloha!

End.

Layton Pang


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