Justin Fields has to play well enough to show growth, but not good enough to save Nagy's job.
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Your boy went up against a team with James Conner, Jonathan Taylor, Lamar Jackson, and Olamide Zaccheaus this week. C’mon, man. Who starts Olamide Zaccheaus?
Analysis & Hype:
Highest PFF TE receiving grades from Week 9 :
1. Cole Kmet - 89.9%
2. Pat Freiermuth - 84.1%
3. George Kittle - 82.5 %
Cole Kmet in week 9:
- 8 targets (4th)
- 6 receptions (2nd)
- 87 total yards (3rd)
- 90.7 PFF grade (2nd)
Cole Kmet doesn’t intend to slow down. (video)
Most receiving yards by a TE this season:
Travis Kelce - 628
Mark Andrews - 560
Kyle Pitts - 546
Mike Gesicki - 529
Darren Waller - 470
TJ Hockenson - 448
Dalton Schultz - 424
Dallas Goedert - 401
Tyler Conklin - 342
David Njoku - 341
Pat Freiermuth has a 80.6 PFF Grade (5th) through 9 weeks, which is the highest since Jordan Reed in 2013.
“Pat Freiermuth had 15 TDs in his first 25 games at Penn State. He has 4 TDs on his first 171 NFL routes run. Natural born scorer.”
“No player has scored more TD this season than James Conner, who has 11. He's been exceptional for the Cardinals.”
James Conner inside the 5-yard line: 8 carries - 7 TDs
Highest graded rookie WRs in Week 9
1). DeVonta Smith: 92.6
2). Elijah Moore: 76.4
3). Jaylen Waddle: 74.4
Two great clips highlighting/breaking down DeVonta Smith’s incredible route running and footwork.
Broncos WR targets per route run this season:
* Jerry Jeudy 19 targets on 76 routes (25.0%)
* Courtland Sutton 64 targets on 323 routes (19.8%)
* Tim Patrick 47 targets on 313 routes (15.0%)
“First down targets are worth roughly 15-20% more Fantasy points than targets that come on downs 2-4.
2021 target per route run leaders on first downs:"
40% — Deebo Samuel
39% — AJ Brown
35% — Davante Adams
32% — Kyle Pitts
31% — Alvin Kamara, Tyreek Hill
28% — CeeDee Lamb”
A.J. Brown target shares in his 5 games since returning from injury in Week 5:
42% <- Nearly a career high (43%)
Week 9 air yards leaders:
1. Ceedee Lamb: 212 air yards
2. Tyreek Hill: 199
3. Ja'Marr Chase: 172
4. Davante Adams: 162
5. Zach Pascal: 142
6. Tee Higgins: 129
7. Brandin Cooks: 121
8. George Kittle: 116
9. Rashod Bateman: 111
10. Mark Andrews: 110
Rashod Bateman coming off the bye week:
- season-high 66% snaps
- season-high 82% routes
- season-high 8 targets
Hollywood Brown’s stats in his last 16 games: 83/1,214/12
Diontae Johnson's stats in his last 16 games: 179 targets for 114/1281/7 (plus another 30 rushing yards).
With 172 yards and 2 touchdowns last week, Jonathan Taylor becomes the first player with 100+ scrimmage yards and a rushing TD in 6 straight games since LaDanian Tomlinson in 2006.
Javonte Williams remains 1st in missed tackles forced with 35, which is more than 19 teams in teams have.
Najee Harris among #NFL rookies:
- 398 yards after contact (1st)
- 30 rushes for a first down (1st)
“Justin Fields had more high-level throws on MNF than any rookie has had in a single game this year.” (video)
Justin Fields was PFF’s highest-graded QB in Week 9
"Lamar Jackson had 41 pass attempts and 21 carries against the Vikings [2nd time he's done that in his career]. No quarterback in history has ever had a game of 40+ passes and 20+ rushes… other than Lamar. He’s the only one."
Highest passing grade from a clean pocket this season per PFF: Lamar Jackson - 89.4
Justin Herbert has not thrown an INT on a pass 20+ yards downfield since Week 8 of last season.
Brandon Aiyuk now leads the 49ers in routes run and has 15 targets over the last two weeks.
“Elijah Mitchell continued to see the majority of the 49ers' running back rushes (88.9%) today. That was a season high, but he's been in the 85% range. He hit a season high 12.8% target share. That's huge. Something to watch.”
This charts QBs big-time throws against their turnover-worthy throws.
Thread on /r/DynastyFF: “Dynasty 2021 Rookie Stock Watch - Week Nine Update!”
Potential Trade Targets:
Jamal Agnew thread on /r/fantasyfootball: “A player who is less than 6% owned on ESPN had a deceptively good game today, and is worth putting on your radar if you haven’t already”
Matt Ryan has the highest PFF grade among all QBs since Week 3 with 89.8.
This chart will make Miles Sanders managers want to break their phone. But it miiiight also be a positive for when he returns.
“Kyle Pitts has run 69 routes lined up against CBs graded 69.0+ in coverage by PFF
That's exactly as many as Deebo Samuel and Marquise Brown. And more than Chris Godwin, OBJ, Tyler Lockett, Travis Kelce, and Darren Waller. Brutal CB-schedule for any rookie, let alone a rookie TE” nice trade target.
This one is more for Dynasty: “In TE Brevin Jordan's first game he had 3 catches for 43 yards and 1 TD while playing just 15 snaps. His success for the #Texans was similar to his success in college - finding space behind LBs and in front of safeties for two of his catches and a screen for his other. More pls.”
“Mike Williams has finished WR73, 79 and 46 over the past three contests. He has practiced fully and he is on the field often.
Herbert = ascending QB & Chargers are pass-happy:
Trailing +7% pass vs NFL
Neutral 1st downs +13%
Inside five +19%
6 games without Jerry Jeudy: 16.9 fantasy points per game
3 games with Jerry Jeudy: 12.3 TOTAL fantasy points
“If the Giants’ usage of wide receivers over the past few weeks is any indication, Kadarius Toney will be fourth in line behind Sterling Shepard, Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton when New York returns from its Week 10 bye.”
“Zac Taylor noted how the Jets were “hell-bent” at taking away Ja’Marr Chase deep. The Browns were too. 22 targets for 81 yards last 2 weeks.” Now before I get a ton of angry notes, this is not suggesting Ja’Marr Chase isn’t going to be great. It just throws a bit of cold water on the possibility that he could score 30 points a game from here on out with some teams selling out to prevent the deep ball.
Jamal Agnew out-targeting Laviska Shenault 30-21 over the last four games. (Cold water for Shenault, hype for Agnew)
Mecole Hardman has run 314 routes this season. Seen 53 targets from Patrick Mahomes. It's resulted in one TD and zero games over 76 receiving yards.
“Rondale Moore's average depth of target is a mind-numbingly low 1.2 yards. That's dead last among all qualifying WRs -- Cole Beasley is second to last at 5.9 yards. At that aDOT, he'll need incredible volume to be consistently productive.” — This could potentially be seen as a trade target in dynasty if you feel his depth of target will increase next year.
In Weeks 1-7, Elijah Moore had a 54% Catchable Target %
The last two weeks, 75% Catchable Target % — This is cold water for Zach Wilson.
“Sam Darnold has thrown 160 passes over the past five games. 373 QB have thrown at least 160 passes in a season over the past decade. His stretch would rank: 372nd in Y/A 371st in TD% 370th in INT% It almost literally cannot get worse.”
The Fun Stuff:
Boston Scott on Twitter: “Nothing like going home after a tough loss and playing rocket league only to be bodied by a 12 year old who’s user name is sook_medik”
NFL broadcasts telling player stories. (video)
Sean Payton selling OBJ on Siemien. (video)
“Mike Gesicki signed a deal with the devil for this athletic ability and elite hand-eye coordination. In exchange, he is *only* allowed to make spectacular catches. No routine, accurate pass will ever be thrown his way.” — Here are a couple of those unbelievable catches from week 9.
Brandon Aiyuk Before the solar flare and after the solar flare.
Someone check Rashod Bateman’s gloves.
Sam Darnold can’t even complete a fracture. But seriously, get well soon, Sam.
Actual view from Jordan Love’s mom’s seats. It’s also “a picture about a lack of public transportation infrastructure.”
Justin Jefferson is a National treasure.
Nick Chubb can scoot.
David Montgomery looks healthy.
Javonte Williams got that dad strength.
*Kyler and Hop are out* James Conner:
Adrian Peterson after scoring a touchdown.
One of the funnier plays this season.
This kid bodying everyone on the football field.
How sensitive the NFL refs are when it comes to taunting.
When Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds trot out as WR1 and WR2 for the Lions next week:
The difference between Nick Chubb and OBJ.
A trip down memory lane with this Monday Night Football clip.
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