Justin Fields, Tristan Vizciano Lead First-Half Losers
NFL Week 9 - We have now reached the halfway point of the 2021 season, which means it's time to
run some easy articles reflect on the year to date, hand out some awards for the biggest losers over the first half of the year, and try to figure out who has the momentum for the coveted Least Valuable Player award at the end of the season.
It's not just a matter of figuring out which players have the lowest average scores and calling it a day—though, yes, if you have the lowest average score, you're probably at least getting mentioned on this list. It's a balancing act between availability and putridity—how do you compare an injury replacement who stunk up the league for a month but racked up penalties sitting on the pine to someone who has been plugging away tirelessly, building that terrible reputation one week at a time? Do you honor some of the human variance machines: the guys who can go from double-digit scores one week to goose eggs the week after? Or do you give credit to the guys diligently racking up four- and five-point days, never taking the crown but always present in the court? There are a lot of different ways to stink, and it's important to take all facets into consideration when crowning someone the king of all losers.
We're picking a full lineup of the worst players—two quarterbacks, three running backs, three wide receivers, and two kickers—as well as giving appropriate hat-tips to the honorable mentions. Let's dive in.
Five quarterbacks had single games where they scored two or fewer points. One was Aaron Rodgers in the season-opening disaster against the Saints; he has otherwise averaged 22.8 points per week and was not a serious contender, though he's closer to the middle of the pack than you might expect from his reputation. Another was Sam Darnold, who just managed a two-point day against the Patriots this week and will be discussed more in-depth when we get to the Losers of the Week. Over the past five weeks, Darnold has averaged just 7.6 points per game, far and away the worst in the league. As long as he can cling to his starting spot over P.J. Walker, he has a real shot to take home the quarterback crown by the time the season is over. But his super-hot September, where he averaged 26 loser points per game, has to take him out of the running for the midseason crown.
There are, in the end, only three real contenders. Davis Mills has the worst game of the season, his -4-point day in the 40-0 blowout against Buffalo. He also has the lowest score if you look at every quarterback's worst two or three games as Mills put up a combined eight points against Buffalo, Indianapolis, and Arizona—four points clear of any other passer's bottom three days. His 3.8% interception rate is third-worst in the league, as his 9.7 yards per completion, as even when Mills is making connections, he's not exactly threatening to do much with them. But at the end of the day, three terrible games is just a third of the season. A shockingly great game against the Patriots and some garbage-time production against the Rams and Panthers harm his score even if you only look at the weeks he was active, much less including the weeks he earned the penalty with Tyrod Taylor starting. In a weaker year, Mills may have earned a first-half nod.
But no, this has been a banner year for terrible play at the quarterback position, with highly drafted rookies having more than their fair share of struggles. Zach Wilson has thrown an interception on 5.0% of his passes this season. If that holds up and he qualifies for the regular-season leaderboards, that will be the worst rate since the 2015 Ghost of Peyton Manning. In fact, he would be just the 10th passer since the 2002 realignment to throw an interception every 20 passing attempts, joining Manning, 2011 John Skelton, 2010 Brett Favre, 2009 Jake Delhomme, 2009 Josh Freeman, 2009 Mark Sanchez, 2009 Matthew Stafford, 2008 Gus Frerotte, and 2007 Sage Rosenfels. That's not exactly a murderer's row of comps, though the Stafford rookie season at least is some past precedent for high interception totals not immediately ending a career. If you just count the days Wilson was active, he's averaging 10.4 Loser League points per week, which is the second-worst for any player who has started more than one game this season. That's enough to earn him my silver medal.
But it's Justin Fields who has to be the top pick here. Fields turns the ball over a lot—a 4.3% interception rate is second behind Wilson. But where Wilson occasionally mixes in some highlight-level passing with his failures, it feels like Fields hasn't had the same chances to show off what makes him special. His 13.4% sack rate isn't just the worst in the league; it's the worst since 2006 Andrew Walter. His 2.1% touchdown rate isn't just the worst in the league; it's the worst since 2017 C.J. Beathard. And, for much of his first month in the league, Fields was given no chance to use his athleticism to boost his performance, either in fantasy or on the field. Matt Nagy called just eight designed QB runs in Fields' first five starts, and had the sixth-fewest play action calls. Don't get me wrong, Fields takes plenty of the blame for the sacks and interceptions, and both his 79.5% catchable rate and his 66.9% on-target rate entering Monday night were the worst in the league among qualified quarterbacks per SIS charting. But it does also feel that a significant chunk of his potential fantasy value was being handcuffed by his coaching situation. Over his last two weeks, Fields has really started to produce from a fantasy point of view—24 and 20 loser league points in the past two games isn't enough to override a month and a half of low results, but it has him trending sharply forwards as he continues to get used to the league and the coaching staff begins to let his leash out just the tiniest of bits. It may well be enough to keep him off of the list of worst players by the end of the year if he can continue to trend positively. But at least for now, he retains the title of the biggest loser quarterback through nine weeks.
There's a four-way tie for worst days among running backs at one point each; no one has hit a zero-point day yet, surprisingly. Two of them aren't serious contenders for any season-long awards. Both Nyheim Hines' one-point day against the 49ers and D'Ernest Johnson's one-point day against the Bengals were outliers for players who take the penalty more often than not, and are not particularly predictive going forwards. We'll get to Mike Davis and Chubba Hubbard soon enough. We also have to give a shoutout to Rhamondre Stevenson, who is the only running back to have two two-point days, as his Week 1 fumble seemed to put him firmly in the doghouse for a month and a half. He has since at least moderately regained the confidence of the Patriots' coaching staff and had his biggest day of the year against the Panthers, so he's not a real contender for any awards, but he was worth mentioning.
Speaking of running backs who have spent some time in New England, Sony Michel just found himself knocked out of one of the three actual spots this week. Coming in, Michel was averaging just 9.1 points per game, one of five running backs in single digits over the first half of the season. He has five single-digit days, tied for third-most in the league. That made him a very strong contender, but he fell victim to a Loser League tragedy. He had just seven carries against the Titans, meaning he hit the penalty—but he also had a pair of receptions, including a touchdown. The combination of the score and the penalty gave him 23 points this week. If the penalty was eight touches instead of eight carries, Michel may well have earned one of the three slots, but that's not the word we live in. Sorry, Michel, ma belle, sont les stats qui vont très mal ensemble, très mal ensemble.
Javonte Williams also played himself off the team, but in the more traditional "did too many good things" as opposed to penalty shenanigans. He came in averaging a very strong 6.3 points in games where he didn't pick up a penalty but threw it all away in the name of "winning football games." I don't know what he was thinking with a 111-yard rushing day, the first triple-digit rushing day of his career. That's not the sort of thing we endorse here at the Loser League, and so he's off the team.
Chubba Hubbard gets a nod here, in a spot he'll be almost sure to give up for the season-long awards now that Christian McCaffrey is back. In the five games McCaffrey missed, Hubbard averaged 9.4 points, thanks in large part to a 3.7-yard per carry average and very little production to write home about as a receiver. Hubbard has another of those one-point days, spelling McCaffrey against the Saints in Week 2, and his 18 points in his worst four games (NO, HOU, DAL, and ATL) are the worst four games for any running back this season; he has been the ideal injury fill-in failure as the Panthers season has nose-dived. More likely to continue playing poorly in the future? Antonio Gibson, who has had two-, five-, and five-point days in his last three games. He has been fighting a hairline fracture in his shin and is splitting carries with both J.D. McKissic and Jaret Patterson in what was already a cratering offense. It's possible Gibson gets better as he gets a little healthier, but this fantasy sleeper has stayed firmly asleep.
But while Hubbard and Gibson were fighting for spots on the team, Mike Davis was a shoo-in. Davis was your low scorer this week with a one-point day against the Saints (more on that later), but he has been fantastic for terrible performances all year long. Davis is averaging a league-worst 3.2 yards per carry as he's slamming into the interior of the line and falling back down more often than not. And yet, even with the emergence of Cordarrelle Patterson as an offensive threat, Davis is still getting enough work to avoid the penalty in most weeks—he had one penalty in the bye week, and one against the Dolphins in the one week when Patterson had been revealed as a Thing and Calvin Ridley was still in the lineup. Even with the bye week, Davis has earned 73 loser league points this year; 8.1 per game—Gibson and Hubbard are at 9.8 and 9.9, and everyone else is over 10. As long as the Falcons are desperate enough for playmakers to keep giving Davis totes, he is going to be the closest thing the Loser League has to a lock for single-digit days.
The Goose Egg Brigade is 32 members strong—32 receivers with 0-point days to brag about, too many to list here. A significant chunk of them are players who had three targets as a high-water mark before falling back into obscurity—your Braxton Berrioses, your Marcus Johnsons, your Tavon Austins. These are not the kinds of players we're looking for honors here. Even a Preston Williams isn't quite right—he is one of the very few players with a pair of Goose Eggs, but six penalties in his other seven games keeps him out of serious consideration.
If you slice the season up, you can find a number of players who made serious runs at honors here. Bryan Edwards has a pair of Goose Eggs of his own, though only four days below five points makes him a bit of a boom-or-bust starter. Rondale Moore has been on a terrible run in Arizona with just 17 points over the last six weeks; that makes him a strong candidate for a full-season long award, but a couple of strong games in September push him out of contention here. A penalty or two each knocks Robby Anderson and Kendrick Bourne out of contention, while one high-scoring day does the same for Van Jefferson and DeVonta Smith; they have all been very solid regular picks, but don't quite have the consistency of our top three.
Both Darnell Mooney and Jakobi Meyers make strong cases for inclusion. Each has a Goose Egg to their name. Mooney has seven days with single-digit points, placing him right up among the league leaders. But Meyers has been something else—nine games played, zero penalties, zero double-digit days. It has been exceptional consistency, and his 4.6 points per game would rank third among receivers … if you don't correct for the fact that the Patriots haven't had their bye week yet while other teams have. As it is, Meyers is one of four players to have 10 or fewer points in every game their team has played; he just ends up just missing out on the bottom three because a pair of those games have been nine-point affairs. Close, but no cigar.
Allen Robinson has, historically, been considered one of the most talented receivers in the league, hamstrung by poor quarterback play. He's certainly still being hamstrung, but he's also not getting the kind of separation that we're used to seeing from him, nor is he doing anything particularly interesting after the catch. As the Bears' WR1, he's still their most targeted receiver, but that has been fantastic for loser league purposes. His best day, so far, was his 24-yard performance against Cincinnati, where one of his two receptions happened to be a touchdown. That's eight points. Every other receiver in football has at least one day where they have scored higher than that, either by merit or by penalty. Robinson averages just 4.0 loser points per game, the lowest in the league by far. It beggars belief that he's at just 6.8 yards per target, in the bottom 15 among qualified receivers, and his 11.3 yards per reception have him squeezed between Dan Arnold and Robert Tonyan. This is not what you expect out of a franchise tagged player.
It's more what you expect out of, well, Laviska Shenault, averaging a cool 4.0 points per game—his transition to an outside receiver isn't working as well as one might have hoped. Shenault is struggling to get open when running routes down the field, battling tight coverages far more than he ever did when playing out of the slot. He's having significant growing pains trying to generate his own space, and Urban Meyer's offensive schemes aren't doing all that much to help work him into space on their own. Both players deserve spots on the all-first half squad.
But it's Mecole Hardman who takes top nods through nine weeks. There's a lot that's wrong with the Chiefs offense, but their lack of a real playmaker at WR2 is certainly a big part of it. Hardman is that WR2, and has been a complete and utter non-factor for Kansas City all year long. They tried to replace him with Josh Gordon, but so far that hasn't paid off, and there were rumors they were looking to attract Odell Beckham, DeSean Jackson, and basically any other receiver looking for a midseason change of scenery. And yet Hardman remains, getting his 40 yards per game, putting the ball on the ground, and generally not providing anything explosive for Kansas City.
It's a close race between Allen Robinson and Hardman for the top slot here. Like Robinson, Hardman has just one score. Hardman has the "advantage" over Robinson in yards per reception, 10.4 to 9.8, even if Robinson has the advantage in yards per target, 7.0 to 6.2. Ultimately, what bumps Hardman to the top slot for me is twofold. Firstly, he has a Goose Egg thanks to his ball security issues, while Robinson does not. Secondly, his quarterback is Patrick freaking Mahomes, and not Justin Fields. The defense rests.
Josh Lambo was well on his way to earning a nod here before Jacksonville cut him; his -9-point disaster against the Cardinals was a thing of beauty, and he had -2 points combined in the other two games in which he kicked as well. Alas, such beauty is never long for this world, and five weeks of penalties pushed him out of contention here. He's on Pittsburgh's practice squad for now, but until he gets back on a field, he can't really challenge for a slot, not with so many other kickers missing points left, right and … well, not center, because that's where they're trying to kick them, but you get the idea.
For sustained low volume without a ton of misses to their name, we acknowledge the Jasons, Sanders and Myers. Sanders is tied with a league-low 37 points, and Meyers' 30 points in the eight weeks the Seahawks have played is in the bottom three as well. But both continue to be employed and continue to make kicks more often than not; their mid-60% field goal rates are more a function of their offenses not getting into field goal range enough for them to make up for a few mistakes rather than pure putridity.
No, to make the team, you need to start missing extra points, and with regularity. Ka'imi Fairbairn comes close, with two misses on his five XP attempts plus a pair of field goal doinks. He ends up falling short because he was on injured reserve to start the season and so hasn't had time to rack up some truly terrible numbers, but poor accuracy on a team that threatens as rarely as the Houston Texans is something to keep an eye out the rest of the way.
The worst kicker to be employed all season long is Matt Ammendola, who doesn't even qualify for the league's extra point rate leaderboards because the Jets have scored so infrequently. The dude has only gotten to try a placekick of any variety 22 times, comfortably the lowest for anyone who has played the entire season to this point. If he had made all of those kicks, that's one thing, but he has whiffed on three field goals (two of them from beyond 50 yards, to be fair) and an extra point. A lack of opportunity and a lack of success deserves a Loser League nod.
But Ammendola's struggles pale compared to Tristan Vizcaino, who managed six terrible weeks before finally getting mercy-cut. In those six weeks, Vizcaino managed to miss five extra points as well as one of the seven field goals he actually got to try; I would not be at all surprised if some of Brandon Staley's fourth-down decision-making came from the weaknesses of his kicker. In his six weeks of active play, Vizcaino averaged 0.2 points per game (by comparison, Ammendola averages 3.1). Yes, that means he had just one point before the Chargers cut him. Even with three weeks of penalties, Vizcaino is still tied with Ammendola and Sanders at 37 points. That won't last, as the penalties will keep piling up and Vizcaino is unlikely to see more work this season, but for now, he's your first-half Loser League MVP.
Week 9's Biggest Losers
Worst of the Worst
Sam Darnold (2) has hit rock bottom, throwing three interceptions and once again seeing ghosts against a Bill Belichick defense. His September surge is very, very far in the rear-view mirror now; he hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in three weeks, and his crazy early-year rushing value has all but vanished as well. This is, frankly, the Darnold we were expecting to see at the beginning of the year—not the Adam Gase salvage prospect the Panthers apparently thought they were getting, but an inaccurate, unreliable player who should not be starting in the NFL. Although he finished the game, he had an MRI on his shoulder on Monday, and he's listed as day-to-day. That might be just the excuse the Panthers need to slip P.J. Walker into the starting lineup, at least for a while.
Mr. INT Mr. TD
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 7, 2021
Other Loser Leaders
Mike White (8) is only here because he got injured; he might well get another start in Week 10 after throwing for 95 yards and a touchdown before getting hurt against the Colts. We'll move on.
A weird week for low scores from winning passers. Trevor Lawrence (5) won't mind his poor statistics as they led to a win, though 118 yards isn't exactly something for the highlight reel. Mac Jones (6) also came out with a win, dueling as he was with Darnold's terrible day. Jones gets docked for two turnovers—the interception and the fumble—but did enough elsewhere to at least stay out of the cellar. Daniel Jones (8) rounds out your single-digit scorers; 110 yards on 20 passes are some Dalton-esque numbers, but the Raiders had so much trouble stopping the running attack that the Giants really didn't have to pass all that much.
It wasn't Jimmy Garoppolo's (22) fault! One of the more ironic things about the 49ers being taken to the woodshed by what was left of the Cardinals is that Garoppolo actually played a very good game, at least from a fantasy perspective—326 yards and two touchdowns, albeit nearly all in garbage time. Hey, garbage-time points count the same in Loser League!
Worst of the Worst
As mentioned above, both Mike Davis (1) and D'Ernest Johnson (1) were the bottom scorers, with two of the four worst single-game scores of the season to date. Johnson has returned to fantasy irrelevance with Nick Chubb back, but he got enough garbage-time work to avoid the penalty this week at least. Davis could easily have been the solo leader as he fumbled the ball as the Falcons were setting up the game-winning field goal; he has to thank his lucky stars that Atlanta was able to fall on it and still win the ball game.
— Alex Monaco (@Alex__Monaco) November 7, 2021
Other Loser Leaders
Carlos Hyde (4) got nearly all the work for Jacksonville with James Robinson out, but he fumbled when trying to make something out of nothing late in the first half, and cost the Jaguars at least a field goal (… attempt, considering how bad their kicking has been). That knocked him down to four points and got him a mention in the loser leader section.
Aaron Jones (5) found it a little bit harder to run with Jordan Love under center instead of Aaron Rodgers; he could have had more but was tripped up just before he could burst into the secondary in the fourth quarter. Darrell Henderson (5) simply lacked volume as the Rams were in the unfamiliar situation of being down all game; he was having minor success running but Los Angeles just didn't have the opportunities. Boston Scott (4) and Phillip Lindsay (2) round out your bottom scorers.
Fine. I'll stop taking James Conner (34). If he's going to put up massive numbers with his starting quarterback and top two wide receivers out, what can I do? This was his first week over 75 rushing yards, and he added three touchdowns just to add the extra injury. I have made bad picks before, for certain, but leaning on Conner might be my worst decision of the year to date. The lesson, as always, is I'm an idiot.
Worst of the Worst
Six, count 'em, six Goose Eggers this week! Robby Anderson, Bryan Edwards, Jakobi Meyers, Braxton Berrios, Quez Watkins, and Mohamed Sanu. Edwards was the worst of the bunch, with four targets and no catches, but shoutout to Berrios for having 5 yards on two receptions; that's really hard to do.
Other Loser Leaders
What, we named six zero-point scorers and you want more? OK, fine—Jarvis Landry earned one point with three catches for 11 yards. That's some vintage Miami-level Landry numbers, some fine failed receptions of the type he used to specialize in before becoming a more complete player.
DeVonta Smith (17) had arguably the best day of his career to date—116 yards on five catches, including a game-tying fourth-quarter touchdown. Smith has been finding ways to get open more and more as the season has gone along, and Jalen Hurts is beginning to connect with him. Hopefully for Philadelphia, this is a sign of things to come rather than a one-week spike.
Worst of the Worst
Despite no Aaron Rodgers, the Packers may have pulled the upset over the Chiefs if their special teams hadn't been a disaster. That includes Mason Crosby (-3), who missed a pair of field goals in what ended up being a six-point loss. Honestly, it wasn't just Crosby; the snaps were bad, the holds were bad, and the kicks were bad. It was a true team effort in a week where they needed everyone to step up.
Other Loser Leaders
Greg Zuerlein (0) got to kick off three times, one of them an onsides at the end of the game! At least that meant he got to keep his leg a little warm, because goodness knows, the Cowboys didn't give him any chances to try an actual place kick.
No one outkicked the penalty this week. No one. Graham Gano (11) came closest with three field goals and two extra points, but a weird week in the NFL didn't translate to a ton of kicks being made anywhere.
Week 9 Contest Results
We have a new leader for lowest-scoring week of the season! One that's double impressive as it didn't ride some kind of massively disastrous kicking day or a five-interception nightmare to glory.
JamesH99's team is comprised almost solely of people mentioned above in the worst performances of the week section. His starting lineup was Sam Darnold (2), Mike Davis (1), Phillip Lindsay (2), Mohamed Sanu (0), Robby Anderson (0) and Dustin Hopkins (2)—that's right, he managed not one, but two Goose Eggers! That's 7 total points, an astoundingly low total. His picks were so good that he didn't need to score Trevor Lawrence (5) or Laviska Shenault (2). It is the single most impressive one-week performance of the year, one that has vaulted him into the top 20 in the overall competition and deserves a massive round of applause. Seeing as you can't actually hear applause over the Internet, he'll have to settle for a Football Outsiders shirt and an FO+ annual subscription.
Your top five for Week 9:
1. JamesH99 (7)
2. Tawhalen (11)
T3. Plaxico's Gun Safety School (15)
T3. Mumoo13 (15)
T5. Disadvantaged Soccer Club (16)
T5. Fscked Up Like a Football Bat (16)
We have a new overall leader as well! The Mojo Momenteers have stampeded into first place, one of the two remaining teams yet to go over 300 points for the season. A very strong 20-point day has helped them rebound nicely from some quarterback struggles in Week 8; they rode Sam Darnold, Mike Davis, Carlos Hyde, and Jakobi Meyers to victory with nary a blemish on their lineup. Allen Robinson's performance Monday night saved them from having to take DeVonta Smith's 17-point day, but that's why you slot in one of the first half LVPs into your lineup, for consistently poor performances such as that.
The other under-300 point team is Unintentional Grounding, who I believe was known as In French It's Spelled Losre until this week. The Unintentional ones scored 22 points with the Darnold/Davis combo leading the way and are only four points back of the lead. Just behind him, AlecV vaults from fifth to third to round out your new leaders.
This means that yes, people have finally caught Aaron Schatz Has a Posse, who falls out of first place for the first time all season. The biggest problem was still having James Robinson in the lineup, which is a great opportunity to remind everyone to check your lineups once or twice as news happens. Even the man in charge forgets! Had Aaron swapped Robinson for Carlos Hyde … well, the Momenteers would still have caught him this week, but he'd be sitting in a strong second place. Check your lineups, people!
Your top five to this point:
1. Mojo Momenteers (287)
2. Unintentional Grounding (292)
3. AlecV (303)
T4. Aaron Schatz Has a Posse (305)
T4. Octuplicate (305)
You can check your results and the rest of the Loserboard here!
Plays for Week 10
I know Mike White had a dramatically great performance against Cincinnati and a touchdown against the Colts before leaving with an injured forearm. But if he's starting against Buffalo, I'm definitely slotting him into my lineup. Even with the Bills' offense sputtering against Jacksonville this week, they limited Trevor Lawrence to just five points, and with the best will in the world, Mike White is not Trevor Lawrence. Buffalo has been the strongest defense to play quarterbacks against so far this season, and I don't feel that the Jets are going to be the ones that truly crack the code.
I'm also monitoring the New Orleans Saints Quarterback Situation. Both Trevor Siemian and Taysom Hill would be solid picks in and of themselves, but if they rotate, or give a drive or three to Hill? That's potential gold, there. If it does look like both quarterbacks will play, I would start Siemian—he's the more likely one to hit 10 passing attempts, and doesn't have the potential of some rushing value to hurt you. But monitor this one to see who will be taking the lion's share of the snaps come Sunday in Tennessee.
Other promising picks: Jared Goff (@PIT), Baker Mayfield (@NE)
Did you know that Le'Veon Bell and Adrian Peterson were never top-10 fantasy running backs in the same year? It's true—Bell's best years lined up with Peterson's 2014 suspension, his 2016 torn meniscus, and his 2017 Saints/Cardinals split season, while Peterson's 2015 season lined up with Bell's MCL tear. So it's not quite accurate to say your Loser League team should bust out the mid-2010 All-Stars this week, but you should still consider putting the creaking remains of these once-great players into your lineup. Of the two, Peterson seems to be the safer bet; he led the Titans in carries a week after joining the team, the Titans love running the ball, and 21 yards on 10 carries is exactly the kind of plodding you expect from a 36-year-old running back. Bell could easily get double-digit touches of his own if the Ravens blow out the Dolphins, but the Ravens' confusing backfield situation, coupled with Bell having a few more flashes of life than Peterson, makes him the riskier pick.
Oh, and you should start Antonio Gibson as well, until he proves that he has recovered from his shin injury and is an NFL-caliber starting running back once again.
Other promising picks: Jordan Howard (@DEN), Mark Ingram (@TEN), Alex Collins (@GB)
Jamison Crowder gets a pick, as stacking the Jets' passing attack against Buffalo makes a ton of sense. Honestly, both Corey Davis and Elijah Moore would be good picks as well (and they're in the Other Promising Picks section), but Crowder I think carries the best combination of "likely to avoid the penalty" and "unlikely to gain a lot of yards," considering he had five catches for 38 yards this week.
Amon-Ra St. Brown has been one of the most-picked Loser League players this season because people look at the Detroit offense and go of course, I want a piece of that. He's more of a five- to seven-point guy with a faint chance of the penalty than an every-week starter in my book, but I like his chances of putting up bad numbers against the Steelers. They don't have a Jalen Ramsey-type to shut down St. Brown, like what happened against the Rams. If anything, the Lions will likely throw more quick passes to avoid Cameron Heyward and T.J. Watt swallowing them up. That sounds like a lot of empty calories for St. Brown!
Jakobi Meyers is still yet to hit double-digit points this season; a nearly certainly lock for three or four points week-in and week-out in what isn't an overly explosive Patriots offense. He's also famously yet to score a touchdown; his 1,522 yards without finding the end zone broke Gerald Riggs' 1,516-yard status as leader in the clubhouse, and you have to go down to Ricardo Louis' 562 yards to find another receiver on the leaderboards. Now that I'm recommending him, he'll have a four-touchdown day, I'm sure, but receivers who are allergic to end zones over a decently sized sample are good picks, even if I'm sure he'll eventually score.
Other promising picks: Jaylen Waddle (v. BAL), Adam Humphries (v. TB), Any Receiver Wearing a Jets Uniform (v. BUF)
Matthew Wright finally made a field goal for the Jaguars on U.S. soil this week! He also still missed one, and the Jaguars were frankly lucky to get four field goal attempts. I think you're safe still counting on Jacksonville to struggle to give Wright scoring opportunities this week against the Colts.
And, of course, Matt Ammendola is the most consistent Loser League kicker of the year, and will continue to be recommended until such time as that changes.
Other promising picks: Austin Seibert (@PIT), Jason Myers (@GB)