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Dynasty-Fantasy Football Analysis – 2017 Wk2: Dolphins v. Chargers

Date:
September 22, 2017 10:14 AM
September 22, 2017 10:20 AM

I hated watching this game, I really did. Basically, I just watched two teams rotate touches between two guys. It looked like the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers starred in some weird, old NBA Jam video game two-on-two contest. Jay Ajayi and Jarvis Landry (41 of the team's 56 touches… 73%) vs. Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen (25 of 45 touches… 56%). It might have been an exciting two-on-two game except these are four of the least exciting star players in the NFL.

Regardless of my talent assessment, it is what it is – these four guys get all the touches and occasionally someone else will get fed some crumbs. The Chargers have been doing this for years as Philip Rivers is the conductor of this crap orchestra… subtly killing his team with over-reliance on 1-2 non-explosive players. The losses keep mounting year after year... and the praise for Rivers just keeps rolling in. It's everyone else's fault but Rivers.

Rivers does what he does, always, no matter what… and Jay Cutler did the same: He picks one receiver and wears them out no matter what price is paid for it. No price paid here as the Chargers were on their heels most of the game. I don’t know how LAC had a shot to win it at the end but their kicker had a chance for the win… and blew it.

We don’t know how good Miami is yet, after this one lazy win, but they are likely an 8-8/9-7 contender and the Chargers do less with more… more than any team in the NFL for about a decade. Here's to the next decade…

 

Fantasy Player Notes…

-- Hunter Henry (7-80-0/7) bounced back from his zero catches on zero targets Week 1 with a nice stat line here. I’d caution getting too excited here, as I've cautioned on Henry back to last season: Rivers is not seeking him out regularly. This game output is likely just a situational spike; the Dolphins were shorthanded at linebacker and the Chargers tried to take advantage.

 

-- Chargers shutdown CB Jason Verrett was out, so a nobody backup was pushed to cover DeVante Parker (4-85-0/9), and all Parker could muster is 4 catches… 44% of his targets caught. What a special connection he and Cutler have… wah-waaaaa…

 

-- FYI, Melvin Gordon (9-13-1, 7-65-0/8) is averaging 2.5 yards per carry this year. Someday, football people will agree with me on Melvin Gordon… but I'll probably be collecting social security when it happens.

 

-- Our beloved IDP Jatavis Brown (12 tackles) is leading the NFL in tackles with 26 (13.0 per game) after two weeks. He's finally going to get his due this year. Too bad he couldn’t get a Senior Bowl or NFL Combine invite…

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