Manic Monday Week 11

I remember back when I was about 19 or 20 being the first year I realized “wow, I must be an adult.” That was the first year that I consciously chose to fill up on all the good stuff for Thanksgiving, and didn’t even leave room for dessert.

Like most kids, I previously wanted to just get through the obligatory food so I could devour pumpkin pie, homemade cookies, or this whip cream thing my aunt would bring. To this day, I don’t know what it was but we sure liked it.

I heard something on the radio that stated that more than half of Americans would prefer not to have turkey at Thanksgiving. Seriously?

Around a year or two after my accidental dessert boycott, somebody at my grandmother’s house decided she was too tired of turkey and wanted to make something else for Christmas. So they started preparing a large roast and macaroni and cheese.

It was terrible.

We get the privilege of eating turkey only twice a year, at Thanksgiving and Christmas- how could you be tired of it? How else were we going to knock out my uncle and grandfather without the overdose of Tryptophan?

To this day I’m befuddled by that decision and also how so many people would choose to avoid turkey. It’s amazing. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There’s turkey-kabobs, turkey creole, turkey gumbo, pan-fried, deep-fried, cajun-fried. There’s roasted turkey, sliced turkey, pepper turkey, jalapeño turkey, turkey soup, turkey stew, turkey salad, turkey and potatoes, turkey burger, turkey sandwiches. That’s about it.

Now that I have a say, needless to say, we’re back to begin a two-time turkey family, and for that, I am very thankful.

Thank You

While we’re on the topic of being thankful, I’m very appreciative of all the drafts that I got Jonathan Taylor anywhere from 1.09 and sometimes even well into the second round.

I’m thankful for James Conner totally proving me right when I tweeted this before the season:


I’m thankful for Cooper Kupp, CeeDee Lamb, going for it on fourth down, 2-point conversions, and Jody Fortson.

I’m thankful that I’m too busy to know what Tiger King, Squid Game, or BTS are.

And mostly, I’m thankful to Scott Atkins and all of you for the opportunity to do this each and every week. I worked hard to get to this point and it is an absolute pleasure to do what I do each and every day of each and every week.

I hope that your Thanksgiving is filled with food, family, friends, and football. And turkey.

Where We Were Right

We had concerns about game flow in the San Francisco/Jacksonville game, so even though he was back and healthy, we downgraded James Robinson to RB18. Thanks to a garbage-time touchdown, Robinson salvaged his day, but entering Monday, he is sitting exactly there, at RB18 in PPR scoring.

I lowered initial projections for DeVonta Smith, which came out to WR31, nearly 10 spots lower than most other sites and experts listed the rookie wideout. Even though Smith had a fine game in itself, here he is, sitting at WR31 ahead of Monday Night Football.

Speaking of the Eagles, targeting tight ends against Philadelphia has been quite profitable. That trend played out once again in Week 11, Adam Trautman has his highest projected score of the season and came through with a 5/58/1 showing on 8 targets.

Where We Were Wrong

What’s the deal with quarterbacks? We did well to rank Justin HerbertJalen Hurtsand Cam Newton inside out top-10, as per usual, but the rest of the Week 11 leaderboard? It seems like scoring was up but it certainly wasn’t in the games that we thought. Nice work, Titans.

It wasn’t just Tennessee that let us down…looking at you Seattle. Russell Wilson struggled again, hovering around 50% completions and failing to produce a touchdown as the Seahawks dropped another game and dropped out of the playoff picture. Wilson’s struggles led to a minuscule outing for DK Metcalf, who we had as our No. 1 overall wideout.

Dan Arnold‘s previous three games:

10 targets, 8 receptions, 68 yards, 14.8 PPR points

7 targets, 4 receptions, 4 points, 10 PPR points

7 targets, 5 receptions, 67 yards, 11. 7 PPR points.

Week 11: 0 targets.

Thanks for nothing, Urban.


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