Week 8 Underperformers: Fluke or Truth
Author: Jair Oglivie
Welcome back! In this midseason edition of Fluke or Truth we have two big names and a name that is…less so. Still! I am excited to get this started ahead of the ultra exciting matchup between the 49ers and Raiders !!!!
Let’s jump in
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
Line: 120 yards, 1 touchdown pass, 1 interception. 6 points
This was, for most, the most anticipated game of the weekend. We expected fireworks and we definitely got some. Not so much for the owners of Drew Brees, however, who posted his lowest point total so far this season. If you only look at his output and/or the box score, it looks like he had fairly pedestrian outing. Context is needed here however. This game was in control for the Saints the whole way through. Even when they were down 13-7 it felt like it was just a matter of time. And it was. The Saints defense is mostly to blame for Brees quiet outing because they produced some big plays that created short fields for Brees and the Saints offense. An Adam Thielen fumble returned downfield and a pick six by PJ Williams ensured that Brees did not need to put the team on his back to take home the win.
I don’t expect the Saints defense to continue to produce like this, especially against elite competition like the Rams this week. That is not meant as a slight to the Vikings, I just think they are not consistent enough. I also think Kirk Cousins shrinks, at times, against good competition (I know what he did to the rams defense this season but look at his career as a whole). So, to sum up, Brees is still a QB1, and should be started every week as such.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Line: 3 catches, 43 yards. 7.3 points (PPR)
This one is tough. Gronk was drafted to be the runaway TE1. Right now he is TE9 in an incredibly weak year for the position. He has been a massive disappointment this season but if you are a gronk owner, you likely don’t have much else at the position, forcing you to keep sending him out there. Hopefully he can find his beastliness again soon, but until then you don’t have much faith. You have to keep starting him, but Brady has shown he will go to other options, especially since the return of Julian Edelman. Gronk is what he is at this point. I think this has become the truth for gronk. He’s low end TE1 with big upside. Hopefully we see the upside again soon.
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns
Line: 0 catches. 0 points
I really can’t explain this one. The matchup against a vulnerable Pittsburgh secondary was there. Njoku hasn’t given you anything before this performance to give you reason to doubt him and the matchup is there again for him this week against an improving, but still bad Kansas CIty defense. The 0 makes you feel bad but unless you have a Zach Ertz or Travis Kelce you probably need to trot Njoku back out there this weekend. If he duds again in another plus matchup, then I will feel comfortable calling this truth. But, for right now, it’s a fluke for the mega talented Cleveland tight end.
Thanks for reading! I’ll be back once again next week with the week 9 edition! Until then, be smart, don’t panic, and hit that waiver wire!
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*All statistics taken from ESPN Fantasy