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Quick Hits From Cubbage – Week 6

Week 6 was crazy. Here are some thoughts about it….

Odell Beckham, Jr. tells the truth, broadcasts react accordingly.

Here is where I’m supposed to start with the numbers, right? Eli Manning had a QBR of 3.2 last week. Not a typo. He also averaged 6.5 yards per attempt. Not good. So, naturally, that’s great for all of us (yes…us) Odell Beckham, Jr. owners; although I would like to take a moment and point out that Beckham is still averaging seven catches and 84 yards per game (yep, still good).

It’s not a stretch to say Beckham was telling it how it is during an interview on NFL Sunday Countdown last week, but for some reason broadcasts and some analysts decided to take the opportunity to call him “selfish” and mock his passion on the sideline. For fantasy purposes, owners should be concerned unless Manning figures something out sooner than later. As far as everyone piling on Beckham for telling the truth while still performing, you should probably assess what kind of answers you want from players in media if this has you upset.

If you haven’t already, time to bail completely on the Titans offense.

Derrick Henry isn’t good. Marcus Mariota continues to be used as if his coaches don’t know what to do with him. Dion Lewis is, meh (although still better than Henry), and as Mariota goes, so goes Corey Davis…who wasn’t going very far to begin with. I know this sounds harsh, you may even say “it’s early”, but I’m here to tell you I’m out on Tennessee and you should be, too. In all formats.

A pseudo-apology to Sark. And a hello to Atlanta’s offense!

I want to take this moment to (kind of) apologize to Steve Sarkisian. I mean… I guess you’re cool now or whatever.

Anyway, heeeeey Matt Ryan! 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns in his last four games. You’ll take that. Heeeeey Mohamed Sanu! 266 yards and three touchdowns his last four games. You’ll take that, too! Oh… hey, Julio. Yeah listen I know about the 474 yards and 29 catches, I see that. But not everyone is in a PPR league, Julio. Can you find some pay dirt for us? That’d be great. Anyway, Atlanta is a disaster on defense so expect a lot os shootouts from them in the South.

Adam Thielen is amazing and you can’t convince me otherwise.

As Cris Collinsworth would say “Now here’s a guy….” who has done nothing but pile up everything you need in fantasy football the last two-plus years. Thielen has decided he’s had enough of us commoners and took his game to a place where, literally, no one has gone before. Five straight 100+ yard games to start the season. A touchdown in four of them. The only thing I can say to you is hold onto this man, and enjoy the special journey he is taking you on.

Speaking of Journey, how many of you foolishly stopped believin’ in the Chiefs this week?

Yeah that was dumb. Not you, per se, just the thought that this offense could be contained by the Patriots for four quarters. I’m laughing at the thought of that. Think about it, if they couldn’t slow down this unit with Alex Smith under center in 2017, you really thought Mahomes and Co. were going to put up less than 40? If you did, consult me more often, please.

Jokes aside, Chiefs are every week starters in fantasy football. Don’t over think this. Unless you have Sammy Watkins, in which case you should wonder why you drafted him.

Roethlisberger is right, Conner should continue being “The Guy” even when (if?) Bell returns.

First, aren’t you impressed I still spell out Roethlisberger? No? Well, whatever. “Big Ben” as YOU would call him is 100% correct about the Conner/Bell conversation. Conner has been there since day one. Has performed as well as any running back in the league. I was a skeptic, but I am giving credit where it is due, he has surpassed every expectation and deserves to be the RB1 he has been all season. This isn’t me saying Bell was wrong for not showing up because he has a point, too. Those things aren’t mutually exclusive.

The bigger question is “what to do with Conner if Bell comes back?” The answer is you keep starting him. Ben Roethlisberger (You’re impressed. C’mon, admit you’re impressed!) has spoken, and when the quarterback says “player “X” deserves to play no matter what” then that player shall play.

Agree or disagree? Let me know! Find me on Twitter @dacubbage and listen and subscribe to the Because of Sports Podcast on  iTunes.

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