Week 9 Thursday Night Reaction
Week 9 Thursday Night Reaction
Going into Thursday Night it was expected that the San Francisco 49ers would not be able to compete with the Green Bay Packers and that story line held up. In the defense of the 49ers, they had $80 million of their salary on IR either with injury or a positive COVID test. The Niners Nick Mullen’s did have a connection with Richie James, probably because the 2nd string QB usually has a connection with the 2nd string WR and they connected for 9 receptions 184 yards and a TD. The rest of the WRs and TEs looked out of sync with Mullens. His night wasn’t terrible 22/35 291 yards 1 TD and 1 INT, hopefully it will be better once some WRs get off IR. The running game could not take advantage of the bad Green Bay run defense that gave up 173 yards rushing the week before to Minnesota. It didn’t help that Green Bay quickly jumped out to a 21-3 lead. Jerick McKinnon had 12 carries for 52 yards and 1 TD and seen more time because they was behind the whole game. JaMycal Hasty is the RB that was left in the dark with 4 carries for 3 yards.
The Green Packers Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams put on a show. Rodgers completed 25 of 31 for 305 yards and 4 TDs; Adams 10 catches for 173 yards and a TD. Adams is the first player to record three games of at least 10 catches and 150 yards in his team’s first eight games of a season. They didn’t get much done on the ground against a good Niners run defense but Aaron Jones did get you double digit fantasy points with 15 carries 58 yards, plus 5 receptions for 21 yards. If he could have scored, your fantasy day would have been what you expected. The Packers jumped out to an early lead with long passes and big TDs and then dinked and dunked and ran the ball the rest of the game, chewing up clock and walking away with their 6th win of the season.
Aaron Rodgers: 25/31 305 yards 4 TDs. Continues to get it done week after week, even without a true #2 WR.
Aaron Jones: 15 carries 58 yards; 5 receptions 21 yards. Not the big TD day that you are used to or expecting but I’ll take double digit fantasy point over no fantasy points.
Jerick McKinnon: 12 carries 52 yards 1 TD; 3 receptions 16 yards. They were behind early and so the veteran McKinnon was on the field. He may be a good flex option if Tevin Coleman can’t stay healthy and they are always behind in every game
Davante Adams: 10 receptions 173 yards 1 TD. Numbers don’t lie, right now he’s the best WR in the game
Marquez Valdes-Scantling: 2 receptions 53 yards and 2 TDs and a least two drops. MVS is very in consistent and cannot hang onto the ball, but he showed up in this game. He can’t be counted on for fantasy, especially next weej when Allen Lazard comes back.
Richie James: 9 receptions 184 yards 1 TD. Heck of a game and good on you if you started him, but his numbers will drop off once Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel come back healthy. One thing he has going for him is a connection with the current San Fran QB Nick Mullens.
JaMycal Hasty: 4 carries 3 yards; 2 receptions 10 yards. He never had a chance to get going with this team behind the whole game. He’s not a RB you can trust.
Robert Tonyan: 1 reception 5 yards. This team does not use the TE except for maybe the redzone. Tonyan had that one big game with Adams out and that’s it. Hopefully you listened to me and sold high on him after that game.
Ross Dwelley and Jordan Reed: Dwelley had 3 receptions and 52 yards; Reed had 1 reception for 2 yards. Another TE situation I would avoid. Neither one is George Kittle. One of them may have a big game here or there but you will never know when that game is coming. Stay away from both of them