Mike Evans is suspended for Week 10. A.J. Green isn’t.
That’s just weird.
In his disciplinary letter to Evans, NFL VP of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote: “During the third quarter, after a play had ended, you struck an unsuspecting opponent in the back, knocking him to the ground. Your conduct clearly did not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.” And that’s true. After Jameis Winston pinged Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore on the back of the helmet, and after Lattimore shoved Winston for being an idiot, Evans blindsided Lattimore. He should’ve been ejected.
But shouldn’t Runyan’s words about sportsmanship and professionalism apply to Green, too? I’m not sure why Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey was tossed out on Sunday. Was it because he allowed his helmet to be punched repeatedly by Green?
Evans’s suspension may get overturned on appeal, so perhaps my outrage here is slightly manufactured. But both Evans and Green — two of the most fun players in the NFL — deserve timeouts.
Let’s look at some moves to make for Week 10:
Must-Add: Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA
This week there are no true “must-adds” based on high-profile injuries, but Rawls would be my top candidate for a waiver slot. To date, Seattle’s running game has been miserable because its offensive line was a disaster, and Sunday’s loss against Washington didn’t increase my comfort level. But new left tackle Duane Brown was an improvement on the people they’ve been playing on Russell Wilson’s blind side, and as the unit plays together more, greater progress is possible.
Eddie Lacy started in Week 9 but left in the first quarter with a groin injury, whereupon Rawls dominated snaps until hurry-up mode came, at which point he gave up time to J.D. McKissic. Seattle plays Thursday night in Arizona, and that doesn’t give Lacy much time to get healthy. For a shot at a decent one-week play and a beneficiary if the O-line is better in the near future, Rawls is worth an add.
Trade Away: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
I’m not saying you give away Hopkins. He’s an excellent player. But if Tom Savage is his quarterback the rest of the way, the bottom will drop out. Hopkins has eight receiving touchdowns, tops in the NFL, and one of those scores pulled the Texans close in a comeback effort Sunday. But Savage is ineffective. His accuracy, pocket presence and timing are positively Osweiler-ian. With Savage under center, Houston’s playoff chances are faltering and Hopkins will be a casualty. Find someone in your league who only looks at the numbers, and offer Hopkins — currently fantasy’s No. 1 WR — for Kareem Hunt or Rob Gronkowski.
Must-Stream: Josh McCown, QB, NYJ
McCown rescued his owners with a rushing TD on Thursday night against the Bills in a game in which the Jets didn’t need to do much via the air to hang close. McCown had a season-low 20 pass attempts for a season-low 140 yards, and he has only topped 300 yards once all year in what’s mostly been a dink-and-dunk pass attack. But Sunday against the Buccaneers, he looks like a fine option if you’re staring down the bye week of Carson Wentz, Alex Smith or Derek Carr. Tampa is a mess, Winston is out with a bad shoulder, the defense has a league-worst eight sacks and they’re 29th in yards-per-play allowed. McCown is no world-beater, but he’ll be good for 250 yards and a couple passing TDs.
Must-Start: Many Los Angeles Rams
Okay, maybe not the punt returner. But everyone else? Sure, why not? I’m not sure the Rams have a truly elite offense. Sunday’s humiliation of the Giants was at least as much about New York being in chaos than L.A. being unstoppable: at least three touchdowns were totally uncovered.
Jared Goff didn’t make mistakes Sunday, but I’m not sure he did anything almost any other starting QB could’ve done. A reckoning could be coming in Weeks 11 and 12 against the Vikings and Saints, plus they’ll have the Eagles and Seahawks the first two weeks of your fantasy playoffs. But this week? At home against the same Houston defense that had brain freeze twice against T.Y. Hilton and hasn’t stopped anyone lately? I’m in.
Must-Bench: Many Denver Broncos
This is ambitious. There probably aren’t many folks who can afford to bench Demaryius Thomas while he’s averaging double-digit targets most weeks. But everyone else should be sitting.
What’s most vexing about the idea of sitting C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker, Jamaal Charles, Emmanuel Sanders, et al, is that they’re playing a Patriots defense I still don’t think is any good. I can 100 percent envision the Pats going into Denver on Sunday night and laying an egg. Mile High has been a house of horrors for New England. But Brock Osweiler is starting again, and against Philly on Sunday he was no improvement over the truly miserable Trevor Siemian. The Patriots will probably give up a few plays, make it look shaky for a quarter or so, and then Osweiler will do something dunderheaded and the rout will be on. If I’ve got Broncos, I’d rather not partake.
Christopher Harris runs HarrisFootball.com, where you can find more info on the “Harris Football Podcast,” with new episodes every weekday.
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