Tim's Takeaways: Week 16
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Can I Sit Deebo?
Can I sit Deebo? I need to know, because I’m at that bridge and I’m about to cross.
This week, for the sixth time in eight games, Samuel finished with less than 45 receiving yards. It was his third game with less than three catches, his fifth game with less than 13.0 PPR points, and his second game (in a row) with less than 10.0 points. He has just one game above 16.0 points this season.
I’ve had it up to here (my hand is above my head) with Samuel this year. He’s not playing like a WR1, he’s hardly a WR2 at this point. Blame it on Aiyuk’s emergence, blame it on CMC commanding RB1 volume, blame it on whatever you want. I only blame myself for drafting him.
Olave Hits Rock Bottom
Olave had his worst game of the season in week ten, finishing with three catches for 40 yards and 7.0 PPR points. That sounds like a negative stat, but it is actually the opposite.
This is the part where I reveal I tricked you with the title.
40 yards and 7.0 points are his floor so far. Do you realize how good that is? I can certainly name a few players who have displayed a much lower floor than that. If you pictured Kyle Pitts while reading that sentence, then you are just like me.
Olave has set a phenomenal enough pace as a rookie that I personally am not even upset by his lackluster performance. In fact, he deserves to take a week off as far as I’m concerned… Well, as long as he gets back to it next week.
Studs Delivering Duds
Imagine this lineup: Justin Herbert, Alvin Kamara, Derrick Henry, Cooper Kupp, AJ Brown, George Kittle, Amari Cooper, and the Cowboys D/ST.
That exact lineup would have been projected 130+ this week. Instead, that lineup delivered a grand total of 32.1 PPR points.
Some are less surprising than others (I’m looking at you Herbert) but, nonetheless it was a major disappointment for a wide range of players (and one D/ST) that have been mostly known for their dependability this season.
It just goes to show how volatile the NFL can be. It makes you wonder if you can’t count on the Eagles and Bills to win, or any of those studs to score over 10 PPR points, what can you count on? You know how the saying goes: any given Sunday.
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