Whether or not you embrace change or worry change or are beneficiant along with your spare change, one factor is definite: If issues are going poorly, one of the simplest ways to repair them is to make a change.
That’s what the Packers did by firing coach Mike McCarthy following Sunday’s embarrassing house loss to the woebegone Cardinals. McCarthy has been the topic of media critiques and a villain of fantasy house owners worldwide. However most of all, he was not successful video games.
Make no mistake, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has some accountability for the Packers’ woes as nicely. However we additionally know he’s able to carrying a workforce on his again. McCarthy, nicely, we all know he might coach a winner when Rodgers was carrying that workforce on his again.
So the query is: What occurs now? Nicely, the playoffs are a pipe dream, however a fantasy barrage to finish the season just isn’t.
Take away interim coach Joe Philbins’s first season because the Packers offensive coordinator with Brett Favre, and in his teaching profession — as both a coordinator or head man — Philbin’s worst offensive rating with Aaron Rodgers is ninth in yards (2010) and 16th in factors (this season). His greatest for yards with every other QB is 14th and in factors is 11th (each 2014) — and in three different seasons, his unit ranked 26th or 27th in each classes.
So Philbin can work, so long as he’s working with Rodgers. However can Rodgers make the mandatory enhancements in his play? His early-season knee damage doesn’t look like a priority any longer. He’s simply lacking receivers at a fee he hasn’t beforehand proven.
His completion share this season (61.8) is his second-lowest since turning into the starter in 2008, with solely 2015 (60.7) being worse. His profession common is 64.8. A few of that may be attributed to his early knee woes, some to his depleted receiving corps.
What can’t be attributed to Rodgers’ poor efficiency is the shortage of use of working again Aaron Jones. He was suspended the primary two video games of the season, however didn’t declare the beginning job till Week 6. Then final week, in a detailed sport that ought to have labored in Jones’ favor, he received his fewest touches (15) since Week Eight and Jamaal Williams received his most (11) since Week 4.
It was some horrible teaching mixed with a scarcity of effort (which could be attributed to teaching). We count on a number of that to appropriate itself, particularly this week.
The Falcons rank within the backside three defending opposing fantasy QBs and RBs. So load up with Rodgers and Jones. We additionally wouldn’t be stunned to see Jimmy Graham gaining extra of a function position within the sport plan.
We’re going to take this danger within the first week of the fantasy playoffs as a result of we all know Rodgers’ historical past, now we have seen Jones constantly carry out when given alternative and we’ve seen the Falcons surrender the kind of video games we would like out of our fantasy starters. And now McCarthy is out of the way in which.
Every week Put up fantasy Madman Drew Loftis and Roto Rage Jarad Wilk debate whom it’s best to begin:
Justin Jackson vs. Austin Ekeler
Drew: Jackson — The rookie simply outplayed Ekeler final week — 63 yards on eight carries with a TD to Ekeler’s 21 yards on 13 carries. Ekeler is extra concerned within the passing sport (he had 5 catches for 22 yards final week; Jackson one catch for 19). However in a house sport, in opposition to the league’s most beneficiant fantasy run protection within the Bengals, by which the Chargers are favored by two touchdowns, we count on extra some clock-killing, run-heavy work, and that matches Jackson higher than Ekeler.
Jarad: Ekeler — There’s lots to love about Ekeler going through off in opposition to the Bengals’ protection, like the actual fact Cincinnati has allowed probably the most speeding yards (1,840), the eighth-highest yards per carry (4.9) within the league and the second-most speeding touchdowns (16). They’ve additionally given up probably the most receiving touchdowns (six) to working backs on 66 receptions for 637 yards (9.7 per reception, which is the fifth-highest within the league). Ekeler is averaging 3.1 targets per sport, has caught 78 % of the passes thrown his means, is averaging 10.2 yards per reception and has three receiving touchdowns. He’s additionally averaging greater than 5 yards per carry.
Final week: Jarad 18.8 (James White — 6-26 speeding, 7-92 receiving), Drew 13.5 (T.J. Yeldon — 8-16 speeding, 7-49 receiving)
Season: Drew leads sequence, 8-5
Josh Allen QB, Payments, vs. Jets
(FanDuel $7,400/DraftKings $5,500)
Don’t look now, however Josh Allen may not be horrible. His passing and working mixed have delivered 25-point-plus fantasy outings the previous two weeks. Jets have allowed two or extra QB touchdowns in eight of the previous 9 video games.
Jeff Wilson Jr. RB, 49ers, vs. Broncos
(FD $5,600/DK $3,800)
Will fill in for injured Matt Breida. Was closely utilized in go sport as nicely final week, making him proof against sport movement. Banged-up Broncos might need bother pulling away anyway.
Chris Godwin WR, Buccaneers, vs. Saints
(FD $5,600/DK $4,900)
With DeSean Jackson out, Godwin ought to get extra targets, together with an additional deep look or two. Additionally, don’t overlook Adam Humphries.
Antonio Callaway WR, Browns, vs. Panthers
(FD $5,400/DK $3,900)
Carolina’s protection has evaporated, they usually have been particularly susceptible to the deep ball — which is precisely what Callaway does greatest.
Matt Ryan QB, Falcons, at Packers
(FD $8,200/ DK $5,600)
Name it superstition, name it premonition, name it the historical past of dome groups in frigid, open-air environments, however no means we’re enjoying Ryan on the highway in opposition to what shall be a fired up Inexperienced Bay workforce.
Jaylen Samuels RB, Steelers, at Raiders
(FD $4,600/DK $3,700)
We’re slightly frightened about coach Mike Tomlin’s said plan to separate carries between the unknown rookie Samuels and the veteran beacon of mediocrity Stevan Ridley.
Spencer Ware RB, Chiefs, vs. Ravens
(FD $6,400/DK $5,200)
The Ravens have allowed simply two speeding TDs by RBs over the previous 5 video games. Be affected person. You should use him the remainder of the way in which.
Cameron Brate TE, Buccaneers, vs. Saints
(FD $5,100/DK $3,500)
QB Jameis Winston loves on the lookout for Brate close to the objective line. When that doesn’t occur, Brate is a single-digit fantasy demon. The Saints have allowed one tight finish TD all season.