The only certainties in life: death, taxes and Davante Adams, finishing as a top-five fantasy receiver. He and second-year wideout D.K. Metcalf have established themselves as forces to be reckoned with in fantasy. Simply put, if you’re facing either of them on any given week, you might not be taking home the win.
The NFL’s half-billion dollar man has no problem picking up the tab.
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs split the $100,000 cost to make Arrowhead Stadium a polling location on Election Day. The cost was taken care of by the Chiefs and Mahomes’ charitable foundation, according to FOX4 Kansas City.
Mahomes spoke about the move with Jim Trotter and Steve Wyche of NFL Network.
Super Bowl LV MVP
Tyler Sullivan: Travis Kelce
Don’t look now, but Kelce is arguably in the midst of a career year. I expect Patrick Mahomes’ go-to weapon to continue his hot 2020 into the postseason and catch a couple of scores in Super Bowl LV, giving him MVP honors.
Patrik Walker: Patrick Mahomes
Play that song again, DJ. I expect he’ll double his ring count this season, and so who else could possibly be named SB MVP when he does it?
Best QB at midseason, candidate No. 2: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Expectations are so high for Mahomes, who turned 25 earlier in the season, that few realize he is playing at a higher level than he did during his 2018 MVP season. His QBR (85.4), completion rate (66.9%) and touchdown-interception ratio (21-1) through the first eight games are all higher. In fact, no quarterback in league history has thrown more touchdown passes with one or fewer interceptions through the first eight games of a season.
About the only negative observation we can make is that six of his touchdown passes have come on high-percentage screen plays, three times more than any other quarterback, as the Chiefs routinely capitalize on their team speed. But someone has to get the ball there, right?
Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. Panthers: It’s come to this, folks. Once an obvious starter, Edwards-Helaire is now subject to the matchups with Le’Veon Bell in the mix. The good news is that CEH has seen far more snaps than Bell (60 to 34) over the last two weeks. The bad news is that the touches have been nearly a 50-50 split. Regardless, I’d continue to roll with the rookie in a smash spot against the Panthers. Their defense has allowed a total of five runners to score at least 22.8 fantasy points, including two with over 30.
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“We’ll see how much we can get him taught,” Arians said. “And the first practice will be a walk-through because we’ve got a short week coming off Monday night, so we basically miss a practice this week on Wednesday because of the short week, so it’ll be a walk-through practice and basically all learning.”
The Bears released the receiver Wednesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. The team later made the move official.
ESPN first reported the move.
The 35-year-old Ginn played in six games after signing a one-year contract this offseason. He played 43 percent of the snaps in Week 1 but didn’t catch his lone target. From there, the veteran receiver quickly saw his role reduced, including being a healthy scratch in Week 2. He caught three passes for 40 yards on the season.
Loser: Aaron Rodgers
I won’t harp on this too much because at some point it feels like piling on. But after neglecting to give their superstar quarterback some much-needed help at receiver in the 2020 draft (instead drafting a quarterback, running back, and tight end with their first three picks), the Packers again declined to make a move for a big-time pass catcher prior to the deadline.
Green Bay reportedly balked at Houston’s asking price for receiver Will Fuller (a second-rounder, per reports), instead opting to make a run at the Super Bowl by rolling with guys like Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown opposite Davante Adams. Lazard, who’s slated to come back from core muscle surgery this week, is the best of that bunch, but the Packers still severely lack depth at the position. That could come back to bite them down the stretch.
The team shut down their facility Wednesday after a positive COVID-19 test, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, per a source informed of the situation.
NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jennifer Lee Chan first reported the news.
Contact tracing is currently underway.
The positive test comes one day before the Niners are set to host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. As of now, the game remains as scheduled, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, per a source.
In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride
One of the theories as to why the offense looked staler was the lack of a true “X” wide receiver. The Chiefs not only had to replace Sammy Watkins’ production but also his usage on third downs and as a short-to-intermediate threat. While Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle had seen the biggest jump in snap count since the injury, it was Mecole Hardman who was able to bust out a big game against New York.
Hardman had his best career game as a wide receiver. He finished with a career-high seven receptions, scored a touchdown and was only one yard shy (96) of his career-high. But more than production, this game was about how he was being utilized and how effective it was. The Chiefs found a way to get him involved in the passing game between the line of scrimmage and 20-plus yards downfield.