Welcome to Week 2 of the 2020 Footballguys Roundtable. Our intrepid and oddball panel of fantasy pundits discuss and debate Sigmund Bloom's waiver wire recommendations after the NFL's opening week, complicated backfields, where our community is over- and underreacting, and lineup management advice for September.
- Sigmund Bloom's Upgrades, Downgrades, and Waivers
- Backfield Conundrums
- Over and Under Reactions
- Lineup Management Advice for September
Sigumund Bloom's Upgrades, Downgrades, and Waivers
Matt Waldman: Bloom's weekly staple at Footballguys provides readers his perspective of players whose values are rising, falling, and what you should bid on free agents.
- QB Gardner Minshew (5%-10%)
- RB Nyheim Hines (25%-50%)
- RB Malcolm Brown (20%-40%)
- RB James Robinson (20%-40%)
- RB Chase Edmonds (12%-25%)
- RB Jerick McKinnon (10%-20%)
- RB Joshua Kelley (7%-15%)
- RB Adrian Peterson (5%-10%)
- WR Parris Campbell (20%-40%)
- WR Jamison Crowder (20%-40%)
- WR Robby Anderson (15%-30%)
- WR Laviska Shenault Jr (12%-25%)
- TE O.J. Howard (5%-10%)
- TE Logan Thomas (3%-5%)
Here's what I want you to do. Check out Bloom's list above or in the article and give me one player where you think Bloom is appropriately bullish on and one where you think he's either too enthusiastic or not enthusiastic enough.
For instance, I don't see Greg Olsen in Bloom's article and I think that's an oversight because his red-zone skills are a perfect fit with Russell Wilson's best throws.
Daniel Simpkins: Bloom is appropriately discounting Baker Mayfield. I covered the Browns in our Footballguys Training Camp Reports. In addition to struggling in practices, the changes that the coaching staff were working to implement to his footwork and mechanics were troubling red flags that suggested he would struggle. I would not at all be surprised to see Case Keenum in the lineup if Mayfield’s problems continue.
I feel Bloom is too bullish on James Robinson. Yes, Robinson unexpectedly shouldered the majority of the load in Jacksonville and looked reasonably competent doing it, but I have doubts that it will be sustainable against better teams. I don’t expect the Jaguars to lead in many games this year and be able to play bully ball on the ground. I also don’t think receiving work is Robinson’s strength. He was a fumbler in college and I look for that to show up at some point in the pros. These are just a couple of the things that make me think a 20%-40% bid is too aggressive, especially at this early juncture of the season.
Mark Schofield: I would whole-heartedly agree with what Daniel said here: Bloom is appropriately discounting Baker Mayfield. I covered the Browns in our Footballguys Training Camp Reports. In addition to struggling in practices, the changes that the coaching staff were working to implement to his footwork and mechanics were troubling red flags that suggested he would struggle.
I would not at all be surprised to see Case Keenum in the lineup if Mayfield’s problems continue. We are approaching bust territory with Mayfield. This should be the ideal offense for him (lots of play-action, lots of boot-action) and he is making mistakes that date back to his time at Oklahoma. This jumped out at me, too:
That...THAT...is concerning. Mayfield may turn it around, but yeah, don't let him drag your roster down.
I'm also higher on Gardner Minshew than Bloom is. Minshew was dialed in on Sunday, and what continues to stand out about his is the mind/feet connection. If you watch the touchdown throw to Laviska Shenault Jr Jr., you can see how Minshew ties his feet to his decision-making.
He resets himself as he brings his eyes to the middle of the field, keeping himself in position to throw. Jay Gruden dialed up some creative designs for him and as such, I'm buying Minshew.
Waldman: Mark and Daniel, I will be slipping you $50 later for saying nice things about my No.2 quarterback in our Footballguys Super-Flex Staff League.