Justin Fields draft stock has been on a roller coaster in 2020.
He started off as the clear cut QB2 behind Trevor Lawrence. Then after some average performances against Indiana (3 interceptions) and Northwestern (114 yards 3 interceptions), everyone in the country turned their eyes to the Mormons and Zach Wilson.
Ohio state was the hot topic. “Is Justin Fields good under pressure” “Is Justin Fields only good because of the talent around him” “Ohio State is a bad team, with an easy schedule that got into the playoff because of their name”
The critics wanted a test for the young QB and the playoff gave it to them. If Fields wanted to be back in the conversation of “next QB to ruin his life on the Jets” he had to show up against Clemson.
He did more than just show up last night…
Clemson has produced insane defensive players over the past few years and their defense this year kept that trend. Fields made them look like a pop Warner squad.
I get the argument that one game doesn’t matter. It kinda does…
If I’m an NFL GM, I want a kid who can step up in big time situations. When the lights are on you need someone who won’t crumble. Fields has shown over the past two years that he is a star in these situations.
Could he use some help in regular situations? Sure! He’s not always going to have Ohio State level talent around him, but give him time in the NFL and he will be one of the next great QBs.
The theme of Week 5 was, “I can’t believe I didn’t start ____”. The Texas were a fantasy unit with two players combining for over 100 points. Aaron Jones owns the city of Dallas and The Pats are still really good. All of that is behind us. Lets look forward to another week of beautiful football.
UK Game of the week: Panthers vs. Bucs
I misspoke last week when I thought that we would wake up with football. This week is the time for that though, 9 am here we go. I love me some CMC, but they don’t have the range to compete with a very competitive Bucs defense.
Prediction: Bucs defense leads them to a big win
TANK BOWL ALERT!!!!! Redskins vs. Dolphins
Here it is folks. Both teams are god awful. One of them has to leave with a win….or a 0-0 tie. I want to bet against the Redskins, I really do, but there’s just no way. There are no winners, only trash.
TANK BOWL CHAMPION? Not the viewers, but the Redskins win the game.
Saints vs. Jags
This is a classic battle of a high powered offense (Saints) and a Crushing defense (Jags). That is not to take away from Minshew Mania, but you can’t forget about what Josh Allen is doing on the edge. Teddy Bridgewater, Michael Thomas, and Alvin Kamara look like they’ll be too much for them to handle.
Prediction: The Saints keep marching as the team that was counted out
Bengals vs. Ravens
I don’t need a summary. I all I need to say is, put in every Ravens player you have on your fantasy team.
Prediction: Ravens steam roll the Bengals
Seahawks vs. Browns
I want to say the Browns will upset the Hawks, I just can’t. They have too many issues. I really hope I’m wrong about this one.
Prediction: Seahawks crush the Browns. James falls deeper into misery
Eagles vs. Vikings
The eagles defense is pretty good, but Kirk Cousins is really bad. This has been an awesome NFC match up in recent years, but Carson hasn’t seemed the same. Like I said, I have no faith in Kirk
Prediction: Eagles win
GAME OF THE WEEK: Texans vs. Chiefs
This has all the pieces to be an offensive shoot out. Pat has been flat recently and is set for a big bounce back game. Deshaun Watson is coming off a huge performance. I think the Texans defense is the deciding factor.
Prediction: Texans win by a couple scores
Falcons vs. Cards
Battle of the Bad Birds. Under performing Falcons battling an underwhelming coach (Looking at you Kliff bar). I really think the young Cardinals have a chance to really show what they’re made of.
Prediction: Cards win.
49ers vs. Rams
This game is a statement game. Not for the 49ers. The Rams need this win. Right now, they might be in the toughest division in football this year. The 49ers defense is a beast. Their offense… ehhhhh.
Prediction: 49ers pull off a huge divisional win.
Titans vs. Broncos
Titans are inconsistent, the Broncos suck.
Prediction: Titans win. Mariota is still boring.
Cowboys vs. Jets
Man we are really scraping the bottom of the barrel for these games.
Prediction: The Cowboys win and we hear ” We Dem Boys” until they play the eagles next week.
Steelers vs. Chargers
This is another game that has been awesome in recent years. It is also another game that I think will fall flat. The chargers will bounce back.
Prediction: Chargers offense outweighs the Steelers defense
MONDAY NIGHT: Packers vs. Lions
This game was close to being my game of the week. The Lions are a fun team to watch this year. The Packers defense is legit good. This will be another classic Monday night battle.
Going into every NFL season I always think, “The Jets are actually going to be a threat this year.” I did the same thing this year. They added Bell, Mosley, Williams, and Osemele. I think Adam Gase is overrated so that was a negative, but other than ol’ crazy eyes Gase, The Jets Stacked up and made me think they were going for a playoff push.
Then poor Sam Darnold. The Guy gets roasted online for having mono like he’s still in high school and now, it sounds like he will miss more time because he has an enlarged spleen. This guy would be suiting up with a water balloon inside of him ready to pop with the slightest hit. I will say, I’m not the biggest Darnold fan. I thought he got really lucky at USC during his sophomore season. Most of the time, it looked like he would just throw a pass and hope for the best. He also looks like the jock douche in any teen movie ever made.
All that being said, he has looked good for the Jets, and is honestly the face of their franchise for years to come. Losing him for this long hurts them bad. Especially after losing Trevor Siemian for the year against the very underrated Browns (Shameless plug for my Dawgs). Most teams are made by the man under center. The only win that comes from Darnold being out, is that Gase gets an excuse to keep his job for maybe an extra year.