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High Staked: Burning Questions

While watching Michael Thomas grab a cell phone from under the goalpost padding after his 72-yard touchdown Sunday, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one looking for an answer to this very important question: Did Thomas hide another phone under the opposite goalpost just in case he scored at the other end?

Apparently, yes, he did.

Some other questions I pondered on Sunday:

Do Rob Gronkowski’s owners have any hair left to pull out? If you drafted Gronk in the FFPC Main Event and you still happen to be competitive in your league, then, congratulations, you’ve likely beaten the odds. I ranted about him last week, but frustrated Gronk owners again needed a viable backup plan – like Michael Thomas and his dual cell phones – to cover what ended up being another inactive status, this time in the Sunday night game against the Packers. Which brings me to …

Could Cordarrelle Patterson be a thing? The Patriots play the Titans next week before their bye, and, at the moment, there seems to be a decent chance that Gronk and Sony Michel, who was also inactive last night, will both play. But in case New England decides to hold out both (or even just Michel) until after the bye, Patterson got a decent amount of rushing work in a hybrid Ty Montgomery-like role, and he’s barely owned in Main Event leagues. With the Patriots always a threat to be flexed into primetime by NBC – thus making it essential to have fallback plans for questionable players – Patterson could be worth adding down the stretch.

Could Jeff Heuerman also be a thing? In FFPC scoring, which awards 1.5 points per catch for tight ends, it’s a good idea to always be on the lookout for possible breakouts at the position. The fourth-year Heuerman, who has been mired in a TE committee all season, busted out yesterday in the wake of the vacancy created by last week’s trade of Demaryius Thomas to the Texans. Still available in a number of leagues, Heuerman is worth stashing as an emergency starter, particularly at the hard-hit tight end position, and his upcoming Week 10 bye week could keep his price relatively low.

What happened to Courtland Sutton and D.J. Moore? Heuerman seemed to get the targets that everyone thought would go to Sutton, who disappointed with only three catches for 57 yards. Moore was also expected to see a lot of work with Torrey Smith inactive, but he logged just one catch and 48 total yards, ceding the big plays to Curtis Samuel, who scored twice. Samuel, it should be mentioned, is also barely owned in Main Event.

Is James White the high-stakes fantasy MVP? Perhaps the biggest regret I have regarding our drafts is that we targeted Rex Burkhead over White, who scored two more TDs yesterday and, along with Pittsburgh’s James Conner, has provided first-round value so far this season. It will be interesting to see how many league-winning teams have White or Conner on their rosters.

Finally, a reminder for everyone new to the Main Event: All players, except kickers and defenses, dropped in waivers in Week 10 or later are locked for the remainder of the season and cannot be reclaimed. So if you’re sick of holding on to Le’Veon Bell — and, really, who among us isn’t? — then just know that you can safely drop him without worrying someone else will pick him up. I probably wouldn’t recommend it, though. Yet.

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