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Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Fantasy Football Analyst

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December 23, 2022 9:25 pm

Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Fantasy Football Analyst

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December 23, 2022 9:25 pm

Jamey Eisenberg joined Zach to discuss some start/sits for this week and the best waiver wire additions. 

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Throughout the 60s and 70s, cops hunted down key figures of the Dixie Mafia, including its enigmatic ringleader, Kirksey Nix. I'm interested in making money.

I'm not interested in hurting people. Fifteen years into Kirksey's life sentence, the Dixie Mafia was practically folklore, but that would soon change. I'm Jed Lipinski. This is Gone South, a documentary podcast from C-13 Originals, a Cadence 13 studio. Season 2, The Dixie Mafia. Available now on the Odyssey app, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Jamie, appreciate it as always. Let me just first start you off with DeAndre Hopkins with the injuries at quarterback, and now it's going to be Trace McSorley starting for the Cardinals. How do you kind of figure out if you play or don't play DeAndre Hopkins and how great of a wide receiver he is? I think the quarterback play in Arizona, much like the phone connection we just had is bad. McSorley's not going to help DeAndre Hopkins.

The nice thing about it is he's probably going to pepper him with Target. So he goes from a slam dunk, borderline top five receiver, to more of a top 20 guy. It's very hard to get away from somebody who's A, going to see as many targets he's going to get as bad as the quarterback play might be, and B, a receiver in a good weather situation.

So we have a lot of that going on this weekend. So if I have Hopkins, I really must have a stacked roster suspension this week. When you look at Mike Evans, T. Higgins, DJ Moore, if you had to pick two to play, who would the two be out of those three to play this week?

Sounds like a personal question. It is. So it's Mike Evans, DJ Moore, and who's the third one? T. Higgins. Yeah, Higgins is a must play. I actually give a slight lean toward DJ Moore over Mike Evans.

I think they're kind of similar obviously. Two guys have struggled for a good portion of the season, but DJ Moore has got the better matchup this week. So the Lions are number two in fantasy points allowed to receivers, as bad as DJ Moore has been, as bad as probably you think of Sam Darnold. In the three games those guys have played together, two of them have been good for DJ Moore. The one was where their run game was going so well against Seattle a couple weeks ago. They're not going to run on Detroit. So I think we may see a season high in pass attempts for Sam Darnold and maybe one of the better games for DJ Moore.

And then one more personal question here, Jamie Eisenberg. If you then had then the option of Mike Evans or DeAndre Hopkins, who would you go with? Yeah, I still play Hopkins there. Again, the thing that I like about Evans this week is he's at 112 yards away from the 1,000 yard season that he needs to get nine straight.

But this is also a game where you've heard Tom Brady say he doesn't want to throw the ball 40 plus times, 50 plus times. They can actually run on the Cardinals, so I wouldn't be surprised if we maybe see a little bit downturn in the attempts. I still think Evans is a good play, but I would go, of the receivers that you have, I think unfortunately Evans is just the last one on the list. Talking to Jamie Eisenberg right now, what's your view on the Eagles with now Jalen Hurts out of the lineup, Gardner Minshew in, and how that affects every other option that people have been using with the Eagles this year?

It's a drop off, but I don't think it's a dramatic drop off. You're still talking about a guy in Gardner Minshew who showed last year in two starts for the Eagles that he wasn't bad. You saw what he did in Jacksonville. There was a lot of up and down moments, but he's never had a supporting cast like this with a coach like this in this situation. So great offensive line, A.J. Brown, Devontae Smith, Dallas Goddard. It's a high scoring game, at least that's what Vegas is telling us.

I think Minshew is going to be okay. It started as a guy that I said, oh you've got to pick up off waivers, I'm going to rank him around 13-14. He's now up to nine in my rankings and I'm excited about it. I'm playing him in a bunch of playoffs this weekend, I'm going to play him in DFS. I think it's just a big opportunity here for a guy that, you look at the tangibles, his college coach has passed away, I think you put on a good performance from Mike Leach as well.

Talking to Jamie Eisenberg from CBS Sports, his great job as their fantasy guru. Darren Waller returned last week, got a touchdown. Do you trust him again going up against the Steelers?

I think it depends on who you have. It's not an easy matchup and Derek Carr's history and temperatures like this are absolutely miserable. You have a couple of things that are working against him. Road games, Steelers, obviously that place is going to be lit because of the Franco Harris situation on just the top of the pack this primetime game in Pittsburgh. So I think Waller is mid-tier number one tight end. I'm not going to get cute and play Taysom Hill for example over him.

But if I've been going with somebody else that I trust, I'll say it's Austin Knox. I like his setup a little bit better even in a bad situation in Chicago because of the weather. I think some of those short area passes will favor Knox. So Waller's a guy that I'm playing in a couple of playoffs and I think he'll be okay.

You just have to hope that he finds the end zone. There's always a quarterback or two each and every year that you don't see overtaking Fantasy. But this year it's been Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields. We obviously talked about Jalen Hurts not being in the lineup this weekend. Jalen, Justin Fields going up against the Bills. What type of weekend do you think Fantasy-wise for Justin Fields is in store?

I just think you got to keep expectations in check. It's a good defense. The weather is going to be awful so the minimal passing that he has been giving you is probably going to go a little bit south as well. There's some offensive line concerns. So it's hard to get away from him because he's basically 60 yards and a touchdown on the ground on a week to week basis. So he may run a little bit more which isn't a bad thing. And so I think just given the circumstances it's not going to be I think the highest ceiling for Justin Fields. But again if he's gotten you to this point and you don't have another option like I'm not turning to Gardner Mincey over Justin Fields yet, I would still stick with Fields in that scenario.

So I think it'll be good. I just don't think it'll be the 40 plus point game like we saw against the Dolphins in week 9 for example. Around how many quarterbacks because I'm sure there's a lot of people that didn't draft Justin Fields to be their number 1 quarterback in Fantasy and then drafted him to be their number 2 or picked him up in free agency. How many quarterbacks do you think this weekend just a rough estimate that you would start over Justin Fields? I'd start him over Rodgers. I'd start him over Brady. I'd start him over Dak. I'd still start him over Cousins. That's one I've struggled with but I think he's still got more upside if things go right. If you run for two touchdowns and then you throw for one, he's just got that type of player. So even though the wind is going to be bad it doesn't impact him as much. It doesn't impact Justin Allen as much because of what those guys do with their legs.

So he's one of those guys that's kind of weather proof at this point because he's not relying on his arm to get you his fantasy points. What about Herbert? Who would you go Herbert or Fields?

I'd go Herbert. I think what we saw was a little frustrating game from him last week against the Titans because that defense had been so bad. But primetime game, Colts are obviously tanking at this point with the quarterback decision that they're making.

So again, no weather issues. He's got his receivers back. I think he's going to light up the Colts. Jamie Eisenberg here with us. Besides some of the obvious, who are some of your must plays this weekend when you kind of look at the lay of the land?

Love J.K. Dobbins. I think you look at what he's done the last two weeks and so people are a little bit concerned because lack of role in the passing game and no Lamar Jackson. But the Falcons have been bad against the run the majority of the season. Again, back to back 120 yard games.

I think he's going to have a big opportunity there. The quarterback, I think you could look at if you couldn't get your hands on Gardner Mitchell. If he's available, Daniel Jones. Taking on the Vikings, they've been very bad.

You want to go a little bit deeper than that. Good DFS play for this week is Sam Darnall against the Lions. Again, bad secondary. Tough to run on so we may see a better game from him. Some other running backs, I think you look at AJ Dillon has been on a nice roll.

You can turn to him as well. Three touchdowns in the last three games. 17 plus PPR points over that span. They're going to run against the Dolphins. At least they're going to try and so Dillon's in a good spot. One of my favorite receiver plays for this week is Marquise Goodwin.

No Tyler Lockett. He's out with a finger injury so taking on the Chiefs, probably chasing points. They're 10 point underdogs. He's had five games this season with at least five targets. Two of those he's gone over 20 PPR points so there's a good opportunity. Good matchup.

He's somebody you can turn to. And then Taysom Hill. I think we're getting reports.

Understandably so. No Chris Olave. Terrible weather in Cleveland. Why would you try to throw Andy Dalton out there? Let Taysom Hill do a little bit more. Maybe even be the league quarterback. And we've seen he's going to run.

And so those type of guys you can get by. If you play DFS on FanDuel, you can play them at tight end. So if you can play them at tight end and your redraft leagues as well, that's a pretty big advantage. I remember a few years ago, Jeff Wilson Jr. was available in a lot of leagues on waiver wire heading into this playoff time of the year. And you said pick him up, pick him up, pick him up.

And I listened to you. It won me my league because he had a monstrous game. Is there someone right now that's on waiver wire? And that's someone you can get and maybe start to think okay that could actually help you win a matchup this weekend. I think that the two guys that I just mentioned, that might be the most available. Mark Yusko and Taysom Hill. Sorry. Those two are probably the best ones. You got it. Jamie Eisenberg, we appreciate the time as always. Thanks so much. Thank you. Appreciate it. Take care guys.

Happy holidays. Throughout the 60s and 70s, cops hunted down key figures of the Dixie Mafia, including its enigmatic ringleader, Kirksey Nix. I'm interested in making money.

I'm not interested in hurting people. 15 years into Kirksey's life sentence, the Dixie Mafia was practically folklore, but that would soon change. I'm Jed Lipinski. This is Gone South, a documentary podcast from C-13 Originals, a Cadence 13 studio. Season 2, The Dixie Mafia.

Available now on the Odyssey app or wherever you get your podcasts. Throughout the 60s and 70s, cops hunted down key figures of the Dixie Mafia, including its enigmatic ringleader, Kirksey Nix. I'm interested in making money.

I'm not interested in hurting people. 15 years into Kirksey's life sentence, the Dixie Mafia was practically folklore, but that would soon change. I'm Jed Lipinski. This is Gone South, a documentary podcast from C-13 Originals, a Cadence 13 studio. Season 2, The Dixie Mafia. Available now on the Odyssey app or wherever you get your podcasts.
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