Monday Night Observations

So I was down 10 and had Jay Cutler and DeVante Parker going. My opponent, Jeff Erickson, had Devin Funchess, Jarvis Landry and Christian McCaffrey. Given his players scored five TDs, we don’t need to do the precise math. Oh, and I had the Dolphins plus nine for God knows what reason.

• Cam Newton missed a throw or two, was victimized by a couple drops but still had a monster fantasy game with four TD passes, 254 passing yards and 95 yards on the ground. He’s running as much as ever, and the team will get Greg Olsen back after the bye.

• Funchess was quiet for much of the game, but caught five of his six targets for 92 yards and scored twice. He looked pretty quick for such a big receiver on the screen he took to the end zone for his first score. He’s worth at least as much now as Kelvin Benjamin ever was, though Olsen’s return could complicate things.

• Curtis Samuel dropped a would-be TD, but caught five of seven targets for 45 yards. Newton looks his way, and though it’s mostly short stuff, he did see a downfield shot on the TD drop.

• Despite scoring twice, Christian McCaffrey actually had a pedestrian game – only three catches for 27 yards on seven targets and 23 yards rushing. Jonathan Stewart came back from the dead to rush for 110 yards against a soft Miami defense.

• Jay Cutler played okay, though he missed wide open receivers at least twice. Cutler has good timing, is willing to take a hit to get a throw off, but he’s usually slinging the ball with his arm rather than stepping into his throws. He didn’t have a ton of time to throw, but he wasn’t under assault, either. Just a lot of flinging it and hoping for the best.

• DeVante Parker saw nine targets, Kenny Stills eight and Jarvis Landry 10. Landry mostly gets short stuff, but caught a garbage-time TD.

• For some reason Damian Williams started, but Kenyan Drake had the big play, a 66-yard TD run. Each had two catches.

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After a big Week 9, Julius Thomas was quiet but for a shovel-pass TD catch at the goal line.

• For some reason, I thought Adam Gase was a good coach heading into the year. Maybe it was what he got out of Ryan Tannehill last year. But this is one of the weakest down-in, down-out teams in the league, much worse than its record.