The Opening – For the first time since this fantasy league began in 2015, I am the top of the ladder. What a glorious feeling it is. Still a long way to go and a lot can happen. But there is nothing than beating the shit out of your friends in fantasy football.

Hotard Huddle Podcast – Ep49 releases Friday. As per usual, I will run the gauntlet of week 8 moments with the boys. Let’s get it! Tune in on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, etc. Listen to all episodes by going to podcast/videos tab.

As per usual, start this off with the Weekly Picks.

  • Cowboys +2.5 (Win)
  • Chargers -4 (Loss)
  • Browns -4 (Loss)
  • Bengals -11 (Loss)
  • Chiefs -10 (Loss)

Season Record: 16-23-1…OOOOOOOOF!

Saints QB Situation

Well, that’s over. The Saints have lost Jameis Winston for the season due to a torn ACL and damaged MCL. It came on a brutal horse collar from Devin White.

It is hard for me to root against Tom Brady. On that day, I was hating what I was seeing from the Bucs with dirty antics from the defense. It boiled over when I saw Winston go down. I wouldn’t necessarily call it dirty as I would unfortunate. White was trying to grab whatever he could and he unfortunately grabbed Winston in a spot that left him vulnerable.

I am just disappointed for Winston who was having his best season to date. I wanted to see what the Saints could do come post season and once Michael Thomas returns. Now, they will be stuck signing someone off the free agency market unless they do actually want to stick with Trevor Siemian or Taysom Hill. If so, barf.

I was personally hoping for a last minute splash for someone. I would have loved to see them grab Teddy Bridgewater back or go after some guys like Nick Foles or Gardner Minshew.

Now reports indicate Phillip Rivers would be open to coming out of retirement if the Saints were interested…

WHAT THE FUCK Y’ALL DOING? GET INTERESTED. It’s Phillip freaking Rivers.

Rams Land Von Miller

As if the Rams couldn’t get any better, they land Von Miller. Good lord. Now they have a trio of guys who can get after the quarterback to pair along with the best corner in the game, Jalen Ramsey. The Rams defense already leads the league in sacks thanks to Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd. Considering all roads to the SB are going to have to go through some great quarterbacks, pin your ears back and get to them.

Sure, this isn’t the Von Miller of 5 years ago. It isn’t the Von Miller who led one of the best defense in NFL history to a Super Bowl. That beauty is, he doesn’t need to be.

A Tale of Two Conferences

As we get deeper into the season, the AFC and NFC landscapes are shaping and both look undeniably different.

In the AFC with the Chiefs struggling, Titans losing Derrick Henry, I can’t even point to who the front runner is. Every team in the conference is underwhelming right now. That includes the Bills who just struggled against the Dolphins despite what the score says. Meanwhile, the Patriots are beginning to come around. But, will is sustain?

On the other side is the NFC, it is the opposite of the AFC. I am struggling to find the frontrunners for the SB in the AFC. In the NFC, there are a definitive 5 teams as of now. You have the Rams, Cardinals, Bucs, Cowboys and Packers. All of them look like Super Bowl teams. If the Saints can figure out their QB situation, that defense can carry them deep potentially being a quiet Super Bowl potential.

It’s just wild to think about. On one hand, I don’t know who to pick. On the other, there’s too many to pick.

Week 9 Power Rankings

  1. Los Angeles Rams (7-1)
  2. Arizona Cardinals (7-1)
  3. Dallas Cowboys (6-1)
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2)
  5. Green Bay Packers (7-1)
  6. Buffalo Bills (5-2)
  7. Tennessee Titans (6-2)
  8. New Orleans Saints (5-2)
  9. Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
  10. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3)
  11. Los Angeles Chargers (4-3)
  12. Las Vegas Raiders (5-2)
  13. New England Patriots (4-4)
  14. Kansas City Chiefs (4-4)
  15. Minnesota Vikings (3-4)
  16. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
  17. Cleveland Browns (4-4)
  18. Indianapolis Colts (3-5)
  19. San Francisco 49ers (3-4)
  20. Carolina Panthers (4-4)
  21. Seattle Seahawks (3-5)
  22. Denver Broncos (4-4)
  23. Chicago Bears (3-5)
  24. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)
  25. Atlanta Falcons (3-4)
  26. Washington Football Team (2-6)
  27. New York Jets (2-5)
  28. New York Giants (2-6)
  29. Miami Dolphins (1-7)
  30. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)
  31. Detroit Lions (0-8)
  32. Houston Texans (1-7)

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