Improbably, there’s more. Five days before Mariota’s visual delights in Kansas City, another “M.M.,” McKenzie Milton, quarterbacked the University of Central Florida to a Peach Bowl win over Auburn, which cemented UCF (13-0) as the only unbeaten team among the 129 playing top-rung college football.
Hawaii has annexed a football giddiness generally unavailable to states ranked No. 40 in population (a stat that further credits Hawaii). While Tagovailoa thrived in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, citizens told of audible bursts of cheering ringing up and down Honolulu streets. “It’s the year of the Hawaiian quarterback in America!” tweeted local sports host Kanoa Leahey.
New England visits Denver on Sunday night, and the Broncos have been vulnerable defensively. With these teams trending in opposite directions, the hunch here is that Burkhead will get enough touches and maybe a plunge into the end zone. But while there are plenty who like Burkhead’s upside, owners should only be inserting him into the lineup if their RB depth is severely lacking in Week 10. With a receiving corps that has been banged up, Burkhead offers Tom Brady another solid receiving option out of the backfield to help compensate. Not everyone is on board given the committee approach the Patriots utilize. Burkhead is owned in nearly 11 percent of ESPN leagues.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans: In a new development, Hopkins did not practice Friday after practicing both Wednesday and Thursday. There’s been no statement by the team, but owners will need to monitor Friday’s injury report and his status for Sunday. Hopkins is back to a must-start this season, no matter the matchup.
Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals: One way or another Arizona will be without its quarterback for an extended period. Hopefully Palmer owners have another capable quarterback on the roster because typically the waiver wire has few quarterbacks with upside. For those looking, Case Keenum of the Vikings has a tantalizing matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Keenum is owned in just 11.6 percent of ESPN leagues.