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Jen’s Friday Night Insights: Just Do It

by Jen Polvogt

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, go! Nothing is happening. Let’s try this again. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, go! Still nothing. My brain isn’t working and neither is my body. Why isn’t anything happening? Because. Because sometimes your brain and your body need a rest.

I’ve recently been listening to “The 5 Second Rule” by Mel Robbins on Audible. The very basic, and often successful technique is that the second you have an action thought in your brain, you count down from five, then take immediate action. 

For example, take an action item from your to-do list, count down from five and start. Just do it. It’s that easy. By processing your to-do list in that way, you eliminate the option to talk yourself out of the said task. I’m really enjoying the book and have used the “5-second rule” in many areas of my life and have achieved success when I utilize it almost every time.

As I sit in my rented condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, writing this column, I have tried to institute the rule with my writing. But nothing was happening. My brain would not actively engage to pump out anything that anyone wants to read. Or so I’m telling myself.

The thing is that it’s OK to not be OK. It’s also alright to not always be 100 percent if your brain doesn’t want to fully engage every once in a while. Mel Robbins’ book and concept are amazing. She has Successfully helped me navigate through my own procrastination and laziness. I recommend the book (or e-book) to anyone who is looking to make a positive change in their life. But if it’s not your speed, don’t worry, sometimes it’s OK to just do nothing at all.

Now, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, let’s look at Week 3 in the NFL and talk about some receivers who could be players that “just do it” this week for fantasy managers.

Jen’s Friday Night Insights

Quintez Cephus (WR, Detroit Lions)

Please wait while I try to stop gagging because I’m about to say something positive about a Lions player. I’m not not a fan of the Lions, it’s just that they aren’t a great team. Aside from tight end, T.J. Hockenson, and running back, D’Andre Swift, there’s not a whole lot of excitement coming from the Lions. That said, Quintez Cephus has proven that the role as WR1 in that offense is his for the taking.

Cephus didn’t do anything extraordinary in Week 1. With six targets going for three receptions, 12 yards and one touchdown, it seemed like his position on fantasy leagues’ free agency or managers’ benches was warranted. Week 2, however, showed us that he may soon be elevated to our starting lineups. He was targeted seven times for four receptions, 63 yards and a touchdown. 

His future as the WR1 is still undetermined, but many are pleased with his performance through two weeks. Fellow wide receiver, Tyrell Williams, was also placed on the Injured Reserved list (IR). Cephus is rostered in 7.5 percent of ESPN leagues, so you will likely be able to pick him up if your team is looking for receiving help. 

Darnell Mooney (WR, Chicago Bears)

Darnell Mooney has a new man in charge with quarterback Justin Fields, who is likely taking control of the pigskin on Sunday. The second-year receiver has some pretty hefty stats behind him and has only been overshadowed because of poor quarterback play.

Darnell Mooney currently leads Chicago in receptions (11) and receiving yards (92).

Justin Fields is likely taking over for Andy Dalton who is not expected to play with an injured knee. In Week 1, Mooney had 26 receiving yards with his five catches from seven targets. Then, in Week 2, he had 66 receiving yards on six catches from eight targets. This week should put fantasy managers at ease as the Bears take on the Browns, who are down receivers and may struggle to move the ball themselves. 

Mooney has the speed and Fields has the arm for deep throws in Week 3. Plus, with fellow receiver, Allen Robinson, on the field, Robinson will be over-covered as the WR1 in the Bears’ offense. Robinson and Mooney have shared equal target rates at 20 percent each.

Fields and Mooney were money in the preseason and their chemistry during training camp was palpable. While Mooney is still only rostered in 50 percent of ESPN leagues, he’s a surefire “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” start as you head into Week 3.

I’m here to join the conversation, drink in hand and watch the upcoming 2021 NFL season unfold. Cheers! If you choose to make any of my drink recipes, I’d love to see them! Please take a picture and tag me!

Bi-Weekly Drink Recipe:

Jalapeño Margarita

  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1.5 teaspoons light agave nectar
  • .5 jalapeño cut into thin, round slices
  • Kosher salt for rim
  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, pour over ice in a salt-rimmed glass and enjoy!

Thanks for reading, and follow me on Twitter for more motherly and fantasy sports advice @JenPolvogt.

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