Tuesday, October 16, 2012

32 Fantasy Football Thoughts

AFC East

The Patriots secondary is awful. They are making rookies look like future hall of famers. Next up, Mark Sanchez. The offense is still a power, but can approve. Left a lot of points on the field Sunday.

Buffalo is still confusing fans. They went into Arizona and got it done. Their defense finally showed up against the Cardinals atrocious offensive line, and Spiller and Freddie Jax found pay dirt.

Miami eeked out the victory over St. Louis. Reggie Bush and Brian Hartline completely disappointed owners, but Tannehill found a way to throw two touchdowns and get the W.

The Jets outsmarted the Colts and rookie QB Andrew Luck. Shonn Greene also got loose, scoring three times and putting up monster yardage. He's a nice sell high guy if you can, he'll be talking about that game for years. 

AFC North 

Pittsburgh looks old and tired. Rashard Mendenhall is back healthy, but the wide receivers and Ben Roethlisberger are underwhelming opponents. The Titans showed that the Pittsburgh defense has lost more than a step too.

Baltimore is going to have a tough rest of the year. They lost their best cornerback in Lardarius Webb and their emotional leader, Ray Lewis. The offense has to pick up the slack, and that is good news for fantasy owners, but the feeling is sinking in Baltimore overall.

Cincinnati lost to Cleveland, but the big boy tandem of Dalton and Green are here to stay. Arguably the hottest duo in the league, I think AJ Green could be the best in the league in year two, amazing.

Cleveland got their first win of the year in a game against Cincy, and that's a nice sign for the Browns. The bad news is Trent Richardson got banged up, so owners must keep an eye on him this week. Josh Gordon hit on a deep touchdown catch, and has the look of being a weekly deep threat. 

AFC South

The Colts got pummeled by the Jets, and learned a valuable lesson. The NFL is a weekly grind and anyone can be beat. New starting RB Vick Ballard underwhelmed, as did the whole offense, but the feeling is they will respond this week. 

The Jaguars coming off a bye look forward to getting on track. They need to. 

Tennessee surprised everyone and beat the Steelers on Thursday. With Matt Hasslbeck at QB, he and the team look comfortable. Keep an eye on WR Kendall Wright, he's ascending. I saw some good stuff from Chris Johnson too, don't give up on him this year. He'll have some big games.

Houston lost big at home to Green Bay, showing that the AFC might actually have no elite teams this year. Playing their first game without Brian Cushing, they were thrown on all game. They need to respond and quickly. Arian Foster is a stud, even when he's not. A two touchdown game saved his terrible rushing totals.

AFC West

San Diego blew the game vs. Denver, and Ryan Matthews is still being used incorrectly. Keep him around and in lineups, something has to change, and soon.

Denver is rounding into shape after the impressive come from behind win in San Diego. Manning looks sharp and Decker and Thomas are very good plays, as always. McGahee is beginning to slow down, not a bad time to add Ronnie Hillman if you have a roster spot.

The Chiefs got pummeled in Tampa Bay and they are not a good team moving forward. When they play a poor run stopping team, Charles will feast, otherwise it's hit or miss, because teams don't need to take away the passing game. It doesn't exist.

Raiders came out of their bye-week and looked good against Atlanta. They could've certainly won the game. McFadden looked better, but still nowhere near elite. Palmer put up numbers but threw a costly pick six. Denarius Moore was the recipient of Palmer's big yardage totals. 

NFC East

The Giant's offense looks strong. As long as Bradshaw is healthy, they have a nice running game. Victor Cruz is a top 3 fantasy WR. Nicks and Hixon are still in play. 

Redskins. RGIII returned in a big way. He is a great option against teams that don't have strong running linebackers. I like RG3 moving forward, but be cautious with him. Still a long way to go, and he's coming off the concussion from a week ago.

The Eagles are lost. Vick looked up and down like always, but they are losing games they should be winning. Keep Vick on trade talks to see if you can upgrade. It was nice to Maclin finally appear, but I don't have too much faith in him long term.

Cowboys lost a close game late. Dez Bryant was good, but could've been better. Romo saved a slow day for some good final numbers. Demarco Murray got hurt and looks to be out for week 7, he's always an injury risk, look to Felix Jones to get his carries this week vs. Carolina.

NFC North

The Vikings struggled against the Redskins and couldn't keep up. AP looked ok, nothing special, but the Ponder/Harvin/Rudolph connection proved to be legit once again. I like all three moving ahead.

Chicago was on a bye-week and looks to keep it rolling this week with Cutler and his healthy offense reenergized.

Green Bay showed they aren't done. Rodgers threw a ridiculous six touchdowns and Jordy Nelson was the recipient of three of them. James Jones continues to be a play with Greg Jennings still out. Alex Green looked fine as a replacement for Ced Benson. 

Detroit had a nice win in Philly. Stafford struggled all game until the end. He finished with a solid fantasy game. The running game is still in flux, so don't rely on Leshoure blindly. CJ is always a must start.

AFC South

. Matt Ryan and Roddy White were on again this week. Julio Jones was solid, and Mike Turner struggled a bit. Atlanta is on a bye this week. 

New Orleans was on a bye. They look to get in going against TB this weekend.

Carolina was on a bye, Cam and the gang need to get it moving, and quickly.

Tampa Bay is intriguing. Josh Freeman threw three score, and Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams had big games. Dougie Martin didn't produce any news worthy stats, and seems a little overwhelmed at times. 

NFC West 

Arizona struggled offensively. William Powell looked solid and should be rostered. Their o-line isn't good so it's going to be hard to rely on any offensive weapons not named Larry Fitzgerald too often.

San Francisco took a huge step back against the Giants. No one had a good game and that starts with Alex Smith. He is suspect, especially against good teams.

Seattle and Russell Wilson came to play against the Patriots. He threw for a career high and found an array of receivers. He could be a matchup play moving ahead. Marshawn Lynch struggled against a good Pats run defense, but he'll respond. They play San Fran this week in a tough matchup.

The Rams were close to winning in Miami, but don't have enough fire power. Steven Jackson is now in a timeshare with Daryl Richardson, keep that in mind. Their receivers were lead by Brandon Gibson, but I'm hesitant to rely on him. Avoid the Rams fantasy situation. 

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