Monday, October 8, 2012

Team by Team Fantasy Tidbits





AFC East

The Patriots are putting up points in their up-tempo pace, and that's great news for fantasy owners. Stevan Ridley rushed for over 150 yards and can be seen as a strong RB2 for the rest of the way. Wes Welker is back, and this offense will only expand when Aaron Hernandez returns.

Buffalo is hit or miss. Ryan Fitzpatrick is awful, and CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson are both dinged up. Only start your Bills against bad teams, when they face a good defense, they are too easy to contain because of the limitations at QB.

Miami is for real, sort of. Their defense is legit, and Ryan Tannehill is better than advertised. Reggie Bush is a must start, and even though Brian Hartline came back to earth this week, he is still Miami's number one receiving threat and a WR3.

The Jets are going to get destroyed tonight and don't have any fantasy relevant player on their roster.

AFC North 

Pittsburgh ran into a very good Philly defense and still came out on top. The return of Rashard Mendenhall is the big story, and he looked good. Continue to start him in all lineups. Disappointing performance for Mike Wallace, but Philly's defense is that good, better weeks are to come. Antonio Brown is pretty consistent especially in PPR leagues, WR2 each week.

I have no explanation for the gameplan of the Ravens vs Kansas City, but they killed owners yesterday. Ray Rice did his thing, but Flacco, Torrey Smith, and Pitta all did nothing.

Cincinnati welcomed back Bernard Scott and he led the Bengals in rushing, this is quite concerning for Benjarvus Green-Ellis owners. AJ Green is a stud and quickly becoming a top-5 WR in the league. Dalton is an adequate bench/backup QB that will have some big games ahead.

The good news for Cleveland Brown's fans is that Trent Richardson is a beast and an absolutely fantasy stud. He's an all-around back and if re-drafts took place today, he would be a top 5 pick. The bad news is that the soon to be 29 year old Brandon Weeden is not the answer. Norwood's nine catches appear to be an abnormality, and shouldn't be a waiver wire add anytime soon.

AFC South

Great to see Indianapolis' emotional win. They are a team on the rise with a franchise and QB2 in Andrew Luck. It's obvious that he has connected with Reggie Wayne who is a weekly must play. Donald Brown contributed nicely for owners that started him with other backs on a bye-week. Keep Brown on the roster for good matchups and insurance.

The Jaguars got pummeled. MJD was solid, but certainly not spectacular and he did all he could against that strong Bears defense.

Tennessee continues to look awful. Chris Johnson owners should've sold high last week, the schedule doesn't get much better either in coming weeks. Hasselbeck found rookie Kendall Wright nine times, but with the return of Kenny Britt, it's going to be hard for him to be a fantasy starter for your teams. Avoid all Titans.

Houston plays tonight and should wallop the Jets.

AFC West

Norv Turner doesn't know what he's doing, that's obvious by now. At least Ryan Matthews made his return in a big way. Only had 12 carries, but he showed his explosiveness in the receiving game as well. Will be a force the rest of the way, get him in there. I hope owners didn't listen to the nonsense and start Jackie Battle. I don't really trust Robert Meachem, but Malcolm Floyd is clearly the Chargers WR1 and can be used as a WR3 for your teams. Gates looks like he's slowing down to a crawl's pace, keep an eye on him and try to upgrade at the TE position if you can on the wire.

Denver. Peyton is back and Demaryius Thomas is the recipient. Thomas is quickly becoming an elite fantasy WR and Peyton is always worth a start, especially when the matchup is right. McGahee owners quickly learned that New England's rush defense is for real this year, and he isn't good enough to do it on his on.

The Chiefs have Jamaal Charles and that's about it. Dwayne Bowe is a stud, but not with that QB play that he has around him. Start Charles weekly, and make sure Bowe has a good matchup before you blindly start him moving forward.

Raiders had a bye this week and better make sure to get McFadden going next week.

NFC East

The Giants showed that not only does Cleveland's defense awful, but it doesn't matter whose around Eli to get things done. He is always a bit risky, but when the matchup is right, he's a must start. Ahmad Bradshaw reappeared in a huge way. 200 yards is nothing to sneeze at, and took advantage of Andre Brown leaving the game with a concussion to keep his job long-term. Start Bradshaw while he's feeling good. Cruz is a beast and there's not five wide receivers I would rather have then him on my teams. Hixon was solid and should be rostered with Nicks and Barden out.

Redskins. If you've read my work lately, I warned you about Robert Griffin. He gets hit too much and played against terrible teams to put up his big numbers. That all came crashing down this past weekend against a good Falcons team. Hopefully he comes back soon, or you'll have an issue at the QB spot. Alfred Morris appears to be the real deal and savvy owners who have him will continue to play him, he's producing big time. Garcon and the rest of the WR's are hit or miss. Be cautious with them.

The Eagles are basically LeSean McCoy and a fifty-fifty chance with Vick and the wide receivers. I don't trust any of them, and you can throw in Brent Celek too. I don't owning them and I doubt you do either. Make note, never again.

Cowboys were on a bye week. They have plenty of issues of their own, and I don't know how fixable they really are. I like Miles Austin at WR, but not many other weapons. I would also look to trade Demarco Murray, because this has to be the longest he's gone without being hurt, or banged up. It's coming soon.

NFC North

The Vikings are for real, and even though Adrian Peterson didn't have a huge game, he is a strong runningback to own. This actually has been his pattern over the past few years. He'll have big games, but he's not consistent enough to be considered elite anymore. But do you know who is elite? Percy Harvin is a force in all formats and only gets better. A must start, and a real difference maker. I continue to recommend owning Christian Ponder and he'll only improve over the year. He threw his first, and second interceptions of the year, but he had two passing touchdowns and looked good against a poor Titans defense, that's what he should have done. Kyle Rudolph is a weekly top ten tight end, without a doubt.

Chicago's defense is the story. If you own them, congrats, you realize how important a strong defense really is in fantasy football lineups. Brandon Marshall reappeared a big way after a down week last game, continue with him in lineups. Matt Forte came back and rushed for over one hundred yards, a great sign for owners. Michael Bush disappeared, giving way to Armond Allen late in the game. Don't go crazy, Allen is their third back and not worth rostering.

Green Bay was the upset of the day, losing to the Colts. Aaron Rodgers had a nice game, as well as fill in James Jones and even Randall Cobb. Both are worthy starts as long as Greg Jennings is out. Jermichael Finley got hurt again, never draft him, he's a terrible tight end to rely on. Cedric Benson also got hurt, and after the game said it wasn't a bad injury. We'll monitor it for you, but keep an eye on him, he has plenty of mileage on those wheels.

Detroit had a bye-week and must get Stafford and the offense going more than they have been. Arguably the Lions have been the biggest disappointment of the season so far.

AFC South

Atlanta
. I don't love owning wide receivers who are competing with teammates for the catches and the right to be called their "number one guy." Last week it was Roddy White who had a big game, this week it was Julio Jones. Both are great, but for owners a bit frustrating. Even though Matt Ryan is now a weekly must start, those receivers are also battling Tony Gonzalez to make matters worse. Speaking of Gonzo, he looks great and is definitely a tight end that should be in your lineups each week. Even Mike Turner showed up and a nice way and is quietly having a strong fantasy year. He won't have the huge games, but if he keeps contributing like he is, you're happy to have him around your team.

New Orleans errupted for their first win of the season and Drew Brees was his normal self, throwing the rock all over the place. Marques Colston was the big recipient of Lance Moore being out and came up huge with three scores. Always an underrated receiver, Colston is legit. Jimmy Graham got hurt and killed owners with one fantasy point. Monitor his health please. The Saints running game continues to be awful and I don't recommend owning anyone but Sproales. He didn't have a great game last night, and is too hit or miss for my liking in non-ppr leagues. Make note.

Carolina is a bad team being lead by Cam Newton in a less than optimistic way. He's struggling, but to his credit Seattle's defense is great. Newton will rebound, I'm not overly concerned with him, but I will say he's not a must start versus really good defenses. Their running game should be avoided and I am worried about relying on Steve Smith. Only if the matchup is delicious would I blindly start Smith in future weeks, same for Greg Olsen.

Tampa Bay was on a bye.

NFC West 

Arizona struggled offensively versus the Rams and that's because St. Louis' defense is good, and the Cardinals offensive line sucks. Ryan Williams isn't a difference maker and neither is Kevin Kolb. Continue using Larry Fitzgerald but no one else.

San Francisco is a well oiled machine. They are clicking on all cylinders, and destroying opponents. Alex Smith is a backup fantasy quarterback, worth owning for depth. Frank Gore is steady and had another good game yesterday. I have no problem trotting him out weekly. Vernon Davis is the man and a top 5 tight end, continue using him without any doubt. The wide receivers are a bit hit or miss, but Crabtree is the highest performing guy on the roster.

Seattle's defense is good, and their running game is strong. Marshawn Lynch didn't have a great game but still is a top ten rb option. No receiver jumps out to consistently be using in lineups, and Russell Wilson did show up well, but not good enough to roster.

The Rams beat up the Cardinals last week and will use their defense as their strength. Sam Bradford shouldn't be starting on teams, and with the loss of Amendola for 6-8 weeks, keep Bradford out of lineups. Steven Jackson had a solid game, but has been wildly under-performing this year. Keep an eye on him, but I would only start him against nice matchups, not an every week guy anymore.

Waiver Wire column with add/drops coming tomorrow...
























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