Every week, Richard Childress Racing star Austin Dillon will share his thoughts on Fantasy Football and also provide some insider Fantasy NASCAR picks. The 2011 Camping World Truck Series Champion and current Nationwide Series standout is here to show his fans and followers that he spends just as much time invested in Fantasy Sports as they do when he has some spare time.
After a perfect 5-0 starts to the season, I had my first loss of 2012. Yes, it’s disappointing but I’m still tied for first-place and don’t plan to make any major moves.
Matthew Stafford keeps putting up quality numbers, but they only seem to be coming in the fourth quarter. As frustrating as it is, I have no choice but to hope he can get started quicker in games. The way the Vikings run their team, Christian Ponder is not a viable weekly Fantasy option for me.
I’m working pretty hard trying to acquire Robert Griffin III or Tom Brady, as I’m really deep at RB, but that doesn’t seem to be coming together too quickly. So right now the name of the game is patience.
In the meantime I have a great problem, but a problem nonetheless. With RBs Matt Forte, Doug Martin, Mikel Leshoure and Stevan Ridley already on my roster, and my latest waiver wire addition of Felix Jones, I have some decisions to make. Since there’s no FLEX spot, I can only use two.
Right now I’m leaning towards Forte and Jones. As hard as it’s going to be to sit Martin against the atrocious Saints defense, my gut tells me the other two are safer bets for the 13-14 points I expect from my backs.
I kind of shot myself in the foot last Sunday by starting Hakeem Nicks over Stevie Johnson. I lost by three points, and Johnson’s extra yards would’ve put me perfect through six weeks. But last time I benched Nicks he exploded for 10 catches, 199 yards and a TD.
Another part of my Week 5 heartbreak was Eric Decker tripping over himself on Monday Night Football. If he scores on that play, I win. But he didn’t, so I’ve moved on.
Torrey Smith remains an every week must-start for me, and I really like his matchup against Houston’s top corner Johnathan Joseph. Joseph is normally one of the best in the league, but he’s been bothered by a groin injury the last few games and clearly isn’t himself.
Vernon Davis struggled on Thursday night with not even so much as a target. He’s had a weak outing in three of his last four starts, but I’m ignoring it. In my eyes he’s still an elite TE and I won’t panic over a few bad games.
After a lot of consideration, I just can’t bring myself to start St. Louis DEF against Green Bay. The waiver wire was bare and Detroit (at Chicago) and Cleveland (at Indianapolis) were my only options. After some back-and-forth, I went with Detroit, as they just got back difference-maker Louis Delmas in the defensive backfield and I think Jay Cutler has the potential to be wild with the ball.
After rolling with Greg Zuerlein for a few weeks, I dropped him and added Blair Walsh. Every year it seems like there’s one team that can move the ball but always settles for field goals. Last year it was David Akers in San Francisco. This year I believe it to be Walsh.
Austin’s Fantasy Pit Box: I’m going with Greg Biffle as my top pick this weekend. He has two wins at Kansas and finished fifth in the first race of 2012. My top sleeper is Paul Menard. And of course, when you’re talking fresh pavement and pure speed, you can’t forget Jimmie Johnson.