Montee Ball’s Job May Be Gone Already
It’s Monday morning and what’s going through every Fantasy players mind? Who on my team was hurt over the weekend? Who is on the waiver wire? How much do I have left in my FAAB? Where am I on the waiver wire priority list? Can I make a trade with someone who has a surplus at a position I am weak in? Do I have what they need to get a deal done? Does this sound about right? The Bills lost their entire backfield Sunday, so we know that Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon will be at the top of everyone’s wish list, but which one is the RB to own? Decisions decisions decisions. One thing I tend not to worry about is a question I get asked all the time. Do I use my number one waiver pick on such and such a player? Usually the answer is yes. If the player we are talking about is going to play and will help you now, then grab him. No point in waiting and hoping something better comes along. Now on to the Week 7 review.
So, the Jets acquired WR Percy Harvin from the Seahawks. This is a no-lose deal for the Jets. Harvin has no guaranteed money owned to him past this season, and it will likely only cost them a mid-to-late round pick in the 2015 draft. Sure, Harvin has seen himself pretty much thrown off two teams with attitude problems, but it’s not like the Jets are a well-oiled machine anyway. Maybe his explosiveness will help QB Geno Smith. Maybe having him on the field will ease up the defensive pressure on WR Eric Decker. As I said, it can’t hurt; he wasn’t doing anything in Seattle anyway.
[caption id="attachment_78373" align="alignright" width="300"] Montee Ball could be riding the pine when he returns. Photo Credit: Derrick Johnson[/caption]
Our own Tony Cincotta brought up an interesting little fact on our show (RotoExperts Weekend Morning Show on Sirius/XM) Saturday. He stated that although WR Torrey Smith’s numbers are down, he is one of the league leaders in drawing pass interference penalties. This proves two things. First, the targets are there. Second, teams are doing their best to not let him beat them. During the last two games Smith has three scores; it’s time to get him back in your lineup again or, at the very least, to claim him off the waiver wire.
Remember all those pundits who were saying that Kirk Cousins would take over the job from Robert Griffin. Yeah, that talk came to a screeching halt Sunday when he was replaced by the immortal Colt McCoy. Cousins had this nasty little tendency to throw the ball to the wrong colored jersey. With McCoy leading the Skins to a win over the Titans, it would seem safe to say that he will remain the starter for at least this week (at Dallas on Monday night). Griffin could return to the team in as soon as two weeks.
Now the other side of the Harvin story, the Seahawks. They gave up first, third and seventh round picks, and a small fortune in salary, and then pretty much gave him away to anyone who would take him. Outside of the Super Bowl, he barely made a dent on offense for the ‘Hawks. So far this season, he had 22 receptions for 133 yards. Will they miss him? Maybe not his production, but they might miss his presence on the field. Defenses had to account for his whereabouts. Now they will focus on stopping the rushing RB Marshawn Lynch and QB Russell Wilson. One more thing; if WR Doug Baldwin happens to be available in your league, go out and grab him.
There is no denying that QB Brian Hoyer had a lousy game versus the Jaguars on Sunday (16-41, 215 Yds., one interception). It doesn’t help any that the loss of C Alex Mack for the season with a broken leg looks like it will have a big time negative offense on the offense. There are adjustments that will need to be made to compensate for the loss of Mack. The Browns have been one of the bright spots so far this season and Hoyer has been a big part of this, but another unexpected loss or two could find those whispers for Johnny Football becoming out and out roars.
Someone needs to tell me when the Colts became a great defensive team? They held the Bengals to 135 yards of offense on Sunday. Yeah, I know the Bengals were without all world wide receiver A.J. Green, but to just not show up for the game on offense is just a crime. What happened to the running game with Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill? What about WR Mohamed Sanu? The questions surrounding QB Andy Dalton are just going to become more intense also. The good news is that the toe injury suffered by Green is not a long term injury, but it still could keep him out of the lineup for Week 8.
As we talked about earlier, the Bills lost Fred Jackson (groin) for about a month and C.J. Spiller (collarbone) for a longer period of time. Jackson won’t need surgery, Spiller will. Spiller’s injury may actually be addition by subtraction, as now you can release him and aren’t forced to keep him on your roster, hoping he fulfills his promise. Who takes over for these two? Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will likely form some kind of RBBC with the hot hand getting the majority of the touches in any given game.
Things are getting a little ugly in Chicago. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall exploded in the locker room after yesterday’s loss to Miami. Now, he was probably embarrassed after losing to his former team, but his words had to resonate with his teammates. He mentioned how he was ready to play, how Alshon Jeffery was ready to play, and how TE Martellus Bennett was ready play but left QB Jay Cutler off that list. Life should get pretty interesting in Chicago this week.
I’m sure there were quite a few Fantasy owners who were ticked off about what happened with TE Jimmy Graham yesterday. Graham was questionable to play all week, then suited up, but had zero catches and only two targets during the game. Yeah, he was a decoy. Should you feel bad about starting him? That depends on you. If you’re the type of person who would’ve wanted to jump off a bridge if you sat him and he scored twice, they you did the right thing. But if you could live with that possible outcome, then the smarter play was to go with someone else.
Don’t look now, but QB Aaron Rodgers is really heating up. Now, you’re already starting WR Jordy Nelson and WR Randall Cobb in just about any format, but you should give serious consideration to pick up and/or start Davonte Adams also. Sure, Adams is no better than the third choice in Rodgers’ progression and he won’t light up PPR leagues, but he does seem to have a knack for finding the end zone.
Wide receiver Keenan Allen may have had only 58 yards receiving versus the Chiefs on Sunday, but it came with 10 targets, the most on the team by three. This could be construed as a good sign and maybe you shouldn’t be so anxious to get rid of him. He came on in the second half of last season, perhaps a repeat performance is underway.
So, RB Andre Ellington rushes the ball 24 times for 88 yards and catches six passes for another 72 yards but it’s his backup who scores twice. This is what will drive Fantasy owners crazy. It’s not that they will be complaining about Ellington’s points, as he had a good day in just about any type of league. It’s just that they will be thinking of what might have been. With QB Carson Palmer getting healthier and healthier each week, there may be more days like this ahead.
I have really been disappointed with the play of RB Andre Williams over the past two weeks. I really thought he would play well in place of Rashad Jennings, but that hasn’t happened. Is it because of the Giants OL, or is it him? Jennings had no problems behind that line earlier this season and could be back as soon as next week, so we could find out the answer to my question. I’m on board with WR Odell Beckham, however, as he will be taking over the role of the injured Victor Cruz. He could quickly become QB Eli Manning’s go to guy.
Will RB Montee Ball get his starting job back when he returns to health? Does he deserve it? The answer to both questions is very probably no. Ball wasn’t getting the job done when he was healthy and RB Ronnie Hillman looks more than capable of doing the job. I wouldn’t be holding a roster spot for Ball if you have options on the waiver wire that can help you now.
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