Fantasy Owners Are Jonesing For Felix
As a High School teacher and weekly RotoExpert contributor my students ask me two things. Who should I start/pickup to cover my Bye Week/injury? And can you mention me in your article? Always happy to oblige we answer the first request in our From The Edge of Fantasy article below,,,as for the second request, well, does Dumbass have a hyphen in it?
QUARTERBACK: Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden may not be the most polished QB out there, but he’s out of that gunslinger mold in that he’ll keep firing away no matter how many receivers he misses or interceptions he throws. He’s heaved 35 passes or more in 5 of his 6 outings this year. He goes to Indy this week where injuries to Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have hindered their pass rush. Andrew Luck is back at home where he has performed much better and goes up against Cleveland’s 30th ranked Pass D (Fantasy Points Allowed) so a shootout could be in order. Either is QB2 viable this week…In the Buy Low category comes Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzgerald who’s been up and down more than those guys in the Flomax commercials this season. Weeks 3-4 he went off for 558 yds./7 TDs, then followed that up with two single digit Fantasy efforts in Weeks 5-6. The latter two, however, came against the number two and five ranked defenses in Fantasy Points Allowed to QBs, SF and Arizona. This week he gets the 27th ranked team in that category, Tennessee, and is back at home off two straight West Coast jaunts. If he’s been cut or can be had cheap, grab him not just for Week 6, but also for a QB comfortable run coming up after his Week 7 bye…With the blitz packages thrown at QBs today it’s nice to have a guy with some athleticism under center. Gimpy, 33-year-old Carson Palmer, on the other hand, couldn't jump on top of the Saturday paper. This week though, he gets Jacksonville with a defensive front seven that produces as much pressure as the whipped cream cans after one of my High School shifts at Baskin-Robbins (mmm…nitrous oxide). The Jags have a grand total of three sacks meaning mobility shouldn't be a problem. If not a starter here he presents Bye Week/injury usage Weeks 8 and 11 vs. KC and NO respectively…Finally we’d go Josh Freeman before hot pickup Matt Hasselbeck in a pinch. When it comes to stopping the run, I’ve seen drunken nymphos put up more resistance than the Bills (which may say more about me than Buffalo’s front seven come to think of it) and that means a potentially big day for Chris Johnson. Hasselbeck should not be off the radar completely, but Josh Freeman, who finally has a quality receiving tandem in Vincent Jackson/Mike Williams, plus gives you points with his legs, may be a better bet (think TB/NYG Week 2 slugfest).
RUNNING BACK: With DeMarco Murray on the sidelines, Felix Jones is up in Big D and already off your waiver wire. Don’t sell Phillip Tanner short if you've got the room. Jones is notorious for being as brittle as the gum inside those old baseball card packs and while we're not big on the Cowboy run game depth, a potential trade chip is always nice to have…RB pickins’ are slim this week so if you’re in a bind Danny Woodhead or Shane Vereen are not totally unusable. The Jets win over the Colts last week was a mirage created by a young QB (Luck) playing in only his second road game and a weak Indy Front Four. Hoodie Bill should be ticked in NE off a last second loss to Seattle and never minds layin’ the wood to Footsie McRyan and his Jets. Brandon Bolden is doubtful as of now, but monitor his status and grab one of the above mentioned pair as a sleeper. Hey, if you’re gonna get boned in Fantasy Football, a guy named Woodhead would seem like the natural choice…And finally digging way deep there’s Baron Batch stepping up the pecking order in Pitt as Isaac Redman and Rashard Mendenhall have both sat out practice this week. Just remember this is not your father’s Steelers as these Steelers live or die by Big Ben’s right arm. Unless it is clearly gonna be Batch by himself a flier on Pierre Thomas or LaGarrette Blount might be a better way to go.
WIDE RECEIVER: Like Jack Winger’s (Bill Murray) car in Stripes the Saints haven’t parked their running game, they’ve abandoned it. And now with Jimmy Graham hobbling it looks like some bottom feeders could move up in the order. We always like Devery Henderson better indoors on turf, but he’s not unplayable in a bind. Additionally, Lance Moore is back practicing fully so if he’s been released or can be had cheap in a trade (don’t be afraid to move William Powell to a RB deficient owner) consider pulling the trigger…The Redskins secondary couldn't cover “Smoke on the Water” with a year of guitar lessons so everybody is in play for the Giants. The Skins allow an average of 35 Fantasy points a week to opposing WRs so there’s a chance for everyone to eat; even Dominic Hixon who’s averaged four catches for 62 yards per game this year against better D’s, because frankly everyone is better that banged-up Washington…DHB, wait is that the right initials or the abbreviation for the date rape drug? No that’s right. Darius Heyward-Bey went catchless in his return from a concussion, but reports were he was not limited and should receive maximum snaps this week. If nothing else he provides the kinda upside where one big grab can make his week, so in a deep Bye situation he’s worth a look…Lastly the only team in the league to allow two WR TDs a game is Cleveland. The return of CB Joe Haden is supposed to help that (it didn’t vs. A.J. Green). If it does, that puts Reggie Wayne in a bad spot, but means Donnie Avery and T.Y. Hilton will get attention from the DBs that compiled those abysmal #s mentioned before. Both have a 100-yard effort this year and not much else, but if times are tough Avery ,in particular, is worth a run.
TIGHT END: The best TE matchups belong to two Week 6 underachievers in Martellus Bennett and Scott Chandler. Bennett would be our choice, but for a bad knee that still has him “limited” (aren’t we all). Meanwhile Chandler, who caught only one ball last week, is intriguing in that he has four TDs already this year and is a Fave Fitzgerald Red Zone target. Little chance of him going off like Mel Gibson at a circumcision, but he can grind out a Bye for ya…Brandon Myers of Oakland is redefining mediocrity for a generation of kids who never got to hear Air Supply, but he has churned out useful yardage the last couple of weeks. TDs not so much, but you take what you can get sometimes…Still if you have pieces you could move for Fred Davis or Jermaine Gresham that’s probably the way to go.
KICKER: Rian Lindell has knocked home as many 3-pointers this year (three) as Shaq. The tide could definitely turn vs. Tennessee…Meanwhile Phil Dawson has banged 12 thru the uprights but gets about as much love as the Elephant Man. Indoors vs. a shaky Colts D is a nice spot for him this week…A Buccaneers kicker who once missed several FGs in practice told legendary coach John McKay, “sorry, but you’re watching me made me nervous”. To which McKay replied, “that’s too bad because I plan on attending every game.” If he had current Bucs kicker Connor Barth he wouldn’t have had to worry. Barth’s hit 25 straight yet no one seems to care. You should if you need a leg this week.
DEFENSE: Our pick here last week, the Jets, returned two picks for TDs and had them both called back. Still they put together a decent 4 turnover, 4 sack week. This time around let’s try the Vikings who get Arizona and John “Don’t Call Me Red” Skelton. Skelton’s completion percentage this year is 42.1 meaning he tosses out more incompletes than D-Day’s transcripts in Animal House. Hopefully a few fall into Norsemen hands.
Now less escribo…muy mas cerveza…and they said those Rosetta Stone tapes would never pay off. Enjoy the games!
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