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Fantasy Football Week 9 Studs and Duds

November 10, 2009 By: Category: Fantasy Football, NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

This week was full of redemption from the previous week and continued dominance in the fantasy game. Also I believe that it will show the emergence of new fantasy studs for many weeks to come.

STUDS:
DeAngelo Williams:
Where was this in the first couple of games of the season? The Panthers are a running team and have a stud running back in Williams. He was 1 yard away from his third 150 yard game in the past 4 weeks. Add that to 5 TDs over that span and it looks like the first round pick many spent on DeAngelo is finally panning out. John Fox is trying not to lose his job so he will just keep giving Williams more and more carries so he can repeat this effort every week.

Chris Johnson: Whenever continued dominance is mentioned, Chris Johnson can’t be far behind. Looks like the Titans are following my advice and giving the ball to Johnson more than 25 times a game. This will usually equal in a great week for fantasy owner of Johnson because against the 49ers he rushed for 135 yards and 2 TDs and busted out another 40 yard run. The man is an absolute beast right now and don’t look for him to slow down anytime soon.

Michael Turner: As I said last week, Turner is running like a completely different back. He is back to his human bowling ball act like he was last year. His stats were 16 attempts for 166 yards and 2 TDs. I think the Falcons have noticed that he is back to his old form and are going to give him the ball much more than putting the game on Matt Ryan’s shoulders. I predict he should have similar numbers next week against the Panthers as well.

Kurt Warner: Well that was a quick turnaround. He goes from throwing 5 INTs to throwing 5 TDs the following week. It is true that the Bears Defense looked awful when Warner was in, but he looked like a true stud against them. The fact that they pulled him because they were up by so much, then put him back in, only to have him score another TD shows that he was truly dominant against the Bears.

Notables: Randy Moss, Steelers D, Greg Olsen, and Larry Fitzgerald

DUDS:
Joe Flacco:
The Bengals D yet again had Joe Flacco’s number. Flacco was missing throws all day and only completed 8 passes to his wide receivers. Put this on top of his less than 200 yards and 2 INTs and he looked like a rookie again. You have to give credit to the Bengals D as well, but Flacco looked like a deer in the headlights against the finally impressive Bengals D.

Eagles Passing Attack: Against the Cowboys, D-Nabb looked very average after playing against the Giants D and their go to wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, had only two receptions for 29 yards. When a team usually has more passing attempts than rushing attempts, like the Eagles do, they either live or die by the passing game and they died big time. As a person who stared McNabb and Jackson in my fantasy league and have them put up a combined 11 points I am completely disappointed. I don’t think that this will be a trend that will continue, but the Eagles passing game has been so good and so bad in certain games, it’s hard to tell which one will show up for the following week.

Kyle Orton: I was so happy to see Captain Neckbeard fail against the Steelers. I am a huge Bears fan and have never thought Orton was any good. Well look what happens when he plays a good defense in the Steelers; he completely falls apart. I understand that he isn’t supposed to be the stud quarterback of a team, but people were talking about him being a must start fantasy QB. But recently when he plays good defenses in the Ravens and Steelers, he has a combined 373 yards, 3 INTs, and 0 TDs in those two weeks. Have fun with the real Kyle Orton Denver.

Packers D: You just gave up 38 points to one of the worst teams in the league who had a rookie quarterback making his first start. This is after giving up 38 points to your most hated rival, the Vikings, at home. Packers D looked good for two weeks but they are going nowhere fast and something needs to be fixed.

Notables:
Reggie Wayne, Marques Colston, Giants D, Steve Slaton

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Fantasy Football Week 8 Studs and Duds

November 03, 2009 By: Category: Fantasy Football, NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Maurice Jones DrewWeek 8 was full of running back tearing up defenses while at the same time the quarterbacks that were predicted to have a solid game did nothing but underachieve.

STUDS:
Maurice Jones Drew:
For the second straight week, Mighty Mouse tops my list on the Studs category. He rushed for 177 yards against the struggling Titans defense but the most impressive stat is that he did this all on 8 carries. For those of you doing the math that’s just over 22 yards per carry. That stat can only be topped by his 80 yard and 79 yard touchdown runs. This was a huge game for Mighty Mouse and has solidified him as a top 2 fantasy running back.

Chris Johnson: On the other side of MJD was the freakishly fast Chris Johnson who ran for a franchise record 228 yards. And like his opponent, his touchdown runs were 52 yards and 89 yards. If the Titans don’t run the ball with Chris Johnson more than 25 times a game they can plan on losing because Vince Young and the passing game won’t get it done. Look for Johnson to start carrying your team, like you wanted him to do all year long.

Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre: Both of these quarterbacks carried their teams and it was great to watch an old fashioned shoot out. For those of you that didn’t watch the game, it was back and forth the entire time with Favre coming out on top. Favre had nearly 250 yards and 4 TDs in quite possibly the most hostile environment he will ever face. And Rodgers had nearly 290 yards and 3 TDs and was the Packers leading rusher with 52 yards. This game had everything s fan wanted and look for Rodgers to turn out more of these performances while I think Favre will hand the ball off more to stay fresh.

Michael Turner: Turner was an animal against the Saints rushing defense that don’t usually give up 150 yard rushers. Turner was spotting the holes and hitting them like a bowling ball going downhill. Matty Ice Ryan had another “OK” game, but the reason the Falcons were in the game was the play of Turner and the way to force manageable third downs. This was Turner’s best rushing effort and look for him to continue it against the Redskins and the Panthers in the next two weeks.
Other Notables: Reggie Wayne, Matt Forte, Tony Romo, and Bears D

DUDS:
Kurt Warner:
Good thing he was playing against the bad Panthers offense because this game could’ve gotten ugly. Delhomme had to be smiling that his opponent was the one to have 5 INTs and 1 fumble. Warner was playing like he did when he got cut by the New York Giants. Fantasy owners had to love this matchup against the struggling Panthers, but Warner did nothing but disappoint. The fact that Jake Delhomme outscored Warner in fantasy points is bad enough; but when Delhomme does it with only 7 completions, it’s terrible. Maybe he should’ve gone back to his grocery packing job for this weekend.

Kyle Orton: It’s not that Orton had a terrible game, but in terms of fantasy points he definitely did. He had 23 completions, which isn’t bad, but for a total of 152 yards. That’s about 6.6 yards per completion. Clearly this shows that Orton just checked down the ball and attempted to manage the game against the Ravens as opposed to taking it over. Ravens had an entire two weeks to prepare for Orton but the Ravens defense has been giving up solid quarterback outings to people like Favre and Palmer so Orton should’ve done much better than this.

Steve Slaton: Wow he was bad; so bad that he got pulled. I don’t know about anyone out there, but I started him this week and ended up with negative points because he fumbled yet again. Owners have to be disappointed because he was playing against the Bills rushing defense that gave up 126 yards and 3 TDs to Ryan Moats. Those should’ve been Slaton’s points if he could hold onto the ball. Coach Gary Kubiak said that Slaton will still be involved in the game plan and help out next week but owners have to be afraid to start him when he gets pulled out of a game like that.

Giants D: Good thing the Yankees won on Sunday because the Giants looked like they were a JV team playing against the Varsity squad. During the 3 game losing streak for the Giants, the defense has given up 112 points and look nothing like the team they were through the first 5 weeks of the year. I’m not sure it’s going to get any easier when San Diego comes to town with a high powered passing offense that has seemed to tear the Giants defense up in the past 3 losses. Fantasy owners should start looking for potential replacements for the Giants D with poor matchups following their Bye week with Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, and Philly.

Other Notables: Ronnie Brown/Ricky Williams, Phillip Rivers, and Brandon Marshall

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Fantasy Football Week 7 Studs and Duds

October 28, 2009 By: Category: Fantasy Football, NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Carson PalmerIn most fantasy leagues across the country, this was a colossal week for fantasy points. In standard leagues there were 6 players that scored 30 or more fantasy points. Naturally most of them will be featured in the “Studs” category:

STUDS:
Cedric Benson:
Benson has been a solid running back the entire year, but I don’t think many people saw the effort he put up against the Bears. Everyone knew that he was going into the week with a chip on his shoulder because he was playing his old team, but 189 yards and a TD against the 6th ranked rushing defense is a larger then just a chip. Benson has emerged as one of the top 10 fantasy backs after becoming a felon and jobless a couple years ago. Benson has gone from a must start to a top fantasy player with his effort against the Bears that most owners will start counting on for points.

Carson Palmer: Following with his stud running back is Carson Palmer who tied his career high in passing TDs with 5. Palmer looked flawless and even with the Bears blitzing and getting some hits on him; he stepped up and made huge throws, especially to Chad Ochocinco. Many people had deemed Palmer a backup or a shaky fantasy QB coming into the 2009 season. But with the running game and the steady play of Ochocinco, Palmer can easily start for any fantasy team. If you disagree, look at Week 11-13; he plays Oakland, Cleveland, and Detroit.

Miles Austin: Who needs TO or Roy Williams when you have a WR who has put up 16 receptions, 421 yards and 4 TDs in his past two games? Honestly I thought Miles Austin was just a flash in the pan when he had that big game against Kansas City, but the way he tore up the Falcons is proof enough that he has tons of talent. However, fantasy owners should be cautious to deem Austin one of their top fantasy players for the rest of the year. Now that defenses know he is the go to guy, he is going to get double covered often. This doesn’t mean he isn’t a solid starter on your team, but we will find out if he is a top flight WR when he doesn’t get a clean break off the line and has safety help on every play.

Thomas Jones/Shonn Greene: I know that they played against the Oakland defense and I know the game was so easy that by the end Mark Sanchize was eating a hot dog on the sideline; but still they put up 365 yards and 3 TDs. With Leon Washington out for the year, Greene will be the one stealing carries from Jones. But don’t expect too much decrease with Jones because the Jets lead the league in rushing attempts and I don’t think they will stop the good thing they have going with Jones carrying for nearly 5.0 per rush.

Alex Smith: Yes I said Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers. I don’t think he is a good player either but he had a great game coming cold off the bench and down 24 points. This is with a passing game that hasn’t been good all year and with a rookie starting at WR and playing in his first organized football game since last January. That’s huge odds stacked against anyone. Smith gets knocked on for his small hands and that he was product of the system at Utah, but he almost won the game at Houston against my favorite offensive in the Texans. Oh, that and he just won the starting job after playing in one half and throwing 3 TDs when he had only thrown 3 in the past two years. He may not be good in future games, but I got to give him his props on this one.

DUDS:
Bears D:
Just check out these stats: TD, TD, TD, TD, FG, TD, TD. That should look familiar to the Bears because those were the Bengals first 7 possessions. That is a horrible effort on every part of the Bears Defense. Bengals ran all over them and let Benson redeem himself and also let Palmer throw all over them. Urlacher isn’t there, but that is no excuse for that kind of effort. If Bears defense doesn’t recover against the Browns next week, something is seriously wrong.

Eli Manning: I know that the Cardinals defense is solid, but Eli threw 3 INTs with just 1 TD at home in a game that the Giants were favored by 9 points. It’s not that Eli had an awful game statistically; it’s that he didn’t command his team in a home game that the Giants should’ve won after coming off an ugly loss to the Saints. Eli once looked like a top 5 fantasy quarterback, but that was against very weak pass defenses such as KC, Oakland, and Tampa Bay. If owners have Eli as a starter they better think twice about starting him against an Eagles defense that feasts on INTs off the blitz.

Hines Ward: Hines Ward owners have loved their mid-round draft pick of the usually solid Hines Ward because he has been a top WR for the past 3 weeks. However, this week he put a 0 on the board and did worse than Steve Smith did against the Bucs. Ward had 1 catch for 3 yards. It is true that the Vikings are better than the Bucs, but as Roethlisberger’s top WR recently, Ward has to get more catches then just one right? Three total yards against any team is not an effort that Hines Ward owners can be happy with. And his next two matchups are against stingy pass defenses in Denver and Cincinnati, which means that Hines has to step up in order to redeem his status as a solid WR to start.

Redskins: In all my years watching football I have never seen a team compare more to a circus freak show then the Washington Redskins do right now. They are in disarray both on and off the field. Their owner strips the head coach’s ability to call plays only to hire an out of work old coordinator who doesn’t have a very good first outing. And on the field it’s the quarterback’s job to step up in the pocket to avoid pressure; however Jason Campbell thinks it’s good to step into pressure in the pocket and/or turn the ball over. It was humorous to watch the Monday Night game for how long I did, which was up to the 4th play when DeSean Jackson ran for 67 yards and a TD. I think even the Raiders are laughing at the Redskins….

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Studs and Duds

October 21, 2009 By: Category: Fantasy Football, NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Donovan McNabbIn most fantasy leagues across the country, this was a colossal week for fantasy points. In standard leagues there were 6 players that scored 30 or more fantasy points. Naturally most of them will be featured in the “Studs” category:

STUDS:
Maurice Jones Drew: I guess complaining to your coach about not getting the ball enough did him well. Well that and playing a Rams team that almost seems to enjoy giving up points more than scoring actual points. Of course, MJD did have a season high 33 carries but still managed to reach the end-zone 3 times and put up 133 yards. Mighty Mouse is back and should continue on his tear this season.

Drew Brees: Personally I knew that Brees would put up better numbers than he had in previous games, but in no way would I think he would top 350 yards and score 4 touchdowns. Brees was masterful behind his line of scrimmage that didn’t allow a stacked Giants front 7 to come close to the quarterback. He had 4 touchdowns to 4 different wide receivers and seemed like he was playing the Detroit Lions all over again.

The Entire Patriots Offense: Ok, I know that Tom Brady set an NFL record by throwing for 5 touchdowns in a quarter and should be on the “Studs” by himself, but he wasn’t the only one getting the job done against Tennessee. Laurence Maroney came out of nowhere to record a 100 yard rushing day with some big runs. Kevin Faulk does his typical job, tearing up screen plays. And of course, the duo of Randy Moss and Wes Welker made an already bad Titans defense look like they weren’t even trying. The two WRs literally were calling for the ball on some pass plays for a good 3-5 seconds without being covered. It was ugly.

Matt Schaub: Not only did I think that the Texans could easily upset the Bengals in Cincinnati, but I believe that Schaub and the Texans are a very legit contender in the league, and Schaub showed it. When he gets on a roll like he did and end up throwing for nearly 400 yards and 4 touchdowns, not many defenses can handle him. Slaton and the run game didn’t do too much but they didn’t need to with the way Schaub threw the ball. And remember, the Bengals are a solid pass defense; they are not like the Bengals of old. Look for Schaub to continue to shred pass defenses as long as his offensive line can keep him off his back.

Other candidates: Joe Flacco/Ray Rice, Brett Favre/Sidney Rice, Big Ben Roethlisberger/Hines Ward, DeAngelo Williams, and Thomas Jones.

DUDS:
Steve Smith (CAR): Wow, what a horrible effort put up by Smith. I understand that the Panthers wanted to pound the ball against a bad Bucs defense and I get the fact the Delhomme has lost his ability to fully command his team; but seriously, 1 catch for 4 yards? The Bucs defense had been getting torn apart game after game by every team they played, even the Redskins (which we’ll get to later). He then came out on Monday and admitted to the press that he is no longer “an asset on the team”. I’m not sure if that’s putting blame on himself or saying he’s on the verge of quitting on his team, but that doesn’t bode well for any fantasy owners.

Chicago Bears Offensive Line: Any statistics that read, 15 carries for 23 yards are awful right? Matt Forte did just that, but it wasn’t completely his fault. His line opened up no holes and it seemed like there were 2-3 in the backfield on many of his carries. I am not saying that owners should give up on Forte, but defenses will notice that the Bears offensive line is getting old and seems slow. Forte will get his carries and receptions but it will be up to the line to make sure that he’s worth starting in fantasy leagues.

Eagles Offense: When fantasy owners saw the matchup of the Eagles against the Raiders, I bet they began salivating at the prospect of a huge game from McNabb, Westbrook, or DeSean Jackson. Every one of those owners had to be furious with the way each of those players played. Jackson played well and put up average numbers, but huge fantasy numbers, not average numbers are supposed to be put up against the Raiders. Donovan McNabb was missing passes and finished without a touchdown when Eli Manning had 2 in the first half on limited time against the Raiders just one week earlier. For Westbrook, when you only give a talent like that 15 touches, only 6 being rushes, he can only do so much. Owners should be concerned that Andy Reid may not give Westbrook those rushes he needs to get going. I don’t expect this non-TD trend to continue with the Eagles offense, but it has to point out how poor they played on a fantasy standpoint in Week 6.

Entire Redskins Organization: This may seem drastic but being from the Baltimore/DC area and having to watch the Redskins game every weekend, believe me, it’s an understatement. They played 6 straight winless football teams. That has never been done before and most likely we will never see this ever happen again; and they have gone 2-4. Everyone on the Redskins is a bad start against every team they play. On Sunday, Santana Moss had 1 reception and while it looks like Portis had a good day, if you subtract his 78 yard run, he had 14 carries for 31 yards against the Chiefs. I’ll give you time to soak that in. And that 78 yard run down to the KC 10 yard line was followed by 0 more yards and a 28 yard FG. I repeat, stay away from Redskins in fantasy football.

Other duds: Phillip Rivers (compared to what he usually does), Eli Manning/Giants WR core, Brandon Jacobs, and Mark Sanchize.

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