Let me start 2013 off at the beginning with a simple but heart-felt apology to all my followers and readers about my absence last weekend. Yes, even The Shark has moments of reality to deal with, and as much as it ached me to say “I told you so” without any written proof, I knew I would be back soon enough.
Listening to my advice may not have been the way to go however, as yours truly lost all 3 games this week and looked nothing like the guy who appeared in 3 championship games last year. In fantasy terms I am more like that new, married, possibly pregnant Megan Fox instead of the sultry, hot fantasy Megan Fox. Wait a minute, comparing my Fantasy advice to Megan Fox? No way! The Shark is way hotter!
It’s time for all of us to get back up on that horse and get back to business this week.
So here is my Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em article for this week. Let’s hope it serves you well.
Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles: A new offense and a more low-key Rivers proved impressive last week in throwing 4 TD’s against a tough Texans defense. Although the Eagles have this new high power offense, the defense shows little to get overly excited about. Rivers can chalk up a few here easily in a game that should feature lots of offense.
Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: No, this isn’t me jumping all over the Pryor wagon (however if you search through the CamelClutchBlog.com archives you will see The Shark praising how good Pryor could be in the NFL during his days at Ohio State). It is hard though for owners who could be in a jam at QB not to like anyone playing against a terrible Jags defense. He can run, and does have some WR’s with speed. Could be an interesting play this week.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: The Dalton to AJ Green connection is quickly turning into one of the best in the NFL and the aged Steelers defense can be in for a long night this Monday. The Bengals can be the new class of the AFC North, and this game is a big step towards that. Start Dalton and expect at least 3 TD’s here.
Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears: Not like many of you would anyway, but Ponder is such a long-shot, and playing against the Bears won’t help him much. It should only be a matter of time that the potentially 0-3 Vikings turn to Matt Cassel at QB.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills: I may be going off of week 1, but I saw 2 things worth noting: 1) Cam Newton looked awful against the Seahawks and 2) The Bills actually had Tom Brady and the Patriots on their heels all game last week. Could be a hunch, but maybe the Bills have finally put together a decent defense. We shall see.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers: Last season Wilson struggled against the might 49ers defense. He also looked mortal last week against a suspect Panthers defense. This could be another one of those tight NFC West showdowns, which produces average fantasy numbers.
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles v.s San Diego Chargers: A monster game on Monday night shows that McCoy probably has the swiftest feet in the NFL. Chip Kelly’s new offense will rely on “Shady: heavily and he is truly the man for the job.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints: After a great rookie season Martin came out with an average start last week. Yes he did post a TD and 65 yards, and this home tilt against the Saints can be his coming out for 2013.
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Dallas Cowboys: Charles has all the gifts and the speed to take on pretty much any defense and the Chiefs at home are a tough club. New coach Andy Reid will work the short passing game well with Charles so expect him to be plenty busy here.
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts: Hey, I bought the hype too, but really who is Miller? We came into this season knowing very little about him and last week he ran for an awful 3 yards on 10 carries. The Colts defense may not be world beater, but they did a decent job last week with Darren McFadden. Miller can be on the edge of losing his starting job if he throws up duds like last week. He is a guy you have to wait to prove himself before riding him.
David Wilson, New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos: His 2 fumbles last week forced coach Tom Coughlin’s hand to seek free agents to add at RB. This week’s game against the Broncos presents a good defense and a tough offense which should equal little chance at redemption for Wilson.
Chris Ivory, New York Jets at New England Patriots: After watching the Jets last week, I believe Bilal Powell is the better athlete in this backfield and should be taking more reps from the slower Ivory in no time.
Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings: Marshall has been tremendous since coming to Chicago and a date with the Vikings should help owners with the love affair. Marshall played well against them last year and should bring some heat this week.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions: With a much improved QB, Fitzgerald looked like the player of old last week. This week he will go toe to toe with the new top WR in football, Calvin Johnson. Expect Fitz to work hard to show the league he is still a top dog at WR.
Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs: Austin looks healthy, and Dez Bryant is banged up. Austin seems to have lots of room to work with as defenses hawk Bryant and have to watch the run game. Austin can become a fantasy force again if the Cowboys use him enough.
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons vs. St Louis Rams: The Rams have gotten more physical at corner, and White looked slowed last week against the Saints. It is early in the year, but how many times have we seen fantasy legends suddenly fade off? White’s injury may be the beginning of something bad here.
Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks: This isn’t the Packers defense here. Boldin was amazing last week, but this week he will see some young, tough corners and the Seahawks will give him a lot less room to run.
Eric Decker, Denver Broncos at New York Giants: With the breakout game by TE Julius Thomas last week and the addition of Wes Welker, Decker has suddenly become the fourth option here, and it just looks like he won’t get enough to be overly productive.
Defenses I like this week:
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
New England Patriots at New York Jets
Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans
Defense I don’t like this week:
New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos
Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Diego Chargers
New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
Waiver Wire Gems:
I know it is only been one week, but there are a few names worth looking at here:
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Injuries to Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen on top of other injuries and a young WR corp open the door for Edelman. Last weeks 2 TD, 7 catch day is evidence enough that he may be as good as Wes Welker, who the Pats always compared him to.
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Washington Redskins: A couple of nice TD’s last week may be a sign of things to come in Washington. Pierre Garcon is so very fragile and Santana Moss is aged, so maybe this is the new go to guy here. It’s worth a shot if you are thin at WR.
Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders: Early on he looked like Terrelle Pryor’s go to guy, so maybe he can help a fantasy team.
EJ Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills: If you want a rookie to rally around, maybe look here. Manuel shows good speed to run and has some decent weapons at his feet. The Bills have kept the offense simple, and Manuel appears to be handling it nicely.
So here is my first stab at 2013. I hope we all can get back on track here.
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