Owners, there is no more time left for hurt feelings and sour grapes. Forget everything you did on draft day and now begin to realize that some free agent pickups and back-up players are more worthy of playing time than the 2nd or 3rd round bust picks that we all seem to cling too. To many times we hang onto a love affair with a player that just isn’t bringing it because we don’t want to look foolish when he finally shows up. Quite simply I have news, they most likely won’t!
So now more than ever it is time to get real creative owners. The injuries to QBs such as Matt Schaub and Matt Cassell can very well destroy seasons for guys like Dwayne Bowe and Andre Johnson, once Johnson returns. Sure Larry Fitzgerald bucked this philosophy last week, but do you want to continue to trust unproven QBs? It is too late in the season to run the risk, and besides if you are in a 10 team league there are some good names at WR ready to go, so check them out.
Speaking of “checking them out” it is time to check out my picks for week 11 in my Start ‘Em/ Sit ‘Em segment. Oh by the way, am I the only one that has noticed how good Reggie Bush has become since Kim K. announced her divorce? Coincidence, or does Reggie have his good luck charm back?
Tom Brady, Patriots vs Chiefs: Sadly Matt Cassel won’t be active for the showdown against his old team, but lucky for Brady owners he will be here. “Tom Terrific” is back, and in the past 4 weeks he has 9 TDs and averages just under 300 yards per game. He had his slow period, but now with things getting serious he is stepping up, and that can be deadly for any foe of Brady. Ride him until the end for sure!
Carson Palmer, Raiders at Vikings: If last week means anything, it would appear that the Raiders are getting the value they had hoped out of Palmer. In the last 2 weeks he has 5 TDs and 631 passing yards, has a solid target in Denarius Moore, and a match up against the Vikings, who will be without top CB Antoine Winfield. It shouldn’t take Albert Einstein to do this math.
Tim Tebow, Broncos vs Jets: 2-8 for 58 yards on Revis Island means you have drowned! Tebow and his lack of passing skills are the last thing anyone needs against this secondary. I know they ran 55 times last week, but 155 runs may not help this week.
Andy Dalton, Bengals at Ravens: Rookie QBs have to go through growing pains sometimes, even real good ones like Dalton. Last week he completed just 50 % of his passes against the Steelers, and the Ravens defense can be just as tough. Also star WR A.C. Green is nursing a knee injury. Dalton has had a nice season, but this one is risky.
Cam Newton, Panthers at Lions: Pretty much the same I said above. Only add the fact that Newton is suffering with a sore shoulder.
Matt Forte, Bears vs Chargers: The Bears had off last Thursday night, which means they all had a chance to tune in and watch Michael Bush and the Raider running game clobber the Chargers defense. How excited do you think Forte is to get his shot at them? He also brings in 42 receptions along with his 869 rushing yards, and he accounts for 50 % of the Bears offense, a number that is stunning! Like I said with Brady, ride him until the end!
Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks at Rams: Yep, I am a fool. I passed on Lynch in 2 different leagues over the last few weeks for other free agents and bench players. How shocked are all of us to see him punch in a TD per week over the last 4 weeks, and even posting 100+ yard games. Lynch after a long wait is becoming a top back, and the Rams defense which is awful against the run should help his numbers a great deal.
Chris Johnson, Titans at Falcons: Warning league, Johnson is coming back to form! Last weeks 130 yard effort with a TD was a slow day for Johnson the last few years, but a boom this year. After hold-outs and struggles he looks like he’s ready for the stretch run as the Titans try to catch the Texans. Also for a bump, he has 35 receptions, so he is usually busy.
LaGarrette Blount, Buccaneers at Packers: Climb aboard the bus! The Blount Disappointment Tour prepares to make its way into Green Bay. Start just about anyone else Blount owners, if you aren’t already.
Redskins RBs vs Cowboys: Dallas is getting better on defense, and Mike Shanahan is doing his usual ” I just don’t know who to start at RB” madness. Roy Helu was much better than Ryan Torain again last week, but still saw a lot less playing time. It is a mess here right now.
Beanie Wells, Cardinals at 49ers: This should be an easy one. The 49ers roughed up the Giants run game last week, and they are bringing it every game. Wells has his good weeks, and some weeks you don’t even realize he played. You have to have a better option, you just have to?
Wide Receiver/ Tight End
Denarious Moore, Raiders at Vikings: If last week was any indication, Palmer has found his new top target. Jacoby Ford is always an injury risk and the other WRs are not stepping up. Moore has the speed and ability to make it happen, and the Vikings are hurting bad in the secondary. Also an upside is the fact he returns punts, and the Vikings punt, a lot! How great was that finger-tip catch on that bomb last week?
Greg Jennings, Packers vs Buccaneers: He is just too good, and this match-up looks fairly easy. He has 7 TDs this season, and sometimes it just looks like they have it too easy. When needed Jennings will be there, and he may be in line for a pair of TDs this week, just because.
Wes Welker, Patriots vs Chiefs: Welker has only 1 TD in the last 4 weeks, but he still averages 7 catches per game, and Tom Brady loves this guy. He tried to get Ochocinco involved, and is using more of Deion Branch. All that can equal more space for Welker, and with the space he can really make things happen. Plus we are in double-digit weeks now, isn’t that when Welker is at his best?
Vincent Jackson, Chargers at Bears: Yikes! Outside of a miracle 3 TD game against the Packers, Jackson has been invisible. Jackson has hauled in just 5 catches in the 3 games outside of that big one, and there are more guys doing better things for San Diego. If you want to try a guy named Vincent in this offense, look at youngster Vincent Brown, he seems to have caught Rivers eye.
Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs at Patriots: Forget all that stuff about how bad the Pats pass defense is. With Matt Cassel out, Tyler Palko takes over at QB for the Chiefs, and he has never started a pro game before. Testing an unproven QB against a Bill Belichick team is like entering a super model into a pie eating contest, you are just over-matched before it even starts. Bowe will work hard to help his team, but you will have to wait and see if anything can come out of this.
Jason Hill, Jaguars at Browns: Way too much talk about this self-promoting WR. Yes, he scored TDs in 3 of the last 4, but he is not mixing it with big catch totals or yards. A few weeks back against the Texans he had a TD, but with 1 catch for 5 yards. Let’s face it, he talks a good game, but does not really have one.
The wire is busy this week friends as injuries are taking full flight. Here are some guys to check out.
Damian Williams, WR, Titans: He has been getting big TD scores each week, and is becoming QB Matt Hasselbeck’s top target. Kenny Britt is gone for the year, and Nate Washington is struggling through injuries. Someone needs to be big here, and over the last few weeks it has been Williams.
Vincent Brown, WR, Chargers: He really should have had 2 TDs last week, but one was ruled incomplete on a bizarre play. Anyway, Gates and Jackson look slow and lost, meanwhile Brown looks fast and hungry for the ball. 9 grabs in 2 weeks, plus a TD makes him worth looking at.
Lance Ball, RB, Broncos. Knowshon Moreno and Willis MacGahee are out. Ball showed last week he can carry the load, carrying 30 times for 96 yards. He also is a decent screen pass option for Tim Tebow, who likes to keep it close. Ball reminds me of a former Bronco who got a shot and blossomed, we know him now as Peyton Hillis.
Santana Moss, WR, Redskins: He won’t play this week, but could be back next week against a weak Seattle defense. This pass offense needs serious help, and a veteran like Moss sure can help. He is free in many leagues, so if you need it bad enough, he can be worth a try.
Just a few more weeks until the playoffs owners, time to do work! Good luck everyone in week 11.
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