Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Super Freak of the Week: Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson had the receiving game of his career on sunday against the Saints. Jackson hauled in seven receptions for a career high 216 yards and 1 touchdown in the loss to New Orleans. His only score was a 17 yard strike from QB Josh Freeman, and almost had another being pulled down at the 1-yard line after a 95 yard pass from his QB. This sudden display of fantasy production earned Jackson our Super Freak of the Week honors for Week 7. Sy Su's Sleeper: Jaguars RB Rashad Jennings With Maurice Jones Drew out at least a week with a sprained foot, Rashad Jennings not just takes the starting RB spot in Jacksonville, but actually deserves it. Jennings racked up 102 total yards (44 rushing, 58 receiving) and a touchdown last week with MJD leaving in the first quarter. Don't forget - Jennings was impressive enough in the preseason (209 yards in 4 games, 4.5 yards/carry) to make MJD's contract holdout an afterthought. With the subpar QB Blaine Gabbert (possible torn labrum) hurt as well, Jacksonville will turn into the "Jennings"-ville Jags as he'll be expected to carry the offense against a Green Bay defense that's allowed three TDs to RBs in the last two games. Bailey's Bench Em: Browns RB Trent Richardson Week 8's Bench Em is Trent Richardson. Not only is he banged up, but he says he is not going to sit this week. Trent played last week, but didn't finish the game. Trent hinted towards the same outcome this Sunday, announcing that Montario Hardesty would come in if he couldn't finish the game. So, we have all this focus on Richardson's injury & we haven't even talked about the Browns, who are facing the stingy San Diego rush D. San Diego only allows 71 yds/g rushing and only 2 rushing TDs all season. Richardson fantasy owners need to suck up their pride this week & next week when Richardson has his bye week & be patient for their playoff runs. Starting Richardson this week is going to be as stressful as ever. Nick's Pick: Colts QB Andrew Luck This week I'll go with Andrew Luck. He's been a pleasant surprise in the fantasy world this year proving he can hang with the big boys. He's also proven that he can score with his legs rushing for two touchdowns last week against a woeful Cleveland defense. This week he's facing a Tennessee defense that has given up the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. No quarterback this season has scored less that 15 points against the Titans defense this year. Look for Andrew Luck to continue his stellar rookie campaign and put up big numbers this week. View the complete Week 8 Scoring Predictions here. Listen to the full 20 minute podcast or get more info here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fantasy Football Guide Week 7

Super Freak of the Week: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers The Green Bay Packers MVP QB Aaron Rodgers had possibly the game of his career on sunday night against a tough Houston defense. He threw for a season-high 338 yards, a career-high 6 touchdowns and was 24-37 with no interceptions. Rodgers finished with his best passer rating of the year (133.8) and has at least three touchdowns in his last three games. Rodgers hit 3 different receivers for touchdowns, Jordy Nelson for 3, James Jones for 2, and Tom Crabtree caught the game long 48 yard touchdown. He tied a franchise touchdown record set by Matt Flynn in 2011. Sy Su's Sleeper: Browns WR Josh Gordon Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon has looked more like Flash Gordon in the last two weeks, speeding past the secondary and scoring three touchdowns in the last two weeks, including deep bombs of 71 and 62 yards. This trend is very likely to continue as the Browns face an Indianapolis Colts defense that's allowed five touchdowns in the last two games via wide receivers. Cleveland QB Brandon Weeden is expected to be busier than usual with fellow rookie Trent Richardson's rib injury possibly slowing down the running game. In October, Weeden's number one target has been Gordon with 12 total targets for the month. Nick's Pick: Cowboys RB Felix Jones We can conclude that Heath Miller had a mediocre week 6 with 6 rec for 67 yds. This week I feel confident in Felix Jones. If you were able to claim him off the waivers or had him buried on your bench, this is the week to start him. DeMarco Murray is week to week with a foot injury, and you can't be too sure how many guaranteed starts Jones will get. He's going up against a Carolina defense that has given up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing running back's. Start Felix Jones. Bailey's Bench Em: Jets RB Shonn Greene I hate to burst fantasy owners' bubble who own Shonn Greene, but Greene will be lucky to have a TD or even 10 points in standard leagues against New England. The benching of Greene is not so much of a statistical choice, but more of a instinctive choice. Greene faced a terrible Colts rush D @ home. Colts were coming down after an emotional high beating Green Bay & New England should be coming out strong after a 4th quarter collapse @Seattle. I think the Jets will be playing behind early, its a tough division game on the road, both teams love to beat the other, & New England is not gonna drop to a sub .500 record. I'm still gonna throw out some stats. Last week Greene faced a Colts team that has allowed 159yds/g & before the Colts faced Greene, they allowed 5 rush TDs in 4 games. While, New England only allows 83yds/g rushing & has only allowed 2 rushing TDs in 6 games. Sit Greene this week! View the Complete 30 minute Fantasy Football segment here.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fantasy Football Guide Week VI

Super Freak of the Week: Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne had a spectacular game in week 5 against the Green Bay Packers, helping lead his team to a 30-27 victory! Wayne was targeted 20 times catching 13 passes for 212 yards and 1 TD on Sunday. Through four games, Wayne has caught 36 passes for 506 yards and two touchdowns and is on pace for a 2,016-yard receiving season. This is definitely Reggie’s year and should continue to flourish with the help of Andrew Luck. Bailey's Bench Em: Washington Redskin QB Robert Griffin III This week I really tried to stay away from a RB & decided to gamble with benching RG3 this week. RG3 does play at home, but against a Minnesota team that is playing very well all around. Minnesota does not create a lot of ints, but they do have 32 pass deflections (3rd in NFL) & have 14 sacks (9th in NFL) on the year. Minnesota only has allowed 6 passing TDs all year, only 226 passing yds/g, & allows just 16 pts/g. However, my decision is also based on a rookie QB about to play a good pass rush after a concussion. I'm thinking RG3 won't be the same player he has been so far & I'm positive Jared Allen & the Minnesota D will try to take advantage of RG3's set back. I imagine this game will be determined by Adrian Peterson, Alfred Morris, both D's & field position & not by RG3 throwing for 300yds & putting up 3 TDs. Nick’s Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller Redemption! I just have to say thank you to Trent Richardson for putting up some numbers for me this past week, or else my credibility might have gone right out the window. As for this week, my pick comes at the tight end position. It’s not a sexy pick by any means, but I’m going with Heath Miller. Last week he saw his worst fantasy out put of the week, but I feel will rebound going up against a Tennessee defense that has given up the most receptions, yards, and touchdowns to opposing tight ends thus far. Crossing my fingers. Sy Su's Sleeper: Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright You can't go wrong with Mr. Wright! The rookie already has 27 receptions in his young career, including a season-best 9 catches for 66 yards last week against a top-tier Minnesota Vikings defense. Week 6 features a tough matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, so expect Tennessee to be playing from behind. Matt Hasselbeck is going to have to throw it early and often (especially with how ineffective Chris Johnson has been). Wright was Hasselbeck's favorite target last week, getting a team-high 11 throws towards his, not Kenny Britt or Nate Washington's way. Kendall Wright has solid value as a WR3 and an even more valuable in a PPR league.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fantasy Football Guide Week 5

Super Freak of the Week - - Brian Hartline Brian Hartline turned in the Fantasy performance of the season for a wideout in Week 4. Hartline hauled in a career-best 12 receptions for 253 yards and a touchdown in the 24-21 overtime loss, including an 80-yarder in the fourth quarter which resulted in his lone score of the day. He was targeted a team-high 21 times and averaged 21.2 yards per reception. Hartline entered the contest with just 13 receptions for 202 yards and a score over his first three games of the season. Sy Su's Sleeper: Green Bay Packers WR James Jones With the great Greg Jennings struggling to get over a groin injury, turn to the Aaron Rodgers' most popular target in the end zone this season - no, not Jordy Nelson, not Jermichael Finley or the injured Jennings - but its James Jones with three touchdowns! Last week, Jones caught two of them, stepping into a higher role when Jennings exited the game early. The Packers running game continues to struggle so expect Rodgers, as usual, to throw it early and often and with Jones as the Packers' number 2 receiver (behind Nelson). Not to mention, the Packers match up against a lowly Colts passing defense that's so far faced the turnover-prone Jay Cutler and the youngsters Christian Ponder and Blaine Gabbert. Bailey's Bench em Week 5 Week 5 in this 2012 Fantasy Football year brings some tough running back match ups, such as Fred Jackson & CJ Spiller @San Fransisco & the Carolina running attack facing a tough Seattle D, but my Bench Em this week is Shonn Greene. The Jets just lost Santonio Holmes, arguably the best offensive weapon on New York, which makes Greene the focal point in the Jets offensive now. However, Greene faces the elite Texans Defense, that hasn't allowed a rushing TD this year & except for last week, Houston hasn't allowed more than 69yds to a running back in a game, which includes MJD, McGahee, & Reggie Bush. Greene is relevant this year in fantasy, but this week will prove tough to get that great game fantasy owners have been waiting for from him. Look for another rout if U have Greene in your line up. Nick's Pick Week 5 Well folks I have to apologize for the egg I laid last week picking Dennis Pitta. This is why I love fantasy football though, because you just never know. That being said, My pick for this week is Trent Richardson. He has scored a touchdown in 3 straight weeks, and is going up against a Giants def that gave up over 170 yards on the ground last sunday night . Even if the Browns are down late in the game, expect Richardson to still be involved. He has shown he can catch the ball out of the backfield and make plays when the ball's in his hands.

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