Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fantasy Football Week 8 - Sneaky Tricks and Tactics

It’s Thursday and we’ve had three days now to either lick are wounds or celebrate in either case it’s time to get back in the saddle as Week 8 kicks off and as you know there are no bad NFL games during the fantasy season as someone always has a player on the board and tonight many will be in play with Cam Newton so there will be reasons to watch. As we move on to the weekend here’s your sneaky tricks and tactics to make sure you come out on top come Tuesday morning: SY SU’S SLEEPER - MIKE JAMES, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS RB – THE INJURY BUG BIT DOUG MARTIN BAD WITH A TORN LABRUM. IN A LACKLUSTER OFFENSE, MARTIN WAS CARRYING A MAJOR WORKLOAD. IN A YEAR WHERE FANTASY RUNNING BACKS HAVE BEEN UNDERACHEIVING OVERALL, PICK UP JAMES SOLELY FOR THE FACT HE’LL GET A STARTER’S LOAD OF CARRIES, WHICH IS RARE TO FIND ON THE WAIVER WIRE AT THIS POINT OF THE SEASON. HE WON’T OPEN A LOT OF EYES, BUT HE’LL BE FINE FOR AN RB3 OR EVEN FLEX. BAILEY'S BENCH EM - Justin Blackmon WR Jaguars Blackmon has produced pretty well since returning from a suspension, however he faces a very good defense this week, with a tough secondary. Blackmon is the Jaguars best offensive weapon, but with the 49ers back to their old winning ways, with running the ball more and eating up the clock, this will be a tough match up for Blackmon to produce. So, it seems if you have to play Blackmon, hope for Chad Henne to start and for the 49ers to go up big early, so the Jaguars have to pass a bunch. Ben’s Breakout Player – Anquan Boldin WR 49er’s Anquan Boldin is becoming a favorite target this season for Colin Kaepernick and not only on third downs! Boldin has 34 receptions for 495 yards and 2 touchdowns through 7 games this season. Boldin could be in store for a big game this week against a weak jaguars defense that gives up 238 passing yards on average. TOP 5 WRs CALVIN JOHNSON – MEGATRON IS BACK AFTER AN INJURY-PLAGUED 3 WEEKS, RESPONDING WITH 9 CATCHES, 155 YARDS AND TWO TOUCHDOWNS! EXPECT ANOTHER GREAT WEEK FOR JOHNSON AND THE DEEP BALL IN A SHOOTOUT VS. DALLAS DEZ BRYANT – SPEAKING OF DALLAS, DEZ WILL BE THE OTHER HUGE BENEFACTOR IN THE COWBOYS/LIONS MATCHUP. AFTER UNDERPERFORMING THE LAST TWO WEEKS AGAINST POOR DEFENSES, HE’LL GET A TD OR TWO AGAINST THE 6TH WORST FANTASY DEFENSE AGAINST RECEIVERS JORDY NELSON – WITH INJURIES TO RANDALL COBB AND JAMES JONES, AND NOW, JERMICHAEL FINLEY, NELSON IS AARON RODGERS’ ONLY CONSISTENT TARGET IN A PASS-HAPPY OFFENSE AGAINST A VIKINGS DEFENSE THAT HAS ALLOWED THE THIRD-MOST IN PASSING YARDS A.J. GREEN – FROM GREEN BAY TO A.J. GREEN, HE’S BACK AFTER A COLD STREAK OF A MONTH OF SUB-100-YARD GAMES AND NOW AVERAGING 129 YDS AND A TD IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS DEMARYIUS THOMAS – I COULD’VE EASILY PUT ANY OF MANNING’S MERRY MEN (WES WELKER, ERIC DECKER) HERE, BUT THE BRONCOS’ MATCHUP AGAINST THE POOR WASHINGTON DEFENSE BONUS – HARRY DOUGLAS – MATT RYAN’S FILL-IN TARGET IS COMING OFF A CAREER-HIGH 149 YARDS, ALONG WITH A TOUCHDOWN. WITH JULIO JONES OUT FOR THE SEASON AND RODDY WHITE STILL BOTHERED BY INJURIES, RYAN WILL CONTINUE TO TARGET HIS NOW TOP TARGET. ALSO, REGGIE WAYNE OWNERS! GRAB JARRETT BOYKIN NOW! LAST WEEK, JORDY NELSON STRUGGLED, GAINING THE ATTENTION OF CLEVELAND’S DEFENSE, BUT BENEFITTING BOYKIN FOR 103 YARDS AND 1 TD IN HIS 8 CATCHES. TOP 5 TEs ROB GRONKOWSKI – IN HIS FIRST GAME BACK FROM MULTIPLE SURGERIES (BACK, FOREARM), GRONK RETURNED TO BEING TOM BRADY’S MAIN MAN WITH 8 CATCHES AND 114 YARDS – THAT’S LITERALLY HALF OF BRADY’S PASS YARDAGE IN THE GAME! EXPECT THINGS TO GET BETTER AGAINST THE SECOND WORST FANTASY DEFENSE AGAINST TIGHT ENDS, THE MIAMI DOLPHINS JULIUS THOMAS – AS MENTIONED FOR DEMARYIUS THOMAS (SEE ABOVE), ANYBODY THAT’S CATCHING BALLS FROM PEYTON MANNING, ESPECIALLY AGAINST A POROUS DEFENSE, LIKE WASHINGTION, IS HIGH ON MY BOOK. VERNON DAVIS – HE’S BECOME KAEPERNICK’S TOP TARGET FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS, AVERAGING 100+ YARDS AND A TD IN THE LAST THREE. BY THE WAY, THE JAGUARS’ DEFENSE HAS ALLOWED 5 TDS IN THE LAST 5 WEEKS BONUS – JIMMY GRAHAM – QUESTION MARKS SURROUND FANTASY FOOTBALL’S TOP TIGHT END. AS OF WEDNESDAY, HE DID NOT PRACTICE YET, DESPITE THE BYE WEEK. HE’S LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE, BUT IF HE DOES PLAY, BE WARRY AGAINST THE BILLS DEFENSE THAT’S SECOND BEST IN FANTASY VS. TIGHT ENDS. TO BE SAFE OR TO REPLACE YOUR INJURED TIGHT END, LIKE JERMICHAEL FINLEY, GRAB JORDAN REED, WHO’S BUILT A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH ROBERT GRIFFIN III, AND PROVING IT WITH 9 CATCHES, 134 YARDS, AND A TD LAST WEEK. TOP 5 RB's 1) Jamaal Charles- Charles is exploding this year and he should continue to produce heavily this week versus the Browns. The Browns defense has been competitive this year, but playing at Kansas City is a difficult task. Charles is the focus of the Chiefs offense and is top five in rushing yards this year. Look for Charles to get his usual total of 15-20 points. 2) Adrian Peterson- Peterson has been a let down for fantasy owners the past two weeks, but only a real jerk would get mad about it, with the passing of AP's son just two weeks ago. I expect and hope for AP to get back mentally and produce at home versus the Packers this week. This is not the same Packers of the last two years. They have injury concerns and vulnerabilities. The Vikings should give the ball to AP a lot and take some of that pressure away from the QB carousel going on in Minnesota. 3) Marshawn Lynch- Lynch and the Seahawks are playing in another prime time game and will be on plenty of rest. Lynch is top five in rushing yards this year so far and Seattle is a heavy run team. With the Rams losing Sam Bradford for the season, the offense will only struggle more and more, which in theory will only give Lynch and the Seahawks offense more opportunities to run and eat up that clock. Lynch looks great for this match up and for weeks to come. 4) LeSean McCoy- Like Charles, McCoy is the center piece of this offense and this weeks match up against the lowly New York Giants, looks good. McCoy leads the NFL in rushing yards and should continue that production at home. Another reason to be pleased about this match up, is because the Eagles top two QBs are banged up and that should funnel the work load towards McCoy. 5) Knowshon Moreno- Cracking my top five list this year for the first time, Knowshon looks to have a great game this week at home versus the Redskins. Knowshon probably should have cracked my list earlier this year, because he has been producing well and is obviously the number one back in Denver. This weeks match up favors everyone on the Broncos, because of how bad the Redskins defense is this year. Party time in Denver Sunday! Bonus: Frank Gore- The 49ers are running the ball again and it makes Gore's fantasy owners proud again. The 49ers will have to travel to sunny Florida and and face a scrappy Jaguars defense, but that should be no problem for the 49ers great offensive line and Gore. Look for the 49ers to continue their offensive production. TOP 5 QB’s Peyton Manning – 237 Fantasy Points! Do I need to say more? Peyton has on average 70 more points this season than any other fantasy player. Denver is playing the Redskins this week, who have giving up 262 passing yards on average this season. Peyton and his stable of weapons should have any easy day. Colin Kaepernick – The San Francisco 49er’s face the Jacksonville Jaguars this week in Jacksonville. Kaepernick and 49er’s are back in midseason form winning 4 in a row, and not showing any signs of slowing down. Kaepernick only threw for 199 yds last week, but he carried the ball 11 times for 68 yds and a touchdown. Tony Romo – I know the Detroit defense has been having a solid season against the pass. Although Andy Dalton had a big game against them throwing for 372 yards with three touchdowns and no picks last week. The Lions have allowed at 274 passing yards in five straight games. This is why I think Romo is a good start this week. Russell Wilson – Russell Wilson is coming of a huge game against Arizona where he threw for 235 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. Wilson is going up against a division rival this week in the Rams, but St. Louis is middle of the road against opposing QB’s this season. Look for Wilson to get some yards on the ground also against the Rams poor run defense. Drew Brees – Brees looks to be back on track after a two game slide, where he threw for under 300 yards per game. This week he faces a tough Buffalo Bills defense that has been looking more average over the last couple of weeks. Andy Dalton threw for 337 yards and 3 touchdowns against them in week 6, so the bills can be vulnerable against a good passing offense. Look for Brees to capitalize on this opportunity! Bonus- RG3 – Griffin is going up against the Denver Broncos that a giving up 319 passing yards on average this season. The Redskins will most likely be playing from behind giving RG3 a lot of opportunity to throw the ball!

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