Saturday, November 2, 2013

Week 9 - Sneaky Tricks and Tactics

Ben’s Breakout Player – Dez Bryant, WR Dallas Cowboys We all saw the way Dez Bryant erupted on the sideline last week when he thought the Cowboys were going to lose. This is the type of fire I love to see from the Star WR on my fantasy team! Yes Bryant only had 3 receptions last week, but 2 of the 3 went for touchdowns so you can’t be that upset! Now is the time to start Dez Bryant with no hesitation, he is looking to put up a big game to back up his actions on the sideline! BAILEY’S BENCH ‘EM- Matt Ryan QB Falcons and Steven Jackson RB Falcons Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons were beat up at Arizona last week and now have to travel to Carolina, to play a top five defense. Not only does Ryan play against the number two defense against QBs this week, but Roddy White did not practice again Wednesday and it doesn’t look good for him to play Sunday. Harry Douglas has filled in decently and Tony Gonzalez did not get traded, so all is not lost for Ryan, but this division road game does not sit well with me. Now, with Steven Jackson at least getting back on the field, fantasy owners have a better feeling of what he may bring for the rest of the season. However, I don’t see this week to be a very productive one for Jackson. Carolina is ranked 12th against RBs this year, but with Jackson just getting back and trying to get into game shape, this match up does not look good for Atlanta’s running game. Hence, I can see Jacquizz Rodgers getting the majority of the RB production on third downs and late in the game, when Ryan will be throwing the ball. SY SU’S SLEEPER: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WR KENNY STILLS – THE ROOKIE IS COMING OFF WEEK 8 WITH 129 YARDS AND TWO TOUCHDOWNS – THAT’S THREE TOUCHDOWNS IN HIS LAST TWO GAMES, WHICH IS AS MANY TOUCHDOWNS AS VETERANS MARQUES COLSTON, LANCE MOORE, AND ROBERT MEACHEM HAVE COMBINED THIS SEASON! WITH GRAHAM NOT HEALTHY, LOOK FOR DREW BREES TO KEEP GUNNING IT TO HIS YOUNG DEEP THREAT. Top 5 QB’s Andy Dalton – The Cincinnati Red is rolling right along this season! Those of you lucky enough to draft Dalton have really enjoyed the last three games of 30 plus fantasy points for sure. How about 11 touchdowns in those 3 games with only 2 interceptions….Yes please! In this bye heavy week Dalton is a safe choice to throw in your lineup! Phillip Rivers – The decision to start Phillip Rivers this week was an easy one. Some might go as far as to say a slam-dunk in my opinion! Washington is giving up the forth most fantasy points per game to opposing QB’s this season. Rivers has already produced three 400-yard passing performances this season. Alex Smith – Smith is coming of another good performance last weekend against the Cleveland Browns. He went 24-36 for 225 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, he added another 40 yards on the ground. The Chiefs face the 26th Ranked defense this week in the Bills, who are giving up 263 passing yards on average. Aaron Rodgers – Mr. Rodgers is definitely running things in his hood these days! Rodgers over the last four games has thrown 7 touchdown passes with only 1 interception. Rodgers has torched the Bears in the last 4 games against them completing 69.6 percent of his throws for 1,090 yards and 12 touchdowns. Drew Brees – Brees is coming of a stellar performance last week against the Bills, where he threw for 5 touchdowns and no interceptions. Andy Dalton threw for 5 touchdowns against the Jets in week 8, so Brees will look to do the same thing. He is a must start this week for sure!!! TOP FIVE RB’S Jamaal Charles- Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs will be traveling north to play the Buffalo Bills. Does this really mean anything though? No, because Charles is producing all over the United States. The Bills defense is ranked ninth against RBs this year, but I can see Charles having a very productive day, with around 15points. Plus, who isn’t starting Charles these days? Nobody! Marshawn Lynch- Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks will be playing only their fourth home game in nine games against the Tamp Bay Buccaneers and it will bring a great energy to the players. Lynch was upset last week, when Seattle’s OC did not give him the ball at the one yard line twice. Also, HC Pete Carroll said himself that Lynch will see more carries. The Bucs also are the eighth worst defense against RBs in fantasy this year. Matt Forte- Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears face the Packers in Green Bay. I like Forte this week because he is a work horse and the Packers defense is in the middle of the pack against RBs this year. Also, the fact that Jay Cutler is out for the next few weeks puts more pressure on Forte to produce and keep the Bears offense productive. Eddie Lacy- Lacy, like Forte will be used heavily on Monday against the Bears. Aaron Rodgers and the offensive coaches for the Packers seem to have more trust with Lacy. The Bears have experienced some heavy injuries on the defensive side this year and along with that, the Bears are the 12th worst team against RBs this year. I know I will be starting Lacy and expecting good numbers from him. Danny Woodhead- Danny Woodhead and the San Diego Chargers will be heading to Washington D.C. to face the Redskins. The Redskins are the sixth worst defense against RBs this year and Woodhead averages ten-plus points in most leagues. The Redskins defense has been sketchy all year and I am really excited for Woodhead’s match up this week. Bonus- Jacquizz Rodgers, in my opinion will receive the production on third downs and in garbage time against the Panthers. TOP 5 WRs DEZ BRYANT – TONY ROMO WASN’T REALLY LOOKING AT HIS BIG-MOUTH RECEIVER’S WAY BUT DEZ SHOWED HE DESERVED MORE, MAKING THE MOST OF HIS THREE CATCHES, WITH TWO OF THEM IN THE ENDZONE. BRYANT’S WEEK 9 MATCHUP WORKS IN HIS FAVOR AGAINST THE VIKINGS, THAT HAVE ALLOWED THE 8TH MOST FANTASY POINTS TO WIDE RECEIVERS JORDY NELSON – COMING OFF A HUGE PERFORMANCE IN WEEK 8 (7 REC, 123 YDS, 2 TDS), JORDY IS THE LEAD MAN IN AN INJURED RECEIVING CORP OF AARON RODGERS. HE ATTRACTED NEARLY ALL THE SECONDARY ATTENTION LAST WEEK AND WILL AGAIN THIS WEEK AGAINST A TOUGHER CHICAGO DEFENSE. BRANDON MARSHALL – THOUGH JAY CUTLER WENT DOWN (GROIN), HIS REPLACEMENT JOSH MCCOWN CONTINUED TO THROW IT TO MARSHALL’S WAY. WITH A BYE IN WEEK 8, MARSHALL AND MCCOWN SHOULD GO INTO WEEK 9 ON THE SAME PAGE. A.J. GREEN – A.J. CONTINUED HIS 100-PLUS YARD STREAK WITH 115 YARDS ON ONLY 3 CATCHES IN WEEK 9, AVERAGING NEARLY 125 YARDS PER GAME IN HIS LAST THREE WEEKS. THE RED HEAD ANDY DALTON HAS BEEN RED HOT AND GREEN IS THE MAIN BENEFACTOR. JOSH GORDON – BIG SURPRISE WITH JOSH GORDON MAKING MY TOP 5, BUT IT IS EXPECTED BY GORDON OWNERS WHO ENJOYED 132 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN WITH QB JASON CAMPBELL AGAINST THE TOUGH KANSAS CITY DEFENSE. LOOK FOR CAMPBELL AND GORDON TO CONTINUE BUILDING ON THIS. BONUS – MARVIN JONES – JONES IS DALTON’S OTHER BIG TARGET, MAKING FANTASY NOISE WITH 122 YARDS AND FOUR TOUCHDOWNS! ENJOY HIS STREAK OF 6 TOUCHDOWNS IN THE LAST 3 WEEKS FOR NOW, BECAUSE WITH THE RETURN OF ANDREW HAWKINS TAKING AWAY SOME OF JONES’ SNAPS, THE BEST HAS ALREADY PASSED. TOP 5 TEs - JIMMY GRAHAM – THE TIGHT END POSITION IS SO LIMITED THAT EVEN A QUESTIONABLE GRAHAM (FOOT) TOPS MY LIST. HE PLAYED LESS THAN 20 SNAPS WITH ONLY 3 CATCHES, BUT MADE MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITY WITH TWO TOUCHDOWNS. ROB GRONKOWSKI – DESPITE STRUGGLING LAST WEEK FOR TWO CATCHES FOR 27 YARDS, GRONK NEARLY CAUGHT A TOUCHDOWN TO VALIDATE THE PERFORMANCE – BUT HE HAS REACHED PAY DIRT 3 TIMES IN HIS 2 MEETINGS AGAINST HIS WEEK 9 OPPONENT, PITTSBURGH. I AM WILLING TO PROMISE THAT ON HIS THIRD ACTIVE WEEK, GRONK WILL SCORE A TOUCHDOWN. ANTONIO GATES – IT’S A GOOD NEWS AND BETTER NEWS SITUATION: GOOD NEWS – GATES IS STILL THE TOP RECEIVER OF PHILIP RIVERS, ONE OF THE TOP QBS IN FANTASY THIS SEASON; BETTER NEWS – SAN DIEGO IS PLAYING A POOR REDSKINS DEFENSE THAT’S ALLOWED A TOUCHDOWN TO A TIGHT END IN ALL BUT ONE WEEK THIS SEASON. BONUS – TIMOTHY WRIGHT – MISSING JULIUS THOMAS OR VERNON DAVIS THIS WEEK DUE TO THEIR BYES? LOOK FOR TAMPA BAY’S TIMOTHY WRIGHT, ESPECIALLY IN DEEP LEAGUES. EMERGING QB MIKE GLENNON HAS THROWN 5 TDS IN LAST 3 WEEKS, INCLUDING ONE TO HIS TIGHT END. PLUS, WITH THE SEASON-ENDING INJURY TO MIKE WILLIAMS (HAMSTRING), WRIGHT IS GLENNON’S GO-TO GUY, SECOND TO ONLY VINCENT JACKSON.

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