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James Conner

Pittsburgh Steelers

Conner Solid in Debut


Steelers rookie RB James Conner rushed 20 times for 98 yards and caught 1-of-4 targets for three yards on his preseason debut Sunday night. This was his first preseason action after being out with a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Conner is trying to earn himself the back-up role to LeVeon Bell, and he should have a role if Bell does go down at all, but duties will almost certainly be split between Conner and Fitzgerald Tousaint if that were to happen. Conner is a solid dynasty pick in the double digit rounds, especially if the Steelers don’t extend his deal prior to the start of the season.


08/20/17, 09:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Kamara Lives Up To Hype Today


“Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara rushed 5 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers. Kamara's first carry of the game was an explosive 50-yard touchdown run. He was also utilized in the passing game, catching a ball in the flat and scampering for a 20 yard gain.”

Fantasy Goo: This is all against the Chargers second and third string, so don’t get too excited, but it does appear that Kamara could contribute and make this backfield very difficult to predict from week-to-week. Kamara looks to be a very solid dynasty pick in the seventh round.


08/20/17, 09:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Anquan Boldin

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Charles Clay

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed (toe) Activated from PUP List


Fantasy Goo: Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes. Like Gronk, with Reed you have to assume that he will not play all 16 games, but don’t shy away from Reed because when he was active in 2016 he was a top 10 TE 75% of the time.


08/20/17, 05:45 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Week 3 - QB Player Rankings

Week 3 - QB Player Rankings

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 09/20/11

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QB Player Rankings – Week 3

 

 

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Quarterbacks

 

 

1.           Tom Brady (@ Buf) – There has been one constant debate I’ve had with the guys I’ve been in a fantasy football league with for 10+ years, and that is – Who is better, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?  I have always been on the Manning side of the fence, backing up every single argument with stats and facts galore, but it seems I can no longer deny it; Tommy “The Stetson Man” Brady-Bundchen is a quarterbacking God.  There is nothing he can’t do on the field, no defense he can’t make cry, no receiver he can’t make fantasy-worthy and at this point, I simply cannot find a single reason to rank him lower than number one each week.  Until he and the Patriots throw up a weekend crapper (which they may never do), Brady will be glued to the fantasy throne.

 

2.           Matthew Stafford (@ Min) – I’ll say it again, basically because I have no idea why others didn’t see it as plainly as I did, but Matthew Stafford is the next big-time NFL QB.  His seven passing TDs are tied for the league lead at this point and it doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down any time soon.  Minnesota gave up 335 yards passing to Philip Rivers in Week One and then allowed another 243 yards from Josh Freeman in Week Two despite a seven minute advantage in time of possession.  Matty feels at home in a dome, so count on another big fantasy weekend from the Lions QB.

 

3.           Philip Rivers (vs KC) – In his last six games against the Chiefs, Rivers has averaged just over 295 yards a game and has 13 TDs compared to just four INTs.  Obviously the kid loves this inter-division rivalry.  Besides that, the Chiefs lost their best defensive/secondary player for the year in safety Eric Berry and have allowed eight passing touchdowns in just two games thus far (two more than any other team in the NFL).

 

4.           Drew Brees (vs Hou) – If there’s one thing Drew Brees’ fantasy owners love, it’s an old-fashioned shoot-out at the Georgia Dome.  Before last week when he put up 270 yards and three TDs in a win at home against the Bears, Brees had averaged 2.5 TDs and 311 passing yards a game at home over the last three years.  If Tom Brady and Chad Henne can throw for a combined 933 yards and six TDs in a game, I’m thinking Brees and Schaub might be able to come close.

 

5.           Michael Vick (vs NYG) – Concussion schmussion, gimme an English muffin.  Vick is just fine, folks, and he’ll have no problem getting on the field this weekend for an inter-division rivalry game against the Giants.  New York actually held him to an average of 250 yards and 1.5 passing TDs per game last season, but Vick also ran for 82 yards and a touchdown per game against them as well.  With the Giants defense still crippled and D-Lineman Osi Umenyiora not due back until Week Four, I expect Vick to make a little mincemeat out of these guys come Sunday.

 

6.           Aaron Rodgers (@ Chi) – To be honest, Rodgers hasn’t fared so well against the Bears during the past three years.  In the six games they’ve hooked up in that time, Aaron “It Out” averaged just 233 yards passing per game and threw just seven TDs while tossing up four INTs.  However, the past is the past; things change; tomorrow is another day, etc. etc. etc.  Rodgers is a different and much better QB than he was, especially now that he has a Super Bowl ring on his finger, so the pressure of this game really shouldn’t get to him.

 

7.           Matt Schaub (@ NO) – Compared to the rest of the quarterbacks in the league, Schaub has been pretty unspectacular to this point.  However, he’s done what the team needed him to do in order to get wins, which against the 0-2 Colts and 0-2 Dolphins, wasn’t much.  He does have three TDs to go along with his 71.7% completion percentage so far, and I believe that TD total could actually double this weekend.  Houston will have to pass the ball in order to keep up with New Orleans’ high-scoring offense while the Saints defense can certainly be beat by a good QB, as shown by Aaron Rodgers in Week One.  This is the week Schaub gives his fantasy owners what they paid for.

 

8.           Ben Roethlisberger (@ Ind) – Fantasy owners expecting QB1-type numbers from Roethlisberger this year are probably pretty disappointed thus far, but no worries; it’s about time Big Ben turned it around.  Rashard Mendenhall might be able to run all over the place this Sunday, but Pittsburgh will have to unleash that talented WR corps at some point, so why not do it indoors on the Indy turf?  With one of the top-three fastest set of receivers in the league in Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger should be able to have a field day picking apart the Colts secondary.

 

9.           Tony Romo (vs Was) – Yes, Romo has a fractured rib.  Yes, Miles Austin is highly doubtful to play this weekend.  Yes, Dez Bryant may not be at 100 percent.  But NO, none of this will matter to Tony Romo and the Cowboys this Sunday.  Washington is 2-0 and has an early division lead going into this weekend so I expect Dallas to do everything it can to get a win… which to the Cowboys means pass, pass and more pass.  Since Romo became their starting QB, the Cowboys have averaged 34.25 points a game in home openers.  Just food for thought.

 

10.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs NE) – The thing about the Patriots is they don’t just put up a ton of points while gaining a zillion yards; they also give up a bunch of points and yards in the process.  Fitzpatrick has shown the ability to rack up fantasy points with the best of them as he currently ranks second in the league behind Brady.  If the team can protect the ball and not turn it over, the Harvard alum has a good shot at tossing up 300 yards and a couple TDs… albeit in a loss for the Bills.

 

11.       Cam Newton (vs Jax) – Everybody knows the rookie QB records Cam Newton has demolished thus far in his two-game career, but did you know he has more completions for over 20 yards than anybody else in the league (16) and leads the NFL in yards per completion (9.46)?  Aren’t rookie QBs supposedly afraid to go deep when they first join the league?  Basically, Cam Newton has broken the mold and should continue to do so against a Jaguars D that ranked last in the league last year in giving up 8.3 yards per passing attempt.  Don’t miss the boat on this kid.

 

12.       Matt Hasselbeck (vs Den) – In his 13th season, Matt Hasselbeck likely has the best receiver he’s ever thrown to in his entire career in Kenny Britt, and he knows it.  Denver’s defense is once again near the bottom of the pack so Hassel shouldn’t have too much of a problem tossing the pill around on them, especially if Champ Bailey can’t make it back in time.  Believe it or not, through two games in the 2011 season, the Titans new QB has the fifth most completions (51) and sixth most passing yards (621) in the entire league.  More than Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Sexy Rexy!

 

13.       Matt Ryan (@ TB) – It wasn’t pretty, but Ryan finally got off the fantasy schneid last weekend tossing up four TDs against the vaunted Eagles pass D.  If that’s not a confidence booster, I don’t know what is.  The problem here is that even though he has a 5-1 career record against the Bucs, his high in passing yards against them is just 235 yards while his high in fantasy points doesn’t even hit the 18-point mark.  He’s better than that, though.  QBs have already averaged 17.3 fantasy points against Tampa so far this season, so I think Ryan will be just fine come Sunday.

 

14.       Kevin Kolb (@ Sea) – The numbers the Seahawks have put up on defense actually look pretty decent thus far, but that’s about to change in Week Three.  Larry Fitzgerald has pretty much had his way with the Seahawks over his career, and now that he has a real QB again, he should be able to continue that streak.  The Cardinals and Beanie Wells may not find it as easy to run on them as they might think as Seattle has held Frank Gore to 59 yards and Rashard Mendehall to just 66, so they’ll need to turn to the passing game sooner than later if they want to win this road game.

 

15.       Rex Grossman (@ Dal) – Isn’t it about time Sexy Rexy threw a fat goose-egg up on the board?  Normally I’d say yes, but not this time.  I believe the surprises will keep coming this week against a banged up Dallas D that could barely stop Alex Smith and the 49ers last Sunday.  The Redskins WR corps may be in the middle of the pack in terms of talent, but the tight end position with Fred Davis and Chris Cooley brings an element to Rex’s game that seems to work well within his talents.  When called upon to start against the ‘Boys last season, Grossman threw for 322 yards and four TDs in a fantasy outing up close to 30 points.  That said, expect the unexpected.

 

16.       Mark Sanchez (@ Oak) – I’m pretty sure it won’t last, but Mark Sanchez is currently on pace for 4,136 yards and 32 TDs.  I mention this for a couple of reasons.  First, I wanted to show that despite a complete overhaul in the Jets WR corps since his 2009 rookie season (not a single WR remains on the team), Dirty Sanchez has still managed to get better each year.  Secondly, I want people to know he’s not just a sideshow QB anymore… he’s actually better than you think.  Oakland still has a pretty good secondary after the loss of Asomugha, but Sanchez should be able to get rack up some decent fantasy points regardless this weekend.

 

17.       Josh Freeman (vs Atl) – If it weren’t for his five-TD performance against the lowly Seahawks in Week 16 last year, Freeman would have finished 23rd in the league averaging just 16.2 fantasy points/game.  I mention this because Josh has put up just 16.1 fantasy points/game so far this season against two so-so defenses in Detroit at home and against the Vikings indoors.  Basically, maybe Freeman isn’t quite as good of a fantasy QB as people thought.  In his two games versus Atlanta last season, Freeman completed just 50 percent of his passes while putting up an average of, you guessed it; 16.1 fantasy points/game.  Then again, Atlanta’s pass D is pretty darn porous so far.

 

18.       Joe Flacco (@ StL) – St. Louis has a pretty stingy pass D and can really get after the quarterback; something Flacco had a problem with in Week Two against the Titans.  If Lee Evans plays, the Ravens have enough speed on offense for Flacco to do some damage in the dome, but I can’t see him going off too hard for your team if you have to start him.

 

19.       Chad Henne (@ Cle) – With rookie RB Daniel Thomas finally showing to have a little juice in his engine last weekend, Miami may not pass the ball as much as anticipated after Week One.  On top of that, Cleveland’s pass D has proved to be pretty stingy so far this season (second in the NFL in both yards allowed and completion percentage allowed per game) with DB Joe Haden leading up the squad.  My guess is that Miami will have to pass the ball in the second half to win this one, so not all is lost, but you can probably do better than Henne this weekend.

 

20.       Jay Cutler (vs GB) – The good news: Over his career, Cutler has been a MUCH better QB at home averaging 243.3 yards and 1.8 TDs per game versus 228.2 yards and 1.3 TDs on the road.  The bad news: In his five career games against the Packers, Cutler has averaged just 227.8 yards and 1.0 TDs per game while tossing up nine INTs in the process.  Basically, it’s a crapshoot, and not a very good one at that.

 

 

Rounding out the rest of the league...

 

21.       Kyle Orton (@ Ten)

 

22.       Sam Bradford (vs Bal)

 

23.       Andy Dalton (vs SF)

 

24.       Eli Manning (@ Phi)

 

25.       Colt McCoy (vs Mia)

 

26.       Donovan McNabb (vs Det)

 

27.       Alex Smith (@ Cin)

 

28.       Kerry Collins (vs Pit)

 

29.       Jason Campbell (vs NYJ)

 

30.       Tarvaris Jackson (vs Ari)

 

31.       Blaine Gabbert (@ Car)

 

32.       Matt Cassel (@ SD)

 

 

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