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Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Henry Begins Take-Over


Derrick Henry is expected to get a "significant workload" regardless of whether or not DeMarco Murray (questionable, hamstring) plays against the Seahawks in Week 3. Murray did get in a limited practice session on Friday, but even if he is active Henry out-touched him 14-10 in last week's win over the Jags while racking up a career-high 92 rushing yards.

Fantasy Goo: It's not a great match-up for Henry against Seattle, but his workload should be enough to consider starting him in all formats. If Murray is out Henry becomes a solid lock-it-in starter, that’s why he was going in the single-digit rounds in most drafts. If you have lazy owners in your league offer a trade for Henry and try to sell Murray while you have a chance.


09/22/17, 07:27 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Green Bay Packers

Targets Up for Grabs


Randall Cobb (chest) is listed as doubtful for Week 3 against the Bengals.
This should move Jordy Nelson into the slot with Geronimo Allison and Davante Adams as the Packers' outside receivers versus Cincinnati. Despite the Questionable tag, Nelson is fully expected to play against the Bengals after missing almost all of Week 2 with what he deemed a "charley horse." We can consider Cobb as "week to week."

Fantasy Goo: With the Packers target leader Randall Cobb (shoulder) listed as doubtful, Nelson should be locked and loaded into fantasy lineups as a WR1. Many DFS analysts are also eyeing Adams for a break-out game and I’ve seen Allison being scooped up in several dynasty/deep roster leagues.


09/22/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

Pats Injury Report Always a Long List


Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out for Week 3 against the Texans. Chris Hogan (knee) and Amendola are questionable. Hogan was limited by a knee injury at practice this week but his status for Sunday has never been in doubt.

Fantasy Goo: Looks like Gillislee and Hogan should be solid plays this week. With Burkhead out both are in line to benefit greatly, Amendola could cut into Hogan just enough to knock him out of flex range though if he ends up playing.


09/22/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys

At Least Two More Weeks of Zeke


The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has set a date for a hearing in the Zeke Elliott case: Oct. 2.
It will be two weeks before the court of appeals even hears the arguments from both sides. This thing could certainly get strung out and the suspension could come next season.

Fantasy Goo: If you have him you’re going to have to ride this out all season. His schedule eases some after week 4 so if the court denies the plea from the NFL you are going to reap rewards that you expected when you drafted him. Something in my gut tells me that he will serve some sort of suspension this year though, either way you’ll never get fair value for him in a trade and my gut feeling could just be because I’m a Giants fan. I don’t get the sense that it’s worth handcuffing him at this point either, just because we can’t be sure who the handcuff is yet.


09/22/17, 06:26 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sam Bradford

Minnesota Vikings

Sam Bradford (knee) Out for Sunday


Sam Bradford‘s knee could be a real problem. The Vikings quarterback is not expected to play on Sunday. Bradford will get a second opinion on his left knee from Dr. James Andrews, on Friday. Whenever I hear Dr. Andrews name red flags go up, because it always seems to mean more surgery, but Andrews has performed Bradford’s first two ACL surgeries, so he’s quite familiar with his medical history.

Fantasy Goo: Bradford being out is definitely a down-grade for Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph with Keenum throwing the rock. Theilen gets the largest drop, averaging 9 more PPR points per game with Bradford in.


09/21/17, 08:09 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jimmy Graham

Seattle Seahawks

Jimmy Graham (ankle) DNP Thursday.


That makes it two missed practices in a row and he's shaping up to be very questionable for Week 3 against the Titans. The Seahawks have listed him on the injury report with an ankle injury, but the team did say he banged his knee in Week 2. If Graham can't play, Luke Wilson would likely fill in while the Seahawks run with more three-wide sets.

Fantasy Goo: Whenever Graham is out you have to look for Tyler Locket to get more targets. It’s only a five game sample, but Lockett averages six more PPR points per game with Graham out.Pete Carroll came out Friday and said Graham, listed as questionable, should be fine for Sunday.


09/21/17, 07:37 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Johnson Back for Arizona


Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Chris Johnson's carries to increase in Week 3. Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 44 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts, out-playing Kerwynn Williams. It appears as though he is ready to run with starting duties during David Johnson's absence.

Fantasy Goo: We shouldn't expect more than an RB3 production, but he is worth scooping up in leagues where he remains un-owned (admittedly, probably not many). I’m looking to make some trades to clear roster space and grab him, bye weeks will be coming soon and he could end up with 15-20 carries some weeks.


09/21/17, 06:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nflmock.com


Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes


Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.


09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble


Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.


09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job


The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.


09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"


Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.


09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In


Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay


A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears


Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.


09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.


09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.


09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.


09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.


09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2


With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.


09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons


Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.


09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Week 5 - Player Rankings

Week 5 - Player Rankings

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QB Player Rankings – Week 5

 

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1.       Aaron Rodgers (@ Atl) – Along with Tom Brady, Rodgers is as close to a sure thing in fantasy as there is these days. It doesn’t matter who the Packers face, Aaron “it out” simply gets it done. Including the playoffs, Rodgers faced Atlanta twice last season and averaged 355 yards, two passing TDs and one rushing TD against them. With the Green Bay QB hitting his stride and the Falcons being in the bottom third of the league in allowing QB fantasy points this year, I just don’t see how he doesn’t have a monster game this Sunday night.

 

2.       Michael Vick (@ Buf) – This is exactly the type of game fantasy owners have been waiting for. Going up against a Buffalo defense that has given up the world to opposing QBs is just what Vick needs to open up his vast arsenal of unique talents. What’s even better is that the Bills offense has become a scoring machine as well, thus forcing opposing offenses to continue scoring all day long. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Vick throw for 300 yards, rush for 100, and have four total TDs against a Bills D that has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to QBs this season.

 

3.       Cam Newton (vs. NO) – I can’t believe I am ranking a rookie QB in the top five this week, but Newton has proven to be a gamer and is without question one of the best athletes ever to work under center in this league. I truly thought the Bears would be able to contain him with their speed and Cover-2 defensive scheme, but clearly, I was wrong. I’ve underestimated his ability up until this point but I will not do so again. New Orleans has allowed a lot of fantasy action to opposing QBs this year and in a game where Carolina will likely be playing catch-up ball, Newton has the potential to do some serious damage.

 

4.       Tom Brady (vs. NYJ) – Brady has averaged 275 yards and 1.75 TDs against the Jets in their last four regular season contests, numbers that would be nice for most QBs in the league. However, Brady is not like most QBs as he just passed the legendary Joe Montana for career touchdown passes with his 274th last weekend. The Jets, however, are as stingy as they come against the pass allowing the least amount of fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Look for the Pats to mix it up all game long by taking advantage of a surprisingly weak New York rush D instead of unleashing the Stetson Man on them. He’ll be fine fantasy-wise, but I’m not expecting one of his monster outputs here.

 

5.       Matthew Stafford (vs. Chi) – Stafford has quickly become one of the more lethal fantasy QBs in the game this season and should continue his onslaught against a weak Bears secondary this Monday night. All-World WR Calvin Johnson is basically unguardable, but even if the Bears try to take him out with double- or triple-teams, Detroit has so many other weapons for Staff to throw to in Nate Burleson, Jahvid Best, Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew that his stats shouldn’t take a hit. I expect the Lions to try to put their stamp on the NFC North this Monday night, an effort which should mean a whole lot of fantasy stats for Stafford.

 

6.       Drew Brees (@ Car) – At first glance, this may look like an easy game for Brees to pile on the fantasy numbers for your team, but it’s not. In fact, though Brees has averaged 258 yards a game against Carolina during his career, he’s only thrown for 12 TDs in those 10 games. Opposing teams have thrown the ball the least amount of times against the Panthers this season because frankly, their rush D is a sieve, and the Saints will be no different. Brees may come away with some decent stats, but not enough to rank him in the top five.

 

7.       Philip Rivers (@ Den) – Rivers averaged 273 yards and two TDs against the Broncos last season, numbers he should be able to at least equal this Sunday against a Denver pass D that has allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Antonio Gates will likely sit out again so Rivers’ fantasy potential is a bit capped, but I expect QB1 numbers this Sunday nonetheless.

 

8.       Mark Sanchez (@ NE) – Supposedly Coach Ryan wants to go back to the “ground-and-pound” approach for the rest of the season, but I’m guessing that strategy will stay shelved for at least one more week. The Patriots can score in a super-duper hurry and if the Jets fail to keep up with them for even one series, Ryan and Sanchez will abandon the run game in a New York minute. The Patriots haven’t allowed less than 344 yards passing to a QB yet this year, so look for Dirty Mark to have a nice comeback fantasy game this week.

 

9.       Matt Ryan (vs. GB) – Green Bay’s pass D has been awful this season allowing the second most passing yards per game along with the most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. However, they did seem to have Ryan’s number last year as Matty Ice averaged just 192 yards and one TD against them in their two meetings (playoffs included). Again, though, that was last season. 2011 is a whole new ballgame as Julio Jones seems to be everything he was billed to be while Tony G. is tearing up the league in what could be his swan song. I expect a shootout here, especially on the main stage of Sunday Night Football.

 

10.     Eli Manning (vs. Sea) – Eli has some serious weapons out there to toss the ball around to now with Nicks being Nicks, Manningham healthy and Victor Cruz living up to his 2010 preseason freak show. Seattle’s defense is a lot better than some thought it would be, but Manning will be able to carve them up for some good fantasy numbers… at least until the Giants get up by enough to run the clock out with Bradshaw and Jacobs. Expect a really nice stat line, but nothing spectacular.

 

11.     Kevin Kolb (@ Min) – I’m going to say it again: What I like most about Kolb as a fantasy player this year is not his own ability as a QB or the option to throw it to Larry Fitzgerald every play if he wants, but rather the lack of ability shown on the Cardinals defensive side of the ball. Arizona will need to pass the ball quite a bit to get back into games, which is of course nice for Kolb and the rest of his fantasy receivers. Even better for this game in particular is that ‘Zona will find themselves having trouble running the ball against the Vikings front seven and need to pass to move the chains. Kolb could end up as a nice sleeper this Sunday.

 

12.     Josh Freeman (@ SF) – Freeman did a little better than I expected last Monday night throwing for 287 yards and one TD while adding in his second career rushing touchdown. That being said, he’s still one of the more vanilla QBs in the league and I simply can’t trust him to put up fantasy points on a weekly basis. Last year Freeman tossed up two TDs against the 49ers but evened it out by only throwing for 136 yards. However, I’m tentatively expecting a decent game this Sunday as the ‘Niners pass D is terrible and the Bucs won’t be able to run against their rush D at all.

 

13.     Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Phi) – After last week’s lame-duck effort against the Cincinnati Jailbungles, I find myself back in the un-sold department on Fitzpatrick. Ivy League Ryan may have been able to pick apart bottom-feeder pass Ds like the Chiefs, Raiders and Patriots, but the Eagles might have more talent in their secondary than those three teams combined. Still, Philly’s “Dream Team” hasn’t quite gelled yet and has allowed the most passing TDs in the league against them thus far, so there’s still some fantasy hope here for Fitz and crew.

 

14.     Jay Cutler (@ Det) – The Bears kept true to their word and got back to the ground game last week against the Panthers, but Cutler will have to pass the ball in this one. Detroit is a completely different team than what Chicago is used to facing lately and they may find themselves down a couple scores early on Monday night. If so, look for OC Mike Martz to pull the same old crap and abandon the run-game for his “greatest show on turf” playbook. Cutler has always done well against the Lions, so there’s definitely some upside potential here.

 

15.     Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Ten) – Roethlisberger may be hobbled, but it’s not like he hasn’t played with injuries before, so I’m not so worried about that. The troubling thing is that the Titans have crept into the top tier of NFL defenses and hold opposing QBs to the fifth least amount of fantasy points per game. Still, there’s potential for a good game here as the Steelers may be forced to pass a bit more with possibly Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore sidelined.

 

16.     Donovan McNabb (vs. Ari) – I said last week that if McNasty couldn’t do anything against a depleted Kansas City pass D, I wouldn’t suggest taking him off your bench for the remainder of the season. Well, he did toss up two TDs, which was nice, but only managed to eke out 202 yards in the process. I’m going to have to call it a wash and give Donovan one last chance to prove himself against an even worse Arizona pass defense. Don’t play him unless you absolutely have to, of course, but he might surprise a bit this weekend.

 

17.     Matt Schaub (vs. Oak) – Schaub is a talented QB, but not so much that he’ll be able to overcome the loss of Andre Johnson. With Arian Foster back, however, he may not need to. The Raiders have given up the fourth most rushing yards per game this year and allow a mind-boggling 5.9 yards/carry. Foster will go nuts in this one and while I don’t see Schaub hitting even the 200-yard mark on Sunday, I tentatively expect him to use the play-action pass in the red-zone for a couple of short TDs.

 

18.     Kyle Orton (vs. SD) – It looks like Orton will get at least one more shot to turn the Broncos season around, but I just don’t see it happening. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him get pulled at some point in the second half if he throws a couple of interceptions and/or Denver goes down by a bunch. Still, from a fantasy perspective, Kyle is averaging 236 yards and two TDs a game thus far, good for 15th overall in the QB rankings. It wouldn’t be a shock to see those same numbers from him come Sunday.

 

19.     Matt Hasselbeck (@ Pit) – Hasselbeck has turned in a top-10 fantasy performance thus far and been an all-around great fit for this Titans team, but without playmaking WR Kenny Britt against the top-ranked pass defense in the league, you’d be better off looking elsewhere in Week 5.

 

20.     Jason Campbell (@ Hou) – Campbell did as well as I expected last week against the Patriots tossing up 344 yards and a touchdown, but it won’t last. Not against a Houston defense that will put pressure on Jason all day long and force him into making mistakes. With Denarius Moore looking awesome, a healthy Jacoby Ford and an improved Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Raiders receivers will at least give Campbell a shot at some success, but Oakland’s game-plan will more than likely be run-based with McFadden playing like a man possessed and the Texans being a little easier to run against than pass.

 

21.     Matt Cassel (@ Ind) – Without even a remote threat of a running game, you can bet Indy will be playing the pass pretty hard in this one. That being said, they aren’t very good in that area so Cassel should be able to go for about 200 yards and a TD against them. If that floats your boat, go ahead and start him. 

 

22.     Andy Dalton (@ Jax) – Dalton has looked pretty darn good for a rookie QB, but he won’t become a fantasy starter at any point this season unless ten other starting quarterbacks around the league get injured. Jacksonville starter Blaine Gabbert may have been taken a round ahead of Dalton in the 2011 NFL Draft, but Andy will win this baby-battle simply because the weapons around him are better. Just don’t start him on your fantasy team because of it.

 

23.     Alex Smith (vs. TB) – The former 2005 first overall draft pick had a surprisingly nice game against the Eagles last week, but the words “start”, “Alex” and “Smith” just don’t look right together to me. Alex is normally right on the edge of being playable in leagues where you can start two QBs and I’d have to say, that’s right about where he lands again this week against a mediocre Tampa pass defense. 

 

24.     Tarvaris Jackson (@ NYG) – Nice work, Tarvaris! I think you may have actually fooled some fantasy players with that 300-yard, three-TD performance last weekend! Not me, however. I know about Atlanta’s defense and how they can let guys who have no business doing well put up All Pro numbers against them; or how they haven’t had a single sack since Week One against the Bears league-worst offensive line. The Giants won’t let that happen. They’ll bring the kitchen sink at you and force you to make the mistakes you normally make. I’m not biting on your first career 300-yard game (actually, it was his first 250-yard game in 38 career games!).

 

25.     Curtis Painter (vs. KC) – If it weren’t for the playmaking ability of Mr. Pierre Garcon, Painter would have put up his normal awful numbers last Monday night against the Buccaneers. Maybe throwing his first career TD pass jump-starts a Hall-of-Fame career for young shaggy-haired Curtis… or, maybe not.

 

26.     Blaine Gabbert (vs. Cin) – If you really have to start Gabbert on your fantasy team, you should think seriously about another pastime… like crochet. It’ll be fun to watch the competitive spirit emanating from the rookie QB head-to-head matchup, but it might also be downright scary at times.

 

 

 

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