Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Week #8 The Fantasy Footballfolk Weekly Four Sit Em' or Start Em'

Week # 8 Start Em's 

Week 7 was really sad when you think about it.   Many stars were lost to injury, and and we are starting to see what type of shape our teams are really in.  The Trent Richardson's, and CJ Spillers of the World have really let us down.  Some of us have stumbled on some diamonds in the rough such as Julius Thomas,  Keenan Allen, and Eddie Lacy.  Need not to worry, mathematically no team is out of the play off hunt just yet. The waiver wire is saving football teams one week at a time. 

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1. Mathew Stafford- Week 7 Stafford threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns against the Bengals.  Week 8 the Lions will face the Cowboys at home in an NFC showdown.  Calvin Johnson is healthy, and Stafford is having another silent but deadly fantasy year.  The Cowboys are top five in yards, and touchdowns allowed.

2. Robert Griffin III- Week 7 RG3 showed signs of his rookie campaign.  He is building trust in his new tight end Jordan Reed and they moved the ball vertically.  Week 8 the Skins face the Broncos on the road, and it seems everyone who play's Denver has a field day.  No one has allowed more yards in the air then the Bronco's.  I think this has the making of a shoot out.

3. Colin Kaepernick- Kaepernick came alive week 7 against the Titans, and it's about time! His legs showed the World why he is such a multi dimensional threat as a quarterback.  The 49ers have the joy of facing the Jaguars in London.  At this point anyone playing the Jaguars is a must start, and a luxury.  Look for him to run wild in the fog.

4. Russell Wilson-  Drew Brees comparisons have been drawn about these two, an the jury is still out.  Wilson will face a Rams team that has allowed the highest QB rating and are among the top in yards, and touchdowns allowed.  In Lehman's term's the Rams are a mess.  He is a QB 1 going forward and it appears Percy Harvin will return soon.

Running Back's

1. Eddie Lacy- The Packer's continue to pound the rock with Lacy, with their weathered wide receiving core.  The running back controversy is over in Green Bay, and Lacy is an every week horse that should be started.  He has an easy schedule going forward.  Week 8 he will see a Vikings defense that has allowed 8 touchdowns in 7 games.

2. Frank Gore- Frank Gore ages like fine wine.  His numbers show no sign of aging at all.  Week 8 Gore will face the Jaguars, who like Kaepernick should have a solid fantasy day.  Last week he had two more touchdowns.  He is an oldie, but goody week in, week out.

3. Le'Veon Bell- Bell is a dying breed in the NFL.  A Bell cow running back who gets the ball on all three downs, and goal line carries.  He is a rookie, and he is coming off an injury.  This type of player is intriguing because of his scarcity.  Week 8 the Steelers will face the Raiders who have allowed their share of touchdowns.  I expect Bell to see 20+ touches.  Start him with confidence.

4. Stevan Ridley- Ridley has been a headache so far this 2013 campaign.  But lets not forget his 2012 season.  He was a silent stud 290/1263/12td's.  Those number's were as good as any running backs.  Week 8 he will face a Miami Dolphin defense that has allowed 8 touchdown's in 7 games.  I expect Ridley to reach pay dirt.

Wide Receivers

1. Jordy Nelson- Week 8 looks as if the Pack will be without Randall Cobb, James Jones, and Jermichael Finley.  That is cruel for a team.  The Good news is Jordy Nelson will face a Viking defense that has allowed a touchdown in five straight.   Count on Nelson to have a big day.

2. Eric Decker- Week 7 Decker caught 8 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown.  He is a part of a deep regiment, with other mouths too feed.  Week 8 the Broncos face the Redskins in an anticipated shoot out.  I expect him to have double digit targets again this week.

3. Steve Smith- I know its arrogant to encourage a player to " start" on Revis island.  But Revis island has not been desolate as it use to be.  The Buccaneers have allowed seven touchdowns to wide receivers.  Smith looks to score in his third straight campaign.

4. Vincent Jackson- Jackson has had 36 targets in the last two weeks.  It is evident that quarterback Mike Glennon is depending on V-Jax all over the field.  Week 8 Jackson will face the Carolina panthers, and more then likely receive 10-15 targets.  He is a special wide receiver with his size and speed, expect him to stay hot.

Tight End's

1. Rob Gronkowski- Well the ambiguity, and mystery of his return has passed and Gronk started, and finished week 7 with a 8/114 line.  Targeted 18 times you looked similar to his old self.  Week 8 the Patriots host the Dolphins and you can expect a banner day from him. He is now a must start weekly.

2. Jordan Reed- The Fred Davis party looks like it is over in Washington.  Jordan Reed had a career day week 7 posting a  9/134/1 line.  Something that would take Davis a year to accomplish.  RG3 and Reed will continue to roll against the Broncos week 8.  Aaron Hernandez comparisons have been drawn about his on field talent.  He is second on the the team in targets.

3. Charles Clay- Clay has become Ryan Tannehill's red zone favorite.  The two have connected for touchdowns in three straight games. The former Tulsa star is having his best season so far.

4. Kyle Rudolph- Kyle Rudolph is hit or miss week to week. According to Coach Frazier, Josh Freeman now has some concussion symptoms and the FF Beasthouse is reporting that these symptoms stem from beating his own head on the locker room wall after watching tape of Monday nights game. Haha But the truth is that today, Christian Ponder was named the starter for this Sunday Night's game against the Packers which means that Kyle Rudolph has a great chance of finding the endzone this weekend with his buddy Christian Ponder behind center. 

By Justin Lonero
Fantasy Football Beasthouse - Senior Writer

Week # 8 Sit Em's 
by: Bill Bakos 


1. Matt Ryan (@ARI) – On the road vs the ball hawks of Peterson & co. w/out top 2 weapons. Yes Ariz is worst in the league vs TE’s and I expect Tony Gonzalez to have a big day it isn’t enough to roll Matt Ryan out there with confidence. 

2. Terrelle Pryor (vs. PIT) – Pittsburgh gives up 3rd least amount of points to QBs. Pryor can always score points with his legs but has looked lost out there at times. Expect a low scoring close game that will see a lot of healthy Darren McFadden/Marcel Reece.

3. Andy Dalton (vs. NYJ) – Coming off a big week of 350+ passing yds and 3 td’s I expect NYJ defensive line to give Dalton all kinds of trouble. He’s struggled with deep ball all season. Cromartie on AJ Green also doesn’t help. 

4. Michael Vick (vs. NYG) – Will be the guy for Philly this week after Foles’ disaster/injury. He was quoted saying he’ll be playing at 80%.  A old(ish) QB that relies on his mobility over his arm playing at 80%? Pass. Pun not intended.

Running Back's

1. Brandon Jacobs (@PHI) – The NYG backfield is a mess. Hillis looked slow, Cox did nothing against a bad MIN run D. Jacobs banged up and with the threat of losing carries to the other two guys make him a very risky play.

2. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (vs. NYJ) – Already losing carries to Gio Bernard and going against one of the best run defenses in the league. Law Firm’s better fantasy days are behind him.

3. Lamar Miller (@NE) – Patriots are weak against run after losing Wilfork, Mayo, and Kelly but Miami coaching has yet to figure out that Lamar Miller is better than Daniel Thomas. I personally would not start Miller until the coaches have shown they are willing to give him the ball.

4. CJ Spiller (@ NO) – A season of what could have been marred by an ankle injury and Fred Jackson’s resurgence. Spiller only playing in 23% of snaps last 2 weeks and wont be a factor in fantasy lineups until he sees the field on a more consistence basis (ie when the ankle is healed).

Wide Receivers

1. Any NE WR --Edelman, Thompkins, and Dobson (vs MIA) – Tom Brady isn’t Tom Brady. MIA DB’s are physical and tough. Gronkowski playing well means he will see more targets. Ridley getting red zone carries with take targets away from WRs. One might get a td, but which one? Flip a coin if you must but I’d look elsewhere this week.

2. Hakeem Nicks (@PHI) – Eli Manning still looks his way (10 targets vs Minn to go along with only 2 receptions) but he isn’t executing. Reuben Randle has 4 TD’s last 3 weeks and between him and Cruz Eli doesn’t have that many TD throws in him. Add Nicks to the long list of underperforming NYG fantasy duds this season.

3. Mike Williams (vs. CAR) – Thursday night game + downgraded at practice on Tuesday = Not looking good for him. CAR defense is tough as is. Mike Glennon needs all the help he can get. Luckily he’s the Thursday night game and you have time to find a replacement.

4. Dwayne Bowe (vs. CLE) –Coming off a season high in targets on Sunday (9) its unfortunate he will be meeting Joe Haden this week. Haden is one of the true lockdown CBs and Bowe owners cant expect much from the already weak Smith/Bowe combination.

Tight End's

1. Jared Cook (vs. Sea) – Sam Bradford’s injury is devastating for Cook owners. What started so strong after 2 TD week 1 performance now looks lost. Kellen Clemens? Brady Quinn? Tough to gamble when facing the tough defense that is Seattle.

2. Brandon Myers (@ PHI) – Targets just aren’t there. Manning hasn’t looked his way since week 2. Myers is droppable at this point. Even playing from behind hasn’t produced anything. He is only a 1st down converter at this point (last 6 catches were 3rd down conversions).

3. Sean McGrath (vs. CLE) – Anthony Fasano is back. Fasano was targeted in the end zone and saw majority of the snaps. McGrath’s purpose was to help Chiefs survive the tight end injuries. That time is over. As is McGrath’s fantasy relevance.