Fantasy Football Advice Week 6BREAKING NEWS, Fantasy Leagues, News Saturday, October 12th, 2013
Injuries are part of the game; that’s why in fantasy football drafting, picking up or trading for a handcuff can pay huge dividends throughout the season. The popular choice last week was Rashad Jennings from the Raiders, who did very little for fantasy owners, including myself who lost by .07 points, thank you very much Mr. Jennings. Popular players this week was Harry Douglas for the Falcons after Julio Jones was lost for the season.
After Thursday Night, if Brandon Jacobs was not owned in your league after David Wilson was said to miss several weeks with an injury, Jacob’s 2 touchdown performance versus the bears has him owned now in all leagues. Injuries elsewhere can also shake things for fantasy football owners. Geno Smith increased the value of the Jets wide-receivers once Sanchez was lost for the season. Ingram hurt in New Orleans, Mathews in San Diego, now Woodhead and Pierre Thomas become solid flex plays.
There are a few players I’m surprised have not stepped their game up more, whether due to another players injury, or that player actually playing injured. Wasn’t the former first one pick out of Notre Dame, who studied and trained with Fitzgerald in the offseason supposed to light it up with Palmer at QB and Bruce Arians as the head coach? Michael Floyd, I drafted you for a reason, and you have been a major disappointment. All of a sudden Greg Jennings becomes a legit wide receiver 3 candidate with anyone but Christian Ponder throwing him the football, another upgrade at a position due to an injury to the player that “was” throwing the football.
You have to pay attention to injuries in the NFL. Even if a player on the waiver wire has mediocre stats, if the player before them is injured or questionable to play, snatch that player up, let them camp out on your bench for a week, and maybe, just maybe they become part of your championship team moving forward. Marlon brown of the Ravens is a perfect example. I saw Jacoby Jones as the #2 WR for the Ravens, and knew he was bound to get injured or disappoint the Ravens as their second receiver. Marlon Brown had a terrific pre-season, I looked at there the Ravens had him positioned on the depth chart, and I picked him up before he ever registered a career catch in the NFL.
Players I like this week that maybe I shouldn’t dare to mention…
Ronnie Hillman- RB/DEN- The Broncos are going to get up early on the Jaguars. Moreno is still the lead back, but Hillman will get his touches; and a good number of them (projected 15) after halftime when the game will be out of hand.
Cordelle Patterson-WR/MIN- We are starting to see some of the rookie wide-receivers make impacts for teams like the Bills, Chargers and Cowboys. Patterson was a first round pick, one the Vikings traded up for. He has done little as a receiver and earned the majority of his points as a kick returner. The Panthers I expect to keep AP in check, and force the Vikings to air it out a bit, and the Panthers secondary is weak.
Jason Avant- WR/PHI-Tampa Bay is pretty good against the run. Revis will be the man on D-Jax. Someone else will need to catch passes. Avant actually catches passes unlike the rest of the 3,4,5 wr options the Eagles have on the roster; but are non-existent for the most part with Chip Kelly’s offense.
Surprise of the Week (Players I expect to not be started, but you wish you started with their week 6 production)
Jericho Cotchery-WR/PITT- There is something about players going against their former teams that raise their normal production.
Ben Tate-RB/HOU- With how average the Texans have looked on both sides of the football, their running game was supposed to their strength. Foster has been decent after dropping in FF drafts due to injury concerns, but Tate who may drafted before round 10, hasn’t done much. Like Hillman for the Broncos, I expect the Texans who are sinking, their QB Schaub fighting to remain the starter, take out their frustration on a Rams defense that struggles to stop the run. Tate will get his touches this week as the Texans show the NFL they are not sunk just yet.
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