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Week 6 fantasy feedback

Oct 21, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Week 6 fantasy feedback

» That big game by Larry Fitzgerald certainly came out of nowhere. But let’s not overlook that 13.50 of his 16.10 points came on one play. Hard to count on that type of thing happening every week. Even less likely it happens against Seattle next Thursday night.

» There are two legitimate fantasy options in the 49ers offense – Frank Gore and Vernon Davis. Everything else is a crapshoot. Good luck next week against the Titans.

» Jimmy Graham getting shut out is going to hurt a ton of fantasy owners this week. Graham leaving the game with an injury could hurt even more. The good news is the Saints have a bye next week for their star TE to get healthy.

» It was a pretty fantastic finish for Tom Brady and the Patriots. But from a fantasy perspective, it was another so-so day. Brady finished with just 14.36 fantasy points and has only 16 or more points once this season. Compare that to Jay Cutler, who’s done it in every game but one. At this point, Brady might be a guy who can win real football games, but he’s a fantasy game manager.

» Mark this down: Knowshon Moreno is a No. 1 fantasy back. Set your lineups accordingly.

» While you’re avoiding any defense playing against the Broncos, you can start your offensive players against Denver’s D. Chad Henne posted 303 passing yards — 190 to Justin Blackmon — in the loss today. That unit isn’t nearly as formidable as its offensive counterpart.

» No one expected big things from Chris Johnson today against the Seahawks. But did anyone expect him to finish with the same number of rushing yards as Ryan Fitzpatrick? Is Shonn Greene back soon?

» Nine different players have touched the football today for the New Orleans Saints. That’s tough for defensive coordinators to game plan for. Same goes for fantasy owners.

» The 49ers passing game is inconsistent, but you can count on Vernon Davis.

» DeAngelo Williams, we love that you’re posting better than 100 yards from scrimmage. But is it too much to ask that you find the end zone just once?

» Just when you thought it was safe to pick up Thad Lewis, comes word that he went for X-rays after the game. Someone is determined to see Jeff Tuel start a game for the Bills this season.

» Your new leader for Detroit Lions receiving touchdowns? Joseph Fauria. He now has five this season after catching three today. As long as Megatron isn’t totally healthy, Fauria is the red zone target of choice.

» Keep an eye on the Packers receiving corps this week. James Jones and Randall Cobb left the game with injuries. That would leave Green Bay quite shorthanded for next week’s game against the Browns.

» Ray Rice gets 17 touches for 49 yards. This is getting old. And it’s threatening to take a big bite out of his value for next season. Oh and Torrey Smith? If you’ve seen him, please let him know we’re still looking for him.

» What can we make of Sam Bradford? Yes, he had three TD passes, but just 117 passing yards. That makes it really hard to recommend him going forward.

» The Texans had a pretty disastrous day, but Andre Johnson and Arian Foster had productive days. Nice to see Houston get back to its playmakers, even if it didn’t go their way.

» There hasn’t been a lot of offense to come by for the Packers, but Eddie Lacy has had a nice day with his first-ever 100-yard rushing day. Although sliding down inside of the 10-yard line is going to frustrate a lot of owners.

» Doug Martin has been completely mediocre today against the Eagles. You have to wonder if it’s just not going to happen for him this year.

» Until further notice, it might be time to start your defense against the Texans. Houston has thrown a pick six in five straight weeks now. Ride that train until the wheels fall off.

» Credit Mike Glennon for recognizing that Vincent Jackson is his go-to guy. Also credit the Eagles defense for being bad.

» Calvin Johnson might be playing for the Lions, but he’s a non-factor with one catch for seven yards. It’s affecting the Lions offense again. Detroit still looks lethargic moving the football. Some of it can be attributed to the Browns defense, but it’s obvious that Matthew Stafford isn’t the game guy without Megatron.

» It might be time to worry about the Texans run defense. Getting beaten up by Frank Gore is one thing. Getting taken to task by Zac Stacy (10 rush, 52 yards) is another.

» Bad games by Matt Schaub could mean a good day for Arian Foster. Houston’s running back is gashing a bad St. Louis run defense and has 98 yards on his first 10 carries.

» As though Spiller owners weren’t frustrated enough, now Tashard Choice is seeing touches in the red zone. No bueno.

» Welcome back, A.J. Green. Good to see you in the end zone again. We always believed that if he wasn’t resurrected this week, it might never happen. Hopefully this is the start of a big day.

» The Eagles announced that Michael Vick is active, but he will be the team’s emergency quarterback this week. Nick Foles will lead the offense against Tampa Bay.

» C.J. Spiller is also active. But again, frustrated fantasy owners will have to temper expectations or find a different option.

» Stevie Johnson won’t play for the Bills this week, which will put added pressure on Robert Woods in the passing game. That would be tough under normal circumstances. This week, the Bills face a good Bengals defense … and will be starting Thad Lewis at quarterback. It’s a matchup fantasy owners might want to avoid.

» Quite a few big names in this week’s list of inactives — most notably that Calvin Johnson will play. But there is still cause for fantasy owners to worry. The indications are that his role will be limited and that he might only see the field on third downs and in the red zone. Add to it that Megatron is likely to line up against Joe Haden and you might want to seriously think about a Plan B.

» Signs again point to Rob Gronkowski not playing for the Patriots this week. We’re approaching the halfway point of the fantasy football season and many owners have seen nothing but weekly teases from a guy who was expected to be a big point-producer. You’ll never feel good about dealing him. But it’s getting harder to be patient. Hold on for another week.

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Social (Fantasy) Network: Can I get a mulligan?

Oct 21, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Social (Fantasy) Network: Can I get a mulligan?

We all wish we could have do-overs in life. If that weren’t true, first dates wouldn’t normally include the question, “If you could do anything over again, what would it be?”

In some cases that answer probably is “avoid a second date.” But I digress.

Few people know regret like the fantasy football owner who is staring at a losing record. So like that awkward first date, the Social (Fantasy) Network wants to know … if you could do it again, name one player you’d be sure to draft.

Of course, there was one name that we figured we’d see plenty of.

Cooper? Ohhhh…you mean Eli Manning? At this point, you might be better off if you had drafted Cooper. But seriously, who isn’t kicking themselves over missing out on Peyton Manning? Besides the people who didn’t miss out on Peyton Manning, that is. However, it was a pleasant surprise to see a wide range of names come through our Twitter timeline this week.

Missing out on a player whose season numbers are pacing alongside Jerry Rice? Yeah, that’s a big fat fail.

The Mad Scientist’s offensive experiments are working out pretty well in Chicago. Speaking of guys who’ve been rejuvenated under new coaches…

It’s like Air Coryell has returned to America’s Finest City. Dust off the baby blues and cue up the disco music!

At this point, just about anyone ahead of Spiller would have been a good choice. He might not be running until he pukes. But fantasy owners are.

Fantasy owners were able to shrug off his late INT against Denver a little easier than Cowboys fans were.

Who knew any Browns players would be so coveted?

Okay, now you’re just trolling.

So our final word this week goes to Kevin, who was thinking outside the box with his do-over request.

First, the Falcons are OK at the tight end spot. Second, we’re not sure Shaq has had the foot speed to play tight end since his days at LSU. But, oh, the nicknames he could come up with playing in Atlanta –The Big Bird … well, that’s all I’ve got.

Anyway, who else are you having regrets over missing out on? Let us know in the comment section. As always, be on the lookout for next week’s #SocialFantasy question. Happy Week 6, everybody!

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Rob Gronkowski still not cleared

Oct 21, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Rob Gronkowski still not cleared

Gronk remains uncertain: Remember earlier in the week when the scuttlebutt was that Rob Gronkowski was all set to make his 2013 debut? You might have to scuttle that. Reports say the Patriots tight end has yet to be cleared by Dr. James Andrews and it’s looking less likely that he’ll play this week. It’s a frustration for New England, one that’s certainly shared by fantasy owners. If you’ve been waiting on Gronk to return, you’ll likely have to keep waiting. Make sure you have a contingency plan already in place. Since the Patriots play a late game Sunday, there won’t be many opportunities to replace him in your lineup if he indeed sits out.

Don’t expect Harvin back yet: There was chatter that Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin could find his way back on the field sometime soon after he began running again. Harvin himself has been optimistic that he could return to play in Week 7 against the Cardinals, but coach Pete Carroll is putting the brakes on that. Nonetheless, it appears Harvin’s return is imminent. If he’s still available in your league — and you have the roster depth — he’s a great pick-up-and-stash option.

Ertz could get bigger role: When the Eagles drafted Zach Ertz, there was speculation that he could push Brent Celek out of a job. That hasn’t happened yet, but both the young TE and his head coach believe his role in the offense will continue to expand. Through five weeks, Ertz is fifth on the roster in targets with 11. But with Philadelphia seeking another consistent pass-catcher to take pressure off DeSean Jackson, Ertz has the chance to be a nice keeper option in dynasty leagues.

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Calvin Johnson returns to practice field

Oct 21, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Calvin Johnson returns to practice field

Megatron practices again: Good news for the Lions offense and, well, probably their entire organization as a whole. For the first time since sitting out Week 5, Calvin Johnson returned to the practice field Thursday. He’s likely to be a game-time decision as the Lions take a short trip to visit Cleveland. We all saw how lethargic Detroit’s offense looked without him. The good news is the Browns play an early game this week, so it’s not like you’ll have to wait around until a late afternoon game and then find out you got hosed. The bad news? Browns DB Joe Haden has shown a pretty good knack for covering the best WR on the opponent’s roster and shutting him down. Plus, it seems unlikely that Megatron will be at 100 percent even if he does play. You obviously have to start him if you own him, but this might be a good week to temper your Megatron expectations a bit.

Mathews also practicing: Ryan Mathews suffered a concussion early in San Diego’s middle-of-the-night game against the Raiders last Sunday, and the coaching staff pretty much hid his helmet on the sideline to prevent him from returning. Mathews also returned to practice today. He has been a huge disappointment this year, and I’m a two-time recovering owner of his. But the Colts sport the third-worst run defense in the league (129 ypg allowed), meaning the table is set for Mathews to have one of his better weeks if he’s good to go. Mathews will even get an extra day’s rest since the Chargers host the Colts on Monday night. Come on, Ryan. Let’s make sure the faith your owners put in you year after year isn’t permanently misguided. I’m at the point where I’m more prepared to trust a sleazy televangelist with my money than trust you against a bad run defense.

TE Bennett listed as questionable: Martellus Bennett has been dealing with a knee injury suffered last Sunday against the Saints, and he’s listed as a game-time decision for tonight’s contest against the Giants. Bennett hasn’t found the end zone since Week 2, and his production in the last three games has been hugely erratic. That could be a decent indication that opposing defensive coordinators have figured out how the Bears use him and can game-plan to stop him. Now might be a good time to sell high on Bennett if you own him. There will be takers out there, but I have an easy time envisioning his production remaining stagnant for some time.

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Texans get bad news regarding TE Daniels

Oct 21, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Texans get bad news regarding TE Daniels

TE Daniels will miss significant time: Just when Texans fans thought the news couldn’t get much worse, it’s now being reported that Owen Daniels will be placed on the IR with designation to return after six weeks. He’ll officially miss 4-6 weeks, but per league rules, the earliest he can return would be Week 14. The official diagnosis on Daniels is a non-displaced fibula fracture — ouch — that happened during Sunday’s blowout loss in San Francisco. This is a huge blow to the Texans offense — not because Daniels was posting monster stats this season (40 catches, 252 yards, 3 TDs) — but with Matt Schaub really struggling to find some consistency, having longtime teammate and friend Daniels as an outlet could have been useful to help develop some consistency and get back into the groove. From a fantasy perspective, Daniels can safely be dropped. Since he’ll miss at least eight weeks, if the Texans aren’t in the playoff chase by the time he returns, chances are they’ll just shut him down for the season.

Vick feeling good at practice: Eagles QB Michael Vick did a lot more than he expected he would during Tuesday’s practice. Vick suffered a hamstring injury which will likely keep him out of the lineup this week against the Buccaneers. Hamstring injuries are tricky — recovery times can last anywhere from few days to a few months, but the slightest tweak can reset the process back to square one, so there is no reason to believe the Eagles will rush Vick back before he’s completely ready. Not to mention, Chip Kelly hinted that Foles could win the starting job by posting a ridiculous stat line against the Bucs. Tampa Bay has shut down some pretty good offenses this year, so Foles might even deserve the job if he happens to go wild on Sunday. If you own Vick, you almost have to stash Foles as a handcuff. Otherwise, you’re asking for trouble.

Who is the real Geno? Eight days after a miserable outing in Tennessee, Geno Smith pulled it all together and posted one of the better QB lines we saw from anyone in Week 5. 199 yards, three touchdowns and a road win in Atlanta where a surprisingly high number of pundits didn’t think the Jets stood a chance. Smith seems like he’ll be one of those QBs who will either be terrific or horrific on a given week — maybe even both in the same game. If you can live with the lows, he has a chance to post some strong highs for your team. But it seems like more of a chance to exploit matchups, and the defenses of New York’s next four opponents before their bye (Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, New England, New Orleans) all rank in the top half of the NFL in defending the pass. Now’s not the time to jump on Geno, but keep him on your radar for a possible late spot-start.

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