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Fantasy Football Start Sit - Week 8

Author: Kevin Nelson

I have missed you all. Time away makes the heart grow fonder, or maybe it’s distance. Hmmmm. Regardless, insert something overly emo and heartfelt and attach my name to it. Bam. For you guys.

 

The NFL season continues to roll on and the squeeze is on for all of us. Well, maybe not you 7-0 and 6-1 guys. Unless you are winless, you still have a shot, and odds are most of us are somewhere in between. This is the time to really start digging in for the playoffs. Teams with great records can start taking some risks on guys coming back from injury or with upcoming byes, those fighting hard may need to switch things up to avoid those types of problems. Week 8 will be a big one. With 6 teams on bye, there are plenty of bye week issues that could deter teams in need of wins, making it all the more important to get these start/sit decisions right. Time to step up and get those wins.

 

 

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QB:

 

Robert Griffin III at DEN: He hasn’t throw for over 300 yards since week 3. He has thrown a pick in every game except one but he is trending upwards. He has rushed for 161 yards the past two week, signaling his legs are getting healthy and he is becoming more comfortable on them. This week he gets the Denver Broncos, who have given up the most points per game to opposing QBs. This is the week Griffin throws for over 300 again. Big week for the Third.

 

Colin Kaepernick at JAC: Save the ladies who enjoyed his ESPN magazine shoot, Kap has been a huge disappointment so far this season. He hasn’t topped 20 fantasy points since week 1. and has been in the single digits three different times. This week he gets the cure all Jaguars however, who are giving up the second most fantasy points to QBs this year. Kap has been running more recently, which have helped, and the 49ers should be able to run roughshod over Jacksonville.

 

Others to feel good about: Russell Wilson at STL, Michael Vick vs NYG, Andy Dalton vs NYJ

 

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Stevan Ridley vs MIA: Sure, he was benched. He stunk. He didn’t score the first 5 weeks. He didn’t top 53 yards rushing until week 6. BUT, no mas. He has scored 3 TDs in the past two weeks and has carried the ball 31 times during the span. This week he will take on a Miami defense that is far and away the worst team at stopping fantasy running backs which should allow Ridley to rack up another nice day statistically.

Fantasy Football Start Sit - Week 5

Author: Kevin Nelson

The thing is, I don’t feel any different. It sounds drastically different when I ask, but at the heart of the matter, I do not feel any different. Yesterday I reached the monumental 30th birthday achievement and the status quo seems to have been altered. “Dirty” thirty as many have apparently conveyed to me over the past few days should be different. For the sake of obvious, it is a little weird to consider I know longer can say I’m “in my twenties”. Ok, fine. You little punks can separate yourselves, I have maturity on my side and that’s important for things too right? Liiiiiike, not making a spontaneous fantasy trade, yeah, that’s a good one. Only an immature person would do that right? (head shakes)

Ok bad example. My point in my short paragraph that is oh so shortly related to fantasy football is, well, ok fine I don’t really know! All I know is I just turned 30 and this seems like the proper place to publicly sour the idea until I get through it.

On the bright side, at least I’m not a running back. 30 is probably even scarier for those guys. Yeah… that makes me feel better.

Let’s go Start/Sit!!!!!!!

 

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QB:

Terrelle Pryor vs SD: I wanted to put Pryor in this spot last week but he ended up not being cleared to play and thusly would not have been a good start! Rich man’s Tim Tebow, Poor Man’s Cam Newton, tomato, tomato (that doesn’t work as well over type). Maybe he is just a pretty darn good Terrelle Pryor? Sure, he didn’t play very well against Jacksonville, which is a bit weird, but his passer rating has improved every week and the man can run the football. Pryor is averaging 66 yards rushing per game with a 65% completion percentage. Sure, nobody will confuse him with Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but 65% is light years ahead of Tim Tebow. Remember, just two short years ago, Tebow led many fantasy teams to the championship. San Diego gives up the most points to QBs and Pryor had an extra week to get up to speed.

Eli Manning vs PHI: The Giants are terrible, let’s get that out of the way. But the Eagles defense is up to the task in that battle which makes Eli a quality start this week. Despite leading the league in rushing, the Eagles are towards the bottom in time of possession. The Giants will get the ball, and the Giants cannot run the ball themselves. David Wilson has been a colossal disappointment on the ground and Brandon Jacobs will not save the day. Please tell me you aren’t thinking there is a chance in your mind. That means Eli will be chuckin, as usual. Can the Eagles pick him off 4 times? Maybe, but I’ll say no and Eli actually ends up with a pretty nice fantasy day.

Others that should make you feel good: Michael Vick at NYG, Sam Bradford vs JAC, Cam Newton at ARI

RB:

DeMarco Murray vs DEN: You would think that teams would not be running much against the Broncos right? They have gotten out to big leads in every game pretty much and typically force teams to abandon their running game. Oh contraire…..mon frère. Denver surprisingly gives up the 3rd most fantasy points to RBs this season. Well, one of the hotter running backs in the league the past few weeks is the one going up against the Broncs this very week. The Cowboys NEED, NEED, NEED, to control the ball and keep the ball out of Peyton’s hands. Expect Murray to get a huge work load this Sunday, at least until Dallas gets behind, and expect Murray to put up a solid stat line with said work load.

Maurice Jones-Drew at STL: The Rams boasted perhaps the best defensive line coming into this season. They led the league in sacks last year, were and up and coming team, yadda yadda yadda. Well, four weeks in and they are the worst team in the league defending the run (from a fantasy perspective) and it’s not even really that close right now. Sure the Jags have been a laughing stock so far this season but they do get Justin Blackmon back this week. Cecil Shorts is a talented player, but by himself, he just couldn’t carry the burden outside. Having both of those weapons wide, should open things up and allow MJD to have his best game of the season.

#FantasyFootball Start Sit - Week 4

Author: Kevin Nelson

Disappointment. Disappointment can consume any one of us and leave us feeling empty and unfulfilled. But why, whhyyyyyyy? Well, it’s simple, disappointment is a function of one’s expectations. The Jaguars win 8 games, no disappointment. The Seahawks? I don’t want to talk about it. I was chatting with a buddy recently about owning Jimmy Graham last year. He was complaining about how massively disappointed he was in Graham, despite the fact that Graham finished as the number one overall tight end. You see, a function of his expectations. He expected Graham to run away from the field, not merely be 55 points better than the 12th best.   Expectation meets disappointment.

I bring this up because three weeks in now, the word “bust” starts being brought out more and more. Arian Foster, Ray Rice, CJ Spiller, etc are example of guys who may fit this mold. Expectations are for these guys to run away from the field. The reality is, it’s been three freakin weeks! There is only a 14 point different between the 8th best running back and the 30th! Sure you can look for signs that may lead to continued failure, but the point to gain from all of this nonsense is don’t be disappointed already due to 3 weeks of performance not meeting your preseason expectations. It is a long season folks. Be strong, stay the course, and start the right people. People like:

 

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QB:

Robert Griffin III at OAK: The Redskins will move the ball. On the ground, in the air, by boat, by plane, train, automobile, on foot, etc… What’s more, the Raiders could move the ball as well due to the terrible, porous defense. (Did I mention their defense is not that good?) Look for RGIII to make fantasy owners happy once again.

Tony Romo at SD: Only one team gets to be the worst in the NFL at stopping the pass. Now who might that be you ask? A whale’s vagina. That would be Saint Diago. Or, good ole fashion San Diego for the non Anchorman fans. The Chargers are giving up 340 yards a game through the air to go with 6 TDs. Ummm, I don’t care how hot DeMarco is.

Others to feel good about starting: Sam Bradford vs SF, Alex Smith vs NYG, Michael Vick at DEN

 

RB:

Darren McFadden vs WAS: McFadden scarred me like a legendary samari sword slicing through my delicate skin with his performance last year but I’m willing to put a Flintstones band aid on the situation for this match up. Washington is terrible against he pass, well, they are even worse against the run. With Pryor, Oakland’s offense should cruise just fine. Without Pryor, the Raiders will certainly lean on McFadden. Keep in mind, Flintstones band aids are the cheap bulk kind that don’t last long. This is only temporary McFadden.