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Case of the Mondays: Week 8 Waiver Wire and Fantasy Recap

Author: Kevin Nelson

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7 weeks in the books! Next week we will sadly hit the half way point but on a positive note we can do midseason awards and get ready for the next half. Before we do that however, we must be sure to get to the fun and important reviews of the week 7 that was. We had a CJ2K flashback, a bountiful hookup against the Saints, an All Day Cardinal hunting excursion, and a surprise Howling in the Metrodome a week before Halloween. Speaking of Halloween, I hope many of you have the chance to get out this coming weekend. It is a truly great adult holiday and if you aren’t into the spirit of dressing up like cartoons, imitating other humans and characters, or wearing brutal make up all without consequence, you my friend are a lost soul. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I can’t wait for the weekend. We have week 8 of NFL football, Halloween parties and celebrations, and in a premature joke, perhaps a great performance tonight for those of you needing some Robbie Ghould. You see what I did there? It’s like the ghost thing… but with his name… but the….. never mind. What was up week 7?

 

Note 1: CJ2K

-          Congrats to all of you Chris Johnson owners! Rejoice; celebrate, pop some bubbly, because your man carried you like you always believed he could. Hopefully you had him in your lineups. Ok, we get that out of the way? I don’t want to rain on your parade, but, I may. While it was a great sign, and that 80 yards TD run was everything I remember watching years ago, it was still the Buffalo Bills. The team ranked dead last in the NFL at giving up fantasy points to running backs. A step in the right direction is what was needed here though. This should allow the Titans as an offense to start building for the rest of the season. A “hang your hat” type of performance. Boy, was that fun to watch.

Note 2: Tampa Bay Connect

-          Like the small cup of water I threw on the CJ owners, I would like to pick back up and prepare for Josh Freeman owners. This was the Saints after all, and the Saints haven’t stopped anybody this year. The good news is this is back to back impressive performances. Whether KC and the Saints have passing D’s that belong in the suspended UFL or not isn’t what I’m completely going for here. There is succeeding against inferior defenses and there is dominating. 748 yards and 6 touchdowns to 1 interception is the ladder in my opinion. That is great news. As for Vincent Jackson owners, the only thing you should be upset with is getting tackled at the 1. Those of us who get bonuses for long TDs weren’t thrilled about that. None the less, Jackson is balling out of control so far this season and his targets continue to reach near or over double digits every week. Stud.

Note 3: All Day

Who to Target: Fantasy Football Trades Week 8

Author: Dan Croop

darrensproles

I like to make fantasy football trades. Really, who doesn’t? We all look at other teams’ rosters, checking out who we might be able to snag without giving up too much, who can make our teams better, who someone might be too low on, etc. Fantasy football trades are fun. Each week, I’ll be writing a column describing some guys I’d be trading for and why. Usually, they’ll be “buy low” guys, but sometimes they’ll just be guys that I might be higher on than most. I’ll also be giving you some sell high guys who you should try to trade away while their values are high. We’re now less than a month away from the trade deadline, so start making moves to improve your team while you still can!

Buy Low

Ben Roethlisberger (QB, PIT) – Come on. You know he’s better than the point totals he’s put up the last three weeks. 13, 17 and 13 points again in week seven are not normal totals for Big Ben. He’s a guy who will put up 20 at least every other week, on average. With matchups the next two weeks against two of the worst pass defenses in the NFL in the Redskins and Giants, he’s sure to improve his stock immediately. Grab him while a frustrated owner is still looking elsewhere.

Darren Sproles (RB, NO) – He was one of my favorite sleepers coming into this season. I know what you’re thinking. How can he be a sleeper when he was considered a top 20 running back by almost everyone? Well, I had him just outside my top five, and I reached for him in several drafts. The Saints are once again trying to make him a bigger part of the offense, and he’s bound to break out in a big way any week now. With 11 points in week seven in a limited role, look for him to put up similar yardage production on more carries and catches over the next couple weeks.

Case of the Mondays: Week 7 Waiver Wire and Fantasy Recap

Author: Kevin Nelson

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Shonn Greene; case and point why fantasy football is king of tearing out hearts and overloading exuberance in the exact same moments. It all depends on which side of the game you sit. Hopefully more of you here reading this were more on the side of enjoying it than the taking it. Regardless of whether or not you were involved in the Shonn Greene circus, week 6 in the NFL fantasy football season saw a lot more of the great quarterback play. Rookie Russell Wilson put it on the Patriots, Josh Freeman had his best game of the season against the Chiefs, oh and some guy names Aaron Rodgers decided his name should belong in the Packers record books for passing TDs in a game not just Matt Flynn. It really could be included in a note, but I thought it deserved special praises so I will extrapolate my thoughts on Rodgers performance a little more. Can anybody fill me in on why the addition of Cedric Benson made the Packers feel like that was deserved of changing their offensive identity? I mean it’s not like they acquired Barry Sanders or Jim Brown over here. It was Cedric Benson. And yet somehow the first game he’s out, and while everyone is worried what they Packers will do, they go out against a top 5 defensive and play exactly how they did when they were undefeated and steamrolling teams last season. And it isn’t like they didn’t attempt to run; Alex Green had 21 carries for crying out loud. It is just a reminder to me that while I know we are fans and they are experts and our amount of knowledge is nowhere near the same planet, sometimes logic really trumps genius. Everyone always looks for the extra edge in fantasy and we try to provide that as much as possible, but like Mike McCarthy found out, sometimes the answer comes from simplifying your variables. Fascinating right? Fine, let’s get to week 6 notes:

 

Note 1: AJ Green, wow

-          I actually got into an argument with a couple buddies this past week about the best receiver in the NFL. They said AJ has ascended already and I refused to agree with their claims. I am starting to come around. Yes, he is the top receiver in fantasy right now and it’s not even close, which is saying something considering wide receiving was the one position everyone said there was only one player in tier one, and it wasn’t AJ. But in real life, it’s not like the Bengals have weapons all over the field to take pressure off Green, or top ten pick at QB. What AJ Green is doing is unreal. It had to be acknowledged.

Note 2: Injuries

Who to Target: Fantasy Football Trades Week 7

Author: Dan Croop

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I like to make fantasy football trades. Really, who doesn’t? We all look at other teams’ rosters, checking out who we might be able to snag without giving up too much, who can make our teams better, who someone might be too low on, etc. Fantasy football trades are fun. Each week, I’ll be writing a column describing some guys I’d be trading for and why. Usually, they’ll be “buy low” guys, but sometimes they’ll just be guys that I might be higher on than most. I’ll also be giving you some sell high guys who you should try to trade away while their values are high. We’re now just a month away from the trade deadline, so start making moves to improve your team while you still can!

Buy Low

Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB, BUF) – If you read my matchups column last week, you’d know I wasn’t on board with my guy this week against Arizona (which turned out to be a good call). But I AM back this week, baby! With Fitzpatrick matched up against the terrible Tennessee pass defense, I am all buy on Fitzy. Looking ahead, he’ll have a bye in week eight, followed by matchups against Houston and New England, which I don’t think are necessarily bad. Buffalo should be playing from behind in both games, and Aaron Rodgers showed the vulnerability of the Houston pass defense on Sunday night. The schedule gets easier after that: MIA, @IND, JAC, STL, SEA, @MIA, and NYJ. If you have an elite quarterback, look to trade him for Fitzpatrick and another elite player to give your lineup a big boost.

Matt Forte (RB, CHI) – This man is at least a borderline top five fantasy back, but his current value isn’t treating him as such. After an impressive week five in which he topped 100 yards on 22 carries, Forte is coming off a bye to face two of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL (Carolina and Tennessee) over the next three weeks. Expect him to go off and re-establish his true value with those matchups, and see if you can grab him beforehand to reap the rewards.

Who to Target: Fantasy Football Trades Week 6

Author: Dan Croop

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Who to Target: A Fantasy Football Trade Column (Week Six)

I like to make fantasy football trades. Really, who doesn’t? We all look at other teams’ rosters, checking out who we might be able to snag without giving up too much, who can make our teams better, who someone might be too low on, etc. Fantasy football trades are fun. Each week, I’ll be writing a column describing some guys I’d be trading for and why. Usually, they’ll be “buy low” guys, but sometimes they’ll just be guys that I might be higher on than most. I’ll also be giving you some sell high guys who you should try to trade away while their values are high. We’re now just over a month away from the trade deadline, so start making moves to improve your team while you still can!

Buy Low

Michael Vick (QB, PHI) – Unlucky. That’s what I use to describe Michael Vick. And usually with Vick, unlucky means he suffered an injury. In this case, he’s had several unfortunate turnovers the past couple weeks that could have increased his point totals. In week five, Vick had a rushing touchdown erased by a fumble inches away from the goal line. Swap that fumble for a touchdown, and Vick has more points than Tom Brady in week five. He’s currently the 16th highest ranked quarterback in 2012, but since he’s remained healthy so far, that will definitely change. Expect top 10 point totals from now on, assuming he can continue to remain healthy.

Steven Jackson (RB, STL) – The workhorse of the St. Louis offense failed to reach the end zone yet again in week five, but that really has no choice but to change. The Rams lost their best wide receiver (Danny Amendola) to a broken clavicle, which was nearly life-threatening. With not many other options in the passing game, expect the sure-handed Jackson to become even more of a vocal point as the Rams will look to him through the air more. He has less fantasy points than Brandon Bolden and Pierre Thomas so far. That tells you where his value lies. He should be able to be had from a frustrated owner with relative ease.