I hate the COM’s that start with injury. I don’t care how sinister a fantasy owner you are, nobody wants the elite stars of the league to go down. Monday, we may have lost Aaron Rodgers for significant time, tests still to come. Oh and if you think Rodgers owners are the only ones who should be hurting, ummm nope. Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Jarrett Boykin owners should be in the dumps as well. All of those players will take significant hits should Rodgers miss the rest of this season. I would worry about the stacked boxes Eddie Lacy will see, but it’s pretty clear he is a beast at this point and while his upside isn’t as high as it was on that first drive against Chicago and their two high safeties defending Rodgers, his workload should still be solid. Man, injuries are the worst. Fortunately there weren’t a ton this week but there are plenty of other tidbits for us to delve into…
Note 1: Brady Bunch
- He’s baaaaaaack. Ok, I’m skeptical to this but the emergence of Aaron Dobson is the exact thing Brady has needed to become a reliable star again. We all know the Pats can run it up with the best of them when they are on their game, but Brady was missing a significant outside threat. Even with Gronk back, Brady hadn’t looked the same, but with Dobson playing the majority of snaps now outside and actually excelling, the whole field is opening up for the Golden Boy. It also doesn’t hurt that the dangerous pass catching back, Shane Vereen, is due back soon.
Note 2: Zac Stacy
- Alfred Morris 2.0. Congrats to those who jumped on the bandwagon, it appears STL has found their guy. Two weeks in a row now, Stacy has not only put up great rushing performances, but looked really good in doing so. He’s decisive, he’s powerful, and he’s deceptively shifty. Oh, and he’s doing all of this with Kellen Clemens. Unfortunately, Clemens will remain his QB for the long haul this year but it doesn’t look like it will deter Stacy. The Rams know they have their guy, the workload will stay strong.
Note 3: TY Hilton
As we approach the mid-way point of the 2013 NFL fantasy football season, some players have risen to stardom, and others, well, they haven’t. Stock watch is back for week 8 to try and guide you to solid, well thought out roster transactions to better cement yourself in your fantasy football playoffs!! And without further adieu, let’s get into the good stuff.
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Andrew Luck, IND - After a subpar week 6, Luck was back at it again on Sunday Night Football against the Broncos. While the Stanford product was busy leading Indianapolis over Denver, he also had time to rack up three passing TD’s to go along with his rushing TD. This is nothing new for those of us on the West coast, who have been watching Luck dominate the Pac-12 for years. When the second year QB was drafted he had more promise than a wedding ring, and yet has done nothing but live up to it with recent impressive wins that include Seattle and San Francisco. You don’t have to have a degree from Stanford to figure out this kid is the real deal, and a no-doubt fantasy football starter.
Knowshon Moreno, DEN - Already one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2013 NFL season, Moreno continues to impress, and I, for one, am ready for the bandwagon. The fifth year RB out of Georgia hasn’t had less than 18 touches over the past three weeks, and after cementing himself as the Broncos lead back, I see much more of the same to come. If Moreno’s stats aren’t enough to sell you, consider this, with his skills in pass protection and Peyton Manning as his QB, this particular Denver RB stands to see A LOT of run. Given his recent consistency, expect to see this RB in the top 10 at his position by fantasy seasons end.
Harry Douglas, ATL - With injuries to Julio Jones and Roddy White, Matt Ryan has to throw the ball somewhere, right? Well, in week 7, we found out who. On Sunday, The 6th year Louisville product hauled in 7 passes for 149 yards and a score. Even with the return of White imminent, Douglas should still see plenty of targets the rest of season with Jones out for the year. I see the Atlanta wideout as a borderline WR2/flex option moving forward. If you can get your hands on him, and the price is right, pull the trigger like your name is Drew Carey.