I kind of lucked out this week in my keeper league. I drew a match up against my buddy who had Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw, and the Giants DEF. Well all those guys were on bye this week so he had to go digging on the waiver wire for some players. Yet, I still won by over 40 points despite the fact that I got nothing from Randy Moss and Marshawn Lynch. I am now 7-1 and have a battle with the last place team this week. I do have Steven Jackson, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Kyle Orton on bye this week so it is going to be a tough one to win.Week 8 Playback:
St. Louis’ decision to draft Sam Bradford looks more and more like a genius move every week. Not only has the No. 1 overall pick from April's draft won more games in two months than the Rams had in two years before he got there, but he is helping fantasy owners win games too. Chances are if you play in a one-QB league then Bradford is not starting for you unless you were a Romo owner, but owners of the former Sooner in two-QB formats have to be ecstatic from the production they are getting from the rookie. Against Carolina Bradford went 25-of-32 for 191 yards with two touchdowns. He now has five touchdowns with zero picks in the last three games. The future is bright in St. Louis and it is because of number 8.
The biggest beneficiaries of Tony Romo going down? Jason Witten owners. Since Romo went down in the first half against the Giants two weeks ago, Witten’s production has skyrocketed. 65-year-old (OK, that might be a stretch) Jon Kitna does not have the arm strength to go downfield often so he is checking down to Witten. A lot. In the last two games Witten has 18 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He is now back to being an elite tight end and owners should not worry going forward.
What a snooze-fest in the Meadowlands between the Packers and Jets. Both of these teams have very capable offenses, yet the two of them managed a combined total of nine points. Quarterback Mark Sanchez threw two interceptions, which is what he had in his first six games combined. Aaron Rodgers only managed 170 yards through the air, 81 of which went to wide receiver Greg Jennings. L.T. had just 54 rushing yards and Shonne Greene had just 22. Speaking of Greene, it may be time to give up on that guy and drop him. It was just an ugly day for owners of anybody playing in that game.
It looks as though Calvin Johnson is ready to challenge Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald for the right to be called the best receiver in the land. Megatron blew up in Matthew Stafford’s return under center and had nine catches for 101 yards and three touchdowns. CJ is double and triple teamed on almost every play, yet he still goes up and grabs everything thrown his way. He is unstoppable and is having another monster season. He already has eight TDs in seven games. Don’t sell high on this guy. Keep Megatron and reap the benefits.
I hope you enjoyed the production from Percy Harvin because now that Randy Moss is out in Minnesota his stats should take a nosedive again. Harvin benefitted greatly from having Moss on the outside. Before Moss, Harvin averaged 35.3 receiving yards per game and scored one touchdown. With Moss in the lineup Harvin was averaging 71.8 receiving yards per game with three total TDs. Now that Moss is gone, Harvin can only be considered a flex play at best moving forward.I would have thought you were crazy if you said…
• Two weeks after getting his bell rung by the Titans that David Garrard would have a career-best performance. Garrard was nearly perfect against the Cowboys going 17-of-21 for 260 yards with four touchdowns. He also ran for another score as well. Yes, Garrard is frustrating to own because his numbers come in bunches. One week he will be great, the next he will have a dud. Continue to play him based on matchups if you don’t own an elite quarterback.
• Little-known Jacob Tamme would look like a Dallas Clark clone. With Manning’s safety valve out for the year, Tamme stepped in and grabbed six catches for 64 yards and one touchdown on Monday night against the Texans. Tamme only had six catches in his first 34 games before last night. That is just more proof that the Terminator can make anybody look good. If you lost Clark or Jermichael Finley, Tamme looks like he will put up solid numbers as long as Manning is throwing to him.
• The Oakland Raiders would become an offensive juggernaut. Running back Darren McFadden is playing like a RB1 and had 135 total yards in a blow out victory over the Seahawks. Quarterback Jason Campbell threw for over 300 yards and had two scores. Even last year’s first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey had his first big game as a pro. DHB caught five balls for 105 yards and one touchdown. Don’t be fooled though. Run DMC and Michael Bush, who now has a touchdown in four of the last five games, are the only ones who should be starting for your teams. The Raiders say that they are going back to Bruce Gradkowski soon and I need to see more from Heyward-Bey before he can be added in any format.
• Jamaal Charles would rack up over 230 total yards in a game in which the Chiefs only scored 13 points. Charles toted the rock 22 times for 177 yards (8.0 avg.) and he had four receptions for 61 yards. Charles is now averaging 6.5 yards per carry this season. This time share between him and Thomas Jones is working out very well for the 5-2 Chiefs and it is keeping both backs fresh throughout games. Charles continues to be a RB2 and is playing great football right now. He also gets the Rams in Week 15 during the fantasy playoffs.
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