Risers and Fallers - Week 4
Sep 28, 2013
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Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills
C.J. Spiller- Spiller simply hasn’t preformed up at to his first round billing. There really isn’t any explanation behind it, either. We can’t blame poor play from rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel as he’s looked about as good as we could have asked for. There is also plenty of supporting cast to help take pressure away from the line of scrimmage. It all just comes down to Spiller and his inability to get his legs under him. He cost too much to sit but you may be left with a disappointing slot every time you check your roster.
Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns
Brian Hoyer- There is no way that the backup quarterback can repeat last weeks’ performance, right? For now, we’re looking at Hoyer as a “fooled me once” kind of player, meaning last week was more of a fluke than anything. But if Hoyer comes out firing again and continues to find Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron for huge plays, we’ll be forced to take notice. Brandon Weeden could be forced into backup duty for the rest of the year if Hoyer can stay hot.
Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions
Ryan Broyles- With Nate Burleson sidelined for at least the next month, one of the other receivers needs to step up for the plays where Calvin Johnson isn’t open. Someone needs to take advantage of the one on one coverage they get thanks to Megatron and become a reliable target for quarterback Matt Stafford. Broyles seems like the most likely option but it remains to be seen how he’ll react to the extra targets. He can either become the next Eric Decker, exploiting all the single coverage and catching everything throw his way, or fall in line with the likes of Cleveland’s Greg Little, catching about 50% of the passes and remaining nothing more than a desperation play.
Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans
DeAndre Hopkins- With Andre Johnson now battling not only through a concussion recovery but also a shin injury that was bad enough to require a MRI. Even if Andre is able to hit the field on Sunday he certainly won’t be at 100%. We could be looking at the same scenario the Atlanta Falcons had to begin the season. Even though Roddy White wasn’t up to speed after his high ankle sprain, the Falcons rolled him out to draw coverage and allow fellow wide receiver Julio Jones to roam free. If the Texans employee the same tactics, Hopkins could be in for a huge day.