The Fire Sale - Week 2
Sep 10, 2013
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Ah, Week 1 is in the books. You know what I took away from Week 1? I’m firing on all cylinders this year. Last season I was kind of dealing with health issues in the summer and it was screwing with my fantasy radar but not this year. I’m really on top of my game in 2013. I started out blasting in all of my leagues, which was a pleasant turnaround from last year when I went 0-5 in the first week.
So I’m feeling pretty good. We’ll see how long that lasts. Usually when I’m in a good mood bad things tend to happen and it doesn’t last very long. Oh well, if you’re getting your car serviced or have 20 minutes of your life you don’t want back, I have some fantasy advice for you.
Now on with The Fire Sale…
Joique Bell , Lions – Bell is a player I snatched up in my leagues last year and he’s someone who keeps getting better every time I see him.
I had Reggie Bush rated very high in PPR formats and you saw why in Week 1. Bush will be an absolute machine in the Lions’ offense if he stays healthy. However, if something happens to Bush (he’s already dealing with a couple of injuries), they have another fantasy stud waiting in the wings with Bell. This kid can really play.
The best part about Bell is he has fantasy value even if Bush is healthy. Bell scored two short touchdowns on Sunday and caught five passes for 67 yards. Heck, that’s a much better fantasy day than most of the running backs we drafted in the first three rounds.
I have to hand it to ASL's The Machine software system I’m trying out this year. They’ve had Bell highly rated all summer long and had him as the top free agent in my leagues where he wasn’t drafted. I liked Bell last year and as a handcuff to Bush this season but was afraid his overall fantasy value would be limited in 2013. I was wrong.
Bell should be one of your top waiver wire priorities this week. He has fantasy value regardless of Bush’s status in PPR formats. Then if Bush is ever sidelined for an extended period of time, owners will have a potential PPR machine on their hands with Bell. Think about it, this guy caught 52 balls last year while splitting time. Imagine what Bell can do if he got most of the touches?
If you need a running back off the waiver wire, Bell should be at the top of your wish list.
Marlon Brown , WR Baltimore – I like the cut of this guy’s jib. I still have no idea what the heck that means but I like to throw out that phrase whenever possible. It came to me when watching the Ravens/Broncos game, Baltimore must think it’s 2007. If a team is going to toss Dallas Clark and Brandon Stokley out there, why not give Torry Holt a call and see if he’s interested in making a comeback, too?
The Ravens are in desperate need of pass catchers right now. Other than Torrey Smith , they simply don’t have any. No, I don’t count 1-yard passes to Ray Rice as offense. That may help out your fantasy team but it does nothing in the real world.
The bottom line is Ed Dickson still can’t catch, Jacoby Jones is always going to be Jacoby Jones (average) and the two former Colts are old. Now with Jones out for at least a month there’s an opportunity for a guy to emerge and be a fantasy factor at receiver in Baltimore. Brown looks like the guy who is going to step up.
Defenses are going to bracket Smith all season, so someone else will need to step up and help Joe Flacco . I see very few candidates to fill that role right now other than Brown. I like him to develop into a solid fantasy receiver as the year goes on and he develops more chemistry with Flacco. I advise adding Brown if you are looking for a receiver with some upside.
Julian Edelman , WR New England – I actually drafted Edelman in two of my leagues. I took a shot on him late with the thinking being Tom Brady likes to throw to guys he can trust. I didn’t think for one second that when the season started Brady was going to be throwing to Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce , while Edelman sat on the bench.
It wasn’t surprising when Edelman didn’t play much in the preseason because the Pats wanted Brady to get work in with all his new receivers. However, much like Peyton Manning , once the bullets are flying for real, Brady looks for receivers he knows will be in the right spot. Not Zach Sudfeld and undrafted rookies.
Edelman will be a hot pickup this week and he should be because he has fantasy value, especially in PPR formats. The good news is Edelman should produce solid numbers most weeks. Also, Danny Amendola is one of the more fragile players in the NFL and he’s already dealing with a groin injury, so Edelman is a step away from being Brady’s No. 1 receiver. The bad news is the only guy more fragile than Amendola is Edelman, who is always hurt himself.
Edelman won’t score two touchdowns every week but he’ll gobble up a bunch of those short passes from Brady. He’s a great add in PPR leagues.