Walter Collazo
Week 9: Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel

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Welcome to Week 9, where we have another six teams off. This week is the toughest as we are without Arizona, Denver, Detroit, San Francisco, the New York Giants and Jacksonville. The biggest loss this week will be Denver and Detroit, where we have a ton of starters out. If you include the weekly addition of injuries, it becomes a very tough time to field a competitive roster. Just like you, I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel. I am especially scraping in my deep leagues just to find players that are worth starting. The tougher decision is figuring out who to drop.

For those desperate at quarterback,
Nick Foles will get the start this week but if he isn’t available, you are looking at quarterbacks such as Jason Campbell , Case Keenum or Josh Freeman . You might get lucky and have Jake Locker available but the choices are slim.

At running back, more than likely
Andre Ellington was grabbed a week or two ago so take your chances with Mike Tolbert or James Starks . Keep an eye on Jonathan Stewart . If you are covered this week, look ahead to players such as Andre Brown and Shane Vereen who will be coming back from Injured Reserve.

Wide receiver is a big crap shoot this week.
Marvin Jones is an obvious add, but if you don’t have the first waiver spot, he will probably be gone. So look to add players such as Kenny Stills , Lance Moore or Drew Davis . Some of the other players being added but I’m not excited about are Rishard Matthews , Tiquan Underwood , and David Nelson . I took a flyer on LaVon Brazill and  Darrius Heyward-Bey in one league because T.Y. Hilton hasn’t been producing.

Tight ends are just about dried up in terms of available starters for fantasy. You’re looking at
Tim Wright or Scott Chandler at best. You could get lucky with a Dallas Clark or even a Delanie Walker .

The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who came through for their team.

Calvin Johnson - 14 receptions, 329 yards, TD. In back-to-back weeks, Johnson put up 484 yards and three scores. In just those two games he has more receiving yards than
Larry Fitzgerald , T.Y. Hilton and Mike Wallace have the entire season. It is also just 56 yards less than Brandon Marshall has all year. Let that sink in. He’s on pace to finish with 2,100 yards. I don’t think he will beat his yardage total from last year but you never know.

Marvin Jones - 8 receptions, 122 yards, 4 TD. We love when a waiver pick up pans out and produces but we didn’t imagine it would be this good. The four touchdowns seem like a fluke but Jones has scored in three straight games. Once teams start to account for Jones, we can expect A.J. Green to make them pay.

Jordy Nelson - 7 receptions, 123 yards, 2 TD. I’m sticking with the wide receiver theme here because I feel that Nelson, as good as he’s played, often isn’t considered in the conversation for Top-five wide receiver. He’s currently sixth overall among wide outs but is third behind
Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones for average fantasy points per game with 20.6.

The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who you would like to, well, you know.

Robert Griffin III - 15/30, 132 yards, TD, 2 INT. Griffin III posted his worst game of the season after having a season-high 29 fantasy points in Week 7. Against Denver, he laid this dud which was capped off by just seven rushing yards.

Marshawn Lynch - 8 carries, 23 yards, 1 reception, 4 yards. If you watched the game, you had to be screaming at the TV when
Russell Wilson wasted two plays down at the goal line on bootlegs to the right. In the whole series, they didn’t think to pound it with Lynch. Lynch was frustrated at his lack of touches, and when players complain, they often get the ball a ton next week.

Darren Sproles - 4 receptions, 0 yards. Sproles has become a forgotten man in this offense and has scored in one game all season. I’ve never seen a stat line like this before. In non-points per reception leagues, he gave you a zero.



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