Audibles - Post Election Edition
Nov 7, 2012
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So, no one wants to hear the “I told you so” that goes along with Darren McFadden getting injured. You had to know that it was looming. That question was if he would make it through the year. The injury is a dreaded high ankle sprain, and while the X-rays were negative, you get a sense that he will stay on the shelf this week. The Oakland Raiders would prefer to have him healthier next week against New Orleans. The Saints have been gashed on the ground, and to have him sit this week makes sense from a precautionary standpoint. Mike Goodson is also hobbled, which points to Taiwan Jones. Is Jones ready to play? I personally think fullback Marcel Reece has more value. Regardless of who starts, take a look at Reece, especially in points-per-reception leagues.
Don’t get too excited about Chris Johnson’s numbers the last three weeks. You should have the good sense to know that it’s time to trade him. I just can’t do it in my dynasty league as I’ll never quite get what I want for him. Miami is on tap this week, and I’ll continue to start him because I’m committed. Temper your expectation because Miami has been fairly tough to run against. He still possesses game-changing speed; there’s no arguing that. The offense simply plays too many games from behind for them to put up enough for you to be excited about running backs on this roster.
Danario Alexander was a good add for the San Diego Chargers since Robert Meachem hasn’t lived up to billing, Eddie Royal has been injured mostly and Vincent Brown isn’t quite ready to resume just yet. I don’t believe that he has as much value as Malcom Floyd or Antonio Gates. The signs point to him being involved catching three balls in the first week without much practice. He may be worth a look in deeper leagues, but take a wait-and-see approach.
Chris “Beanie” Wells may be available in your league. Do yourself a favor and check. The knee-jerk reaction was to drop him when he was injured. He will be back and insists that the knee and turf toe have healed sufficiently. Wells runs with authority and needs to get carries to get momentum. He should be ready Week 11 to return against St. Louis. The Week 13 game against the New York Jets has me salivating. If you have the room, make the move now. It’s great to have options like this. I realize that in deep leagues that he sits on a bench some place. You can start looking for a possible trade if your league allows.
Brandon Lloyd had a big week across the pond against the St. Louis Rams. He then got a nice rest during the bye week. He absolutely merits a start this week at home against a Buffalo team that ranks 25th in fantasy points given up to receivers. Buffalo doesn’t stop anyone, and I expect the Patriots will impose their will on the Bills. This just may be the last week before tight end Aaron Hernandez returns, so it’s likely he will still get 6-10 targets. Tom Brady rides the hot hand from week-to-week. I like that he has made the most of his opportunities recently. Buffalo cornerbacks Aaron Williams and Stephon Gilmore are inexperienced. Gilmore is the better of the two, but neither can stop Lloyd.
Flip a coin and you have as much chance of figuring who the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is this week. Isaac Redman looked good this last week, Jonathan Dwyer was good the week before, and Rashard Mendenhall could leapfrog them all at some point. I just can’t figure it out. They are running it often and hard. I expect a committee once the injuries play out, which benefits no one. Whomever starts is the guy you want, though. You’ll need to watch pregame every week to confirm.
If you own Stevie Johnson, you may be looking at a game-time decision this week. Johnson has a thigh contusion that is classified as “bad.” Donald Jones is looking like he is seeing additional targets. Jones was targeted nine times last week and is a great start if Johnson can’t go. New England ranks in the bottom third in fantasy points given up to receivers. A big day could be on tap for Jones. This situation merits a look.
After watching the debates and the election hoopla, I am ready to get back to watching some football. I am backing Doug Martin for president in 2016. He has put my fantasy teams on his back and carried us.
I’ve been wearing my hip boots for the last three weeks because it was getting deep with all the talk. I couldn’t see straight for a bit there. I gave folks advice on a Washington Redskins defense that never showed up. I’m humbled and apologetic. I am like a quarterback that had to shake off a bad pass at this point, and I will do that this week.
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