What Did We Learn - Week 6
Oct 8, 2013
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We’re now at the point where it’s really difficult to say you want to wait for a guy to come around. Guys like Stevan Ridley, David Wilson , and Roddy White have been colossal disappointments. These were guys taken as early as the second round, guys you were counting on to help carry your squad. And now what?
As I said, it’s difficult to count on them, but you also can’t cut bait on them. Once healthy, Ridley is going to have to tote the rock for New England to be successful. David Wilson had shown glimmers of hope before exiting Sunday’s game in the second quarter. And Roddy White has looked better lately, but will probably need the Week 6 bye to get back closer to full health.
But now it’s time to move on and discuss who’s been better than we thought, who’s been worse, and who’s still frustrating us.
Who’s Been Better Than We Thought?
Terrelle Pryor - Pryor has been a really solid fantasy quarterback this season, providing a dual threat option for teams that want to play matchups. Despite missing a game, he’s scored more than guys like Colin Kaepernick , Eli Manning , and Andy Dalton this season. He’s also starting to develop into a better passer as well, trusting Denarius Moore and Rod Streater to make plays for him. He’s become a fringe QB1 in fantasy leagues, and given bye weeks and the struggles of some of the more highly regarded signal callers, Pryor is making a case to be a significant contributor this season. And he knows where to get a great deal on tattoos.
Fred Jackson - Even Fred Jackson's mom thought he was done. C.J. Spiller had been anointed the feature back in Buffalo, with a clear edge in speed and explosiveness over his older backfield mate. But Spiller has had trouble finding room to run, while Jackson has scored in double digits every week thus far. The two backs are in a true timeshare, with both making decent plays each week. Jackson has the edge at this point, since he’s getting the goal line work. Jackson has been a top-10 back, and he should continue to provide value while healthy. But this week might be ugly with Thaddeus Lewis drawing the start at quarterback.
Denarius Moore - With Terrelle Pryor exceeding expectations, Moore has stepped up his game, becoming a more reliable option for fantasy owners. He’s a solid flex play most weeks, simply because he’s the most talented Oakland wideout. Moore has outscored Andre Johnson , Marques Colston , and Vincent Jackson , all of whom were drafted several rounds ahead of him. I think Moore is just starting to hit his stride, and his athleticism and big play ability make him an interesting trade target for as long as Pryor is healthy.
Who’s Been Worse?
Eli Manning - Let’s talk good news, bad news. Good news: Since the Giants always seem to be down, Eli is putting up decent yardage totals, averaging just under 300 yards a game. Bad news: His offensive line is horrible, meaning he has no real time to find receivers. Good news; he’s thrown eight touchdowns. Bad news; he’s thrown 12 interceptions. Good news: The Giants can’t run the ball, so he’s basically their entire offense. Bad news: The Giants can’t run the ball, so he’s basically their entire offense. I think Eli can get it figured out eventually, but it’s really tough to start him right now.
Maurice Jones-Drew - This is a little uncomfortable, but I think you might want to sell high on MJD. I know what you’re thinking: “Sell high?!” On Sunday, Jones-Drew faced a Rams defense that had given up 175 yards to DeMarco Murray and 153 yards to Frank Gore in its last two games. MJD ran for 70 yards on 17 carries. He looks noticeably slower and less explosive. It also doesn’t help that he’s got the dynamic duo of Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne under center. If I own MJD, I’m shopping him this week.
Larry Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald might be the most gifted receiver in the NFL, but people have forgotten about him. Since Kurt Warner hung up his cleats, Fitzgerald has had a revolving door of crap quarterbacks throwing wounded ducks his way. When you’re really, really happy to see Carson Palmer in your huddle, there’s something wrong. After showing nicely in the season opener against St. Louis, he has struggled to even get targets. Teams know they can double Fitzgerald and ultimately render the Arizona offense worthless. I like Fitzgerald a lot, but Arizona is killing what could have been an all-time great career.
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