PUT ME IN COACH, I’M READY TO PLAY!
Christian Ponder is showing why he has earned the trust of Leslie Frazier and teammates.
Ponder actually looks like he is starting to grasp the speed of the pro game. His role is still just as a clock manager and to hand off to Adrian Peterson, but he is starting to show flashes of what the Vikings’ saw when they drafted him. If he can improve on his 51.95 completion percentage, you may see a rise in stock value of Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe, and Michael Jenkins. In Week 9 he was 18-for-28, a 64.29 completion percentage against a porous Carolina Panther secondary. This week he faces a very tough Packers defense and if he does well, you should consider him for a nice fill in at home for Week 11 versus Oakland, and Week 13 against Denver.
THINGS AREN’T WHAT THEY SEEM…
Joseph Addai is on the scrap heap in two of my leagues because of a bad hamstring and lack of production. Delone Carter has been dubbed the best back on the roster by many experts, but not this one. Carter has had flashes of why the Colts have high hopes but putting the ball on the turf two of the last three weeks just opens the door for Donald Brown. Last week Brown looked like the UConn star that he was supposed to be as his carries increased to 16. If this isn’t an indicator that the Colts believe in him, then I don’t know squat. Brown’s previous high was 10 carries and has averaged a very solid 4.65 yards per carry this season. Take a look for yourself this week at home versus the Jaguars.
Curtis Painter was benched for being ineffective versus Atlanta. Don’t read too much into this as Dan Orlovsky isn’t the answer to the problems that the Colts face. The long term plan is to get Painter enough playing time in the offense in case Peyton Manning doesn’t heal properly. Manning is scheduled to see the doctor on December 2. Expect to see Painter at the helm this Sunday despite throwing four interceptions in three weeks with no touchdowns. I found Pierre Garcon on the scrap heap in one league and was quick to snag him. The current trend isn’t going to continue and the Colts have a juicy match up against Carolina in Week 12.
ONE WEEK WONDERS?
Matt Moore was the butt of a few of the jokes I had heard after Chad Henne went down. No one is laughing at the moment after Moore’s 17-for-23, 244-yard, three touchdown performance. Do the math, that’s a 73.91 completion percentage! This was against a pretty decent Kansas City defense that hadn’t been torched since Week 1 by Ryan Fitzpatrick. I watched this game and was impressed at the confidence that exudes from Moore. He made some really solid throws. You should consider adding him with some weaker opponents on the schedule like Washington this week, Buffalo, and Oakland coming up. I can’t discount what I saw in him.
CENTURY CLUB THIS WEEK?
Willis McGahee who has been known for blowing his own horn. He is” the best back in the NFL”, according to him. Everyone discounted him but he still believes it and is running surprisingly well. He has four performances over the century mark with the largest coming last week, 163 yards and two touchdowns. This week will be no exception versus a Kansas City defense that ranks 27th against the run. This is the same defense that Reggie Bush shredded for 92 yards and a touchdown. While I won’t endorse him as the best back in the league, I love that he has a chip on his shoulder. Expect big things this weekend as this year’s biggest surprise tries to make it past the century mark again.
FROM PUP TO LEAD DOG?
Mark Clayton is finally activated from the PUP list. Good news for fantasy owners and Rams’ fans alike. Greg Salas is out with a broken leg leaving only Brandon Lloyd, and Austin Pettis healthy to play this week. Clayton is a very good possession receiver. Sam Bradford and Clayton had a solid chemistry before his injury in Week 5 of 2010. Clayton was targeted 41 times in four weeks during that time. I expect that after two weeks your fellow owners will learn what I already know. This is a great stash.
THROW HIM THE DAMN BALL, MORE OFTEN….
Josh Cribbs has been targeted eight times in the last two weeks. So what, right? So, he converted seven of those targets for 106 yards and two touchdowns. In the previous six weeks Cribbs had only converted 15-of-31 targets and one touchdown. See what I am getting at? Since Colt McCoy‘s numbers haven’t gotten any better during this span, one has to infer that Cribbs is playing better. This week versus St. Louis should be a very good indicator if my inference is true. The Browns have very little left on the ground with newcomer Chis Ogbonnaya.
They will attempt to get newly activated Thomas Clayton the ball this week. When this fails, They again will put their trust in the arm of Colt McCoy. Do you know who he’s going to be looking for? How about the guy who converted 7-of-8 targets for two touchdowns. You see the logic obviously.
Thursday football is back this week between the Chargers and Raiders. I fondly remember this rivalry as a kid when Chargers running backs like Lionell “Little Train” James took the team and put them on his back. I remember seeing Dan Fouts throwing some of the tightest spirals deep down the field and getting popped in the mouth by opposing players. Things change and yet they remain the same. Dan Fouts wasn’t running away from anyone and neither is Philip Rivers. I expect to see one Chargers running back put the team on his back and carry them.
You have to admire the progress that Carson Palmer is making. Take away the interceptions, and you have some pretty solid numbers. I will be watching this game and although it may not live up to the billing of the previous game, It will be spirited. Thanks for the read folks!
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