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Deeper & Down

Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB, Buffalo) 9 percent

In the three games he’s played since being anointed as starter, Fitzpatrick has thrown for (on average) 200 yards, 2.33 touchdowns and 0.66 interceptions with a passer rating of 99.9 percent.

Against teams like Jacksonville, you can probably say, “Yeah, okay but that’s the Jacksonville pass defense,” true enough. The games against the New England Patriots and New York Jets also yielded similar results however.

Make no mistake he’s no franchise savior, but on a team that consistently allows other teams to put up 30-plus points on the board he’ll be busier on most weekends than the majority of other quarterbacks.

The additions of a couple of legitimate receiving options (Steve Johnson, C.J. Spiller and returning tight end Shawn Nelson) will all be of help. They do have a perfectly good running game, but with the teams inability to prevent those scoring drives that I alluded to earlier – it’s not going to be leaned on as heavily as Fred Jackson owner’s would like.

Jason Avant (WR, Philadelphia) 2 percent

With DeSean Jackson feeling the lingering repercussions of that hit, Avant just became interesting again.

Last season Avant was leading the Eagles’ receivers in red zone looks with seven targets through five weeks. He showed last season he was capable of big games and plenty of attention from Andy Reid. Interestingly, he spent some time covering for a Jackson concussion then, too …

The Tennessee Titans are a tough defensive unit, but I can’t see anyway around the fact that Kevin Kolb will need to utilize his receivers this week. These guys train daily with Chris Johnson, and LeSean McCoy won’t give them many (if any) problems.

Nate Burleson (WR, Detroit) 8 percent

If Calvin Johnson’s shoulder is still niggling him, if Jahvid Best is still suffering with turf toe (in both feet), and if Shaun Hill is still under center (as he may be), then Burleson is another solid pick-up with upside. The Detroit Lions are on bye this week, and Matthew Stafford should be back after the bye.

It’s not something we need to overthink.

One of the league’s most prolific offenses this season with injuries across the board. Give the able bodied and previously productive Burleson a leg up for any owners. Looking to snaffle him away

Colt McCoy (QB, Cleveland) 4 percent

Similarly to Fitzpatrick, McCoy is getting no fantasy lovin’ from a team that’s regularly going to play from behind with a decent offensive line to play behind and another game to acclimate against opponents that will put points on the board.

I said back in June that McCoy will do a better job in the NFL than Jimmy Clausen and got lambasted by some (you know who you are) for not going into detail as to why Clausen wouldn’t do as good a job of getting there as quickly – if at all.

It’s early days for both quarterbacks but in dynasty leagues you’re probably a lot happier as a McCoy owner than a Clausen owner.

Cleveland
is let down by their receivers, which are strictly pedestrian. Only at tight end do they have some offensive capability of any note. So it’s not unsurprising that the rookie tight end has already looked to them as often as he has. It’s something that will stand him in good stead over the next week or two.


NAME


Position


TEAM


Percent


Owned

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week

10

Danario Alexander

WR

StL

9 percent

@TB

BYE

CAR

@SF

Earnest Graham

RB

TB

6 percent

StL

@ARI

@ATL

CAR

Tony Scheffler

TE

DET

6 percent

BYE

WAS

NYJ

@BUF

Anthony Gonzalez

WR

IND

5 percent

BYE

HOU

@PHI

CIN

Max Hall

QB

ARI

3 percent

@SEA

TB

@MIN

SEA

Michael Jenkins

WR

ATL

3 percent

CIN

BYE

TB

BAL

Deon Butler

WR

SEA

1 percent

ARI

@OAK

NYG

ARI

Brandon Gibson

WR

StL

1 percent

@TB

BYE

CAR

@SF

Damian Williams

WR

TEN

1 percent

PHI

@SD

BYE

@MIA

Evan Moore

TE

CLE

1 percent

@NO

BYE

NE

NYJ

James Starks

RB

GB

1 percent

MIN

@NYJ

DAL

BYE

Dishonorable mentions


Frank Bush (Houston Defensive Coordinator)

– How many times does Mike Vrabel have to report as an eligible receiver before people figure out what the next play being called on the goal line is going to be?


James Harrison (Pittsburgh linebacker

) – One hit like that in a game is bad enough. Having watched the replays a number of times I actually think the first hit was the one that should’ve been punished as on the second he wasn’t leading with his head – his head was higher than that of Mohammed Massaquoi’s!

Don’t give us the “I’m going to quit if I can’t make tackles” drama. You may have been called on the wrong hit, but you definitely made the Joshua Cribbs hit, regardless of how you feel about the other one.


Andy Reid (Philadelphia head coach)

– Still flip-flopping between his quarterbacks and is unwilling to commit to one or the other. Here’s a question for you:

Q:
At which week as we approach the halfway point in the season do you think you’ll be able to name the starting quarterback, Andy?

And finally …

It was a heartbreaker for the Chiefs this past weekend, but between the team over at Mile High and the way the St. Louis Rams have been re-energized under Steve Spagnulo and the excellent Sam Bradford have both made for some great games and stories.

Here’s hoping they won’t fade down the stretch and can finish the season as strongly as they’ve started.

Quote of the week

“I love all yards …”

(Chris Johnson on his garbage time 35-yard touchdown run)

James Elvins is staff writer for Fantasy Sharks
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