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The Fire Sale – Week 4

It’s hard to believe we’re already in October. September and October aren’t even months. They’re more like extended weeks. First I’m watching football and then a few days later I’m carving a turkey.

If your fantasy season isn’t turning out the way you wanted it to, don’t worry. There are plenty of great fantasy writers on the Internet to give you advice. If none of them will give you the time of day, read below. I have things.

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Now on with The Fire Sale

Going Up

Eli Manning, QB New York – Manning took a lot of criticism after the Giants Week 1 meltdown but he’s averaging 285 yards and two touchdowns over his last two games.

I’ve been high on Eli and the Giants offense the last two years. Ben McAdoo came over from Green Bay to be the coordinator but he had never called plays before. Sometimes I feel he makes things too complicated.

Tom Coughlin is always coming out telling us what the offense needs to do. They need to take more shots downfield. They need to get the ball to Rueben Randle more. Stop telling us and just do it. I mean McAdoo has been there for two years. That offense should be humming by now.

The Giants still have a lot of talent on offense. McAdoo isn’t my favorite play caller in the world but I have Manning in a couple of leagues and he’s been good. Victor Cruz is expected back this week and if the Giants can finally put it all together on offense, Eli will consistently put up 20+ fantasy points.

A know a lot of owners lost Drew Brees (I think Brees will eventually be out for the year at some point), Ben Roethlisberger and Tony Romo. If someone has Eli as a QB2, he’s a good guy to target right now for the rest of the year.

Derek Carr, QB Oakland

Oakland QB Derek Carr.

David Carr was one of my top prospects ever coming out of Fresno State. I should have waited 12 years. His little brother looks sensational.

I wasn’t always a big fan of offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave in Minnesota but he’s doing a tremendous job in Oakland. As a matter of fact, I would say that after three games, Musgrave is doing as good a job calling plays as any offensive coordinator in the NFL.

After Carr’s big game against Baltimore I took a wait and see approach. The Ravens were playing their first game without Terrell Suggs and Baltimore’s secondary is weak. However, to go into Cleveland any play well against that secondary was a strong statement by Carr and the Raiders.

Amari Cooper is a top-5 NFL receiver. That’s not an exaggeration. Cooper is as good as it gets at the receiver position. He’s basically unstoppable already and Cooper has only played three games. After years of frustration, Oakland fans finally have a lot to be excited about.

Like I said with Eli, if you lost Romo, Big Ben or Brees, Carr is a quarterback to target. Go get him if he’s still available on your waiver wire.

Devonta Freeman, Atlanta – Hey, you have to give it up to the Casale Gut Metric. My gut called Freeman by a mile in Atlanta this summer.

Disregard anything I said about C.J. Anderson and just focus on how I said Freeman is going to be great this year. That’s all were talking about here. I called Freeman. I don’t know anything about C.J. Anderson. Or Jeremy Hill. Freeman, baby!

In all seriousness though, I know some of us thought Freeman was a perfect fit for Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. Then you read reports about how good he looked. So what happened? Why isn’t he playing? I know it’s only one game but Freeman doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere unless he gets hurt.

Freeman is still available in a few leagues. You should obviously make him a top priority if he’s available in yours. I just wanted to point out that I was all over Freeman this summer. Oh, and I didn’t write that part about Jonas Gray. My column was hacked.

Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia – Remember when Mathews was good? It feels like it was only Sunday.

I tried to get Mathews in all of my leagues. I ended up with him in none of my leagues. I don’t know how the Eagles’ backfield is going to shake out but it’s not like Mathews lost his talent.

The Eagles have three running backs right now. If you asked me which one I want come fantasy playoffs, I would say Mathews. I think Murray is still going to be the lead back for now but my gut tells me things just aren’t going to go his way this year.

Mathews only basically played one game, but my point is he’s still a very good player. He’s an NFL starting running back. I would wait to see if Murray starts getting more of the carries again. If so, I’m trading for Mathews. I think he ends the year as Philly’s top back.

About Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and