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What do I know? Heading into Week 8


second half of the fantasy regular season is upon us. Many fantasy owners are
looking for the edge that will help propel their team into the fantasy
playoffs. I offer two fantasy situations that may provide that extra push
fantasy owners need. The first is in Kansas
City where Larry “what have you done for me lately”
Johnson has slurred his way into a two-game suspension and possibly out of the
organization altogether. That paves the way for either Jamaal Charles or Kolby
Smith to take the running game reins and potentially never look back. Charles
is a more well-rounded back and Smith is coming off reconstructive knee
surgery. Either of these guys could play their way into fantasy lineups if they
capitalize on this opportunity. The other situation is in Dallas where it is rumored that Marion
Barber’s quad may not be sound until after this season. That leaves either
Tashard Choice or Jerry Jones’ choice, Felix Jones, as the de facto starting
running back. Choice is probably the more complete back of the two but Jerry
usually gets what he wants. If Felix can stay healthy carrying the ball more
than 10 times a game, I believe he will have the first opportunity to assume
the lead back role in an improving Cowboy offense. Barber will have something
to say about that, of course, but ownership seems to favor Jones. The fantasy
implications for either of these situations are favorable simply because
neither Jones nor Charles have gotten a lot of carries this season. They could
be just what your fantasy team needs for a second-half playoff push.

Then There Were Three

teams remain winless through seven Sundays of NFL action – the St. Louis Rams,
Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I anticipate most of these teams
will get off the schnide, so to speak, and post their first victory. Let’s
start off by saying that the Titans will win a game. They have to. There is
absolutely no excuse why a team that won 13 games and entered the playoffs as
the top seed last year can not win a game the following season. None. In fact,
now that they’ve had a week off to lick their wounds and prepare, I contend
they have a great shot of beating the Jaguars at home in Week 8. If they fail
that test, then they’ll get their first win in Week 10 at home against the Bills.
The Rams do not have a lot of offensive weapons outside of Steven Jackson but I
still think they’ll be fortunate to get a bounce here and there and win a game.
That game will NOT come this week against the Lions who are much better than
last year’s winless squad but will come at the expense of the overrated Seattle
Seahawks at home in Week 12. Finally, the Buccaneers will go winless. Sorry Tampa Bay
fans but I just don’t see any easy games from here on out. They will have to
pull an upset to join the ranks of the victorious in 2009. Their best chance at
an upset will be either Week 13 or 14 at the Panthers or home against the Jets
but try as I might, I just don’t see it happening.

I Can
See for Miles

fourth year receiver out of Monmouth College (N.J.) went off the past two games
to the tune of 16 receptions, 421 receiving yards and 4 TDs. Actually, that’s
only about one fourth of a mile but in just two games! The obvious question is
he a fantasy fluke or not? Other receivers have posted huge receiving totals
for a single game; Willie “Flipper” Anderson holds the league record with 336
receiving yards in an overtime game and Stephone Paige had a 309-yard receiving
day in regulation time, but Austin posted his receiving yardage totals in back-to-back
games when the opposition had time to game plan against him. Chad formerly
Johnson holds the league record with 450 receiving yards in a two-game span,
accomplished in 2006. Miles fell short of that mark by a mere 29 yards. Terrell
Owens was exiled to Buffalo
this season and Roy Williams was being counted on to be the Cowboys top
receiver but he has been a disappointment. That leaves the door wide open for
Tony Romo’s new favorite target to assume the lead wide receiver duties on a
potentially explosive passing attack. Romo had this to say about his new toy … “Miles
has become a good receiver in the NFL.” Before that, the perception of him was
a third, fourth, fifth receiver. I think you saw he has the ability to be a guy
who can be a big-play receiver. “I feel very confident in him,” Romo said. As
for Austin , he
comes across as pretty humble. “I can never let myself get comfortable,” he
said. “The pressure is always going to be there. If I play bad next week,
you’ll say I’m a two-hit wonder.” As a fantasy owner who managed to snag him
off the waiver wire, that is music to my ears. I am firmly coming down on the
side that Miles belongs in Ochocinco’s company and all he really needed was a
chance to prove it.

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