A Look Back At The Sports Man Fantasy Land For Week 7
Boy did I hit on the head last week in my fantasy leagues. I was smart enough to pick up Jordan Reed in three of my four leagues and I look like an absolute genius right now. I’m so sold on Reed that I was able to turn around and trade Jimmy Graham. Now, keep in mind I also have Julius Thomas on this team so three tight ends makes a crowd. For the record I dealt Graham for Marshawn Lynch. Reed was one of my “Fantasy Player To Watch” last week. Many of my FPTW turned in very nice performances for their owners, a few not so much. Here’s a quick recap…
Jacquizz Rodgers/Jason Snelling (Atlanta)-> Rodgers was the big time back in this game. He carried 8 times for a mere 16 yards but it was his receiving out of the backfield that shined. Rodgers caught 8 balls for 46 yards and scored twice. Owners were rewarded with 26.40 points in NFL.com leagues. Snelling, meanwhile, carried 7 times for 14 yards. Owners were punished with a disgusting 1.40 points. The Falcons travel to Arizona this week but running back Steven Jackson is hoping to be back.
Andy Dalton (Cincinnati)-> Dalton followed up his 28.18 point week with a 31.48 point week. Dalton threw for 372 yards and connected on three scores. Daltons success was greatly tied to him hitting his top target early and often. Andy hit A.J. Green 6 times for 155 yards. The Bengals take on the Jets this coming week and keep in mind that Tom Brady is coming off a week in which the Jets were able to keep him in check.
Charles Clay (Miami)-> Talk about a bigger letdown that the series finale of “The Sopranos”. After posting 13+ points in back-to-back weeks Clay laid a dud. Charles had only one catch and while it was touchdown it was still only one catch. 7.70 points won’t get it done for what appeared to be a number one tight end. The Dolphins take on New England and the Pats shut down elite TE Jimmy Graham just two weeks ago.
Joseph Randle (Cowboys)-> Randle got the start with Demarco Murray out and made the most of his chance. Randle rushed 19 times for 65 yards and caught 3 passes for 28 yards. Joseph gave owners a decent 12. 30 points. However, it remains to be seen if Murray will be back this week. If he does return then Randle can go back to the waiver wire faster than Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympic sprints.
Jordan Reed (Washington)-> The only downside to my being right on Reed is that he plays for the Redskins, my Giants chief rival. Reed caught 9 passes thrown his way for a whopping 134 yards. Oh yea, and a touchdown. Reed is dealing with a minor hip injury but it doesn’t seem to bother him. 30.40 points not bothering him to be exact. Reed is the hottest pickup off waiver wires this week so if there’s even a slight chance he’s available in your league grab him up NOW!!! The ‘Skins take on the Broncos this week and it should give Reed another opportunity to reward owners.
Brandon LaFell (Carolina)-> After a monster week in which he put up 24.60 points LaFell disappointed this week. Brandon caught only 3 balls for 35 yards. Quarterback Cam Newton just doesn’t seem to be throwing LaFell’s way often enough to make him a viable consistent threat. The Panthers take on Tampa Bay next and the Bucs top notch secondary should prove a big problem for Carolina receivers. Keep LaFell on the bench this week.
Mike Brown (Jacksonville)-> I didn’t expect wide receiver Cecil Shorts to play in the Jags game. Even though he did it didn’t stop Brown form having a career game. Mike hauled in 5 passes for 120 yards. That was good enough for 19 points. The Jags get San Francisco in London next so it will be interesting to see how players respond to the long trip. Don’t short change Shorts though (pardon the pun) because he still had 8 catches for 80 yards.
Anquan Boldin (San Francisco)-> Boldin is a casualty of the 49ers run first offense. While he did gain 74 yards on 5 catches he failed to score for the third straight week and only has two touchdowns on the season. Boldin was playing against a tough Titans defense and should have an easier time this week against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jarrett Boykin (Green Bay)-> Talk about stepping up. I believe someone said last week “Browns shutdown corner Joe Hadden will mirror Jordy Nelson leaving Boykin available for some big plays”. Yep, this guy did!! Boykin saw an increase in the passing game with Randall Cobb and James Jones out. Jarrett had 8 catches for 103 yards and found the endzone. If you started him you got 26.30 points. Owners may fret with Jones possibly coming back but with Jermichael Finley expected to be out you can expect Boykin to see plenty of targets.
Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City)-> Even when Bowe has the best game of his season it still smells like Lindsay Lohan after a friday night of bar hopping. Bowe caught 5 passes for 66 yards but once again failed to find the endzone. It was the third straight scoreless week for Bowe and it could increase to four this week. The Chiefs take on the Browns this week and corner Joe Hadden will almost certainly keep Dwayne on lockdown.
Heath Miller (Pittsburgh)-> I thought Miller would be a good replacement for Graham owners. I may have been slightly off. Miller caught two balls for 17 yards and even though one of them was for a touchdown, Miller also fumbled away once. 6.70 points was all Miller could muster for owners. It was especially disappointing given that Miller was coming off back-to-back games with 13+ points. The Steelers will visit Oakland next so Miller may have low end start appeal.
T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis)-> I’ve always been so high on Hilton. Yet he just seems to keep letting me down. Hilton had 2 catches for a sad 27 yards. The good news is that Andrew Luck threw to Hilton eleven times. T.Y. should see more work for the rest of the season with Reggie Wayne going down with an injury. The Colts have a bye this week so keep Hilton on your bench this week.
Josh Freeman (Minnesota)-> Tim Tebow should be in the FPTW spot for the Vikings soon. There is no word in the english language to express how bad Freeman looked on Monday. In Case you missed it try picturing a one-year old trying to walk for the first time on a wet floor in a dark room. That’s how bad Freeman looked in the pocket. He even made the Giants defense look good, yea that bad!! Not only should you drop Freeman if you have him but you should then lobby your league commissioner to remove him from the player pool. Freeman completed only 20 of his 53 passes for 190 yards. He also suffered a concussion and may not play this coming week. Finally, some good news for the Vikings.