A Look Back At The Sports Man Fantasy Land
Last week when giving my predictions for each NFL game I included a player to watch in the fantasy leagues. These weren’t necessarily predictions on how each player would perform, just someone to keep an eye on for better or worse. I thought I’d take a quick look back to Sunday/Monday night and see how each guy did under my big lights.
Stevie Johnson (Buffalo)- The only way you were able to keep an eye on Johnson was if you watched the sidelines because that’s where he spent his time. After hardly practicing during the week Johnson missed his first professional game in four seasons. Johnson left the Bills week 5 game with the sore back. In the first three weeks Johnson racked up 56.6 points (in NFL.com leagues). In weeks 4 and 5 combined he totaled 4.8. Johnson is to risky to start until he proves he fully healthy
Willis McGahee (Cleveland)- After rushing for 72 yards on 5 carries in week 5, McGahee had only 37 yards on 10 carries this past week against Detroit. That came out to 4.90 points for his owners. This week he will take on the Packers in Green Bay. It wont be easy as The Pack held star back Ray Rice to 34 yards this past week and Baltimore to only 47 total rushing yards.
Denarius Moore (Oakland)- Moore recorded 5 catches for 82 yards and a touchdown last week. His score was the only one for the Raiders against Kansas City. I said Moore would be a good start and he picked up his second straight game with 19+ points. The Raiders are on a bye this week but Moore will be a must start in week 8.
Jerome Simpson (Minnesota)- Simpson caught 4 passes for 30 yards against Carolina. It was a letdown after a 7 catch/124 yards game against Pittsburgh the week prior. Next up Jerome gets a matchup against the NY Giants Monday night. The Giants have given up 283 passing yards per game the last three weeks so Simpson could be in line for a huge game. Especially seeing as the Vikings will start Josh Freeman at quarterback.
Jeremy Kerley (New York Jets)- Kerley was thrown to 7 times against last week against Pittsburgh but caught only two of those. He had 19 yards for the game with no scores. With only six balls thrown his way the prior week Jeremy had 5 catches for 68 yards and a score. This was a big letdown given that Kerley looked like he was ready to step up in the absence of Santonio Holmes. It doesn’t get easier for Jeremy as the Jets take on New England, a team that held top tight end Jimmy Graham without a single catch last week and the Saints to 236 passing yards overall.
Mike Williams (Tampa Bay)- Williams was inactive for the game with a hamstring injury. It was disappointing seeing as Tampa was coming off a bye and Williams had plenty of time to rest. Mike had recorded back-to-back games with 10+ points before sitting out week six. Williams practiced on Wednesday but sat out on Thursday so expect him to be a game-time decision this week.
Marlon Brown (Baltimore)- Brown had 3 catches for 71 yards this past week, good enough for 9.90 fantasy points in NFL.com leagues. Brown was targeted the most on the Ravens with 7 balls thrown his way. That number may go down with receiver Jacoby Jones returning now from his knee injury. Also keep in mind 59 of Browns receiving yards came on one play. Marlon missed week 5 with a hamstring injury.
Tavon Austin (St. Louis)- Austin has been a supreme disappointment this year. he was thrown to only once last week. He did catch that one ball but only for a pathetic 3 yards. Sam Bradford connected with nine different receivers last week so he’s spreading the ball around and it has not given him and Austin a chance to develop any chemistry. Leave Austin on fantasy benches across the board this week.
Chad Henne (Jacksonville)- Henne put up respectable yardage against the Broncos with 303. It was expected Henne would have a lot of throws with the Jaguars playing from behind most of the game. Chad didn’t record a touchdown and contributed 2 interceptions. That hurt his fantasy total and he finished with only 11.82 points. This week may be nice for Henne as he gets the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers have allowed 10 passing touchdowns this season and Henne seems to have a good relationship with big receiver Justin Blackmon. Justin had 14 catches from Henne for 190 yards.
Doug Baldwin (Seattle)- Baldwin continued his inconsistent ways last week with only 4 catches for 48 yards. Baldwin probably will never be a consistent fantasy starter as the Seahawks throw the third fewest passes in the league. Russell Wilson also spreads the ball with Golden Tate across the field and expect Percy Harvin to return soon. Baldwin gets a tough Arizona pass defense on short rest this week. Leave Baldwin on your bench.
Pierre Thomas (New Orleans)- After exploding in week 5 Thomas was brought back down to earth against the Patriots. He had 1 catch for 11 yards and 51 rushing yards on 11 attempts. Rookie Khiry Robinson was the star back for the Saints in this game. he had only 7 rushes but still picked up 53 yards. After 29.10 points in week 5 for Pierre he had only 6 against the Pats.
Rashard Mendenahll (Arizona)- Mendenhall carried the ball only 10 times for 40 yards and caught one ball for 2 yards. A week after posting 13 fantasy points Rashard had only 5.20. Mendenhall is loosing his spot to rookie Andre Ellington. the rookie back picked up 92 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown. Mendenhall and the Cardinals get a tough Seattle run defense on short rest this week. The Seahawks have allowed only Arian Foster to break the 100 yard mark on the ground and have given up only three rushing touchdowns all season.
Miles Austin (Dallas)- Austin played last week but you wouldn’t know it by his stat line. He didn’t record a single catch. He was thrown to only four times in his first game back from a hamstring injury. Austin should be able to get back on track this week against a poor Eagles pass defense. Philadelphia has allowed six different receivers to score multiple touchdowns in a game this season. Austin practiced Wednesday but sat out Thursday as he tries to stay as healthy as possible for the rest of the season.
Keenan Allen (SanDiego)- Team Surge X own Keenan Allen is officially on the NFL scene. Allen has now recorded back-to- back 100+ yard games and scored a touchdown in two straight games. Allen has scored 25+ fantasy points in each of those two games. He is a bonafide number one receiver and seems to be Philip Rivers new favorite target. Keenan has now caught 15 passes for 222 yards combined the past two weeks. Start him everywhere you can this week as he gets a prime matchup against an extremely week Jaguars defense.