Fantasy Football Week 6
Yep, that's Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder. He of the 4-1 record. OK, as a Vikings fan, I'm extremely happy with the way the season has started. And honestly, you could do a LOT worse for a bye week QB than Ponder. He tossed a couple of scores last week in a romp over Tennessee and added 30 yards rushing. I picked him up as a Romo bye week replacement and am leaving him in the lineup this week with Dallas facing Baltimore.
Bye weeks this weekend:
Chicago: Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Bears Defense/Special Teams (which has almost outscored the offense the last couple weeks!)
Carolina: Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams, Steve Smith, Greg Olsen
New Orleans: Drew Brees, Marcus Colston, Jimmy Graham
Jacksonville: Well, if you're starting Jags on a regular basis, you probably don't have any need for this column because you're still trying to find your first win.
Waiver Wire Pickups:
QB: Besides Ponder (pictured above), you may want to take a flier on Kevin Kolb in Arizona as they host a Buffalo defense that couldn't stop me and my friends!
RB: With Ced Benson's injury, look for Green Bay to throw even more (especially with a 2-3 record. they'll go back to what they know) That being said, someone has gotta get a few carries here and there. James Starks will be back from IR and Alex Green showed good burst in relief last week. David Wilson will be the change of pace back to Ahmad Bradshaw with the Giants and knowing Bradshaw's injury history, Wilson is worth a roster spot as is Kendall Hunter in San Francisco. The top offensive line and Frank Gore always seems to get hurt about this time of the season. He's averaging five yards a carry and should be rostered in 10+ team leagues. I picked up Brandon Bolden in New England a couple weeks back and despite Stevan Ridley running wild, he's also fumbling again which always riles the Hoodie. Look for Bolden to start vulturing even more carries. And we have a LeGarrette Blount sighting in Tampa again. With rookie Doug Martin barely averaging three yards a carry, Blount is at least getting red zone looks and may work into a time share.
WR: Randall Cobb in Green Bay is still getting a lot of looks as they try to turn him into a Percy Harvin Light. He's still available in a lot of leagues. The Jets Jeremy Kerley has been getting a lot of looks. Just hope they keep Sanchez at the controls instead of turning to Tebow. Rookie Kendall Wright in Tennessee is leading rookie wide outs in catches and with Chris Johnson running for virtually no yards, the Titans will continue to chuck it around.
Who to start:
The Browns and Bills have been giving up a ton of yards and points. If you've got Bengals, and yes, Cardinals, start 'em. Denver and San Diego should put up an old school AFC battle Monday night with lots of points. You shouldn't need me to tell you to start your Falcons, but they're at home against Oakland. Duh. Start 'em all! And the Patriots are clicking like they did when they set a scoring record a few years back and even though they're in Seattle, don't anticipate much of a drop off espcially with Aaron Hernandez expected back. And I think a score fest could be at hand Sunday Night as Houston hosts the Packers. Could the Pack be on their way to 2-4??
Thursday night has Pittsburgh and Tennessee. Don't know why, but it just feels like a 13-10 kind of game. I'm benching all my Cowboys even being fully rested. They've been off all year and go into Baltimore. I've got Giants on both my teams and will start them because I have to, but keep your expectations lowered as they travel to the Bay to face the Niners.
In my leagues, I hung on for a slim win in my radio league to get to 4-1. In my family league I wasted five TD's from James Jones and Victor Cruz as I have zero running back depth (and got even more shallow with the above mentioned Benson injury). I lost by a long field goal to fall to 2-3.