Fantasy Football Fix: Week 9
I don't know about you, but my teams could use a discount double check. Another week of no production from the 'scoring' positions of RB/WR/TE means another winless weekend. So what to do? We're a little late in the game to make wholesale changes, so you've got to try to stay ahead of your league and hit that waiver wire before the rest of the gang knows what's going on. Here's some tips for this week:
QB: Nick Foles-Philadephia. There are rumors flying around the Eagles that Coach Reid is ready to bench Michael Vick and go to the big (6'6" 240 pounds) rookie that looked so good in pre-season. At this points, they're three games behind the Giants in the division and are playing to save the coach's job. Warm up the waivers because the kid with the big arm may get his chance as early as this weekend against a horrific Saints defense Monday night.
Matt Moore-Miami. Ryan Tannehill may have to miss a game with a bruised quad. Lucky for the Dolphins that they may have the best back up in the league.
RB: Surprisingly Jonathon Dwyer from Pittsburgh is available in a LOT of leagues despite rolling for back-to-back 100 yard games (something 'starter' Rashard Mendenhall has never done) That being said, Dwyer is dinged and Mendenhall is back this weekend. I still like Dwyer to get the majority of the carries if he starts.
Daryl Richardson-St. Louis. Rumors are Steven Jackson may get moved by the trade deadline (this Thursday is the new deadline, moved back from today due to Hurricane Sandy) Richardson has been getting his share even with Jackson there and if he's traded. Bingo!
James Starks-Green Bay. I'm not a fan of Starks (especially as someone who drafted Cedric Benson in both leagues, only to lose him to injury and replace him with Alex Green, who has mustered under two and a half yards per carry in three starts) but he may end up getting carries by default.
WR: Danny Amendola-St. Louis. When he's healthy, they're actually a competitive team. When he's out, they're awful. He's back and is Bradford's favorite target.
Titus Young-Detroit. I touted Young last week and all he did was go out and catch all his targets including two for touchdowns. Stafford looked like he did last season when he threw for 5000 yards. You could do a lot worse (and I have!)
Cecil Shorts-Jacksonville. Shorts is becoming Gabbert's #1 look, Laurent Robinson is injured and Gabbert is coming off a 300 yard effort.
At this point in the season, the cream is starting to rise to the top and the pretenders are falling back to the pack.
That means the Packers hosting early-season juggernaut Arizona looks good for our poster boy Aaron Rodgers and his depleted receiving corps. Cards on a short week after getting housed by Alex Smith!?! on Monday night, now get the guy drafted after Smith, but who is SO much better.
The Bears are looking like one of the best teams in the league and travel to face a Titans team that can't stop anyone.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos are hitting on all cylinders on the road at Cincinnati.
The Texans are fresh off a bye, at home, against Buffalo. Do you need a written invitation?
Tampa Bay has been playing very well offensively and get the Raiders this weekend.
The Giants may be gunning for back-to-back titles and face a Steelers team that is FAR removed from the days of the Steel Curtain defense.
Atlanta hosts a struggling Cowboys team, and as I mentioned earlier, the Eagles face a Saints defense that might have problems stopping Washington High School.
Bye week teams include:
New England: Brady, Ridley, Gronk, Welker, Lloyd, Hernandez
San Francisco: Smith, Gore, Crabtree, defense
NY Jets: Greene, Kerley
St. Louis: Bradford, Jackson, Amendola