For a very special Halloween episode, Nick and JB switch roles while previewing week 9, with Nick making the Up and Down calls while JB gets to grill him for it. It turns out the co-hosts actually agree on most topics, including Nick finally admitting David Wilson isn’t fantasy relevant.
The 49ers are on bye this week so that means you don’t have to worry about what running back has to face them, but you do have to worry about who will be sitting in for Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter on your fantasy teams. Two names that should be on that list are Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas. With a relatively short TD carry in the 2nd quarter of last weekend’s game against The Jets, Thomas seems to be a little more involved in Miami’s backfield plans recently, which puts both RBs in prime position to succeed against The Colts on Sunday. If they split carries like last week, look for both players to do everything in their power to stand out from the competition. One of them will almost certainly score and they should both have enough opportunities to pass 80 all-purpose yards.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Ok, I can already hear it. Where were you last week when Carolina said Jonathan Stewart would be getting the majority of the carries going forward? Well, first off, I was in my house streaming Helldriver while downing an IPA and clipping my toenails most likely. The second thing I was doing was looking at the matchup he was going into. The Chicago Bears are a difficult bunch to run the ball on and his end line last week on the ground – 42 yards on 17 carries – was probably not what his owners were looking for. So we both know any owner out there worth their salt – which, BTW, comes from the times of the Roman Empire in which Roman Soldiers were literally paid in salt…what, everything has to be a joke with you? How ’bout a little knowledge from time to time? Yeah, I just did the dumb thing of breaking grammar conventions with dash marks to make you more intelligent. You’re welcome – isn’t going to sell him cheaply. What I’m doing here is telling you to B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E because J-Stew has quite the ending sched for the year. We could easily be seeing a top 12 back ROS. No I’m not exaggerating. I’m pontificating and there’s a difference! In other fantasy football news…
Darrius Heyward-Bey – I talked a bit about him in the Monday Morning Post but it is way down at the bottom so let me paraphrase for you: ‘…just add him while no one is looking’. Yep, still fits. As of this typing, he’s only 52% owned in yahoo leagues and 60% owned in ESPN leagues so you might be able to just nab him off waivers in some leagues. Remember that Carson Palmer is still learning how to use DHB and Denarius Moore. It looks like Carson has figured out Moore and is slowly working on Darrius (5 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown over the last two games). I like him as a WR3 moving forward which means most have him on the bench in their league as WR depth. Yeah, this isn’t a sexy buy call but what do you expect? Have you seen their fans? Also we’re getting to the half-way point of the season where we can’t rely on the first 8 weeks to evaluate whether a person is a buy or sell but rather what they look like they can do for the rest of the season.Please, blog, may I have some more?
No Brady or Tebow this week, how will any of our fantasy teams survive? Considering how many weapons Brady has at his disposal, having The Patriots on bye does cut the number of eligible fantasy receivers approximately in half, but there is still plenty of talent available if you look hard enough. No, I’m not talking about Cecil Shorts this time, although he did have eight catches for 116 yards against The Packers just last week.Please, blog, may I have some more?
There’s a Hunger Games-heightened awareness that kung-fu grips your junipers once lineups lock for the week. The endless control you once possessed within that chlorine-purified free agent pool or the comfort of a flex play switch fades into the distance then bursts into a monster truck tire downhill race of chaotic NFL RedZone quad-box onslaught.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Have you looked back at your team and been a flop with picks?
Have you been this way since 1996?
While we may not be at 34th and Vine, it’s certainly time for a drink of FA Potion Number 9.
Note: For those of you out east being impacted by Hurricane Sandy, we hope that all of you are safe and secure as this monster of a storm works over the eastern third of the country this week.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Arizona Cardinals must’ve got a clean bill of health from their last visit to the clinic. So clean, they went out of there way to avoid Michael Crabtree every time he caught the ball. Michael went for 72 yards and two touchdowns on 5 receptions during a night in which I saw more fumbled attempts at wrapping up than a new server at Taco Bell. Every pass Crabtree caught should’ve gone for 3 to maybe 7 yards and instead usually went for 15 or 20. In fact on 3rd and 23, he managed to turn a 5 yard route into 22. As a fantasy football writer, I’m just thankful there was someone to talk about tonight as a lead. I mean, this match-up wasn’t exactly the Saints vs the Broncos on paper. Instead of complaining, I’ll just be thankful the Cards went with the Matador defense against Michael Crab legs. I really wasn’t looking forward to squeezing over 50 words out of Frank Gore and his 66 total yards. Overall, tonight’s game was supposed to be a defensive matchup. Instead we were treated to an out of sync defense paired with a terrible offense – more on that later – against a strong defense and a boring offense that took advantage of said out of sync defense. I’ll let you figure out who was who in that last sentence on your own. It’s the only way to build suspense after that game! In other fantasy football news…
Randy Moss - One target, one reception, one touchdown on a play that should’ve been stopped after 10 yards and somehow went for 47. Seriously, look at that footage. The highlight of the play for me was Gruden saying how it looked like the 1999 Moss out there. Personally don’t remember Randy being that slow, Jon, but you get paid the big bucks for this so what the fluffernutter do I know? Despite the name, that last link is kid-safe, btw. Unless your kid has diabetes, of course. Yeah, I’m way off topic now but what do you expect? I’ve already covered the three highlights of the game and I’ve barely written a post! Oh and if I see ‘should I pick up Moss’ in the comments, don’t be offended. I only typed ‘Haha’ because I thought you were being sarcastic.Please, blog, may I have some more?
For years, the thing about fantasy football that annoyed me the most was the Running Back by Committee. Belichick and Shanahan were the bane of my existence, and it always seemed like the RB I had was the one who got less carries or who got their TD vultured.Please, blog, may I have some more?
I was originally going to lead off with talking about Stafford and his breakout performance for the year as he’s been letting many of the people who drafted him down so far. He did indeed look like the Stafford of old today, which means he still can’t run faster than Peyton Manning and he still will make silly mistakes like his double coverage chuck to Calvin for a pointless INT. However, I don’t think we’d be talking about him if we weren’t talking about the real breakout star of the game on Sunday: Titus Young, Sr.Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s pretty hard to believe that we’re halfway through the 2012 NFL season. I know there’s 17 weeks, but with most leagues wrapping up their championships in week 16, it’s a good mid-point marker.
When you’re halfway through and have a middling or losing fantasy team, it’s easy to feel like you’re already out of it. But just think about how much time is left. Halfway through Titanic they hadn’t even hit the iceberg. Halfway through the Republican Nomination Race, Herman Cain was leading polls. Point is – there’s still a lot of time.Please, blog, may I have some more?