Oh week one, you have to be one of the greatest weeks to trade for an underperforming star. Wes Welker turned in a complete clunker of a game vs the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, going for 3 catches on 5 targets for 14 yards and in very un-Welker like fashion topped it off by dropping a pass on what would’ve been a sure first down. He’s the buzz of the week in terms of fantasy goats and I’m sure his owners are a tad nervous if they’re a novice. Go tell them the bad news about the Edelman splits – which aren’t entirely true – and talk up that drop and the contract ‘problems’ and all that other fun stuff. See if they’ll trade him for a WR3 and a box of Candy Corn Oreos. Now I had him as a WR2 with a high ceiling but I’m gonna admit, the Pats looked good and utilized their run game a lot last Sunday so maybe he’s a mid to low tier WR2 at this point. Regardless, he’s still Welker and he still plays for a pass-heavy offense. Of course, if you’re a Welker owner you’re holding since you’re not getting full value and Candy Corn Oreos is the most disgusting idea you’ve ever heard of. And with that, let’s look at some other buys for 2012 fantasy football…
Jordy Nelson/Greg Jennings – Don’t know how eager owners will be to move either of them but everyone is talking about how A-Maize-ing Cobb was. He was really good…as the 3rd or 4th option for Aaron Rodgers. The 49ers made a great quarterback do the smart thing and pass to his 3rd, 4th and sometimes 5th options last week. Your target breakdown goes like this: 11 for Finley, 9 for Jennings and Cobb, 7 for Nelson, 6 for James Jones. Sniff around and see if any of the GB WR owners are feeling a bit nervous about a Randall invasion on their stats. I’m in no way fearful on that front but then again I still wear No Fear t-shirts like it’s 1995. I’m so hip.
Cedric Benson - So just buy all of GB, of course. San Fran was the top run defense last year. If you started Cedric this week and were disappointed, you should be disappointed with yourself. I’m not a huge Benson fan but if an owner is willing to toss him my way for a bench RB, I’ll buy him. He’s a flex play. Now go flex those trading fingers and steal him for less.
Heath Miller - I don’t always get excited about Tight Ends but when I do, it’s attached to Jessica Biel. Wait, wrong post. Sunday’s game showed that Big Ben has finally smartened up a bit. He’s no longer dancing around to try and get it to Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. If the play isn’t there immediately, he’s looking at 3rd and 4th options. I know, novel concept. Miller finished 2nd behind Brown and Emmanuel Sanders in team targets with 7 to their 8 apiece. If Ben holds to this all season, it might kill my love for Wallace and Brown but that wealth spread might net you a top 12 TE in Miller in PPR leagues.
Torrey Smith - He should’ve been targeted more and think he will be in the future. He’s a WR3 with upside. That upside you can see in the 52 yard catch. That WR3 statement you can see in his end line.
Alfred Morris - If you had him for week 1 and actually started him, 1) you’re a crazy SOB and 2) congrats. You’re a frickin’ Shannahan Whisperer…or so you’d like to think. I can promise you this, Mike is going to ride the hot hand week in and week out. I don’t want to own a Redskins RB unless it’s in the deepest of leagues. See if someone wants to cough up a more solid play for what might be Alfred’s best week of the season.
Randall Cobb - Yup, I’m raining on your WR sleeper parade and also apparently only watched the 49ers vs Packers game on Sunday. Well, considering how much got done around my house on Sunday, I beg to differ. I’m not contradicting Andrew’s Waiver Post from yesterday, I’m merely pointing out Cobb’s line is a bit hunkier than I think it’ll be for the course of the season. He had a great day but when examining the matchup and the people in the buy area, Randall might be at a great stage to sell. He was buzz-worthy coming into the season and just finished off a stellar game. If someone is unhappy with their WR2, don’t fight them. Let them take a bite out of Cobb. Sweet, I got to get in two corny jokes about Cobb in this post. Now three! Now help me get away from them!
Michael Vick - Obvious hold, yes, but I know some of you are ready to jump off. Well just remember Stafford had a similar day on Sunday. The only way to trade Vick is to a Matt Ryan non-believer. Other than that, I wouldn’t jump ship right now.
Chris Johnson - This call isn’t because I’m happy with him or think he’s going to make some crazy leap next week. But I do know they abandoned the run early and never gave him much to work with when he did get his carries. Plus you drafted him in the 1st round. What are you getting for him if you sell now? Might as well drop him unless someone out there is still offering you a top 20 player in return.
Peyton Hillis - This is a cautious hold. Peyton was not used in any way, shape or form as I thought he’d be. I might’ve suggested to own the wrong Peyton this year but like CJ, you’re not getting anything in return. Just keep him on your bench for now.