Don't be shellfish...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on Reddit

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.

Alex Smith - Don’t fall in love with the end line: 18/19 232 and 3 touchdowns.  Why?  Well, I just showed you a play in the Moss blurb that was 5 yards Alex, 3 yards Moss and 34 yards bad tackling.  You do the math.  Smith threw plenty of short routes, his receivers caught the ball and made the plays bigger than they should’ve been.  Have I answered your ‘should I drop ____ for Alex’ question already?  Sure hope so!

Larry Fitzgerald - Had a concussion scare early on in the game but finished with a respectable 5 receptions for 52 yards on a night where the Cardinals offense looked like it was churning butter while in a jar of molasses.  That was a really weird visual.  Am I the only one that pictured an Amish girl doing that?  Rumspringa!  For what it’s worth, he had 11 targets.  For why that’s not worth much to you right now, his quarterback is Skelton.

Andre Roberts - Also had 11 targets but gave a 7 rec, 65 night with it.  He’s having a great under the radar season, currently outpacing Fitz in fantasy points in both standard and PPR, albeit the margin is small.  Almost as small as the window of opportunity that Cardinals line gives their quarterbacks to throw the ball!

John Skelton - Speaking of quarterbacks…hrm, I know it says in the box score Sketon is a QB but I have to disagree.  I’ll put it to you this way: it’s a two QB, 14 team league…do you go with Skelton or Blaine Gabbert?  Exactly.  Not all of tonight is John’s fault.  That o-line did nothing and San Fran’s defense is one of the best in the league.  It was the unstoppable force vs the extremely moveable object out there all night.  Wanna know what was John’s fault all night?  Inaccuracy and putting his receivers in harm’s way with high throws over the middle and the inability to read the defense like when Early Doucet got taken out.  All of this is a firm reminder that – and trust me when I say I’m surprised to type this – the Cards probably can’t wait until Kevin Kolb comes back.  Don’t believe me?  Go check his stat line.  Guy was solid before he went down.  Of course, it says a lot about what kind of QB you are when you get blurb-jacked by Kolb and Gabbert.  Are we done talking about Skelton?  Yes, yes we are.

LaRod Stephens-Howling – If I told you before the week that LaRod would outscore Jamaal Charles this week you would’ve laughed in my face.  For which you would’ve rued the day.  Rued it I say!  LSH couldn’t get anything going after a strong performance in Minnesota.  Only 6 yards on 8 carries but did chip in 3 receptions for 32 yards.  What you can take away from this is William Powell did not touch the ball after LSH’s second start on the year.  Looks like Howling III will be the main feature in Arizona’s backfield next Sunday vs Green Bay…but hopefully with improved special effects.

Kendall Hunter – Little shout out for a decent night from Hunter: 43 yards on 10 carries to go with a catch for 6.  Just a firm reminder if Gore can’t stay healthy, San Fran can and will still run the ball.  With bye weeks winding down, the need for backup TEs and such has run it’s course.  Go grab a Kendall before it catches fire.  See that was a play on words about the Amazon Kindle Fire but you missed it.  Yeah, not your fault.  That analogy was like Skelton’s tonight: high and off the mark.

  1. paulzone says:
    (link)

    I was just offered this trade in a 10 team 0.5 ppr, 3 pt bonuses for 100 rush/rec, 1 pt for every 10 yds. He offered me McFadden & Nicks for Megatron. I can’t decide if this helps my team:

    qb: stafford / luck
    rb: rice, matthews, greene, alex green, hunter, hardesty
    wr: Megatron, aj green, wayne, denarius moore
    te: gonzo
    k: zuerlein
    d/st: vikes

    Thoughts? Thanks.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
      (link)

      Tempting but rather keep Megatron.

  2. Plainview says:
    (link)

    I have Matt Ryan at QB and Freeman on the bench – I’ve gone through Pitta and Davis at TE and now have Keller who is going into a bye. Would you try to trade Freeman for Owen Daniels? Pettigrew?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
      (link)

      Stock should be a bit higher than that but choosing between the two I’d take Owen.

  3. Margarita Mama says:
    (link)

    My team in 12 team standard:
    QB=Big Ben/Rivers
    RB = Jamaal Charles,Spiller,Bush, Rashad Jennings
    WR =Megatron, Cruz, Decker
    TE = Celek

    I am 3-5 and feel like I gotta make a move to make playoffs.
    Thoughts on any kind of trade I could propose? Appreciate it!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
      (link)

      Hard to say seeing as I don’t know other team’s needs. Your team looks fine to me except for TE. Is there anyone else on waivers that you could improve that part with?

  4. Schizer says:
    (link)

    Was just offered a trade in a 12 team PPR, 1 RB/2 WR/2 flex league. Trade was

    I give AP, Boldin.

    I get Run DMC, Brandon Lloyd.

    I need receivers since my current core is Andre Johnson, Boldin, Andre Roberts, Heyward-Bey, Kendall Wright. I also have Rice & Rashad Jennings at RB. It just feels like I’d be overpaying for upside on Run DMC though I would get an upgrade in Lloyd. It also leaves me in a bind for this week since Lloyd is on bye. If it makes any difference, I have 1st waiver priority this week and plan on picking up Amendola.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
      (link)

      I don’t see that as enough of an upgrade to make that move for you.

      • Schizer says:
        (link)

        @Sky, how about if I counter with AP and Wright? Or AP and Heyward-Bey?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
          (link)

          Go look at the production of the WRs you’re trying to sell to get Brandon Lloyd vs Lloyd’s production. You’re going to find out you’re overpaying for him. Current ranks have Lloyd in a yahoo PPR at 88 compared to around 115 or 120 for your WRs (other than DHB) and all of your WRs have had their bye unlike Lloyd. All this to say, I’m not understanding why you’re pursuing him so hard and willing to give up AP for him. He’s useful but no one you need to break the bank to get. Just hold.

  5. Murph says:
    (link)

    So much for the AZ offense, a disapointing showing last night. Think its time to roll with Sir Miles Austin over Fitz at WR2 ROS? I think Larry is top 10 talent but is so limited by the QB incosistency in AZ.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
      (link)

      @Murph, yeah, sadly. If Kolb were there I don’t think we’d be having this discussion but Skelton is really going to limit his value ROS. Then again, if you had Larry Fitz as your WR2, you were doing good already :)

      • Murph says:
        (link)

        @Sky,

        Yeah funny thing is I got him straight up for Cedric benson week 4 so it’s kind of been a free roll. Never thought I would miss Kolb as the AZ QB

  6. Adam says:
    (link)

    I have Witten and graham…
    Would u keep Witten and trade graham based on his rep getting u more?
    Witten seems ok for rest of year
    Or would u keep graham and try Witten as he is at the top of value at this point.
    Looking for high end RB in return…..can add a WR to the trade
    Could I get Alf for written and Maclin
    Or need to go graham ?
    Thx

    • Sky

      Sky says:
      (link)

      You would not get a top back in return for Witten unless the other owner doesn’t know what they’re doing. You’d have to try Graham.

  7. Adam says:
    (link)

    Spiller or Michael turner ROS?
    Standard league
    Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
      (link)

      I’d want Spiller

      • Murph says:
        (link)

        @Sky,

        Sky is the AntiTurner…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
          (link)

          Or am I simply pro-Spiller? :)

          I think there are two 1000 yard RBs in Buffalo and we both know he’ll catch passes for extra shots at yardage. Plus Buffalo seems quite content to keep feeding their RBs the ball no matter what the situation. Can’t say Turner is a huge part of the offense if/when the Falcons are down or needing quick yardage.

          Ok, I’m antiTurner.

          • Murph says:
            (link)

            @Sky,

            Joking I completely agree with you on the Turner hate. I sold him imediately after his back to back TD games for Murray well that didnt work out so well haha but yeah completely overrated. Atlanta is 100% commited to airing it out and its working for them no reson to change that now.

            Week 8
            Turner: 24 Carries for 58 yrds and a fumble
            Rogers: 8 Carries for 60 yrds

            • Sky

              Sky says:
              (link)

              @Murph, Oh I figured as much. Wanna see something scary? Go click on the 2012 rankings and see what numbers I gave him this year as the 21st ranked RB. Only thing off based on current pace is his involvement in the passing game. Pretty creepy.

              I’ve been keeping my eyes on J-Rodg; he hasn’t really looked great but I wouldn’t be surprised if he sees an increase in PT over the last half of the year. Turner needs to be healthy and rested for the playoffs because we both know ATL isn’t missing them this year.

              • Murph says:
                (link)

                @Sky,

                Healthy is not a term I would associate Turner with but I get where you are coming from. He hits the holes like a teddy bear and he looks like one too someone should tell him that the extra medium uniform doesnt fit anymore.

                Lots of spooky stuff going on with ATL, I think 21 is spot on. Funny though I saw him going in the 3rd and 4th round in alot of my drafts.

  8. Adam says:
    (link)

    Would u trade Witten for Spiller?
    Standard league

    • Sky

      Sky says:
      (link)

      Would make sense to me.

  9. SOHO says:
    (link)

    my league is a one point ppr dynasty league. we play 2 rbs 2 wr 1 wr/rb 1 QB and one offensive player could be a qb. 2.5 point bonus after 100 yards recieving or rushing.

    i have peyton m. and luck

    rbs= Spiller, ray rice, sproles, Gore, b. tate m. hardesty
    wr= crabtree, maclin, bowe, j. gordon and boldin
    te= rudolph and v. davis both are killing me
    currently sitting in first place with the lowest PA

    was offered e. decker and torrey smith for gore and crabtree. am i crazy for wanting to take this just hate giving up RBsahe also has j. jones or jordy nelson i can counter offer for what do you think?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
      (link)

      @SOHO, Low/high PA doesn’t matter, just a measure of luck. Where do you rank in terms of PF?

      I’d prefer not to trade away RB depth but I can see why you’d want to. However, I’d want to keep Crabtree. Gore for Jordy if he’s healthy I could see doing.

  10. iMP says:
    (link)

    Does anyone know what happens if your CBS roster is missing a player (like DST or K) on Th night? Do you get the zero then or are you okay if you get your team legal by Sunday?

    • Murph says:
      (link)

      @iMP,

      Standard format would be that you would be able to pick a DST up until the start of monday night as long as that team is available. A roster spot left unfilled on thursday should not result in a 0, that would be crazy.

      • iMP says:
        (link)

        @Murph, It does clarify as our deadline time is set to Thursday. I guess I know why nobody in my league ever goes without a DST while trying to make a trade. With the voting period, you don’t have time to trade a guy picked up on waivers with an illegal roster.
        Thanks for the help.

        • Murph says:
          (link)

          @iMP,

          That’s terrible….good luck this week.

Comments are closed.