Bruce Campbell has become one of those rare actors where people have simply asked him to play ‘Bruce Campbell’. Very few actors can pull this off and make a career out of it. Only other one that comes to mind right now is Christopher Walken. Can they play dramatic roles? Sure but even while Christopher Walken told you about 5 long years of your daddy wearing his watch up his ass, it was Walken telling you. You reach that stage of caricature only a few times with actors and Bruce Campbell is that guy. He plays the smug, badass hero. I mean, there’s a movie called ‘My Name Is Bruce‘, people. Yes, he plays a smug bad-ass like only Bruce Campbell can. Why all this talk of caricatures and playing yourself? Well, one, I’m quoting Army of Darkness for my title and any chance I get to talk about that movie, I make sure and take advantage of. Two, for all the things that Doug Martin has not been this year – superstar in the stats department – he’s still been the 12th best running back off the board in PPR leagues. Though he’s been minimally involved in the passing to date – only 4 receptions – he’s second in the NFL in rushing yardage. You could say he’s a caricature of a star running back because no one is taking him seriously. He’s just there, producing but not wowing anyone. Oh hey, there’s another 100 total yards of offense from Dougie Fresh. Psssh, big deal, seen that before. You see, he’s been productive but not blow you out of the water productive. Now I know there’s a lot of fears going around Tampa Bay right now. The team is considered on death’s door. But that hasn’t stopped them from keeping Martin involved as he leads the NFL in rushing attempts. As the pundits currently say, Martin’s gonna eat. I don’t even really know what that means but I understand it to be a positive. So check in and see if Martin owners are fed up with his solid but unspectacular performance to date. Then when he goes off at the end of the year you can say, ‘Hail to the King, Baby’. God I love that movie. And Bruce Campbell. In other buy/sell news for 2013 Fantasy Football…
Colin Kaepernick – Two bad weeks in a row. Usually all it takes for a owner to go from ‘I told you I knew what I was doing when I drafted Kaep’ to ‘WTF was I doing drafting Kaep?!?’ All players go through rough patches. Drew Brees started the year off in one kinda and look what he did last weekend. It happens to the best of them and trust me when I say I believe Kaep to still be one of the better QBs on the market and his legs – he’s third among QBs with 129 rushing yards – will keep his bottom line buoyed when the rough patches hit. This might be a small window trade – say that Romo spot where you’re trading safety for what feels like a risk – but it’s worth checking in overall if the owner says Kaep is Kraep.
Andre Johnson – Two straight weeks of leaving due to injury is usually not something you don’t want to chase but he’s still productive when healthy. Plus, I hate to be the bearer of bad news for Houston defense owners but they have just been an ok unit and have left Schaub and company out there to throw the ball more than we’ve become accustom to from the Texans attack and when it’s all said and done, Andre is still the Giant in that area for them. See if the owner is tired of watching their P’s and Q’s with Andre every Sunday.
Demaryius Thomas – I mentioned in the Monday Night Football round up that it feels like owners might be undervaluing DT at this point despite the numbers. His pace is still good but owners may be worried about their WR1 and look to move him. Console them with a back rub, some Barry White and a nice bottle of Merlot and see if you can coax him away.
C.J. Spiller – In this weird year of Fantasy Football, the 5th highest fantasy point total in PPR leagues for running backs is owned by Joique Bell and the 8th most goes to Fred Jackson. Where FJax is was where I expected CJ to be close to and I still think he will be. As of right now, he’s barely outscoring Ronnie Hillman on the year. Have I mentioned how weird the RBs have been this year? Neverthewho! He’s still that talented guy you wanted to draft but didn’t and the other guy is suffering because of it. Go help him out.
Trent Richardson – Um, he just went to a better offense with a better QB and he’s a decent receiving back. But after Sunday, I swear I’ve seen people willing to throw him out with the bath water. I think that’s like a old school phrase from the Victorian era but nonetheless, go ask people for their bath water. Just watch out for the chamber pot!
Arian Foster - It’s never a popular call to say ‘sell a top 10 back’ but I’m here to do that. And I know it’s always about the slant of the story whether or not this is worth listening to. Up above, I tell you to learn how to Dougie and down here I’m telling you to move away from the Arian nation and both have their ugly points. But for me, it’s back to what I talked about in the off-season: there’s a lot of mileage on those legs. Couple that with all the recent news of split backfield with Ben Tate and the actual, underlying numbers (he’s on pace for 3.9 ypc for 1,013 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns via 261 carries) and you have someone who’s clinging to name value in my book. Then you also have to consider that Texas has not had really solid defensive play since about mid-way through last year. In fact, through the first three games, the Texans have given up the 9th most points to opposing teams. Now granted, part of that also falls on their offense which means poor field positioning (they’ve given up the 2nd fewest yards this year behind Seattle so it’s not ALL them) but this all has added up to playing from behind which means throwing, which means not running which…well, I don’t think it needs to be explained further. Given how RBs have panned out this year, I’m only looking for top shelf names in return. Yes, I’d take Doug Martin for Arian Foster at this point if that’s the question you’re about to ask. In the end, I’m not suggesting a sell low but you’ve got a small window of guys to get a trade done on regarding his perceived value but I’d do it before the season gets too far along.