Now this is the section of wide receivers that’s interesting to review for 2013 reasons. Many of these guys were hurt by their QB’s poor play or hurt themselves. However, this section is also full of second half bloomers that just might be cheap options come draft day. So strap on whatever you like to strap on to read this type of stuff because we’re going to review these wide receivers based off of my 2012 fantasy football rankings and compare my projections with their end of season rankings care of yahoo’s PPR system. Now that we have that established, let’s take a look at the top 40 wide receivers that were for the 2012 fantasy football season…Please, blog, may I have some more?
It all comes down to this, at least for the vast majority of fantasy leagues. With fifteen weeks in the books, fantasy teams suddenly need to start worrying about which teams will bench their star players if the score gets out of hand. Luckily, no team’s playoff seed is in cement just yet so you should be able to start most of your studs with confidence.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Bye weeks can be either a blessing or a curse for fantasy owners. Sometimes the byes can give you a much-needed edge over a superior team missing their studs, but sometimes they weed out a few of your players each week while your opponent loses no one, decimating your record.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So with this being the last buy column for the season, I felt the best way to approach the final go would be to state some generalities. Though I’ll still list some buys and sells below, I wanted to state the simple and obvious: make a trade that helps you over the last 6 weeks, not what helped the other owner for the last 10. By that I mean, sometimes selling high means selling low. You’re looking at the best a guy can offer you over the last 6 fantasy football games of the season. You should be looking at playoff matchups and not the next week at hand, unless of course you’re still scrambling for a playoff spot at this time like I am seemingly everywhere. Name value doesn’t hold as much weight as what a guy can do for you over this six week adventure. So go ahead and flip your star in name for the guy who’s been quietly outproducing him most of the season. It’s also the time of year to take risks if you need to. Look, you know by the records and points scored for the season whether or not your team is a contender or a pretender right now. One man’s 6-4 record should really be 4-6 and vice versa. We’re aware of it so we have to act before the last chance to make a move passes us by. Like I said, the time is nigh…buy, buy, buy. And with that, let’s look at some possible buys and sells for our final swing-thru for 2012 fantasy football:
Mark Ingram – The length of a season can do strange things to an otherwise unwaivering man. I said at the beginning of the year I wanted no part of Mark and for about 9 weeks I was right. Well, now I see a running back whose received 25 touches over the last two weeks with 16 of them coming last week vs the Falcons and doing good work with them. He has looked nothing like the RB that we’ve seen for a season and a half and more like what the Saints thought they drafted. He’s been aggressive when given the ball and running with a purpose. Can’t ask for much more than that. As much as I’d love to tell you to pick up Chris Ivory instead, he’s clearly not getting the touches Ingram is getting. After his 56 yard run last week, Ivory only got 6 more touches the rest of the way. Ingram as a flex is looking like a good call for ROS if you’re in need.Please, blog, may I have some more?
There have been a lot of stud early-round picks this year that have disappointed, leading a lot of fantasy teams to .500 or sub.-500 records that could still have a shot at the playoffs if those big-name studs bank on their high-price value in the second half. A guy I’ve been notoriously down on all year, Matthew Stafford, finally showed fantasy owners something against a tough Seahawks D, but it might have been too late as he was started in just over 50% of fantasy leagues.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?
If I told you Darren McFadden had 324 yards rushing through week 7, you’d probably assume two things. One, you’d assume Oakland had it’s bye week already and you’d be right. Two, you’d assume that DMC has been hurt and missed a few games and that is where you’d be wrong. It’s sad but true, Darren is averaging 3.1 yards per carry and is on pace for only 864 yards on the ground. His only saving grace has been for PPR leagues in which he’s on pace for 445 receiving yards and over 65 receptions, though most of that is weighted into a 13 catch performance that happened game one of the season. When you look at the fact he just dropped a measly 53 yards vs the Jaguars on 19 carries, you start to understand why his owners might feel like Raising Hell. Well in the end, if they’ve had it with DMC you should be asking if you can have him. His remaining schedule is ridiculously fantasy friendly for running backs. The ‘best’ rushing defense Oakland has to face from here on out is Denver who are still giving up the 13th most rushing yards per game. When you factor in Carson Palmer finding a rhythm with Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey, it’s likely DMC will start finding the running game easier over time. I’d see if I can sneak him away for a bona-fide RB2 like Michael Turner with the hopes of getting an RB1 in disguise. In other fantasy football news…
Calvin Johnson - I already hinted at the idea that Calvin was a buy yesterday and here I am again, repeating myself. Now as much as I love the sound of my typed voice, I don’t like saying the same thing twice unless it’s really funny – to me - or really important. Calvin’s reception and yardage pace are on par with last year. The only thing he’s missing are the touchdowns and it’s what is pushing him down into WR2 territory in terms of yahoo rankings for the year to date. I mean, he’s ranked below Randall Cobb right now. You don’t need an expert to tell you that’s enough to line him up as a buy low.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Charles Woodson has been ruled out for six weeks. That turns an already average pass defense into a relatively poor one. Although it’s hard to say just how much of an impact this will have when looking at your fantasy teams, Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon owners may want to consider starting them this week. With Maurice Jones-Drew out for at least this week, Jacksonville may opt to pass a little more frequently than usual as well so this is about as perfect a scenario for Jaguars wide receivers as you’ll get this year.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning, Michael Vick and Philip Rivers are all on bye this week. So are all the players that they throw to. Well, unless you count all of the opposing defenses Vick has been throwing to recently. Still, those are some big QB, WR, and TE shoes to fill for your fantasy teams.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Watching the presidential debate got me to thinking if I’d be good in politics. My heart says yes. The numerous Brett Favre and Greg Odenish pics out there of me are telling me no. When I say numerous, I mean enough to have my own porn site.Please, blog, may I have some more?