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.
Randall Cobb - Like the Stewart suggestion, you have to be aggressive and believe in the rest of the season at this point. With Greg Jennings off to surgery, Cobb has time to develop even better chemistry with Rodgers. Considering how much Jermichael Finley has disappeared this season, Cobb should still have a firm role in a potent offense the rest of the season even if Jennings comes back and eats into the receiving targets.
Santana Moss - I know, a never ending barrage of WR3 call outs going on here but facts are facts: RGIII likes to throw to him and that’s all you should really care about. Well, that and his main competition for WR1 in Washington is out in Garcon. I could easily be talking about Jeremy Kerley here as well but I don’t like picking up a receiver in which I don’t trust the QB if I can help it. I mean, Mark Sanchez cut ties with Eva Longoria. Would you trust a QB with that type of judgement? That was very dirty of you, Sanchez.
Dwayne Bowe - This call is out there because of the talk of him being traded. Hopes in the fantasy community might be high. Higher than Kenny on his muchies run…Butternuts! BTW, that’s from Half Baked. BTW2.0, the audio is NSFW. BTW2.1, why are you reading this at work? You trying to get fired? But back to the point, Dwayne might be a hot commodity going into the trade deadline and perhaps even after Thursday night’s game since Cassel, unlike Quinn, knows how to throw him the ball. He’s not the WR2 you were looking for ROS but his value has held decently. Don’t wait around to see if it stays that way.
Mikel LeShoure - We’re now 5 games into the Mikel show and I’m still as bored as I was after his first week. He’s averaging 85 total yards a game and has 1 touchdown for good measure. Plus, Joique Bell seems to be the receiving back between the two so his reception chances are limited in a pass-heavy offense. Even worse? He’s ranked 34th among RBs over the last 4 weeks in yahoo PPR leagues. If someone out there still sees him as a true RB2, I’d make them raise their hands if they’re LeShoure.
Alex Green – The numbers: 76 carries for 219 yards, 0 touchdowns and a 2.9 ypc average. There was a lot of hype coming into play when Alex was named the starter three weeks ago and I wasn’t all that interested and now you see why. He needs a big game to hold his starting gig with Green Bay this weekend, IMHO, and I don’t see it happening. He’s had good matchups like Jacksonville, mediocre ones like St. Louis and bad ones like Houston and hasn’t produced more than 3 ypc in any of those matchups. Of course, if you do have him but can’t move him, you best have room for James Starks. I know that sounded like a threat and it was…to your fantasy team.
Oh and for all of you, Happy Halloween and special question of the day: what’s your favorite horror flick? I have to lean towards 28 Days Later. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly suggest it unless you don’t watch horror movies. Then I suggest you go watch Steel Magnolias…ya wuss!