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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.

If you like perfect scenarios, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are in one of their own.  They come back from their bye week this week well-rested and facing the easiest pass defense in the league.  The Saints let Josh Freeman pass for 420 yards and 3 TDs last weekend so imagine what Peyton Manning is capable of doing to them.  If you have either receiver on your fantasy team, you should start them without question.

While we’re talking about wide receiver pairs, I should also mention Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace of The Steelers who play the relatively porous Redskins defense this weekend.  Neither WR managed to find the end zone this past weekend against The Bengals, but they should both find themselves with more opportunities when Washington travels to their home turf.  The Redskins are also terrible against tight ends so be sure start Heath Miller too.

It isn’t all fun and games for this week’s wide receiver pairs though.  Sure, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts may have had a super easy matchup last weekend, but this week they take on the 49ers on Monday night.  They’ll both still get their share of targets, but I wouldn’t count on either of them for a huge day.

After The Saints made Josh Freeman look like a fantasy stud, both he and his receiving duo of Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams will have a much tougher time in Minnesota.  The Vikings are one of the top pass defenses in the league and held Larry Fitzgerald to just 29 yards last weekend.  A similar performance to Freeman’s week in Dallas where he managed just 110 passing yards isn’t out of the realm of possibility so make sure Freeman is on your bench this week and proceed with caution when considering either receiver.

 

Finally there’s Roddy White and Julio Jones.  I know, I know, they’re two of the best receivers in the league and it’s almost impossible to bench them, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say neither of them scores more than 10 fantasy points this week.  The Eagles are coming off of a bye week that was preceded by a disappointing loss to The Panthers.  So disappointing, in fact, they finally fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.  Now I’m not saying The Eagles’ problems will be solved overnight, but I do think we will see an incredibly aggressive defense looking to prove something in week 8.  The Eagles will want to avoid a losing record this season and winning in home against The Falcons is currently their key to doing that for the time being.

  1. Prezii says:
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    “…Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon owners…” Hahaha yeah right…

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Prezii, I’m not saying they’re top 20, but if you’re in a bind, they have more value than usual this week. Terrible team does not mean terrible fantasy option.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Loudon, just meant there are no cecil shorts or justin blackmon owners. I play in a 4 WR and WR flex spot 10 teamer and hes not rostered so… That will probably change now though! Shorts is not short man! Haha

        • Loudon

          Loudon says:
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          @Prezii, Yeah, Shorts has over 10 fantasy points in each of his past two weeks now. I wouldn’t count on that every week, but the matchup was right this time.

  2. Ian Hall says:
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    I have been trying to upgrade my rb position because mine have been fine but are unreliable/inconsistent. I’m in a 10-team ppr league and was just offered darren mcfadden for victor cruz. Run dmc is the man and has super easy schedule rest of way but cruz is simply unstoppable. If Jennings was healthy i’d probably pull the trigger immediately but i’m not sure now and looking for advice, thanks. My roster:
    QB – Andrew Luck
    RB – Chris Johnson, Stevan Ridley, Mikel Leshoure, Montario Hardesty
    WR – Victor Cruz, Vincent Jackson, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Kendall Wright, Josh Gordon
    TE – Heath Miller, Dustin Keller

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Ian Hall, While I agree that DMc has significant value and an easier schedule ahead, keep in mind that the more work he gets, the more likely he is to be injured and he’s already fragile. If you can sell Vincent Jackson this week while his value is at its highest, that might be the better approach. Your RBs are already pretty solid. I agree they’re not the most consistent performers, but McFadden only had 81 yards COMBINED against Jacksonville in a game that went into OT. Do you really want to give up your #1 receiver for that kind of production?

  3. Jerkstore says:
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    Need a second RB. I have mccoy but nothing else. It’s a 2 QB league and I have Payton manning and Matt Ryan. I was offered Ridley, Steve smith and Carson Palmer for Ryan. Thoughts.

    • Loudon

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      @Jerkstore, If it’s a 2QB league, QBs are absolutely your most valuable commodity. Carson Palmer is a substantial downgrade from Ryan, but if you’re desperate for some depth, I’d say his deal seems more than fair and I can’t imagine you being offered more.

  4. i need to pick up a qb, which one of these scrubs is a better play this week: Skelton or Brady Quinn?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @exactly, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Quinn’s the better play. Are those really the only two options left? Must be a 2 QB league.

      • @Loudon, oh yeah…it’s bottom of the barrel…i’m not even looking at tebow or henne…fml

  5. Ian says:
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    My team, at 5-2, is solid, but I’m always looking to improve via trade so when one guy came to me looking for a stopgap at RB (he’ll be without Trent Richardson and BJGE this week), I figured it might be a chance to make my team stronger for the stretch run. Specifically, seems like a good chance use my position of strength to buy low from someone with an immediate need.

    In my standard 12-team league, I play 2 RB, 2 WR, and a flex with some combination of:
    RB: Forte, Mathews, Bradshaw
    WR: S. Smith, Austin, Jennings, Cobb, S. Moss

    What are your thoughts on trading two of these guys (1 RB, 1 WR) for Richardson and one of Nicks, Maclin, A. Johnson, or Hartline? What combination, if any, should I propose? Thanks!

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Ian, I like where your head’s at. With a stacked team already, why not continue looking to improve? Still…your RBs are excellent and I personally wouldn’t trade any of them for Richardson straight up. However, Richardson and Bradshaw are close enough where you could try to send Bradshaw and Cobb or Moss for Richardson and Nicks or Johnson. Maclin has some potential too, but he’s harder to rely on week to week.

  6. Greg says:
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    Eagles lost to Detroit Lions, not Panthers. Just saying I’m a season tix holder and I’m not soon to forget.

    though Cecil Shorts is a pathetic fantasy option, I must admit in one league I’m rolling w. him.

    Bigger ? is in Detroit. Who will be a bigger fantasy stud—- Titus Young or Ryan Broyles?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Greg, As an Eagles fan, I was watching the Cowboys/Panthers game at the time of writing the article and had my cats confused. An awful mistake.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Greg, And in response to your question, my money is on Young both this year and in the future. They’re both 2nd round draft picks though so I wouldn’t be surprised if they both have decent careers.

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