I am officially bloated on football. And for dessert we get more football! Hopefully I’ll have digested by then.
For those of you in the Weekly Contest the top QB/RB/WR so far have been Peyton Manning/Arian Foster/Hakeem Nicks. I haven’t gone through our entrants, but I know there were quite a few Chris Johnson/Peyton Mannings out there, which is pretty good, but we’ll see after tonight how it goes down. Good luck!
Here are some notes from Sundays games. You can also check out some waiver wirey guys here.
I’m still not sure about Arian Foster. 231 yards rushing and 3 TDs. I think I need to see more.
Peyton Manning: if you are a Manning owner it’s nice to see him lose because he doesn’t spend the 4th quarter on the sidelines making Manning faces. He was 40 for 57 with 433 yards and 3 TDs. That’s what I like to see out of my losing quarterbacks.
Matt Schaub: Now on the other side of the QB coin, Schaub, who had no running game last season and had to throw the ball a thousand times a game, had Mr. Foster going all OJ on the opponent (take that metaphor in any direction you please), and didn’t need to do much. His 107 yards is his lowest ever when starting a game. Foster won’t do that every week, so hopefully neither will Schaub.
Chris Johnson: It looked like there was a chance he was going to go all 2K Dud on us, but of course he ripped off a 70+ yard TD run. And then another TD run, and just about another and, well, you are glad you drafted him 1st like you were supposed to.
David Garrard: He always does a little better at home than on the road, but throwing 3 TDs against the Broncos is a pretty good feat. He will always be underrated as a fantasy QB, but he will also also always be a strong #2 QB.
Hakeem Nicks: I have been high on Hakeem, but 3 TDs is above even my expectations. You of course can’t expect that kind of production, but he will be the Giants #1 receiver. And Eli will throw enough interceptions and make enough bone head plays to keep the Giants passing.
Matt Hasselbeck: The Seahawks beating the 49ers was a pretty big upset, and Hass staying upright was also an upset. He also threw for 2 TDs and ran for 1. And this was all against a tough 49ers defense. Does this mean I’m all up in the Hass? That is a negative. Do you have Matt Moore and want to swap him, sure, no problem, but I’m being very cautious.
C.J. Spiller: That was a disappointment. I slowly got sucked into the hype. I don’t think as much as others, but I still liked him against the Dolphins who don’t really have the best rush D. He rushed 7 times for 6 yards and had 4 receptions for 8 yards. If he can’t break out against the Dolphins at home, well, that’s a bad sign. Both Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch got some work as well, but didn’t do much, so the Bills RBs are like a three-headed slug crossing a million miles of salt flat.
Jerome Harrison: As you might have seen in the waiver wire post, Peyton Hillis is pooing on Harrison’s upside (don’t try to imagine that please). I don’t know why Manweenie hates Jerome so much, but he does, and he’s only worth a flex against really bad teams, and just barely.
Matthew Stafford: He was crunched by Julius Peppers and injured his throwing shoulder. There is no official time table, but 4-6 weeks is being bandied about. Shaun Hill is pretty limp noodle-armed. It will be hard for him to really open the field up.
Jahvid Best: He got into the end zone twice, but was bottled up otherwise. It’s good news that he is getting goal line work and he’ll be better at home on the turf than grass, but we might need to lower expectations with Matthew Stafford on the sidelines.
Jay Cutler: The Bears looked like warmed over crap, but they also produced some fantasy points, and that’s all we care about. Cutler threw for 372 yards and 2 TDs, both to Matt Forte, who had a monster game. He won’t get the Lions every week, but at least he had a big game against an opponent he should have a big game against. Cutler and his receivers didn’t look in synch, so there is a possibility for improvement. Let’s hope it happens so he can stay startable against tough Ds.
Devin Hester: It looked like Aromashodu and Knox were Cutler’s main targets with 10 and 7 targets respectively, while Hester had a big fat 1. Well, that’s pretty skinny actually, so a small, skinny, decrepit 1. I still think Knox will end up as the main guy, but this is a good sign for Aroma. And poor Hester? I’m on the fence. If they put him in the slot I think he could be more valuable, but we’ll have to see. In Martz’s offense Hester still has upside.
Mike Sims-Walker: He was shut down by the Champ. It happens. Don’t give up on him yet. Maybe even try to sneak him away from someone in a trade. You should be able to buy very low. Like slug limbo low. (Should I go for 3 slug references?)
Darren McFadden: McFad finally stepped up with 150 total yards and a TD against the Titans. This muddles things a bit for the return of Michael Bush. McFadden should still be useful in PPR leagues, but his value drops significantly with Bush in the picture, but McFadden’s good game also hurts Bush. This story is still in development.
Tim Hightower: He fumbled twice against the Rams, and one of those was when the Cardinals were trying to run out the clock. Also LaRod Stephens-Howling(‘s moving castle) took away a lot of his touches. This gives Beanie Wells a chance at really taking over the starting gig as long as he can come back from his injury strong.
LeSean McCoy: He looked like a replacement for Westbrook. He only had 82 total yards, but also a TD and 5 receptions. No matter who is QBing he should be a strong PPR play week in and week out.
Dez Bryant: He was targeted 12 times and had 8 receptions for 56 yards. He has already surpassed Roy Williams.
Knowshon Moreno: It was nice to see him get into the end zone from the goal line which he had trouble doing last season. I’m hoping for more receptions and less Buckhalter (twas good that he fumbled) as the season progresses. If he can stay healthy he should be a valuable fantasy back.
Roddy White: He was targeted a crazy 23 times and caught 13 for 111 yards. He will continue to get targeted more often than not since the other receivers aren’t likely to step up any time soon.
Larry Fitzgerald: He was targeted 15 times and only had 3 receptions. Thankfully for his fake owners he got in the end zone. Fitz said he was only at 75 percent and he didn’t really look on top of his game, but with Anderson throwing the ball every which way but Fitz, it was hard to tell.