Last week, I had success with Trent Richardson over Bishop Sankey selection, but unfortunately the wide receiver battle was a dud for both sides. That’s just fantasy football and sometimes, you we have to just deal. I could go on and on about what this game means, and how hard we take our losses, but I want to give you something that we should all know and accept: That no matter how much we think we know about a player, it all comes down to what his team does as a unit. Or in the case of the Rams secondary, what they didn’t do on MNF when they went with the “let’s leave them wide open and see if they drop the ball” approach. Just Shameful!
Note: All evaluations are based on 0.5 PPR, and ranks are from FantasyPros.com.
Anquan Boldin (82) vs. Brian Quick (71)
Two foes who faced off on Monday night meet up in this week’s battle as they take on last year’s two Super Bowl participants. Boldin gets to travel to the mile high city and take on the surprisingly decent, at least on paper, Broncos pass defense. Now, let’s not get too much behind the big “D” of Denver. Besides Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson to a lesser extent, they haven’t faced any good passing quarterbacks. KC, NYJ, and ARI are not keeping coaches up at night scheming against their pass attack. Over the course of the season, Boldin has 32 catches on 45 targets for 397 yards and only 1 TD. One thing to note on Boldin is his YAC (Yards After Catch) sits at a ten year low of 3.1 yards. Now, his QB is best when flushed out of the pocket when the defense breaks down, and with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware coming off the corners at him, we can potentially see that this weekend. To be honest, Boldin is a huge wild card this week, as is his competitor Brian Quick. He gets the fun of facing Seattle and their not nearly as good on the road defense, that is coming off a tough home loss to the Cowboys. On the year, he has been a tale of two WR’s. In three games against TB, MIN, and PHI, he had 9 targets in each contest with a total of 17 catches and 2 TD’s. But against SF and DAL, he managed only 8 targets with 3 catches and 1 touchdown. If this game was in Seattle, I would completely throw my hat at Boldin and close the book on this one, but I have to go with the experts this week and tip the cap towards Brian Quick. He has the size, upside and rapport with Austun Davis, who has looked good at times this year. Besides, Quick’s one of my favorite old school hip hop artists. Winner: Brian Quick
CJ Spiller (85) vs. Zac Stacy (86)
What is going on right now? Weren’t these two guys suppose to be RB2’s? Why do I keep asking myself questions? Do these jeans make me look fat? No, your fat makes you look fat! Seriously though, this is a friggin’ mess with these two. I would prefer to say just bench them both until we know more about each situation, but this is the bye week portion of the season and we don’t get that luxury. They are both playing in what looks like a three-headed monster of a situation. But could we really call that a monster? Maybe this kind of monster. Stacy gets the Seahawks in St.Louis, who are giving up an average of 82.2 YPG and only 2 TD’s on the ground. Spiller on the other hand gets the Vikings, who have given up an average of 118.2 YPG with 6 TD’s on the ground. I was really impressed with rookie Tre Mason on Monday night, and think he is the future of the St.Louis backfield. I think the Rams know that too… at least I hope they do. The Bills were playing from behind last week and I’m viewing his usage issue as a one time problem. 15 touches give or take is his norm. On the year C.J. is averaging his lowest YPC since his rookie year, but will always be a passing threat when he can get out in space. This one is really not about the numbers but more with opportunity. The Seahawks can just crush the Rams and the Bills will be in it to win it and that makes me go the way of Spiller. The Vikings are not great, nor very good, and this may be a case where the Bills need to run a lot of the clock out to get the win. Winner: C.J. Spiller
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