Hello again Razzball readers! I’ve really been enjoying contributing to Razzball so far and I look forward to answering more questions and helping more fantasy teams. Asher Molk and I will be working as a team and editing each other’s columns so feel free to ask either of us any questions; we’d love to help! And check us out on Twitter at @BraudeM and @AsherMolk.
This column will just include just the Thursday night game. I will release one later in the week that includes Sunday and Monday’s games.
Before you read my matchups column I would like to give you some advice:
Be sure all your players are active and ready to roll on game day. If your player is a game-time decision, check 30 minutes before game day – if he’s active, check what kind of role he is going to have in the game and make sure he’s not just an emergency option.
This article is written every Wednesday so it doesn’t always have perfect accuracy for who’s playing. I just wanted to go over those because getting a goose egg out of someone is detrimental to your team. Good luck in your fantasy leagues!
Philadelphia at Seattle
In Michael Vick’s absence, the Eagles have somehow managed to make their season even worse. Vince Young will draw the start again and has preformed adequately while filling in. He’ll be a borderline QB1 going against a team that ranks 20th in the league against the pass. LeSean McCoy is a game-time call but if he plays – he must be started, his 18.7 fantasy points a game (in standard leagues) makes him simply too valuable to bench – even though Seattle does a solid job of tackling ball carriers. Last week was the low-point in DeSean Jackson’s already horrid season. The talented but troubled wide receiver noticeably short-armed a would-be touchdown to shy away from a hit. This led to a well-deserved spot on Andy Reid’s bench. Still, in two games with Vick and Jeremy Maclin out – Jackson has 10 catches for 161 yards. If he comes back angry, there’s potential for a breakout game – especially if McCoy sits… he’s a high-end WR2 this week. With Maclin out, in a deep league you could start Riley Cooper but he’s just a WR4. Brent Celek has become a reliable tight end in the second half – in his first five games, Celek has 9 catches for 73 yards and 0 TD’s. In the following six games, he’s has 33 catches for 384 yards and two TD’s. He’s back on the radar as a borderline TE1 – start him if you’re desperate.
Tavaris Jackson has thrown for a touchdown in just five of his ten games… he’s thrown an interception in eight of those ten. With Sidney Rice out for the year, don’t even consider him an option. Averaging 26.5 carries in his last five games, Marshawn Lynch has become a solid RB2 and has attractive matchups in the next two weeks with the Eagles and Rams coming up. There’s no question he’ll get plenty of touches – confidently start him as a RB2. Ben Obomanu will start in the place of Rice but isn’t currently a fantasy option. The only Seahawks receiver I would feel comfortable playing is Doug Baldwin. He led all Seattle receivers with 10 targets last week and will work out of the slot, which is the receiver position the Eagles has struggled to defend most.
Feel free to ask questions you need answered for tonight!