By now, some of you have got to be tired of my weekly rant about how I could have fielded a team using just the jabronies I could find on the waiver wire and still beat just about any other team currently rostered in your league. Frankly I’m getting tired of writing about it. Let’s be honest, who in their right mind was ever going to consider starting any of these guys? Unless you know something the rest of us do not, these players are going to continue riding the pine. And now that we are winding down on the fantasy season, and bye weeks are complete, there is very little incentive to take a risk on a player that has done very little nearly all season.
In the sake of tradition, here’s this week’s lineup:
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Last week Fitzpatrick had his best game of the season, throwing for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns, while helping keep the Jets season alive. As good of a game as it was, unless you are J-E-T-S fan, I wouldn’t say it was much to get excited about. It was only his fourth game this season without an interception, and in 11 games he has 11 interceptions. He does get a soft matchup this week against the Giants who are giving up more passing yards (315) to opposing quarterbacks that any other team.Brandon Bolden – Don’t do it! Don’t be sucked in by his 63-yard touchdown reception. Owning a Patriots running back is about as reliable as ESPN’s rankings and projections. While I do own James White, I don’t see myself actually being able to pull the trigger to start him. New England’s offense has been turned upside down in the past few weeks. Brandon Bolden is not the answer to their troubles, nor is he the answer to yours.
Theo Riddick – If you’re in a standard league, you’re barking up the wrong tree. If you’re in a PPR league, then Riddick just might be able to help you if you’re stuck between a riddick and a hard place. On the season he is averaging 5 catches, 46 yards and 0.27 touchdowns per game. That’s a touchdown about every 4 games. In 1-point PPR leagues that’s an average of 11.2 points per game. It’s no Adrian Peterson, but it’s better than plenty of other subpar options.
Doug Baldwin – Doug E. Fresh scored a hat trick last week, scoring 3 touchdowns in the Seahawks win over the Steelers. In that game he caught 6 of 8 targets for 145 yards. In two of his last three games Baldwin has gone over 100 receiving yards. On the season, however, he is averaging only 4.5 catches per game. That’s not very enticing. It will be interesting to see how Jimmy Graham’s targets are dispersed.
Markus Wheaton – I had much higher hopes for Wheaton coming into this season. Perhaps higher hopes are for dopes. Get it? But looking at his game logs, perhaps he’s just not getting enough opportunities and looks. Prior to Sunday’s game Wheaton was averaging just 3.2 targets per game. What the heck can a player do with just 3 targets per game? On Sunday he saw 13 targets. How’d he do? He caught 9 of them for 201 yards and a touchdown. Only two other receivers have gone over 200 yards this season (A.J. Green 227 and Antonio Brown 284). Despite this monster performance I’m taking a pass on Wheaton.
Vance McDonald – Seriously??? I’m not even sure what to say here. He’s a third stringer on a sh!tty team that getting the opportunity to play because Vernon Davis was traded and the next in line is injured. I will say this, in his last two games he has managed to score a touchdown in each while putting up double digit fantasy points. If you’re out of contention and want to have some fun, pick up him and see what happens. What do you have to lose?
Seth Roberts – Might was well round out today’s post with another player that isn’t going to help anyone going forward. 113 yards and 2 touchdowns is nothing to shake a stick at, but this performance seems to have come out of nowhere. If we’re being honest, I really didn’t even know who he was before last weekend.
Jason Myers – Looks like he’s back for a sequel. Who’s next, Michael Vorhees? How about Pinhead Krueger?