I struggled to pick the team I wanted to talk about today. On one hand, I want to offer you nice exciting players that will do well going forwards, maybe some forgotten players; on the other hand I also want to give you struggling teams that have players to avoid that are generally high marquee guys, so that you don’t overvalue them and fall flat on your face. So I’ve decided to find a team that has both to offer you the best of both worlds! Side note: Celine Dion is performing six live shows in Quebec, Canada if anyone is interested. She is far better than other Canadian artists such as the rude and socially unacceptable Justin Bieber or the narcissistic, selfish, and lackluster Drake. Tehol’s favorite, Tyrod Taylor came back last week and had an average performance that left my team just 10 points shy of a win. Ef you Tehol. Sorry, I didn’t mean it, I love you.
Last week we looked at the Raiders offense. They took on a very solid Pittsburgh team and they played extremely well. Derek Carr was a top fantasy performer, throwing for 4 touchdowns and 300 yards. I looked to pick him up but alas he was had already by my arch nemesis Fagen. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree were both great once again netting a touchdown (or 2) and 80+ yards each. Latavius Murray ran extremely well but got unlucky with a concussion later on in the game. I’m starting all of these guys still without hesitation going forward. Young studs on a growing team really gets my loins hot. I’m loving the future of the Raiders offense. Now to fix that defense. Note: wait to hear about Murray’s concussion before starting him, he might not suit up because of the concussion protocol.
Lets look at a team that is touted as a high powered offense, a Superbowl contender and real fan favorite. The Green Bay Packers have gone 0-2 the last two weeks against top defensive teams, The Broncos and Panthers. Aaron Rodgers was blanked against the Broncos, likely the strongest defensive team in the league but played extremely well against the Panthers but was let down by his running game. I think this experience can only help the best quarterback in the league as he moves towards games with easier opponents. I can see 250+ yards and 3+ touchdowns a game in his remaining games. The Packers schedule to end the season is really juicy, their toughest opponent Vikings and one game with the Cardinals. This could be a small buy for a 10% discount on A-A-ron.
The running back situation is a mess. On the USB stick of ire, I had Eddie Lacy as my 7th ranked RB going into the season. With Rodgers on the team he was never going to be a workhorse. He was capped at 215 carries a season. I saw him as a 60-70 yard, 0.5-0.6 TD per game type player. Recently he has had some fumbling issues, one in each of the past 3 games. Turnovers destroy the hair cells and follicles of coaches. Lacy is also running pretty poorly compared to previous years. Maybe it’s injury, maybe it’s lack of confidence, but whatever it is is a red flag going forward. James Starks was named the starting RB for this week’s game against the Lions. He’s only an average runner but he is a veteran in Green Bay and a trusted runner. I could see a Hillman – Anderson carry split with these two going forwards with Lacy having more upside if he can fix his issues.
The receiving corps is also a toss up. Davante Adams had been putrid until last week and seemed to take over James Jones’s spot as the #2 receiver. The only certainty is that Randall Cobb is their #1 and best receiver. Start him with confidence as I see Adams and Jones as WR3’s the rest of the season. Jones has been really falling out of favor the past 4 games; He is averaging 4 targets a game. I would probably Flex or put them as my last WR this week. Richard Rodgers is an enigma and pretty much only a red zone target. He is hit or miss.
All in all, the Packers have two sure things, Rodgers and Cobb.
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