Put 8 weeks into the books Razzballers and welcome to the latter half of the season. For some, the playoffs may be completely out of reach, and for others it may be all but guaranteed. But for most of us who dedicate a large portion of our free time to stalking professional athletes in order to perfect our fake football team, it’s do or die time in Fantasy Football. That said- we know that it is of utmost importance to not leave any points on our bench, and make sure that we give our opponents as much hell as our roster will allow.
Looking at our chart, we’ve got some really favorable matchups and some not so favorable matchups. Until last week, Dallas was first in rushing yards allowed and thanks to LeSean McCoy and Vick, have now been pushed into 4th. They are still very stout against the run as you can see so still use caution against them, especially this week…[table “52” not found /]
Some Favorable Matchups:
Cedric Benson vs. TEN
After serving his one game suspension, look for Benson to redeem himself this week against the questionable Tennessee run defense. Last week, the Titans allowed over 150 yds rushing to the Colts, and 79 of those yards came from Curtis Painter. Seriously. Expect Benson to shoulder his typical 20-25 carries this week to a team allowing 4.3 yards a carry and put up solid numbers in his return.
Another RB eyeing a return this week is Tampa Bay’s bruiser LeGarrette Blount. Last time the Buccs met the Saints, Earnest Graham carried the rock for 109 yards for a ridiculous 6.4 yards a carry. This time it will be Blount’s turn to gash up the New Orleans D that allows over 124 yards a game and an astonishing 5.5 yards a carry. If TB can keep the ground game going, Blount is in store for a monster showing this week after missing 2 games w/ a banged up knee.
Brandon Jacobs vs. NE
Recent word on the street is that Bradshaw is out “indefinitely” with a broken or fractured foot and this is great news for Jacobs’ owners. Even though he has not had a spectacular season since he was the feature back in New York, he still has the capability to get the job done, especially near the goal line. New England ranks pretty high in the Rush Yards/game allowed, but that’s because teams don’t run the ball as much against them. But if you look at their Reception yards/game, fantasy pts allowed, and yards per carry, you’ll see this will be a favorable game for Jacobs if and when the G-Men run the ball.
CAUTION!! CAUTION!! CAUTION!!
Rashard Mendenhall vs. BAL
As a Mendy owner in many deep leagues, I hope that I am wrong about this one. However, the stats are not with him this week, or for the whole season it seems. But Rashard started his terrible season against the Ravens and it never seemed to pick up from there. Baltimore is the toughest team to run against and with Big Ben playing off his ass, don’t expect anything big from Mendenhall this week.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 8 weeks, Chris Johnson has been one of the biggest let downs of the season, if not the biggest. He’s averaged only 2.8 yards a carry and has only 1 touchdown. Even against the lowly Colts last week, 2nd stringer Javon Ringer had more yards on the same amount of carries as Johnson. If his remaining schedule wasn’t so favorable, he would have already been dropped by many hopeful owners.
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