If you are 3-0 so far this year congrats! Truth is most people are not, but as they say “slow and steady wins the race” and that’s the theme for this week’s stock report.
Not that it needs to be noted but it seems as if the only thing going for the Eagles is LeSean McCoy. First and foremost, as it cannot be stressed enough, this is a passing league now. Running backs are such a replaceable piece that you see multi-million dollar players such as DeAngelo Williams and Chris Johnson putting up peasant numbers. Owners, don’t pull your hair out yet as there are some pleasant surprises as well in this week’s stock report.
In just the 4th week of the season, the Panthers’ rookie is already at the 100% owned mark. The sobering 14-point game could be justified in part because of the heavy rain but this week presents a brighter outlook. The Bears have shown the inability to stop the downfield passing game so Cam could have his way.
He just has a love/hate vibe going on out here in the fantasy world and it comes with good reason. One game you get the respectable 18-point game and then you get the 10-point question mark. Cut him some slack because last week against the Cowboys, the game was wackier than ever with those 9 field goals. Going to St. Louis should help out as the Rams are 31st in total defense.
Nothing is going to help Grossman more than the versatile man behind him. Not only will he run the ball adding to his numbers but the biggest thing is his production catching passes out of the backfield. Already with 68 touches through the first three games, the Redskins look like they are going to invest a lot of the offense in what Hightower can do.
Having to split time with Ryan Grant hurt his fantasy numbers just a bit, but now that Grant is banged up Starks receives more of the timeshare. Also banged up is the Denver defense. With all the focus on Aaron Rodgers, one can’t help but to think of Starks re-living his 2010 postseason.
Owners of Nate Washington must be happy that he is going to be the focal point of the passing game for the rest of the season but please curb your enthusiasm. Going up against Joe Haden and the Browns 3rd ranked pass defense is no easy task, but when you are on a team where the star wide out is gone and the 2,000 yard back has yet to hit stride, expect many targets.
One would think that with the addition of Marques Colston back in the Saints lineup would hurt Moore’s production. Not a chance. The defense in New Orleans is far from the best but a rookie quarterback could give their offense a couple more possessions. As the running game falls more into the abyss each week, video game numbers could be expected.
A quarterback’s best friend is always said to be a strong running game. While that may be true, Mark Sanchez is still going to have to throw the ball this week. Nothing is better than a tight end who catches more than 5 balls a game and will prove to be the number one safety valve against a stingy Ravens defense.
Ranking in the bottom third of fantasy defenses would scare most people away but look at it this way. Negative 7 of their 7 points this year came against the Patriots and Tom Brady. This week presents Chad Henne. You should like your chances.
The ribs are getting healthier but the same cannot be said for his receivers; at least for now. No Miles Austin and a Detroit defense that is better against the pass than people expected. A lot of the “experts” are calling for a classic shootout but for some reason this game is shaping up to have a similar outcome as last week’s 8 point outing.
Oh what a bad week ahead for the “Sanchize”. The only thing that ever gives Baltimore trouble on defense is that one playmaker who can do everything or who has the ability to make a play that deflates the defense. LT needs to bring his skills of 5 years ago back on Sunday because when you look at the Jets offense as a whole it is really just average at best.
If you thought things were looking up for Reggie when the Dolphins first said they would put most of the workload on him then look away, quickly. With an increased amount of carries going a different way and not very many targets in the passing game, his value is dropping very fast.
With the initial jolt of excitement over Cam Newton now passing along, is it time that we all see Mr. Williams take his place in the offense? Probably not. Actually, not at all for the rest of the season. It’s a simple matter of adding a couple of things up for an equation that most owners won’t like. Like it or not, Cam Newton is the big dog in Carolina and with the Panthers expecting to play from behind a lot this year, the running game is going to take a backseat. More like the last seat in an Astro van.
Regardless of the fact that Burress gets a ton of red-zone targets and deep balls, the defense that the Jets are going up against this week just won’t let all of that happen. Add to the fact that he won’t be 100% this week is cause for some red flags.
This goes twofold for the player in Tampa Bay and the one in Seattle. Tampa Bay Mike doesn’t have any teammates at the same position to take some of the defensive pressure off of him. Seattle Mike has the opposite of that problem as the addition of Sidney Rice has made quarterback Tavaris Jackson look in the other direction a lot.
The last time these two teams faced off, the Steelers go the best of the Texans’ Daniels. He may get a lot of targets (9 just last week) but we feel that this defense still has something to prove even if the first week of the season is in the past.
This defense may be ranked number 6 as far as fantasy points go but they haven’t gone up against an offense that really puts up numbers yet. That streak ends Sunday when the 3-0 Bills come to town with their new look spread offense. Long story short, negative numbers could be on the horizon.