Archive for September 30, 2010

Updating The Week 4 Status Of The Injured Running Backs

There are several top running backs whose status is in question for the coming week.  Let’s take a look at each of them and get a feel if they are going to play or not, so we can plan accordingly:

  • Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams
    According to ESPN 101s Brian Stull (via Twitter), Steven Jackson “realizes may need to miss this game to be healthy enough the rest of the year”.  That’s a potential blow to fantasy owners, but at this point he should be considered a game-time decision.  Groin injuries are tricky and it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see him sitting out (though, he’s proven he can play hurt in the past, so who knows).  Kenneth Darby would likely fill his position if he were to miss the game, so Jackson owners may want to handcuff him now if you don’t have a viable replacement on your bench.  Unfortunately, we are likely not going to have a definitive answer until Sunday, so if you are a Jackson owner plan your day around checking the news.
  • Pierre Thomas – New Orleans Saints
    He has yet to practice this week due to an ankle injury, according to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune (via Twitter).  Time will tell if he suits up or not, but with Reggie Bush out as well, Chris Ivory would likely get the bulk of the carries should Thomas be forced out.  With the Saints offense, it’s more likely that Drew Brees gets extra throws as opposed to Ivory getting significant carries, but if you are desperate for a potential replacement he’s worth stashing as a handcuff.  However, I’d check the waiver wire first to see if there’s a higher upside option available. Read more

Week 4 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Tight end has proven to be an incredibly unpredictable position for fantasy owners.  From week-to-week you never know who is going to step up and have a big game.  Just look at last week, when Benjamin Watson had five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown.  Would anyone have predicted that?

It’s unpredictable, for sure, but let’s take a look at my rankings for the coming week:

  1. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  2. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Arizona
  4. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at Atlanta
  5. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at Buffalo
  6. Zach Miller – Oakland Raiders – vs. Houston
  7. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. San Francisco
  8. Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
  9. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  10. Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears – at New York Giants Read more

Week 4 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

While kickers certainly may not be the most important aspect of your fantasy team, they aren’t irrelevant either.  Let’s take a look at how I rank them for the upcoming week:

  1. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  2. Jeff Reed – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  3. Nate Kaeding – San Diego Chargers – vs. Arizona
  4. Neil Rackers – Houston Texans – at Oakland
  5. Mike Nugent – Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
  6. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – vs. Houston
  7. Robbie Gould – Chicago Bears – at New York Giants
  8. David Akers – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  9. Dan Carpenter – Miami Dolphins – vs. New England
  10. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami Read more

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Week 4 Rankings: Top 60 Wide Receivers

Let’s take a look at how I currently have the wide receivers ranked heading into Week 4 (these will be updated later in the week if news necessitates it):

  1. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – vs. New England
  2. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  3. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  4. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  5. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – at Oakland
  6. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – vs. San Francisco
  7. Randy Moss – New England Patriots – at Miami
  8. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at San Diego
  9. Chad Ochocinco – Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
  10. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – at Miami Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 4

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week?  Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

Start – Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – at Tennesse
Sit – Donovan McNabb – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia

It should seem like a no-brainer to start Orton at this point, shouldn’t it?  However, he’s only owned in 70% of Yahoo leagues and 58.5% of ESPN leagues.  While he may have a tougher matchup with the Titans, he has been on an amazing roll to open the season.  Through three games he has already thrown for 1,078 yards, with games of 295, 307 and 476.  While you never know which Broncos receiver is going to have the biggest day, devaluing them as a whole, Orton should continue to produce.  After Eli Manning threw for 386 yards in Week 3, Orton could certainly be in store for a solid day.

Donovan McNabb gets his first shot at his former team, going to Philadelphia in Week 4.  There are going to be a lot of emotions involved, but in one-quarterback formats it is tough to trust him.  The Eagles have allowed just 183.3 yards per game through the air and are tied for second in the league with five interceptions.  They also come after the quarterback hard, with 11 sacks.  While McNabb has generated a rapport with Santana Moss, the running game hasn’t done enough to keep the Eagles defense of balance.  Emotion could help drive him, but it’s still hard to trust him. Read more

Fantasy Football: Bonus Week 4 Waiver Pick-ups

by Ryan Lester of

We always weigh in early on waiver wire Get ‘em or Don’t Sweat ‘em pick-ups. There are, however, some more options based on injuries and such. Here are some additional options to consider.

Davone Bess, WR, Miami Dolphins:  The Patriots have struggled to stop the pass this season. Bess had 16 catches for 173 yards and a score against them last year. He makes a decent spot start this week if you have issues at WR.

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Cadillac Williams is not producing like we expected him to (139 yards, 2.5 ypg, 0 TDs). Meanwhile Blound had six carries for 27 yards and a score against the Steelers. The Bucs are on bye this week, which should help your chances of landing him.

Kenneth Darby, RB, St. Louis Rams:  Steven Jackson’s groin could force him out of action against Seattle. There won’t be a mad dash for Darby like there was a couple of weeks ago for Brandon Jackson following Ryan Grant’s injury, but he could be a starting RB if you were hurting. Read more

Week 4 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

Injuries have the potential to really shake these rankings as the week progresses.  Steven Jackson, Jahvid Foster, Ryan Mathews & Ray Rice are all battling injuries, but for now we will rank them as if they were going to play.  Of course, that could change so make sure to check back later in the week and pay close attention to the news.  Who practices and who doesn’t will go a long way in finalizing these rankings.

For now, let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – vs. Denver
  2. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Indianapolis
  3. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – at Oakland
  4. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – vs. San Francisco
  5. Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers – vs. Arizona
  6. Cedric Benson – Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
  7. Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  8. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – at Atlanta
  9. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  10. DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – at New Orleans Read more

Week 4 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Week 4 marks the start of the bye weeks, forcing owners to dig a little bit deeper for their options.  This week, among those missing are Tony Romo and Brett Favre, so let’s see who steps up and takes their spots:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  2. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  3. Phillip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Arizona
  4. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
  6. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – at Tennessee
  7. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
  8. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at New York Giants
  9. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Oakland
  10. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Chicago Read more

Waiver Worthy Week 4: Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em

There were some surprising performances from Week 3, but does that mean the players are worth owning?  Let’s take a look:

Peyton Hillis – Running Back – Cleveland Browns
He’s been sharing time with Jerome Harrison, but with Harrison out yesterday with a thigh problem Hillis had a huge day against a very good Baltimore defense.  He had 22 carries for 144 yards and 1 TD, while adding seven receptions for 36 yards.  Now, with Harrison having not yet done anything to emerge as an every down back (85 yards over the first two weeks) you have to wonder if Hillis has taken control of the job.  The situation should play itself out quickly, but you don’t want to miss the opportunity to get him stashed in all formats.
Verdict – Buy ‘Em

BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Running Back – New England Patriots
The Laurence Maroney trade and the injury to Kevin Faulk have left several voids in the Patriots backfield.  Green-Ellis took advantage of his opportunity to pick up the slack, rushing for 98 yards on 16 carries, as well as scoring a touchdown.  While many other players received a carry (eight in total), no one else had more then six.  If that’s going to continue, Green-Ellis is going to be the back worth owning in New England.  We know the Patriots offense is going to be driven by the pass, but as you can see by this game, that doesn’t mean their running backs won’t have value.  He’s worth grabbing if you are in need of some depth at the position, though he is no guarantee to be an every week provider (just see what Fred Taylor has done thus far).
Verdict – Buy ‘Em Read more