Before I get into this weeks round up, I just wanted to say hell ya, its up on saturday morning. I hope this helps being up earlier than game day (Lord save me when thursday and saturday games begin) I hope it helps and enjoy. Good Reading!
Now we move into the world of Bye weeks. Can teams keep there dominance while moving around core players using supplement players just to get some points. Can teams that took a beating gain an edge and move up the food chain.
Teams on Bye Week
I have decided to keep this narrowed down to out or possible players not playing of significance
Andre Johnson (Hamstring)
A big one here. He stated he hoped to be back in a couple of weeks.
Kerry Collins (Concussion)
Doesn't look good for him to play and considering Curtis Painter did a better job while he was out do not expect him to play.
Chad Henne (Shoulder)
Has been put on IR and is out for the season. Time to scrounge for a QB if you had him and needed him.
Daniel Thomas (Hamstring)
He is said to play, but keep an eye on him as he may be a game time decision.
Aaron Hernandez (Knee)
Questionable to play. Keep an eye on him for game time call
Devery Henderson (Calf)
Has practiced but may still sit out to give his calf a break and heal.
Ben Roethlisberger (Foot)
He looks to play, watch for a game time decision
Mewelde Moore (Ankle)
If you had dug this low for a RB than you were hurting anyways
Rashard Mendenhall (Hamstring)
Questionable to play. Game time decision
Antonio Gates (Foot)
Doubtful to play. This is going to be a weekly scene for Gates the rest of the season.
Okay lets see what moves teams have made this week
Get To Da Choppa!
Dropped Ben Tate and picked up Willis McGahee. Ben Tate was a good pick up when Arian Foster was out but now that he has returned to game and shown what he can do, Tate will see less touches and a lower fantasy score. McGahee may not have a great week this week as the Chargers have a real good rush defense but he is now the #1 RB in Broncoland and his points have been steady and should be as long as he is uninjured. A good move in my opinion.
Get To Da Choppa!
Dropped Colt McCoy and picked up Curtis Painter. Not a bad pick up. McCoy has not had a horrid season and has been better than some QB's. He is on bye this week. Painter as of yet is still considered unproven. We will see what he's got and this week is a good week to take a chance as he is facing the Chiefs.
Get To Da Choppa!
Dropped Jeff King and picked up Jared Cook. King was a good drop as he has hardly produced and though we had high hopes does not look like he will pan out to much this season. Cook has not had a spectacular season either but last week exploded. If you are a betting man and need a bye week option, its not a bad pick up.
Dropped Mike Tolbert and picked up Sidney Rice. Rice is not a bad pick up as he is the #1 WR in Seattle right now. He will put up points on the board and is a good bye week option. Tolbert may be a good drop, could be a bad drop. With Ryan Matthews taking the #1 slot in San Diego, Tolbert seems to be getting red zone work and that picks up his points but could also leave you hung out to dry.
Clear Sights (Clearsights) vs Azoic Defenders (GodofInsanity)
Mark Sanchez vs Tom Brady
If ya thought I would pick Sanchez this slot, then maybe fantasy football isn't your thing.
Brady has gotten less yard then the previous as each week comes around. But even with that and a possible budding running game, Brady will go to the air with many weapons at his disposal. Sanchez did not perform last week, and this week has the potential to do well against a weak Patriots pass defense. It won't be enough to push Brady in this slot. The spot is Brady's.
Chad Henne vs Donovan McNabb
1st Henne is on bye. 2nd he has a separated shoulder on his non throwing arm. 3rd Miami is rumored to be actively shopping for a QB. 4Th , he is now on IR, out for the season. All this add up giving McNabb the spot. McNabb and the Vikings have been struggling this year. He has not thrown a 250 yard game this season yet and there game is a ground game with Adrian Peterson. It wouldn't take much to push him from this spot, but for now it is his.
Chris Johnson vs Adrian Peterson
I am going with Peterson here. Johnson has the talent and potential to break out this week and did finally crack the century mark last week in Cleveland. He faces a Steelers defense that is in need to find themselves and have a weak run D. I am still not ready to bet on him over Peterson. Peterson is up against the Cardinals. They will be ready for him. But I think he can run right through them and take this slot.
DeSean Jackson vs Stevan Ridley placed in over Mike Tolbert
Tolbert has taken a smaller and smaller role each week in San Diego as Ryan Matthews take the #1 running slot there. So do not count on points from yards with him. His points will be TD's mainly and that can be in short supply. Denver might give him an edge to slip threw this week. With that, Jackson takes this slot. He got less looks than other players on the Eagles, but still can rack up great yards, has good hands, and can take it all the way....wait did I just sell a porn star? No, D-Jax will have to pay attention in Buffalo but will have a real good game. This is his slot.
NOTE: Stevan Ridley was supplemented for Mike Tolbert. Does not affect outcome here. This slot still belongs to Jackson. Ridley is looking like the real deal but still have to watch and see.
Hakeem Nicks vs Sidney Rice in place of Devery Henderson
It finally happened. Henderson came up empty in a game fantasy points wise. We knew it would happen but hoped it wouldn't. And this week Colston should be back in for full play. That will hurt his stats greatly. This slot goes to Nicks. He had a great game last week and this week faces the Seahawks who should let him slip through more than once for a great catch. Watch for big numbers here.
NOTE: Sidney Rice has been supplemented here for Devery Henderson. Nicks still takes this slot but has a better contender to try to snag it than Henderson was.
Jermicheal Finley vs Tony Gonzalez
Tough pick. Both are good TE's. I have to go with Finley here. Aaron Rodger's love to throw to the guy and consider last week with out a TD a fluke. Gonzalez will have a good game as well and will give Finley a run for his money. The old man still has some moves in him.
Saints vs Packers
Wow 2 defenses that blew each other out in week 1. My pick here goes to Green Bay. There defense has a bit better line where as I have said the Saints do not play defense, they try to outscore the opponent. Doesn't work all the time. And doesnt earn there defense many fantasy points.
Azoic should when this by a nose.
Team Devildogs (USMCludwig) vs Cats HateHitler (Mem)
Micheal Vick vs Aaron Rodgers
Damn both these guys have great match ups and should have real good games and both threw for over 400 yards last week. My pick here goes to Rodgers. He is healthy and has a command of the field that is mind boggling. Vick still has a beat up hand and even though the Bills may not touch him, it seem that one good hit and he could be out. Will have a great game as well. Rodgers will do better.
Jay Cutler vs Alex Smith
I am going to go with Smith here. He has a better match up against Tampa Bay, where as Cutler faces the Lions who have a better defense. Add in that Cutler only had 17 attempts last weekend and he looks to have a slow day with no real fantasy value. If ya need some points cause he plays and has a heartbeat, he is your man. Smith does not impress me as much either. 49ers have a strong running game as well but the mix Smith into much more it seems.
Jahvid Best vs Jonathon Stewart
Best will take this slot. Sure he hasn't had near as much play time as we would like. But he is by far a class above Stewart as a RB. Stewart is still splitting time with DeAngelo Williams taking away from his fantasy value. The only perk to him is Newton has shown that he like to dump out to him on short passes as well. Not enough of a perk to lift him pass Best, but one if you are looking for some hope.
Larry Fitzgerald vs Eric Decker
I am beginning to like this Decker guy. He is showing up as a pretty good WR and was a surprise for anyone that had him or was able to pick him up. Orton has shown equal love to him as well as Brandon Lloyd. He won't have a good enough game to take this slot from Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald takes this slot because he has proven that he can still produce even as he is double teamed or worse. The Vikings haven't shown that they can defend a top tier WR yet and do not expect them to this week.
Vincent Jackson vs Calvin Johnson
I have to give this to Johnson. He has gotten 2 TD's every week this season so far. And going to Chi Town it doesn't look to be any different this week. Jackson will have a good game against Denver, but he seems to have up and down weeks and this week could be a down even with a weak Bronco secondary.
Jimmy Graham vs Vernon Davis
I like both of these TE's. I am going to go with Graham here though. I base it solely on the quality of there respective QB and match-up this week. Facing Carolina and having Brees throwing at you seems to be a better bet than Smith, even if he likes to target his TE recently. Davis' plus side is Tampa will probably forget to cover him from time to time.
Texans vs Steelers
The Steelers are having a tough start this season and surprisingly it is there run defense that is giving them fits. Even though I am not a believer in Chris Johnson running all over them yet, I am going to play it safe and go with the Texans here. The Steelers have all the possibility to get run over here. The Texans may fair no better but seem to have a better chance.
Cats HateHitler surprised me last week. I do not think they can make a 2 win steak and I pick Team Devil Dogs to win this one.
Paint huffing warriors (TCM Revolver) vs Get to Da choppa (joosbawx)
Matt Shaub vs Phillip Rivers
I like Shaub and if Andre Johnson was playing this week I would go with him. Even without Johnson he has some real good weapons, but no WR on par with Johnson. Against him is Rivers, a QB you never want to turn your back on. He will throw a game with a fantasy score that makes you regret benching him. Add in that he is playing the Broncos who has seemingly forgotten the art of pass defense lets Rivers take this slot.
Matthew Stafford vs Matt Ryan
I think Ryan is going to have a real good week this weekend against Green Bay who has given up a lot of TD's to the pass. Add in that Gonzalez has shown new life, and put to rest if he shoulda retired when he had a chance. With his resurgence opens up Roddy White for more looks toward him as defenses cannot now just concentrate on him. With all of that, Stafford takes this slot. He has the weapons and has proven that the Lions could be a team to contend with later in the season if not post season. Chicago has a horrid pass defense and Stafford will put up big numbers. It wont be quite a 400 yard weekend for him but he is going to make a run for it.
Matt Forte and Darren McFadden
Both of these RB's are unique in the sense that there teams have not true passing game. How well a game will go depends wholly on how these 2 men do and how often they touch the ball. With that I like McFadden for this slot. Forte is going to have a great week due to the fact his team will use him often but will try to make the passing game work taking touches away from him. McFadden looks to have no Micheal Bush to share the load with and it will do him nicely and let him get some TD's mixed into those yards he runs up and down the field.
Wes Welker vs Julio Jones
Welker easily takes this slot. Jones has turned out to a great rookie WR but I do not see any TD's this day for him keeping his points low. Welker seems unstoppable. Even as the Patriots take a loss, he racks up yards and TD's. The Jets do not really have anyone healthy that can keep up with him all game and this should favor him well.
Greg Jennings vs Steve Johnson
Johnson is going to have a better week as Fitzpatrick will break free and find him more this week than last. With that, Jennings takes this slot. The Falcons secondary is very week and will have a hard time containing Jennings with Rodgers accurate passing game. Its going to take a lot to slow these 2 down and the Falcons do not seem to have what it takes to do so.
Ron Gronkowski vs Jared Cook
Gronkowski had a slow week last week but do not let that discourage you. He takes this slot easily as he opposes no one. The only choice Choppa has is Jared Cook at the moment. Even if Hernandez plays it will be limited to make sure he has no set backs to his knee. That looks good for Gronkowski, bad for Choppa as a choice for TE. Cook has a lot of potential and may do really well against a week Steelers defense. Enough to put him in and give him a fighting chance to gain a team some points. In any case or match up Gronkowski takes this slot.
NOTE: Cook was put in here. Slot still goes to Gronkowski.
Lions vs Giants
I am going to take the Giants here. I am not too sure how well the Lions will do containing Forte who had a solid week last week. The Giants has shown that they are willing to pick up the slack as there offense heals and try to keep games in range for them to win.
I think Paint Huffing Warriors will go undefeated for another week.
Mallers Da Winner (COsurvivor) vs Team D3ad (7oddisdead)
Eli Manning vs Kevin Kolb
Manning takes this slot from Kolb easily. Kolb's passing game has been less than stellar considering the amount of defense placed on keeping Larry Fitzgerald at bay. There game right now is a running game. Manning is up against the Seahawks who do not have a great pass defense. Manning won't make it look pretty but will do well none the less.
Matt Hasselback vs Jason Campbell
I am not overtly impressed with either of these QB's. For this week I will take Hasselback. He may face a weaken Steelers defense, but do not expect it to be a cake walk for the Britt less QB. Campbell is going to have a long day handing the ball off to McFadden. Do not expect large numbers for him as Houston will be on the hunt to make any passing he does hurried and mistake ridden.
Beanie Wells vs Ray Rice
Wells is going to have a good game as he faces the Vikings. The Vikings have not given up a hundred yard day to a RB yet this year and Wells will be on the hunt to be the 1st. Rice is on bye week, not much else to say there.
Santana Moss vs Steven Jackson
Easiest write up yet, both are on bye week. Truthfully I think Jackson takes this one considering I think his bulk and swiftness on his feet will overcome Moss's speed to beat him to the chips & salsa.
Mike Williams vs Roddy White
White is starting to have a good season now that there is another WR that can pull some of the heat off of him and Gonzalez is showing life opening him up even more. That opens him up to take this slot. As long as he can keep his hands on the ball and not drop it that is. Williams is said to be a sure pick this week as the 49er defense has a weak pass defense. I agree and think he may even see the end zone, but White will have an easier and better weekend.
Greg Olsen vs Antonio Gates
I do not expect Gates to play as the Chargers may rest him since there bye week is next week giving his foot a break, no puns intended. Olsen is having a decent season that looks to be working up to a great season as Cam Newton has found him to be a good play and has fallen in step with his rookie QB. He will take this slot even if Gates plays.
Falcons vs Bears
Both of these defenses may do better on the bench than played if they get run over like is expected. The Bears will have a better and less painful days as they do not face Aaron Rodgers and company like the Falcons who let a mediocre QB get 300 yards against them, and Rodgers is far from mediocre.
Mallers Da Winna easily takes this match
Voodoo Children (Nikvoodoo) vs Winter Nom Noms (Mrscott101)
Drew Brees vs Josh Freeman
Brees should take this slot as he will have an easier day against Carolina. Freeman should do well also but may not have the needed weapons at his disposal like Brees does to get the job done. Brees is very capable to throw all over a week pass defense like Carolina. If the Saints had a true running game, they may be unstoppable or at least not as predictable.
Cam Newton vs Andy Dalton
Sorry Dalton doesn't even show up on my radar. Truthfully as I wrote the start of this match up I had to do a double take to make sure I saw his name there. Do not expect much from him even facing the Jaguars. He has a heart beat and will get you some points. Cam Newton loves to throw and has a small amount of weapons to do so with. He has made over 30 attempts each week and has had nearly three 400 yard games. This is his slot.
Micheal Turner vs LeSean McCoy
McCoy should have an easier day playing the Bills who do not have a solid rush defense. Do not expect dismal number like he had last week. Turner faces Green Bay who has a better rush defense than pass defense. Expect the ball to air out for the Falcons more often though they may use him for red zone working in favor for a couple TD's. This slot slips to McCoy.
Fred Jackson vs Ryan Matthews
This is a tough pick. Both RB's are exceptional at what they do. Jackson faces a weak Eagles defense when facing the rush. Matthews is becoming a double threat as he is picking up receiving yards as well as rushing. Put that to the fact that Antonio Gates hasn't played and probably won't this week. I am going to go with Jackson here. The Eagles let Frank Gore spear them with his running game and I do not see a difference for Jackson. He will make the Eagles defense work hard to try to stop him.
Percy Harvin put in over Jordy Nelson vs Steve Smith
I have to go with Smith here. He has turned out to be Cam Newtons favorite target. The more he throws the more Smiths catches and there match up this week against the Saints will let them open up for a shoot out. They may not out score Brees and the Saints but they will try real hard. Nelson is viable as long as Rodgers stays hot. And there is no reason to think he is going to cool off this week. Some yards and a TD for him, but not enough to take this match. This slot goes to Steve Smith.
NOTE: Percy Harvin was put in here in place of Jordy Nelson. Smith still takes this slot. Harvin has not had many looks and has been sidelined more than expected this season.
Dustin Keller vs Owen Daniels
Daniels takes this spot. Shaub and him have been in step this season real easy like. He has seen 3 good weeks this season and this week facing the Raiders should be no different. Keller has become more of a blocker then a TE, the same demise of Dallas Clark in Indianapolis. He may see some passes but expect Rex Ryan to go to the ground to get TD's against the Patriots.
49ers vs Chargers
Both teams here have good match ups. Tampa will have a tough time against the 49ers as they will try to keep the pass at bay with Mike Williams being the only real target for Josh Freeman making it far easier to predict who is going to be catching a pass. The Chargers face the Broncos who don't seem to show up to a game least of all try to score. Even with the Broncos beginning to find there running game, San Diego is one of the top 5 rush defenses. I will give this slot to the Chargers as I do not expect the Broncos to do very much and what they do accomplish won't be pretty and gave little impact.
Hmm by picks Winter Nom Noms look like they will eek out a win in this match setting back Voodoo Children another game.