In this short post I go over the Sit ’em & Start ’em pick that I made before the weekend, I give a list of players who had breakout games and could be worth a waiver wire pickup. Get a hold of me on Twitter: @Blackie_Mike
(STL) Sam Bradford: 198 yards passing, TD – Despite putting up 23 points and being within minutes of a win, Sam Bradford and the Rams were pretty disappointing on Sunday. I still have hope for Bradford this season and think he will be a quality replacement on bye week and in certain matchups.
(CAR) DeAngelo Williams: -1 rush yard, 5 receiving yards – What a bust. After this 4-yard performance, Williams took to twitter to issue an apology to fans and fantasy owners. With the starting role and against one of the leagues worst rush defenses from last season, Williams could have had a huge game but instead will be back on the waiver wire in many leagues in no time.
(CHI) Michael Bush: 42 rush yards, 2TD – Expect more games like this as the Bears offence looked great, and gave the ball to Bush every time they were neat the goal-line; looks like a lock for 10+ TDs.
(DET) Kevin Smith: 62 rush, 29 receiving yards, 2TD – Smith came through for fantasy owners in week 1, scoring a pair of TDs against the lowly Rams defense. Smith is a very talented RB who could be a good option moving forward, but won’t have a matchup quite as incising as St Louis, namely when he takes on the 49ers next week.
(TB) Vincent Jackson: 47 receiving yards – Jackson saw quite a few targets early and was able to rack up some decent yardage, but his modest total of 47 yards would lead the team as they handed the ball off 24-times to rookie RB Doug Martin.
(TEN) Nate Washington: 53 receiving yards, TD – Washington took advantage of a great matchup against New England by grabbing a TD to go along with his 50 yards receiving. He could be very useful again next week with Kenny Britt expected to miss another game.
(CIN) Andy Dalton: 221 yards passing, INT – As I thought he might be, Dalton was stifled by the swarming Ravens defense all day and was eventually picked off by veteran Ed Reed (Reed set an NFL record for INT return yards).
(JAX) Maurice Jones-Drew: 77 rush, 18 receiving yards – If you ended up starting MJD then you did okay, as he put up 8 fantasy points, 9 if you count fractional. But obviously there were better options across the league, such as Alfred Morris from Washington who had a pair of TDs.
(MIA) Reggie Bush: 69 rush, 46 receiving yards – Bush was one of the few bright spots for Miami on Sunday, as he gathered a total 115 yards. I expect many more performances like this from Bush, as he continues to run well, but struggles to score inside Miami’s terrible offence.
(PIT) Isaac Redman: 20 rush, 7 receiving yards – Very lackluster game for Redman, as he was out rushed by 2nd year RB Jonathan Dwyer, who had less carries. I don’t think I will recommend starting Redman anytime soon as Dwyer looks to be the better RB at the moment, and given their tough schedule (Jets next week, Ravens twice of course).
(BUF) Stevie Johnson: 55 receiving yards, TD – Johnson was being blanketed by the Jets defense for the majority of the game but was able to haul in a 4th quarter TD that didn’t really impact the game much, as the Jets had the game in hand. I think Stevie easily reaches 1000 yards again this year, and has a great shot at 10 TDs again.
(BAL) Torrey Smith: 57 receiving yards – It was the Ray Rice show on Monday night, with Anquan Boldin and TE Dennis Pitta grabbing the teams receiving TDs. Smith did ruin my proline ticket by grabbing a 52-yard catch early in the game, but was fairly quiet other than that.
Pickups / Breakouts
(JAX) Blaine Gabbert: 260 yards passing, 2TD
(WAS) Alfred Morris: 98 yards, 2TD
(DAL) Kevin Ogletree: 114 yards, 2TD
(NYJ) Stephen Hill: 89 yards 2TD
(NYJ) Jeremy Kerley: 45 yards, TD + Punt Return TD
(GB) James Jones: 81 yards, TD
(CHI) Earl Bennett: 50 yards, TD
(CHI) Alshon Jeffery: 80 yards, TD
(CAR) Brandon LaFell: 65 yards, TD
(ARZ) Andre Roberts: 54 yards, TD