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
(BUF) Ryan Fitzpatrick: 22/39 350 yards 4TD 4INT, 3 rush 14 yards – Fitzpatrick did exactly what I thought he would. His Bills fell behind (largely due to his INTs) and proceeded to throw the ball like crazy in an effort to keep up. In the end Fitzpatrick had a monster game of 350 yards and 4 TDs, but also slung 4 INTs. Still though, I will take 4 INTs if it means numbers like this. In my main league I own Tony Romo and might be starting Fitzpatrick over him in the future; I certainly should have this week.
(SF) Frank Gore: 21 rush 62 yards TD, 2 catch 13 yards – Not exactly the yardage total I was looking for, but the workload (21 carries) and the TD were their. Gore is an RB2 I will be looking to play in matchups like this; with the 49ers expected to take a lead and pound the rock a lot. I should be noted that eight, I repeat, EIGHT other 49er RBs had carries in this game.
(DET) Mikel Leshoure – 13 rush 26 yards, 4 catch 37 yards, FUMBLE – The fumble ruined what was already a pretty bad fantasy outing for Leshoure. The Lions instead had fragile and coveted young QB Matt Stafford take the goal line carry himself, which he did for a TD. The Lions are troubling me right now; a high scoring loss to the crappy Titans and now a loss to the Vikings in which they only scores one TD. I still like Leshoure moving forward but feel as though there is something wrong with this Lions squad.
(GB) Cedric Benson: 18 rush 84 yards, 4 catch 22 yards – Good yardage totals but unfortunately no TD. Still though, a pretty good day from an RB most people drafted as a RB3 or backup.
(TB) Vincent Jackson: 6 catch 100 yards TD – Don’t really have to explain much here. Jackson is an elite player with a tendency to become invisible. He had an excellent matchup against the Redskins and took advantage of it for a great game.
(OAK) Denarius Moore: 4 catch 71 yards – The Raiders failed to score a TD and really just failed to move the ball for most of the game. After watching the game I’m happy Moore even got 71 yards. My roommate is a Raider fan and tries to argue me that they are a good team, but the more I watch, the more I disagree.
(MIN) Kyle Rudolph: 2 catch 8 yards – This game was much easier for the Vikings than I anticipated, with Peterson getting 21 carries while Ponder only threw for 111 yards in the game.
(NYJ) Dustin Keller: No catches – The Jets suck.
(CHI) Jay Cutler: 18/24 275 yards 2TD – If it wasn’t for the Cowboys basically letting Cutler throw a late 4th quarter TD to Brandon Marshall, it would have been a sit worthy game. But the Cowboys did allow that late TD, giving Cutler a pretty decent outing in the end. I still don’t like Cutler much and think there are other QB2s who will be better rest of season.
(DAL) Demarco Murray: 11 rush 24 yards, 7 catch 57 yards – The receiving yards certainly saved this from being a terrible outing, but still not what owners wanted from Murray. Murray only has about 130 or so yards in his past 3 games on 40+ carries.
(STL) Steven Jackson: 18 rush 55 yards, 1 catch 12 yards – 54 rush yards at halftime, 55 rush yards at the end of the game; 58 is his highest rush total of 2012. I wouldn’t be dropping Jackson or anything like that and I do expect him to have a few 100-yard games this season, he just seems to be struggling right now, so you might want to wait for a good matchup before starting Jackson if you have other options.
(WAS) Alfred Morris: 21 rush 113 yards TD – The Bucs were the best team in the league after three weeks in terms of yardage, but let Morris go for 113 with a TD while QB Robert Griffin added 43 yards with a TD. I didn’t think the Bucs had as good of a run D as they had been showing, but thought the Redskins would spend more time airing the ball out.
(TEN) Nate Washington: 3 catch 43 yards – As most people expected the Texans trounced division rival Tennessee, shutting almost everyone down except for RB Chris Johnson who finally broke 100 yards and Kendall Wright who had a TD to go with his 46 yards.
(NO) Marques Colston: 9 catch 153 yards TD – Big players whine in big games, and while his team didn’t win, Colston finally broke out of his shell against the Packers for a monster game, to bad he did it while on my Sit ‘Em list. Green Bay had been very good against the pass and I thought might be good enough to curb the struggling Colston for one more week, but as we all know now, man was I wrong.
(CAR) Greg Olsen: 6 catch 89 yards TD – Olsen scored the first TD of the game on a 17-yard reception and then proceeded to rack up yards consistently the rest of the game. Atlanta had been great at defending TEs so far in 2012 but somehow let Olsen have a big game. Steve Smith on the other hand was held to only 52 yards on 3 catches. I haven’t seen the game but the Falcons could have been focusing on Smith and LaFell while Olsen had more room to work with. Don’t expect me to guarantee anything anytime soon =/.
Pickups + Breakouts:
(MIA) WR Brian Hartline – Had a MONSTER game (250 yards, TD) and could be Tannehill’s favourite target moving forward.
(SD) RB Jackie Battle – 2 TD day causing massive worries for Ryan Mathews owners. Situation will need to be monitored this week.
(NE) RB Brandon Bolden – Looks like the new #2, could see more work in blowouts and if Ridley misses time.
(GB) WR James Jones – Greg Jennings injury might be worse than first thought.
(ARI) WR Andre Roberts – Looking like the clear cut #2 behind Fitzgerald.
(SF) RB Kendall Hunter – Multi-purpose RB playing behind Gore. Will be useful should Gore get injured.
(NYJ) Jeremy Kerley – Jets need production from someone with Santonio Holmes out.