In this short post I go over the Sit ‘em & Start ‘em picks that I made before the weekend. I also go oer players who had a breakout game and could be worth a waiver wie pickup.
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(MIN) Christian Ponder: 35/52 352 yards, 2TD, 2INT, 4 rush 13 yards – It took 52 pass attempts, but in the end Ponder ended up with a pretty good fantasy game throwing for a bunch of yards and a pair of TDs. Playing from behind most of the game also helped those who started Ponder.
(PIT) Rashard Mendenhall: 6 rush 6 yards – An injury that most people didn’t notice or see happen resulted in Mendenhall only getting six carries in the game before leaving. In his absence Isaac Redman caught 105 yards but didn’t rush for much as the Steelers battled the Titans in what turned out to be a loss. Obviously it was a very disappointing result for those who watched Mendenhall return from his injury last week for 80 yards and a TD. He might be unavailable for week seven so Isaac Redman could be useful once again, though he was also banged up in the Titans match up, but his outlook is looking better than Mendenhall’s.
(ATL) Michael Turner: 11 rush 33 yards, 1 catches 6 yards – This went south quick in Sundays game for Turner. Matt Ryan threw a bunch of early interception that put the Falcons behind, and limited the role of Turner in what should have been a good matchup, although 3 yards per carry only his 11 carries wasn’t to impressive.
(ARI) Andre Roberts: 2 catches 18 yards – Was certainly hoping for more from the Cardinals, as they lost 19-16 to the Bills in overtime. The Bills have been one of the most giving teams to opposing fantasy players, but decided to step things up against the Cardinals
(SEA) Sidney Rice: 3 catches 81 yards, TD – A big game winning TD catch saved Rice from what would have been another disappointing game, but in the end he did what I needed him to do by putting up 14 fantasy points; still a very hard WR to trust in the future.
(CIN) Jerome Simpson / Michael Jenkins: 6 catches 67 yards, TD – Simpson was forced to sit out in week six, so it was Jenkins who ended up as the Viking WR to start other than Percy Harvin, and came through with a 12 point fantasy day. He was helped by the fact the Redskins were putting up points, forcing Ponder to throw 52 pass attempts.
(SF) Mario Manningham: 5 catches 72 yards – Had a decent game with 72 yards on 5 catches, but was unable to score a TD, as was the entire 49’ers team, who only put up three points against the Giants.
(BAL) Joe Flacco: 17/26 234 yards, TD, INT – Despite the Ravens scoring 3 points in the win over Dallas, Flacco barely managed to score double-digit fantasy points, as Ray Rice scored a pair of TDs despite only having 60 some odd yards rushing. Flacco’s fantasy value could see a boost however with the defense losing Lewis and Webb; the offence could be relied upon even more.
(OAK) Carson Palmer: 23/33 353 TD, INT, Fumble Lost – Huge yardage total but only one TD, the two turnovers don’t help either. In most leagues the yards and TD would have been a decent 18 points, but Carson only gave most owners 14-15 because of the INT and lost fumble. The Raiders could use some consistency at WR and at QB, but are still a struggling team that will likely be playing from behind quite a bit. I think Palmer is worth having as a top end QB2.
(SF) Frank Gore: 8 rush 36 yards, 4 catches 20 yards – The ‘49ers were down early to the Giants and never recovered, making the day even harder for Gore as he was only handed the ball 8 times. Gore has another Sit ‘em worthy match up next week against the Seahawks.
(WAS) Alfred Morris: 16 rush 47 yards, TD – Morris was only able to gain 47 yards in his 16 carries, but was handed the ball on the 1-yard line and cashed in, giving him a decent 10-point game. Morris continues to make the most of his opportunities and was able to have a 10-point fantasy outing even while RGIII ran for 100+ yards and a TD.
(STL) Steven Jackson: 12 rush 52 yards, 3 catches 28 yards – Jackson struggled once again as expected against the Dolphins, and it was backup Daryl Richardson who ended up with more yards on his 11 carries. Jackson still has the potential to break out, but could also put up many more games like this.
(GB) James Jones: 3 catches 33 yards, 2TD – Jones cashed in twice as Aaron Rodgers lit up the Texans for six TDs. I didn’t expect the Packers to be able to sore so evenly, even though it was a game they really needed to win considering their division standing going into it. It also looks like Jennings could be out again next week, but the matchup isn’t the greatest against St. Louis, but Jones just seems to know how to score.
(BAL) Anquan Boldin: 5 catches 98 yards – Boldin almost cracked 100 yards and didn’t struggle the way I expected him to. As mentioned before with Flacco, the Ravens lost some key members of their defense and could need to rely on their improving offence even more.
Breakouts / Pickups:
(DAL) Felix Jones – With Demarco Murray injured and possibly out a week or two, Felix Jones is the easy pick up for owners.
(CLE) Montario Hardesty – Trent Richardson was also banged up in the Browns first win and could also miss a week’s action, or be limited if he dos play. Hardesty had a pretty good game in week six and could have another one in an expanded workload in week seven.
(PIT) Isaac Redman – Mendenhall was a huge disappointment after leaving the Thursday night game against the Titans after just six carries, and he could be out again next week. If that’s the case, and Isaac Redman is good to go (it looks like he will be), then he could be a decent pickup if available.
(ARI) John Skelton – Kevin Kolb is confirmed to be out for a few weeks, so John Skelton could be worth a pickup for Bye Weeks and injuries or those who play in leagues with more than one QB starting.
(NYJ) Stephen Hill – Could see some more touchdowns catches in the future if the Jets have to play from behind. Saw less targets than Kerley, but was able to catch them all and score a TD.