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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(TB) Josh Freeman: 24/42 420 yards, 3TD – Freeman had an excellent game over the weekend, throwing a few TDs early to get the bucks off to a lead. Even though the Buccs then proceeded to let the Saints score touchdowns at will, Freeman was almost as good as Brees, finishing with over 400 yards with 3 scores. Freeman also has a good matchup this coming Thursday night against the Vikings, who have a good rush defense, forcing teams to throw.
(TEN) Matt Hasselbeck: 22/33 205, TD – The Titans were able to put up a bunch of points on the Bills, unfortunately though the first 4 touchdowns were all via running backs (2 for CJ and 2 for Harper). Hasselbeck did throw a touchdown in the 4th quarter that won the Titans the game however, and getting him up to 12 fantasy points.
(DAL) Felix Jones: 15 rush 44 yards, 5 catches 30 yards – A pretty disappointing result from Felix, considering the juicy matchup against the Panthers. Jones only amassed 74 total yards on the day. One of the biggest reasons was that backup RB Tanner got 13 carries for an even worse 30 yards. Hey Cowboys, just give Felix the full workload. Felix is still useful as a flex play or possible RB2 if Murray is still out in coming weeks.
(CLE) Montario Hardesty: 7 rush 28 yards – Unfortunately Trent Richardson was able to get the start, though he did leave the game once again, some say he was benched, but more likely it was because he re-aggravated his rib injury. In his absence, Hardesty was only given seven carries for a measly 28 yards.
(STL) Darryl Richardson: 8 rush 36 yards, 3 catches 43 yards – I should have just suggested Steven Jackson, since he was having such a bad season and ended up rushing for 50+ yards and a touchdown against the Packers. Darryl Richardson was able to put up some decent numbers however as the backup; Richardson ran the ball 8 times for 36 yards, while also adding 43 more on three catches for 79 total yards.
(TB) Mike Williams: 4 catches 36 yards – Vincent just did not want to share on Sunday, catching 7 balls for 216 yards and a touchdown, while Williams had only 4 catches for 36 yards. With Freeman throwing for 420 yards I would have thought for sure Williams would snag at least 70 of them, very disappointing.
(NYJ) Stephen Hill: 4 catches 55 yards – It was a toss up between Kerley and Hill, and I made the wrong decision by suggesting Hill, when it would be Kerley who would finish with 120 yards receiving. I think both Kerley and Hill are going to have weeks where they are valuable, such as next week against the Dolphins, who have a much softer secondary than rush defense.
(STL) Brandon Gibson: 5 catches 60 yards – Man I am not getting much love from my picks this week, Bigson, despite leadin the team with 5 catches, only finished with 60 yards on the game.
(TEN) Jared Cook: 2 catches 37 yards – The Titans had such as easy time running the ball against the Bills that Hasselbeck did not need to throw the ball much, leaving Cook with only 37 yards. Rookie Chris Givens however had only 3 catches but went for 73 yards while second year WR Austin Pettis caught a touchdown. Gibson does seem to be Bradford most looked at target, but might not be consistent enough to earn a spot on your roster.
(HOU) Matt Schaub: 23/37 256 yards, 2TD – Schaub put up the type of numbers I was hoping from Hasselbeck in week seven. The Texans embarrassed Joe Flacco and the Ravens, putting up 43 points while only allowing 13. I figured the Texans would be able to beat the Ravens, I just thought it would be a bit tougher and involve more Arian Foster, even though Foster did had 98 yards and 2 TDs, he did not crack 20 carries.
(MIN) Christian Ponder: 8/17 58 yards, TD, 2INT – Ponder had a very rough game against the Cardinals, despite his teams rather easy 21-14 win. This game was all Adrian Peterson, who broke out of his streak of no TDs by rushing the ball 23 times for 153 yards and a touchdown. Peterson gets the Buccs on Thursday night now, a team who struggles against the pass, but should also struggle against an elite RB like AP.
(SEA) Marshawn Lynch: 19 rush 103 yards, 1 catch 13 yards – Was able to crack 100 yards against the ‘49ers yet again, but was unable to score this time around. Still though, a pretty good showing against a stellar rush defense. Lynch should be able to crack 100 yards once again in week eight against the Lions.
(DET) Mikel Leshoure: 12 rush 63 yards, 6 catch 20 yards – Leshoure had a good 5.3 yards per carry average with 63 yards on his 12 carries for the game, but since the Lions were down early and often, did not get enough work to warrant a very good fantasy outing. Leshoure had another nightmare matchup next week against the Seahawks.
(TB) LaGarrette Blount: 5 rush -2 yards – Blount was handed the ball three times in a row on the goal line and could not score, finishing the day with -2 yards, ouch.
(NE) Brandon Lloyd: 1 catches 6 yards – This game was much harder for the Patriots than I expected, but they still got the job done in OT for a 3-poont win. Despite being in tough against the Jets for most of the game, Brady only connected with Brandon Lloyd once for six yards, Lloyd also missed out on some tougher catches that would have greatly improved his fantasy day.
(CAR) Steve Smith: 7 catches 83 yards – a bunch of catches, and a pretty decent 83 yards, but once again Steve has failed to catch a TD, giving him 0 on the season, and also failed to break 100 yards once again, something he hasn’t done since weeks 1&2.
(OAK) Denarius Moore: 4 catches 36 yards, TD – A third quarter TD catch from Carson Palmer saved Moore from having a terrible outing in what was a rough game for the Raiders. The Raiders went down big early and had to throw to catch up, allowing Moore to get his TD, while Heyward-Bey had 85 yards on his 4 caches, and TE Brandon Myers continues to catch everything thrown his way, with 7 catches for 55 yards. The Raiders WRs have good matchup in week eight against the Kansas City Chiefs.