Recapping the Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em suggestions that I made for week six (6) of the 2013 Fantasy Football season.
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(WAS) QB Robert Griffin III vs. (DAL): 19/39 246 yards INT, 9 rush 77 yards – Things continue to look bad for Griffin owners as he was only able to put up 12 fantasy points against a Cowboys team that allowed 51 points against them the week before. Griffin hit on less than 50% of his pass attempts in the loss and failed to throw for a touchdown. Griffin was outperformed by the likes of Mike Glennon and Thad Lewis. Despite his struggles Griffin does have some nice matchups upcoming, especially in his division.
(OAK) QB Terrelle Pryor vs. (KC): 16/34 216 yards TD, 3INT, 6 rush 60 yards – Pryor was alright for fantasy owners in the first half of the game, throwing his only touchdown pass of the game and keeping the Raiders close, but in the end the Chiefs defence was too overwhelming. Pryor would end up sacked 10 times in the game and threw three interceptions as the Chiefs defence settled in and took control of the game. I still like Pryor as a fantasy quarterback but was unable to overcome a swarming Chiefs defence that looks like one of the best in the league.
(PIT) RB LeVeon Bell vs. (NYJ): 16 rush 34 yards, 3 catch 22 yards – Despite having a lead for most of the game and getting a decent number of carries, Bell was unable to have any success against the Jets stiff run defence. The game played out the way I figured it might, but counted on Bell getting potentially getting more than 20 carries in a comfortable win, which he did not, and have at least some success given the workload (which he did not). Given how ugly the running back landscape becomes during the course of an NFL season I still like Bell as a RB2 for most upcoming matchups.
(CIN) RB Giovani Bernard vs. (BUF): 15 rush 36 yards, 6 catch 72 yards TD – While he wasn’t able to do a whole lot in the running game despite getting 15 carries, Bernard had a spectacular 20-yard catch and run that he took to the end zone. Due to his 6 catches for 72 yards in the game Bernard ended up with over 100 total yards to go with his score. The Bengals are still giving BenJarvus Green-Ellis a healthy amount of carries but it is Bernard who is going to take over this running game eventually, or at least he should.
(HOU) RB Ben Tate vs. (STL): 10 rush 12 yards TD, 3 catch 16 yards – The Houston Texans were dominated by the Rams on Sunday, to the surprise of the most of the NFL world. In the embarrassing loss, Arian Foster led the way with a great game of 20 carries for 141 yards, but Tate was unable to duplicate the success. Tate averaged 1.2 yards per carry with his 10 touches, but was able to provide some help to fantasy owners as he cashed in on a goal line carry. With the Texans struggling, it is hard to predict how effective Tate will be. I would hold on to him though as their current QB troubles could mean even more RB use.
(SD) WR Keenan Allen vs. (IND): 9 catch 107 yards TD – Allen was all over the place on Monday night as the Chargers controlled the ball for the majority of the game due to multiple long drives. Allen was targeted early and often with 12 total balls, reeling in nine of them including a 22-yard pass for the first touchdown of the game and a Chargers lead that was never relinquished. I really like what I am seeing from Keenan Allen and am growing more and more positive that he is going to be weekly contributor to whichever fantasy team is lucky enough to have grabbed him off waivers.
(CAR) TE Greg Olsen vs. (MIN): 2 catch 19 yards – I guess the missed practice through the week was more of a big deal than I thought as Olsen followed up his 79-yard game with this 19-yard dud on four total targets. Olsen has also not been in practice this week so far and has been seen in a walking boot. If Olsen is your weekly starter at TE make sure you keep tabs on this guy over the next few days.
(ARI) QB Carson Palmer vs. (SF): 25/41 298 yards 2TD, 2INT – This is the kind of stat line that you are going to get from Carson Palmer more often than not. 35 or more passes with a touchdown or two as well as a couple interceptions. The Arizona O-line does not give him much time to work with and outside of Larry Fitzgerald no other receiver on the team is trustworthy game in game out. Fortunately it seems that Palmer has realized that he needs to force the ball to Fitzgerald, targeting him 12 times in the game.
(NYJ) QB Geno Smith vs. (PIT): 19/34 201 yards 2INT, 3 rush 8 yards – Smith has a very rough time against the Steelers defence on Sunday, throwing for barely 200 yards and a pair of interceptions while accounting for no touchdowns and only rushing for 8 yards.
(JAC) RB Maurice Jones-Drew vs. (DEN): 21 rush 71 yards TD, 2 catch 3 yards – Jones-Drew had his best game of the season so far with 71 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos. To everyone’s surprise the Jaguars were still in the game as late as the third quarter against the Broncos before losing by 16 points. Next week will be a big test for Jones-Drew as the matchup is tough on paper against the Chargers who are yet to allow a rushing touchdown, but still a game he should get plenty of opportunities in.
(TEN) RB Chris Johnson vs. (SEA): 12 rush 33 yards 3 catch 21 yards – This result is absolutely no surprise, Johnson being held to 54 total yards against the mighty Seahawks defence. Unfortunately Johnson has another pretty tough matchup next week against the ‘49ers, but following the Titans week eight bye, he has a pretty enticing schedule. Match ups against the JaguarsX2, ColtsX2, Raiders and Cardinals.
(GB) RB Eddie Lacy vs. (BAL): 23 rush 120 yards, 1 catch 5 yards – Lacy received 23 carries for the second week in a row and was able to run for an even better average than against the Lions. The Packers suffered multiple injuries as the WR position this past weekend and are starting to look like a team with a real run game. If you have Lacy you should be able to start him with confidence going forward and he should be grabbed off of pretty much every single waiver wire he is still on.
(NE) Julian Edelman vs. (NO): 5 catch 57 yards – Lukcily for me an my list Edelman did not have a great game with only 57 yards on five catches, but he still led the team in targets. Danny Amendola who struggles to get through one full football game was crushed by a Saint defender on Sunday and was removed from the game after going out cold from the hit. Again now Amendola is unlikely to play in the Patriots next game which mean Edelman goes right back to having the same role he had for the last few weeks that Amendola missed.
(STL) WR Tavon Austin vs. (HOU): 1 catch 3 yards – Austin is looking like a cuttable player the last few weeks, headlines by a one-target, one-catch day in the Rams dominating win over the Texans. Another scary stat is that Austin is seeing less overall snaps in each game. Austin’s targets per game in order are 12, 7, 8, 6 and now 1. I know that I dropped him in a league a few weeks ago for Terrence Williams and in another one this past weekend for Keenan Allen.