Recapping the Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em suggestions that I made for week seven (7) of the 2013 Fantasy Football season.
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(PHI) QB Nick Foles vs. (DAL): 11/29 80 yards, 3 rush 25 yards – Foles was knocked out of the game at the end of the third quarter against the Cowboys, replaced by rookie Matt Barkley (who threw three INTs in the fourth). The injury though is not why Foles didn’t put up much fantasy value; it was because he played awful. Foles attempted 29 passes while completing just 11 of them. It was a surprisingly defensive game between these two offensive minded teams. Michael Vick will take over again in week eight for the Eagles.
(CHI) QB Jay Cutler vs. (WAS): 3/8 28 yards INT – Out for what is being reported as at least four week with a groin injury, Cutler is set to be replaced by Josh McCown in the Bears offence until he can return (luckily the Bears have a bye in week nine). While McCown did look pretty good in place of Cutler, it was against the lowly Washington defence and should be a tougher go around against the Packers this coming Monday night.
(CAR) RB DeAngelo Williams vs. (STL): 15 rush 40 yards, 1 catch 19 yards – Williams had his least effective game of the season on Sunday against the Rams, gaining just 59 total yards on 16 touches. Mike Tolbert received 13 carries behind Williams and also scored his third touchdown of the season while Williams is yet to find pay dirt. Williams has a questionable matchup this coming weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneer run stoppers.
(SD) RB Ryan Mathews vs. (JAC): 21 rush 110 yards TD – For the second straight week Chargers RB Mathews had over 20 carries and for the second week in a row ran for over 100 yards, this time adding a touchdown. While he is not having an impact in the receiving game (Danny Woodhead territory) he is starting to prove that he can handle a full workload and can be productive when given one. With the overall RB landscape so ugly at the moment, Mathews is currently looking like a high end RB2. He is on bye this weekend but gets Washington in week nine.
(CHI) WR Alshon Jeffery vs. (WAS): 4 catch 105 yards – Despite losing Jay Cutler as his quarterback in the second quarter and having Josh McCown take over, Jeffery was still able to have himself a 100-yard game. While Brandon Marshall led the team in targets and catches, Jeffery was still the team’s leading receiver averaging 26.3 yards per catch. However, Jeffery and McCown were aided by the fact they were playing against a very bad Washington defence; starting Alshon against Green Bay in week nine will not be a guarantee.
(ATL) WR Harry Douglas vs. (TB): 7 catch 149 yards TD – While I was not surprised that Douglas had a good game (he’s on my damn Start ’Em List) but I did not think he would be so efficient. Douglas was targeted seven times in the game, catching all seven of them for 149 yards, including a 54-yard catch and a 37-yard touchdown pass. Harry should be a WR2/WR3 worthy for the next few weeks as Julio Jones and Roddy White work their way back to the field.
(GB) WR Jarrett Boykin vs. (CLE): 8 catch 103 yards TD – Boykin came on strong for the Packers once TE Jermichael Finley was taken out of the game due to another concussion, one that kept him in the hospital for multiple days. With Cobb and Jones out to start the game and Finley taken out during the game, Boykin is cashing in on an opportunity, one that he should continue to have until some of these guys come back. Jones is the only one being rumored to be ready for week nine as Cobb is still a few weeks away and Finley may never play football again.
(TB) TE Tim Wright vs. (ATL): 2 catch 15 yards – Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon threw the football 44 times in the teams loss to the Falcons; 22 of them were to Vincent Jackson. Glennon threw exactly half of his 44 passes attempts to Jackson while eight other players shared the other 22 targets. To be honest I hope Glennon keeps playing this way, forcing the ball to his best players and letting me feel safe in sitting anyone else on the roster. However, the loss of Doug Martin could mean the 0-6 team could be throwing even more in the coming weeks.
(ATL) QB Matt Ryan vs. (TB): 20/26 273 yards 3 TD, 3 rush -12 yards – Despite having no Julio Jones and no Roddy White, Matty Ice played with ice in his veins, having his first three touchdown game of the season. Harry Douglas came up big for Ryan while RB Jaquizz Rodgers caught a pair of short touchdown passes. Sitting him is going to be even harder of this effort, but Ryan has to face the Panther and Seahawk defences in his next two matchups.
(STL) QB Sam Bradford vs. (CAR): 21/30 255 yards TD, INT – Bradford was having an alright game with over 250 yards and a touchdown before suffering a season ending leg injury being tackled by the sidelines. Kellen Clemons was listed as the backup and replaced Bradford in the game, but it has been reported that the Rams have now signed Brady Quinn. Either way, this kills whatever fantasy value the slew of Rams receivers had.
(BAL) RB Ray Rice vs. (PIT): 15 rush 45 yards, 4 catch 27 yards – Rice struggled once again against the rival Steelers, gaining only 72 total yards on the game. After the game he spoke about feeling much better and the Ravens will be on the bye in week eight. Now might be the time to buy low on Rice as he is probable to be an improved player come week nine and further.
(JAC) RB Maurice Jones-Drew vs. (SD): 9 rush 37 yards, 2 catch 19 yards – The Jaguars looked absolutely awful against the Chargers on Sunday, a week after being impressive in covering a 28-point spread against the Broncos. The Jaguars failed to score a touchdown at home once again and are looking like one of the worst football teams I have ever seen. Jones-Drew only carried the ball 9 times in the loss, so his chances for a good fantasy effort were never really there. As someone who owns CJ Spiller and MJD in one league, I am going to need to be a waiver wire hound unless one of the two steps up sometime very soon.
(HOU) Andre Johnson vs. (KC): 4 catch 89 yards – This now marks the 15th game in a row that Johnson has failed to find the end zone. Another bad stats is that Johnson has only gone over 100 yards once this season. One positive sign was that Case Keenum looked pretty impressive and was not afraid to throw the ball. As Keenum gets more confident and Andre healthier, we could see an improvement in Johnson production.
(KC) WR Dwayne Bowe vs. (HOU): 5 catch 66 yards – As long Alex Smith is going refuse to throw the ball deep, I would not be scared to continue sitting Dwayne Bowe. Bowe only has two touchdowns on the season while his 66 yards against Houston is his highest yardage total of the season thus far. With Smith as QB the ceiling for Bowe is barely above his head.