Recapping the Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em suggestions that I made for week eight (8) of the 2013 Fantasy Football season.
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(PHI) QB Michael Vick vs. (NYG): 6/9 30 yards INT, 1 rush 1 yard – Despite getting the start, Vick was not healthy enough to continue during the second quarter where he was pulled for Matt Barkley. Nick Foles who suffered a concussion a little more than a week ago is said to be back at practice and is splitting the quarterback reps. It is looking like Foles will get the start next weekend when the Eagles visit an Oakland Raiders defence that is playing pretty well this year.
(ARI) QB Carson Palmer vs. (ATL): 13/18 172 yards 2TD, INT, 1 rush 9 yards – Some more yardage would have been nice from Palmer in the Cardinals stomping of the Falcons, but it was young running back Andre Ellington who did the majority of the heavy lifting for Arizona with 15 carries for 154 yards, almost as much as Palmer threw for. Ellington is bound to see more carries in the future, making Mendenhall a droppable player in most leagues. Palmer is on bye in week nine.
(GB) RB Eddie Lacy vs. (MIN): 29 rush 94 yards TD, 4 catch 18 yards – The Packers ran early and often against the Vikings, using Lacy to control possession and keep pressure off of Aaron Rodgers and his lack of wide receiver talent at the moment. Lacy is a MUST START in week nine as he is running great and gets the Bears struggling run defence. They also get the Eagles in week ten.
(PIT) RB Le’Veon Bell vs. (OAK): 13 rush 24 yards TD, 5 catch 27 yards – Although he ran the ball 13 times for just a 1.8 yards per carry average, Bell was able to salvage 10 fantasy points thanks to a goal-line touchdown very late in the 4th quarter and 27 receiving yards. Le’Veon hasn’t exactly been impressive, owning a 3.3 ypc average on the season, but he has still find the end zone in two of the four games he has played in this season and three total.
(NO) WR Marques Colston vs. (BUF): 3 catch 18 yards – Colston saw a team high six targets from Drew Brees, but was only able to catch half of the targets for a measly 18 yards. Colston might be best suited to be on your bench until he can break out of this slump. Some signs that don’t bode well for Colston are that 8 different players caught a pass from Brees on Sunday, with no one catching more than three balls except for Sproles. Kenny Stills who had a two-touchdown game in the win is hard to trust as well, but looks like he can have big weeks with few targets due to his big play ability.
(MIN) WR Greg Jennings vs. (GB): 1 catch 9 yards – What a bad game for the Vikings despite putting up 31 points in the game. The Packers dominated possession in this one, scoring on every single possession they ha besides when they knelt it out and left the Vikings with just 19 minutes of possession. As a result Adrian Peterson only received 13 carries and Christian Ponder only attempted 21 passes. No player was targeted more than 4 times by Ponder (TE Rudolph) while Jennings and everyone else got three targets. Jennings is going back onto my bench in the one league I started him in.
(DAL) WR Terrence Williams vs. (DET): 2 catch 64 yards TD – Williams is starting to look more and more likely a guy you can trust on a weekly basis. While he only had 2 catches on the game, one of them a 60-yard touchdown catch, he was still the most targeted Cowboy on the day. Williams saw ten targets to only six for Dez Bryant. With Bryant attracting so much attention from defenders, Williams is bound to keep getting opportunities to get open and have big plays. I have been starting Williams over Andre Johnson with much success recently.
(WAS) TE Jordan Reed vs. (DEN) 8 catch 90 yards – Things continue to look for Reed and those who own him (if he’s available grab him). Reed was targeted a team high 14 times by Robert Griffin, hauling in 9 of them for 90 yards. If Reed grabs a touchdown he is having a huge game for a tight end. Griffin has looked much better recently and has been looking Reed’s way more and more.
(SF) QB Colin Kaepernick vs. (JAC): 10/16 164 yards TD, 7 rush 54 yards 2TD – While he did it in a much different way, Kaepernick was able to cash in against the Jaguars like Russell Wilson did a few weeks ago. While he only threw the ball 16 times, Kaepernick was able to have a great game thanks to a pair of rushing scores. As I mentioned in my original write up, Kaepernick had the chance to chew up the Jags like Wilson did, but he could have a mellow game as the ‘49ers run the ball at will. While they did run the ball at will (Frank Gore also had two touchdowns), Colin was more involved than I thought he needed to be.
(OAK) QB Terrelle Pryor vs. (PIT): 10/19 88 yards 2INT, 9 rush 106 yards TD – This was a weird fantasy day for Pryor; he ran for 93 yards and a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage for 15 fantasy points. However, over the rest of the game he was unable to add a single fantasy point to his total. He would run for just 10 more yards and pass for 88 yards (4 points in standard leagues) while throwing a pair of interceptions (-4 points in standard leagues). Pryor is likely to get started again in quite a few leagues this week, as there are some quality quarterbacks on bye in week nine.
(BUF) RB C.J. Spiller vs. (NO): DNP – Spiller has a high ankle sprain and it is being said that he likely won’t play in week nine and has no certain timetable for when he will return.
(MIA) RB Lamar Miller vs. NE: 18 rush 89 yards, 3 catch 23 yards – 21 touches for Miller compared to ten for Daniel Thomas bodes well for Miller in the future. It would have been a very nice game for Miller if he had have been on the field for the 5-yard touchdown pass that ended up going to Daniel Thomas. Another good sign for Miller is that his 18 rush attempts in this game were more than his previous two games combined and a season high.
(BUF) WR Stevie Johnson vs. (NO) 7 catch 72 yards TD – Oy, after four weeks without a touchdown and less than 80 yards in his last three games, I didn’t expect a banged up Johnson to be able to do much against the Saints. But I was wrong and Stevie was targeted 11 times, hauling in seven of them for 72 yards and a touchdown. Johnson has missed a few practices this week and while he is likely to play, he is hard to trust and never has a huge game, often maxing out at about 15 fantasy points.
(CLE) TE Jordan Cameron vs. (KC) 4 catch 81 yards – Cameron was only targeted four times in this game but was able to catch all of them for 81 total yards, better than I was expecting. I like Cameron more in week nine against the Ravens.