Here’s a look at my Week Four reaches:
J.T. O’Sullivan at New Orleans – He has great timing down with his receivers and he faces a shaky Saint secondary.
Jake Delhomme vs. Atlanta – He faces a shaky Falcon secondary which really hasn’t been tested yet.
Selvin Young at Kansas City – You can’t ask for a better matchup and Young is running quite well. He should get plenty of carries as the game progresses.
Chris Perry vs. Cleveland – He’s running well and Perry faces one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Start Perry as your #3 RB.
Lance Moore vs. San Francisco – The 49ers have an average secondary and with Jeremy Shockey out, they’ll need Moore to provide a badly needed possession role. He makes for a solid #3 WR this week in a PPR league.
Robert Meachem vs. San Francisco – He has already proven that he can get deep. He should see more playing time than usual this week based on the injuries they have at the position. Not a bad #3 WR/flex option.
Isaac Bruce at New Orleans – He can still run well and he’s in synch with his QB and he faces a shaky Saint [...]
Last week’s reaches did pretty well so I’ll try it again:
J.T. O’Sullivan vs. Detroit – The game is at home against one of the worst defenses in the NFL. I have to think JTO will throw for two TDs in this game and for well over 200 yards.
Jon Kitna at San Francisco – It could get ugly at times for him with some INTs, but he’s a good bet to throw at least two TDs and for well over 200 yards against a suspect 49er secondary.
Julius Jones vs. St. Louis – He may have been a dog last year but it’s all about matchups and Jones has a great one again this week.
Sammy Morris vs. Miami – Even if Laurence Maroney plays, they should be up big in this game in the second half so Morris should be at least a solid #3 RB this week.
Fred Taylor at Indianapolis – He’s been quiet so far but the only thing the Jags can really do against the Colts is run the ball.
LenDale White vs. Houston – Have to think he’ll be heavily involved again when they get a lead. White should be a solid #3 RB this week.
Amani Toomer [...]
We know many subscribers are always looking not just toward this season but for future seasons.
With that in mind, here’s a short list of the players to keep an eye on who could start in 2009 and beyond that are under the radar a bit
Kevin Kolb/Philadelphia (Dynasty) – Donovan McNabb looks great but if he gets hurt again, Kolb could be the guy in 2009.
Chad Henne/Miami (Dynasty) – He has a really strong arm and has good ability. He should start by 2010.
Derrick Ward/New York Giants (Dynasty) – Keep in mind he’s on a one-year deal and he won’t start with the Giants so he could be the starter somewhere else in 2009. He’s a powerback that could carry the rushing load for another team.
Tim Hightower/Arizona (Dynasty/Keeper) – I was on him actually on the post-draft podcast we had but I will admit I didn’t think he would be a factor this quickly. His OC Todd Haley said Hightower reminds him of Marion Barber who Haley coached a few years back with Dallas. Not only do I agree with that, I think he has more speed. Get Hightower now if you’re in a dynasty or keeper league.
Leon Washington/New York [...]
Many of us will have to find replacements for the players from the Baltimore-Houston game so you’ll have to find some other alternatives.
Here’s a short list of one-week reaches that could be decent replacements.
Jake Delhomme vs. Chicago – Hey, he did well without Steve Smith last week. I’m starting him in a league since Matt Schaub is off this week.
Kerry Collins vs. Cincinnati – You can count on them going deep a few times so Collins should throw for at least a score and over 200 yards.
Derrick Ward vs. St. Louis – The Ram defense is garbage and Ward should see plenty of time in garbage time so he could wind up being a solid flex/#3 RB this week.
Brandon Jackson vs. Detroit – Assuming he gets cleared to play, Jackson could see a lot of PT in the fourth quarter when the game could be out of reach or Ryan Grant could be given a rest to make sure he doesn’t have a setback with his injured hamstring.
Tim Hightower vs. Miami – He already is in a two-man rotation and he gets goal-line carries. He’s not a bad flex reach this week since the game could be out of [...]
Here are some random thoughts as I look back at the first 14 games:
- There are some train wreck offenses, St. Louis, Washington, and Cincinnati come to mind.
- We knew the Atlanta defense could be your get-well defense for fantasy owners. Add Detroit’s.
- It’s hard to tell how well Michael Turner will do this season since he should be a on a bad team but as we told you many times, they are a power rushing team so he’s going to get the ball plenty. He’s off to a great start and is carrying over his fine play from the preseason.
- Calvin Johnson is ready for a breakout season. Sure the Falcon secondary is weak but he moves so well despite being as big as he is.
- Jacksonville lost both starting guards to injury so we have to see what they do to get by.
- You’ll be thanking us for Chris Johnson at some point–he’s that good. It’s only one game but he carried over his great play from training camp and the preseason. He runs with surprisingly good vision for a rookie and no back has better speed than him.
- We’ll see if Jericho Cotchery can continue what we saw against a [...]
Saturday was my first foray in RotoBowl and it didn’t quite go as planned.
Here’s a look at my draft and what I was thinking on each pick.
Frank Gore: I had the fifth pick. It came down to the upside of Gore or the safety of Marion Barber. I chose the upside with Gore in perhaps the best offensive scheme in the NFL where the backs put up huge numbers.
Tom Brady: Those footballinjuries.com subscribers who have followed my drafting habits over the years know that I rarely take a QB before the fifth round. This pick came down to Marques Colston or Brady. I knew neither play would be there for me in the next round. I had targeted Braylon Edwards who went right before me. I just couldn’t get around what Brady did last year. But I also looked ahead, as I always do, to see who might be there for me with the next pick. You have to always plan out what might happen if you take a player here. The plan would be to go with Brandon Marshall or Steve Smith or even Santonio Holmes in the next round.
Santonio Holmes: Interestingly, Marshall went off the board [...]
Here are some quick thoughts in regard to this week’s matchups:
- First of all, be sure to listen to the podcast we did with Greg Cosell on Tuesday. If you’ve never heard him before, you’ll learn something every time you hear him break down matchups.
- On Detroit, how could Jon Kitna not throw two TDs this game against two young Falcon CBs?
- I’m very interested to see how the Eagles use DeSean Jackson this week. It could be telling.
- I think Dallas will easily score over 30 on the revamped Brown defense. Don’t be surprised if Terrell Owens scores twice on the young Brown CBs.
- The Redskin offense is a work in progress and it could get ugly Thursday morning. If you plan on watching the game, hide the family if you’re a Redskin fan.
- We’re interested in seeing how Matt Forte does Sunday night against an average Colt run defense. Forte is the most versatile back out of the 2008 draft. Think a younger Dorsey Levens with a little better speed.
- It could get ugly for the Seahawk passing game on Sunday. We do want to see how they use the RBs. How could Maurice Morris not deserve to [...]