I won my game last week with good performances from most of my players, and because I benched RB C.J. Spiller, who is permanently on my bench. It looks like RB Clinton Portis, expected to be my flex starter, is now my #2 RB, and I will have to roll with more WRs than I’d like. I’m glad I picked up Mark Clayton, who was THE WR pickup of the week last week according to me, since he’s probably now a weekly starter for me. Since I’m hurting a little at RB with mediocre (for now) depth options like Willis McGahee and Chester Taylor (plus Spiller), I stashed-and-hoped with RB Anthony Dixon, who would be money for me if Frankie Gore got hurt. Garrett Hartley came through for me, so he’s my guy, and I’m giving the Raider defense another try, since I think QB Derek Anderson stinks.
Here’s my lineup for Week Three:
QB Tom Brady, NE QB
RB Adrian Peterson, Min RB
RB Clinton Portis, Was RB
RB/WR Mark Clayton, StL WR
WR Greg Jennings, GB WR
WR Jeremy Maclin, Phi WR
WR Malcom Floyd, SD WR
TE Jermichael Finley, GB TE
D/ST Raiders D/ST, Oak D/ST
K Garrett Hartley, NO K
While everyone has different needs/interests, if you don’t have Michael Turner (who practiced today) and need a RB this week, it’s looking like Mike Tolbert’s going to have a large role this week, if not start. Tolbert’s a guy we covered extensively this preseason for a reason: he’s pretty darn good. We like him as a top-15 RB this week if Mathews is ruled out, as it appears he will be.
As for Jason Snelling, I loved what we saw from him last week, and we think he’ll have value all year with Jerious Norwood out. But if you’re looking for the short-term (this week), or if you have Ryan Mathews, Mike Tolbert needs to be picked up if he’s somehow still out there or if your league hasn’t run waivers this week yet.
If anyone is looking for a defensive team this weekend, note that the Oakland Raider D is looking strong tomorrow at home in the Black Hole against the Rams and rookie QB Sam Bradford. I picked them up and dropped the Chicago defense, so I will be starting:
Clinton Portis – Skins want to run it against Houston
Mike Williams, TB – Flex
This year I am going to track one of my fantasy teams on the blog and it will be the one from the draft I posted here a couple of weeks ago for Buffalo Wild Wings. If I win, I get a trip to the Super Bowl and I can play in a flag football game with Jerry Rice.
But I’m off to an 0-1 start.
I’m not panicking after Week One, but it’s typical of fantasy football for a team with Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Greg Jennings, and Jermichael Finley lose Week One. I even got a TD from Jeremy Maclin this week, and I was lucky to get that, yet it still wasn’t enough. The biggest problem was rookie C.J. Spiller, who I likely reached on in the 5th round of this draft. He’ll be on my bench for now, and I’ve moved Buc WR Mike Williams into my starting lineup. I did not start Mohamed Massaquoi, who scored.
So for this week, I’m looking at winning with this team:
QB: Tom Brady
RB: Adrian Peterson
RB: Clinton Portis
Flex: Mike Williams (TB)
WR: Greg Jennings
WR: Jeremy Maclin
WR: Malcom Floyd
TE: Jermichael Finley
PK: Garrett Harley (I’m watching you, man)
DT: Chicago Bears
I definitely have a RB issue with [...]
Last year at this exact time I told people here to pick up WR Mike Sims-Walker and I think I have the 2010 version of Sims-Walker in my back pocket.
Believe it or not, I think it is Seattle WR Mike Williams.
We’ve been on Williams all along, and although it was fair to be skeptical, I think we should have pushed him a little more than we did. But for most of you, it’s not too late, so I’d grab him now if I could. I can’t, because I missed the initial WW period in every single one of my league – working too much – and he’s gone in all of them, which is typical for an expert league.
I have to say, I really have a feeling Williams will surprise this year. He’s certainly not a stud, but neither is Sims-Walker, and while the Seahawks have other receivers, unlike the Jags last year, I think Williams is looking like a real key here, like MSW for the Jags last year, and that’s a point that our Greg Cosell agreed with in today’s Matchup Podcast. I felt Williams was running really well (for him) in the preseason, and while Greg was [...]