Week 6 story lines

Here are the top stories I’ll be following this week in the NFL…

Indianapolis (3-2) at Houston (3-2)

Can the Colts maintain their high level of play with 2 starters on the OL out tonight?
Can Trent Richardson bounce back from a poor game last week against a tough Raven defense?
Can Dwayne Allen score yet again and remain a huge factor? He’s being moved all over the place and can do anything they ask, so this production should continue. Coby Fleener remains a one-trick pony.

Can the Texans actually get the ball to the TE this week? The way to beat Indy is to throw to the TE, and this is supposed to be a TE-friendly offense. If desperate, Garrett Graham might not be a horrible play?
Can Arian Foster keep it up and play well on a short week after last week’s large workload? We may see a little more of Alfred Blue this week with Foster coming off a heavy load on Sunday.
Does Andre Johnson play and do the strong Colt corners contain him if he does?
Can DeAndre Hopkins produce with a tougher matchup?

Pittsburgh (3-2) at Cleveland (2-2)

Can The Browns stop Le’Veon Bell, who went off against them earlier this year?
Can we get [...]

Week 5 story lines

Here are 88 story lines I’ll be following in Week 5 .

Minnesota (2-2) at Green Bay (2-2)

Will the Vikings continue to play like they did last week? It wasn’t a typical Norv Turner offense, more like Seattle’s with Russell Wilson. Teddy Bridgewater was smart about not exposing himself to hits, but he did get banged up in only one start and he might miss the game. How do they play with Christian Ponder if they do?
Will they continue to feature Matt Asiata with Jerick McKinnon as only an active complement? The answer for now is yes, but let’s see if we can count on McKinnon for 10+ touches each week.
If Jarius Wright going to be a weekly factor or will his role be week-to-week? If they’re running the offense like Seattle’s it’ll be week-to-week, but Wright clicked with Teddy and is a useful player.

Can Eddie Lacy get rolling? He continues to be forced to and/or mistakenly bouncing runs outside, but the Vikings can be run on with volume.
Is Richard Rodgers going to help this offense going forward or is this still more of a TEBC? They need that presence at TE and Rodgers is more of a playmaker than Andrew [...]

Week 4 story lines

Here are 66 stories to follow for Week 4 in the NFL

N.Y. Giants (1-2) at Washington (1-2)

Do the Giants come out throwing against a weak secondary, since it’s tough to run on the Redskins right now? I think they do, so I like Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, and I like Reuben Randle and Larry Donnell as sleepers. Eli will get 250 and 2 TDs tonight, one to Cruz and one to Randle.

Can Alfred Morris take advantage of the Giant defense without Jon Beason?
Can Kirk Cousins string together consecutive strong performances just four days apart?

Carolina (2-1) at Baltimore (2-1)

Can DeAngelo Williams grab carry the rushing load? If not, they’re in trouble because they have nothing else in terms of a healthy back others than Tauren Poole, who was just signed this week.
Does Cam Newton start running? If not, he’s just a guy for fantasy, but it might take another few weeks before he’s ready to run on designed runs.
Will the Panthers sell out to slow down Steve Smith, or will he wreak havoc on them? I think both things may happen this week.

Bernard Pierce is expected to get the first crack at the starting job, but his margin for error is [...]

Week 3 story lines

There are plenty of story lines in the NFL right now, and here’s a quick list of the top ones I’m following in Week 3…

Tampa Bay (0-2) at Atlanta (1-1)

The continued emergence of Bobby Rainey, who the coaches really like and who looks to carry the mail this week. Even if Doug Martin returns, Martin could actually handle the Mike James role behind Rainey. Rainey’s been great at times, and bad at other times, but he’s looking good this year.
Can Josh McCown settle down with better protection and get the ball to his two huge receivers? If McCown doesn’t shape up soon, we could be looking at Mike Glennon in the near future.
Is Brandon Myers a guy who can be picked up and used in deeper PPR leagues? He might just be until rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins is ready.

Will Roddy White play, and if he does will he be effective or might he be used as a decoy, as he was at times last year?
Does anyone in the Falcon backfield separate himself or even get a legit chance to?

San Diego (1-1) at Buffalo (2-0)

How do the Chargers split up the touches between Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown? Woodhead is great in [...]

Week 2 story lines

New this season and starting this week, I am going to try to lay out the top storylines that I’ll be following for fantasy for each upcoming week. While I’m covering these storylines, I’ll also try to include some fantasy tips and tidbits. I’ll probably place these in my weekly strategy article, but I’ll also put it up on the blog.

I have 82 story lines for Week 2, so let’s get to it.

Pittsburgh (1-0) at Baltimore (0-1)

Can Markus Wheaton build on the momentum he created in Week 1? He looks very good and jumped off the page a bit, so if so, that would be a great sign.
Will the Steelers game plan to get Heath Miller the ball more?
Can Le’Veon Bell, who looked fantastic last week, run well against another good defense? If so, there’s no reason to give Leg Blount meaningful carries.

Who carries the load for the Raven running game, or is it a full-fledged RBBC? Gary Kubiak would like one guy, but if Bernard Pierce isn’t effective and/or fumbles, Justin Forsett deserves a lot of opportunities. Can Forsett essentially be what we expected Ray Rice to be? They are similar players, but Rice is bigger and more powerful [...]

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