Week 8 story lines

Here are the story lines I’ll be following this week in the NFL for fantasy

San Diego (5-2) at Denver (5-1)

Can Branden Oliver run on a very tough run defense?
Can Bronco killer Keenan Allen do anything special against likely top corner Aqib Talib?

Can Ronnie Hillman keep it up and further distance himself from Montee Ball?

Detroit (5-2) at Atlanta (2-5)

Can the crumbling Falcon OL hold up against a nasty front seven or will the pressure from the matchup cause their offense to unravel?
Does Julio Jones step up and take on more of the weight of the offense as he’s been talking about this week?

How do the Lions play on offense if not Calvin and with all their TEs banged up?
Does Reggie Bush play and if so do they lean heavily on him and Joquie Bell (as they should)?

Seattle (3-3) at Carolina (3-3-1)

Does Seattle finally get Marshawn Lynch going against what has been a very disappointing Panther defense that is struggling up front and on the back end?
Should we be concerned with the loss of Seattle’s FB with backup RB Robert Turbin taking over those duties?
Can Doug Baldwin continue to emerge as the go-to guy in an offense that typically doesn’t have one […]

Week 7 story lines

Here are all the story lines I’m following for fantasy in Week Seven.

 N.Y. Jets (1-5) at New England (4-2) 

Who will carry the load at RB for the Patriots? You’d have to think this week it will be Brandon Bolden, since James White is inactive and Jonas Gray was just signed off the practice squad today and is active.
Can Bandon LaFell keep it up and emerge as a reliable force or will someone like Brian Tyms muddy the waters?
Will Tim Wright remain a factor playing essentially the Aaron Hernandez role?
Will Rex Ryan handle a shaky Patriot offense or are they truly back with Rob Gronkowski beasting again?

With Darrelle Revis likely on Eric Decker, can someone else like Jace Amaro or Jeremy Kerley step up?
Can the Jets pound the rock with Chris Ivory and keep in the game?
If Chris Johnson retired, would anyone notice?

Atlanta (2-4) at Baltimore (4-2)

Can the struggling Falcon offense survive on the road against a surging Raven defense?
Can Roddy White actually start producing?
Can Antone Smith actually bust off a big play yet again against a very good defense and run defense?

Does Bernard Pierce continue to climb back up the depth chart? There’s room for two productive backs most weeks […]

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 […]

About John Hansen

John Hansen

Specializing in football, Hansen is one of the most connected fantasy writers in the country.

About the author

RSS Staff Commentary

  • Fantasy Kickers and the New Extra-Point Rule May 20, 2015
    The long-rumored and predicted rule change in the NFL passed at the owners’ meetings this week – extra points are officially moving from the two-yard line to the 15, changing them from the near-automatic equivalent of a 19-yard field goal to a 33-yard kick. If a team wants to attempt a two-point conversion, the ball […]
    Joe Dolan
  • MFL10 Review: May 15, 2015 May 15, 2015
    I recently finished up a #MFL10 draft that I put together with some of my followers on Twitter, a practice that Tom Brolley, Matt Camp, and I will be continuing throughout the summer with our friends at MyFantasyLeague. It’s a great way to scratch your fantasy itch early, and to shake off some rust and […]
    Joe Dolan
  • The LeSean McCoy Trade, RB Declines, and Chip Kelly March 4, 2015
    If you’re a 24/7/365 football nut, chances are you’ve already digested just about all you can about yesterday’s blockbuster LeSean McCoy/Kiko Alonso trade between the Eagles and Bills. I’ve gone on record on Twitter saying I don’t like the deal for Buffalo – McCoy is an eight-figure back coming off a down year, still a […]
    Joe Dolan