Let’s start out the Monday night roundup with a big congratulations to the Detroit Lions who improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1956. In case you are not a regular reader or listener to the Fantasy Alarm website or our SiriusXM show, first of all welcome. We hope you enjoy what you’re reading, listening or potentially even masturbating to. Hey, it takes all kinds people and this is a judge free zone. If you are sitting there thinking about the Lions 5-0 start and wondering, who would have saw this coming? Allow me to refer you to our preseason NFL & Fantasy predictions made right here on Fantasy Alarm. There was at least one NFL expert who believe the Lions were Super Bowl bound before they even stepped foot on the field in 2011. Keep reading to find out who that was and for all of the latest fantasy football information.
THE Detroit Lions
So I teased you a big with the open and obviously that one person who knew the Lions were going to be THIS good was yours truly. In fact, here are my entire 2011 Fantasy & NFL Predictions that I made in mid-August and published just before the start of the 2011 NFL season. Not too shabby so far for a fart joke telling blogger, huh?
Odds & Ends
Peyton Manning isn’t coming back folks. If you are one of those people still holding out hope, please save yourself further embarrassment and cut him. Unless you are in a dynasty or keeper league, he has no value on your team whatsoever this year even if he did make an amazing recovery by week 11.
Bills WR Donald Jones will miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain against the Eagles on Sunday. Jones was having himself a productive season especially in PPR leagues but is probably worth dropping at this point. Naaman Roosevelt will take Jones’ place on the outside and may be worth adding to your team as a bye week replacement.
The Chargers are on a bye next week and it comes at a perfect time since both Ryan Matthews and Mike Tolbert left week 5 with injuries. Matthews has a calf strain and a wrist injury that might have kept him out of week 6 if the team wasn’t on bye. Tolbert suffered a concussion early in the game and will have to pass baseline tests before he returns to action. Both RB’s should be good to go by the time the Chargers kickoff in week 7.
How To Rebuild Your Struggling Team
If you’re 0-5, 1-4 or even 2-3 and are in need of a comeback the time to start that climb is now. Now that the bye weeks are upon us, this is where the teams that have a great starting lineup usually start to falter and come back down to earth. To get your underperforming squad back in it, here are some tips and tricks to utilize:
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If QB is your weakness, the best place to get an upgrade is through a trade. Identify which team in your league took Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cam Newton, Matt Hasselbeck or Mark Sanchez as a backup and try to get one of them on the cheap. Sam Bradford is another option you could pick up on the cheap right now.
If your league doesn’t allow trades or nobody will swap with your sorry ass, the name you need to know in free agency is Tim Tebow. He will get a long look coming up soon. Other names of interest are Dennis Dixon, Colin Kaepernick and Vince Young.
If RB’s are your problem you are going to need to address this via free agency and have patience. Best thing to do is trim the fat of your roster and acquire any and all free agent backups that have some sort of upside. Guys like Montario Hardesty, Bernard Scott, Marion Barber, Michael Bush, Deji Karim, Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown. Other potential upside plays right now include Knowshon Moreno, Keiland Williams, Roy Helu, DeAngelo Williams, Ben Tate and Pierre Thomas. If you’re looking at severe long shots only in deeper leagues consider Taiwan Jones, Joe McKnight, Jackie Battle, LeRon McClain, Armond Smith or Alex Green.
If WR’s are your issue, consider players that are in a new offense that has been slow to start or teams that are changing QB’s. Receivers in this situation include Brandon Gibson, Mike Sims-Walker, Darrius Heyward Bey, Jacoby Ford, Chad Ochocinco, Golden Tate, Anthony Armstrong, Devin Aromoshodu, Roy Williams, Johnny Knox and Brandon Lloyd. Other interesting pickups are guys returning from injury or guys filling in for injured stars such as Jacoby Jones, Patrick Crayton, Damian Williams, Demaryius Thomas, Lee Evans, Michael Crabtree and Chaz Schilens. Of course in PPR leagues you can plug a hole by grabbing the under the radar reception guys like Austin Pettis, Dane Sanzenbacher, Derrick Mason, Antonio Brown and Jason Avant.
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