It’s Halloween weekend Fantasy Alarm Freaks and we have plenty of tricks and treats for your fantasy matchups. Tonight we discuss a couple of turnover prone quarterbacks and their forecast going forward, running backs across the league, the run of a touchdown machine on the yet-to-be-frozen tundra, and how one of the league’s best tight ends laid a goose egg. We continue to deal with bye weeks and lineup decisions, so how can you win your fantasy matchups this week? It’s Hallamentary!
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Is Philip Rivers useless? I get more and more questions from emailers and tweeters about how can they make a trade or pickup someone in order to get out from under having Rivers as their starter. Like Vick he has had a ton of turnovers, twelve to be exact, so many of the points that he has gotten from his near 1500 yards and ten touchdowns. Rivers has struggled before and the last four years he has averaged nearly 30 touchdowns each year and I’m not sure why he wouldn’t be there again at the end of this season. He isn’t an elite quarterback, but he is still one of the top 12 in the game and unless you can really, really upgrade to one of the top three to five guys, I would stick with Rivers and be confident that better days are ahead.
Is Chris Johnson ready to be consistent? He had his second consecutive solid game, and it was much more than that as he had nearly 200 yards and two scores. I think he would have had more yards and scores if it wasn’t just pure exhaustion from running up and down the field against the Bills. He has some more good matchups in his near future, and if any of you (like me) have actually benched Johnson at some point this year, I don’t believe that you should do that again, as I think he is in line to have a solid rest of 2012.
Is the run over for James Jones? Jones had scored two touchdowns in three straight games before falling short of the end zone completely in Week 7. Are his numbers just inflated for a few weeks while Greg Jennings is out? Or is he a legitimate threat for the rest of the season? Jones hasn’t been a great statistical guy at any point this year, outside of his multiple touchdown streak so, I think if you have been starting James Jones for the past month or so, I feel like that time to do so has passed and unless you need a wide receiver desperately, I would stay away from Jones.
Can Michael Vick stop turning the ball over? EVER??? In just six games, Vick has turned the ball over 13 times with eight interceptions and five lost fumbles, not to mention four more he didn’t lose. There have even been some rumblings that Vick’s job is even possibly in jeopardy. I am here to tell you that I don’t think that is even close to possible and the Eagles to me would be throwing in the towel if they sat Vick for an unproven rookie. I believe that he will be better as the season wears on and he will be worthy of your starting quarterback going forward.
Should you be starting either of the Panthers’ running backs? There’s a bit of a pass considering that Jonathan Stewart missed two games, but Cam Newton leads the team in rushing by nearly 100 yards and neither Stewart or DeAngelo Williams has shown any promise. They have both struggled since the spread option offense was installed, and most of the time they don’t know if Newton is going to keep the ball or pitch it off to one of the backs. This is three years of struggling on the part of both Stewart and Williams and right now I don’t see a way that you can start either one until one or the other proves to be the lead back. If they are going to continue to split carries in this offense, neither will do enough to be worthy of being in your lineup.
What is wrong with the Lions offense? Matthew Stafford has more interceptions than touchdowns, their starting running back has a single touchdown, and the mighty Megatron also has just a single touchdown. This can’t be right, can it? I smell some huge second half numbers here, and I think that if you can get any of these guys on the cheap, I would make that move right away. There’s no way that Detroit’s offense can continue to perform this poorly, and I would try to act on that if you can.
What should you expect from Peyton Hillis going forward? He has been practicing for a few days now and it looks like he will be able to go this week against the Raiders. However, since he last played in Week 3, Jamaal Charles has been a world beater and you have to wonder what kind of role Hillis will have now. In reality, he didn’t do a whole hell of a lot when he was healthy as he had just 21 carries in three games and only surpassed 16 yards in one of those three games. But, I do think that this time around he will figure in a more prominent role in the offense. I see Hillis getting 10-12 carries a game and he is sure to get a handful of touchdowns as well. I likely wouldn’t start him this week, but I can see him starting for you very soon.
Did Vernon Davis really have zero catches last week? ZERO???? For just the fourth time in his career, Davis finished a game without a single catch or even a single target. It has been four weeks since he has found the end zone, and fantasy players have to be freaking a little. The real problem is that Alex Smith has looked like a total tool the past two weeks, and he needs a good game to get his confidence back. When Smith is clicking he really looks towards Davis, and I believe that he will find his groove against the Cardinals on Monday night and you will see that Vernon is still one of the better tight ends and someone you can trust in the second half of the season.
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