We are heading into Veteran’s Day Weekend, so at this time I always like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the veterans who might be reading this article, as well as their families. They all give a tremendous sacrifice to serve this country, and we owe them all a tremendous debt of gratitude. And for all of you bankers, teachers, and government employees, enjoy the long weekend. We are getting ever closer to the fantasy football playoffs, and these matchups are more important every week. So enjoy the questions and answers for Week 10, and remember the biggest question of all……How do you win your fantasy matchups this week? It’s Hallamentary of course!
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Is Peyton Manning the first half MVP? I guess that depends if you mean fantasy wise or real NFL. Fantasy wise? Yes. NFL? Yes. Hmmm, so I guess it doesn’t really matter, forget I said that. Relax Falcon fans that are going to yell at me and say Matt Ryan. We all know that you are going to go 14-2 and then choke the season away in your first playoff game. I know that fact isn’t relevant to fantasy football or a regular season award, but just go with me. Manning has thrown three touchdowns in five straight games and he’s leading you to victory each and every week. Welcome back to the NFL Mr. Manning.
Maybe the Chicago Bears D/ST is the first half fantasy MVP? Holy hell, have you ever seen a fantasy defense perform the way that the Bears have this season? Sure they have given up twenty plus points more times (four) than they have under ten points (three), but they have sacked the quarterback a whopping 25 times, intercepted the ball 17 times, recovered a ridiculous 11 fumbles, and scored a stupid eight touchdowns! I don’t know how to explain this, and while I can’t expect this ridiculous production to continue, they don’t have the strongest schedule as far as fantasy offenses are concerned either, so it is possible. I usually say that drafting a fantasy defense isn’t the most important thing, but they are taking fantasy teams into the playoffs.
Is Josh Freeman a reliable every week starter? If you asked this question the first week of the season and you would have gotten laughed out of the room. But holy hell, Freeman has eleven touchdown passes in the last four weeks and with the re-emergence of Mike Williams, Vincent Jackson becoming what we thought he could be again and Doug Martin all of a sudden running his ass off, Freeman looks like a world beater. It might be surprising but we are ten weeks into the season people and Freeman is doing this every week. I believe if you have him on your team, there are only a handful of guys (Brees, Rodgers, Brady, Ryan, and maybe Peyton Manning), Freeman should be in your starting lineup each week.
Should you be worried about Eli Manning? After throwing ten touchdowns in the first five games, it has been just two in the last four, including a two week stretch where he hasn’t thrown a touchdown in the past two weeks. I imagine that many of you have been using Manning as your starter and might be thinking of bailing on the doofier Manning brother (and that’s saying something!) before you lose your chance at the playoffs. Well, Eli has some pretty favorable matchups coming up and I say if you have been using him up to this point, I wouldn’t consider pulling him now. Even if you have someone like Philip Rivers or Cam Newton who seem to be reasonable substitutes, keep rolling with the younger Manning.
Given the state of the offense, can you roster any Jets receiver? I guess my first question would be….which one are you even considering? The only one that I would even consider is Jeremy Kerley. He has been decent most of the season and has had three pretty good games out of eight, which isn’t good odds at all, but he at least gives you decent odds that if Mark Sanchez actually throws for more than 150 yards in a game, chances are Kerley will have a good percentage of those yards. I’m not a huge fan, but in a traditional twelve team league, Kerley should be on somebody’s roster.
Can you use Daniel Thomas? Two weeks ago Thomas was given more carries than Reggie Bush and scored a touchdown and again I got all excited. I’ve been waiting for Thomas to be the guy since the moment he was drafted, and while I’ve been given a few teases, he has never broken out in a big way. Well, last week he only carried the ball six times to Bush’s ten, and while he was better with those carries, it still shows that there is no consistency, and the Dolphins don’t run a ton anyway. I can see Thomas being on the waiver wire, so there’s no way that you should be starting him right now unless you are in a lot of trouble, but I definitely see value with having him on your roster. Reggie Bush isn’t the most reliable guy in the world.
OMG Andre Johnson is The Man, right? I trash this guy as many chances as I get, but now all of a sudden he has had eight catches or more in three straight games, and I know that his supporters are touting how he is an elite receiver. Hold on a second people. Yeah, his receptions aren’t bad, but he’s still on pace for just 85 catches, and don’t miss his stat sheet that he only has two touchdowns, and none since Week 3. Not to mention that Johnson hasn’t suffered his yearly ankle injury yet this season, so if you have him and have cashed in on his last few weeks, I would be looking to trade him quickly before the trade deadline in your league.
What is going to happen with the Pittsburgh Steelers backfield when everyone is healthy? Rashard Mendenhall didn’t start the season healthy, played just over a game, and has been out again ever since. Since then both Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman have both looked like world beaters, which seemingly has made the situation a bit of a mess going forward. Will the Steelers play the hot hand week to week? Will they reward either Redman or Dwyer for their success? Or will the job be Mendenhall’s again when he is ready to return? It is looking like Week 10 will be another game missed for Mendenhall, but according to running backs coach Kirby Wilson, Mendenhall will be the starter when he is ready, and while he didn’t go into specifics as far as carries are concerned, it seems that if you have been patient with Mendenhall, you will be rewarded, perhaps in Week 11.
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