When you’re making your start/sit decisions each week, a hard look at the numbers can make the process a much easier task. Sample-size is something you always have to consider, but as we sit here in Week 7, the data we have is extremely telling. Earlier in the season, if a team had a poor run defense, their pass defense numbers looked a lot better than they really were for the simple fact that teams were running all over them and had little need to utilize their passing attack. Now seven weeks in, the defensive numbers have balanced out (regressed to the mean, if you will) and they more accurately portray the defenses strengths and weaknesses. So for our last-minute look at the match-ups this week, we’re going to do things a little differently and go over the top three starts and sits for each of the skill positions based on what the numbers are telling us.
Week 6 started out like a thud with Touchdowns from such fantasy stalwarts as Cory Harkey, Joseph Fauria & Thaddeus Lewis before the usual suspects came through to save the day. But as good as Cam Newton, JaMaal Charles and Marshawn Lynch were others such as Jimmy Graham, Ray Rice and Calvin Johnson fell flat. But no matter how bad you may have lost your matchup this week the Packers may have lost even worse considering both Randall Cobb and James Jones left with significant leg injuries. Let’s take a look at all of the games played on this Sunday of Week 6 from a Fantasy Football perspective.
When this week’s games are over, we’ll have completed roughly one-third of the fantasy football season and it’s at this point where you’ll see whether your team has what it takes to compete in the playoffs or if an overhaul is needed via the trade front. Waiver wire picks will help supplement, but there’s currently nothing out there that will push you over the hump if your squad is struggling. And what’s most important this week is the watchful eye that you must keep on some of this season’s biggest disappointments and early-season strugglers. It’s a make-it-or-break-it week for many players. If they shine, then you have hope that replacements aren’t needed. But if they continue to struggle, you are left with the choice of either selling-low to salvage what you can or simply just cutting bait and accept your losses. Here are a few players whose owners will be locked onto their performances this week. Will they redeem themselves finally or have they just been a waste of a high draft choice this whole time?
We, as writers, walk a very fine line each week. On one hand, we want to report the latest news and information to you in a timely and relatively unbiased fashion. You want to hear exactly what’s going on with your players and what our thoughts are moving forward with regard to their fantasy value. But while we’re supposed to be 90-percent fact and 10-percent opinion, we too play the game and sometimes the lines get blurred. We have our favorites, usually the guys we’ve drafted or have been hyping up to you these last few months, and all too often when those guys let us down, there’s a certain amount of frustration that takes center stage with us. And that’s what today’s column is all about. The opinions expressed in this article belong to me and me alone. Many of the assessments and evaluations of players will be steeped in facts that should prove to be very helpful to you in your fantasy season, but there’s also going to be plenty of ranting and raving as well. Bordering on lunatic? Perhaps, at times. But sometimes even those to whom you go to for advice need a forum just to vent.
Given the recent match-up article written by Ray Flowers earlier in the week, I’d like to avoid the redundancy of a full-blown fantasy football game capsule piece. Instead, I’ll simply go through each match-up and cite a player or two who I think could find a fair amount of success this Sunday (and Monday). I may agree with Ray on some and I may disagree on others, but you should get the full spectrum of necessary information needed to set your lineup for optimal points. And if we skipped over someone you may have a question about, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or email. I’ll be happy to answer your questions. But in the meantime…
On the surface, this game doesn’t look like a real thinker, does it? The high-octane offense of the Patriots that can light up even the best of defenses meets the lowly Jets who barely escaped last week with what could be one of four games they win all year. The match-up just doesn’t look pretty at all. But while that about covers it for real world football, the fantasy aspect is a whole lot different. I’m not saying that there’s as much fantasy gold in this game as there was to be found in last week’s Thursday match-up, but there are a few bargain guys out there who could be of some service. So let’s just get to it and look at the fantasy impact that this game might bring.
Well now that was quite the opening week for the NFL now, wasn’t it? We saw some high-powered offenses, some tough defensive plays, and plenty of fantasy scoring to go around. Surprisingly, the number of injuries was held to a minimum, yet the waiver wire will be a hot-bed of action this week as we also saw a few names emerge from the shadows to take center stage. With so much to talk about, let’s just get started right away with a collection of notes from around the league and the potential fantasy fallout that you as an owner may need to address.