Heading into Week 8 there are a lot of questions out there. And the answers could be scarier than the thought of Rascal Flatts dressing up as the Dixie Chicks for Halloween.
Here are my two biggest questions. First, after getting spanked by the Colts can the Bengals ever be trusted again when A.J. Green isn’t active? Second, is it even worth starting Seattle’s defense anymore?
The answer to the first question is a bit murky. The Bengals came into the week ranked fifth in total offense, but couldn’t do anything against an overlooked, yet stout Colts defense. They face a tough Ravens defense this week. If A.J. isn’t in the line-up (another murky situation) I’d be hesitant to start Giovani Bernard, Andy Dalton or Mohamed Sanu unless you absolutely have to.
As for Seattle, in six games they have put up 27 fantasy points (using Yahoo! standard scoring). That’s less than five points per game. That’s worse than Rascal Flatts ACTUALLY dressing up as the Dixie Chicks for Halloween. There are at least 15 defenses in my main league that are available who have put up better numbers. Face it, Seattle is no longer an elite fantasy football option. Ignore the projections (7.59 this week vs. Carolina…good luck with that) and pick up teams with great match-ups like Miami or Buffalo who gets to feast on Jacksonville and the Jets respectively.
Watching the Bills game last week was about as painfully funny as that time Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw were arrested in Buffalo for “stealing a horse” among other misdeeds. Despite winning, the Bills lost their running back duo of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to injuries. Expect Anthony Dixon, who’s looked pretty good this season as a third back, to take over the starting job for now. Bryce Brown, who hasn’t seen the field this year, will now finally be thrust into the mix. I expect the Bills to use them much like they did with Spiller and Jackson, so I’m not sure if I’d be willing start either back until there’s a clear No. 1. If you need to roll with one of them this week my money is on Dixon simply because he’s in game shape.
There are better free agent running backs likely available though that you can use right now. Two hot running back pickups this week are Denard Robinson and Tre Mason. On Wednesday morning I was shocked to see that Ronnie Hillman and Jerick McKinnon were still available in many of my leagues. I was more than happy to swoop in and grab them, even if I didn’t particularly need them (yeah, I’m a running back hoarder). Mason has a tough defensive match-up this week, but I’d feel confident starting any of the other three backs if you are out of viable options. Even if you don’t necessarily need them this week, you may want to consider picking them up now because next week there are six teams (Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Tennessee) all on bye.
It’s So Hard To Say Good Bye
There’s never a good time in fantasy football for a bye week. This week there’s a lot of talent sitting on your benches as the Giants and 49ers are off this week. They will presumably be spending their time off antiquing. Make sure Eli Manning, Andre Williams, Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham, Jr., Larry Donnell, Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson and Vernon Davis aren’t in your line-up.
I Got Farced, Now What?
Yup. It happened. My Takin’ Bills got taken out by Farce the Music’s team Blake Shelton’s Ego. That one hurt more than a chucked beer can to noggin. I now drop to 3-4 and have sole-possession of 8th place. The only good news is there are four teams with 4-3 records and three teams at 5-2, so if I can string together some wins I can still hopefully make the playoffs. But to do that I finally had to drop some dead weight. So long Andre Williams, who stunk up my team as soon as I picked him up. Adios Pierre Thomas and Reggie Wayne who are both nursing injuries. Welcome, running backs Tre Mason, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. I’m still not sure which new running back I’ll use this week and there’s a chance I may play it safe with Doug Martin who I haven’t used all year. As much as I want to dump Jason Witten, who’s basically another lineman in Dallas, it’s simply not an option as there are little to no good free agent tight ends available in my league. I also decided to bench Jay Cutler and for Cam Newton, a decision that will either be as brilliant as “Dirt” or as goofy as “Sun Daze.” We shall see.
That’s all for this week’s Hoedown. Good luck and as always feel free to hit me up @sneezeguard with comments and questions.