Week 8 Recap
Matt Ryan: 397/2/1
Joe Flacco: 319/1/0 (rush TD)
Ben Watson: 9/147/1
Martellus Bennett: 3/32/0
Russell Wilson: 210/1/1
Derek Carr: 333/4/0
Eric Ebron: 3/24/0
Richard Rodgers: 2/16/0
Year to Date Totals (total starts):
Fantasy Ca$h Quarterbacks (16): 4554/26/16 (285 ypg)
Fantasy Crash Quarterbacks (15): 4071/28/8 (271 ypg)
Fantasy Ca$h Tight Ends (16): 91/980/5 (61 ypg)
Fantasy Crash Tight Ends (16): 53/ 421/5 (26 ypg)
Peyton Manning @ IND
That is the magic number. Manning needs 284 yards to break Brett Favre’s passing yardage record. I don’t know about you, but the stage feels like it’s set for it to happen this week in his old stomping grounds. Another reason I am expecting it to happen is that the Colt’s defense hands out yards like call girl cards get handed out on the Las Vegas Strip, not that I know from experience. Six of the last seven quarterbacks the Colts have faced have thrown for AT LEAST 284 yards. The only quarterback to not hit that mark was Cam Newton last week thanks in large part to a driving rain for the first three quarters of the game. Although Peyton has struggled in the passing touchdown department, the fact that the Colts have allowed multiple touchdown passes five times already this year should help his chances.
Ben Roethlisberger vs. OAK
Big Ben returned to the field in Week 8, but looked rusty at times posting a 262/1/3 while hitting only 62 percent of his passes against the Bengals. The key word in the sentence was ‘Bengals.’ This week, he gets a soft matchup against the Raiders, who are one of two teams that allow over 300 passing yards per game. Le’Veon Bell getting injured is a major blow to this offense. They have experienced life with out Le’Veon already this year due to his three game suspension. Roethlisberger was injured in Week 3, but had no trouble producing monster statistics through the first two weeks. In his first two games, he threw for 351 and 369 yards to go along with four touchdown passes to just one interception. Keep in mind that this was done with out the services of Martavis Bryant. Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense have proven that they can still be explosive without Bell. With a dream matchup look for Big Ben to bounce back big time.
Jordan Reed @ NE
Quick! Get Reed active while he is healthy. You never know how many
chances you will get to start a healthy Jordan Reed with his injury history. All kidding aside, when Reed is healthy he is quickly approaching ‘must start’ territory.
In the four games he has finished this year, he has averaged 9.7 targets per contest. He has done a great job of turning targets into catches. He has posted yardage totals of 63, 82, 96, and 72.
He has proven this year to be a difficult matchup. With the return of DeSean Jackson, who is one of the best deep threats in the game, the Patriots will be forced to pay extra attention over the top which should create even more room for Reed to operate.
Charles Clay vs. MIA
Buffalo Bill’s fans will be happy to see the return of quarterback Tyrod Taylor this week. Another person happy to see him back on the field will be tight end Charles Clay. There was some serious chemistry forming between this duo. In three of the four games prior to Taylor’s injury, Clay either scored a touchdown or had 100 yards receiving. One of those games was against his former team, the Dolphins, who also happen to be his opponent this week.
I always jump at the opportunity to start a player going against his old team (see: Manning). While I don’t have the statistical data to back it up, I feel like the player will have some extra juice for that game and more often than not produce a solid statistical day.
Aaron Rodgers @ CAR
First, let’s be real for a minute. It would be difficult to put Aaron Rodgers on the bench. However, if you the fantasy owner could manage to divorce the name from the numbers it becomes possible.
The last time Rodgers finished in the top 10 at the quarterback position was Week 3.
Let that sink in for a minute.
It has been a struggle over the last four games for Rodgers. Over that stretch he has averaged 199 yards per game. Obviously, the 77-yard performance last week brought the average down significantly. Even so, he failed to surpass the modest mark of 260 yards during that time. The five touchdown passes haven’t been enough to save his mediocre yardage numbers.
This week, Rodgers and the Packers are back out on the road for another tough matchup. For the second consecutive week, they face a team that has a zero in the loss column. Much like Denver, the Panthers have made their living on the defensive side of the ball. While their defensive numbers across the board are strong, the number that stands out most to me is the [7:12] touchdown to interception ratio. Both of those numbers rank in the top five in the league in those categories.
Sitting Rodgers this week is what separates the great fantasy football players from the average ones. There are certain guys who will lock in their early round picks each and every week regardless of the matchup. Don’t be that guy, if you have a quarterback that you feel has a great matchup take the gamble and hopefully you will be rewarded.
Disclaimer: Possible side effects of benching Aaron Rodgers include night terrors such as waking up in a cold-sweat and repeatedly asking yourself “why did I bench Rodgers?!?”
Teddy Bridgewater vs. STL
There is an interesting narrative taking place this week when the Rams visit the Vikings. Adrian Peterson, the aging superstar who has been the best running back in the league since he stepped on the field back in 2007, versus the highly touted, up and coming rookie who looks even better than advertised through his first five career games. I fully expect this game script to play out with both teams leaning heavily on their star running backs, which in turn will keep the clock rolling.
Translation: Fewer possessions. Fewer plays. Fewer fantasy points.
To make matters worse, the Rams present a difficult matchup. They have yet to allow more than 18 fantasy points to any quarterback yet this season. It is hard to envision Teddy being the one to crack the 20 point barrier.
Jason Witten vs. PHI
Is there a player in the league with a lower ceiling than Jason Witten? Over his last 25 games, he has had more than 75 yards receiving….once. Over that same time frame he has had one game in which he had multiple touchdowns. That game occurred in Week 1 of this season, which is also the last time he has found the end zone. The odds of him getting in the end zone this week aren’t great. The Eagles have allowed one touchdown to opposing tight ends this year.
Julius Thomas @ NYJ
The last time Julius Thomas played against the Jets, he didn’t have much trouble getting in the end zone. By his own suggestion, it was so ******* easy—so easy.
A year later, it won’t come as easy. The Jets have been dominant against tight ends. I am going to exclude Rob Gronkowski from this collection of data simply because Gronk is not human, and mere mortals do not stand a chance against him. In games that they compete against other humans, the Jets have only allowed one touchdown to the tight end. The yardage has been tough to come by as well. No tight end has had more than 40 yards receiving against them.
I would like to think that the Jets defense made a mental note of Thomas’s outburst last season and will do what they can to shut him down, and shut him up this week.
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