Week 9 Recap
Peyton Manning: 281/2/2
Ben Roethlisberger: 334/2/1
Jordan Reed: 3/18/1
Charles Clay: 1/6/0
Aaron Rodgers: 369/4/1
Teddy Bridgewater: 144/0/1 (rush td)
Jason Witten: 6/43/0
Julius Thomas: 3/14/0
Year to Date Totals (total starts):
Fantasy Ca$h Quarterbacks (18): 5169/30/19 (287 ypg)
Fantasy Crash Quarterbacks (17): 4584/32/10 (270 ypg)
Fantasy Ca$h Tight Ends (18): 95/1004/6 (56 ypg)
Fantasy Crash Tight Ends (18): 62/478/5 (27 ypg)
Blake Bortles @ BAL
Did anyone out there have Bortles as the 10th best fantasy quarterback through eight games? If you are nodding your head yes right now, then I am going remind you that no one likes a liar. There were many prognosticators who saw Bortles taking a step forward this season, but I don’t think even the biggest Bortles supporters saw these numbers coming.
Over the past four weeks. he has been as productive as any quarterback in the league. During that span, he has averaged 299 yards per game and has thrown for multiple touchdowns, including games with three and four touchdown passes.
The weapons that he has in the Allen cousins, a dynamic tight, and a pass catching back combined with the volume at which he attempts passes makes him an appealing weekly play. Matching up against the Ravens is extra juicy when one takes into consideration that the Ravens allow 284 passing yards per game and are currently riding a four game streak in which they have allowed at least 23 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. I would say there is a good chance Bortles makes it five in a row and should finish the week as a top 10 quarterback.
Kirk Cousins vs. NO
“YOU LIKE THAT!?!?”
Why yes, yes I do. I actually like anyone who goes against the Saints defense right now. Here is an amazing stat: Every quarterback to face the saints this season has either had their best game of the season, or their second best game. If that trend continues then Cousins could be in line for a tidy 300/3/0 performance.
Cousin’s has proven this season that against a bad defense, he can post impressive numbers. His two best games have come against the Giants, who rank sixth in most fantasy points surrendered to the opposing quarterback, and the Buccaneers who have allowed the fifth most. With a healthy DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed combined with a dream matchup, Cousins fits the bill to be the perfect bye week/injury replacement for this week.
Jimmy Graham vs. AZ
I am taking a shot on Graham this week. The Cardinals have built a strong resume against tight ends this year. However, upon further review, that might have more to do with the quality of tight end they have faced. They have allowed 14 receptions and double-digit fantasy points to opposing tight ends over the last two games. As the year goes, the Seahawks are making more of an effort to get the ball to Graham. In two of his last three games, Graham has had double-digit targets. Through eight games, Graham is on pace for 900/4. While the yardage looks right, I expect Graham to end up with closer to seven touchdowns, look for him to add one to his tally this week.
Zach Ertz vs. MIA
I like the direction Ertz is trending in terms of usage. Over the last four games, he has averaged seven targets per contest, and has recorded 60+ yards in two of those games. Overall, the Dolphins have been tough on tight ends, but they have shown they can be beat by allowing double-digit fantasy production in four games. They have allowed three touchdowns, and speaking of touchdowns Ertz is due. He has four end zone targets and six total inside the five-yard-line. With the volume of targets he is receiving and the location on the field in which those targets are coming, it’s only a matter of time until he gets one in. This could be the week.
Brian Hoyer @ CIN
I know what your thinking. Come on Barkman, give me something I can use! Suggesting Hoyer as a ‘crash’ is weak sauce.
To that I say: do you realize how good Brian Hoyer has been over his last three games? He has the seventh most fantasy points at the quarterback position over that time frame. If someone is looking for a bye-week filler for Ryan, Rivers, or Luck (more than just the bye) they might see Hoyer’s recent string of good play and jump at the chance to start him.
I am staying away from Hoyer this week mostly because of the matchup. While I understand that the Texans had a bye to prepare for this week, the Bengals will also be well rested having 10 says since their last game. The Bengals got off to a slow start this year allowing multiple touchdown passes in each of their first three games. Since that they have been incredibly stingy, allowing only one 300-yard passer (Week 4) and no games with multiple touchdown passes. By today’s standards, a quarterback is going to need one or other to produce quality fantasy numbers, and I don’t see Hoyer being the man to break this streak in either category.
Jay Cutler @ STL
Honestly, unless it’s a top-tier quarterback, playing in St. Louis should be considered an automatic bench at this point in the year, and for the foreseeable future. How good have they been against quarterbacks on their home turf?
vs. SEA: 251/1/1
vs. PIT: 230/0/1
vs. CLE: 297/0/0
vs. SF: 162/0/0
That’s right. A grand total of one touchdown pass allowed at home so far this season.
With Alshon Jeffery listed as questionable due to a minor groin injury during Wednesday’s practice and Forte likely to miss another game, Cutler could be without his top two offensive weapons. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my fantasy matchup riding on the likes of Marc “the sub-shop” Mariani to be making plays in order to save Cutler’s day. Okay, I realize there are other options like Wilson and Bennett, but I just wanted to get that nickname in print. Either way, it won’t be pretty. You can take Rams -7 to the bank.
Gary Barnidge @ PIT
The entity that is Gary Barnidge left fantasy owners high and dry for the
first time since Week 3. During that magical stretch, Barnidge record three 100-yard games, six touchdowns, and double digit fantasy points in each game. The common denominator during that stretch was Josh McCown playing quarterback.
With news breaking that the Browns expect Manziel to start Sunday, Barnidge owners are weeping in their pillows like my wife watching a Lifetime movie. In the 11 total quarters that Barnidge has played with Manziel, he has posted 6/90. Manziel is still in “Johnny Football Mode” in which he uses his legs to extend plays which does not benefit the crisp route running of Barnidge. Gary has been a golden goose this year, but the only egg he will be laying this week will be in the stat column.
Delanie Walker vs. CAR
For anyone who didn’t watch the Titans game last week and just caught the box score, I am sure they came away impressed with Walkers 7/95/2 line. I feel confident in saying this was the luckiest 7/95/2 game I have ever seen. I am not even being a hater either, I own Walker so I was as happy as anyone. I think this play sums it up perfectly…
If you take away that miracle his line turns into a pedestrian 6/34/1. He actually caught two other balls that were tipped in this game to add to the luck. Walker has been a PPR darling his last four games, collecting a minimum of six catches in each contest. However, the yardage has left standard league owners wanting more. In a tough matchup against the Panthers, who have only allowed tight ends to go over 50 yards on three occasions, look for Walker to turn in a solid but far from spectacular effort.
Combo Play: 8-86
I still can’t get over the stat that every quarterback to play against the Saints has had their best or second best statistical game of the season. I talked above about how much I like Cousins as the perfect bye-week filler, but Reed should be a strong play also. On the year, they have allowed seven tight end receiving touchdowns. Jordan Reed has been a target monster all year having no fewer than six in any contest. Reed should be in line for a high volume target game against the Saints. If that was a Facebook status, I’d like it, and I never like things on Facebook.
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