I have a cold. And when I have a cold, I’m whiny. Which is what I’d be if I was someone who took my advice last week. Seriously, James Starks? Oh wait, it wasn’t his fault, he got hurt. Philip Rivers? Oh, yeah, a touchdown was called back for a hold. But seriously, last week wasn’t exactly my claim to fame week, was it?
But this week, Green Bay goes on vacation (that is, they have a bye) and the newly rejuvenated Cam Newton’s Panthers also get a siesta. So, it’s possible you need someone to pick up where Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, a bevy of Green Bay WRs and RBs left off, right? Look no further than these guys…
This week’s pickups:
QB: Geno Smith. Brian Hoyer. The Jets get the Tennessee Titans, who aren’t scaring anyone on defense, while Hoyer’s second go (after knocking off Minnesota) finds the ex-Pat going up against a fierce Cincinnati team. But Green Bay put up 30 on Cincy, losing by 4, and Hoyer has Jordan Cameron, Josh Gordon, and, dare-I-say-it, Willis “Old Man Time” McGahee? It does help that as long as he doesn’t get hurt, Hoyer gets the Buffalo Bills next week.
RB: Johnathan Franklin, Bilal Powell, Danny Woodhead. Now, Franklin won’t help you this week, but he showed something he wouldn’t have if Eddie Lacy and James Starks weren’t banged up. Is there a chance Starks won’t rebound? (Of course.) But if you need immediate help, the Jets get the Titans as mentioned above, and Woodhead should see plenty of catches as the Chargers try to match the Cowboys’ offense.
WR: Josh Gordon, Justin Blackmon, Sidney Rice. Seriously, how can Gordon be on the waivers, given the duds some of the WRs are dropping? Oh yeah, a two-game suspension and then Brandon Weeden gets dinged up. But it’s Hoyer time! It’s also “that” time: Blackmon is returning from suspension. Rice went from single-digits to blowing up… but is it just the Jaguars? If you own multiple GB WRs, it may be time to beg, borrow, and steal.
TE: Repeat after me: if you don’t have Jimmy Graham, try to pick up or trade for Jordan Cameron. Charles Clay is your next best option.
D/ST: It’s got to be Indy’s D/ST. They get the not-so-fearsome Jacksonville Jaguars.
Let’s look at last week’s suggestions…
QB: Philip Rivers. 11 points.
RB: James Starks, Bernard Pierce, Andre Ellington. Starks, knee injury. Pierce, serviceable 12 points. Ellington, 4 points.
WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Aaron Dobson, Eddie Royal. Hopkins, 6 points. Dobson, 5 points. Royal, 3 points. At least the first two guys doubled their point total with receptions in PPR.
TE: Charles Clay. 4 points.
K: Nick Novak, 5 points.
D/ST: Buffalo Bills! -2 points. At least the Chargers were worse.
And some extras…
Bounce Back Candidate From The Obvious Name Department: Trent Richardson. From San Francisco and three days prep to…the Jaguars.
Sell High Candidate: DeMarco Murray. He was on three of my teams last year. He. Will. Get. Hurt. Trade him now.
Trade Target: If not Richardson (he gets the Jaguars twice, and the Titans twice), I say Giovani Bernard. He’s only going to get better. Or you could roll the die on an underperforming stud like Rodgers, RGIII, Alfred Morris, or Julio Jones. Those offenses won’t stay down forever.
They’re Dead To Me (Almost…): Jason Witten (saw that coming), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (see: Bernard, Giovani), Matt Schaub (Baltimore stinks; SF and SEA come next), Ryan Matthews, Darren Sproles, Pats WRs (they’re just not that good, and Gronk is coming back).
Until next time…