Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fantasy Football – Part two

Hot:
QB – Michael Vick – While the Eagles may not be the strongest team as a whole, Vick currently leads all QBs in standard scoring fantasy points. Considering this week’s game versus the Broncos will likely be a high scoring shootout, Vick would be a smart play.

RB – DeMarco Murray – Murray had a huge game against the Rams, rushing for 175 yards and a touchdown. He faces another good matchup against the Chargers this week.

WR – Antonio Brown – Apparently his complaints of being underutilized benefited him, as Brown caught nine passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, making him the top scoring fantasy receiver in week three.

TE – Jimmy Graham – Coming off a 134-yard, two-touchdown game versus the Cardinals, Graham has been easily the most consistent fantasy tight end through the first three weeks of the season.

K – Caleb Sturgis – The Dolphins rookie is currently third in fantasy points among kickers. Coming off a strong game versus the Falcons, he’s looking like a legitimate starting option.

D/ST – Chiefs – The Chiefs defense is looking very good, leading the NFL in sacks, while only allowing 34 points over three games. Plus, they face the Giants this weekend, who were shutout by the Panthers.

Not:
QB – Colin Kaepernick – Kaepernick threw for 150 yards and an interception against the Colts. Could he be in a slump?

RB – Arian Foster – Foster finished with a mere 12 carries for 54 yards against the Ravens. He has not been himself this season. Also, some of the running backs who have outscored Foster thus far in fantasy points include Bilal Powell and Jason Snelling. Just something to think about.

WR – Mike Wallace – Wallace has been a boom-or-bust fantasy player this season. He had an excellent week two, but his week one and week three games were disappointments.

TE – Jermaine Gresham – Gresham, once a legitimate starting option, has only 128 yards over the first three games. Teammate Tyler Eifert has only 120 yards also, and neither Gresham nor Eifert has seen the end zone. Stay away from Bengals tight ends for now.

K – Phil Dawson – The 49ers kicker has been a disappointment so far, having kicked only three field goals all season. Since his struggles are connected to the struggles of the 49ers offense, it is unlikely that things will change until the 49ers offense regroups.

D/ST – 49ers – The 49ers defense allowed the Colts to put up 27 points. With Aldon Smith out indefinitely, the pass rush production significantly dropped. The 49ers run defense doesn’t look particularly intimidating either.

Sleepers:

QB – Terrelle Pryor – Pryor will be facing the struggling Redskins defense in what could be a high scoring shootout. While it may be hard to trust a Raiders quarterback, Pryor may be worth a second look this weekend.

RB – Fred Jackson – C.J. Spiller suffered a thigh injury against the Jets. His status for Sunday’s game versus the Ravens is undetermined, so Jackson may start.

WR – Josh Gordon – In his return from his suspension, Gordon had a monster game, catching 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. While the Browns quarterback situation is shaky, Gordon looks very good.

TE – Jordan Cameron – Cameron is only a sleeper because of his quarterback situation. Besides that, Cameron has established himself as a very dependable tight end. Second in fantasy points to Graham, it is surprising that Cameron has had this kind of success with the shaky quarterback situation in Cleveland.

K – Nick Novak – Novak has been solid for the Chargers this season. Facing the evenly matched Cowboys this Sunday, the kickers will likely get lots of looks. Expect Novak to put up quite a few points this weekend.

D/ST – Buccaneers – The Buccaneers defense has been solid this season from a fantasy perspective. For those who play defenses on a matchup basis, the Bucs defense will likely be a good play against the Cardinals offense, which only managed seven points against the Saints.

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