Bye Weeks: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, N.Y.
Giants, San Francisco
Grab a Helmet
Jones @ MIA: Way too easy, right? Believe it or not, Iím not
putting Jones on this list because he tallied an unconscionable
122 yards and four touchdowns last Sunday vs. the Jets. Iím recommending
him because it was the culmination of a really strong three-week
stretch, one in which he scored more fantasy points than every
other NFL receiver not named Megatron. One good game we can dismiss
as an anomaly. Three good games in a row, though? Thatís starting
to sound like a trend. Heís already been snatched off your leagueís
waiver wire, but if you were the one who snatched him, get him
on the field posthaste. The Dolphins canít afford to double him
(only A.J. Green deserves that kind of attention) and that means
the former Golden Bear could be in for another solid night this
Thursday in South Florida.
Williams v. MIN: If Iíve said it once, Iíve said it a thousand
times: Conventional wisdom is usually way too much of the former
and way too little of the latter. Dallas got predictably conservative
on their final drive last Sunday in Detroit, electing to run it
several times before a final field goal attempt, and then paid
the ultimate price by employing a prevent defense in the closing
seconds that only prevented what should have been an easy W. Ouch.
Williams and the Dallas offense werenít really to blame, of course,
but better production from the get-go may have put the game out
of reach. Iím expecting a spirited bounce-back performance from
the Cowboys this Sunday against Minnesota, a team that was absolutely
embarrassed by Green Bay in Week 8. Expect Williams and his volatile
running mate, Dez Bryant, to have huge days against the overmatched
White v. CHI: If youíre a way-outside-the-box thinker or just
really hard-up for a receiver in Week 9, go see if White is available.
Iím guessing he probably is since heís owned in only 0.1% of ESPN
leagues. Nope, I didnít make that number up and yes, it means
only 1 in 1,000 owners have added Green Bayís temporary Randy
Cobb replacement to their rosters. Thatís surprising when you
consider only Jordy Nelson was targeted more than the unheralded
Louisiana Tech product last Sunday night. Granted, White didnít
do a lot with those seven targets (just five catches for 35 yards),
but seven targets from Aaron Rodgers isÖseven targets from Aaron
Rodgers. Iíve watched enough football to know guys come out of
the woodwork all the time and itís not that difficult to imagine
a guy catching Rodgersí bullets being one of them. If youíre desperate,
look into him.
Grab Some Wood
Jennings @ DAL: Jenningsí increasing obsolescence was driven
home for me personally earlier this week when a league mate of
mine (who also happens to be my cousin) dropped the former Packer
star and picked up Ted Ginn in his stead. I actually did a double-take
when the transaction crossed the wire, but the reality is I saw
it coming from quite a ways away. Jennings was never going to
produce like he did in Green Bay (nobody ever does) and his days
as a relevant pass-grabber were probably over the minute the Packís
powers-that-be decided they could get by with cheaper alternatives
like James Jones, Jarrett Boykin, and the aforementioned White.
I didnít anticipate the fall being quite so precipitous for Jennings
(Ted Ginn?), but his fate is probably sealed for 2013, so you
should start looking for more reliable options immediately.
Colston @ NYJ: Your guess is as good as mine, folks. Heís the
#1 wideout for one of the leagueís most explosive offenses and yet
youíd still have to scroll all the way down to #65 in order to locate
him in the FF Today wide receiver rankings. Put another way, even
in a really deep 16-team league that employs four WR slots (is there
such a thing?), he would have to be considered no better than a
bye week replacement based on current performance. Wow. Adding injury
to insult, Colston has been added to the Week 9 injury report, meaning
he may end up being the dreaded game-time decision against the Jets.
Iím not sure you should even make it that suspenseful. Unless youíre
really hard-pressed to come up with bodies at the receiver position,
pass on Colston until further notice. He simply isnít getting it
Colston: Where have you been?
Bowe @ BUF: Neither is this former stud. Bowe ranked second
overall at the position just four years ago, but now barely merits
consideration come lineup-setting time. The Chiefs under Andy Reid
have become a run-oriented and defensive-minded outfit and it’s
impossible to argue with the results through eight weeks. Just one
year removed from a dismal 2-14 campaign, they’re the talk
of the football world and the league’s only remaining undefeated
team. That hasn’t done much for anyone’s fantasy value
outside of Jamaal Charles and (occasionally) Alex Smith, but coaches
don’t take fantasy upside into account when they’re
drafting up game plans last I checked. Unless you’ve got a
personal pipeline to Coach Reid and know something the rest of us
don’t, steer clear of Bowe and the rest of the Kansas City
receivers this coming weekend in Orchard Park.
Good luck, folks!