Another week, another round of fantasy musings from Duane From NJ. Keep reading to see my latest Fantasy Football thoughts.
#1 – Steve Smith (11 catches, 134 yards, 2TDs) and Eli Manning = Peanut Butter & Jelly. I know everyone got excited a couple of weeks ago when Mario Manningham hung 150 receiving yards on the Dallas Cowboys. But I’ve said all along that Steve Smith is Manning’s preferred target. He lacks Manningham’s burst, but he sports more reliable hands and he’s a much better route-runner at this stage of his career. If you’re set on adding a Giants receiver, Smith’s the way to go.
#2 – Braylon Edwards is a New York Jet. So what. I’m not saying the guy isn’t talented. He is! But after four weeks worth of games, he has 10 catches, 139 yards and zero touchdowns. Steve Smith surpassed that line in one game! Don’t get caught up in the hype: keep Edwards on the bench until he proves he’s a reliable fantasy starter again.
#3 – Keep an eye on Rashard Mendenhall (165 rushing yards, 2 TDs). He won’t start so long as Willie Parker’s healthy. But after tap-dancing all over the San Diego Chargers last week, Pittsburgh has to find more playing time for this guy. Plus… when is Willie Parker ever healthy (zing!)? Monitor the injury wires, and if you notice Parker’s sidelined, don’t hesitate to give Mendhy a start in your backfield.
#4 – LaDainian Tomlinson (7 carries, 15 yards), meet Terrell Owens (3 catches, 60 yards). I told you last week that Owens was done as a consistent fantasy threat. Let’s add LTt2nd to the list as well. No matter how much he argues otherwise, his days as the best back in the league are clearly behind him.
#5 – Week 4 Decepticons: LT (sorry dude), Darren McFadden (6 carries, -3 yards, Megatron Award winner), Julius Jones (11 carries, 25 yards, when’s the last time this guy had a big game?), Devin Hester (1 catch, 2 yards, 2 FRIGGIN’ YARDS!), Roy Williams (3 catches, 35 yards, 100% bum-juice, not from concentrate).
#7 – Mail time. So many of you guys left questions in the comments section from last week, I decided to dedicate the rest of this week’s post to providing answers. Let’s get it!
#8 – I need advice: I'm in 9th place and I’m up against the team in first place in my league. I have Manning, Romo, Williams, Moss, Ward, Witten, Forte, Jones, Akers as kicker, and the Cowboys as Defense. What would you do?
One word: Overhaul. Other than Manning, EVERYONE on your team is expendable. Romo ($7,750,000) and Williams ($4,500,000) especially; they aren’t producing at all. Imo, there’s at least one must-have at every position (minus Kicker and DST) right now: Drew Brees at quarterback, Adrian Peterson at running back, Reggie Wayne at wide receiver, Tony Gonzalez at tight end. I’d figure out a way to add those guys to my roster for starters, then build around them with the money you have left over.
#9 – I need some help. I’m 3-1-0 and second in the league, down 5723 to 5289. I have Brady, P. Manning, B. Edwards, A. Boldin, W. Welker, W. McGahee, G. Olsen, J. Feely, Saints D. Please help me!
Not a bad team DD11. I’d drop Edwards though. Even at $6,000,000, he’s not worth the money. DeSean Jackson costs the same price, and has much more value. I’d also get rid of McGahee ($6,750,000) and replace him with Ray Rice ($5,500,000) if you insist on having a Ravens running back, and drop Olsen because the Bears have a bye this week.
#10 – Hey I`m looking for some serious help right now. I`m 1-2 (prior to Week 4’s games). My team right now is, Brady, E.Manning, MJD, Chris Johnson, Fitzgerald, R.Moss, R.Williams, Shockey, Tynes, Giants D. Any advice?
Hmmm… I kinda like your team CB49. I’d drop Roy Williams (I have no idea why you guys all love him so much), and Shockey ($5,250,000, bye week), and replace them with Steve Smith ($4,750,000) and Brent Celek ($4,750,000). Otherwise, you should be ok.
For everyone else… keep those comments coming! I’ll be answering questions right up until the start of the first game on Sunday, and I’ll get to the rest in next week’s post.