2013 Watch List #3

2012 fantasy football watch listWeek 3 finishes up tonight with a big AFC rivalry as OAK travels to DEN to take on Manning and that passing attack. It was a wacky week as we saw a number of upsets including SF and GB, while CLE, under Brian Hoyer and defeated MIN. Let’s not forget the Giants going 0-3 being waxed by CAR 38-0. Ouch! So much for Emily Manning and company. Enter the BYE weeks start in week 4 and if you drafted like many do without consideration for back ups at some position now is the time to start looking to fill those voids.

QUARTERBACKS
Geno Smith NYJ 16-29-331-2, 4-14-1: Smith could be a spot start as we head into BYE weeks depending on opponant. He put up career best numbers vs BUF and looks to have another good matchup vs TEN in week 4.

Brian Hoyer CLE 30-54-321-3: Got to give the kid some credit posting 300+ in his first game, but CLE didn’t have a running game to speak of attempting 54 passes! With no positive contribution on the ground, don’t be surprised to see 40-50 passing attempts moving forward.

RUNNING BACKS
LeGarrette Blount NEP 14-65/Brandon Bolden NEP 3-51, (6)5-49: With Ridley continuing to lose time and carries, Blount and Bolden combined for 116 yards on the ground. Logic dictates it will be Bolden who is the more versitile RB in the backfield.

Jonathan Franklin GBP 13-103-1, (3)3-27: He won’t be noted for the offense he contributed to the Packers, but the fumble that caused cost GB the name. He looked better running the ball than Starks did, faster and more ellusive. Numbers might be a bit skewed thanks in part to a 51 yard run. Bye in week 4, watch injuries to Lacy and Starks.

Isaiah Pead STL 7-21, 11(9)-61: Richardson lasted a single play as he reinjured his foot, which opened the door for Pead. While he wasn’t impressive on the ground he did contribute to the passing game. This week STL plays SF, watch Richardson’s situation, but Pead has the edge to take the majority of the snaps.

Jacquizz Rodgers ATL 18-86, (3)2-17: Mentioned him in Watch List #2 after Steven Jackson went down last week, but Rodgers posted a ground best 86 yards. Good chance Jackson misses week 4 providing Rodgers another start vs NEP.

Fred Jackson BUF 7-72, (5)4-37: Spiller left the game with a knee injury and Jackson took over backfield duties and led the team in rushing. BUF faces BAL next week, but watch the status of Spiller, which could make Jackson a flex start.

Bilal Powell NYJ 27-149, 2-9: Powell was another RB mentioned in the week 2 Watch List. he put in his best performance rushing for 149, averaging 5.5 YPC. Could be in line for a majority of the work next week at TEN.

Notables: Jason Snelling ATL 11-53, (5)4-58-1.

WIDE RECEIVERS
Donnie Avery KC (7)7-141: While the KC offensive with Smith isn’t impressive, he has been effective in the yardage department. This week it was Avery exploding for 141 yards and catching everything that came his way. With all the underneath routes Avery could play a bigger role.

Mike Williams TB (9)5-65: Not flashy, but the injury to Jackson could see an increase in production. Still getting a fair amount of targets from Freeman. Might be worth watching the VJ injury.

Josh Gordon CLE (19)10-146-1: Big game coming off a 2-game suspension for Gordon, who was targeted an amazing 19 times on Sunday. This with Brian Hoyer at QB and 54 pass attempts. Matchup seem favorable for CLE the next few weeks. He could be a viable WR2 or flex option in your team.

Notables: Jason Avant PHI (8)5-87-1, Ted Ginn CAR (4)3-71-1,  Kendall Wright TEN (6)6-71, Devone Best CLE (10)7-67.

2012 Watch List #6

2012 fantasy football watch listThe deeper we get into the fantasy football season, the more clear the picture should get. Unfortunate that does not seem to be the case this season. Injuries continue to wreck havoc for some owners, which in turn has them scrambling to find replacements. Injured this week Bob3, Jerome Simpson, Martellus Bennett, Cedric Benson, Jermichael Finley and Jimmy Graham to name some. Toss into the equation the start of the BYE weeks and that could leave some owners coming up just a bit short. My take on BYE weeks, you should have planned coverage during the draft, not via the waiver wire, but that is an old school philosophy

Week 5 is finishes tonight and you should have some idea how your season is shaping up. With approximately 8 weeks remaining even an 0-5 team or 1-4 team have a chance at glory. The wire also becomes a bit thinner as the season rolls along. Many names appearing are probably castoffs that have been added and dropped numerous times. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a gem to add to your roster, it just becomes a bit more challenging. At this point, you have some idea who is expendable on your team to drop, if you are struggling you might look at changing it up and taking a chance. BYEs in week 6; Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans.

With that said, here is the watch list as we go into week 6 of the NFL.

QUARTERBACK
Christian Ponder MIN 11-35-258-2-2 3-31
I see his name come up almost weekly now, asking if he should be played. He has struggled at times this year, but has tossed 6 TDs in his last 3 of 4 games and is still without an INT. MIN has WAS , ARI and TB in the next 3 games. WAS is dead last in FPPG vs the pass.

Kevin Kolb ARI
Arizona is coming off their bye week and Kolb was battered vs STL. Kolb came up just short of throwing for 300 yards in back to back games. Prior to the STL game he had 5 TDs in 2 games. Arizona has a nice match up vs BUF and Kolb could be a solid starter for a bye week cover as the Bills are near the bottom vs the pass.

Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF 16-26-126-0-1
>His performance vs SF was forgettable, so put it behind and look toward the Arizona Cardinals who have surrendered 572 yards and 3 TDs in their last 2 games vs the pass. Fitzpatrick continues to turn the ball over too much, but as a bye week cover could produce some good numbers in the desert.

Brandon Weeden CLE 22-35-291-2-2
Forget the home opener to start the year for CLE and Weeden hasn’t been too terribly bad. Like many rookies, he is making some poor decisions that usually result in a turnover. he has surpassed 300 yards passing twice this year and has 2 multiple TD games. Trailing as the Browns have been doing he is needing to throw. Browns travel to Cincinnati in week 6.

Other notables:

RUNNING BACK (number in (#) represent targets)
Rashard Mendenhall PIT 14-81-1 (3)2-20
He shouldn’t be on the wire, but if he is then take a stab at him. His initial start was better than the replacements of Dwyer and Redman had done.

Alex Green GBP 9-55 (1)1-8
Green gets a bump as Cedric Benson left the game in the first quarter with a leg injury. The numbers are a bit misleading, as 41 yards of his 55 came on a 41 yard run late in the game. Watch the news on Benson, but Green could be the starter in week 6, unfortunately the Pack players HOU.

Other notables:

WIDE RECEIVER (number in (#) represent targets)
Andrew Hawkins CIN (13)5-47
While some were probably expecting bigger numbers vs MIA, Hawkins was targeted 13 (team high) times in the game by Dalton. Still, he has not had that break out game but week 6 they play CLE at home. He is a nice option as a BYE week cover.

Randall Cobb GBP (4)4-82-1
Cobb has a big upside, but the consistency seems to be the missing piece. He caught everything thrown his way this week, which included a TD. Some of his success was due to the fact Greg Jennings was still injured and not playing. This is back to back good games for Cobb, watch the news on Jennings. GB plays at HOU in week 6.

Jordan Norwood CLE (9)9-81
Look a Browns wide receiver who actually caught the ball. Finished the game with a career high 9 catches, but was starting in part due to injured to Massaquoi and Benjamin. He has some upside headed into week 6 vs Cincinnati.

Kendall Wright TEN (11)9-66
Need a PPR wide receiver? Wright could be the “right” guy as he continues to get a good number of targets a week and posted games of 7 and 9 receptions in the last 2 of 3 games. He continues to be targeted due to the fact Kenny Britt is limited.

Robert Meachem SDG (4)3-67-2
I am not sold on Meachem, haven’t been since his move to SD. Part of the reason was no rapport with Rivers through camp and the early part of the season. He only had 9 catches headed into the game vs NO and probably played with a chip on his shoulder. Consider him a risky pick up due to his inconsistency.

Other notables: Josh Gordon (8)2-82-2, Devery Henderson NOS (10)8-123-1

TIGHT END
Kyle Rudolph MIN (7)4-23-1
Rudolph continues a strong start to his rookie campaign as a favorite target, especially in the red zone for Christian Ponder. He scored his 4th TD on the year, but continues to be low on the yardage. He does bring a big upside in the number of red zone looks, he beats many of the TEs who are still under performing. MIN is at WAS in week 6.

Other notables: Heath Miller (5)4-41, Joel Dreessen DEN (4)4-21-1

2012 Watch List #4

2012 fantasy football watch listDepending on how your team is performing could determine how much you are using the waiver wire and picking up players during the week. For me, I made my first real claim (second transaction this season, picked up Zuerlein since Josh Brown didn’t win a spot) and picked up Dennis Pitta, TE BAL and started him in place of Fred Davis this weekend. With week 4 on the horizon, I now start looking at my roster and players who haven’t performed.

It could be a recent injury (CJ Spiller and Reggie Bush on Sunday) or an ineffective player on your roster that has you looking to the wire. This is the point in the season where I begin to consider my options, especially if reserve players haven’t been scoring well. There are quite a few adequate options this week, which saw more upsets in the NFL and more players make their name, but make a fantasy owner question, a one-week wonder or true diamond in the rough.

With that said, here is the watch list as we go into week 4 of the NFL.

QUARTERBACK
Shaun Hill DET 10-13-172-2 TD
Hill entered the game with 2 minutes to go in the game and put some some good stats after Stafford departed with an injury. He ended up tossing 2 TDs to Megatron and Young. More importantly he could be the starter pending the MRI on Stafford’s leg. Detroit is a pass heavy offense, might be worth the pick up to cover Stafford. Detroit plays the Vikings next week before heading into their bye week.

RUNNING BACK (number in (#) represent targets)
Tashard Choice BUF 20-95 (5) 2-8
First Fred Jackson, now CJ Spiller, Buffalo is down to Choice as their starter until Jackson returns. There will be an update on the injury today (Monday), but expect owners to be rushing to grab Choice for a 1-2 week start. With as active as Jackson and Spiller was, Choice could be a good pick up for week 4. Buffalo will face New England and San Francisco the next 2 weeks.

Daniel Thomas MIA 19-69-1 TD, (2) 1-11
More upside in Lamar Miller at this point, but Thomas should get a fair amount of work if the injury (knee) to Reggie Bush is significant. Expect Thomas to share carries with Miller.

Lamar Miller MIA 9-48
Miller had a 5.3 YPC with a long of 22 yards and ran better than Thomas. Might have a leg up on Thomas considering his fumble in the third quarter. Dolphins face a stout Cardinals defense in week 4.

Mikel Leshoure DET 26-100-1 TD, (4) 4-34
Returning from the Achilles’ tendon injured suffered last year, Leshoure did not hesitate to impress owners. There was some hesitation in starting with with possibility of limited carries but ended up shouldering the load of the work with 26 carries. Look for Leshoure to carry the load in DET after his week 3 performance. Must pick up if he is still available.

Other notables: Jacquizz Rodgers 10-32, (5) 5-35-1 TD

WIDE RECEIVER (number in (#) represent targets)
T.Y. Hilton IND (8) 4-113-1 TD
With Austin Collie suffering a knee injury, T.Y. Hilton stepped into the limelight yesterday vs JAX. He took advantage of Luck’s ability to spread the ball around. Y.T. is the quickest of the receivers in Indy, but might only be grabbed in deeper leagues. I still believe Avery is the better option over Hilton, but keep an eye on the Collie injury when Indy comes out of their week 4 bye.

Ramses Barden NYG (10) 9-138
Right now, Giants are the players to own. Barden is a 4th year player who stepped up Thursday vs Carolina. Barden started with the absence of Nicks (foot). Barden stepped up much like Victor Cruz did last year during week 3 and we see how that has worked out. With question marks around Nicks health, Barden is one to keep an eye on going forward, especially with the year Manning is having.

Andrew Hawkins CIN (4) 2-66-1 TD
Not the strongest showing this week for Hawkins, but that brings his yearly totals to (16) 12-208-2 TD over 3 weeks, not bad playing as the WR2 to AJ Green. I suspect Hawkins will continue to see success over the next few weeks facing JAX, MIA and CLE.

Damaris Johnson PHI (11) 5-84-1 TD
With both DeSean Jackson dinged and Jeremy Maclin inactive (hip) Johnson got the start vs Arizona on Sunday. He saw a team (and career) high 11 targets from Vick and averaged 16.8 YPC. Watch the status of Maclin before you grab Johnson. Philly plays division foes, the New York Giants in week 4.

Jerome Simpson MIN
Simpson has yet to play this year after serving a 4-game suspension after violating the league substance abuse policy. He is slated to he the startin ‘X’ wide out for Minnesota. Should be another good target for Christian Ponder and complete Percy Harvin very well.

Other notables: Devone Bess MIA (7) 5-86, Kendall Wright (11) 7-41, Brandon Stokley DEN (6) 6-73-1 TD

TIGHT END
Kyle Rudolph MIN (6) 5-36-2 TD
This is the second week Rudolph has been on the Watch List and he put together a very good game vs the 49ers on Sunday. He has become a big target for Christian Ponder. Currently a top 10 TE with (18) 13-138-3 TD. Must own and start at this point.

Heath Miller PIT (10) 8-60-2 TD
A bit of a surprise based on his numbers over the last few years, but Miller has scored 4 times in 3 weeks, 2 TDs yesterday vs Oakland. He is off to his best start in his career. With other big named TEs struggling, Miller could be an option, yet the presence of Wallace and Brown are still relevant in that offense.

Martellus Bennett NYG (7) 6-73-1 TD
Bennett was on Watch List #2 after back to back showings and 2 TDs. He put up another great outing last Thursday as the Giants offense is clicking. Currently he is a top 3 TE through 3 weeks and at the rate the Giants are scoring he is a must start as Manning has been spreading the ball around very well.

Other notables: None