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

2012 Watch List #3

2012 fantasy football watch listIt’s funny how a watch list works, last week a player like Kevin Ogletree was probably one of the most picked up players after his opening season performance. Yesterday it was 1 catch for 26 yards. I am not the only one who said, told you so, but have some patience with your fantasy team. The players on this list don’t necessarily need to be picked up this week, but are players to watch in the coming weeks. Depending on the injury situation your team is in some of these players might be considered a worthwhile pick up immediately.

Some players who are free agents, might not even get a mention, for example Dante Rosario, TE in San Diego. He took advantage of Gates as a late scratch and was 4-48-3 TD, a career day for him. Look for him to fall back into fantasy irrelevance after yesterdays performance. I still subscribe to staying the course after nearly 2 weeks of football. Unless you injury ridden, no situation is too much to overcome at this point. Keep an eye on possibly acquisitions and play the best team you can, which isn’t always the easiest decision to make.

With that said, here is the watch list as we go into week 3 of the NFL.

QUARTERBACK
Russell Wilson SEA 15-20-151-1, 4-28
Wilson still not as impressive as he was in pre-season, but Wilson has been effective at QB for the Seahawks. He could be 2-0, but ends up 1-1 after 2 weeks. He posted a 112.7 QB rating on Sunday vs Dallas, but it was the rushing of Lynch that took away the opportunities for Wilson. Still, he is a worthwhile QB to own as a bench player or bye week cover.

RUNNING BACK (number in (#) represent targets)
Jackie Battle 14-69-2
It only took a game and a half, but Norv Turner might of found his true back up to injured RB, Ryan Mathews. The rushing game in San Diego has been pathetic, but Jackie Battle posted a 14-92 YPC and scored twice. This could be short lived success with Mathews due to return in week 3. If you are looking for the handcuff, Battle could be the RB to own.

Andre Brown NYG 13-73-1, (2) 2-19
With the injury to Bradshaw it was 3rd year player Brown, not Dave Wilson who picked up the slack and posted good numbers in the Giants comeback victory. He posted a 5.5 YPC and looked better than Bradshaw. If the neck injury continue, “What can Brown do for you?”

Bilal Powell NYJ 9-33, (2) 2-10
Greene departed the game with a head injury, but returned later in the game. Powell filled in, but being down in the second half the Jets had to go to the pass (unsuccessfully), which limited the number of touches Powell got. He is someone to watch as we go forward with the season.
Daryl Richardson STL 15-83, (3) 2-19
Steven Jackson came out of the game under mysterious circumstances, which then turned into a groin injury. Watch the week injury report and HC, Jeff Fisher has to say. If the injury lingers, Richardson might take over the RB1 in St. Louis. If you own Jackson, Richardson might be a wise pick up this week.

Other notables: None

WIDE RECEIVER (number in (#) represent targets)
Danny Amendola (16) 15-160-1
Amendola had a career game with 15 catches, which included 12 in the first half. His value comes more in PPR leagues, but if you are in need of a receiver, Amendola might be worth a look. Bradford has his go-to wide receiver, no reason this duo won’t continue to pile up positive numbers.

Brian Hartline MIA (12) 9-111
Hartline has seen 20 targets with Tannehill through 2 weeks and finished with 111 yards against Oakland on Sunday. Might be worth a look in PPR formats with the number of targets he is seeing, but could be a match up player only as Tannehill has struggled through 2 games.

Brandon LaFell CAR (8) 6-90
Led the Panthers in targets on Sunday, but could not find the end zone. He continues to impress and with the passing attack that Carolina has, he is a viable option. Look for big game against NYG in week 3. LaFell could benefit if Steve Smith’s knee issue continues.

Donnie Avery IND (10) 9-111
Avery has 18 targets through 2 weeks with rookie Andrew Luck at QB. Trailing as Indy will be most games, most of the year he could be a viable WR2 with concussion issues still a problem for Austin Collie. Probably a better PPR candidate than standard scoring pick up.

Other notables: Brandon Gibson STL (4) 2-53-1, Julian Edelman (6) 5-50

TIGHT END
Martellus Bennett NYG (10) 5-72-1
Another strong performance by “The Black Unicorn” in a Giants offense that is putting big points on the board and producing huge stats. You might as well get on board with Martellus, as he put up good numbers including 2 TDs in 2 weeks. With injuries and other TEs struggling, he is worth a shot.

Kyle Rudolph MIN (5) 3-35-1
Week 1 he put up modest yardage and yesterday scored a late TD including 35 yards. He is becoming a red zone option for Ponder. With Harvin and Peterson healthy, I like what I have seen in Rudolph through 2 weeks. Viable fantasy option with good upside.

Other notables: Scott Chandler BUF (4) 2-53-1, Todd Heap ARI (10) 5-72-1