Sorry everyone, I’ve been lax with the blog posts, I am busy preparing for our QFL preseason. Well, we’re halfway through the season already, and I’m sure lots of us have been screwed in our leagues by the losses of some major offensive weapons in WR Julio Jones, WR Reggie Wayne, RB C.J. Spiller, RB Doug Martin and RB DeMarco Murray. Now we are seeing some QBs going down in Jay Cutler and Sam Bradford. This is where it pays to have good backups, with some owners taking their backups even before a K or DST. Here’s some good plays for this week:
The Panthers travel to hopeless Tampa Bay tommorrow night, where the Greg Schiano era is deteriorating by the game. With no Doug Martin and a rookie at QB, Mike Glennon, look for the Panthers D to dominate, forcing turnovers. The Panthers have the #2 scoring defense in the land, while the Bucs have the #31 scoring offense. This spells a recipe for disaster for the Bucs and good opportunity for owners looking for a strong DST. Panthers DST is a must start this week.
Peyton Hillis, RB Giants
So everyone will be on RB Mike James after the injury to RB Doug Martin in Tampa, but I am going to go a different direction. Tampa is bad, and no one respects QB Mike Glennon, so you can expect teams to stack 8 in the box to stop the run and stop James.Peyton Hillis, who had fallen from grace since his Madden cover a few years ago, signed with the Giants last Wednesday, and even with a short week of practice, he managed 80 yards and a TD. RB David Wilson is still ailing, and RB Brandon Jacobs is running on fumes at this point in his career. I think Peyton Hillis has a favorable matchup against the Eagles this week, who allowed Cowboys’ 2nd stringer RB Joseph Randle to outrush their own stud RB LeSean McCoy. Hillis is a low end RB1 or RB2 or good flex player this week
Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins
Jordan Reed has the breakout game of his career last week against the Bears last week and is starting to emerge as the safety blanket type TE for QB Robert Griffin III. You can expect him to put up some big numbers against the worst passing defense in the league, the Denver Broncos. Denver is stout against the run, so you can expect the Redskins to look to the air and RGIII to find Reed on the underneath routes. Reed deserves attention at the TE1, but will need a wider body of work for us to recommend him as a must start.
Jarett Boykin, WR Packers
With WRs Randall Cobb and James Jones out and now TE Jermichael Finley out, that leaves just Jordy Nelson and Boykin to catch passes from prolific QB Aaron Rodgers. The Packers play the woeful Vikings this week and you can expect Rodgers to light it up. Boykin is an excellent start in the flex spot this week. You may also want to think about picking up is TE Andrew Quarless, who will be filling in for Finley.
Brandon Gibson, WR, Dolphins
So the Dolphins have somewhat fizzled out since their 3-0 start, but Gibson had a good fantasy-wise game in a losing effort vs. Buffalo last week, hauling in 5 catches for 40 yards and 2 TD, yielding 16 fantasy points. He is a big, physical receiver that QB Ryan Tannehill is going to be looking for in the Red Zone area. While WR Mike Wallace will be the burner in open space, you can expect Gibson to catch some fade route TDs, but don’t expect him to give you major yards. Gibson is a good bye week replacement in deeper leagues or flex player. The Dolphins play the Patriots this week, who could not stop QB Geno Smith and the Jets last week.