His play through two weeks ain’t Fitz and Giggles
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Hello everybody and welcome to the inaugural edition of the Canadian Wrap-up. Each week, we’ll be highlighting the most important fantasy stories. Week Two brought us many surprises, some good, and some downright devastating. Let’s jump right into the action… after the jump:
- Unless you’ve been living under a rock or simply don’t watch football, you’ve heard the devastating news that superstar Jamaal Charles will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Absolutely the worst news you want to hear if you’re a Charles owner. The Chiefs are pretty much done after also losing star defender Eric Berry. I’d be surprised if they win four games. After you Charles owners punch some inanimate objects, take a breather and consider your options. You can either trade another one of your studs for some RB depth, or simply pick up Dexter McCluster and/or Thomas Jones, who will share the load with Charles out. McCluster is the PPR add, and he most definitely has more upside, but Jones will steal the goal line touches. Either way, they are both worth a roster spot in all leagues.
- I will say it once and once only, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be a top 12 quarterback by seasons end. After an impressive Week One showing, the Harvard alum brought his A-game again in week two, throwing for another three touchdowns. He has the weapons to continue producing, and with Buffalo’s atrocious defense, the Bills may be playing from behind often. That means Fitzpatrick will have to pass. This Bills offense is no joke, and I commend all who snagged Fitzy as a QB2. He will most definitely pay huge dividends.
- Week Two brought us many shocking WR performances. David Nelson caught 10 passes, Eric Decker had two touchdowns (side bar: not to toot my own horn, but I started him in the Expert Blog Wars league), Jerome Simpson and Danario Alexander broke the century mark, and Denarius Moore, well he did this. All are worthy of a roster spot on your make believe teams, but if I had to rank them, I’d go Decker, Nelson, Moore, Simpson and Alexander [Editor’s note: MDS would rank them Moore, Nelson, Simpson, Decker, Alexander]. To silence all the Moore fan boys, Jacoby Ford will be coming back soon. If your memory is a tad hazy, he’s pretty talented too.
- Arian Foster owners need to start worrying. Although he started in Week Two, he promptly left the game after re-aggravating his hamstring. Not good news. To further complicate matters, Ben Tate had another monster performance, rushing for 103 yards and adding four catches for 32 yards. I have a bad feeling. Although uncertain, this hamstring injury appears to be of the nagging variety (aren’t they all?). Try and ship Foster out while you still can, or pray to the fantasy gods that he makes a speedy recovery. I’d suggest the former, as in my professional opinion, Foster is Australian for bust.
- What do Steve Smith (not the Eagle), Brandon Marshall, and Jordy Nelson have in common?…… 10 points if you said they were all huge bargains on draft day. Smith had another monstrous game Sunday (156 yards) and is looking like he’ll finish the year with WR1 numbers at a WR3 price. Marshall was drafted as a WR2, but after another solid line of 6-79-1 on Sunday, he too will finish the year off as a WR1, especially in PPR leagues. Nelson catches balls from Aaron Rodgers, the epitome of consistency. He was had at a late round price but very likely could finish the year as a mid tier WR2. His 84 yard TD Sunday brings him one step closer to reaching those lofty expectations.
- Here are three reasons why drafting a QB late in your draft can be a very wise strategic move: Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton, and Kevin Kolb. All three love to throw the ball (2,013 passing yards between them), all three have elite receivers to throw to, and all three are likely to finish in the top 10 at the QB position. Newton also has wheels (10 carries, 54 yards, one TD Sunday). As a Panther diehard, I can’t be happier with Cam’s ridonkulous start. Finally we have a quarterback who is a difference maker (in a good way).
- Whoever still believes Mike Tolbert is the better back in San Diego shouldn’t be watching football anymore. Ryan Mathews is clearly the better talent, and after another solid game on Sunday (126 yards-from-scrimmage), you can expect him to continue stealing touches from the fat man. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Mathews will finish the year as a top 12 back.
- Aaron Hernandez might be the best tight end in the league. Sadly, he’s always been prone to injury, and this year is no exception. Hernandez sprained his MCL and could miss up to six weeks. Ouch. I’d take this opportunity to grab Mr. Ochocinco if you can. Although clearly not the same player, he will likely have to play a bigger role in the offense with Hernandez out. He may be on your waiver wire, so grab him if you can. If not, try and steal him away from one of your opponents. It’s the right thing to do.
- Attention all Mark Ingram owners, I have some crucial advice for you: DO NOT DROP HIM. Yes he’s failed to reach the end zone through two games and he’s sharing carriers with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, but Ingram is still the goal line back. He will get his touches in the red zone, and with his ferocious running style, I can easily see him scoring 8-10 touchdowns the rest of the way. I’d strongly consider buying low on the first year product (hint: Charles and Foster owners).
Week 3 Injury Report
Tony Romo punctured a lung and cracked a rib on Sunday, and still finished the game in style. I fully expect him to play on Monday against the Redskins.
Mario Manningham suffered a concussion Monday night. It’s still early in the week, so not much is known on his status, however I’d consider finding a suitable replacement for him just in case. Concussions are no laughing matter.
Miles Austin has a hamstring injury and may miss significant time. I highly doubt he’ll play this week.
Michael Vick and his adventurous playing style caused him to leave Sunday nights game with a concussion. It didn’t look serious and knowing Vick he will likely suit up this week.
Super Sleeper of the Week
Titus Young vs the Vikings (propaganda here)
Here we give you four sure fire bets with the spread and a Survivor pick. Win or lose, this section will be here every week.
Lions -4 over Vikings
Yes, I understand it’s a divisional game, but I also understand that the Lions are the real deal. I fully expect Stafford to continue to air it out and the Vikings, despite holding tough against the Bucs and Chargers, will have a hard time stopping the high powered Lions offense. Lions by at least TD.
Dolphins +3 over Browns
The line might change as Sunday approaches, but as of right now you have to run with the points. Despite a poor showing last week, the Dolphins offense looked to be impressive against the Pats in Week One, arguably the best team in the league. I expect the Dolphins to not only cover, but beat the lowly Browns.
Ravens -3.5 over Rams
Fresh off a surprising loss to the Titans last week (a game which screwed me in royal fashion), I fully expect the Ravens to pull things together and beat the Rams. After all, this is the same team who crushed the Steelers in Week One, an elite team in their own right. Ravens in a landslide victory.
Falcons +1 over Bucs
This line is a joke. Yes, both teams have the same record (1-1) but if you watched either of the two teams play, you’d clearly know who is the better squad. The Falcons are elite and will win the NFC South divisional title, so when they are getting points, you take them. The Bucs, despite the pre-season hype, have not impressed me thus far, and I can easily see them struggling against the Falcons this week. Easy Pickings.
Normally I hold off against picking teams I deem to be elite early on, but to be perfectly frank, not one unorthodox selection stands out for me this week. I guess you can go with the Lions, but for my money I strongly suggest you pick on the Chiefs and go San Diego this week. Should be an easy victory for the Chargers.
Anyways, that’s all for now. Until next week, this has been your Captain speaking.
Justin Occhionero has been dominating the Fantasy sports world for 6 years now. When not obsessing over his teams, he enjoys long walks on the beach, chai latte’s, and making fun of MDS’ analysis (albeit most of the time they agree). Follow him on Twitter or send him questions, comments or a Haiku to firstname.lastname@example.org