On Bye: Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots
Before I get into telling you about guys you probably will curse me for later (I apologize for Chris Polk and Brandon Weeden being bad football players), let’s talk about the power of knowing your situation.
Did you know who Gary Barnidge was before he went off for 105 yards and a touchdown? Neither did I, but what I know now is that if a Tight End is playing the Raiders you better flock to said Tight End. In the first three weeks the Raiders have given up 20 catches for 297 yards and five touchdowns to that position.
Next up for Oakland: Martellus Bennett.
On this site I talk all the time about knowing a situation. Be it league scoring settings, D/ST opponents or even how good a player is at home or on the road; you need to know these things if you want to have any shot at winning week-to-week. Believe it or not there were fantasy owners who looked at the pass rushers for Kansas City and thought last night was the night Aaron Rodgers would look mortal. Well, they missed out.
Going back to last week, there was an interesting question as to why I (and a number of others) weren’t as high on Travis Benjamin. The easy response would be to note his ridiculous production coming on long plays, but you also have to look at his Quarterback. Benjamin’s production early was very similar to what Martavis Bryant did late in 2014, but Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel aren’t Ben Roethlisberger, which is a big deal. Where Benjamin could add value is to Cleveland’s D/ST value (considering he doesn’t do this too often).
I was going to talk about where I screwed up last week but… let’s just move forward and consider it old news! Really old news. Almost like I never said it.
Antonio Andrews, RB, Tennessee Titans
One of my favorite tweets this weekend was about Tennessee’s Antonio Andrews.
Now what he was probably saying was he looks a lot like 2014 Jeremy Hill, the one who kind of surprised everyone but take that however you’d like. Even with Tennessee on bye this week Andrews is an intriguing option considering the Titans other running backs on the roster.
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch has looked pretty bad so far in 2015 and now he’s hurt. Thomas Rawls looked so good to the Seahawks they cut two running backs to show how confident they are in him. Rawls has that perfect storm brewing this week of opportunity and matchup (they play the Lions). I think it’s time his name makes its way into your consciousness.
Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
If you’ve had enough of Demarco Murray already I don’t blame you. Chances are Ryan Mathews is unexpectedly floating around on waivers somewhere out there so I would pounce in a hurry. Chip Kelly still wants to run the football and Mathews’ ability catching the football makes him even more of a commodity.
Colby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Dwayne Allen has broken all of our hearts time and time again. His ability is unquestioned but his availability is where he lacks. Colby Fleener on the other hand just saw six targets and turned four catches into 51 yards. Red Zone targets should follow.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
Ben Roethlisberger is out for at least four weeks, which means a lot of fantasy owners are going to need a fill-in. Chances are if you’re in a 12-team league Carr wasn’t one of the chosen. I pegged him as a breakout candidate this season and he’s coming off back-to-back 300-yard, two touchdown performances. My advice if you rolled with Roethlisberger? Pass on Vick and go for Carr.
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