Fantasy Football Google Hangout 2
Here are some of the topics the guys covered in this week’s #InsideFantasy Google Hangout on FOXSports.com:
Jordan Reed vs. Coby Fleener ROS
The Bengals’ offense is rolling behind these two, but what is their value in Week 9 and beyond as fantasy owners prepare for the 2013 fantasy football playoffs?
Zac Stacy vs. Andre Ellington as a low-end starting running back ROS?
The good news is that Stacy only suffered a low ankle sprain against the Seahawks. So, he should be able to give it a go against the Titans in Week 9. Ellington is on the BYE this week, but could the rookie push Rashard Mendenhall aside the rest of the year and provide fantasy owners some options moving forward?
Rivers vs. Dalton vs. Locker
Take your pick!
*Fowler's Top 5 Waiver Wire Picks of the Week below video ...*
Week 9 Waiver Wire Targets
I’m going to pitch two ideas to fantasy owners when it comes to Ellington:
1) If he’s out on the waiver wire, pick him up.
2) If you already own Ellington – see if you can sell high to a desperate owner looking for RB3 or BYE week assistance.
A) His value will never be higher this season
B) In PPR leagues, I’m more inclined to hold onto Ellington ROS
Cardinals (on BYE Week 9) head coach Bruce Arians said that Ellington would still share the workload with Rashard Mendenhall when the latter was healthy. Plus, Mendy will continue to vulture touchdowns inside the five. At 5-foot-9, Ellington’s body style can’t take the punishment inside the tackles and Arians has said he hopes the rookie running back can improve his pass blocking.
Who leads all fantasy football wide receivers in fantasy points scored the last four weeks? If you answered Calvin Johnson you would be WRONG! Certainly, four touchdowns in one game catapulted Jones atop the fantasy scoring leaders, but the consistent production in three straight games is more important.
• Week 6 – 71 yards / TD
• Week 7 – 57 yards / TD
• Week 8 – 122 yards / 4 TD
Andy Dalton has been craving a second option in the passing game for three seasons. A.J. Green draws so much attention from defensive backs that Jones’ emergence as a reliable WR2 will benefit both owners.
After missing most of the season with a wrist injury, Moore returned and produced for the Saints in Week 8. Coming off a 2012 season where he hauled in 65 passes for over 1,000 yards with six touchdowns, don’t think Drew Brees has completely forgotten about one of his most trusted targets. Sure, Jimmy Graham, bad ankle and all, will be his top target, but Marques Colston’s fantasy stock is tanking and Kenny Stills, although talented, does not possess the chemistry Moore and Brees have built over the years. He’s a WR3 for the immediate future, but has boasted WR2 value in the past.
A year ago it seemed as if Durham and fantasy football were going to be a weekend fling in Vegas. However, after Ryan Broyles suffered another season-ending injury this weekend (Achilles) and Nate Burleson is still recovering from a broken arm, it looks as if Durham is there to stay for the rest of the season. He’s hauled in 25 receptions for 310 yards with a touchdown this season. With defensive backs draped all over Calvin Johnson following his 300-plus-yard performance against the Cowboys, Matthew Stafford will target his former college roommate early and often the rest of the way. Durham is a great pick in points-per-reception leagues – even with the Lions on a BYE this week.
With Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford and Colin Kaepernick (sorry Eli) all on BYE this week, owners are scrambling for the one-week rental. Take a long look at Locker who has averaged over 27 fantasy points in his last three games. Titans take on the Rams who will playing on a short week after a heartbreaking loss to the Seahawks on Monday night. The Rams allow enough fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks that running out Locker in Week 9 is an intelligent gamble.