Bye week blues ravaging rosters

What I learned last week:

I learned that I would much rather suffer through an old rerun of “Saved By The Bell” than watch Tony Romo and the Cowboys. This team is in serious trouble and Romo needs to understand that throwing the ball to the defense is a no-no.

I also learned to trust my defense more. I left Chicago’s defense on my bench along with it’s 30 points and finally I learned that waking my son up from his morning nap thanks to my “YOU’RE KIDDING ME!” outburst when Jake Locker went down on the third series of the game resulted in a telepathic beatdown from my wife ... not good.

Play the man:

Stevan Ridley. No worries about New England’s run by committee. Ridley’s the man.

Put him on the pine:

The Patriots defense. Peyton’s coming to town.


Michael Vick and the Eagles are no longer a good mix and Vick is no longer the playmaker he was in 2010 when he electrified the league and the Eagles. This has not only been difficult on Vick owners, but also LeSean McCoy owners.

McCoy had a monster year last year, leading many owners to believe the Eagles would rely heavily on the run this year. So far through four games this year, McCoy has rushed for only 21 more yards than this point last year. Even more shocking, he’s scored just one touchdown. This time last year, McCoy had six total touchdowns. 
I say never fear though.

The Eagles will come to realize Vick isn’t the answer and that turning to McCoy to turn things around in Philly is the answer.

■ Trent Richardson, although not at superstar status, has been a steady performer for the Browns. He proved this against Baltimore in Baltimore when he totaled more than 100 yards (47 rushing and 57 receiving) and scored a touchdown. With regular running backs having up and down games this year or sustaining injuries, Richardson has averaged 20 fantasy points in ESPN leagues over the past three games.

Keep rolling with Richardson in your lineup. He’s the only shining star in the Cleveland sky and is a great flex play in all leagues and formats.

■ Peyton Manning is back. The guy didn’t play an entire year,  joined a new team in a new division that plays the majority of its games outdoors. Of course he was going to have a couple bad games to shake off the rust.

I can see how owners may have had their finger on the passenger-eject button, but I wouldn’t give up on Manning just yet, even if he doesn’t play well Sunday in New England, a team he has the most interceptions against during the regular season and the playoffs (24).

Manning is coming off a dominant performance against Oakland where he finally seemed in sync with his receiving corps. His passes looked crisp and the offensive line finally gave him time to be Peyton Manning.

If you own Manning, ride the wave.


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