Fantasy football week 7: Dreaded 6-bye week brings owners to their knees
What I learned last week:
I learned that every bit of advice I offered last week was in fact wrong, pure and simple. It was such horrible advice that I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a hit out on me. The only thing I got right was my name. I’m pretty sure I spelled it right.
Play the man:
Denarius Moore. The Oakland receiver is starting to hit a groove and put up 16 fantasy points last week. The Silver & Black are hosting Jacksonville. It’s about to get all ugly up in here for the Jags.
Put him on the pine:
Shonn Greene. The Jets are going to have a tough time in New England, and backup QB Tim Tebow could end up with more rushing yards than Greene.
■ After nearly giving up on Jason Witten and Dez Bryant, the two have emerged as fantasy must-stars. Both were heading in the direction of bust status, but they’ve given me and other owners renewed hope after the past two weeks in which they have combined for 400 yards, three touchdowns and nearly 70 fantasy points. Too bad Tony Romo is quarterbacking this ship, but even in garbage time, Witten and Bryant will get theirs.
■ I was one of the few who didn’t turn off the Bronco game at halftime of Monday night’s win over San Diego. I was doubting Peyton Manning after the Atlanta disaster, but over the past four weeks, Manning has thrown for 1,314 yards, 12 touchdowns and one interception, which was the result of the wrong route being run by receiver Matt Willis. Manning is averaging 28.7 fantasy points over those four games. When the Broncos seem down and out, Manning does his “Peyton Manning thing” and pulls them from the brink of disaster.
■ I can’t believe Tim is talking about not being able to pull the trigger on waiving Chief’s RB Peyton Hillis. Seriously? 93 yards rushing so far this year and a whopping total of 13.1 fantasy points. Hasn’t posted a stat the past three games. The two things the Chiefs have going for them right now are Jamaal Charles and inching closer to the end of another horrible season. Waive him, Timmy. You’d be better off with Tim Tebow, a pack of Doublemint gum or a block of cheese that has been in the sun for two days.
If you have to have a 49ers WR on your roster, which one do you take?
Tim: Can I refuse to answer this? No? then Mario Manningham.
Ben: I’ll pass and take a zero.
If you have to have a Seahawks WR on your roster, which one do you take?
Tim: Can I have a 49ers receiver instead? No? then Golden Tate.
Ben: Sidney Rice. Don’t call it a comeback ...
Who is the better fantasy QB going forward, Josh Freeman or Russel Wilson?
Tim: Freeman. He has a more favorable schedule and better receivers.
Ben: Not a Freeman fan. He’s had one good game in like, forever. I’d take my chances with Wilson.
What will Cowboys RB Felix Jones do in his start at Carolina?
Tim: He should go nuts against a bad run defense, but my gut tells me he screws this up: Under 100 yards, no TDs.
Ben: If the Cowboys were smart, they’d run him all day long and not let Tony “Phony” Romo throw five more picks.
Ravens WR Anquan Boldin has returned to fantasy relevance. Will he remain relevant?
Tim: Yes. The Ravens are committed to the pass, and opposing defenses’ are committed to slowing down Torrey Smith.
Ben: Yes. The dude is money when his number is called.
Does Cleveland finally have a WR you can count on in Josh Gordon?
Tim: No. He’s a home-run hitter who hasn’t caught more than three passes in a game. You’ll ride a roller coaster with him. That said, I picked him up this week.
Ben: 35 fantasy points in his past two games. Hitting a home-run is a good thing, and this guy’s been hitting them outta the park.