Like/Dislike: Time for the fantasy whisperer


What we are talking about:

  • Jay Cutler

    Smoking hot QB play of the week

  • Freddy Morris

    He scored a TD! He scored two!

  • L.A. Angels

    Your 2014 AL West champions!

Nobody likes to watch those procedural dramas with me anymore. I don't necessarily try to figure it out. But I have a knack of looking past the red herrings and figure out who the culprit is within the first few blocks of the show. I mean, most of them are rather formulaic in approach. For years, I believe it was "CSI" or "Criminal Minds" or something, where you just knew the first person they let off the hook was going to actually end up being the criminal. Shoot, maybe that was "Bones" now that I think about it.

(And on a completely unrelated note, Jennifer Love Hewitt is going to join the cast of "Criminal Minds" this season, which has me way too excited. Unless that means "The Client List" is going to be off the air, which will bring me back to earth. But I digress. Wait, is the drama I was thinking of the "Ghost Whisperer" perhaps? And did you know Jay Mohr and Aishia Tyler were semi-regulars on that show, which had 100 episodes. How is any of that possible? Again, I digress.)

But the key to me was looking forward. And it seems way too much in fantasy football, people fall for these red herrings all the time. Chris Johnson has now been written out of fantasy circles because he had a bad game in Green Bay. See, we knew this guy was going to be a bust! And at the same time, Stevan Ridley has found the magic elixir and he's going to bring you fantasy gold now!

Oh boy.

There seems to be nothing more reactionary than fantasy enthusiasts who chase the points, and those who are ready to turn the page on players way too quickly. We really need to stop doing that. I want to take some time to see if Ridley really is going to get a significant number of touches in the coming weeks for the Patriots. Nobody in football seems to rotate their running backs more than Bill Belichick, who has made Mike Shanahan look like the second-coming of Bud Grant.

Likewise, I'm not ready to bail on Johnson who has a pretty good matchup against the Bears on Monday night. Now, I'm torn about playing a guy who is going against my Bears, but that's a discussion for another day. But the Bears give up close to 20 points per game to running backs. Do you want to be sitting there on Monday night kicking yourself because CJ has put up 16 points, while the curtain-jerker you benched him for ended up with six points?

Zac Stacy was another one, not sure he quite fits in this example. But people were ready to write him off for the sheer fact, "welp, he just can't do it again." Because science.

My only suggestion here for you is to look forward at your fantasy roster. How does your roster look this week? Don't try to chase the points you left on the bench last week. And don't continue to smart when one of your top guys has a bad performance. That happens to everybody. So let's chill out and stick with our starters.

Well except for Vincent Jackson. Yikes, the passing offense has been terrible in Tampa Bay. Turns out Marc Trestman is really good at instructing quarterbacks. You see, there is a reason why the Bears threw all that money at Jay Cutler and let Josh McCown walk.

Let's proceed in what our homepage editor Patrick Crawley called the best use of a soap box in world history. Or something like that.

A big hand to stats mavens Bill "Sudsy" Sudell and Careen Falcone for dropping the knowledge.

And without further ado ...

If you sit Manning this week and he goes off to torch the Seahawks like Rivers did, you will never forgive yourself. TRUST. ME. I know exactly what that's like. EXACTLY. Thanks for nothing Jake Locker.

Joe Flacco has 250 passing yards or less in six career games in Cleveland and just three total touchdowns in the last three games in the home of the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. So again, trend!

But how is it possible Flacco has played six games in Cleveland during his career? I know he's a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, but it doesn't seem like he's been in the league that long.

The Cowboys, at some point, have to realize Murray is their best offensive player and let him do the heavy lifting (as scary as that sounds for somebody who has a history of injury). But Tony Romo can't drop back 600 times.

The last time Romo was in a situation like this, he played just six games way back in 2010.

Kirk Cousins is one of my sleepers for this week. If you're really hurting for a quarterback this year. But only one Washington QB has thrown for more than 300 yards in Philly since 1983. Do you know who it was? Don't look it up; Brad Johnson.

I'm not about to push the panic button too soon on Colin Kaepernick. I mean, a lot of credit should go to Kyle Fuller who was out there dealing like a hoss on Sunday night. But still, I don't go with Kaepernick.

Tom Brady had a bad stat line in Week 2 against the Vikings, but let's chill the (expletive) out people. The reason he put up such pedestrian numbers was because he didn't need to put up big numbers because the Patriots smoked the Vikings.

But he is playing Oakland this week, so I can see the Patriots winning huge, Brady not having a big game.

Once again, I feel like I need to be Andy Dalton's biggest defender. And I like him a lot. But A.J. Green injured his toe, which means the Bengals are going to run the ball a lot. I mean a lot. I see Dalton with like 164 and 1 TD.

ImageIt's a shame Matt Shoemaker won't be considered as the American League ROY. I remember when Mike Trout wasn't the MVP his rookie year because the Angels didn't make the playoffs (but had a better record than the Tigers). Shouldn't Shoemaker be given a similar deal here because the Angels are in the postseason, while Jose Abreu isn't?

ImageDon't bother tweeting me, either. I know Shoemaker has no chance in H-E-Double hockey sticks of winning, but give me my chance to vent, you know? That's all I ask.

How strange is it to live in a world where playing the Pittsburgh Steelers is a must-start for RBs?

ImageAlmost as strange as being in a world where U2 offers up a free record on iTunes. And K-Mart says we're going to raise the bar, but by giving you an album by Maroon 5. I'm not making this up.

Darren McFadden came off the mat to have a solid game last week! It was amazing. I'm pushing my luck against the Patriots, though.

Marshawn Lynch had limited touches against the Chargers. This is why I was concerned about him headed into the season. He had a lot of touches last year.

But I would continue to play Lynch cautiously as he continues to fight through this.

I would start Davis, no matter what. But how long do we go before Andy Reid starts to ignore him like Jamaal Charles?

If Shane Vereen getting virtually no touches against the Vikings was an album, it'd be Whitesnake's self titled album from way back in the day.

So you're going to bench Johnson this week even with the great matchup and he's going to run wild.

With so many running backs on the wire, I had to make a tough decision this week, and I straight-up released Bishop Sankey. I hope I don't regret it.

The problem with Sankey is, he doesn't look good when you compare him to other NFL RBs. Plus, waiting for him is a luxury to some of us who need backs now.

I haven't fallen off the Reggie Bush bandwagon quite as hard as most, though he's looked like the No. 2 back for the Lions.

Trent Richardson had a ton of scrimmage yards against the Eagles. But those two fumbles are going to cost him.

I know Richardson lost only one of those fumbles, but the coaches certainly don't see it that way.

The Browns defense is no joke. I just don't see a great game coming from Bernard Pierce.

I've hung on to Benny Cunningham as a pure backup for Stacy in St. Louis. But he sure hasn't shown me enough this year. Again, if you need room, cut him. Because he didn't look good last week.

ImageIf the Los Angeles Rams return, first thing, ditch the all-blue uniform. Certainly not a great look for a football team. I'd even kick around the idea of going with the Deacon Jones blue/white look. Second, the first game needs to be against the Dallas Cowboys. Those games were fun. Although, given the current climate, maybe the L.A. Rams should play Chicago and the winner gets my full support in the future.

ImageThis goes without saying, too, but I'll put it out there on Front Street. Don't bring back the Super Bowl trophy with you. Keep it in St. Louis. Your fans won that, and we don't need it here in L.A. Put it on display at Busch Stadium or something. Wait, the Cardinals have plenty of World Series trophies. Maybe you can lend it to the St. Louis Blues so that franchise can have a championship trophy to display. Hang the Super Bowl banner and Dan Dierdorf's number up in the rafters, too. We don't want it.

Sammy Watkins had 11 targets in Week 2. No other Bills' receiver had more than four. But remember, we are being way too reactionary to rookie receivers.

Brian Quick has nine targets in consecutive weeks. Roster him, but don't start him yet.

Vincent Jackson has scored less than six fantasy points in each game this year. He has no TDs in 10 of his last 11 roadies.

It all goes back to Josh McCown who is nothing but a journeyman quarterback in his career.

My hope is Torrey Smith eventually does benefit from Triple S being on the other side of him. Because all he does right now is run nine routes with little to no success.

Danny Amendola had one target against the Vikings. I know the Patriots were bleeding the clock, but yeah, we're through. The next Wes Welker (expletive) didn't happen for him.

People always wanted to compare Amendola to Welker for one obvious reason. Both played at Texas Tech.

People made a lot of noise about Hakeem Nicks being shut out of the end zone last year. But what about Victor Cruz? He's had no TDs in 12 consecutive games, and topped 90 yards once.

T.Y. Hilton ranks fifth in the NFL with 22 targets. But isn't on the first-page of top WR leaders in fantasy. Dude's living off two games. I blame Richard Sherman.

I'm probably not going to be playing Emmanuel Sanders this week. Legion of Boom, FTW.

A lot of folks feel there isn't any such thing as a "revenge" game during the regular season. But I present to you the Broncos vs. the Ravens from Week 1 in 2013. Remember when Peyton threw away the playoffs with a costly interception against Baltimore? Yeah, how did that end up? Seven touchdown passes for Manning, I can't really predict that many touchdowns this time around, but this game will be more high-scoring.

Tight ends are becoming so valuable, though, that we're almost to the point where we are going to see tight ends by committee. Which we've seen in a way. No need to remind those who started Dennis Pitta last week. Thanks, Owen Daniels.

The only reason you continue to play Jason Witten each week is because of name value. That's it. I'd start Gates, Donnell, and Paul over him this week. I'm not joking.

ImageI was enjoying this list of Adam Sandler's greatest hits on Saturday Night Live and then I realized there was no "Schmitt's Gay." Easily one of the best fake commercials ever crafted by the SNL. Not just as a Sandler gag, but all-time best. I don't want to link to it here, but you must go out and find it. I also liked when Sandler did one of his bits on "Weekend Update" where he talked about all of the cheap Halloween gimmicks for poor people. "I'm crazy pickle arm man. My arm is a pickle! Give me some candy!" Wait a minute, why is this on the dislike side? Oh that's right, I wasn't fond of the list. But love Sandler.

Image"Sons of Anarchy" spoiler. I mean SPOILER. Sometimes I think Jax is the dumbest smart guy I know. But maybe he's really playing a long con here. Maybe he understands Gemma was the one who killed Tera. But he just doesn't care. He's just trying to light a powder keg that ends the Sons forever so his kids don't have to suffer with the life he was led into. I could see him igniting this street war, but at the very end going to his mother and saying, "I know it was you," before ending her.

ImageOr maybe it will be Abel writing in his journal about his dead brother Thomas and how his dad once wanted to take the club legit, but couldn't. Which has been my conjecture since the series began.

For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 200K followers, and Fabiano has 165K. Me? Just four. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook. And if you follow him on Sundays, he'll quote "The Wolf" from "Pulp Fiction" and then it's game on! Although, it's tough to catch me on Facebook. Twitter is your go-to." Plus seriously people, I'm not taking your tweets after Midnight. I'm into the #HashtagWars via @Midnight.