Like/Dislike: Give David Wilson one more chance


What we are talking about:

  • Matt Schaub

    He is going to win your week

  • Ben Roethlisberger

    No chance he starts for me

  • Tom Brady


There were a lot of disappointing running backs in Week 1 (to say the least). One who really sticks out to me is David Wilson. We were all about Wilson once Andre Brown went down with an injury, and he even moved into the second round of most drafts. Heck, our own Elliot Harrison grabbed him in the second round of our Experts League just after I grabbed Steven Jackson.

And believe me, if Jackson had been gone, I would have seriously thought about going with Wilson. And then Sunday night happened. I don't know why I took it so personally, but I don't think I had been duped this bad since I thought "Mean Girls" was going to be the revival of Lindsay Lohan's career.

The biggest question I keep getting on Twitter is what to do about him. Do you bench him? Do you pick up Brandon Jacobs? Should Tom Coughlin make like Jimmy Caan in "The Program" and make Wilson run around the Giants' facility with the ball tucked under his arm?

In short, yes he should. There would be nothing sweeter than to see some mid-card Giants player trying to knock the ball out of Wilson's hand as he was rolling through the commissary. So yes on that.

Don't pick up Brandon Jacobs. He was added because of familiarity. But dude isn't going to walk through that door and start breaking off huge runs. So you play Wilson. The Giants don't have any other choice. Caan, I mean Coughlin, has spent so much time talking about Wilson because there isn't another alternative. Wilson would have been buried on the bench by now if Andre Brown was still healthy. But Brown isn't, so Wilson has to be on the field. Don't worry, you will be rewarded for it.

And is it weird I'm still a Lindsay Lohan fan? I'm not proud of it. But seriously, "Mean Girls" was good. I don't care what anybody says.

Let's move on in this column voted "Best Use of a Soap Box" by our homepage editor, Patrick Crawley.

Likes and dislikes are in bold, for those of you who don't want to take the 88 minutes required to read this column. (But it's Friday: What better way to cruise through it than by checking out my thoughts on fantasy football, comic books, wrestling, TV and music?) Facebook doesn't give you the option to dislike stuff, but I certainly do.

A big hand to stats maven Bill "Sudsy" Sudell for dropping the knowledge.

And without further ado ...

Coach Gary Kubiak said this week he wants the split between Arian Foster and Ben Tate to be "a little more closer to even." And that sound you heard was fantasy enthusiasts with Foster in their lineups banging their keyboards. This is why I avoided Foster in the first round of my fantasy drafts. I know I let him slide by a number of times. Not to gloat, I ended up with C.J. Spiller instead. So yeah, yippie! (He said facetiously.)

The optimist will tell you Coach K (hey, look another Coach K to dislike) attempted to light a fire under Foster with those comments and the running back will end up with 350 carries this season. But you must remember Kubiak majored in Shanahanigans while he studied at Denver. So I'm not completely convinced of this.

Plus, the Texans are looking to reach the Super Bowl. There is no point to have Foster go out and have 40 attempts against the Titans in Week 2. It's troubling. I mean, it would just be better if Foster wasn't playing because at least you wouldn't expect him to have a huge stat line. But you're pretty much stuck playing him because there is no alternative.

The good news is, there are very few running backs that are going to kill it nowadays. So Foster's dip in production won't really take him out of the Top 10. And for sure not out of the Top 20. But the days when you could count on 18 points from him each week, probably not going to happen. He's going to have some great games, and then games like Monday night. Just be ready for it.

Foster has not scored a touchdown in three of his last four games. Sorry, I don't mean to pile on here. Well, maybe a little. Fine, I will give you something to go on. Foster has scored five total touchdowns in the last three meetings against the Titans.

Speaking of running backs you have to start, but not feel so good about it, how about Frank Gore? He's had just one rushing touchdown in the last six meetings against the Seahawks. He's had fewer than 85 rushing yards in six straight visits to Seattle. Again, there aren't a lot of running backs out there so you kind of have to start him. But dang, you don't feel very good about it.

The Chargers lost a heartbreaker on Monday night. Surprise! I mean, you can take Norv out of San Diego, but you can't take the Norv out of the Chargers. That was one of those "even though they are up by 21 points, I still don't see this one ending well" games. In fact, Rosie McGee went to bed at halftime because she said that way, she can sleep soundly knowing the Chargers were going to blow it. And judging from the loud "thud" coming from the bedroom upstairs after Brian Cushing's interception, me thinks she wasn't sleeping at all.

ImageThis week's "What the what?" Why the hell are the Chargers playing the 10 a.m. game at Philadelphia? West Coast teams should not be made to play those 10 a.m. games at all for the fans (as a Rams fan as a kid, I hated getting up early for those games). And when you play the super-late Monday night game and then have to travel to play on the East Coast the next week?

Terrelle Pryor is a nice sleeper this week, but I had to put him on this side of the ledger to get your attention. Pryor might have a nice game this week, though Jacksonville isn't the pushover everybody assumes. But I really wonder about his long-term prognosis as a starter.

And I see this a lot on Twitter, too. People want to add Pryor and hope to peddle him later. Look, it doesn't work that way anymore. There are so many great quarterbacks available on the waiver wire, it's really difficult to get return value. I have Brady and Luck on a team, and nobody would take the Patriots quarterback before the season started. And there are teams in desperate need for a quarterback. It's ridiculous. Get your starter, find a viable option for his bye week and that's that.

ImageAnd seriously, sometimes playing a hunch like Pryor is like listening to Pandora and getting excited when the chords on "Behind Blue Eyes" start up. And when Pryor flames out, you become disappointed. Almost as disappointed as you feel when it's Fred Durst signing the song. Seriously, I'm not a big fan of The Who but Limp Bizkit might have performed the worst cover song ever. Pandora, you should know me better than this!

ImageKaren on Twitter suggested we do a bracket to determine the worst cover song of all-time. I kind of like this idea. So if you have any suggestions, why don't you hit me up on Twitter with this #worstcoverever and we can see if it's possible to determine the winner. Or loser in this case.

Ben Roethlisberger scored less than 10 fantasy points in Week 1. And this was in a week when nearly everybody had scored more than 10 fantasy points from the QB position. Geno Smith scored more than 10 points. Ryan Tannehill outscored him. Seriously, Roethlisberger was in Brandon Weeden territory. Roethlisberger ranked 28th among quarterbacks. That's no misprint.

There are a number of reasons to dislike Roethlisberger this week. He's had a touchdown or less in eight of the last nine meeting against the Bengals. He's been held under 280 passing yards in 15 consecutive meetings against the Bengals. And to be honest, this is a must-win for Cincinnati.

The Steelers offense is just brutal. The team has thrown for less than 300 passing yards in 11 of their last 12 games. They've had fewer than 100 rushing yards in their last seven games. But the team has rushed pretty well in Cincinnati. But it's not going to happen with this banged-up offensive line. Nobody is worth starting from the Steelers and I'm now starting to wane on Le'Veon Bell even when he does return. How can you really trust him when a big part of that offensive line is gone? This Steelers situation could turn dire.

The good news for the Bengals, they don't beat teams with winning records, and the Steelers (like the rest of the AFC North) are 0-1. So I'm saying the Bengals have a chance and will probably win.

BTW, if the AFC North struggles this year and the leader ends up near the .500 mark, I'd better hear folks crowing about revamping the playoff seeding. Everybody wants to redo the playoff seeding when it works out for the West Coast teams like Arizona and Seattle. But nobody said (expletive) when the Seahawks had to go to Washington last year, despite Seattle having the better record. I might as well resign myself to the fact nobody will say a thing when the 8-8 Bengals host the Chiefs in the first-round.

Going back to Weeden, he has a terrible matchup against the Ravens this week. The Browns have scored 17 points or less in 12 of 14 all-time meetings in Baltimore with at least two turnovers in 11 of those 14 games. In fact, they've had 29 giveaways in the last 13 visits to Baltimore.

Browns quarterbacks have had two touchdowns or less in 53 consecutive games. And a touchdown pass or less in eight consecutive meetings against the Ravens. Weeden has averaged 248 passing yards with three interceptions in his two starts against Baltimore.

And to take matters worse for Weeden, the NCAA is starting to circle in on the Oklahoma State program. I mean, I don't know why anybody is surprised by these Sports Illustrated reports? Hasn't anybody seen "He Got Game"?

The big thing for me is, if Oklahoma State gets nuked for this, Les Miles deserves to receive some heat, too. I hate when coaches rack up the violations at a school and simply move on without having to face the consequences. That changed with Jim Tressel, so hopefully Miles will feel the sting for this, too. It's only fair.

Greg Little isn't a solid play, either. He's averaged under 50 receiving yards per game with no touchdowns in four career meetings with the Ravens.

I wouldn't go with Joe Flacco, either. He's had 13 total touchdowns in 10 career meetings with the Browns, and that isn't good when you look at the quarterback numbers guys are putting up right now.

Marlon Brown is a pretty nice stash guy for the Ravens right now, but I'm not putting him on the field just yet. He had 10 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason. So we shouldn't have been so surprised to see him score against the Jets. But still, I can't trust him just yet. I did drop Shane Vereen in most of my leagues and added guys like Brown. I'm just not starting them.

ImageSpeaking of the champs, I'll use this as a lazy lead-in to my WWE preview of "Night of Champions." We typically get all of the PPVs at Casa de Rank, but I'm pretty close to giving this one a pass. I like Daniel Bryan, but I think the WWE isn't done with this story just yet, so there is no way Bryan wins the belt. That's not going to happen for quite some time, probably WrestleMania. The chase is always the most intriguing thing. Think back to Sting and his chase of the title back in the late 1990s in WCW. Once he won, the storyline was gone. The WWE needs this to carry through the John Cena injury.

ImageMy math might be off on this but Bryan could win the title at the Royal Rumble. Which would be great. Yes, great until John Cena is a surprise entrant into the Rumble and wins it for a second consecutive year. Which would lead to the inevitable end nobody would like to see.

ImageDoes Cena get a face pop when he returns? Because no matter how they feel about you when you leave, any superstar who comes back gets cheered. And with Cena being the biggest heel in history, this could get interesting.

I don't like to put Roddy White in this side of the ledger. One, because Roddy White is awesome, even though he talked a lot of (expletive) when he beat me in Madden as you can see right here. And b.) he tweeted out this week to fantasy enthusiasts that he shouldn't be in your lineup if he doesn't practice during the week. And he's not practicing. So you will have better options in your lineup.

I was starting to think, maybe Alex Smith would be a good start this week against the Cowboys because of Andy Reid's history with Dallas. But Eagles quarterbacks under Reid had two touchdowns or less in 17 consecutive meetings, and less than 300 passing yards in 13 consecutive meetings. That makes me less confident in Smith, even after Eli Manning torched the Cowboys' D last week.

Christian Ponder has thrown a touchdown and had four turnovers in three starts against my Bears. His receiver Greg Jennings has had one total touchdown in five meetings against the Bears. And just once has he topped 60 receiving yards in six career games in Chicago.

One of the most added guys in Week 1 was Joique Bell. And why not? He had 21.20 fantasy points against the Vikings. But he was very fortunate with those two touchdowns. He's another stash guy who is nice to have on your roster. But don't go chasing fantasy points from last week.

I'm down with just about anybody on the Eagles roster. But that doesn't include Riley Cooper. And not for the reasons you might immediately think. He really needs to step up. He didn't in Week 1, and to be honest, he has yet to in his entire Eagles career.

Be sure to check your lineups to make sure you still don't have the Buccaneers defense after last week. They were the money play going up against the Jets in Week 1. It wasn't so awesome. But if you accidentally leave them in against the Saints, you could have a real problem.

I'm waiting for the Bucs to just kind of implode. The whole deal with Josh Freeman and losing to the Jets doesn't seem to be working at all. And I like Greg Schiano. He was a guest of our podcast, the Dave Dameshek Football Program, this offseason and coach was an affable fellow. Even though he scared the (expletive) out of me.

Schiano seems like a good fit for a mid-card college football team. Maybe he could find a home with UNLV or San Diego State if this thing goes into the pooper in Tampa Bay. In fact, he should start looking in that direction regardless. I'd love to see him at either Mountain West program.

Of course, he could end up at Alabama. Nick Saban is going to end up in the NFL again in the very near future, especially if the Tide gets in trouble. Tampa Bay could be an option. Oh wait, what am I saying? He's going to end up with the Dallas Cowboys isn't he? That's my pick! Nick Saban will be the next coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Let's bring this home with Tom Brady. I was worried about this in the preseason, yet I still ended up with him in two leagues. As I mentioned above, I was able to bench him in my keeper league because I have Andy Luck, but I took just 13 points in my League of Record. I won't completely panic because the Patriots have Tampa Bay next week and Rob Gronkowski will return at some point. But I could end up playing quarterback roulette at some point, the same way I do with my defenses. Yes, that's probably a bit of an overreaction, but still. I'm kind of emotional and upset.

The good news is Michael Fabiano started Tom Brady against me in the Experts League, so there is that. Makes me think I should roll the dice with Schaub in that spot. I'll have to check my roster one more time.

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 100,000 followers, and Fabiano has 100,000. Me? Just four. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook. Although, it's tough to catch me on Facebook. Twitter is your go-to. Also be sure to catch the latest "Dave Dameshek Football Program."