By Micah Roberts & Jason McCormick
Finally, the Fantasy Leagues across the country get a break from the Tom Brady and Randy Moss juggernaut as the Patriots take a bye. The pair of Patriots have been definite MVP’s of their respective teams and are likely leading many that have them to the Fantasy league playoffs.
On the same note, Adrian Peterson! Are you kidding me with this kid? After eight games, he has the best all-time numbers of anyone during that span. He also has the best all-time single game rushing record! The six teams that drafted ahead of Minnesota really have to be kicking themselves for passing on this superstar. As for Fantasy owners, whoever took Peterson despite having Chester Taylor named as the starter is a genius and congrats for leading your league.
Keep a look out for key injuries this week beginning with fantasy first rounder, Larry Johnson who left last weeks game early. Priest Holmes may be worth a gamble as the Chiefs face Denver. Justin Fargas got most of the carries for Oakland and is worth a shot. Lamont Jordan started the season out with a bang but has been worse than mediocre in the last six weeks.
Shaun Alexander is another first round dud who appears to get slower and weak every week. What’s wrong? Everyone runs on the Browns except for Alexander. Apparently the coaches realize that 2005 Alexander is long gone and that Maurice Morris may be the one to inject some life into the stale running game.
The status of another first round flop, Frank Gore, may not be known until game day but Maurice Hicks should still be considered an option because he’ll be the go-to back for the 49ers. Travis Henry strained his knee again in Detroit and will be sharing duties with Selvin Young if he’s able to play at all against the Chiefs. Henry has the possibility of being suspended as well so he would be a well timed pick up now if available in your league.
Henry is eligible to return after his 8 game suspension for numerous off the field problems. On the field, his return should spark a Bengal offense that has struggled to find any consistency with the injury to RB Rudi Johnson and now the unknown status of WR Chad Johnson. The Ravens are no easy matchup for any offense but Henry has fresh legs and the Bengal schedule down the stretch looks to offer plenty of points to your fantasy team. Henry will make a difference come your league’s playoffs!
The Giants return this week against the Cowboys following their bye week and a long trip to London in Week 8. Manning threw for 312 yards and 4 TD’s in his Week 1 matchup vs this Cowboy defense. Starting RB Brandon Jacobs got hurt early leading to Manning tossing 41 passes in that game. The Cowboys had no answer for WR Plaxico Burress who hauled in 8 for 144 yards with 3 TD’s. Look for Burress, Toomer, and Shockey to help Manning put up another great line this week.
The surprising 5-3 Browns head to Pittsburgh this week in search of their 4th straight win. Big Ben tossed 4 TD’s on only 12 completions vs the Browns in week 1. The Browns have made great strides since their 34-7 loss to the Steelers on the offensive side of the ball, however this is the same pitiful defense Roethlisberger any company ripped apart in week 1 and will do again this week. Expect WR’s Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes to each hit paydirt.
QB’s David Carr and Vinny Testaverde’s flopping back and forth have made it tough on the Panther offense to develop any consistent offense. Welcome in the Atlanta Falcons and regardless of their QB the Panther will score. Foster rushed for 122 yards in their first matchup and even caught a 13 yard TD pass. Look for the former UCLA star to see a heavy load and cross the goalline.
Already without starting WR Javon Walker and FB Mike Bell, throw in starting RB Travis Henry’s swirling suspension rumors plus and injured knee, now add QB Jay Cutler’s left leg injury and all together you have a mess. The Lions 23rd ranked defense made the Broncos look silly in week 9 with two defensive TD’s after QB Patrick Ramsey replaced the injured Cutler and now Denver travels to Kansas City to face the NFL’s 9 ranked defense. Denver fans should start enjoying the Nuggets and look forward to the Rockies next year because the Bronco’s will be lucky to get 6 wins.