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As I have mentioned before, I play in two leagues that really matter to me. The Allstars League and The Wacko Jacko League. My records are 1-5 and 5-1, respectively. That’s just how this game works. But no need to be down about it if you are 1-5. Its still a game, so enjoy it. Learn from it. Just don’t be that guy who gives up. Nobody likes that guy. You know who you are, “Ohh, its not my fault, all my players are busts” and “On paper, I still have the best team, I just have bad luck”. If you use these excuses as a means to keep trying, then keep it up. But don’t give up. Sometimes things just don’t work the way you plan. As the great Mike Tyson said “Everyone has a game plan until they get punched in the mouth.” And that is exactly how I feel in my Allstars League. I went in to the season with the players I wanted and a game plan, but instead of performing how they should, my team has turned and punched me in the mouth.
But there is always next week (a saying I have been saying way too much in my life being that I’m a hardcore Minnesota sports fan) … or so I thought. Then I looked at my lineup this week and my team page might as well just have said: “Welcome to hell week”. This week the NFL will have 6 teams on bye (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers). That’s a lot of fantasy players not playing. Its hard enough trying to get through the bye weeks with just 4 teams on bye, then the NFL throws this at ya. Good news though, I got some rankings below to help you through this:
1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Rams
– After 6 touchdowns last week I feel safe saying he is back to his old self and should be a lock for 20+ points every week.
2. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Redskins
3. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Buccaneers
4. Robert Griffin III, Redskins vs. Giants
– This game just feels like a shoot out, and the Giant’s defensive ends should put enough pressure on Griffin to have him scrambling, a good thing for fantasy owners, and racking up the rushing yards.
5. Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Jets
6. Andrew Luck, Colts vs. Browns
– Only the Buffalo Bills have allowed more fantasy points to quarterbacks, and Indy loves to let this kid throw.
7. Cam Newton, Panthers vs. Cowboys
– Cowboys are number one in defending the pass, but you are counting on rushing numbers here.
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Bengals
9. Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Lions
10. Carson Palmer, Raiders vs. Jaguars
1. Arian Foster, Texans vs. Ravens
– Injuries all over the place on the Ravens defense should help Foster to another week of double digit fantasy points for owners.
2. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars vs. Raiders
3. Darren McFadden, Raiders vs. Jacksonville
4. Ray Rice, Ravens vs. Texans
– Texans defense is still strong without Brian Cushing at linebacker. Don’t let last week fool you, the Packers offense is just that explosive.
5. Adrian Peterson, Vikings vs. Cardinals
6. Chris Johnson, Titans vs. Bills
– A risky play, as we all know that he is possible of a 4 yard performance, but coming of a strong game last week he should put up good numbers against the lowly Buffalo defense.
7. Matt Forte, Bears vs. Lions
– The yards will be there, the question is: Does he find pay dirt?
8. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants vs. Redskins
– Keep riding him while he is hot. The Redskins defense is still trying to recover from injuries to an already porous defense.
9. Doug Martin, Buccaneers vs. Saints
10. Trent Richardson, Browns vs. Colts
1. A.J. Green, Bengals vs. Steelers
– The best fantasy receiver on the year plays the injury riddled Ravens defense that just lost their best cover corner. Yeap, he keeps rollin’.
2. Calvin Johnson, Lions vs. Bears
– The touchdowns have to start coming eventual, and how sweet it will be for owners. Though its not like you are ever benching him anyways.
3. Victor Cruz, Giants vs. Redskins
4. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. Vikings
5. Percy Harvin, Vikings vs. Cardinals
– Possibly the most dangerous man in football win the ball is in his hands, and the Vikings do a great job of making sure that happens a lot.
6. Marques Colston, Saints vs. Buccaneers
7. Vincent Jackson, Bucaneers vs. Saints
8. Jordy Nelson, Packers vs. Rams
– The Rams have done a good job of slowing down receivers this year, but last week looked like Raodgers and Nelson are finally back on the same page.
9. Kenny Britt, Titans vs. Bills
– If he plays healthy, he is a freak of an athlete facing a pass defense that loves to give up points.
10. Wes Welker, Patriots vs. Jets
– Brady is not going to be happy about last week’s loss. After running the ball an uncharacteristic amount, expect the Patriots to show that the can still score points. Brady will be the one expected to take care of this, and Welker is once again his favorite target…just makes sense.
1. Jimmy Graham, Saints vs. Buccaneers
2. Vernon Davis, 49ers vs. Seahawks
3. Jason Witten, Cowboys vs. Panthers
4. Rob Gronkowski, Patriors vs. Jets
5. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings vs. Cardinals
6. Owen Daniels, Texans vs. Ravens
7. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots vs. Jets
8. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals vs. Steelers
9. Fred Davis, Redskins vs. Giants
10. Jared Cook, Titans vs. Bills
Defensive Plug and Play
Oakland Raiders – Only the Arizona Cardinals give fantasy defenses more points per game then Jacksonville Jaguars who have to travel across country and play a team that is known to have a few great games at home. The Jags are not good as it is, so expect big things from the Raiders defense.
Tom Zelinske is a fun loving party dude. Follow his intriguing insight on all things football on Twitter @Tommy_Zelinske.
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