Week 9 Sleepers and Start’ems for 2013!
We had even more break out performances in Week 8! Bengals WR Marvin Jones stole the show this week with his 4 touchdown 116 yard performance against the Jets. That performance pushed him to the top of this weeks list of must add Waiver Wire Hot Picks. The emergence of young talent has started to flourish! So many rookie, second and third year receivers are stepping up for their teams and producing consistent fantasy production. A few notable options worth picking up and monitoring are Saints WR Kenny Stills, Cowboys WR Terrance Williams, Titans WR Kendall Wright and Nate Washington, Cardinals WR Michael Floyd as well as multiple Quarterbacks worth snagging for a late season bye-week replacement such as Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor and Titans QB Jake Locker. We haven’t had any major injuries to running backs just yet but the one thing you can’t predict is the unpredictable.
- Week 8 Sleepers and Start’ems RECAP!
DA GOODZ! Recommended starts that made us look good!
Andy Dalton Cin vs NYJ – 19 of 30 for 325 yards 5TDs 1Int
Peyton Manning Den vs Wash – 30 of 44 for 354 yards 4TDs 3Int
Matthew Stafford Det vs Dal – 33 of 48 for 488 yards 1TD 2Int 1Rush TD
Aaron Rodgers GB @ Min – 24 of 29 for 285 yards 2TD
Running Backs (Rec = Reception)
Jamaal Charles KC vs Cle – 18 carries 74yards and 5rec 46yards
Le’Veon Bell Pit @ Oak – 13 carries 24yards 1TD and 5rec 27yards
Knowshon Moreno Den vs Wash – 14 carries 44yards and 6rec 89yards 1TD
Peyton Hillis NYG @ Phi – 20 carries 70yards and 3rec 15yards
Stevan Ridley NE vs Mia – 14 carries 79yards 1TD
Wide Receivers ( Rec = Reception)
Wes Welker Den vs Wash – 6 rec 81yards 1TD on 10 Targets
Demaryius Thomas Den vs Wash – 7 rec 75yards 1TD on 11 Targets
Antonio Brown Pit @ Oak – 9 rec 82 yards on 13 Targets
DeSean Jackson Phi vs NYG – 8 rec 63 yards on 11 Targets
Jarrett Boykin GB @ Min – 5 rec 89 yards on 6 Targets
Harry Douglas ATL @ Ari – 12 rec 121 yards on 18 Targets
Terrance Williams Dal @ Det – 2 rec 64 yards 1TD on 10 Targets
Emmanuel Sanders Pit @ Oak – 7 rec 88 yards 1TD on 11 Targets
Tight Ends (Rec = Reception)
Jordan Reed Wash @ Den – 8 rec 90 yards on 14 Targets
NOT so goodz! Recommended starts that made us look bad.
QB Robert Griffin III Wash @ Den – 15 of 30 for 132 yards 1TD 2Int
QB Michael Vick Phi vs NYG – 6 of 9 for 31 yards 1Int (Hamstring)
QB Eli Manning NYG @ Phi – 25 of 39 for 246 yards
QB Ben Roethlisberger Pit @ Oak – 29 of 45 for 275 yards 1TD 2Ints
RB Jacquizz Rodgers ATL @ Ari – 2 carries 8 yards and 2rec 13yards
RB Giovani Bernard Cin vs NYJ – 5 carries 18 yards and 1rec 9 yards
RB Mike James TB vs Car – 10 carries 39 yards and 4rec 25yards
WR Eric Decker Den vs Wash – 4rec 42 yards on 7 Targets
WR Pierre Garcon Was @ Den – 7 rec 46 yards on 11 Targets
WR Rueben Randle NYG @ Phi – Statless
TE Rob Gronkowski NE vs Mia – 2 rec 27 yards on 5 Targets
TE Julius Thomas Den vs Wash – 3 rec 29 yards on 3 Targets (Ankle)
TE Heath Miller Pit @ Oak – 3 rec 19 yards on 6 Targets
TE Charles Clay Mia @ NE – 5 rec 37 yards on 8 Targets
TE Brent Celek Phi vs NYG – 2 rec 17 yards on 3 Targets
TE Andrew Quarless GB @ Min – 2 rec 13 yards on 2 Targets
TE Joseph Fauria Det vs Dal – Statless
WEEK 8 SLEEPERS and START’ems!
Cam Newton Car vs ATL – Not a sleeper but Cam is my MUST START Quarterback of the Week! With 8 total touchdowns (6 passing, 2 rushing) in his last 3 games, quarterback Cam Newton might be the one player most responsible for the Carolina Panthers‘ 3-game winning streak. Newton, who grew up in Atlanta, has always relished playing the Falcons and was at his best in two games against them last year. In the first, he contributed three total touchdowns, throwing for 215 yards and rushing for 86. In the second, he again had three touchdowns, throwing for 287 yards and rushing for 116. They were his two best rushing performances of the season. The Atlanta Falcons rank 22nd against the pass, allowing 249.6 yards per game, and have given up 16 touchdown passes while recording just 4 interceptions. They’ve surrendered the 4th-most standard Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season.
Tony Romo Dal vs Min – Romo tossed 3 touchdown passes in the game, 2 going to Dez Bryant and the third to Terrance Williams. In the second half, Romo hit Williams on a 60-yard touchdown and followed that with a 50-yard TD to Bryant. Romo finished 14 of 30 for 204 yards with the three TDs and no picks. He had a QB rating of 102.6 for the game. The Minnesota Vikings have been beat by QB’s as they have allowed 17 touchdowns through the air in 8 games.
Philip Rivers SD @ Wash – The Washington Redskins are allowing the 4th-most standard Fantasy points per game to opposing QBs this season. They have allowed 15 touchdown passes and just 7 interceptions in 7 games for an average of 25.3 standard Fantasy points per contest. By contrast, Rivers already has 3 400-yard passing games this season, the most in the NFL. Rivers has completed at least 20 passes while completing at least 80 percent of his throws 3 times this season, tying for the most such games in a season in NFL history with Brett Favre (2009) and Drew Brees (2011). In 4 road games this season, Rivers has gone 113 of 145, a percentage of almost 78 percent, for 1,299 yards with 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
Terrelle Pryor Oak vs Phi – Pryor is undefeated in 3 home starts this season. He will look to improve to 4-0 when the Philadelphia Eagles come to town Week 9. Pryor did not have a good time throwing the football in a 21-18 win Week 8 vs. Pittsburgh, completing 52 percent of his passes (10 of 19) for the second straight week. Still, Pryor came through for Fantasy owners with 106 rushing yards, which included a 93-yard rushing touchdown. The Pittsburgh Steelers were a tough opponent for Pryor, but the Eagles provided a more favorable matchup. Quarterbacks average 316 passing yards and 21.5 Fantasy points per week against the Eagles. Quarterbacks have totaled 14 passing touchdowns to 8 interceptions, with 5 quarterbacks throwing multiple touchdowns against Philadelphia.
Adrian Peterson Min @ Dal – Not a sleeper but Peterson is my MUST START Running Back of the Week! Peterson looked more like himself in the first half against Green Bay, running 10 times for 46 yards and a touchdown. But he got just three carries after halftime as Minnesota fell way behind. Peterson, who was held to 28 yards last week, finished with 60 yards on 13 carries (4.6 yards per carry). It was his third straight game with 13 or fewer carries. Peterson did not appear hampered by his hamstring Sunday night. He showed his usual vision and burst on a 17-yard run in the second quarter, and ran through three tacklers for an 8-yard score 4 seconds before halftime. It was Peterson’s first touchdown since Week 4 against the Steelers.
Stevan Ridley NE vs Pit – Ridley was noticeably absent from the running game in the first quarter Week 8 vs Miami. Although Ridley was lectured by the team for high-stepping into the end zone on a touchdown run Week 7. Ridley appears to of returned to last years form as he has been able to record 75-plus yards rushing in 2 of the last 3 weeks. He has also been able to find the end-zone in 3 weeks straight and has recorded 4 touchdowns in those 3 weeks.
Eddie Lacy GB vs Chi – Packers rookie RB Eddie Lacy has gotten at least 22 carries in four straight games since returning from a concussion. He’s in for another big workload Monday night against the Bears. The Chicago Bears are giving up the 5th-most standard Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Running backs have scored 9 total touchdowns (2 receiving) thru 7 games against the Bears while averaging 4.0 yards per carry. Lacy has run for 395 yards, caught 11 receptions and added 2 rushing touchdowns over the past 4 weeks.
Mike Tolbert Car vs ATL – Tolbert was effective with pretty limited touches in the game, as he rushed for 35 yards on 7 carries. He saw a pretty sizeable workload in the passing game to make up for it, as he hauled in a season-high 4 receptions for 29 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown. Tolbert has been an effective goal-line player for the Panthers, as he now has 5 touchdowns on the season, all of which have come in the last 5 games. Tolbert is a decent flex option or depending on how bad you are hurting could be a good gamble for a touchdown league.
Dez Bryant Dal vs Min – NOT a Sleeper but Dez is my MUST START Wide Receiver of the Week! Bryant caught an incredible 5-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo in the second quarter. He leaped over a defender and caught the ball almost with his bicep muscle. Bryant added a 50-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. He caught 3 passes to lead the Cowboys with 72 receiving yards and added 2 more touchdowns. Bryant now has 8 touchdowns on the season for the Cowboys. Dallas plays Minnesota Week 9 and the Vikings have been beat up by WRs thus far allowing 17 touchdowns thru the air in their first 8 weeks.
Denarius Moore Oak @ Phi – Moore has been a consistent producer with rookie QB Terrelle Pryor throwing him passes. Moore has recorded 66-plus yards in 4 of his last 5 games with 3 touchdowns over that span. Moore had one of his worst games of the season during a 21-18 win Week 8 vs Pittsburgh. Moore was held to just 2 receptions for 32 yards on 4 targets. Moore is the latest No. 1 receiver to struggle against the Steelers. He joins the likes of Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green (6 catches for 41 yards Week 2), Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall (5 catches for 52 yards Week 3) and Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith (3 catches for 61 yards Week 7). Look for Pryor and Moore to both bounce back against the Eagles secondary.
Marvin Jones Cin @ Mia – Jones exploded onto the scene with 8 receptions, 122 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Jets, did all that in 19 snaps. Jones ran just 13 pass routes but was targeted 8 times by The Red-Rifle Andy Dalton. Meanwhile, No. 2 WR Mohamed Sanu played on 31 snaps and ran 21 routes but was targeted just 3 times. Jones has now scored 6 touchdowns the past 3 weeks despite not playing more than 26 snaps in any game. He has also managed to reach and surpass 57-plus yards in each of his last 3 games.
Terrance Williams Dal vs Min – Williams only caught two passes in the 31-30 loss as he went for 64 total yards through the air. He was targeted a team-high 10 times by Romo on the game. The 24-year-old Williams has now caught a touchdown pass in four consecutive games for the Cowboys, which play Week 9 against Minnesota. Williams has 14 receptions for 313 yards and 4 touchdowns in his last 4 contests and has become a favorite target of QB Tony Romo matched up against man-to-man coverage. Receiver Dez Bryant remains the top WR in Big D, but Williams has been very impressive. The Vikings have been beat up by wide receivers this year as they have allowed 17 touchdowns thru the air in 8 weeks.
Harry Douglas ATL @ Car – Douglas produced another big game as he continues to fill in for injured WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White. Douglas was the teams only offensive threat against Arizona. He caught 12 receptions on a whopping 18 targets for 121 yards. Douglas was easily Matt Ryan‘s favorite target. With Roddy White and Julio Jones sidelined with injuries, teams have been double-teaming Tony Gonzalez. That has left Douglas with single coverage the past two games. Douglas should continue to see single-coverage even after White gets back.
Antonio Gates SD @ Wash – Not a sleeper but Antonio is my MUST START Tight End of the Week! Gates scored a touchdown in his last game against Washington back in 2010. He had just one catch in that game, but it went for a 12-yard score. This time around, however, the Redskins have struggled at defending the tight end. Washington is allowing the 11th-most standard Fantasy points per game this season to opposing tight ends. If Gates gets into the end zone, it would be the 3rd consecutive game in which the Redskins allowed a tight end to score. Since entering the NFL in 2003, Gates has 85 touchdown receptions. That is most among NFL tight ends. He needs just 3 yards receiving on Sunday to reach 500 yards for the season, it would be his 11th consecutive season.
Greg Olsen Car vs ATL – Olsen has feasted on the division rival Atlanta Falcons in previous meetings, scoring a touchdown each of the last 3 times he’s faced them, including twice last year. In Week 9, he’ll be facing what might be the most vulnerable defense they’ve had during that time. The Falcons rank a not-so-terrible 22nd against the pass, allowing 249.6 yards per game, but they’ve given up 16 touchdown passes, tied for second-most in the league. Granted, most of those have gone to wide receivers, but they haven’t exactly shut down tight ends, allowing the 13th-most Fantasy points per game to them.
Jordan Reed Was vs SD - Reed picked up where he left off last week as he was heavily targeted and enjoyed another productive performance during Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 8. Reed was held to only 3 receptions for 29 yards in the first half and saw some significant action late in the game while the Redskins were trailing. He finished the game with a team-high 8 receptions for 90 yards (11.3 yards per catch) on 14 targets in a defeat. Reed has now caught 17 receptions for 224 yards with a touchdown over his last 2 games.
ATTENTION TEAM OWNERS – If your players are not listed it is NOT because I don’t like them. They could have a better match-up within the next 2 weeks and I could be saving them for another weeks article.
Good luck and enjoy!