With six teams on the Bye this week, there are some serious concerns for fantasy owners. The RB and WR positions are a mess and there are some difficult decisions to make. With that said, there are also some great match ups. If you are doing any Football Betting this weekend, or just a pick ‘em style league like the one on ESPN… you will need to do your research in order to be successful.
Question 1: Asked by Staup
Which TE should I start, Kellen Winslow @ Arizona or Visanthe Shiancoe @ NE?
Well, you got two pretty solid options with two good match ups. I would go with Shiancoe. If you saw the Vikings game last week, then you saw the Shiancoe TD get called back. This play was made possible by the presence of Moss and Harvin on the outside. This left the middle wide open for Shiancoe and it was really a very clear catch with no defenders to contest him. If the ref that went under the hood wasn’t insane it would have stuck. This is exactly the benefit that Moss brings to this offense, he attracts enough attention that the other play makers get left with a lot of man coverage. You can read my original answer, as well as others on fandemic.
Question 2: Asked by jpcase1218
Who should I start? Cedric Benson or Thomas Jones?
I LOVE Thomas Jones this week. He is going to be able to play his slow-style and still see over 5 yards per carry. The Chiefs have zero reason to drop back to pass at all on Sunday with their two-headed running back system going against Buffalo’s 32nd ranked run defense. However… Benson is the feature back and there are very few of them in the NFL. With Jamaal Charles soaking up the big plays and (most likely) the majority of the carries I would play it safe and go with Benson. Benson gets a guaranteed 20 carries per game and to beat the Dolphins you have to run effectively (this is why Pittsburgh almost blew it last week). You can see my original answer and the answers of others on fandemic.
Question 3: Asked by Andy
I have bye week issues this week and Jonathan Stewart is a possible fill-in. What will his value be if DeAngelo Williams does not play this week?
Well, as the lead back his value certainly goes up. Last year Stewart was a dynamic change of pace back and split carries with Williams. The struggles of the Panthers offense has been in the passing game and therefore, the success of either Panthers RB will depend on how effective the passing game is. Thus far this year Stewart has barely been able to cling to a 3 yards per carry average and has been a huge disappointment for owners who drafted him. With a match-up like the Rams, if Williams is active he is a good start, but he still may not crack the top 20. I would stay away from him if I could, but depending on what ‘bye week issues’ means you may not have a choice.