2 Guys Fantasy Spotlight: 2 Guys 2 Watch in Week 8

Evan’s Week 8 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Jackie Battle, Kansas City Chiefs

After an atrocious start to the year, the Kansas City Chiefs have started playing well. After leading the league in rushing last season, after Jamaal Charles went down for the season in Week 2 with a torn ACL, many people expected the Chiefs to struggle running the ball in 2011. Instead of abandoning the run after the Charles injury, the Chiefs seem just as committed to running the ball this season, and Jackie Battle has emerged as the guy who will receive the majority of the carries in the Kansas City offense. Despite several games with solid rushing yard numbers, Battle has yet to reach the endzone in 2011. Expect that drought to end when the San Diego Chargers visit Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night.

The Chargers have been nowhere near as effective stopping the run in 2011 as they were in 2010, when they led the league in rushing defense, allowing over 120 yards per game to opposing rushing attacks. Although several backs will get carries for the Chiefs including Dexter McCluster, Thomas Jones, LeRon McClain in the game, expect 20 touches for Battle since the Chiefs will not put a huge burden on the inconsistent Matt Cassel. Battle should eclipse 90 total yards in the game and has a very realistic shot to break 100. Also, even though McClain is getting most of the goal line carries, Battle should break a big run for a touchdown against a Chargers defense that has already given up 6 runs of 20+ yards this season.

The Guy I do not Like: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England Patriots

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been outstanding throughout the years, but someone has forgot to inform Tom Brady of that fact. Brady has been incredible against the Steelers in his career, and there is little reason to think that 2011 will be any different when the Patriots visit Pittsburgh in Week 8. Who will suffer from Brady attacking the vaunted Steelers defense through the air this week? BenJarvus Green-Ellis is who. Green-Ellis has been solid for fantasy owners so far this season, finding the endzone 5 times already including twice in a 136 yard performance against the New York Jets in Week 5.

With the Steelers defense missing James Harrison this week and struggling against the run this season (107 yards per game), it would appear that Green-Ellis should be poised for a good week. On the contrary, I fully expect Brady to look to throw early and often, especially to his tight ends who will force Pittsburgh’s blitzing linebackers to try to cover them.

I do not see Green-Ellis getting more than 15 touches in the game which will result in him gaining no more than 70 total yards for the game. Additionally, I do not see Green-Ellis finding the endzone this week making him a guy who you probably want to keep on your bench until Week 9.

Frank’s Week 8 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Mario Manningham, New York Giants

It’s been a tough year for Mario Manningham. He hasn’t topped 56 yards receiving all year and in week 2 he gave himself a concussion when he failed to catch a ball cleanly while going down the sideline for a sure touchdown. Couple those issues with the fact that Victor Cruz has emerged as a legitimate threat and taken some of his targets away and Manningham’s fantasy value has taken a dip. So why on earth do I like him this week?

Two reasons. One, he is going up against a woeful Dolphins pass defense that has given up 12 touchdown passes and allowed opposing QBs to post a 102.3 rating. Lastly, Eli has been looking for Manningham more often in recent weeks especially down the field and in the red zone. This is the week that Manningham finally finds the end zone and probably gets close to 90 yards.

The Guy I Don’t Like: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

It’s tough not to like Jones-Drew every week. Therefore, I am not telling you sit MJD. However, there are several factors that will lead to a less than productive week for Pocket Hercules.

The first thing is Jones-Drew is coming off of a short week, the second thing is the Jaguars offense is a little one dimensional, and lastly the Texans are only giving 99 yards a game on the ground.

When you add it all up it looks like around 65 yards for Jones-Drew. Feel free to start him, but you’ve been warned.

Murray, Tebow, and Hardesty? 2 Guys discuss standouts from week 7 and new fantasy pickups for week 8

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Week 7 is in the books and more fantasy surprises were revealed.

2 Guys discuss the standout performance of Demarco Murray as well as his potential going forward for the rest of 2011.

2 Guys also weigh in on Tim Tebow’s value after a wild comeback against the Dolphins and whether or the not he is worth holding onto in your league.

Running backs are in abundance on waivers this week and Montario Hardesty, Alfonso Smith, Roy Helu, and Knowshon Moreno are among some of the backs 2 Guys evaluate going into week 8.

2 Guys also talk about the value of picking up players not just for your team but to prevent an opponent’s team from getting better.

Lastly, 2 Guys look at the severity of injuries to Darren McFadden, Sam Bradford, and Matthew Stafford.

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Lucky Seven: 5 Things You Should Know about Week 7 in Fantasy Football

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  • Demarco Murray won’t rush for 250 yards again this season.
    • But that’s ok. Because he is still worth having on your fantasy roster. Demarco Murray showed the toughness and explosiveness to be a big time fantasy back, even if it was against the lowly Rams. You can still expect Murray to be a significant factor in the Cowboys running game when Felix Jones returns.
  • Alfonso Smith could provide a quick fix at running back.
    • With Beanie Wells likely out 2 weeks with a bone bruise Alfonso Smith should see increased playing time in the Cardinals backfield. Smith found the end zone yesterday against the Steelers and is a decent play if your team is riddled with injuries or you just need a bye week replacement.
  • The door just opened for Roy Helu.
  • Knowshon Moreno gets another chance.
    • With Willis McGahee out for at least a couple of weeks with a broken hand Knowshon Moreno jumps back into the starting role in the Denver backfield. With Tim Tebow under center Moreno figures to see a number of targets in the passing game as well as more carries in the running game. Moreno does have a problem staying healthy, so it’s probably not too far fetched to look at back up Lance Ball who is currently 2nd on the depth chart behind Moreno.
  • Can Kregg Lumpkin buck the trend?
    • Right now Kregg Lumpkin is the only healthy running back on the Buccaneers roster? We don’t really know what to expect from Lumpkin other than he’ll get most of the carries now that Earnest Graham (out for the season) and Legarrette Blount (out for 2 -3 more weeks) won’t be playing for a while. If he plays well he certainly will see a larger role for the rest of the season. There is no harm in picking him up if you have a need at running back.

Time For T.O.? Get Palmer? 2 Guys discuss this and great pickups after 6 weeks of fantasy football

Heading into Week 7 most leagues are full of potential game changing players who are still on waivers.

2 Guys discuss not only what Carson Palmer means to fantasy owners but also how he will affect the value of current Raiders on your fantasy roster.

Brandon Lloyd gets a new lease on life with the Rams. 2 Guys talk about whether or not he can regain his 2010 form with St. Louis after being reunited with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Demarco Murray has a huge chance to shine this week as he was given the starting nod for the Cowboys against the Rams. 2 Guys discuss whether or not he should be in your line up this week.

2 Guys also talk about the mess that is the Redskins backfield, Frank Gore’s resurgence, and whether or not you should be looking at Terrell Owens just yet.

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2 Guys Fantasy Spotlight: 2 Guys 2 Watch in Week 7

Evan’s Week 7 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Montario Hardesty, Cleveland Browns

With Peyton Hillis likely to miss another game this week (yet another victim of the Madden curse), Montario Hardesty will be the key cog in the backfield for the Browns in Week7. Hardesty had a similar opportunity to shine in Week 6 with Hillis sidelined, but was held to just 35 yards rushing on 11 carries by a stout Oakland Raider defense.

With Seattle visiting Cleveland this week, Hardesty should have a much better showing. The Seahawks have been tough against the run, allowing only 3.1 yards per carry so far this season, however the last time the Seahawks traveled across country to battle a hard-nosed team from the AFC North, their run defense was gashed for 124 yards and 2 rushing TDs in a 24-0 loss to the Steelers in Week 2.

Do not expect great yards per carry numbers for Hardesty, but expect him to get enough carries to get a minimum of 75 yards on the ground. Also, Hardesty should find the endzone for the first time this season, making him a solid option for any fantasy team this week.

The Guy I do not Like: Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders

Look, I understand. You were the lucky one who was able to snag Palmer off of waivers to replace Sam Bradford (I am not singling out Bradford, I could just as easily used any of the other disappointing fantasy QBs like Mark Sanchez, Kevin Kolb, and Kyle Orton). If Palmer is indeed named the starter for Week 7, I know there is going to be the urge to plug him into your starting line up. Please resist this urge and wait. The Raiders play host to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7, a team ranked 21st in the NFL against the run.

If Palmer does play expect the Raiders to limit the number of times he throws the ball and instead lean on their dominant running duo of Darren McFadden and Michael Bush who have led to the second-best rushing offense in the league through the first 6 weeks. Remember, Palmer has not played or practiced since January 2nd, and the Raiders will look to ease him back into game shape. Understand that Palmer will be a viable option in the near future, but a stat line like 17 of 28, 182 yards, 1 TD is very likely for the new Raider signal-caller this week.

Frank’s Week 7 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Demarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

I have been high on Murray since the Cowboys selected him in the 2011 draft. Of course when the season started he was hopelessly buried behind Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. However, as the season has progressed Jones hasn’t been able to stay healthy and Choice has proved he isn’t any more than a change of pace back.

Enter Week 7 and Demarco Murray who has earned the starting nod against the Rams with Felix Jones nursing an ankle injury. The Rams rush defense is giving up over 160 yards and almost 5 yards per carry. All these factors point to a huge game for Murray in which he should be close to 100 total yards and find the end zone at least once. If you were fortunate enough to claim Murray off of waivers this is the week to play him.

The Guy I Don’t Like: Santonio Holmes, New York Jets

Santonio Holmes has found the end zone each of the last 2 weeks. He should be a great play against the Chargers, right?

Wrong.

Holmes has feasted on two of the worst secondaries (Patriots, Dolphins) when it comes to giving up passing yards. This week Holmes is facing a Charger defense that is giving up under 180 yards passing a game. With Marc Sanchez still struggling to make plays down the field and the Jets running game still not operating at full strength Santonio Holmes will have a hard time finding room to operate. Don’t expect more than 50 or 60 yards receiving.

Carson Palmer or Andy Dalton? – 2011 All Waivers Team

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2011 has been one of the craziest fantasy seasons I can remember.

There have been more than a few quality players picked up off of waivers since the season began.

This post looks at the best players who have been available on waivers from through the first 6 weeks of the 2011 season.

NamePositionComment
Andy DaltonQuarterbackHas been surprisingly steady in his first season as the Bengals signal caller.
Ben TateRunning BackProved to be very capable when Arian Foster was sidelined by injuries.
Earnest GrahamRunning BackReceiving ability makes him valuable even when Blount returns from injury.
Victor CruzWide ReceiverEli is looking for him more often and he continues to make tough catches each week.
Doug BaldwinWide ReceiverHe has been very productive (16.2 ypc) in the Seahawks offense and should continue to make big plays as the season goes on.
Delanie WalkerTight EndDoesn't have a ton of catches (11) but the td numbers (3) are respectable.
Nick NovakKickerKaeding injury gave him the ability to kick for an elite offense.
Bengals D/STDefenseNobody thought they would be this good in 2011.
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Alex SmithQuarterback8 TDs, 2 Ints. Not bad for a waiver wire QB.
Jake BallardTight EndBig target has done a nice job replacing Kevin Boss as Eli's red zone target.
Montario HardestyRunning BackHe's about to benefit from the Madden curse. (See Peyton Hillis)
Jackie BattleRunning BackHas a chance to the man in the Kansas City backfield for the remainder of 2011.
Eric Decker Wide ReceiverPotential to develop a special connection with Tebow.
Namaan RooseveltWide ReceiverAlready showed big play potential against the Giants.
Honorable Mention
Carson PalmerQuarterbackCould end up being the fantasy pick up of 2011 for those in need of a QB.
Demarco Murray Running BackHas already leap-frogged Tashard Choice on the depth chart and could end playing a significant role even when Felix Jones returns.

Pick Six: 5 Things After 6 Weeks of Fantasy Football

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  • Ahmad Bradshaw can be an elite fantasy back.
    • At least while Brandon Jacobs is out. Bradshaw certainly tipped the balance in many fantasy leagues with his 104 yard, 3 touchdown performance against the Bills. Unfortunately, with Jacobs likely back after the Giants bye in week 7 Bradshaw will probably lose some goal line carries. The positive spin is that he showed he is a capable short yardage runner so maybe the Giants won’t always automatically insert Jacobs near the goal line.
  • A.J. Green is the best fantasy rookie not named Cam Newton.
    • A.J. Green continues to produce big numbers in the Bengals offense. Through six games Green is on pace for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Those numbers are simply amazing considering he is playing with a rookie QB in Andy Dalton. A.J. Green is giving fantasy owners solid number two production week in and week out and he should be in your line up each week for the rest of the season.
  • Bench your Redskins running backs.
    • Unless you have major injury concerns or need a bye week replacement player you should be very wary of starting anyone in the Redskins backfield. Just one hour before yesterdays game NFL Network and ESPN provided conflicting reports on who was starting (ESPN reported Torrain, NFL Network reported Hightower) which most certainly frustrated fantasy owners who had already set their line ups.

      Since it doesn’t appear that any back (Hightower, Helu, Torrain) is taking the lead in the Redskins running game you are probably better off without the headache each week of wondering who start.

  • Jake Ballard is a decent option at tight end.
    • If you need help at tight end you might want to give Jake Ballard of the Giants a look. His numbers aren’t spectacular but he’s a scored a touchdown in 2 of the past 3 weeks and he had a career high 81 yards receiving on Sunday versus the Bills. Ballard seems to have nice connection with Eli Manning, especially in the red zone.
  • Pick up Demarco Murray and Arrelious Benn.
    • With Felix Jones of the Cowboys out at least 2 weeks with an ankle injury Demarco Murray should see increased playing time. He is the more explosive than Tashard Choice and the Cowboys will use him in multiple offensive sets against the Rams this week.

      If you need help at receiver look no further than Arrelious Benn. Benn has big play potential and with Legarrette Blount still hurting the Bucs may look to push the ball down field more than ever before. Freeman seems to have confidence in Benn as he has started looking his way more often as the season progresses.

2 Guys Fantasy Spotlight: 2 Guys 2 Watch in Week 6

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Evan’s Week 6 Spotlight

The Guy I like: James Starks, Green Bay

There are teams that have struggled stopping the run this season (the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, amd Buffalo Bills) and then there is the St. Louis Rams. Over the first 5 weeks, opponents have gashed the Rams for nearly 180 yards per game on the ground. As if things could get any worse, the Rams are bringing their abysmal rushing defense to Lambeau Field to face the powerful Green Bay Packer offense in Week 6. While the Packers usually prefer to allow Aaron Rodgers to throw the ball to his numerous weapons to march up and down the field, Week 6 should be different.

Although Rodgers may throw a lot early to build a lead, look for the Packers to let James Starks and Ryan Grant run up and down the field against the hapless Rams once Green Bay is clearly in front. Although Grant is also a solid play this week, I prefer Starks as the guy who should get the bulk of the carries for Green Bay. Starks should see more carries than he has in any other week on Sunday, allowing him to surpass 100 total yards. Fantasy owners should also expect Starks to find the endzone for the first time since Week 1, making him a must-start in Week 6.

The Guy I do not Like: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England Patriots

Fantasy owners are still smiling after the incredible performance they received last week from Green-Ellis against the New York Jets. Week 6 will be a different story though for the Patriot running back as the Dallas Cowboys (1st in the NFL in rushing defense) visit Foxboro. The Patriots threw a bit of a curveball in Week 5 against the Jets, ditching their pass-happy offense for a punishing running game that wore out the Jets struggling defense.

The Patriots will revert back to their passing ways in Week 6 against Dallas, taking advantage of the Cowboys linebackers who excel at rushing the passer but struggle in coverage. While fantasy owners that have Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, and Wes Welker should expect huge weeks, BenJarvus Green-Ellis owners will not be as fortunate. Generally, Green-Ellis should be benched this week, but if you do need to start him, expect no more than 50 yards rushing without a trip to the endzone.

Frank’s Week 6 Spotlight

The Guy I like: Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals

Cedric Benson should be your line ups this week against the Colts. The Colts are giving up over 145 yards on the ground per game this year and Benson should be able to exploit Indy’s weak rush defense for
several big runs.

Another factor that favors Benson is the improved play of Andy Dalton. As Dalton plays better Benson will find even more room to run as teams have to focus more on the Bengals passing game.
Benson is a good bet to go over 100 yards and find the end zone in this one.

The Guy I Don’t like: Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

Steven Jackson may have a hard time getting on track this week when the Rams travel to Green Bay. The Packers can put up a ton of points and it’s likely the Rams will being playing from behind, limiting Jackson’s rushing opportunities.

Jackson is an adequate receiver but he won’t pile up yardage through the air as he doesn’t create mismatches in the passing game against Green Bay’s linebackers. Don’t expect more than 50 or 60 yards from Jackson with the slight possibility of a garbage time touchdown if the game gets out of hand.

Tebow, Battle, or Baldwin? 2 Guys discuss this and other week 6 waiver wire pickups

Can you believe it’s already Week 6? With the fantasy season almost half way over 2 Guys discuss the waiver wire pick ups you need to make in Week 6.

Tim Tebow sparked Denver in relief but does he have any real fantasy value?

2 Guys have talked about Delone Carter for weeks and now he finally gets his chance to shine.

Also Jackie Battle burst on to scene in Week 5 with119 yards rushing and 2 Guys talk about whether this was a fluke or a sign of things to come.

Near the end of the podcast 2 Guys fantasy reveals a sleeper that should be on your roster that most people have never heard of.

You don’t want miss out on hearing who it is.

Lastly, 2 Guys talk about whether Jahvid Best and DeAngelo Williams will be able to sustain their big time performances in Week 5.

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Hi Five: 5 Things After 5 Weeks of Fantasy Football

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  • Always start Victor Cruz.
    • Victor Cruz was on waivers after almost every draft in 2011 and now he should be in your line up each week.

      Cruz continued his meteoric rise up the fantasy charts with another stellar performance on Sunday. (161 yds, touchdown)

      At this point it appears Cruz is the second option in the Giants passing game so he is a must play each week.

  • We had a DeAngelo Williams sighting.
    • DeAngelo Willams explosive 69 yard touchdown against the Saints made fantasy owners remember why they had such high hopes when they drafted him.

      Now that Cam Newton has proved to be a more than capable passer Williams should find more room to run as the season progresses.

  • Pick up Curtis Painter or Tim Tebow.
    • If you’ve got room on your roster it can’t hurt to pick up one of these guys as a bye week replacement or for match up starts.

      Painter has put up respectable numbers in his last 2 starts and Tebow could provide decent numbers when you factor in his rushing stats.

      This time of year the pickings are slim but these guys might be able to help you out in a pinch as the season continues.

  • Matt Ryan continues to disappoint.
    • Coming into 2011 many fantasy writers (myself included) thought Ryan could take the next step and ascend to a near elite fantasy level.

      So far that has not been the case. Unfortunately, for Ryan owners the only option is to remain patient.

      He doesn’t have a whole lot of trade value at this point and dropping him would be a mistake.

  • Pick up Delone Carter, Jackie Battle, and Doug Baldwin.
    • Joseph Addai’s hamstring injury has opened the door for Delone Carter.

      With Addai possibly sidelined for a few games the young Carter has a chance to seize the reins of the Colts running game.

      Jackie Battle emerged out of nowhere (19 carries, 119 yards) in the Chiefs win but he could end up being a factor going forward since the combination of Dexter McCluster and Thomas Jones have failed to make a difference in the running game since the injury to Jamaal Charles.

      Doug Baldwin is more of a long shot, but he does have 20 catches in the first five games in addition to averaging 16.5 yards a catch with a couple of touchdowns.

      If you need help at receiver put in a claim for Baldwin.