Late Season Returns – 2 Guys talk Percy Harvin, Michael Crabtree and veteran stars who you should drop ASAP

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Week 9 is already upon us and every week is a must win for fantasy owners.

This week Frank and Evan look at 2 WRs whose late season return could bolster fantasy rosters down the stretch.

Frank advocates dropping under performing veterans and picking up lesser than known players who are producing better.

Lastly, Evan ponders if there is a way to dramatically improve a fantasy roster more than half way through the season.

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Ninth Wonder – Megatron and Dalton shine – plus 5 things you need to know heading into Week 9

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  • Megatron explodes
    • So it looks like this thing with Diddy is really starting to workout with Calvin Johnson. His 329 yards were just 7 yards short of time Flipper Anderson’s all time record for receiving yards set over 25 years ago. It’s obvious that Calvin Johnson owners had him in the line up, but the real question is what are you going to do next week when he is on bye?
  • Dalton tosses 5 touchdowns
    • Andy Dalton made a lot of fantasy owners happy who started him in Week 8. Dalton was likely a fill in starter for a lot owners who had their QB1 on a bye week but after his strong performance over the last 3 weeks he might just become and every week option. With QB1s like Tom Brady and Matt Ryan struggling Dalton might just be the answer for the rest of the season for fantasy owners.
  • Philly Flameout
    • The first half of the Washington game feels like it happened decades ago for the Eagles offensive unit. After a blistering start to their season the Eagles have managed just 3 points offensively in the last 2 games and haven’t even resembled a functional unit let alone a revolutionary one. At this point only Lesean McCoy can be started with any consistency and the rest of the Eagles offensive unit should be downgraded and started only on a week to week basis based on the match up.
  • Jacksonville is the Mark
    • It’s clear after 8 weeks that Jacksonville is the team that you should be starting your defense against every week if possible. Tampa Bay is a close second as well. Both of these teams are offensively challenged and can be turn over prone so your defense can have a chance to have a big day each week if you can take advantage of the match up.
  • Graham proves productive on limited snaps
    • Fantasy owners who sat Jimmy Graham on the bench were disappointed to see that he scored twice in limited action on the field. Owners who started Graham were rewarded with a 2 touchdown day and can have confidence going forward that if Graham plays he has a chance to score.

Week 8 Game Picks

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Frank picks against the spread for Week 8.
49ers over Jaguars(+16.5)
The Jaguars having been putting up more of a fight lately... Wait? Who am I kidding? This game is over by halftime.
Chiefs over Browns(+7.5)
Chiefs have shown some chinks in the armor but Cleveland does not have the heavy artillery to take Kansas City down at home.
Steelers(-3) over Raiders
The Steelers need this victory to have any chance of staying in the AFC playoff picture.
Seahawks(-11.5) over Rams
I don't think they (the Rams) really had a chance with Bradford under center and now in wake of his injury the fact they reached out to Brett Favre about returning just confirms that.
Last Week: 1 - 3 (1 - 3 vs spread)
Season: 9 - 15 (8 - 15 - 1 vs spread)

2 Guys Fantasy – 2 Guys 2 Watch: Week 8

Expect to see a lot more space for Lamar Miller in Week Two

Evan’s Week 8 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Lamar Miller, Running Back, Miami Dolphins

For the most part, Lamar Miller has disappointed fantasy owners this year. The departure of Reggie Bush opened the door for Miller to play a huge role in the Miami running game, but he has struggled to demand the majority of touches thus far. Despite this lack of production, I am still not ready to give up on him. In Week 8, the Dolphins match up with the depleted Patriots defense, who have lost a couple key cogs of their rush defense in Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo over the past few weeks, creating an opportunity for Miller to shine. Expect Miller to break a few big runs, total over 90 yards rushing, and find the end zone in a week where many key fantasy players are on bye.

The Guy I Do Not Like: Giovani Bernard, Running Back, Cincinnati Bengals

In a year where there were high expectations for young running backs, Giovani Bernard is a member of the list of guys who have failed to seize control of the lead role in his team’s backfield. Despite a clear advantage in explosiveness over backfield mate BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bernard continues to get fewer than 20 touches per game. With the stout front 7 of the New York Jets coming to Cincy in Week 8, 12-15 touches for Bernard will not be enough to make an impact for fantasy owners. If you must start Bernard because of all the teams on bye this week, do not expect more than 60 total yards while it is not all that likely for Bernard to find the endzone.

Frank’s Week 8 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions

Fauria has been pretty much all or nothing this season. However, he has 5 touchdowns on the year which makes him an intriguing play this week. The Dallas defense has shown that it can be shredded through the air and Matt Stafford has been well over 300 yards in his past 2 starts (Cleveland, Cincinnati) which bodes well for another big game this week. I believe that Fauria will be the recipient of at least one of several Stafford touchdown passes and top 50 yards through the air.

The Guy I Do Not Like: Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Alfred Morris has been having a decent season so far. He’s averaging over 5 yards per carry (5.2) and is still one of the best downhill runners in the league. But Morris’s paltry 91 rushing attempts through 6 games speak more to the state of his team than his ability to find the hole. This week the Redskins will likely be in a shootout with the Broncos which means they will be passing a lot (and likely playing catch up) which will limit the playing time of Morris. Because of the love Roy Helu Jr is getting in sub packages and even near the goal line, I advise against starting Morris this week. I think he may have a chance to score but his yardage will be limited (under 50 yards) and he is not much of a threat coming out of the backfield as a receiver.

More than a Bad Run – 2 Guys talk about the meteoric fall of the fantasy running back and how to manage your bench in the second half of the season

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Week 8 is on it’s way which means we have officially passed the half way mark of most fantasy seasons.

Frank and Evan touch on the hot topic concerning the fall of the fantasy running back from grace.

Evan talks about the best waiver wire claims available and Frank discusses how to best manage your bench during upcoming bye weeks.

Lastly, 2 guys talk about the major impact of byes in Week 8 and how to survive the storm it will cause.

Great Eight: 5 Things to know heading into Week 8 of Fantasy Football

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  • Gronkowski shines debut
    • Gronkowski didn’t disappoint fantasy owners when he made his debut on Sunday. Gronk posted 114 yards receiving and almost pulled in a ridiculous one handed catch that would have likely put him in the end zone. It’s been a half a season wait but it’s all systems go with Gronk from here on out.
  • Trent Richardson’s woes
    • Maybe Cleveland was on to something. Trent Richardson had another poor outing against the Broncos, rushing for only 36 yards and he also had a costly fumble. Obviously, the Colts are committed to running the ball (especially with the injury to Reggie Wayne) but is Richardson going to be the guy to do it? He will likely get more chances to produce this season but time is running out.
  • Harry Douglas to the rescue?
    • If you’ve listened to our podcasts I have never been a huge fan of Harry Douglas but, on Sunday he was on the money. Douglas scored a touchdown and added 149 yards receiving in what was easily his best game of the season. Douglas doesn’t have the talent to replace the production of Julio Jones but maybe he could be a decent fill in for a FLEX play for the rest of the season.
  • Foles Gold?
    • Nick Foles left with an apparent head injury on Sunday but before that he wasn’t very impressive. 80 yards passing is less than some QBs have on in one quarter. With Vick on the mend Foles had a golden opportunity to seize control of the Eagles starting QB job. Now it’s likely Vick will be under center when he is healthy again. Still, hold onto Foles in case Vick goes down again.
  • Case for Keenum?
    • Case Keenum made his first career start at Kansas City on Sunday and acquitted himself very well. The 271 yards passing (1 TD) and overall poise in the pocket may mean Keenum will see extended time under center even when Schaub is healthy. Grab him in dynasty leagues if he is available.

Week 7 Game Picks

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Frank picks against the spread for Week 7.
Patriots(-4) over Jets
Tom Brady still has the touch late but he'll need to be more effective early on to beat the pesky Jets.
Dolphins(-8) over Bills
If the Fins are serious about staying in the AFC Wildcard race they need to win this game on their home turf.
Broncos(-7) over Colts
Jim Irsay would be wise not to get Peyton Manning fired up in this contest that could determine playoff positioning.
Giants(-3.5) over Vikings
Well, they aren't going 0 - 16 and playing on MNF against a team with it's 3rd QB starting in 4 weeks seems like a recipe for victory.
Last Week: 2 - 2 (1 - 3 vs spread)
Season: 8 - 12 (7 - 12 - 1 vs spread)

2 Guys Fantasy – 2 Guys 2 Watch : Week 7

Remember when Andre Johnson was the most coveted fantasy receiver?

Frank’s Week 7 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

Needless to say the Giants season hasn’t gone according to plan for any of their players. This week Hakeem Nicks has had to deal with trade rumors due to his impending free agency at season’s end and the Giants 0 – 6 start. Nicks hasn’t found the end zone yet this season but something tells me that Monday Night against the Vikings will be his coming out party. Look for Nicks to top 90 yards through the air and score at least one touchdown.

The Guy I Do Not Like: Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

The Texans season is quickly spiraling out of control. They’ve lost 4 straight and now travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on an undefeated Chiefs team in Week 7. This week they trot out 3rd string QB Case Keenum, who has never thrown an NFL pass, to take on the number one ranked defense in the NFL. Needless to say the Chiefs will be putting the heat on Keenum early which will have grave effects on their passing game. Andre Johnson will suffer because of this and I don’t expect him to have more than 65 yards receiving and will likely not find the end zone in this contest.

2 Guys talk about the return of Gronkowski, the rise of Foles, and the fall of Trent Richardson

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2 Guys jump into action this week another jam packed show.

Heading into Week 7 there all kinds of stories surrounding the fantasy football world.

Evan weighs in on Josh Freeman’s impact for the Vikings and Frank urges fantasy owners to have patience awaiting Gronk’s return to the field.

2 Guys also discuss Nick Foles long term potential for fantasy success and if there are any running backs that are available on waivers that could make an impact during the stretch.

Lastly, 2 Guys weigh in on rookie tight end Joseph Fauria and if he should be on your fantasy rosters.

Lucky Seven: 5 Things to watch for heading into Week 7 of Fantasy Football

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  • Touchdown EuFauria
    • Undrafted rookie Joseph Fauria continues to make waves. He caught 3 touchdowns yesterday and looks like he is becoming Matthew Stafford’s favorite target not named Calvin Johnson. Fauria is likely on waivers in most leagues so put your claim in today for the Lions rookie tight end.
  • Foles Gold?
    • Nick Foles was impressive in Sunday’s win over the Buccaneers. Foles tossed three touchdowns and looked very comfortable under center for the Eagles. At this point it’s not clear whether or not Foles will continue to be the Eagles starting QB, but he’s proven he’s worth a fantasy roster spot at this point.
  • What can Brown do for you?
    • Sure, the Giants are mess right now, but there might be a silver lining on the horizon. Well, at least for fantasy owners. Andre Brown is scheduled to return in 2 to 3 weeks and is likely to have a great shot to win the Giants starting RB job for the remainder of the season. With David Wilson facing a potential season ending neck injury, and with Brandon Jacobs and Darrell Scott both battling hamstring pulls, Brown (who is coming off of a broken leg) appears to be the most healthy runner in the Giants backfield.
  • Rock out, Gronk out?
    • So if you drafted Rob Gronkowski hoping he would just miss a few games you are probably starting to question if he will take the field this season. Conflicting reports have Gronk wanting to return but wanting to get a second opinion on his injured forearm from an independent doctor. Word also has it Gronk has been practicing well so it is likely his return will be soon. At this point just stay patient and throw him in the line up when he takes the field.
  • Stills of the Night
    • Kenny Stills found the endzone for the first time of the season and caught all three of his targets for a total of 64 yards. Obviously this production is exciting for owners who drafted the rookie Kenny Stills but they should still proceed with caution. Stills has only been targeted a total of 19 times and even though he scored on Sunday his 3 targets is a bit alarming when trying to gauge future production. At this point keep Stills on your bench until he becomes a bigger part of the offense.