2 Guys Fantasy – 2 Guys 2 Watch: Week 8By Frank on October 25, 2012
Evan’s Week 8 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: Joel Dreesen, Denver Broncos
I have to admit, I was skeptical as to what type of success Peyton Manning would have in Denver coming off a season lost to injury. Manning has proven me wrong to this point in the season as he is on pace to throw for over 4800 yards and 37 TDs. With Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints matching up with Manning this week, the ball is certain to be tossed around quite a lot. While receivers like Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas should be consistent starters for your fantasy team, Joel Dreesen should be a great play for you as a tight end this week. While there was a lot of talk about Jacob Tamme being a favroite target of Manning’s coming into the season since the two played together in Indianapolis, Dreesen has been the tight end getting the targets around the goal line (3 TD catches in 6 games to Tamme’s 1). With Manning extremely likely to throw for multiple TDs in the game, I fully expect Dreesen to find the end zone on Sunday while surpassing 50 receiving yards.
The Guy I Do Not Like: LaRod Stephens-Howling, Arizona Cardinals
I understand you are excited you were able to get him on waivers over the past couple weeks. I also know he rushed for 100+ yards last week. I also know if you start LaRod Stephens-Howling this week you will be extremely disappointed with the results you see because the Cardinals welcome the San Francisco 49ers to town this week. Although the 49ers defense has not looked as dominant over the past couple weeks as it did last year, they should not have much trouble shutting down a back who has averaged only 3.7 yards per carry throughout his career. At a tiny 5’7″, 185 lbs., Stephens-Howling will struggle to stay on the field against a bruising defensive unit that is looking to carry its team back to the top of the division. If you do make the mistake of using Stephens-Howling this week, expect him to touch the ball no more than 15 times in the game which will lead to fewer than 50 total yards.
Frank’s Week 8 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: Martellus Bennett, New York Giants
On the surface it looks like the typical guy facing the team that let him go and wanting to prove something scenario. But it’s more than that. Through seven games Bennett has already set a career high in yardage (303) and has 3 touchdowns which is only one off of his career high. Bottom line, Bennett is having a career year and he’s playing with a better QB this season.
I like the former Cowboy tight end to find the end zone at least once and be close to 80 yards receiving when it’s all said and done.
The Guy I Don’t Like: Brandon Lafell, Carolina Panthers
Brandon Lafell looked like he was going to have a break out season through the first couple of games but since then he’s fallen on hard times. Part of his struggles can be directly related to Cam’s struggles but it takes two to tango. Lafell might be worth starting later on down the road this season but he faces a very tough foe in the Bears defense.
The Bears defense has been a turnover machine and has done a great job of shutting down marquee wide outs so far this season. If you start Lafell in this one don’t expect more than 45 yards and he is not likely to find the end zone.