… and what to do with them…
Number one on this list is Jamaal Charles, but it’s really not his fault. Listen to this. Thomas Jones has 52 carries for 217 yards. Charles has 34 carries for 238 yards, plus Charles has five receptions for 92 yards. But as long as the Chiefs are winning, there isn’t much incentive to change the status quo. Even Chiefs fans aren’t complaining. However, I like Charles as a buy-low option if someone is selling. Why is he buy-low? Because I think Haley is merely saving his legs for later in the season, and will unleash him at some point. Then he will be one of the top five backs in the game, just in time for the fantasy playoff race.
The second most frustrating player to me is Michael Crabtree. Now, there are bigger problems in San Fran, emphasized by this morning’s firing of offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye. But Crabtree, who showed playmaking ability after ending his lockout last year, has six catches for 81 yards and zero touchdowns in three games so far this season. This guy was supposed to be a top-25 receiver this year. I wouldn’t give up on him yet, but if this is what Mike Singletary meant by “unleashing Alex Smith this season”, then Crabtree’s potential might just be stifled by this offense.
Another guy who has fantasy owners up in arms is Bernard Berrian. Berrian was originally brought to Minnesota to be “the guy”. He was brought in with a six-year $42 million deal. As Jon Merckle of TheVikingAge.com says, “Quit Babbling and Earn Your Benjamins”. Fine, we can give him a break on last year. Sidney Rice broke out, and Percy Harvin was rookie of the year. But now what? Rice is out recovering from surgery. Harvin’s head is throbbing. And… Berrian has five receptions for 38 yards over three games.
DON’T… DON’T… DON’T give up on Jonathan Stewart. So far, Deangelo Williams has 43 carries for 180 yards, but hasn’t scored. Stewart has 21 carries for 68 yards and one touchdown. Take out Williams’ 2008 and his career highs are 216 carries for 1,117 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, and he has never started 16 games in any other season. Stewart will get his touches, and touchdowns. Be patient. He has back-to-back years of 10 rushing touchdowns. If he got 10 during Williams’ 20-TD campaign of 2008, he should exceed that this season. And you will get a few games where Williams is banged up and Stewart will carry the load. Those should be huge weeks.
Steven Jackson… I told you! September 13, the day after the Rams first game, Jackson was listed day-to-day with a knee injury. He played week two. September 23 he was limited again in practice with the knee injurt, but played through it on Sunday. Yesterday, September 26 he left the game with a groin injury and an MRI is pending. Get used to it.