Snakes and Ladders- Week 8

Posted: October 28, 2010 in Fantasy Football

This is a new weekly column called Snakes and Ladders. Every week I will hit on a few guys who will either be MORE valuable than usual, due to matchups, injuries, or lineup changes, or LESS valuable.

Who is climbing a ladder this week?

Josh Freeman has been solid all year, and now has the shaky Cardinals defense to throw on. He is a good bye-week fill in, or backup in most leagues, and a decent starter in multi-QB leagues.

Troy Smith, you saw I added him on my team and I might start him over Max Hall this week. Smith gets to go against the Broncos, who surrendered 59 last week to the Raiders. He is shifty, has solid targets in Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis and might even run for some points.

Jon Kitna, obviously gets a boost taking the reigns of the Cowboys offense. Felix Jones and Marion Barber also get lifts in value due the anticipation of a more balanced attack this week.

Matt Cassell is not a starter in standard leagues, but against Buffalo, he should at least put up some yards and at least one touchdown. If he can’t do it at home against the Bills, he can’t do it.

Jamaal Charles… In backfield platoons where one guy is over 30 and one guy is in his mid-20s, I’m confident the young guy will emerge more and more as the workhorse as the year wears on.

Legedu Naanee looks like he will be back on the field for the Chargers, and without Malcom Floyd, he might be in for a very good week.

Jacoby Jones is facing the Colts defense. No, he hasn’t done much  this year. But the Colts will be keyed on stopping Andre Johnson, so the potential is there. And with Jones, one big play can make your fantasy week.

Tavaris Jackson is the guy if Brett Favre can’t go. There are weapons. In super deep leagues, you might get some points out of him at New England.

Packers DST is facing the Jets. I really like the Packers in this game, and if they stop the run, I don’t think Mark Sanchez can win it on his own.

So… who is getting bit my snakes this week?

Drew Brees has Pittsburgh coming to town. He should still be starting, but temper expectations. Marques Colston‘s value takes a slight hit as well.

Ryan Mathews had eight carries for 15 yards last week, and Mike Tolbert has scored in four straight games, so keep an eye on the division of carries this week with an underrated Titans defense in town.

Cedric Benson… I know, he’s on my team. But I’m not all that thrilled this week. I hate the Bengals offense in general, and don’t trust anyone on it. Benson’s value is in his touches. He has had at least 15 carries in EVERY game. However, with Miami coming to town, I’d be surprised to see him top 80 yards. Hopefully he will grab a short touchdown.

Fred Jackson is the man in Buffalo. CJ Spiller has been relegated to return duties for the most part, but Jackson is going on the road to Kansas City and the Chiefs front seven has looked pretty good lately. Also, with Ryan Fitzpatrick playing as well as he is, what’s the motivation to keep handing it off?

Chad Ochocinco… I hate the Bengals offense, in case you didn’t know. But with Miami in town, it just reaks of an empty week to me. If I was in a 10-team league, I could probably think of 20 WR I’d rather have starting.

Donald Driver has seen a drop since Jermichael Finley went down for the year. This could be due to Finley’s tendency to clear out the middle of the field and Driver’s propensity for catching slants. Regardless, the Jets aren’t an easy team to throw to regardless, but without Finley, Driver will get more attention than usual.

Chris Johnson is a big play guy. On the road at San Diego, owners are just hoping he breaks one long play and makes your week. But we’ve seen what happens when he doesn’t. If you took him #1, you have to start him, but with Adrian Peterson, I go into every week knowing he will give me something. Wish you could say the same?

Chiefs DST has a surprisingly interesting game against Buffalo. Since Fitzpatrick took over, the Bills have had some serious firepower. This looks like somewhat of a trap game for KC.

Ladanian Tomlinson… see J. Charles above.

Jahvid Best is coming off an injury and gets the Washington Redskins. They haven’t stopped the run as consistently as expected, but with Matthew Stafford coming off injury, I still expect the Lions to throw more than they pass and give Best more breaks than usual.

This should be an interesting week. I’m staying in Max Hall’s corner, but if he doesn’t produce against Tampa Bay, I might be wavering.  We will see. As always, send in your questions to and I’ll get to as many as I can.

  1. indysolo621 says:

    Just opened this sports forum, looking to get some more members. Maybe you could do fantasy prediction forum?

  2. peoplespigskin says:

    The Snakes and Ladders idea is a good one, but I am surprised Tomlinson is a snake instead of a ladder this week. He’s getting the majority of the touches on a very good Jets team, he’s coming off a bye, and this week he gets to play a Green Bay Packers defense that’s being held together with Scotch tape and chewing gum at this point.


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