Lots of injuries this last week and the breakout of one Cowboys running back make for an interesting roller coaster of values.
SNAKE- Every Matthew Stafford owner sat shaking their heads when he limped off the field with an apparent knee injury on Sunday. To everyone’s relief the injury was to the ankle, and it looks as if he will play this week, but don’t forget he is still somewhat of an injury risk.
LADDER- Demarco Murray set a new Cowboys rushing record on Sunday, causing many to think he might be THE GUY regardless of Felix Jones‘ injury status. Don’t be fooled. If Murray has another good week, then he might earn a platoon role, but the organization loves Jones. Murray is a classic sell-high.
SNAKE- Chris Johnson is looking terrible. Now, I’m stubborn and still think there’s something there. I’ll put it this way, I’d be willing to trade for him at the cost of a WR2 or a flex type player, if the CJ owner was so disgruntled. I’m thinking someone in the Mario Manningham, Shonn Greene area.
LADDER- Maurice Morris/Keiland Williams look like the new platoon in Detroit because…
SNAKE- Jahvid Best might very well be done for the year. I would be dealing before such a fate is confirmed, if I could get something useful for him.
LADDER- In deeper leagues, Javon Ringer is worth adding. If CJ0.5K can’t get it going against Indianapolis, his job might be up for grabs… Didn’t think we’d be saying THAT this year.
SNAKE- Peyton Hillis might be one some people were expecting to be climbing a ladder with his return from injury, but Montario Hardesty is a guy I’ve written about since preseason. He’s a legitimate threat, at the very least as a platoon to Hillis. Hillis might play this week but is unlikely to regain full-time carries, so if Hardesty plays well, they might split carries for more than one week.
LADDER- Ben Tate is still the #2 back in Houston, but 15 carries for 104 yards last week was not just a result of garbage time. He was involved in the game from the outset. He’s a flex option if you have starters on bye weeks, and if Arian Foster went down again, Tate would jump into the top 15 of RB.
SNAKE- We thought he’d awoken with a huge game in week 6, but Rashard Mendenhall fell back to Earth in week 7 against the “fearsome” Arizona Cardinals defense. Pittsburgh seems to prefer the ball in Ben Roethlisberger’s hands.
LADDER- Knowshon Moreno is getting one more chance to prove he can play like the first round pick he was with Willis McGahee injured. Lance Ball is lurking in the shadows and will see some work in this week’s game, more so if Moreno can’t do it.
SNAKE- Tashard Choice was a guy I liked a lot in the preseason but with Murray’s performance last week, it seems Choice has fallen to third among Dallas runners.
LADDER- Dez Bryant’s 90 yards and a score, when compared to Miles Austin’s meager showing, would seem to suggest Tony Romo has chosen his top target. And it’s always been the case, if one of them were to emerge the top guy, he would be a top-10 WR. If Bryant stays atop the Cowboys passing game, he has that upside.
SNAKE- Brandon Marshall… listen, Chad Henne is done. Matt Moore is now hurt and JP Losman is taking snaps as the Dolphins top quarterback option right now.
LADDER- The injury to Santana Moss makes Jabar Gaffney the defacto top target in Washington. Remember John Beck is still the starter there to temper your expectations. And that team will run a ton.
SNAKE- Joe Flacco lost to the Jaguars and looked ugly doing it.
LADDER- Christian Ponder looked surprisingly good in his debut. He’s not startable yet, unless your man is on a bye, but he’s worth watching.
SNAKE- Colts… they’re just bad. Pierre Garcon is the ONLY playable player in a standard league.
LADDER- Demaryius Thomas was the favorite target of Tim Tebow. While I like Tebow as a fantasy QB, his lackluster passing ability limits his receivers, so don’t go overboard on Thomas or Eric Decker.
SNAKE- Andre Johnson reportedly felt a tug in his hamstring at practice yesterday. We don’t know more yet, but it’s not good for owners banking on his return this week. It does give Jacoby Jones another interesting week.
LADDER- For deeper leagues, Braylon Edwards is coming back this week, and playing his former employers, the Browns.
SNAKE- Rob Gronkowski… A lot of people love this guy. And I was about to attempt to trade for him, when I looked at his game log for this season. His numbers are bloated by huge performances in the first three weeks of the season. He had 281 yards and five scores in the first three games of this season. Since then, he has 120 yards and no touchdowns. There will be weeks where defenses focus on Aaron Hernandez and Gronk grabs a touchdown, but he’s not the top tight end on his own team, so I doubt he’s a top-10 TE in fantasy.
Thats it for now. Q&A will be up this afternoon.