Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quick Slants for Week 7









In today's quick slants we go over what you need to be looking for on the waiver wire for week 7.

In deeper leagues and 2 QB leagues some of you lost a QB or two this week with the injury to Jason Campbell and with the benching of Sexy Rexy Grossman, Kyle Orton and McNabb. We also saw the Raiders jerk the remote control from Carson Palmer's and give him a golden ticket back into the NFL. The Skins are going to start John Beck and the Vikings look to rookie Christian Ponder and the Broncos look to Tim Tebow(as if you didn't know from the endless sports center coverage). Palmer is obviously the better player of this new group of signal callers, but how long will it take him to get in sync. From a fantasy perspective the guy I would want out of this group is Tebow. Down the line I go with Palmer, Ponder then Beck who I don't expect very much out of at all. In keeper leagues I like Tebow and Ponder. I think Ponder will do well once he shakes the jitters off and he certainly cannot be any worse than McNabb has been. Percy Harvin has no TD's this year receiving...that should tell you enough right there to know it was time for a change.

Now when we look at the running backs we have some tasty waiver wire gems out there. Demarco Murray and Tashard Choice are facing a terrible Rams defense this week and can be found on many a waiver wire. Choice is going to be the least owned of the two but is just as likely to get touchdown's as Murray. I think Murray is the better back of the two, but that is not to say you get the lesser fantasy back if you end up with Choice. You should be able to use these two for a few weeks before Jones gets back from his injury. Another interesting pickup is E.Graham, again subbing for a dinged up L.Blount week 7...Graham is not out there in very many leagues right now, but if you are in the standard Yahoo league, it's worth a look. Over in Kansas city they are going to give Jackie Battle a look and maybe you should too if you are hurting at RB and have a need in your flex spot. The 28 year old back is nothing special, but will get his chance with Thomas Jones showing age and Dexter McCluster just not getting the job done. Looking ahead Cedric Benson has finally been served a one game suspension by the league ...so looking ahead to week 8 you could go grab Bernard Scott now.
I have also noticed Marshawn Lynch out there on a few waiver wires...as I have said many times on The Prep programs Seattle has no one else and Marshawn will have a good post bye season I believe. Lynch won't light up the score board but he can get tough yards and should see more TD's as Seattle's schedule lightens up starting with a game at Cleveland giving up the 6th most pts to fantasy RB's this season. In Cleveland, what is up with Peyton Hillis? Look for Hardesty to receive the workload this week while Hillis heals up the hammy or cries more about wanting a contract...pay the man he is Mr.Madden! He paid me to say that. Lastly, The Ronnie Brown deal has been vetoed so ....if you want a Lions back look at M.Morris or K.Williams.

Looking at the TE if you are in need of a TE D.Walker, a converted WR is showing signs of being a redzone target in SanFran...with Alex Smith having limited arm strength Harbaugh is doing a nice job of implementing a short passing game along with a bruising running game and Walker is seeing his share of looks as a second fiddle to Vernon Davis. Delanie scored in week 6 and dropped another td early in the game. Also in deeper leagues watch Daniel Fells in Denver...you can bet Tebow will use the TE more than Orton did.

WR's are on and off the wire all year long...many times owners make the mistake of chasing last week's points rather than trying to play the matchups or trends. You saw Jacoby Jones being dropped across the board (gotta admit I canned him in a few leagues) after a 1 catch performance, but last week caught a nice TD and was targeted alot more. This week we saw alot of Raider WRs hitting the wire due to the loss of Jason Campbell and more because of who was his backup(Kyle Boller). Now with Palmer there it is only a matter of time until we see their WR corp putting up nice numbers...they have the speed and game breaking ability...the challenge will be watching to see who Carson latches on to in the coming weeks. Hayward-Bey is the safest bet out there right now, but after it will be your job to keep an eye on targets and trends and land whomever emerges as the 2 and maybe 3 WR in Oaktown.

Players you can find on the wire that can do some work for you this week are Jacoby Jones, Danario Alexander(doesn't play every down but is a redzone threat), L.Robinson(nice matchup here in deep leagues and is now the solid no.3 WR in Dallas), If Greg Little has yet to be taken off the wire in your league go get him now as he thrived in his first start with the Browns and is clearly their best WR. Steve Breaston went into KC's bye with a flourish and is a good play this weekend vs. the Raiders. I still think we will hear from the Raven's Torrey Smith again this year more than once so keep the speedster on your radar. Dane Sanzenbacher scored this past week(that's 3 td's for him), but did not receive alot of looks. Over in Denver with B.Lloyd now a Ram(yeah!) watch Royal, D.Thomas and Decker and pay attention as the next few weeks unfold to whom ole' Timmay targets(TIMMAY!). And lastly in ppr's Greg Salas is the new slot WR for the Rams and he is going to catch alot of balls down the stretch of this season, just don't expect many TDs along the way.

Guys I would not touch - don't get too worked up that Mike Sims Walker is back with the Jags. I would not roster this guy simply because of inconsistency. In most league you cannot afford a goose egg, but that is pretty much what you get from Mike about every other week.

Well this article got alittle longer than I expected...maybe I should rename it post routes for week 7? Good luck this weekend.

Wes
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