NFL fantasy news and views
Week 3 of the regular season is in the books. What are the latest roster shakeups and how will, or should, they affect your lineup? Let's take a look.
Views: I can just hear the moans and groans coming from the Westbrook haters:
Let's debunk the first two points, or myths: Since he became entrenched as the Eagles' starting back midway through '03, Westbrook has started 67 of 75 games, amassing 7,843 yards from scrimmage and 50 TDs in that span (top 5 for tailbacks). And while he regularly appears on the weekly injury report with various maladies, there is usually little doubt he'll play -- and dominate -- as a runner and pass-catcher. As for the last point ... yes, Westbrook has never played in a full 16-game slate. But he'll start 14-plus games every year (or 89 percent), a figure that reaffirms his underrated durability.
Verdict: It goes without saying, though. If you own Westbrook, it's imperative to either grab
Views: Shockey has yet to find the end zone with his new team, leaving fantasy owners with the impression he's struggled out of the gate. But Shockey currently ranks
Verdict: In the interest of full disclosure, I was going to cut Shockey in some of my 10-team leagues -- at least before I did the research and penned this piece. But now, I'm going to remain patient, even with Shockey's spotty track record of quickly recovering from injuries. What's the recommended move in 12-team leagues? Well, if you decide to ax him for two weeks (maybe picking up Seattle's
Views: I can see where Pats fans and Moss fantasy owners are feeling super-low about the
Verdict: This may be the most obvious call in the history of predictions, but Moss is a dead-lock-cinch to NOT break his TD-receptions record (23) from a year ago. That said, he can still be a top-15 wide receiver in the Cassel regime, posting seasonal numbers of 83 catches, 1,265 yards and 10 TDs.
Views: How Kiffin, aka Rasputin, has lasted this long at the Alameda County Institute of Dysfunction is nothing short of a miracle. I mean, from my vantage point seven states away (or 2,465 miles), Kiffin has done an admirable job of steering the usually hapless Raiders in the right direction.
Verdict: Even with QB
Views: If you own skill-position talent with Miami, Seattle, Indianapolis, New England, Detroit (insert joke here) or the N.Y. Giants, don't forget to adjust your lineups accordingly.
Verdict: Roughly 85 percent of