Ready ... set ... no!
Tiering your players on a weekly basis not only is a good way to determine whom to draft in fantasy football, but also is great way to break ties for tough lineup decisions each week. Delving into the tiers this week, we look at the impact of old quarterbacks, young running backs and the fact that Drew Brees won't stop throwing 300-yard games.
Who says the NFL is no country for old men? Frerotte, Huard, Collins and Griese are all over 35 years old (well, Griese's only 33, but he's been concussed enough to qualify him for this analogy), and they've all been handed the keys to their respective offenses. Each brings years of starting experience, and with that experience comes wisdom, leadership and an intricate understanding of how an offense is supposed to function. On the flip side, experience also brings arthritis, brittleness, slowing of muscle reaction and ummmm, how do I put this nicely ... the inability to "perform" on a regular basis. In other words, if you catch one these guys on the right day, they're still capable of cooking up some delectable fantasy yum-yums. But if you get them during one of their "senior moments," you'll be eating a robust platter of turnovers, back injuries and fantasy losses. Are any of these football geriatrics capable of helping your squad out this week? Let's put on some comically thick-lensed glasses and take a look:
Griese seems like the best choice to give your team a Metamucil-infused explosion, but after seeing what Kansas City did on the ground against the Broncos, and considering Griese is coming off back-to-back three interception games, count on
Speaking of old quarterbacks, can we start taking bets as to how much longer Warner remains uninjured/starting? Last week, he was sacked five times, put the ball on the turf four others, and completed passes to Jets defenders on three occasions. I'm not sure he makes it through two quarters against the Bills ... Campbell's yet to throw an interception, and is coming off three quality outings, but I'm not forgetting that he was awful against the Giants on opening night and has faced New Orleans, Arizona and an overrated Cowboys secondary since. I've said all along that he's a spot player, and against Philly, his spot will be on my bench ... The undressing began last week, and now
Going to the opposite end of the age spectrum let's take a look at what's shaping up to be the best rookie running back class of the last decade. Forte, Johnson,
Forte and Johnson have already been elevated to "play no matter what" status. Forte's shown surprising versatility (18 receptions) and a steady, grind it out style that makes him effective against any type of defense ... especially the type that isn't very good, like the Lions, for instance. Similarly, Johnson looks more and more impressive each week (61 yards and two touchdowns against Minnesota), and converting his first two goal line touches only adds to his expanding fantasy repertoire. I'm not sitting him against Baltimore, and neither should you. Slaton couldn't get much going on the ground against Jacksonville this past weekend, but what impressed me was his pass-catching ability (eight catches for 83 yards and a touchdown). In the Colts, Slaton faces a defense that hasn't given up anything less than 180 rushing yards to an opponent, and features an undrafted rookie, a converted defensive end, a special teams player and two guys that were recruited from a local construction crew in their defensive tackle rotation. Good times all around for Slaton owners. I'm also high on both Jones and Stewart this week. For some reason, Jones, who's averaging eight yards a carry on the season, received zero touches against the Redskins. Expect Dallas to recommit to the run game this week and for owner
The Panthers have held Tomlinson, Peterson, Forte and Turner touchdown-less and under the 100-yard mark. Can L.J. break the trend? I have my doubts ... Speaking of trends, Turner's rushed for 324 yards and five touchdowns in two games at home, but only 98 yards and no scores on his two trips outside the Georgia Dome. This week's contest in Green Bay against an average Packers defense should give us a good gauge of what "The Burner's" actually capable of ... If
Since Brees insists on throwing for 300 yards despite the absence of
I don't know what it is about Carolina, but I like their vibe. Don't be surprised to see Smith pull off one of his patented early-season, monster performances (you know, the kind where has 10 catches for 150 yards and two scores) ... Evans has a long reception in every game and is averaging a crazy 23.7 yards-per-reception. He plays the Cardinals this week, who if I'm not mistaken, have a bit of problem giving up big plays in the passing game (cough, cough, six touchdowns ... cough) ... You think Chambers is looking for some sweet revenge against the organization that made him suffer through the
Whatever Daniels did to Schaub, he needs to apologize because his QB avoids him like an ex-girlfriend whenever they get near the goal line. Once again, he's quietly averaging nearly five catches and 60 yards a game, but he's got a big fat zero in the touchdown department. Out of his three touchdowns last year, two came from the arm of