Fantasy football mailbag
Each week I'll attempt to bring some clarity to your questions about the pigskin and the men who throw, catch, run and kick it. To reach me with questions, scroll down to the end of the piece where you can find my e-mail address.
This is the type of question I get all the time with people over-reacting to one good performance or getting too excited about a player returning from injury or suspension. Let's go to the tale of the tape.
In six NFL seasons Big Ben has thrown for 3,600 yards one time.
If we take the average performance of the top-10 quarterbacks in the league last season we find that the group averaged 4,378 yards and 29.5 touchdowns. Moreover, 10 quarterbacks threw for at least 4,000 yards and 26 scores in 2009. Only once in six years has Big Ben reached both those numbers, and it was a close call even then (2009 with 4,328 yards and 26 TDs)..
As for Romo, the guy gets no love. The Cowboys are a huge disappointment at 1-3, but you really can't blame Romo, who continues to perform at an elite level. According to my most recent
Hold on to Romo. He may not be a better real world quarterback but he is the superior fantasy option without a scintilla of doubt.
Forte is currently sixth in scoring among RBs in PPR leagues (refer to the previously mentioned
Charles is beast, and one of the most exciting players in football with the ball in his hands. Unfortunately the Chiefs' coaching staff prefers to give their mule (
As rightly pointed out, Crabtree has been a huge disappointment this season before exploding in Week 5 for nine catches, 105 yards and a score. Crabtree has the talent to be a weekly starter in all fantasy leagues, and he does have 14 catches the past two weeks. The Niners don't have another wideout to steal looks from Crabtree, and sooner or later if a team hopes to win it'll realize it has to get the ball into the hands of their play-makers, and Crabtree is certainly one of those.
I do this deal. I have an unhealthy addiction to Charles, kind of like
I'm gonna blow the cover off the dirty little secret of fantasy football -- kickers are useless. OK, that might be going too far, there are clearly options you would prefer to have on your roster versus some of the scrubs out there, but the fact is this -- it makes little difference who you have at kicker each week.
There are currently nine kickers in the league with at least 40 points and there are three others at 38 through five weeks. If you have the top kicker in the league --
QB: 21.7 to 14.2 for a gap of 7.5 points per week.
See my point about the gap with kickers being relatively insignificant?
My advice would be to just go with the same kicker each week if you have a solid option. You could hit it big with kicker-bingo, but you might also end up being better off if you just run
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