Line of scrimmage: Minnesota QBs; Fred Jackon's value; more debate
Because they don't have Brett Favre?
Come on, Dave, giving up a bizarre Hail Mary is very different from allowing Mark Sanchez to work the one-minute drill to perfection and march 72 yards downfield. Then again, since being shut out on Halloween by Green Bay, the J-E-T-S have won two games in OT and three late in the game after blowing a big lead this week against the Houston. This could be one of those magical seasons for the green and white.
So are you saying the Jets season will also become
That's right, you're a Dolphins fan.
Block: Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Tarvaris Jackson fan. In fact, I don't think it's possible to have fans when the only reason people know who are you is because Brett Favre took your career possibilities away from you. New head coach Leslie Frazier is unlikely to make a switch right now, but sooner or later somebody's going to take a stand against Favre, particularly if they lose another game and fall to 3-8. As an under-.500 team, Frazier has to lobby for Jackson to play, doesn't he? It's about the future, Leslie, and if you don't season Jackson now, he will get cooked next year at your expense. Jackson has 34 starts under his belt, a 59 percent completion rate and a 22/18 TD-to-INT ratio with 10 fumbles. Favre's got so little left in the tank he might as well be a Vespa. One more loss should equal some PT for T.J.
Clearing the pile: Frazier has no choice but to stay loyal until they drag Favre's carcass off the field. It might be prudent to have Jackson on your bench, but his value doesn't increase until the Vikings are completely eliminated from the playoffs, despite Childress' firing.
Counter-block: How many starting running backs are out there on the waiver wire? Now, how many starting backs on the waiver wire are getting all their team's carries? Of course Jackson has value. He's a solid PPR guy with 21 receptions already this year and has always performed when healthy. Not only that, he's the most likely running back to get carries near the goal line, even when Spiller returns. Meanwhile, Spiller isn't necessarily a pile pusher, and even when Jackson had eight carries for 16 yards versus the Bears, Curtis Modkins still called his number in the red zone. It's not like Spiller has been Felix Jones in his rookie season. There was an argument for Jones' 8.9 per carry average in 2008. The same can hardly be said for Spiller's 4.0 yards per carry. Gailey's got Spiller for years to come. Jackson should handle the load the rest of the way, and he's averaging 4.4 per carry. He's available in 32 percent of Yahoo Leagues.
Clearing the pile: Jackson has been the beneficiary of a soft schedule recently, and Spiller isn't healthy, not to mention he hasn't exactly lit the league on fire. Jackson is a good play once the team gets past the next two games (Steelers and Vikings).
Block: Jump ship? Into what ocean? As always, abandoning players means you've got someone on the waiver wire at least comparable. You're not finding it unless your league-mates are clueless or your league is shallower than Rob Schneider's movie plots. Terrell Owens is having his best fantasy year of the past four. He's behind only in Roddy White in fantasy points at the wide receiver position. Chad Ochocinco has scored twice in the past two games and three times in the past five. Since you're unlikely to garner a trade anyway, continue playing him, as this team is the eighth-rated passing offense. That means much like Brett Favre, you're playing Carson Palmer until his arm falls off. As for Cedric Benson, he's ninth in total carries with 192. He has 747 yards, good for 13th in the league, which is ahead of Ray Rice in terms of yards. He has 19 receptions, which puts him on pace to beat his career high of 20 back in 2008. You likely drafted him in the second round, and he's almost given you the same value as the aforementioned Rice so far. The biggest drawback for Benson thus far is his four TDs, but every fantasy player knows you can never predict that. You can only look for opportunity, and he has no shared backfield, making him a rarity these days in the NFL.
Clearing the pile: Until Carson Palmer is pulled, the playing-from-behind Bengals will provide good value at quarterback, wide receiver and tight end. You knew what you were getting from Benson -- unfortunately you're not getting anything better.