The RotoExperts.com staff looks back at Sunday's games through the fantasy windows.
It seems that, every time the Eagles travel to Dallas, they are destined to shake up the fantasy world somehow.
Well, at least this week, the gaffe in question didn't happen during the fantasy playoffs. No one will ever forget
Jackson scored what appeared to be a 61-yard touchdown in the second quarter Monday night, but his score was nullified. After further review, the officials found that he had the audacity to flip the ball behind him in celebration ... just before crossing the goal line. If you started Jackson last night and lost by say, five points, you are one angry fantasy owner this morning. Jackson's total of 110 receiving yards may be nearly forgotten in light of his "rookie mistake."
Then, as if the fantasy football gods (who could they be, I know I'm not one of them) decided to attempt to somehow make things right in the universe, Westbrook himself then charged in for one of his three touchdowns. If you own Westbrook in a keeper league, maybe you felt just a slight tinge of redemption last night. If you own Westbrook in any league, you're very happy that Jackson is so darn cocky and has a lot to learn, despite all his apparent pure talent.
I would have expected such a riotous act from
McNabb was missing his "top two" WRs again last night, yet he didn't hesitate to rifle the ball downfield when he had the opportunities. Jackson was a prime target again, and I can't imagine his role decreasing much in the near future. While he may be the thinnest Eagle to suit up since
McNabb threw only one touchdown pass, yet his fantasy owners should be encouraged by this performance. He spread the ball around well despite a "depleted" receiving crew and made some fine decisions when pressured. McNabb also showed a willingness to scramble and to expose himself to big hits. He survived, and more good performances are ahead. Just in case, though, you should always have that solid backup available.
There was really nothing surprising on the Dallas side of the ball, as
Unless you had the Dallas defense/special teams last night,
Barber is widely admired for his punishing running style, yet it also exposes him to possible injuries. He is more physical than most runners, and that also makes him more of a concern than the average RB. If Jones ever gets a chance to start this year, he'll deliver an amazing performance or two, because he's that good.
The Cowboys' braintrust has already fallen in love with Jones, despite Barber's obvious value to the team. Jones was the center of attention every time he touched the ball in training camp. Not only can he outrace defenders as we saw last night, but he also has excellent vision, displays nifty cutback moves, and can make defenders look foolish in short space. All he needs is regular carries to get into a rhythm, and Jones is capable of posting outstanding numbers. Once Jones gets his chance to shine, the Cowboys staff will simply have to get him more carries. Dallas will ultimately have two running backs who can excite fantasy owners, even though Barber's outstanding short yardage prowess will no doubt sting those who elect to start Jones in the future.
Still, Jones reminds me of what I saw in
Both the Cowboys and Eagles face stiff tests again in Week 3 as they recover from the Monday night shootout. The Cowboys take on the surprising Packers, and you shouldn't see any major letdown from the Dallas offense. The Green Bay linebackers are indeed formidable, but they won't deter Barber. The Packers cornerbacks have difficulty with big, physical pass-catchers, so Owens is due for another big game. That means another fine outing for
Still, we have to wonder when
McNabb won't post great numbers, as the Steelers should do a better job of containing the passing game than Dallas did overall on Monday. Yet McNabb is also doing an obviously fine job of valuing the football, so he won't hurt you if you don't have a clearly better option on your roster. It will be yet another firm test for Jackson, as the Pittsburgh defense is sure to give him more respect than the average rookie. The defensive backs will certainly try to jam him and push him around. It's not the best-looking matchup for Jackson, but there is no real way you can justify reserving him at this point.
Until then, owners of top Eagles players can be thankful there will be no more regular season trips to Texas Stadium. Maybe the new home of the Cowboys won't be haunted by unusual fantasy hijinks --
The problems continued for
If you had any Lions playing this week, there was very little to get excited about, with the exception of
Bengals players continue to disappoint, but
If Round (Week) 1 was a tie between
There were not many bright spots for Chicago, either. A blocked punt for a TD was nice for those owners of the Chicago defense/special teams and