Well everyone, we made it. We survived another awful summer season and now our beloved football is back. Can you imagine this time next year if there is no NFL season? My God, the horror. I don't even want to think about a world without fantasy football.
I actually had one of my best calls ever this week. On Sirius, Facebook and Twitter I implored everyone to start the Lions defense against the Bears and was basically laughed off the face of the earth. My thinking was the Lions' front seven is vastly improved and the Bears offensive line is garbage.
I called for five sacks and three turnovers from the Lions. Well, they did me proud by registering four sacks and taking the ball away four times. It's that kind of call that makes writing this column worthwhile. So many people are afraid to take a shot because they might be wrong. Oh no. If you feel something, go with it. If you are wrong, who cares? At least you took a shot and didn't rehash the same thing everyone else is saying. Just stop telling me that
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All kidding aside, I saw two things watching the Vikings. Favre isn't completely healthy and the Minnesota receivers are atrocious without
Anyway, I like Camarillo in PPR leagues moving forward. Some people were all excited about
I expect Camarillo to slowly become Favre's favorite target. He may not score a ton of touchdowns but look for Camarillo to catch a lot of short passes from Favre in the coming weeks. I would jump on him now before Camarillo becomes a hot commodity in fantasy leagues.
It's a sad state of affairs when your receivers are so bad that Camarillo has the most upside but that's the situation the Vikings find themselves in. Good luck on that Super Bowl appearance boys.
By the way, have you noticed that
What a story this is becoming. I LOVED Williams in college and then he got jobbed by the NCAA. Williams never really recovered from being forced to sit out a year. He got depressed, gained a ton of weight and looked as if he would go down as a monumental bust.
Then something amazing happened. Williams re-surfaced with
This just goes to show one thing: even when I'm wrong, I'm right. Sometimes you just have to wait five years for it to pay off. I picked up Williams a few weeks ago in my league and I couldn't be happier. I think, at worst, Williams will be a solid spot starter this year, and depending on how much
If Williams is still available in your league, I would jump on him right now before it's too late.
Now here's the thing: The Bengals have a lot of options in the passing game, and Shipley won't catch five passes for 82 yards every week. However, Shipley is a tremendous route runner and he can eat defenses up over the middle if they don't pay him enough attention.
The Bengals fell behind early against the Patriots and had to pass a lot. Virtually every Cincy pass catcher had a strong fantasy outing on Sunday, and Shipley was one of those people. I'm not suggesting Shipley is an every-week starter but I think he has enough upside to be on your roster. I just picked him up in my league for receiver depth and I suggest you do the same if you have an open roster spot.
All summer I backed Collie, while other people were concerned about the return of
First, Gonzalez is an average player. Collie is actually a much more talented overall receiver than Gonzalez. Second, Collie has earned the trust of Peyton Manning, which can be kind of a big deal if you play in the Colts offense. Finally, Collie is a much better route-runner out of the slot. With
Now here is one last reason to like Collie even more moving forward: Garcon dropped three easy balls against Houston. It may not be a huge deal but you know that it is in the back of Manning's mind. Manning goes to people he can trust and the bottom line is he trusts Collie.
I drafted Collie a couple of rounds too high in all my drafts and almost got laughed out of the league. Anyone still concerned about Gonzo after Collie's 10 catches, 131 yards and a score on Sunday? I'll take a nice 30-point fantasy week any day.
If you play in a PPR league, Collie will catch 80 balls this year for fun. That's the bottom line. Collie may even surpass those numbers to be honest. I think he's only going to continue to get better.
And if you are keeping score at home, Collie is the third white receiver going up this week. That has to be a record.
Again, one good game doesn't erase two bad seasons, but I saw something in McFadden Sunday that may be cause for a little optimism. McFadden has always run tentatively since coming into the NFL, but on Sunday I saw a player that was thinking less and just playing. And for anyone that has ever met McFadden, you know him thinking less is saying quite a bit.
If McFadden continues to put up numbers like he did on Sunday you can expect to see a lot more of him in Oakland's backfield as the year goes on, even when Bush returns. McFadden has another good match-up this week when the Raiders take on the Rams, so get him in your starting lineup for now.
I should have known when everyone started falling in love with Kolb that I was wrong about him. I know he suffered a concussion but odds were he was going to get benched soon anyway with the way he was playing. I really thought Kolb's strengths would fit in perfectly with what the Eagles do on offense, but after one game, it doesn't look good.
If there is one bright spot, we can look to last year. I was very high on Matt Schaub heading into last season and after a miserable Week 1 performance against the Jets, Schaub went on to throw for the sixth-most yards in NFL history. I know it's reaching but that's basically all we have to hold onto at this point.
If you drafted Kolb to be your quarterback I would pick up
After one week, the Kolb call looks like one of my worst. I apologize to those who listened to me and drafted that stiff to be your fantasy quarterback. If it makes you feel any better, I punched myself in the face for all of you.
You know it would be one thing if
The problem with Hester is he doesn't do the first part of the formula all that well. He isn't a great route runner and if you don't run routes well in
Hester will have a big game here and there but if you are depending on him as a starter, it's time to make a change. Hester is never going to be consistent enough to be an every-week fantasy starter. Stop wasting your time.
Fitzgerald had a lot of question marks surrounding his elite fantasy status once
Fitzgerald did score late on Sunday to save fantasy owners from complete disaster but he still only managed three catches overall, a cause for concern in the future. Take 20 minutes and think about how big the following statement is: last year the Cardinals quarterback was likely future Hall of Famer Kurt Warner. This year it's Browns reject
Now there are reports that Fitzgerald's knee was acting up following the Rams game, as if things couldn't get any worse for the people that own him.
Like I said, you are basically stuck if you own Fitzgerald. After his poor performance in Week 1, few people will want to give up anything to get him. You basically just have to ride it out and hope things turn around somehow.
Here is my advice: Wait for Fitzgerald to have a big game and then try like heck to get rid of him. If you don't, he will just end up being a headache all season.
I know it's a long year, and with the way the Jets run the ball Greene is sure to still get his carries. However, the major problem I have with Greene is that it appeared like the big stage was too much for him. You could see the look in his eyes after that first fumble. He didn't want to be on the field.
Well, if Greene doesn't want to be on the field, one way to accomplish that goal is by constantly putting the ball on the ground in a tight game. I was in love with Greene and it goes back to his days at Iowa. Wen he was in college, Greene always rose to the occasion and played his best in big games. Yet, it looked like he flat out choked on Monday night.
If you own Greene, it's the same situation Fitzgerald owners are in. Right now, you just have to sit on him and hope things turn around. Until then, I would leave Greene on your bench. I didn't start him in Week 1 and I wouldn't even consider having Greene in your lineup this Sunday against the Patriots.
I have never liked Smith as an NFL quarterback and that goes all the way back to his days at Utah. People will point out that Smith had a strong late-season run last year. Sure, he didn't have any pressure on him. This guy is weak between the ears. The second Smith has pressure on him he crumbles.
I know a lot of people who e-mail me have Smith as a backup quarterback. That's a waste of a roster spot. Either Carr or
Start up the bus; Smith's days as a starter in the NFL are close to being over for good.
This stands as another great move by
Camarillo -- I told you to pick up Camarillo for a reason. He should play a lot more this week against Miami. Actually, I would be surprised if Camarillo didn't catch five balls on Sunday. If you are light at receiver and need a guy to stick in there this week, give Camarillo a look.
So why did Brooks trust Jackson? The same reason