Fire sale: Blount, Torain circling starters to take over key RB roles
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Blount will probably take over as the goal-line back, and if
The thing about Blount is he's a pure downhill runner. He doesn't have the quickest feet but once Blount gets going he's a horror show for defenders to bring down. Everyone knows about the nonsense Blount pulled in Boise last year but he had a dicey past even before that ugly incident. Blount is a guy who, when his head is screwed on straight, has the talent to be a
If you need some running back depth, Blount probably offers as much or more upside than any other back currently on your waiver wire. Pick him up and stash Blount on your bench for a few weeks. It could pay off down the line.
Even if Portis doesn't have a major injury, look for Torain to start getting more work.
Much like Blount, Torain is another young back with upside playing behind an older back with declining skills. Torain could be a nice fantasy player in the second half of the season.
However, even though Tate only had one catch until less than a minute remained in the game, I like his prospects moving forward. Once
It's time for the Seahawks to make Tate a bigger part of the offense. It's not like they have a lot of other options. Maybe they wanted to do that last week, but
You probably don't have to go and grab Tate right now. I've already cut him myself. However, keep a close eye on him. Tate is one of those young players who will keep improving and should become the Seahawks No. 1 receiver before the end of the season. Just don't start him over Lloyd and you should be fine.
I always joke about white receivers being compared to
Amendola has at least five receptions in three of four games this year. He won't pile up a ton of yardage or score you touchdowns, but in a PPR league, Amendola catches enough passes to be a safe bye-week starter. Plus, with
Amendola isn't a fantasy superstar but he's a receiver you can start in a pinch and I feel those guys are always good to have on the back end of your roster.
We all know different Saints receivers shine from week-to-week, but Meachem isn't even part of the offense right now. Last year
Meachem reminds me of my cousin, Fat Sal. When we used to play pick-up football I would tell Sal to just run deep because he wasn't any good. That's basically all Meachem does now. He comes in, runs one fly pattern and then returns to the bench just like Fat Sal used to do.
I drafted Meachem in the ninth round and thought he was going to improve on his promising 2009 campaign, but that hasn't been the case. When
If Meachem is currently on a roster and not on your league's waiver wire, you're probably playing with a bunch of idiots.
I loved Mathews in college and I still love him. I believe he's going to be a superstar, that's why I drafted Mathews ninth overall before trading him a couple of weeks ago. The big problem with Mathews is his ankle injury opened the door for Tolbert, who has looked great so far.
Now what do you do? If you own both guys, who do you start? Mathews scored a touchdown late last week but Tolbert had more carries and more yards. This is certainly turning into a big headache for a lot of fantasy owners.
I would still start Mathews. Even though Tolbert is going to steal carries right now, Mathews has a chance to have a strong game any week. I still believe he will be a big fantasy factor before the season is over but for now, you are just going to have to live with Tolbert splitting carries.
In the near future, it's going to be tough for Mathews to have 30-point fantasy weeks if he's only getting 15 touches a game, so you will need to be patient with him. However, I think your patience will pay off unless Tolbert ends up being the second coming of
Here is the problem with Maroney: Once he gets into the open field, he's a dangerous runner; however, he has a hard time getting into the open field because Maroney is always dancing in the backfield. I feel Maroney would be more effective as a third-down back. That way he could get out in space easier instead of always getting stuffed in the backfield.
The bottom line is Maroney has never run for 900 yards in a season and he never will. He had some fantasy value last year as a touchdown vulture for the Patriots but this guy has been a bust since the day he was drafted. There is no way around it.
If you picked up Maroney thinking a change of venue would make a difference, you're going to be very disappointed. The only change of venue that is going to help Maroney would be if he played in the UFL, an opportunity that will be available to him very shortly.
Gilbride, known for his 1,000-page playbook (of which
You know how I judge bad offensive coordinators? It's when coaches have talented players and can't score points. Have you seen some of that playcalling in the red zone for the Giants? Screen, draw, 3-yard pass. That's very imaginative. No wonder why the Giants can't score any points.
(To Gilbride's defense, he isn't alone in his questionable moves, as any fan accustomed to watching
Listen, some teams just don't have any talent. It's hard to blame the coordinator when you're starting
How many times are the Giants going to hike the ball with one second left on the play clock? There's only one other team in the NFL that I've seen hike the ball with one second on the play clock as often as the Giants do. I'll give you one guess which team that is? See "Jason Garrett" above.
Remember the windy playoff game against Philly two years ago? Manning took the blame for the loss but it wasn't the Giants QB who chose to run the ball with the wind and threw against it because he was trying to be sneaky.
Manning plays the porous Houston secondary this week. If he can't put up big numbers against the Texans, it's time to stick a fork in him like the Giants should have done to Gilbride years ago.