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.
I'm on record as the anti-LT this season. To be fair, about 90 percent of the football world held the same position three months ago. LT has been a stud thus far with five scores and an average of 81.7 yards per game on the ground, but can he keep it up? LT hasn't rushed for more than 4.7 YPC in each of the past three seasons (he was in the 3's the past two years), so you have to worry about his ability to maintain his 5.3 mark (it would tie a career-best). It should also be pointed out that though he has averaged 15 carries a game this season, that isn't exactly a huge workload for a supposed RB1.
Mathews received his first double-digit carry outing since opening day in Week 6. He has also averaged at least 5.2 YPC in four of the five games that he has played this season. He has been every bit as explosive as expected with only injuries limiting him to this point. Alas,
I've said it all year, so I might as well stick to it. I don't think LT has any chance to extend, over the duration of 16 games, what he has done so far. I think Greene will continue to assert himself to the point that it's at least an even split for touches in the second half, a situation I don't see happening in San Diego, where Mathews seems like the lead dog. Tolbert stealing goal-line looks makes me nervous, but I'm still going with the younger Mathews, who is in a more explosive offense over the all-time great that is Tomlinson.
First off, Cassel is an excellent add for Week 7 since he and the Chiefs are facing the Jaguars who can't stop anyone through the air (they have allowed an average of 264 yards a game -- 28th in the league -- and have surrendered 14 passing touchdowns in six games which is two more scores than any other club). Cassel has also thrown for six touchdowns against just one interception the past three weeks, and in his lone career matchup against the Jags he went for 262 yards and two scores. Cassel could very well be the best quarterback option this week that is on the majority of waiver-wires.
As for the player to drop ...
Woodhead is coming off the best game of his brief NFL career with 11 carries for 63 yards. In addition to his rushing totals, Woodhead also hauled in five passes for 52 yards. He has also scored two touchdowns in the past three Patriots' games. Clearly, if he wasn't picked up off waivers last week, he's sure to be one of the hotter pick-ups this week. However, it's always a fluid situation in the Patriots backfield. Woodhead is clearly the team's change of pace back for the moment, but how much playing time will he lose when
Williams will apparently take on a bigger role now that
I'll answer the question like this. If you have RB depth, drop Woodhead. If you have WR depth, drop Williams. I don't think either is shaping up to be an every week starter in standard-sized leagues, though both do have value as depth options.
I think Schaub's struggles are being blown out of proportion by most people, especially since
As "good" as Sanchez has been, his numbers aren't a match for those of Schaub. Take a look.
Sanchez: 1,110 yards, 9 TDs, 55.4 Comp.%, 86.4 QB Rating
On top of the numbers, I know of no "expert" who would dream of comparing Sanchez to Schaub.
Driver started off hot with three scores in four weeks, but he has been held out of the end zone the past two weeks, and he has caught only 10 passes the past three weeks. In addition, only once this season has he produced more than 61 yards, and three times he hasn't even hit 40 yards. Driver is also slated to miss practice time this week with a quadriceps injury but that's what happens when you play football and are 35 years old.
In other words, hold on to Schaub and turn the deal down.