Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Week 3: Start a wide receiver instead of a running back in your flex position

Fear the Muscle Hamster

Posted by Karl Brenkert on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM

With Week 2 in the books, we now have a couple of data points to analyze. Perhaps the most interesting trend of the season so far has been the dominance of the passing game. A total of 17 different WRs posted 90 yard games in Week 2 with 11 of them scoring touchdowns. By contrast, only 15 RBs posted over 90 total yards (rushing and receiving) and only six scored touchdowns. In Week 1, 14 RBs surpassed the 90 yard plateau with six scoring TDs compared with 20 WRs going for 90 and 10 finding the end zone. Until this trend changes, you're better off starting a WR than a RB in your flex position.

Lovin' it

If you bet on the Chip Kelly's offense, you're lovin' it. Vick is the No. 3 fantasy QB, DeSean Jackson is the No. 1 WR, and LeSean McCoy is the No. 1 RB after two weeks. The biggest surprise on offense thus far belongs to the Chargers who can boast the No. 4 QB Philip Rivers and No. 2 WR Eddie Royal, who has already scored 5 TDs. Sam Bradford and Matt Schaub are the No. 5 and No. 6 ranked QBs, respectively. Get 'em off your bench.

Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant produced bounce back games in Week 2 while rookies Tavon Austin and Giovani Bernard each scored twice. Nuke Hopkins broke out in a huge way for the Texans catching seven balls for 117 yards and the game winning touchdown in overtime.

Hatin' it

Whether it's the new collective bargaining rules which restrict the number of padded practices that teams can hold or simply dumb luck, the number of injuries so far this season has been ridiculous. This week, superstars Reggie Bush, Steven Jackson, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Ray Rice left games with injuries while Malcolm Floyd was carted off the field on a stretcher. The fantasy owners who started these guys were hatin' it.

This was also the week of the shutdown cornerback as the top two WRs from Week 1 were both held in check. Seahawks corner Richard Sherman held Anquan Boldin to 1 catch for 7 yards on Sunday night and Steelers corner Ike Taylor held A.J. Green to 6 catches for 41 yards on Monday night.

Trainwreck a comin'

Josh Freeman will not be the starting QB for Tampa Bay much longer. Freeman threw nine picks in the final three games of last year, and the team declined to extend his rookie contract prior to the start of this season and instead drafted N.C. State QB Mike Glennon in the third round. In the past two weeks, Freeman has been stripped of his status as team captain, missed the team picture, and thrown for a total of 335 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs while the team has managed to lose both of their games in the final minutes. This team appears to hate second year head coach Greg Schiano. The team held a "players only" meeting prior to the first game of the season, never a good sign, and Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo is reporting that newly acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis has already started complaining about his coaching style and play calling. While Vincent Jackson has managed to put up big numbers so far and the Muscle Hamster ran for 144 yards this week against New Orleans, this is a team that's about to implode. Sell high and divest yourself of this impending trainwreck.

Waiver wire suggestions: Mike Glennon QB TB; Josh Gordon WR CLE (returning from suspension); Eddie Royal WR SD; Marlon Brown WR BAL; James Starks RB GB

Go ahead and drop: Mark Ingram RB NO; Vick Ballard RB IND (out for season with knee injury); Ronnie Hillman RB DEN; Denarius Moore WR OAK; Greg Little WR CLE

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