FANTASY FOOTBALL, New York, October 9
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong.
Most of my start ’ems from last week were duds.
Perhaps most disappointing, at least to me, was to see RB Bishop Sankey not get the touches he deserves for the Tennessee Titans. Also disappointing was Jaguars TE Clay Harbor; I really thought he and QB Blake Bortles would connect more than they did on Sunday.
As for the sit ’ems, can I have a mulligan? On Sunday night against the Patriots, QB Andy Dalton should have had a much worse game for Cincinnati, but was able to pad his stats without turning the ball over through garbage time. Another one that hurt was RB Marshawn Lynch; Seattle’s stud was having a mostly quiet night until he hooked up with QB Russell Wilson for a 9-yard touchdown reception.
A disappointing week, for sure, but let’s keep on trucking with this week’s picks:
QB Eli Manning (NYG) at PHI
The amount of weapons QB Eli Manning has to work with is frightening. In a tough, high scoring divisional matchup, I see Eli having a nice day.
WR Kendall Wright (TEN) vs JAX
Even with the potential QB swap in Tennessee, WR Kendall Wright should put up big numbers against a defense that gives away 24.2 fantasy p/g to opposing wide receivers.
RB Le’Veon Bell (PIT) at CLE
This is going to be a gritty, dirty matchup in Cleveland. I can see both of these teams – which both allow more than 100 rushing yds/g – getting the ball run all over them. RB Le’Veon Bell will be the star of the show for Pittsburgh, though.
TE Jason Witten (DAL) at SEA
Seattle gives up fantasy points to tight ends (11.5 p/g) – that’s a fact. TE Jason Witten is the only viable fantasy tight end Dallas has and when the Boys can’t run the ball on Seattle’s defense, QB Tony Romo will turn to the pass early and often.
K Caleb Sturgis (MIA) vs GB
Classic Miami Dolphins football would be to come off a huge win and bye week to lay an egg against a struggling Green Bay defense. If that happens, K Caleb Sturgis could be called upon to make some long kicks – and he’s shown he can make them.
D/ST Bengals (CIN) vs CAR
Bouncing back from a horrid performance on Sunday Night Football will be the Bengals. Carolina’s offense hasn’t been great and with Cincinnati at home, the Bengals should thrive.
QB Ryan Tannehill (MIA) vs GB
Like I said before, classic Miami. I still think the Dolphins have a shot to win, but they’re more likely to do it with its top-5 run offense against the worst run defense in football.
WR Andre Johnson (HOU) vs IND
Ah the good ol’ days, when WR Andre Johnson was an elite wide receiver that could put up big fantasy numbers like they were nothin’. Those times have passed; even when Houston’s offense clicks, the ball isn’t coming Johnson’s way in meaningful situations.
RB DeMarco Murray (DAL) at SEA
Why should you sit the No. 1 fantasy running back in football? Seattle allows 62.3 rushing yds/g and has only allowed one touchdown on the ground this season. Think RB DeMarco Murray will get things done receiving instead? Opposing running backs average 39.25 receiving yds/g against Seattle and haven’t scored a touchdown.
TE Martellus Bennett (CHI) at ATL
This one hurts me so, so bad. I traded for TE Martellus Bennett in my own personal league a few weeks ago; after starting two games for me, he does not have a touchdown – prior to that, he had four in three games. Things don’t get much easier this week; the Falcons allow, on average, 3.6 p/g to opposing tight ends without giving up a touchdown.
K Mike Nugent (CIN) vs CAR
Kicking has been a problem for the Bengals this year; K Mike Nugent is making just 61.5 percent of his kicks and has yet to hit from 50-plus yards yet this season.
D/ST Texans (HOU) vs IND
At times, the Texans defense can be scary. Against Indianapolis, though – a team that hadn’t turned the ball over much before last week – I don’t see Houston as a viable start.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, October 9, 2014; A24)