Did you miss my fantasy segment with Mo Egger on Thursday on ESPN 1530? Here are my notes...
MANAGING YOUR ROSTER
--Cutting Bait: When is too long to wait on a player to take off or comeback from an injury? With many injuries piling up and with bye weeks still ahead it is getting tougher and tougher for many owners to stash early-season grabs like C.J. Spiller or wait around for playoff run of Austin Collie (one of my roster faces those exact choices). In leagues with 16 man rosters or less the challenge becomes even greater.
While I am all about having an ace in the hole, owners must prioritize and make decisions that are going to help this week or next rather than a month from now. You just never know what is going to change.
SETTING YOUR LINEUP
(Who to put in and who to keep out of line-up)
RB Marshawn Lynch (at OAK) – Look for Lynch’s best day as a Seahawk as he goes against a Raiders’ defense that is giving up over five yards per carry and 138.9 rushing yards a contest. Expect him to become the fourth 100-yard rusher of the season against Oakland. Start him with confidence.
WR Santana Moss (vs. DET) – Moss has not been a sexy play this year scoring only two touchdowns all season, but he has been consistent. The veteran wideout has tallied at least 63 yards in each game this season. Expect him to grab his third touchdown and third 100-yard effort of the season against a weak Lions’ secondary.
QB Mark Sanchez (vs. GB) – It’s quite an impressive sophomore campaign for Sanchez, but this week’s matchup versus a Packers’ secondary that had yielded only 8 TD passes while picking off 10 passes and 22 sacks is not a good one. Keep him on the bench for now.
WR Mike Sims-Walker (vs. DAL) – Despite scoring in two of the last three weeks and facing a struggling Cowboys’ secondary this week, Sims-Walker is just too inconsistent to count on. He’s only eclipsed four catches and 46 yards once this season and that way back in a blowup game in Week 2.
(A few key injuries for owners to keep their eyes on)
QB Brett Favre (ankle) – Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard about the Vikings’ quarterback in a boot this week and in jeopardy of seeing his consecutive games streak end. He did shed the boot on Thursday, but not the limp even if he plays, Favre should not be considered a QB1 option in Week 8.
QB Tony Romo (clavicle) – The Cowboys’ quarterback is out 6-8 weeks after suffering a broken clavicle in Monday’s loss. But with Dallas sitting at 1-5 and going nowhere quick owners shouldn’t hold their breath awaiting Romo’s return. In his absence, expect the Cowboys to finally start running the football which could be good for Felix Jones, Marion Barber and even Tashard Choice. Look for both Miles Austin and Jason Witten to see a slight dip in production.
RB DeAngelo Williams (foot sprain) – The bad fantasy season for the Panthers’ running back continues as he is now listed as questionable for Sunday after missing practice again on Thursday. Williams has only had one game which he broke 70 yards rushing and just one score all year. Even if healthy, look elsewhere.
RB Joseph Addai (shoulder) – It remains to be seen if Addai is going to play or not in Week 8 as the Colts are calling him day-to-day with a shoulder injury. That spells trouble for fantasy owners who likely cannot wait until Monday night to make a lineup decision.
Other injuries of note: Vince Young (knee, ankle); Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), Antonio Gates (toe), Vernon Davis (ankle) all appear set to play in Week 8.
BYE WEEK FILLERS – ATL, BAL, CHI, CLE, NYG, and PHI
(Players that could prove worthy in a pinch that are available in most leagues)
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (@KC) – passed for 969 yards and 11 TD passes over last 4 starts
RB LeGarrette Blount (@ARZ) – expect him to build on last week’s 72 yards on 11 carries
WR Nate Burleson (@ WAS) – scored in back-to-back games and gets Matthew Stafford back this week
TE Owen Daniels (@IND) – he’s finally near 100 percent after bye week and ready to put up some numbers