Weekly Fantasy Football: Give Bell A Shot
By Ryan Hodge
Eddie Lacy, Jason Witten, and David Wilson just about sum up my Week 2. But that is the beautiful thing about weekly fantasy football, we get to put it behind us and move on to Week 3. With out further ado, here are the guys I do and don't like for your lineups.
Plug Em’ In
Alex Smith - I am always looking for a bargain at quarterback & at $14.3 million, Smith is just the guy. In the two games that we have seen Philadelphia's defense take the field, they have given up an average of 374 passing yards and just about three TDs. You cant ignore his legs either. With 87 yards on the ground and Reid calling the shots, its not much of a stretch to say he could add another 50 yards on Thursday night.
Matt Forte - His price tag of $13.7 million isn't going to kill you by any means, and he has a great match up this week. Pittsburgh is giving up just over 100 rushing yards to opposing teams running backs per game. They most recently gave up a touchdown both on the ground and through the air to RB Giovanni Bernard on Monday Night Football.
Joique Bell - Even if Reggie Bush plays on Sunday, and I think he will, Bell can still be very productive for your team. In Week 1, McCoy rushed for 184 yards. In week two James Starks just carved up Washington’s defense for 168 yards from scrimmage and a score. Bell is no LeSean McCoy, but he is a far better runner then Starks, averaging 4.0 YPC and 9.6 YPR. The best thing about Bell; he is only going to cost you $7.2 million.
Julian Edelman - He made the list last week and he makes it again for all the same reasons. He is leading the team in receptions (20) and targets (27) and with no Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola or Shane Vereen, Tom Brady will turn to Edelman just as he did in Week 2. The price of just $5.6 million really makes him a must start this week.
Pierre Garcon - He has 11 or more targets in the past two games and at least seven receptions. The Lions secondary have allowed just over 250 passing yards per game to opposing teams wide receivers. Robert Griffin III is finding his confidence again, and Garcon should be a big beneficiary of that. With the money you save by using Edelman or Bell, you should have no problem working Garcon into your line up.
Cut The Cord
Cecil Shorts / Maurice Jones-Drew - I could probably just sum this up and say “Seattle Defense," but I will give you a little more then that. Seattle just held Colin Kaepernick to 127 passing yards, and no 49ers WR had more then 39 receiving yards. With the ankle concern, the lack of production, and a stout run defense, MJD is a easy player to avoid.
Knowshon Moreno - Don't be fooled by the the box score numbers. Both of Moreno’s scores came off 20-yard runs with poor tackling by the defense. Surprisingly, the Raiders defense has yet to allow a rushing touchdown and have held opposing teams running backs to just 3.4 YPC. Keep in mind Denver is a pass first offense and there is still a three-headed monster in the backfield.
Roddy White - It seems obvious but I just want to make it very clear. You should not pay $10.2 million dollars for a wideout who is dealing with a high ankle sprain. Plain and simple, just leave Roddy off your team.
Darren McFadden - He has been fairly productive, and I usually say start the guy while you can. Howeever, he sports a price of $10.6 million and faces a defense who has allowed no more then 40 yards to any teams opposing running backs. I would look else where for your running back this week.
Fantasy Challenge Game
If you are not 100 percent sure who to pick or just want a second opinion, the guys in vegas have a pretty good idea of what they are doing so just check the over/under for the game. With Steven Jackson being out, Atlanta will turn to the air more then usual, so expect Atlanta to put up a high score this week. Detroit is my lock of the week after seeing the Redskins secondary get torched two weeks in a row. As usual, it is hard to ignore the Saints and the Eagles, so I will being picking them this week as well. Don't be afraid of the Chicago vs Steelers game, as these are not the Steelers of old. I expect Mark Trestman and the Bears to run and throw all over them during Sunday Night Football.