Archive for September, 2009

Handicapping Week Four

Wednesday, 30 September, 2009

By Zack Cimini
Notjustagame23@gmail.com

How are you going to stay above .500 and defeat Vegas? Let Notjustagame give you some solid choices to help you out with your selections this week.

Oakland at Houston (-9.5)- Pick Houston
The Texans have done one thing well and that’s score. The Raiders can not match them in that department and will get down early. Jamarcus Russell and the Raiders have no chance to win through the air. Their game plan will be to run the ball with McFadden and Bush as often as possible. Still, the Texans should create a few turnovers and capitalize off of those. We like the Texans to cover this matchup.

Tennessee (-3) at Jacksonville- Pick Tennessee
Kerry Collins and the Titans have all the pressure on them in this must win situation. They’re the better team and should be able to disrupt the Jaguars new founded passing attack. Offensively the Titans receivers must be able to hold onto the football. Too many dropped balls and poor special teams play cost them the game last week against the Jets.

Baltimore at New England (-2)- Pick Baltimore
We’re still not buying into Brady and the Patriots. Fred Taylor was the reason they were able to move forward and get a win in the second half against the Falcons. We all know that they’ll have no chance at running the football against the Ravens. Joe Flacco and the Ravens are just a bad matchup for the Patriots.

Cincinnati (-5.5) at Cleveland – Pick Cleveland
The Bengals are one of those teams that are currently over rated. Offensively Cedric Benson is getting praised but isn’t doing anything nifty. He is running hard with the football and taking a beating for it. He’ll begin to wear down with that type of running style. Cleveland has went to Derek Anderson and the team should respond better with that move. It should be a close game decided by a field goal.

NY Giants -8.5 at Kansas City- Pick NY Giants
The Giants will cover by a wide margin for the second week in a row. Matt Cassel is still in preseason form and Larry Johnsons career seems dead in the water. Eli Manning will be resting by the middle of the 4th period.

Detroit at Chicago (-10)- Pick Chicago
It’s only a matter of time before Cutler gets to really pick apart defenses once they get an established ground game. Matt Forte will answer the bell this week and have a breakout game. This should be the Bears best offensive performance thus far this season.

Tampa Bay at Washington (-7)- Pick Washington
A rookie quarterback means the Buccaneers will try to get their running backs of Cadillac Williams, Derrick Ward, and Earnest Graham heavily involved. Either way this is an angry Redskins team that has to show up in a major way. A blow out is the only option for the Redskins.

NY Jets at New Orleans (-7)- Pick New Orleans
There is going to be a week where the rookie has to go through his growing pains. This will be the week, and he’ll get a chance to watch the best in the game pick the Jets defense apart.

Buffalo (-2.5) at Miami- Pick Buffalo
The pressure is on Trent Edwards. Miami has too many concerns going on with Pennington out, a new quarterback starting, and Joey Porter ailing on the defensive side. With Marshawn Lynch back the Bills will grind it out with Lynch and Jackson. Miami has always giving up the big pass play to the Bills, especially Lee Evans in recent years. Once the Dolphins are down the wildcat and run game will be thwarted.

St. Louis at San Francisco (-9.5)- Pick St. Louis
Were assuming Kyle Boller gets the start here. San Francisco doesn’t seem to be a big cover team this year. They settle too much offensively, and that was with Frank Gore in the lineup. With him out we like the Rams chances to hang around in this game. Definitely too many points are being offered up here.

Dallas (-3) at Denver- Pick Denver
Denver’s defense has been playing exceptional and should have no problem shutting down the Cowboys passing game. They’ll put pressure on Romo and force him into bad decisions. They’re been relying heavily on the ground game just like the Broncos, and that’s where the Broncos have the edge in this game. Dallas has a banged up Marion Barber and Felix Jones out with a knee sprain. That means Tashard Choice will have to carry the load, and will be halted with ease. Roy Williams step up and show that you’re worth all those draft picks the Cowboys traded you for.

San Diego at Pittsburgh (-6.5)- Pick Pittsburgh
LT playing or not is the main factor on this pick. Philip Rivers has been able to win at the onset of this season with his arm, as Darren Sproles is proving to be too small to be an every down back. That type of play will get you wins over teams like Miami and Oakland but not Pittsburgh. This is also a big distance traveler for the Chargers, against a Pittsburgh team amped and ready to get back on the field after an embarrassing loss.

Green Bay at Minnesota (-3.5)- Pick Minnesota
Favre was just warming up that arm that wasn’t on display the first few weeks of the season. He tested it against the 49ers and now the dream matchup he has wanted will come to fruition. This is going to be a MNF classic high scoring game, but in the end Favre and company will pull it out. Definitely spend the extra dough on securing yourself from a half point loss.

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Seattle at Indianapolis- Indianapolis

We’ll set this line at 9.5 and see how close we end up being. Obviously the wait here is on the status of Matt Hasselbeck. He’ll likely sit out again and that means Seneca Wallace will earn his 13th start. He didn’t do bad against the Bears but there was room to close out the Bears and he didn’t get it done. When Manning is in a zone as he has shown the past few weeks, it leads to a tear that can’t be stopped. His onslaught games against the Dolphins and Cardinals were both on the road. Imagine what he’ll do at home.

Post Week Three Team Rankings

Wednesday, 30 September, 2009

By Zack Cimini
notjustagame23@gmail.com

Here are your post week three team rankings. At 3-0, does Denver deserve a position as one of the top teams? With Dallas squeaking out wins and 2-1, are they ranked high enough to grab one of the final playoff spots in the NFC?

Biggest Move Up: Minnesota Vikings. From 10 up to 6
Biggest Decline: Atlanta Falcons. From: 7 to 14

1. New Orleans (1)- Impressive win that showed their defense can step up, or Trent Edwards is just that bad at hitting open targets.
2. Baltimore (2)- This team is growing by the week. When is Flacco going to have that let down game, and how will he respond from it?
3. Indianapolis Colts (3)- Manning is on his way to another MVP type year
4. NY Jets (4)- Hand over the coach of the year award to Rex Ryan already
5. NY Giants(6) – Question marks with injuries all over their defense, and what do they do, shut out the Buccaneers.
6. Minnesota Vikings (10)- Offense and defense had their ups and downs this past week but pulled it together when needed.
7. San Diego Chargers (9)- Are going to need LT back soon and defense to step up in order to be an elite team.
8. San Francisco 49ers (8)- They’ll be the third different team in three years to win the NFC West
9. New England (12)- Brady’s half time rant was exactly what the Pats needed.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (5)- We’re not worried about their start
11. Philadelphia Eagles (13)- True test will be how they fare against their divisional opponents
12. Dallas Cowboys (16)- Not winning pretty but getting it done.
13. Denver Broncos (11)- We’ve seen these waves of success from the Broncos before. They are doing a great job running the ball effectively and relying on their defense.
14. Atlanta Falcons (7)- They’re going to need to find a way to win on the road, or a repeat of last years first round playoff exit will happen again. As they will be headed to the NFC West’s home field once again.
15. Green Bay Packers (17)- Tough to gauge the Packers right now. Ryan Grant must step it up and the return of Chad Clifton will help both Rodgers stay off his back, and Grant to hit holes cleaner.
16. Chicago Bears (18)- Matt Forte where are you?
17. Cincinnati Bengals (23)- Cedric Benson is a great story. Hand him the comeback player of the year. He was supposed to do what every other high pick draft bust does. Be cut by his former team sign a basic meager deal, and then be cast off and forgotten.
18. Arizona Cardinals (14)- If Whisenhunt’s going to call the plays he needs to balance the attack. Warner and this team are not going to get away with airing it out 90% of the time like they did last season.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars (22)- Suddenly the Jaguars have one of the bottom five defenses in the league. That means a .500 season
20. Buffalo Bills (15)- One more week before the TO show season two begins. Give Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Harvard alum, another shot as a starter (Rams, Bengals).
21. Houston Texans (19)- They’re becoming a mini version of the Saints, except a few notches below in the fire power.
22. Tennessee Titans (20)- Special teams cost them a shot at bouncing back and getting their first win. They’ll be ok, as the AFC is not quite as dangerous as last year. They’ll need to get it going and they should be able to hang around and have a shot at the last wild card spot.
23. Carolina Panthers (21)- It’s time for a franchise make over. John Fox has been there for quite some time.
24. Seattle Seahawks (24)- Played their guts out but Cutler proved to be too much.
25. Miami Dolphins (27)- A year ago the Dolphins were winning the type of games they’re losing now. It’s going to get ugly quickly for the Dolphins.
26. Oakland Raiders (25)- Tom Cable may be swinging at Jamarcus Russell here real soon
27. Washington Redskins (26)- Tell us how the finger pointing is at Jason Campbell who threw for 340 yards, two touchdowns and only one pick?
28. Detroit Lions (31)- Might be able to hit the three win mark this season.
29. Cleveland Browns (28)- Ugliest quarterback back and forth switch since Rob Johnson/Doug Flutie.
30. Kansas City (30)- There’s no hope for the Chiefs.
31. Tampa Bay (29)- We called Leftwich’s benching weeks ago. He should have never been named starter. Where the Bucs went wrong is letting Jeff Garcia go. He would have this team 2-1 right now
32. St. Louis (32)- Give Boller a shot and move on from the Marc Bulger era.

Top Tier NFL Quarterbacks from small College Worlds

Tuesday, 29 September, 2009

By: Raymond Ayala

Ever since Kurt Warner went from a grocery store clerk to a Super Bowl MVP in 2000, the NFL has been flooded with guys who have come from smaller colleges to become starting NFL quarterbacks. While guys like Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, Andre Ware, Akili Smith, and Alex Smith have gone from big college programs to 1st round picks in the NFL draft, all of them have one thing in common. That thing in common is failure. NFL teams are now starting to look more at DI-AA programs, as well as smaller DI schools, in order to find their new starting quarterbacks. While some teams have gone for the 1st round quarterback, others have been patient and the patience has paid off. Here are a list of quarterbacks that have or could have a fantasy impact on your team this week.

Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) – College: Delaware – After not getting playing time at DI school Pittsburgh, Flacco decided to transfer to DI-AA Delaware, in order to gain more experience. While he faced lackluster opponents, he ended up becoming a leader on the field, which in turn gave the Ravens a reason to select him with their 1st round pick. While most of the guys on this list are not drafted in the 1st round, Flacco is a perfect example of teams knowing that they can find just as good of a talent at Delaware, as they could from USC, Ohio St., or any other big time college program. Flacco has rewarded his fantasy owners this year already, with 839 passing yards and 6 touchdowns in three games.

Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) – College: Eastern Illinois – Tony Romo went undrafted out of college, and this was to no ones surprise since most people have not heard of Eastern Illinois. Well Romo has single-handedly put that school on the map, after making the most of an opportunity and step in for an injured Drew Brees. The rest is history, and this once undrafted quarterback is now the happy recipient of a multi-million dollar extension. While his INT’s may cause some concern, Romo typically improves as the season continues. Look for his touchdowns to gradually rise as the Cowboys face some easier competition down the road.

Matt Cassel (Kansas City Chiefs) – College: USC – I know what you’re thinking. What the heck is a USC alumnus doing on this list of underdogs? Well Cassel may have had an even more tough path to the NFL, thanks to the fact that he did not start one game during his college career. Cassel backed up Bengals quarterback, Carson Palmer, and when Palmer left, Cassel back up Matt Leinart as well. Needless, to say even though Leinart was the better college quarterback, Cassel has been the better NFL quarterback thus far. When Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went down with a knee injury, Cassel filled in admirably and was rewarded just like Tony Romo, with a boatload of cash. Though Cassel has yet to get off on the right foot this season, just wait until Dwayne Bowe is healthy. Once Bowe is 100%, Cassel-Bowe should be tandem no team wants to reckon with.

Jake Delhomme (Carolina Panthers) – College: Louisiana-Lafayette – While he went to a DI college, the sun belt conference isn’t exactly the SEC. This was the main reason Jake Delhomme was not drafted out of college. Delhomme fought hard and found his way onto the Carolina Panthers with solid outings that eventually gave the Panthers franchise their first Super Bowl appearance. Unfortunately for Delhomme it seems like his days are now numbered in the NFL, and another undrafted QB, Matt Moore might be the better start in fantasy football.

Josh Johnson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – College: University of San Diego – I had to make sure I wrote that correctly so no one makes the mistake. The starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is my alma mater’s own Josh Johnson. While playing for the Toreros, Johnson set numerous NCAA passing records, as well as rushing records. He was also named the MVP of the College All-Star game known as the Shrine Game. Even though he comes from a small school, the NFL is about to get rocked with a guy that has better foot speed than Michael Vick did in his hay day. A bold prediction yes, but just go to youtube and type in Josh Johnson football and just watch in amazement. Johnson gets the start this week against the Washington Redskins, so if you have Marc Bulger or Chad Pennington on your bench, make sure to pick up Josh Johnson as a replacement.

Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals) – College: Northern Iowa – He started the trend before it was cool to go undrafted and start in the NFL. Call him Mr. Adversity, because this guy went from undrafted, to the Arena Football League and then after the AFL season ended he was bagging groceries. The lowly St. Louis Rams gave him a chance, and he thrived in his rookie season, winning the Super Bowl MVP as well as the NFL MVP. Warner currently plays for the Cardinals, after leading them to a Super Bowl berth last season. His time seems to be numbered, though he is a good start against teams, which cannot defend the pass. Just ask the Jacksonville Jaguars about that.

Bye Week Fillers For Defense/Kickers

Tuesday, 29 September, 2009

By Zack Cimini
notjustagame23@gmail.com

Besides the common stock piling injuries the reason we draft for depth is matchups and bye week fill ins. Usually though, owners will fill their lineups in and subject themselves to wait on backup defenses and kickers. After getting that strong kicker and defense you assume to start them every single week, until you look up and see you’ve got your defense or kicker on a bye week. This week teams are Atlanta, Philadelphia, Carolina, and Arizona. Assuming you have any of those teams kickers or defenses, we will help you scour the waiver wire for a one week fill in for a kicker or defense.

Defenses That Should Be Available With Solid Matchups

Houston (4% Owned in Yahoo)
The Texans are giving up points left and right, but at times will fill up the stats via their special teams and strong pass rushers. A way to get off their slump is the perfect matchup, and they have that this week against the Oakland Raiders. Jamarcus Russell’s completion percentage for a starting quarterback is likely on pace for a record low. His passing stats so far have been 12 of 30, 7 of 24, and 12 of 21. With the Texans offense putting up points rapidly it’s going to put even more pressure on Russell, as the Raiders defense has been doing a solid job keeping them in games. This is a must pickup for fantasy owners looking for a defense for a week. You’ll likely get two to three turnovers and four sacks, and possibly a defensive/or special teams touchdown.

Cincinnati (13% Owned in Yahoo)
What’s been keeping the Bengals in games isn’t the offense it has been the defense. The offense is coming around late to provide a story line but the defense is playing solid the entire game. Against the Broncos the fluke play we all have come to know cost them a 12-7 loss. The defense then caused chaos for the Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers sacking him a bunch of times. Currently the Bengals have ten sacks and that’s where the majority of their defensive fantasy points have come from. They’re only defensive interception came this past week against Ben Roethlisberger which they took back to the house. By facing the Cleveland Browns this week, who have yet to announce they’re starting quarterback, is going to be a favorable matchup. Whoever is chosen as starter between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson is going to have a ton of pressure to deliver. Since this is the umpteenth time this has been tossed back and forth between the two, it’s obvious neither has been good at handling the pressure.

Buffalo (9% owned in Yahoo)
Chad Henne will get his first start as Chad Pennington will be out for the year. Henne came in relief for Pennington in the third quarter in their game against the Chargers. He looked very uncomfortable and threw one pick that was brought back for a touchdown. A couple other throws could have been picked as well. Miami will have a methodical approach to try to prevent from Henne having to win the game. Terrell Owens and the Bills will look to put Miami down early, and get TO involved early and often after last weeks disaster. The Dolphins do not have the fire power to come back from a deficit larger than a touchdown. On paper the Bills should have no problem jumping out on Miami. This will force Henne to have to make some plays with his arm, and make for a delightful day for the Buffalo secondary. Miami’s receivers are the worst in the league, and have a very difficult time getting open. This spells trouble for Henne and will make for a year similar to 2007 for the Dolphins.

Kickers

Lawrence Tynes (60% Owned in Yahoo)

Tynes get to kick against the Chiefs who have been giving up an average of 28 points a game. A number that would likely be higher if they didn’t face the Raiders who only scored 13. Tynes has been busy thus far this season and should continue booting PATs and field goals this week.

Jay Feely (6% Owned in Yahoo)

Feely hasn’t done much so far with only five field goals. Against the New Orleans Saints the Jets are surely going to have to put up points to compete with the high power Saints. The Jets have been above average currently in the red zone which should average out and give Feely more of an opportunity to boot field goals. He is definitely worth a look at this week though.

Josh Scobee (4% Owned in Yahoo)

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has opened up things for the Jacksonville Jaguars offensively. David Garrard seems to be delivering and has a new target in Mike Sims-Walker. Tennessee’s strong point is stopping the run and have been vulnerable through the air. Garrard will be airing it out more to test out the Titans secondary. Scobee has missed a few field goals but one was over 50 yards. Historically the Jaguars and Titans usually play each other tough. Both need this win strongly. When a team is in the red zone expect defenses to turn it up even more to prevent a touchdown. It’ll be a field goal fare for both teams.

Listen This Time

Tuesday, 29 September, 2009

by Zack Cimini
notjustagame23@gmail.com

There are few golden rules to attacking a fantasy football season but one of them is always, always, hand cuff your high draft pick running backs with their fill in. Yet, for some reason fantasy owners ignored that this year and decided to bank on better options for depth. That philosophy is fine and dandy to have other viable options at receiver, defense, tight end, wherever it may be. Now though we’re three weeks in and have already seen some star backs land on the sidelines for durations unknown and some that are out for weeks.

Now you’re stuck with horrible options to go with at running back when you could have had that safety net right there to plug in your starting lineup. It’s like playing blackjack and knowing the dealer is going to get it sooner or later, and when you know he/she has it you still don’t buy insurance. You better hope that you’re waiver wire position bailed you out to have a shot at Glen Coffee or LeSean McCoy this week. We’re going to take a look at a few other handcuff musts out there that fantasy owners can be proactive about.

Reason: Production

In Danger: Larry Johnson, In: Jamaal Charles
We’re trying to diagnose what’s wrong with Larry Johnson, and we think we’ve figured it out. He has Shaun Alexander/Eddie Georgeitus. He isn’t hitting the holes properly and seems like he has lost everything he had just three years ago. It truly is a young backs league and Jamaal Charles is that guy. It’s only a matter of time before Charles takes over this job. He nearly combined for 100 total yards this past week against Philadelphia with about half the touches of Johnson. Johnson has faced three solid front seven defenses and has had to deal with a quarterback not doing anything to help him out. Johnson’s production levels though have been backpedaling for years now, so that’s why we believe his slow start is not an aberration.

In Danger: Steve Slaton, In: Chris Brown
Was more of himself this past week against the Jaguars, but it seems as if Houston is going to keep a balanced time share going with Slaton and Brown. This past week Slaton had twelve carries and Brown 8, and the previous week was just as balanced. As a young back with last seasons great year in the back of his mind, you have to wonder if the pressure will or has got to him already. If so, fumbles could start to happen and that’s where the already close time share may be become dead even. Don’t forget Chris Brown is already their goal line back and was a feature back for the Tennessee Titans for many years.

In Danger: Tim Hightower, In: Beanie Wells
The Cardinals game plan against the Colts has been one of the hot topics of discussion this week. The Dolphins showed how to keep the ball out of the Manning’s hands and also exposed a horrid Colts run defense. So what did the Cardinals do? After a Tim Hightower fumble inside the Colts ten, they abandoned the running game the entire game. It resulted in Kurt Warner being on his back all game and the Colts locking down the Cardinals receivers by playing nickel defense over 50 plays in the game. With Whisenhunt calling the plays he has to be smarter than that. The Cardinals don’t know what they have in a running game because they never stick with it. Unless they want Kurt Warner out for the year which will happen if they don’t start running it more, than they’ll have to figure out which back they want to feature. Hightower never impressed us last year and has been more of a threat as a pass catching back than a runner this year. Wells on the other hand has had a high per carry average and is only owned 59 percent in Yahoo leagues. If the Cardinals are going to turn around their season it starts with Wells.

In Danger: Mike Tuner, In: Jerious Norwood
This situation is more of protection for Turner. When a back that had a season like Turner did a year ago, and now can’t average near 4 yards a carry in a game, something is wrong. Turner is feeling the ill affects of carrying the ball an enormous amount of times last season. If it weren’t for his two touchdowns were sure talks of what’s going on with Turner would have started already. We warned people about Turner being overvalued, and we don’t expect anything to change this season in terms of that. What we do expect to happen is for the Falcons to do a better job in protecting Turner. They have to divide his carries up better by getting more carries to Jason Snelling and Jerious Norwood. Norwood should be ready to play after this weeks bye, and is currently only owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues. If Turner doesn’t get protected he will assuredly end up nicked up with some type of injury. Either way Norwood should be on your fantasy radar spectrum. We expect after the bye week for Norwood to average seven to ten carries a game.

Reason: Injury Insurance

Current Starter: Pierre Thomas, Backup: Mike Bell
Bell’s currently out with a knee sprain and thus fantasy owners have tossed him back to the waiver wire. This team is no longer granting main carries to Reggie Bush. He’ll get his five to seven a game but the experiment they once had with him being a feature back Is done and over with. The carries will go to Thomas and Bell. For some reason the injury bug hits the Saints running backs constantly (Deuce McAllister), and it wouldn’t be shocking to see Bell land feature carries again at some point this season. Bell started off the year as one of the top backs in the league for the first two games and would be a solid option again if the opportunity presented itself. Bush and Thomas are already filling roster spots so grab Bell well you can as he is only 39% owned In Yahoo leagues.

Post Week Three Waiver Wire Pickups

Tuesday, 29 September, 2009

By Zack Cimini
notjustagame23@gmail.com

Whose out there that can help your squad get back in the heat of things before it’s too late?

Quarterbacks

Jason Campbell (33% owned in Yahoo)- Everyone in the Redskins organization seemingly wants Campbell out, but should they be looking at other positions? We think so. The Redskins usually were one of the best at running the football. Now three weeks into the season and Clinton Portis highest run total was 79 yards against the Rams. With their running game looking like it may be in the bottom five all season long, it means Jason Campbell is going to be airing it out. With their season likely to fold and no running game, expect Campbell to be a decent fantasy option at quarterback.

Brett Favre (71% owned in Yahoo)- We all knew there would come a point and time where Favre would have to win or lose a game with his arm. He threw a throw for a game winning touchdown that has made everyone stop their flapping mouths on Favre returning. For the first time this year though Favre seemed to be comfortable throwing it down the field and mixing it up a bit.

Running Backs
Jamaal Charles (9% owned in Yahoo)- Larry Johnson’s days seem to be done in Kansas City. His production has been atrocious and Charles is just waiting for the quick gun slinger mentality of Todd Haley before he is inserted into the starting lineup. Another poor game or two by Johnson and expect just that. Charles put up decent numbers against the Eagles in limited action and KC will likely keep adding more touches for him.

Fred Taylor (35% owned in Yahoo)- It could just be a one week wonder for Fred Taylor as far as production. He had 21 carries, and has only seen carries over twenty, four times in the last few seasons. New England got tired of their quarterback getting drilled every time because of their horrible ratio of pass to run. Taylor has a lot left in the tank thanks to Jacksonville being one of the earliest in the league to go with a time share at running back. Don’t forget before MJD, Taylor was sharing carries with James Stewart and others.

Jerome Harrison (6% owned in Yahoo)- James Davis was supposed to be the sleeper in Cleveland, but he has been setback by a myriad of things to start the season. So Harrison became the primary backup to Lewis who missed this past week of action. When Lewis is back it’ll be interesting to see how all three are used together. For now though Harrison has the most upside.

Glen Coffee (22% owned in Yahoo)- One of the top five must need hand cuffs for fantasy owners is widely available. It just goes to show how fantasy owners would rather fill their roster up with depth they don’t need. Coffee should get at least three starts it looks like, as Gore has been declared out for a minimum of three weeks. Expect the 49ers to mix in some carries for Michael Robinson, but Coffee should get between 18-22 carries a game. Against the Vikings he carried the ball 25 times and had a hard go finding holes. He should fare batter in the next three weeks and Is a strong play in all.

Wide Receivers
Davone Bess (9% owned in Yahoo)- With Ginn being their downfield target, Bess is their possession receiver over the middle as well as hot route receiver. The Dolphins like to use him in their quick screen attack, which sooner or later should result in a big gainer for Bess. Last week against the Chargers after Pennington went down, it seemed that Chad Henne was zeroed in on Bess. The two probably have chemistry with each other dating back to last season when both were drafted by the Dolphins. Bess remember was undrafted and likely worked with Henne one on one in practice drills. Move Bess up in your rankings and Ginn down.

Pierre Garcon (27% owned in Yahoo)- We truly believed Garcon was a one week wonder and was why we left him off our week two waiver wire pickups. As against the Dolphins he only had the one catch which resulted in a touchdown. Garcon though is the big play threat that Manning will use to his disposal for a couple of air it out tosses every game. Two weeks in a row now they’ve connected for big scores, and Garcon seems to be getting more and more comfortable with the offense. Garcon is not worthy of starting yet but can fill a spot on your bench until enough is seen from him.

Kelley Washington (3% owned in Yahoo)- Joe Flacco is proving that he is the real deal. Last year we had question marks around his protected season as the Ravens really didn’t let him win or lose the game. Now they’re letting him make plays and he is showing he is one of the premier quarterbacks in the league. With Flacco having two 300 yard games under his belt already it means the Ravens have went from not just two receivers worthy of fantasy consideration but three. With that amount of yards and balls be throwing around, Kelley Washington has been a quiet sleeper and one of Flacco’s favorite targets. With Washington factoring in the offense don’t wait for that big game or a Ravens receiver to go down before scooping him up.

Tight Ends
Brent Celek (59% owned in Yahoo)- Why he wasn’t one of the higher rated tight ends going into the year is questionable. The Eagles have always made their tight ends a high part of their offense, and with LJ Smith out of the picture, Celek figured to be a strong option. Three weeks in and he is outperforming all tight ends except Tony Gonzalez. Teams will disguise more coverages to stop him but he should continue to have a breakout year.