Good Tuesday morning everyone, Steve here with your fantasy football rambling fix for the day. Today’s ramblings are brought to you by the letter A. As in there’s a temporary site problem causing A’s to appear all over the place. I call it the Fonzie virus. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.
Giants RB David Wilson won’t need neck surgery but will likely be out a few more weeks. He’s been a fantasy bust this season anyway so I assume if you drafted him in one year leagues you may have already cut him loose. I’m not exactly sure what to do with him to be honest. On the one hand he may continue to struggle along with the team the rest of the way. Or once the Giants figure the season is lost – remember even though the team is 0-6 they are just 3 games back of the division lead! – they may say what the hell and feed Wilson a steady dose of carries to try and determine what they have with him. Of course if the Giants do the unthinkable and start winning behind some quality rushing with Brandon Jacobs, Wilson may be left stewing on the bench. So if they’re 0-8 or 0-9 when Wilson comes back, take a flier on him. If they’ve won a couple of games then don’t bother. Oh and just to muddy the waters a little further, word is the Giants are going to work out RB Peyton Hillis in the next day or two.
Saints TE Jimmy Graham sounds like he won’t miss any time with his injured foot. So you’re probably safe to grab a ‘one and done’ bye week replacement for Graham this week.
Wow turns out Randall Cobb didn’t hurt his knee Sunday, he broke his leg and will miss 6-8 weeks. You can safely drop Cobb in one year leagues unless you have room on your bench to stash him in the hopes he’ll be ready for week 12 or 13. But a broken leg will be tough to come back from and be productive this season. These days miraculous recoveries happen all the time though so we’ll see.
The Texans QB situation is up in the air at the moment. The team won’t confirm who will start although they are indicating Schaub will go if recovered enough from the foot injury suffered two days ago. Roght now they don’t have much choice, as mediocre as Schaub has been, backup TJ Yates has been worse, and third stringer Case Keenum has never started. Looks like they’ll let Yates and Keenum battle in practice this week, and if either of them somehow lights it up they’ll probably start.
So the rumor du jour is that the Giants are ‘willing to listen to offers’ for WR Hakeem Nicks. It’s a nice way of saying they want to trade him but won’t come out and say it. Anyway, I don’t think from a keeper/dynasty value perspective his value will go up or down much depending on where he goes in a trade. Nicks needs to stay healthy in order to return to being a valuable receiver for fantasy, that won’t hinge on where he’s playing.
The Eagles signed WR BJ Cunningham. He’ll be well down the depth chart so has no fantasy value in one year leagues. He has little in dynasty leagues either.
One fun part of writing about fantasy football is when you make a call and it pays off in spades. In a pre-NFL draft rambling I highlighted some late round potential values. One of those I suggested could have fantasy relevance was TE Joseph Fauria. I pointed out his ideal size for a tight end and that he could become a regular red zone target for the team that drafts him. Well so far this year Fauria has 7 catches for 5 TD’s in 6 games. Bingo.
RB Mike Goodson of the Jets tore a couple of CL’s and looks done for the year. Chris Ivory’s value goes up a bit as he takes sole possession of the #2 spot and if he can stay healthy he could overtake Bilal Powell for the #1 role.
Interesting game last night between the Chargers and Colts. Not a lot to talk about fantasy-wise other than WR Keenan Allen’s 9 catches for 107 yards and a TD. His dynasty value is rising by the week lately, you may be too late to get him cheaply in a trade.
Second year Colts LB Mario Harvey stepped into the lineup and had a big night with 9 solo tackles. Chargers CB Derek Cox also did well, with 5 tackles and the game sealing interception.
That’s it for me folks, have a great day. Feel free to follow me on twitter @steve_ghb