Good Tuesday morning everyone, let’s talk fantasy football as we do here.
I had a terrible nightmare last night, I dreamt that I was forced to watch TV but I could only get two channels: the Giants-Vikings game or a Honey Boo-Boo marathon. In the dream like in real life I forced myself to watch the game, which was pretty sloppy and there's not too much to mention fantasy-wise but here goes.
Vikings QB Josh Freeman was awful, going 20 of 53 for just 190 yards no TD’s and one interception. Some of it can be chalked up to coming to a new team, learning a new offense, etc. but I wonder how long Freeman will be given to get things going. The Vikings season is basically over so they can give Freeman as many games as they like, but there’s no point continuing with him if he doesn’t show any improvement week to week.
Neither team could do much of anything on the ground, but I thought later in the game RB Peyton Hillis started to look interested in working for a living. He had a couple pretty impressive runs after the catch for first downs. Maybe Hillis is worth a grab off waivers, but only if you have room to bench him another week or two until we see what he’s going to do.
Giants WR Hakeem Nicks was targeted 10 times but ended up with only 2 catches for 28 yards. I’m not sure what’s happened to him, he’s only 25 years old but it looks like he should be thinking about retiring. I have no doubt the Giants are going to either trade him before the deadline or let him walk after this year. They are up against the cap and both Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle are significantly out-playing him. Maybe a change of scenery will get Nicks going. I’m not confident enough of that to recommend him as a buy low candidate though.
Vikings LB Erin Henderson and SS Jamarca Sanford hit double digits in tackles, with Henderson also adding a sack. Sanford’s a decent DB option, depending on the matchup. If he’s available in your league I’d think about scooping him up.
As mentioned in yesterday’s ramblings, the injury to Sam Bradford has left me in a bit of a bind. In one of my one year leagues I have Bradford and the also-injured Jay Cutler. I’m sitting pretty at 5-2 and on the waiver wire my choices are the likes of Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger and Josh Freeman. I think I can get by with whoever’s on the wire and has a good matchup, but I’ll poke around and see if I can swing a deal. I have some depth at WR but not sure I have enough to get a top QB.
I may have an even bigger problem in my dynasty league, it’s full 54 man rosters and we’re not allowed to put an injured or bye week player into our starting lineups. If we do we forfeit the week and if done repeatedly will result in being kicked out of the league. I have Andrew Luck and Sam Bradford as my only two QB’s. It’s a 16 team league and with full size rosters you can imagine what’s available via free agency. Chad Henne is about it for options, unless Matt Cassel gets the starting job back in Minnesota. Seeing as how the Vikings made him inactive for Monday’s game that’s doubtful. I’ll definitely be looking to make a trade this week. Or I might just grab Rams backup QB Kellen Clemens for one week, assuming he’ll get the start.
Great news on the status of Packer’s TE Jermichael Finley. He’s out of intensive care and he reported on twitter that he walked to and from the shower. Will still be a few weeks I imagine before Finley can play but when an injury looks that serious it’s fantastic that it’s not something permanent or otherwise devastating. The Packers don’t really have a pass catching TE to take Finley’s place so probably not worth grabbing their next man up at the position.
Giants RB Brandon Jacobs was inactive last night with a hamstring injury. That left recently signed RB Peyton Hillis and rookie Michael Cox to share carries. That also handed me the win in the DobberFootball league over the boss man David Cushard. Can’t rub it in too badly though, since besides being the boss he’s also been away for two weeks and couldn’t be expected to make fantasy football moves in time for the game. Still…
Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was suspended two games for his two personal foul penalties against the Bears Sunday. He’s not more than a backup caliber DB for fantasy but if you do have him in your IDP league get him on the bench.
The Buccaneers claimed RB Bobby Rainey off waivers yesterday. With RB Doug Martin out for the season – or not depending who you talk to – veteran backup Brian Leonard is the next man up according to the depth chart. But the Bucs will probably go with a full-blown committee of Leonard, Rainey and 2013 third rounder Mike James. I wouldn’t start any of them unless news this week makes it seem like coach Greg Schiano has found his lead back in practice.
The Panthers picked up WR Tavarres King off waivers yesterday from the Broncos. I said before the NFL draft that King could be a low round fantasy value if he went to the right team. Obviously he wasn’t going to get a chance with the WR depth in Denver, but with Carolina it will be interesting to see if he can establish himself as a legitimate NFL caliber receiver. I would try and grab him in dynasty leagues and stash him.
The Steelers cut RB Isaac Redman, look for him to latch on elsewhere. More than one team are wafer thin at RB and Redman provides depth at least. He may have some fantasy value depending on where he goes. Get ready to snag him off waivers if he lands in a nice spot.
We’ll have to keep an eye on who the Houston Texans pick up at RB, with both Arian Foster and Ben Tate injured. The Texans have a bye this week so one or both could be healthy enough to play week 9 but it’s a situation worth watching. Those two are the only RB’s on the active roster after the team cut promising youngster Cierre Wood along with two other players for apparently smoking pot.
That’s it for me, have a great day and feel free to follow me on twitter @steve_ghb