The Fantasy Coach
Every week, managers of Fantasy Football address multiple decisions to their rosters. My goal is to take my 12 years of Fantasy sports experience and present an abstract view on Fantasy news. Check back every week for “The Fantasy Coach” as I review the major highlights of the previous Fantasy week and detail what to look for in the weeks ahead. And each week, I will provide a player at each position that could surprise (“Flames”) or put tears in your eyes (“Lames”).
Julio Jones out for the year; Vick and Wilson go down
As if the Falcons’ season couldn’t get any worse…
Fantasy players took more stock in the Atlanta Falcons than most NFL teams entering the 2013 Draft. With the likes of Roddy White, Julio Jones and Steven Jackson on offense and the addition of Osi Umenyiora on defense, this team seemed like a low-risk, high-reward investment.
This unfortunately has not been the case,
Through five weeks, White has only 14 receptions, Jackson has rushed for under 80 total rushing yards, and Jones is lost for the season after a foot injury Monday night. Not only does this affect the players at hand, but now quarterback Matt Ryan has seen his top targets fade, unfortunately not to the back of the end zone, but to the injury report. Sell these Falcons as soon as you can!
In other injury news, David Wilson of the Giants suffered a neck injury after reclaiming his job in New York and could be lost for the season. Michael Vick pulled his hamstring and continues to wreak havoc on Fantasy owners.
Week 6 Flames
QB: Robert Griffin III @ DAL
Fresh off a bye week and his team on the ropes, RGIII will look to emulate Ali’s Rope-a-dope. Hitting nothing but air through his first few games, he must turn it around or his owners will feel nothing but shame.
RB: Eddie Lacy @ BAL
Mr. Lacy received 23 carries in his return to the lineup; 99 yards later his talent continues to develop. His size and strength is a delicious combination; with that in mind, start him versus the Ravens.
WR: Terrance Williams vs. WAS
With Miles Austin still hampered by his sore hamstring, it’s the Redskins defense that Terrance will be shredding. I expect a very high scoring game; if he is still on your waiver wire then put in a claim.
TE: Garrett Graham vs. STL
As a backup, he has played a decent season, but he’s on my list for a different reason. Owen Daniels is out for 4-6 weeks – if you were desperate for a TE, this should peak your cheeks.
DEF: Cincinnati @ BUF
Besides Denver playing the Jaguars in week 5, the Bengals are the only other defense that is a lock to thrive. On Sunday they held the Patriots without a touchdown, leaving Jets fans salivating over Belichick’s frown.
Week 6 Lames
QB: Colin Kaepernick vs. ARI
The rage has cooled down with this week 1 superstar, as his fall from grace has been rather bizarre. He has a rifle of an arm and the speed of a leopard, but now four straight games under 200 yards….eeck.
RB: Alfred Morris @ DAL
Morris is an example of real-life talent over fantasy, and I expect him to be hindered coming off injury. This isn’t the greatest matchup for the second year ‘back; keep him on your bench and give someone else a hack.
WR: Greg Jennings vs. CAR
The quarterback situation in Minnesota is one to avoid, and add that Jennings could be a patient of Sigmund Freud. His inconsistencies could drive an owner crazy… Start another option, then on Facebook you can thank me!
TE: Jermichael Finley @ BAL
Jermichael is another player that will cause major stress pains, as he has more talent than most coursing through his veins. Unfortunately, Finley is just too inconsistent to believe in, so bench him this weekend while out picking your pumpkins.
DEF: Green Bay @ BAL
Losing Clay Mathews to injury is a brutal loss; it’s like having no garlic in your tomato sauce. The Ravens’ confidence has been restored, and are all but assured to put points on the board.
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