Friday, October 21, 2011

Weekly rankings take into account opponent, injuries and other incidental factors.

Ryan Boser highlights one quarterback who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Tim Tebow (Denver Broncos) at Miami
We got our first glimpse of Tim Tebow’s enormous fantasy potential late last season, when he was the top-scoring signal caller over the season’s final three games. A painfully unpolished passer, Tebow’s three-game fantasy binge included just 651 passing yards and four touchdowns. Of course, Tebow’s true value is derived from his legs...Click here to read the rest of the breakdown at Bruno Boys.

Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) at New York Jets
The bye week came at a perfect time for Philip Rivers and his decimated cast of pass-catchers. Unfortunately, early indications are that Vincent Jackson is still hobbled, and Antonio Gates’ Week 7 availability is on very uneven ground...Click here to read the rest of the breakdown at Bruno Boys.


Joey Cavalier highlights one running back who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Daniel Thomas (Miami Dolphins) vs. Denver
A few weeks ago I picked Thomas to “pop,” and then his hammy popped subsequently. This week however, Thomas will “pop” in the way that he was supposed to. Miami is a terrible team looking for optimism, and they will lean heavily on the rookie back, both in this game and as the season goes on (given his hammy holds up). Thomas faces the putrid Broncos defense that is ranked 22nd against the run, and 21st against the pass. Look for Thomas to get 15+ carries coupled with a few receptions, with a great chance of finding the end zone. Start Thomas as a solid RB2 option this week.

Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars) at Baltimore
Obviously, most fantasy owners cannot afford to bench Maurice Jones-Drew, but any time a running back faces the Baltimore Ravens defense, there is a good chance they will have a bad game. The Ravens have already shut down Rashard Mendenhall, Chris Johnson, Shonn Greene and Steven Jackson this year, and Arian Foster only had an “okay” game. On top of the fact that the Ravens run defense is stout as can be, Jones-Drew simply hasn’t been a part of the passing game this year. He only has 9 catches for 75 yards on the year (say what!). If you have the depth to bench Mo-Jo this week do so, but if not, you should expect a substandard game from the veteran back.


Brian Dezelske highlights one wide receiver who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks) at Cleveland
That’s right! I am high on a Seattle Seahawks receiver. However, it’s Doug Baldwin and not Sidney Rice. Baldwin has seen 15 targets, culminating in 220 yards and two touchdowns over the last two games—compared to 11 targets, 117 yards and one touchdown for Rice.

This week Baldwin and the Seahawks take on the Cleveland Browns, who will be without top cornerback Joe Haden. Much attention will be focused on containing Sidney Rice, giving Baldwin prime opportunity to continue his trend in production—making him a great flex option with WR2 upside.

Brandon Lloyd (St. Louis Rams) at Dallas
I just don’t see it—at least not this week. I realize he already knows the Josh McDaniels offense, but he doesn’t know Sam Bradford, and more importantly, he doesn’t know A.J. Feely. Feely is looking like the starter this Sunday and it will be his first start in four years. Lloyd and Feely both will need time to get down their timing, right? I would think so.

Let’s not forget that the St. Louis Rams are facing a tough Dallas Cowboys defense—a defense that held the Tom Brady to 289 yards passing—by no means a small feat.

Feely is obviously not Brady and Lloyd just isn’t worth starting unless you’re in a deep league—14 teams and up. Temper expectations until further notice.


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