By: Bobby Cole
Whether you’re the commissioner of your league or the dude who was suckered into playing because his buddies need an extra guy, everybody can use a bit of fantasy football advice now and then. At this point in the season, everyone knows that Matt Ryan, Calvin Johnson, Ray Rice and Arian Foster should be in your lineup every week. But who could have seen the rise of Alfred Morris before the season started?
Each week we’ll look at three different players. One guy who should start, another to sit and a third who will leave you saying “well fuck me then right” because he either goes off on your bench or fizzles out in your lineup.
Many people are down on Mathews after missing time in the preseason and not looking strong early on. He had a work-man-like 44 yards on the ground against a very good Atlanta team and added five catches out of the backfield. The knock on him has always been that he misses too much time and puts the ball on the ground. This is still a guy who was drafted in the first round because of his versatility and San Diego needs all the weapons they can get. Couple that with the fact that Kansas City is 22nd in rush defense, giving up over 120 yards per game, and you’ve got a recipe for success. Look for Mathews to get 20 plus touches in this game and go over 100 all-purpose yards and find the end zone at least once.
Honorable Mention: Andre Brown, Bilal Powell, Stevan Ridley
Bush was shaken up last week and things don’t get any easier this week as the Dolphins travel to Arizona. The Cardinals defense has been absolutely stellar this season. Linebackers have been active and the safeties have come up well in run support and coverage. Expect the Cardinals to crowd the box and force Ryan Tannehill to throw the ball early and often. If Tannehill is able to soften the coverage with a few deep passes that may give Reggie some running room, but that’s only if his knee holds up and Patrick Peterson forgets that he is good at football.
Honorable Mention: Marques Colston, Trent Richardson, Jeremy Maclin
Fuck Me Then Right:
Let’s look at the facts: Tashard Choice was once a starter in Dallas. Tashard Choice is now a third string back in Buffalo. Choice played well for an injured CJ Spiller. CJ Spiller played extremely well for an injured Fred Jackson. Fred Jackson says he is going to play but will only be at 70 percent. New England is in the top ten in rushing defense at about 80 yards per game. Get the picture I’m painting here? There are too many variables that can go wrong, or magically the stars can align and Choice can have a monster game. I expect him to get close to 18 touches, but will that be enough to put up significant points in your league? He might be a good flex option or a third running back in a watered down league. If you have room on your team to add a guy I would pick him up just to block someone else from getting a big day out of him.
Honorable Mention: RGIII, Michael Bush, Cam Newton