October 20, 2012
NFL Fantasy: Felix Jones a one-week wonder?
By DAN BILICKI, QMI Agency
There’s trouble in Big D, and this time we’re not talking about Tony Romo’s turnovers or Jason Garrett’s clock management.
The big news this week is that DeMarco Murray will be sitting out at least this week after damaging ligaments in his foot last Sunday. And just when he’d started rolling, again. You have to start wondering — even in just his second season — if he’s going to have health issues throughout his career.
Felix Jones, who has battled through injuries of his own, will be the feature back in Murray’s absence. He had a great day in Baltimore before leaving the game with cramps.
If you were lucky enough to land Jones off the waiver wire, this might be the only week to start him. After facing Carolina on Sunday, Dallas hosts the Giants and then visits Atlanta.
• I think we might have found a reason why Packers TE Jermichael Finley has been such a disappointment so far this season: James Jones. The wide receiver is playing like a tight end, getting a lot of red-zone targets and scoring on them. Jones has two touchdowns in each of his past three games while Finley has just one this entire season. I wouldn’t drop the tight end, but I would definitely grab Jones if he’s available.
• We may be reaching an end of an era in St. Louis. After restructuring his deal so that he can walk after this season, RB Steven Jackson has seen his number of carries dwindle. Over the past three weeks, rookie Daryl Richardson has seen his carries increase. It’s now a full-fledged time-share for the Rams and it seems that Richardson is the better back to own.
• Speaking of time shares, we have a unique one in Buffalo. Instead of the usual ‘one series on, one series off’ style, the Bills are going to rotate Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller every two series. That can give each one a better chance to get into the flow of the game. It’s not a perfect situation for their fantasy owners, but this is better than nothing.
• Reports out of K.C., are that Dwayne Bowe is asking for a trade, which should also mean he’s asking for a trade from your team. Receivers dealt mid-season rarely make any sort of impact. Reports say Miami is interested, but you can’t like the way that Brian Hartline had zero catches on one target on Sunday.
• It looks like Trent Richardson owners won’t have to worry about his status for this week’s game against Indianapolis. The rookie RB suffered a rib cartilage injury on Sunday and had to leave the game, but says he’ll be fine to “play the whole game,” at Indy. Still, keep an eye on this leading up to Sunday and possibly grab Montario Hardesty — Richardson’s backup — if you have an extra roster spot.
• When wide receiver Brandon Lloyd took a hard fall on his shoulder late in the Patriots’ loss to the Seahawks, it was easy to see that he was in pain. Well, it turns out that he’s not even injured enough to make New England’s injury report — where a paper cut can get you listed as ‘questionable.’ So no need to worry about the Pats’ most consistent receiver this week against the Jets.
SIT AND START
START: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF vs. TEN
Surprisingly solid bye-week option against a brutal defence.
SIT: Josh Gordon, WR, CLE at IND
The Colts’ pass defence is, surprisingly, among the league’s best.
START: Mike Williams, WR, TB vs. NO
He’s a great option with so many teams off this week.
SIT: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN vs. PIT
The Law Firm has not averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry in a game since Week 1.
SIT: Matthew Stafford, QB, DET at CHI
He hasn’t been great this season and is facing the best defence against fantasy quarterbacks.
START: Alex Green, RB, GB at STL
Despite minor shoulder injury, he has been anointed the Pack’s No. 1 back.
SIT: Fred Davis, TE, WAS at NYG
He may be the Redskins’ leading receiver, but the Giants have allowed the third fewest points to TEs.
START: James Jones, WR, GB at STL
He has scored two TDs three games in a row and is a big reason why Jermichael Finley is coming up small.
SIT: Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ at NE
Has scored only one touchdown in five career games against the Pats.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Felix Jones, RB, Dallas
No surprise here, as Jones will be the Cowboys’ top running back with DeMarco Murray out at least this week with a foot injury. Jones was pretty productive filling in against the Ravens when Murray went down, racking up 15 fantasy points. He has a good matchup, too, against visiting Carolina.
DROP OF THE WEEK
Brian Hartline, WR, Miami
Going into last week, he had the most receiving yards in the league. After a zero-catch performance, he’s now being dumped by many owners. It doesn’t help his case that he’s on a bye week right now too, but this seems like a bit of an over-reaction in the fantasy community.
WAIVER 'D' OF THE WEEK
For such a heavily backed team, it’s surprising that the Cowboys are owned in only 26% of Yahoo! leagues. Facing the one-dimensional Panthers should yield a good game for the ’Boys, who are second best in the league in yards allowed per game.
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III had the second most rushing yards of all players last week (138) and more than the entire Vikings team (94).'