Michael Vick, whose rushing totals are down this season, will be looking to remain in both Eagles' and fantasy lineups when he faces the weak Saints defence on Sunday. (Reuters)
While you’re probably debating week-by-week whether to start Michael Vick for your fantasy team, the Eagles are now doing the same in real life.
He currently has 13 turnovers versus 10 total TDs and hasn’t been as good rushing this season, averaging 10 fewer yards per game (35.3) and 2.7 yards less per carry (5.1). His passing yards are up, but obviously interceptions are a concern.
Needless to say that, if Vick gets benched by the Eagles, he has little value on your fantasy team. It would be smart to keep him on your bench until Nick Foles proves himself, but now might be the time to try to trade him and get at least some value.
At least he gets to face the Saints’ terrible defence this week, which should be the turning point of his season, for better or worse.
-- Maurice Jones-Drew has been ruled out again this week, meaning Rashad Jennings keeps his feature back role. Jennings hasn’t exactly excelled rushing the ball. In his past two games, he has 38 carries for 103 yards — a weak 2.7 yards per carry. If he keeps that up, he likely will lose his job once MoJo returns.
-- Pierre Garcon has been on the sidelines for the Redskins since Week 5 and won’t play again until after the team’s bye week according to coach Mike Shanahan. Washington is in need of good pass catchers too, with TE Fred Davis out for the season. When Garcon returns, he should become a good start for your team as a borderline WR2 or a decent WR3.
-- Things are getting pretty ugly in Kansas City. In their past two games, including Thursday night’s loss, QB Matt Cassel is the team’s total rushing leader with 72 yards. That high pick you used on Jamaal Charles seems like a waste. He followed up Sunday’s five-carry, four-yard performance with a weak 39 yards on Thursday — and he suffered a supposed neck injury late in the game.
-- Packers receiver Greg Jennings has finally undergone his abdominal surgery after having it delayed earlier this week because of Hurricane Sandy. The team says he’ll be out for a couple of weeks minimum. While getting a timetable for his return would be nice, at least we now know not to count on him until fantasy crunch time.
-- Vick Ballard’s amazing touchdown dive in overtime did more than win the Colts the game last Sunday. it won him a time-share with Donald Brown in the backfield. Many owners who scooped up Ballard were worried that Brown would go back into the feature back role and put their guy on the sidelines. However, now neither running back appears to be worthy of a starting play, at least until one emerges as the go-to guy.
-- After hearing rumours of Steven Jackson and Dwayne Bowe around the trade deadline, all we saw was WR Mike Thomas going to the Lions. The former Jaguar should have minimal impact and is fourth on the Detroit depth chart at best. Plus, you can rarely trust anyone acquired mid-season.
SIT AND START
Start Carson Palmer, QB, OAK vs. TB – The Bucs have the league’s 31st-ranked pass defence.
Sit Eli Manning, QB, NYG vs. PIT – The Steelers pass defence is ranked top in the league, even without Troy Polamalu.
Sit Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, BUF at HOU – The Texans have yet to allow a rushing TD this season.
Start Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET at JAC – After sitting out a day of practice, he wasn’t on the Lions’ injury report.
Sit Felix Jones, RB, DAL at ATL – He hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire since taking over as the Cowboys starting RB.
Start Randall Cobb, WR, GB vs. ARI – He is quickly making his case to become an every-week fantasy starter.
Sit Mike Wallace, WR, PIT at NYG – You say he’s a big-play threat, I say he only has two plays of 25+ yard this season.
Start Denarious Moore, WR, OAK vs. TB – Has caught a TD in three straight games and has four in five.
Sit Torrey Smith, WR, BAL at CLE – Joe Haden has done a great job of limiting opposing top WR since returning from suspension.
Sit Jermichael Finley, TE, GB vs. ARI – He’s falling out of favour with Aaron Rodgers and has a mere 12 targets in past three games.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Titus Young, WR, DET
In his first game moving into a starting role opposite Calvin Johnson, Young put up a great showing against the tough Seahawks. He had nine catches for 100 yards, a pair of touchdowns and more targets (9) than Megatron himself. That should be reason enough to grab the pre-season sleeper.
DROP OF THE WEEK
Greg Zuerlein, K, STL
After scoring only one point in the Rams blowout loss to the Patriots in London, Legatron is now on a bye week. Many owners weren’t too hot to use a roster spot on an extra kicker, so the fifth-highest scorer at the position hit the waiver wire.
WAIVER 'D' OF THE WEEK
It hasn’t been a great season so far for the Lions, but this week they have a somewhat easy trip to Jacksonville. The Jaguars are missing Maurice Jones-Drew and have by far the NFL’s worst passing offence, averaging just 164 yards per game.
The Washington Redskins receivers had nine drop against Pittsburgh last week. No wonder RG3 had an off-day.