While there were several developing situations discussed in yesterday’s dynasty update, there are plenty more to ponder.
Take, for instance, the Buffalo Bills running back situation or the surprise in the Tennessee Titans backfield. How will they play out for the rest of the fantasy season?
Marshawn Lynch vs. Fred Jackson – In this case, you go with the guy who has the better first name. Sorry, Fred. As great as Jackson was early in the season, with guys like myself touting him as the starter when Lynch got back, Marshawn was better last week and much better this week. Granted, he only had 17 carries for 69 yards, but he had a team-best seven targets, six catches and 56 yards through the air. Meanwhile Jackson had 13 carries for 30 yards, a mere 2.3/per clip and caught two passes for 17 yards.
Dennis Northcutt – A recent report said the team does not consider Calvin Johnson’s knee injury to be significant. But any injury to a receiver’s leg area is worth monitoring, let alone one in the vicinity of the knee. Northcutt, who had 5 catches for 70 yards and a score, and Bryant Johnson could gain some value if Johnson misses time.
Duante Culpepper – Not exactly rockstar numbers, but he was 23-37 for 282, a TD and an interception, and rumbled for 44 yards on three carries. He could put up decent numbers on a bad team playing catch-up if he can remain effective while Matthew Stafford is sidelined.
Tony Romo – After maybe finding his true Terrell Owens replacement in Miles Austin, Romo put up a great performance – 351, 2 TDs. Like I said yesterday, keep in mind it all transpired in a meeting with the Chiefs. Chefs would be more intimidating at this point.
Adrian Peterson – Bailed out his owners with another 2-TD game. I’m beginning to wonder if there’s something with Peterson or the Vikings, because he’s been under par for a handful of weeks now, including this week’s game against the Rams “defense.”
Josh Johnson – Still not great, but he threw the ball 50 times in the loss to the Giants. He only completed 26 of them, but for 240 yards, 2 TDs and 3 INTs. He also ran five times for 40 yards. He’s throwing to some decent talent in Antonio Bryant and Kellen Winslow. The running game should be able to keep some pressure off of him. Because of those factors and his potential ceiling, he could become a viable fantasy play by the midpoint of the season. He could also tank. If your QBs are awful and you want to take a chance, Johnson’s intriguing.
Nate Burleson and TJ Houshmandzadeh – They were targeted a combined 15 times, caught 11 for 175 yards and scored four TDs. That’s a great day. Nobody’s more happy to get QB Matt Hasselbeck back than Burleson and Houshmandzadeh. They’ve been among the most targeted all season. Expect that to continue and for both of them to be solid fantasy plays week in and week out.
Knowshon Moreno – Somehow didn’t mention him in the dynasty post yesterday (oops!). But there are serious dynasty implications here. He took 21 totes for 88 yards and had four catches for 36 yards. When (if?) Buckhalter returns, they’ll continue to split carries. Moreno, is a start, particularly against good matchups, going forward.
LenDale White – Had 51 yards on just 10 carries, meanwhile Chris Johnson had just 34 yards on nine carries. I don’t think White will outperform Johnson weekly, but don’t be surprised if White gets more regular action either. The Titans were at their best last year when both backs were dominant.
Chad Henne – Not exactly game manager stuff – 20-26, 241, 2 TDs – against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Who knew? I wouldn’t trade away the rest of your QBs and rely on him just yet, but after this performance Henne’s a definite stash if you have room.
Ronnie Brown – An ode to the wildcat would definitely include Ronnie or Brown in the title. All I heard about Sunday was how Rex Ryan was going to take out the Dolphins No. 1 threat and make everyone else beat them. If 21 carries, 74 yards and 2 TDs – including the game winner – is “taking someone out of the game,” I’d like to see more of that done to my fantasy players.
Ricky Williams – As great as Brown and Henne were, Ricky Williams provided burst on several key offensive plays that netted him 138 yards on just 14 total touches. A touchdown would have been nice, but that’s just being greedy.
Anthony Fasano – Finally dropped him in a couple leagues, he goes out and has 4 catches, 38 yards and a TD. The TD was an impressive pitch-and-catch combo on a Henne play-action rollout that showed off some potential for both players.
Braylon Edwards – In his Jets debut, Edwards had 5 catches, 64 yards and a TD. Not a bad start. Can’t wait to see what he can do once he and quarterback Mark Sanchez get on the same page.
Thomas Jones – Another RB who had a 2-TD bailout on a mediocre yardage day. Leon Washington had 10 carries and 44 yards and Shonn Greene, who I mentioned last week had eight yards on three carries. It’ll be interesting to how Greene factors into the committee over the next few weeks. If I was a Thomas Jones or Leon Washington owner, I’d want Shonn Greene on my roster before he gets too many more carries per game.