OK, I better just address the Kevin Kolb debacle before everything else. About all I can say for myself is that I did at least recommend picking Michael Vick up for the short-term. Who knew that would turn out to be long term, as Andy Reid named Vick the starter just yesterday over Kevin Kolb.
While it’s discouraging, it does show you how fickle the nature of the NFL is and how nothing is EVER guaranteed. Kolb may have only had two series in which he split time with Vick to prove that he was the starter because that makes so much sense.
While I’m extremely happy for Vick and what he’s doing for his career, I’m concerned with the rest of the skill position players like Brent Celek and Jeremy Maclin who haven’t taken off in the box score like I expected. The only Eagles player this move seems to have benefited is LeSean McCoy with Vick relying heavily on the second year back, as McCoy leads Philadelphia with 9 receptions.
Alright that’s about enough of that Eagles pow-wow, here’s 6 Fantasy Football topics I want to weigh in on.
Kyle Orton – QB – Denver
As I’ve said in the past Orton is not sexy, he’s not flashy, but he gets the job done. With the Broncos continuing to struggle on the ground, I look for more passing attempts from Orton in this offense with an improving WR corps. If rookie DeMaryius Thomas can stay healthy he brings a nice size mis-match to the table and he also does possess elite deep speed. The rest of the gang present a nice compliment of skill sets with Royal, Gaffney, Lloyd, and Decker. Orton is likely owned in your league and maybe there’s no way you can get him, all I’m saying is that I’ve come to terms with him because he’s really got a nice handle on McDaniels’ offense. That, and I’m afraid of how bad we’ll be when Tebow gets in there.
Mike Toblert – RB – San Diego
I have a feeling that Ryan Mathews’ ankle is a little more tweeked out than what we’ll ever know. While he did jog back out to the field during the game, he’s been out of practice and I’m fearing a high-ankle sprain here. We’ll have to monitor practice reports intensely on this one, with Thursday and Friday being the most crucial to watch. The bottom line with Tolbert is that he’s very effective in short yardage and the Chargers have a GREAT schedule the next 4 weeks with games against Seattle, Arizona, Oakland, and St Louis. He’s a mandatory hand-cuff to Mathews and a nice add in deeper leagues.
Jason Snelling – RB – Atlanta
This is yet another must-get if you’re another disappointed Michael Turner owner like me that is starting to worry about this groin injury lingering into the next few weeks. I think Snelling is bringing his A-game to this situation and he’s actually a very good player but I’m not in love with the Falcons schedule. His status, however, was helped out a lot with the season-ending injury to Jerious Norwood with a torn ACL, making Snelling the guy should the worst happen to Turner. I still believe Turner could turn in another all-pro season but it certainly won’t stop me from picking Snelling up as a mandatory hand-cuff and my other leagues still deserve a look but it’s not a priority.
Bernard Scott – RB – Cincinnati
This is another guy that probably shouldn’t be out there but if he is, I think now is the time to pick him up instead of attempting to grab him when it’s too late. I’m really leery of planning for an injury but with the way Cincinnati runs the ball and the rate of running backs getting injured, I can’t imagine a scenario where Cedric Benson lasts 16 full games. The other factor here is the play-making ability that Scott has and his potential in the offense, as he’s got better hands out of the backfield. Not trying to hate too much on Ced-Ben here, it’s just that Scott has game-breaking ability if given the chance and that chance could come a lot sooner than most think.
Keiland Williams – RB – Washington
Well LJ squandered yet another opportunity at playing time, so the primary backup job in Washington falls to Keiland Williams. The rookie out of LSU has a decent skill set for Mike Shanahan’s offense but the skill he’ll need to display before he’s given any playing time will be pass blocking and protecting Donovan McNabb. RookieDraft.com had him rated as a 6th round prospect back in February because Williams is a guy that does a lot of things well but never really got to put it all together in college. He could be the next line of late round Shanahan magic or just another Tatum Bell but right now, he’s got a good shot to see some playing time behind Clinton Portis.
DeMaryius Thomas – WR – Denver
No, this isn’t my Denver Broncos Fan-Man Moment of True Bromance. I think we’re seeing Josh McDaniels’ new toy being put on display here. The guy caught a lot of flak for drafting this kid out of Georgia Tech ahead of Dez Bryant, so there’s instant pressure to back it up on the field and I could see Josh McDaniels designing even more plays for Thomas in efforts to force the issue. I actually like the player and truth be told, as mentioned above, he give the rest of the WR corps a chance to do their jobs even better as a supporting cast. I’m not saying this is a star is born moment or anything but don’t be surprised if Thomas leads the Broncos in targets from here on out, provided he can keep his injury issues behind him.
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