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  • Matt 4:39 pm on October 24, 2008 Permalink
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    Desperation is a Stinky Cologne: Extreme Sleepers for Week 8, 2008 


    In a bind? This column is for those of you who, due to injuries or other circumstances, find yourselves with a gaping hole at QB, RB or WR and need a stop-gap player to plug in for one week.

    Unlike our waiver-wire columns, I’m not advising you to pick these players up if you’re seeking long-term production. Thanks to matchups, injuries, or other favorable conditions, these usually useless players are worth a look this week, but probably aren’t good long-term options.

    Note: “% owned” statistics are an average of that player’s ownership percentage in all Yahoo and ESPN leagues, rounded to the nearest percent.


    I’d love to be able to suggest a desperation-use-only quarterback for this week, but the truth is that none of the guys I’d normally consider here (those with 50% or lower average ownership) have good enough matchups to make them worth starting. Brad Johnson against Tampa Bay? Pass. Marc Bulger at New England? No thanks, not after what the Pats did to Denver. JaMarcus Russell against Baltimore? No friggin’ way. Kerry Collins against Indy (or anyone for that matter)? A couple of weeks ago I would have considered it, but it’s now crystal clear that his only role is to give an occasional breather to the Titans’ wrecking ball of a running game. Dan Orlovsky, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Seneca Wallace, and Tyler Thigpen are all stashed in my No Way, No How drawer until further notice.

    The best option in the under-50% crowd is probably Joe Flacco against the Raiders, who give up 224 passing yards per game, 11th-worst in the league. But he’s far from what I’d call an intriguing option.

    Moving on to other positions and hopefully greener pastures…

    Running Backs

    Kolby Smith, KC (18% owned) You could do far worse for a bye-week plugin than Smith. He supposedly will split carries with Jamaal Charles, but given that Charles was only given three carries last week to Smith’s 10, I’m willing to bet that the split will again be in Kolby’s favor. The Jets rush defense is better than most, though, so Kolby’s no more than a desperation start – don’t pick him up unless you really need him.

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  • Brandon 11:50 am on October 24, 2008 Permalink
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    Hits and Misses – Week 8: T-Jones up next to abuse the Chiefs 

    After weeks of mediocre results, last week I hit the jackpot with my picks (must have been the renaming of the post!) I finished up 17-7-6 (hits-misses-pushes) for the week, carried there by the stellar play of the Titans running game versus the joke that is the Kansas City Chiefs defense. I also got some help from a few other running backs including Ryan Grant, who finally found the endzone, and Dominic Rhodes, who filled in quite nicely for the injured Joseph Addai and rewarded fantasy managers with two touchdowns. While the Jets passing game failed pretty miserably against what I thought was supposed to be a weak Raiders pass defense, it wasn’t enough to keep me from my best week of the season.

    This week I’m going to continue my trend of hating on the Chiefs defense by recommending all the Thomas Jones owners out there get him in your lineup this week. While I’m usually not too keen on picking against a team twice in a row (you figure they’ll try to make SOME adjustments), it’s just too good to pass up at this point. Anyways, here’s the rest of your hits and misses for week 8:


    • Thomas Jones, RB, Jets: T.Jones has come alive the past two weeks (much to the enjoyment of his owners…like me!) with possibly the two best games of his career in terms of touchdowns (week 6) and yards (week 7.) As a reward for his hard work, this week he gets to take on a Chiefs defense that was absolutely annihilated by the Titans running game last week. If starting a running back at home against a defense that is allowing 5.6 yards per carry, 207 yards per game and has allowed 12 rushing touchdowns already this season is something you’re interested in (it better be), get Jones in your lineup ASAP! (More …)
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