This week’s menu breaks down which players will fatten up and slow down your fantasy team this week. Of course, I’ll advise you to lean toward the healthier and more effective options. Some these suggestions may seem outlandish but it’s a week to be bold in fantasy football.
Fattening: C.J. Spiller- This highly touted rookie has been overwhelmingly pedestrian so far this year with only 113 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns (neither of which coming from a rushing play.) If you league doesn’t reward return yards, Spiller is even more of a detrimental start. The Bills up against a Kansas City defense this week that ranks 6th in the NFL against the run and only allows 89.7 yards on the ground a game. Spiller is a formula for letdown this week.
Try These Instead: Thomas Jones or Jamaal Charles – A recipe containing any one of these guys should prove effective this week. Jones has rushed for an ordinary 461 yards this season but is close to eclipsing 10,000 yards for his career and is looking to be the first player in NFL history to rush for 500 yards for five different teams. The Chiefs should cater to Jones this week against a week opponent in Buffalo. Charles’ numbers have not lived up to his preseason hype with only 489 yards rushing but he is effective in the receiving game and is a constant threat to break a huge run with his blazing speed. As stated before, the Chiefs are playing against a pitiful Buffalo run defense that is ranked last in the league by allowing over 174 rushing yards a game. Look for both backs to have solid outings.
Fattening: Ben Roethlisberger- I know, this sounds preposterous. 559 yards, 5 touchdowns and only 1 INT in his first two games back, Roethlisberger appears as if he never missed a snap. However, those two games were against the 17th and 26th ranked passing defenses in Miami and Cleveland. This week the Steelers head down to New Orleans to the energy infused Superdome for Sunday Night Football. Big Ben will be throwing against the 3rd ranked passing defense in the league in the Saints, who have only allow 6 touchdown passes all year. The Saints are chomping at the bit for a big win and look for them to try to get back to what got them into the Super Bowl last year, turnovers.
Try This Instead: Jon Kitna- Tony Romo’s backup wasn’t very effective last week but with all the weapons at his disposal, the 13-year veteran should have a solid week. Kitna will be facing the 27th rated passing defense in Jacksonville at home this week. The Jags are giving up 253 yards a game through the air and have allowed a league high 16 touchdown passes this season. Now that Kitna has his feet wet, look for him to be more comfortable at the reigns.
Fattening: Randy Moss-This is yet another almost laughable move some may say. However, Moss isn’t having an outstanding yet. The soon-to-be 34 year old has only 21 receptions this season and with the ageless blunder, Brett Favre a big question mark this week, Moss may be trying to catch balls from Tavaris Jackson (Not like it would be a big difference.) Remember, New England saw enough of something to unload Moss a couple weeks ago.
Try This Instead: Blair White- The undrafted White came off the Colts practice squad a few weeks ago and has been battling for playing time. With Austin Collie and Dallas Clark out and Pierre Garcon a big question mark this week, White could be catapulted into a starting role and could play the part of the go to guy in the slot this week against the worst passing defense in the league, Houston. The Texans are giving up an average 306 yards a game though the air so looks for Manning to chip away all day using the short pass. White is a logical play this week.
About the Author
Written by John Buffone
John was born in Rural Valley, Pennsylvania. He attended Clarion University and received a degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism. He currently hosts "The Sports Zone with John Buffone" on AM 1380 WTYM in Kittanning, PA. John is also a sports columnist for the Kittanning Paper and a contributor to Examiner.com, and CatholicSportsJournal.com.