Blog Entry

Time to rebound

Posted on: October 1, 2008 6:27 pm
I had my first questionable week last week, Selvin Young and Trent Edwards let me down, so I am ready to get right into this week.  Here are some waiver wire guys that you need to target.

Kyle Orton - Orton has put up 22 and 17 points in my leagues in the last two weeks, the 17 points against a very tough Eagles defense.  Orton's three touchdowns doubled the number that had been given up by the Eagles up to that point and he now has five td's in the last two games.  This week, Orton faces a Detroit team that gives up 227 yards and two touchdowns a game.  I would consider starting him this week if you need a bye week replacement.

Matt Jones - He has at least five catches in every game this season and has developed into David Garrard's number one receiving option.  He could start to lose catches and opportunities as Jerry Porter gets into the groove in Jacksonville, but I expect him to have at least two or three more good games.  Remember that Porter is a career underachiever and probably will do nothing this year.  You definitely want him starting when Jacksonville plays Denver week 6.

Warrick Dunn - The old man just keeps running.  He has 197 yards this year and 31 fantasy points.  He is the 34th ranked rusher right now, and seems to be a mainstay in the Tampa Bay offense.  As always, he ususally will not get you touchdowns, but he gets yards when he gets carries.  He is worth owning in all leagues.


Start - Jon Kitna
He is playing a Bears team that is giving up 246 yards a game through the air and has also learned how to play offense.  I expect the Lions will get down early and have to throw most of the second half.  That could be good news for Kitna.  He started the season with two consecutive 250 yard, two touchdown performances.  I expect him to get that. 

Sit - David Garrard
The Steelers are very stingy against the pass, giving up only 162 yards a game and three touchdowns on the season, and are going to be motivated to destory the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.  Garrard only had 9 completions and two picks in that game, and I would expect him to find a tough time again this week.


Start - Steve Slaton
Indy is horrible against the run without Bob Sanders.  End of story.  If you want a little more, Slaton has scored 17 fantasy points in each of the last two weeks against pretty stout defenses, including rushing for 118 yards against the 8th best rush defense in the league, the Titans.  I expect Houston to give Indy a steady does of Slaton.

Sit - Clinton Portis
This might sound like I am just taking whoever is playing Philly and telling you to sit that runningback, and that is the case.  I wanted to make the point of how dominant the Eagles have been against the run again this week, just to make sure it sinks in.  They are giving up 54 yards a game and have given up one touchdown this season to Stephen Jackson, 17th rated fantasy rusher, Marion Barber, 4th rated, Willie Parker, 9th, and Matt Forte, 8th.  What else is there to know?


Start - Amani Toomer
The well dressed one should have a good game against a Seattle team that was burned by J.T. O' Sullivan the last time they played against a real offense (St. Louis does not count), and he becomes and even more attractive option with Plaxico Burress suspended.  I expect him to get 80 yards and touchdown.

Sit - Donald Driver
Driver and Aaron Rodgers do not sem to have the same type of rythem and comfort with each other that Driver enjoyed with Farve, and it is showing on the field.  He was held to just eight yards on one catch, the first once catch game for him since 2004.  I expect his slow start to continue against an underated Atlanta pass defense this week.

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