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Friday, September 30, 2011





Weekly rankings take into account opponent, injuries and other incidental factors.


QUARTERBACKS




Ryan Boser highlights one quarterback who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Jason Campbell (Oakland Raiders) vs. New England
After amassing five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) through two weeks, Jason Campbell came back down to Earth against the Jets Sunday.
... Click here to read the rest of the breakdown at Bruno Boys.

Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) vs. New York Jets
Two out of three ain’t bad—Joe Flacco’s lousy Week 2 performance is now bookended by a pair of three-touchdown performances.)... Click here to read the rest of the breakdown at Bruno Boys.



RUNNING BACKS






Joey Cavalier highlights one running back who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Daniel Thomas (Miami Dolphins) vs. San Diego
After taking a national media beat-down all throughout the preseason, Daniel has stormed out of the gates, and looks to be a candidate for “Fantasy Rookie of the Year.” Reggie Bush has already become a distant memory in Miami, as Thomas has racked up 239 total yards and a touchdown in just two games. This week Thomas faces the San Diego Charges who are ranked 19th against the run. Look for the Dolphins to feed Thomas the ball a lot in this contest; he will probably get around 20 carries and catch few screen passes. The rookie back has “pop” written all over him this week; and owners should plug him into their lineups as a solid RB2, or as a high-end flex play.

Shonn Greene (New York Jets) at Baltimore
For the second straight year, Shonn Greene seems to have been over-valued by fantasy owners. Many view Greene as a RB2, yet through three games this year, he has averaged just over three yards per carry on 41 touches. This week he will face the very stout run defense of the Baltimore Ravens. On top of the tough matchup, the Jets have suddenly become a pass-first team, tossing the ball 62% of the time through the first three games of this year. Rex Ryan admitted that the Jets would have to pass the ball more than they would like against the Ravens, so expect to see a lot of Tomlinson in this game. All signs point to a lame game from Greene, and he is my preferred “flop” candidate this week.


WIDE RECEIVERS

Brian Dezelske highlights one wide receiver who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Eric Decker (Denver Broncos) at Green Bay

Call it being a homer—call it being a rube—call it what you will, but Decker’s targets (12) didn’t fade away when Brandon Lloyd returned to the lineup last week. Those targets won’t decrease this week either as Decker and the Denver Broncos take on the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers defense ranks 31st against the aerial assault that is the new NFL, and have allowed six touchdowns already.

Decker may also have some added incentive to light up Lambeau Field, since his favorite squad growing up happened to be the Minnesota Vikings.

Mike Wallace (Pittsburgh Steelers) at Houston
Last week Mike Wallace exploded for over 100 yards, including an 81 yard bomb for a touchdown—all in the first quarter. What doesn’t sit well with me is the fact that Wallace was invisible until the Steelers’ game winning drive when he caught a measly six yard pass.

If Wallace can disappear like that against a below average Colts pass defense, what’s going to happen when he has Johnathan Joseph and a much-improved Texans defense on him all day long?



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Friday, September 23, 2011

Weekly rankings take into account opponent, injuries and other incidental factors.


QUARTERBACKS



Ryan Boser highlights one quarterback who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Matt Hasselbeck (Tennessee Titans) vs. Denver
While Matt Hasselbeck’s solid Week 1 box score felt a bit flukey, aided by an 80-yard catch-and-run shot put to Kenny Britt, his Week 2 performance was thoroughly impressive
... Click here to read the rest of the breakdown at Bruno Boys.

Eli Manning (New York Giants) at Philadelphia
Eli Manning’s averaged just 234 yards in two games, and he’s totaled just two passing touchdowns and two interceptions (he also ran one in Week 1—his first in 49 games)... Click here to read the rest of the breakdown at Bruno Boys.


RUNNING BACKS












Brian Dezelske highlights one running back who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Ben Tate (Houston) at New Orleans
This may be a bit more obvious than most of our predictions, but for all you savvy fantasy drafters out there, this week is where you get to show what a great fantasy football draft-mind you are. In Week 1 Houston named Derrick Ward the starter, so you probably left Ben Tate the bench. Week two saw Arian Foster return, so again, you probably left Tate on the bench.
Now that he's been named the starter, it's officially time to get Tate in your lineup as a RB1/2. I have him ranked seventh on my list and can’t wait to finally be able to use him. He’s an outstanding talent, and it shows with back-to-back 100 yard games—games he didn’t even start.

Thomas Jones (Kansas City Chiefs) at San Diego
As one of the hottest free-agent pickups this past week, Thomas Jones will assuredly be in a good portion of starting lineups out there. My question to everyone who sprinted to their computers to snag him is simple: Did Thomas Jones all of a sudden become younger when Charles went down with that torn ACL?
A slow running back going against a fired-up Chargers defense is not my idea of an ideal fantasy matchup. If anything, expect Dexter McCluster to be the one who does some shining in the Chiefs running game.

Last week it was Cadillac Williams and this week it’s Thomas Jones—it might look like I have it out for the great state of Missouri. Sorry! I do love Kauffman Stadium.


WIDE RECEIVERS


Joey Cavalier highlights one wide receiver who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Santana Moss (Washington Redskins) at Dallas

Rex Grossman (AKA “Sexy Rexy”) has been a nice waiver-wire addition for fantasy owners this year. He continues to produce while favoring Santana Moss in the passing game. Moss has seen 17 targets through two weeks of action. I expect Moss to see anywhere from 7-10 targets this week and to make the most of them against the beat up Dallas Cowboys. Even if Tony Romo plays (Ribs), Dallas’ offense may have a tough time staying on the field, with Miles Austin out, and with Dez Bryant ailing. This could give the Moss plenty of chances to put up fantasy points. Plus, Dallas’ secondary is as thin as Ally McBeal; giving the revived wide receiver has some nice “pop” potential this week. You can plug the veteran into your lineup and count on him.

Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City Chiefs) at San Diego
With Jamaal Charles out for the season, the Kansas City Chiefs will have to rely on their other weapons to provide offense. Too bad for Dwayne Bowe, he is the only real weapon left. Opposing defenses will now roll coverage to Bowe and focus on stopping him and him alone. Bowe will see a lot of double, even triple-coverage this week. While Bowe will still have big games over the course of the year, San Diego’s pass defense is above average, and Bowe will “flop” in this lopsided division matchup. Bowe’s value is going to be relative to his matchup going forward. I don’t foresee good things from Bowe this week, and I would start the likes of A.J. Green, Deion Branch, and Anquan Boldin over Bowe.


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Note: Antonio Gates' foot injury flared up after our rankings were submitted. Monitor his practice participation closely Friday.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Weekly rankings take into account opponent, injuries and other incidental factors.


QUARTERBACKS






















Ryan Boser highlights one quarterback who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."


Rex Grossman (Washington Redskins) vs. Arizona
The much-maligned Rex Grossman did three unexpected things Sunday: he topped 300 yards (305), he threw for multiple scores (two) and he wasn’t intercepted
... Click here to read the rest of the breakdown at Bruno Boys.


Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Philadelphia
Last week Matt Ryan managed 319 yards on 47 pass attempts against a swarming Bears defense, but he failed to connect on a touchdown and spent most of the afternoon under duress...
Click here
to read the rest of the breakdown at Bruno Boys.


RUNNING BACKS





























Brian Dezelske highlights one running back who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."


Cadillac Williams (St. Louis Rams) at New York Giants
The Cadillac piled up 91 yards rushing yards and 49 receiving yards, while filling in for the injured Steven Jackson—pretty good for a car that’s seen its better days. It’s looking like Williams will get the start this week against the N.Y. Giants, who gave up 74 yards and a score to Tim Hightower and the Washington Redskins.

Sam Bradford will start, despite injuring his finger, so he’ll keep the defense honest enough in the passing game to open some holes for the running game. If you’re scrambling for a running back, grab the keys to the Caddy and park it in your RB3 or Flex spot for at least this week.

Frank Gore (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Dallas
It can be difficult to sit a guy that is possibly your No. 1 and definitely your No. 2 running back, but Gore didn’t exactly light it up, posting a laughable 2.7 YPC on 22 carries against a suspect Seahawk defense last week.

This week he’ll be facing the Dallas Cowboys who are sure to be salty after giving last week’s game away to the Jets. Jerry’s boys may have lost that game, but what’s lost in Tony Romo’s late fourth-quarter face plant is the fact that they shut down the Jets run game.

Like I said, I know it’s tough to sit one of your best running back options, but if you can find a better matchup play, then I say do it and don’t feel bad.


WIDE RECEIVERS
Joey Cavalier highlights one wide receiver who will "POP," and one who will "FLOP."

Mario Manningham (
New York Giants
) vs. St. Louis Rams

Eli Manning is the NFL’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Some weeks he looks great, other weeks he looks like Joey Harrington. Despite Manning’s inconsistencies, Mario Manningham is becoming a solid fantasy option, and will be a handy weapon this week for fantasy owners. Hakeem Nicks may not suit up this week; and even if he does, he will not be at a hundred percent. Thus, Mario Manningham will see a ton of targets against a St. Louis defense that is savaged by injuries, and very average in the passing department. I could see Manningham compiling 100 yards and a score this week. Plug him into your starting lineups and respect the “pop.”

Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers) vs. Green Bay
After a monster performance in week one, fantasy owners are buzzing about Steve Smith, and will be looking at him as a viable starter in week two. However, Smith faces a tough defense, and will undoubtedly come back to earth. I understand that Drew Brees went off against the Packers in week one, but Cam (AKA “Scam”) will not be able to breathe in the pocket against the blitz-happy Packers defense. Good luck if you’re counting on Smith to have another huge game this week! You probably didn’t draft Smith as a starter anyways, so I would suggest looking into better options.


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