“The Amateur Ward” Trust/Distrust Week 3 (Linebacker, Defensive Line)
Last week my rankings were very bipolar, I either hit-em on the head, or struck out. This week, we’ll look at those players, and then give you suggestions for plays/site for Week 3, based on match ups. In the early going, there have been some surprise names come out of nowhere (Marshall-DEN), Cox (DE-PHI), and Sio Moore (LB-OAK), but also some duds, led notably by Robert Quinn (DE-StL) and Muhammad Wilkerson (DE-NYJ). Again, it’s early, but definitely pay attention to trends and breakouts players as they’ll become obvious the next 2-3 weeks. First things first, a brief discussion on the curb-stomping the Falcons delivered on the Buccaneers last night. I was at the game in the lower section seats, and it was a glorious sight not on;y to see my Falcons Fly high, but also witness Devin Hester high step his way into history by passing Deion Sanders on the all-time return TD list for most return TDs (Sanders 19, Hester 20). Hester was Mr. Do-It-All last night for the Atlanta Falcons in a sloppy (9 turnovers), one-sided game.
Ropati Pitoituta- 3 tackles, 1 sack, and a fumble recovery against the Cowboys last week 15 FP/MLFF. Things may get tougher for him this week against a strong running team in Cincinnati.
Jerod Mayo- 7 tackles/16 FP/MLFF last week against the Vikings. He’ll keep racking up the tackles against a weak Oakland run team this week.
None as I was either spot on, or completely off the mark
Jason Pierre-Paul- I suggest you start him, he takes a dump, does nothing. I suggest you bench him, he goes off for 2 passes defensed, 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks; 25.5 FP/MLFF. If he is truly healthy, get him in your lineups regardless of matchup due to upside.
DeMeco Ryans– Ryans is quickly returning to his old self as he is starting to go nuts again. After posting 10 tackles, a pass defense, and a fumble recovery last week against the Colts, 20.5 FP/MLFF, look for him to continue to dominate against the Cousins led Redskins this week. Cousins is a pocket passer, not a scrambler, so Ryans will have an easier time zoning in.
Jerry Attaochu– After a week where he posted a sack and 19 points/MLFF, Attaochu disappeared in Week 2 for only 1 tackle for 1 point/MLFF in the Chargers win against the Seahawks. He’ll have a learning curve, but should rebound some against a strong Bills run attack.
Brandon Marshall (LB-DEN)- In a rematch of XLVIII, there could be a shootout brewing, unlike the Super Bowl where the Seahawks smacked Peyton and Co. to a tune of 43-8. Given the run-heavy nature of the Seahawks, the Broncos defense and Marshall will be in for a battle in the trenches. Look for Marshall to be a top performer at LB this week as the Broncos try to hand Seattle their second straight loss.
Jelani Jenkins (LB-MIA)- With Ellerbe (hip) done for the season, Jenkins steps into the strong side role and could emerge as a top 50 LB by season’s end. SLB are typically hard to predict for fantasy purposes, but with only the sub par Wheeler to beat out, and weak MLB play by Misi, Jenkins could be the best LB the Dolphins have by season’s end. Against the Chiefs in Week 3, Jenkins is a solid play as even if Charles (ankle) plays, he won’t be as explosive as he is nursing a high ankle sprain. With a lack of a pass attack, Jenkins should see plenty of action his way in the run game, so take a flier on him.
Willie Young (DE-CHI)- The Return of Free Willie! Young has been an absolute fantasy force at DE this season with 7 solo tackles and 3 sacks through 2 weeks. Next up: the J-E-T-S and a run heavy offense. Yes, the Jets added Eric Decker in the offseason, but second year starter Geno Smith is still learning how to play at the NFL level, so the jets will once more continue to use Ground and Pound. Given the offensive nature of the Jets and the slow adaptation by Smith, Young could be in for a huge day in a physical game in the trenches.
Fletcher Cox (DE-PHI)- With 10 tackles and 1 forced and recovered fumble apiece already, Cox is poised for a breakout season in 2014. In the match between divisional foes, the Eagles take on a short hand Redskins team that already lost RGIII (ankle) for the season, and may be without speedster DeSean Jackson. Regardless of whether or not Jackson plays, Cox should get at least 1 sack against Cousins en route to an overall solid day as Washington will look to run the ball enough to keep the Eagles defense honest.
Dwan Edwards (DT-CAR)- With Hardy potentially suspended for the season, the Panthers will need someone to step up and deliver pressure other than Charles Johnson. Edwards could be that guy as he’s already notched 2.5 sacks and 7 tackles on the season. If he can keep up the defensive pressure, Edwards could be in for a snaky solid day against a tough Steelers squad.
Larry Foote (LB-ARZ)- I’m likely going against the grain here, but Foote’s tough for me to start against the 49ers. Kaepernick is a great scrambling QB and Gore is tough as hell to bring down. Add their receivers to the equation, and this doesn’t bode well for Foote’s fantasy value in Week 3.
Chad Greenway (LB-MIN)- A bit banged up or not, sit Greenway this week versus the Saints in New Orleans. The Saints are 0-2 and hungry for their first W of the season after back-to-back road losses to the Falcons and Browns. The Saints will Feed Their Wild Side this week in their
home opener and likely route the Peterson-less Vikings.
Robert Quinn (DE-StL)- Maybe this will get his slow starting rear end going. With only 5
tackles and 0 sacks through the first 2 games, Quinn is starting to make fantasy owners pull out their hair. What better matchup than the Cowboys to get your first sack and season back on track. Fantasy owners are eagerly awaiting the first sack from their DE1.
Manny Lawson (DE/LB-BUF)- Lawson’s transition from OLB to DE under Jim Schwartz is going poorly as he is being relied upon to step up in the pass rush, but has yet to do so in Buffalo. He’s the better pass rusher than Jerry Hughes, but if he doesn’t start stepping up (Hughes hasn’t done much either in his own right), Schwartz may start looking at other options opposite Mario to provide pressure. A date with the pass-heavy Chargers isn’t appetizing for the Bills pass rush this week.
Mike Daniels (DT-GB)- Daniels is having a solid season early, with a sack and 11 tackles through 2 weeks, but you may want to sit him against a pass-heavy offense led by Matt Stafford to MegaTron because there won’t be many opportunities for Daniels to get the Stafford nor make a big play this week. He could be good for a few tackles, but not much more this week.
Betcha I’ll be more accurate this week. Overall, I’m decently pleased with my performances in most of my leagues, but ticked off at my start in others, but that’s life and I’ll surely right the ship in those leagues. Good luck to all going forward, unless you play me this week. If the latter is the case, I’ll gladly open a can off whoop-ass on you as I’m generous; I’ll even buy the can instead of making you buy it. Until next week, Peace, and don’t forget to read the other articles on this site as it makes the world a better place.
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