“Off the Matt” Ca$h vs. Crash, Week 7 Quarterback/Tight End Plays
Week 6 Recap
Peyton Manning: 290/1/3
Sam Bradford: 280/1/3
Crockett Gillmore: 3/30/0
Larry Donnell: 3/29/0
Philip Rivers: 503/2/0
Cam Newton: 269/1/2 – 30/1
Charles Clay: 9/62/0
Gary Barnidge: 3/39/2
Year to Date Totals (total starts):
Fantasy Ca$h Quarterbacks (12): 3393/21/15 (283ypg)
Fantasy Crash Quarterbacks (11): 3002/21/7 (273 ypg)
Fantasy Ca$h Tight Ends (12): 66/673/4 (56 ypg)
Fantasy Crash Tight Ends (12): 33/250/3 (21 ypg)
Okay, no more Gary Barnidge jokes. He has proven to be a legit starting option at the tight end position. I guess he was just a late-bloomer, like an 18-year-old hitting puberty late.
On another side-note, I have had plenty of misses in my time. However, putting Philip Rivers as a ‘crash’ the week he throws for 500 ranks right up there.
I need to refocus…
Eli Manning vs. DAL
I trust Eli this week in a divisional home game against the Cowboys. What attracts me to Manning is his consistent high-volume pass attempts. He has averaged 39 pass attempts per game and has yet to have a game in which he has thrown fewer than 32 passes. After being squeaky clean through the first three games, Manning has thrown four interceptions over his past three games. The Eagles pass rush forced Manning into some questionable decisions last week leading to his only two-interception game of the season. Fortunately for Manning, the Cowboys only have 11 sacks on the season and lack ball-hawks in the secondary as evidence by the meager two interceptions they have. Manning has a rich history of success against the Cowboys; he should add another big game to his resume this week.
Carson Palmer vs. BAL
How do you manage to let Colin Kaepernick to light your defense up like Christmas tree to the tune of 340/2/0? Keep in mind, this was accomplished on just 16 completions! It is apparent that the Ravens secondary has an issue with allowing receivers to get behind them, which is leading to massive plays. I look for Palmer to exploit this weakness, as he has been incredibly accurate on downfield throws. He has completed an astounding 40 per cent of his passes that travel more than 31 yards in the air. Palmer has exceeded even his biggest supporter’s expectations so far this year. The magical season will continue in prime-time on MNF.
Travis Kelce vs. PIT
Kelce exploded into the 2015 season with two first-half touchdowns in Week 1. He has yet to smell the sweet scent of the end zone since. There has been some questioning going on in Kansas City about why the Chiefs haven’t involved one of their biggest mismatches more in the game plan. A talent like Kelce needs more than five targets per game, which is what he is currently averaging. With the West-Knile combo looking like they were running into mosquito nets last week the ground game might be a lost cause. This might force the Chiefs to lean more on the short-to-intermediate passing game more. Wait, that is actually impossible. At any rate they need to throw the ball more to Kelce. With Maclin yet to clear concussion protocol, Kelce could see a spike in targets this week. Even if Maclin does play, the Steelers have proven to be more than generous to opposing tight ends.
Delanie Walker vs. ATL
Walker has been in my cross-hairs all season, but I am finally going to pull the trigger in Week 7 against the Falcons. Coming off a season high in targets, receptions, and yards, Walker is looking like the top option in the Titan’s passing attack. With Mariota out this week, second year man Zach Mettenberger will get the start. While I would rather have Mariota throwing him the ball, Walker showed some chemistry last year when Mettenberger was called on for a five game stretch. The Falcons have struggled with opposing tight ends, the latest failure came last week when 58-year-old Benjamin Watson sliced and diced his way through the defense for a career day.
Josh McCown @ STL
McCown’s hot run came to an end against Denver’s defense. This week, McCown finds himself in another tough matchup at St. Louis. Much like last week, the problem against the Rams will be finding time to throw. Cleveland has surrendered 22 sacks on the season. Last week, Denver who boasts the best pass rush in the league got to McCown four times and had countless pressures. Look for this to be a recurring theme with the Rams also having an elite pass rush. Another factor working against McCown is Cleveland’s defense inability to stop the run. Allowing five yards a pop to Todd Gurley will result in long drives and cut into the number of possessions that McCown will have on Sunday.
Matt Stafford vs. MIN
I am seeing Matt Stafford’s name slip back into the top 10 ranked quarterbacks for Week 7. For anyone doing that I would like to go ahead and focus on the red light.
Set it for 7 days and….
Now where do you have him ranked?
Don’t be short-sighted and over-value Stafford based on his performance against a Bears defense that every quarterback has success against thus far. The Vikings haven’t allowed a 300-yard passer yet this season and I expect that trend to continue this week.
Benjamin Watson @ IND
I wish I still had that memory zapper handy.
Last week, Watson fell three catches and 12 yards short from matching his SEASON TOTAL. His Week 6 performance will not only be fresh in the minds of fantasy owners, but also their Week 7 opponent Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have been solid against the tight end all season allowing only the super-human Rob Gronkowski to score double-digit fantasy points. I expect the Colts to give Watson some extra attention this week, which should make for a regression to the norm.
Jordan Reed vs. TB
Reed received clearance from an independent neurologist of any concussion symptoms and is expected to play Sunday against Tampa Bay. Reed’s questionable status will be enough to keep me away this week. If he plays, he may be on a limited snap count as they try to work him back into offense. Also, the matchup is a nightmare.
Week 1: Walker (TEN) 3/43/1
Week 2: Watson (NO) 2/12/0
Week 3: Graham (HOU) 1/9/0
Week 4: Olsen (CAR) 2/28/0
Week 5: Thomas (JAX) 2/20/0
Pretty impressive stuff, hopefully you are not depending on Jordan Reed this week.
COMBO PLAY: 5-80
I am opting for the international menu when selecting this week’s combo meal. Blake Bortles has been on fire throwing for at least 298 yards in each of his last three games. The eight touchdown passes over that stretch is nothing to sneeze at either. Last week, he found a new toy in Julius Thomas who he targeted a team high 13 times. The Bills have struggled with the tight end at times this year allowing three scores and just a shade under six receptions per game to the position.