Damnit! The Jags are off bye week…..and Justin Blackmon is gone. Well, that leaves only a few guys on that team to talk about. They get to go into Tennessee to take on the Titans in a crazy exciting AFC South match up (….not really). The surprise Rams lead by Captain Kellen head into Indianapolis to take on the powerhouse Colts. Okay they’re not a powerhouse but they’re getting it done. And Houston heads to Arizona to try and beat Adam and Regan’s favourite team.
St. Louis at Indy
Andrew Luck started slow last week before going off in the second half against a strong pass defense. So he gets another solid pass defense (9th in pass yards per game) this week. I have confidence that he will have another good week, as the Rams have given up 14 passing TDs in 9 games this year. Not a lot, but not a little either. TY Hilton is a weapon that Luck is going to look for, a lot.
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What the heck is with Richardson? Jeez….I mean he wasn’t great in Cleveland but he has to have some kind of talent right? Not sure if the offensive line isn’t blocking well or what, but Donald Brown looks a lot better. This week will be the ultimate test – the Rams are ranked 28th in the league at stopping the run and have given up 11 rushing TDs this year. Definitely a good match up for a team that likes to think they’re a power running team, as Evan Hale mentioned a couple times on the Touch-Ception podcast. Indy was playing catch up last week so they only ran the ball 14 times, so I think this week they get back to running and Trent finds the end zone. Donald Brown should be getting more carries by the way he runs, but the fact is, he isn’t. Go with Trent.
TY Hilton is going to be a stud the rest of this year. Plain and simple, Andrew Luck is going to look for him as he is the best pass catcher left on this team. He can catch it in the short, intermediate, and long game as he showed last week. I think he could be a WR1 the rest of the way. Start him and expect a big game, even against this pass defense. Heyward-Bey left last week’s game early with a head injury, so make sure he will play this week before you put him in the lineup. Actually, I wouldn’t expect more than WR4 numbers from him this week. He drops a lot of passes and frankly, maybe he just isn’t any good. Coby Fleener was 2nd on the team in yards last week, but with just 3 receptions. I think he’s a TE2 in this match up and going forward.
Houston at Arizona
What a first half for Case Keenum last week. He looked awesome, finding Andre Johnson all over the field. Tough to look at his second half, since losing your coach at half time can’t be easy. Best Wishes to Gary Kubiak in his recovery and I was happy to see that he was released from hospital this week. Arizona has given up 14 passing TDs in 8 games this year, so I actually like Case Keenum in this match up if you’re in a deeper league or just lost Aaron Rodgers to injury.
With that bad passing defense, comes a wicked rush defense for the Cardinals. They rank 4th in the league in yards per game and have given up just 3 TDs on the ground all year! Tate ran the ball decently last week, though Dennis Johnson stole some carries away from him. Foster is a question mark going forward given his injury and if you have some options you may opt to sit him this week. If you have Tate, I think he has some value if Foster doesn’t play. Tough for all the RBs in this backfield, I’d say sit them if possible.
Andre is back! What a half for him last week. I think Case is going to look for this guy a ton week in and week out as long as he is starting, especially if they can’t get the running game going. If you have him, start him because he’s gonna eat. DeAndre has been decent this year but he has only found the end zone twice this year and only had more than 100 yards once this season. Tough to think he’s going to get either of those again. He is talented for sure, but I think Andre is the guy and he takes away from Hopkins. Garrett Graham had an okay TE week, but I still don’t think he’s worth a start until he proves himself again. It looks like he was better with Owen Daniels still on the field.
Jacksonville at Tennessee
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So Henne is terrible….in real and fake football. So don’t start him in any league. But just know that he is competent enough to get the ball to his receivers (…..sometimes, haha). Jake Locker was plain old bad last week. Jacksonville isn’t as much of a pushover as we would think – they are 12th against the pass in yards per game….okay they’ve given up 16 passing TDs this season in 8 games. Jake Locker has a solid match up and if you needed a one week guy, Locker could pay some dividends.
Both of these teams absolutely cannot stop the run. JAX is dead last in stopping the run and have given up the most rushing TDs on the season. Tennessee ranks 26th against the run and have given up 10 TDs on the ground this year. After CJ2K’s huge week last week, he gets another awesome match up. I say start him and reap the benefits! And if he sucks, well I hope the shower water is warm for when you cry in it. MJD had 25 touches the week before their bye, which is a huge positive for him given the way this season has gone. Start him this week and he could give you RB2 numbers! Maybe even RB1 (if you’re lucky).
So Blackmon is gone for the season – Cecil Shorts goes back to being the best guy on this team and I think could be a WR2 the rest of the way. He lead the team in targets, receptions and yards in their last game, a trend that you can expect to continue the rest of the season. Mike Brown has had a couple of good games his last 2, so I would be watching him for the next couple of games and if you feel like gambling, start him this week. Tennessee is solid against the pass this year, so temper expectations. Looking to the Titans pass catchers, the clear guy to own/start is Kendall Wright. He lead the team in catches, yards and targets in a week where the Titans didn’t play very well. I think Wright finds the end zone this week. Before the bye, Delanie Walker had a decent game, finding the endzone and had some decent yardage. He can show flashes of being a TE1, but the problem is, who knows when those flashes will come. Nate Washington seemed to be a one week wonder and Kenny Britt is Kenny Britt.
Good luck this week!