Well, what do you know? Chris Johnson (TEN) can exploit a poor defense and be a productive fantasy football back. I think I can speak for the entire fantasy football community and I say: It’s about time!
Well, what do you know? Chris Johnson (TEN) can exploit a poor defense and be a productive fantasy football back.
I think I can speak for the entire fantasy football community and I say: It’s about time!
I know the first idea for some forward-thinking owners would be to trade Johnson and strike while the proverbial iron is hot. No doubt, this would be the time to trade him with seven weeks of the season wrapped up. There’s probably some people in your league that need to make a big move to save their seasons.
But do yourself a favor and look at the top fantasy running backs from Week 7.
Now sure, LeSean McCoy (PHI), Reggie Bush (MIA), Jamaal Charles (KC), Willis McGahee (DEN), Michael Turner (ATL) and Ryan Mathews (SD) were all on byes last week, but after Johnson, Adrian Peterson (MIN), Arian Foster (HOU) and Frank Gore (SF), everyone else’s scores were just OK.
Nothing great, just OK. Remember this was a week Ray Rice (BAL), Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG) and Darren McFadden (OAK) all played.
Johnson still has some favorable matchups with Indianapolis (twice), Jacksonville (twice if you play Week 17), the New York Jets (30th against the run) and Green Bay (17th) still left on the schedule. Even with Chicago, Miami and a bye week in the next four weeks of the season for CJ, that’s still pretty enticing.
Fish for offers and see how much you can get for Johnson. But keep in mind, Johnson has 6-7 weeks where he can do some good for your roster instead of someone else’s.
Can’t Wait! Waiver Wire Pickups
Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC) is going to miss a few weeks with a foot sprain he suffered at Oakland last week.
I sure hope you didn’t give up on Rashad Jennings (JAC) like I did, because he’s going to be many fantasy owners’ No. 1 priority on the waiver wire.
Make sure he’s No. 1 on yours as well.
QB: Brady Quinn (KC), Chad Henne (JAC)
RB: Rashad Jennings (JAC), LaRod Stephens-Howling (ARI)
WR: Jeremy Kerley (NYJ), Brandon LaFell (CAR)
Breakin’ Bread List
This Thursday’s matchup features one team that can’t stop the pass (Tampa Bay) and another that is near the bottom of the league passing the ball (Minnesota).
Not exactly a marquee matchup between two former NFC Central rivals. But hey, at least Adrian Peterson takes on ... oh, crap the third-best team against the run?
Well, at least it’s not San Francisco vs. Seattle!
QB: Aaron Rodgers (GB) vs. Jacksonville; Josh Freeman (TB) at Minnesota
RB: Jamaal Charles (KC) vs. Oakland, Adrian Peterson (MIN) vs. Tampa Bay
WR: Victor Cruz (NYG) at Dallas, Vincent Jackson (TB) at Minnesota
The Purple Drank list — presented by Cam Cameron
Remember when Ray Rice was used, no matter what, for the Ravens? OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration.
For some reason Baltimore has always under-utilized Rice at certain parts of the season.
This season, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has outdone himself. The Ravens have this bright idea of forcing Joe Flacco (BAL) into an elite quarterback, whipping it around the field as many times as it takes for him to put up elite numbers and suddenly become this all-world QB he’ll probably never be.
The theory is Rice will get less carries, but will be fresh for the playoffs.
Well Flacco is no more elite today than he was before the season started, Rice isn’t getting carries he should even when the Ravens are nursing a slim lead and Baltimore’s defense is a mess due to injuries.
Baltimore keeps playing like it did last Sunday, there won’t be a playoffs for Rice to be saved for.
Cameron, do yourself a favor during the bye week: come up with a new game plan, get Rice the damn ball and lay off the Purple Drank.
QB: John Skelton (ARI) vs. San Francisco, Russell Wilson (SEA) at Detroit
RB: DeAngelo Williams (CAR) at Chicago, Felix Jones (DAL) vs. NY Giants
WR: DeSean Jackson (PHI) vs. Atlanta, Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) vs. San Francisco
Don’t sleep on my sleepers
QB: Brandon Weeden (CLE) vs. San Diego, Christian Ponder (MIN) vs. Tampa Bay
RB: Daryl Richardson (STL) vs. New England, Jonathan Dwyer (PIT) vs. Washington
WR: Nate Washington (TEN) vs. Indianapolis, Sidney Rice (SEA) at Detroit
Joey Baskerville (@jmark79) writes his column every Wednesday during the NFL season. Reach him at email@example.com.