Junkie’s Pickups and More – Week 4

27 09 2011

Good week overall for the Junkie, I went 4-2 in my leagues and almost got all the Hits correct for week three! More on that later in the week.

The Detroit Lions are 3-0 for the first time since the year I was born. And they won their first divisional road game since 2007 I believe, it had been 11 straight losses till that amazing come-from-behind victory.

Two QB’s had not-so-great fantasy games but sure looked like leaders this week. Cam Newton and Tony Romo. They won’t be remembered for the numbers they put up but they sure played well considering the circumstances for both.

Looks like Vick owners dodged another bullet. That’s two week in a row that you sweated it out. Really hope you have a solid backup. Thank goodness I have Stafford as a backup for Vick in one league.

It appears the time-share in San Diego isn’t 50/50 like Tolbert fans would like. Ryan Matthews took the majority of the carries and looked great. He even got two touchdowns within the 5 yard line, taking away Tolbert’s valuable goal line work. Keep an eye on this as I believe it’s not the first swing in momentum for either guy. The second Matthews gets dinged, Tolbert’s value is pointing North again. For week 4 though, you gotta think about benching him.

Now for the pickups of the week!

QB Jason Campbell - Look, he’s not throwing for a ton of yards but when you can dump off to DMAC and have some success throwing down the field to speedsters like Moore and Ford some things are bound to go right for you. And he can also score with his scrambling as evidenced in week 3 versus the JETS.

RB Kendall Hunter - Gore left the game with an apparent ankle injury and Hunter came in to score the winning touchdown. He didn’t average a great YPC but onlookers claim he was much faster that Gore. If Gore’s injury becomes something serious, Hunter will be a top pickup in all leagues. Good thing I said he should be owned in all leagues… a month ago.

RB Bernard Scott - With Cedric Benson’s judgement on his appeal coming very soon, this may not end up being a good pickup if he wins. But if he loses and has to serve his 3 game suspension, Scott becomes a hot commodity. The Bengals schedule includes Buffalo, Jacksonville and Indianapolis coming up.

WR Torrey Smith - Wow. Here is the stat line from Sunday, 5 REC, 152 YDS, 3 TD, 10 YDS RUSH. Incredible.

WR Nate Washington - Now that everyone knows Britt is out for the rest of the year on injured reserve, Washington is going to be a big pickup. I actually like him less now if that sounds crazy. I loved him as a number two with Britt taking all of the heat. Now, he’s the number one and I am not sure Nate is ready for that. I don’t think he has the skill to carry that spot. But I could be wrong. He will be the GUY in an offense that has been throwing a lot so he should be owned in all leagues. If CJ2K can ever get started it will help open things up for Washington.

WR Jason Avant - With Maclin probably out for a game or two, Avant should be a decent fill-in for PPR leagues. His upside is minimal but he will get around 5 catches for 60 yards in almost every game. Much like Jabbar Gaffney in Washington. The sexier pickup will be Steve Smith, but I think Avant starts and sees more work.

WR Titus Young - His numbers aren’t quite good enough for most leagues but he could get there any week now. He’s getting about 6 targets a game and just looks good for a rookie. He’s fearless over the middle and is making some spectacular catches. Not like Pierre Garcon who continues to drop the easiest passes!

WR Victor Cruz - Eli called on Cruz a bunch this week as Manningham was out due to his concussion and Nicks was getting the double team. Look for Manningham to be back this week but Cruz may have earned himself some additional playing time.

TE Scott Chandler - He keeps finding the end zone. If you were a Gates owner, he is worth a look. If Chandler is gone, take a look at Randy McMichael who did a nice job in Gates’ absence.

TE James Casey - Huge game for a virtually unheard of player, don’t expect him to have games like this very often. Owen Daniels is still the TE to own in Houston. Maybe the Texans go to more two TE sets. If so Casey could be valuable in deep leagues.

K Jason Hanson - He hasn’t missed yet and is one of the better offenses in a league. And he kicks inside a dome at home. If he hasn’t been snatched up yet, he’s a good bet to do well as long as Stafford stays healthy.

-FFJ

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