Chalk up another win for my fantasy football team this week, and high points to go with it. That means that I am tied for 1st place in the league with a 3-1 record and am tops in league scoring. Ahhhh… yeah.
What I Did Right
I was lucky enough to be able to snag Brandon Lloyd (originally I had claimed Louis Murphy and dropped him on news of his injury) off of waivers last week, and he delivered immediately with a 115 yard outing. LeSean McCoy once again proved his worth as Kevin Kolb used him as a prime check down receiver (64 rushing, 110 receiving). LaDainian Tomlinson blew the doors off the Bills defense for 133 rushing, 22 receiving, and 2 touchdowns. My other Jets player and post week 3 pick up, Dustin Keller, didn’t do all that much in receiving yards (28) but did manage to catch 2 touchdowns (delivering on the reason I dropped Aaron Hernandez).
What I Did Wrong
Ugh… Brandon Jackson. I was so excited to pick him up when it was announced that Ryan Grant would be out for the year, but… he’s just not good. I played him over Steven Jackson; on doubts that S-Jax would play or if he did play, play well. Wrong. The guy plays injured about as well as he plays healthy. Or maybe its that he’s never truly healthy. Hmmm… I thought that if there was one game that B-Jax could dominate, it would be against the Lions, who have been gashed by the running game and RBs catching balls in space. No dice. 3 points. I also cut TO last week in order to pick up Lloyd. I don’t regret that decision, but man, I cut the guy and he goes off.
Opportunities for Improvement
Well, guess who’s back on my team? No, not Owen Daniels. Yes, TO. Last week I chose to dump him over NY Steve Smith. This week, I dumped Steve to get TO back. He’ll probably have the game of his life this week. I may have been a little late, but Brandon Jackson got the ax this week. I was able to grab Ryan Torain in his place early Monday morning. With news coming out today that Portis is going to be out 4-6 weeks, that move is looking even better. We’ll see if it actually pays off this week.
DST pick up of the Week – Chicago
A guy in my league picked up the Colts last week for the game against the Jags and ended up with -1 points. The game wasn’t final for more than 5 mins and he picked up the Bears (obviously, my league is first come, first served on free agents). Clearly, he didn’t like what he saw in the Sunday night match-up with the Giants, because he dumped them right away for the Chargers DST first thing Monday morning. I couldn’t have been more pleased. The Bears get the Panthers this week, and I’m betting that Peppers goes off on his former team’s rookie QB. They have the ability to take away the crux of the Carolina offense; the running game. Yes, I know that Ahmad Bradshaw had a great game against them, but most of his yards came late in the game when the Bears defense was tired from having been on the field all night. I think the Bears offense will get back on track this week. The defense still managed to get two sacks and 3 fumble recoveries for solid fantasy production. I think they’re a top pickup this week.