As part of my many duties here on the site, I was asked to clean out the Fantasy Pros 911 attic. Harrowing detail, I battled rickety steps, low ceilings and spider webs that could entrap a â€™73 Ford Pinto. But in the process I uncovered a few historical gems to share with you hidden in the far reaches of the room, in a non-descript unlocked trunk. So grab a flashlight and follow me into the upstairs realm of fantasy insanity!
Yes, my wife is making me clean out our attic, so my misery has spawned sarcasm inspiration. Thanks, sweetie.
Letâ€™s open the trunk, resist the urge to toss her in, andâ€¦ hee hee..
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler Â been much maligned recently and on pretty much everyoneâ€™s bust list for Week Four, but if he can put together a performance like the last time he faced the Cowboys, heâ€™ll be back in the good graces for sure. In 2010, Cutler completed 21 passes for277 yards and three touchdowns. The Dallas secondary is improved, but if Cutler has his head on straight, he is more than capable of a solid game this weekend.
The air show was in fine form last season when the Patriots and the Bills got together. In week three, Tom Brady and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined for 756 passing yards and six touchdowns. They met again to close out the regular season and both quarterbacks picked up where they left off with another 645 total passing yards and another five touchdown passes.
Ah the enigma that is San Diego Chargers QB Phillip Rivers. After a offensively challenged effort last week against Falcons, if history is a precursor of what can be expected as the Chargers face the Chiefs, Iâ€™d be mildly concerned. Â In the first game, Rivers threw for 266 yards but couldnâ€™t find the end zone. Worse yet was his second game that same season, with 369 yards and no touchdown passes. How in the world do you manage to throw the equivalent of three and a half football fields and not throw a touchdown pass??
Taking a look at running backs, itâ€™s hard to ignore the quality performances Philadelphia Eagles RB Lesean McCoy has had against the New York Giants.Â In 2010, McCoy has averaged over 100 yards and scored a touchdown, while this past season he averaged over 120 yards rushing and scored another touchdown.
Keep an eye on Chargers RB Ryan Matthews against the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2011 Matthews averaged over 130 total yards and scored a touchdown in two games against their AFC West rival.
Alert the media, but both Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson and St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson have historically struggled against the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks respectively. Johnson has only managed one touchdown in his last four games against the Texans and Jackson has had similar futility. Both may still turn it around, but these matchups arenâ€™t prime opportunities for a rebound.
Donâ€™t look now, but the Bengals have a nice little offense, and much of that is due to the talents of WR AJ Green. Last season against the Jaguars, Green grabbed five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. The Jacksonville defense has been allowing over 250 yards passing per game, and Iâ€™d expect a nice chunk of that to end up in the box score next to Greenâ€™s name.
Prior to kick off last week, fantasy pundits from coast to coast were ready to stick a fork in New England Patriots WR Wes Welker. He responded with a solid outing and kept the fantasy wolves at bay for another week. This week he goes up against a Buffalo Bills defense that he torched for 268 yards and two touchdowns in 2011.
On the negative side of the fence, Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith hasnâ€™t scored a touchdown in his last four games against the Falcons and Seattle Seahawks WR Golden Tate should fall back into anonymity against St. Louis. It looks like a solid matchup, but Mr. InterTouchdownCeption has yet to score a single touchdown against the Rams. Too bad the real referees are back, or he might have been in luck.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe has only one touchdown pass in his last five games against the Chargers. Â At the time I write this Bowe is listed as questionable, but considering his numbers against the Chargers, itâ€™s safe to say heâ€™s been questionable anyway.
In closing, Iâ€™ll run two tight ends by you that history has smiled on. New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been quite a thorn in the side of the Buffalo Bills with eight receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the first meeting and seven receptions for 109 yards and two more touchdowns in their second game against Buffalo inÂ 2011. Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew has fared quite well recently against Minnesota averaging over 80 yards receiving and a touchdown in two games.
That’s it for this week, enjoy the games – gotta get back to the attic…
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