By Bob Stewart
So here it is, the make or break week for Fantasy. 4-4 is a record you can deal with in almost any league, but 3-5 is tough no matter what. Hopefully you are at least 5-2 and looking to make your opponent under .500.
How are we going to do it? If you were one of the lucky ones who got DeMarco Murray and played him last week then you will continue to be luck this week. The Cowboys cut Tashard Choice so Murray is the man until Felix Jones comes back. Who knows maybe longer. Of course you play him tonight against the Eagles. Also, people who held on to Ryan Torain despite poor performances now have a legit #2, at least until Mike Shanahan gets fickle again. Start him today. You can go with Pierre Thomas since Ingram is out. Benson owners should feel okay starting Bernard Scott but don’t expect the world.
Guys who will perform better than normal today at QB include Roethlisberger, Flacco, and John Beck. If you are hurting due to byes or injuries those guys are good plays.
The Tebow situation: If you are a guy who picked up Tebow and want to know if you should use him. Refer to the “Late Hits” column from last week when I explained the Redskins running game for my theory here. Tebow has a ton of upside bit he could give you absolutely nothing. If you need upside and have guy like Schaub or Hasselbeck he may be a good play. But if you have a Brees, Vick, or even Rivers stay with your main man.
Okay, I know, you have a big time WR on a bye this week (or you are one of the unfortunate souls like me who owns Andre Johnson). Well this is another trick I employ. Look at the Las Vegas line for the under/over number of the games. Load up on number two WRs on teams from those games. Also look at injury situations. Go with Antonio Brown or Emmaunuel Sanders from Pittsburgh – Hines Ward is out and that game will be a shoot-out.
The TEs are fairly predictable this year. “Run what ya brung” is what I say on those days. However, if you are thoroughly disgusted with what you have, check out MIN Visanthe Shiancoe. I always like TEs with young QBs and Ponder qualifies. Redskins TE Fred Davis should be the same with John Beck.