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Ben Hogan's Fantasy Philanthropy
by Ben Hogan,posted Sep 10 2014 2:36PM
Fantasy Football Tuesday Tidbits
by Ben Hogan
It’s just one week into the football season and already so many things have gone down both on and off the field that affect fantasy football. Each Tuesday, I will be giving out guys that impressed enough to pick up; disappointed enough to drop; and backfield battles so you know the best one to start.
Let’s get right into it.
Pluck and Play
These are guys that are the cure for your guys that may be out a week or two, but should not be
counted on to make an impact all season long.
● Terrance West - Browns
West started the game as Ben Tate’s backup for Cleveland and finished as the starter, but that is due to Tate leaving the game with an injury. Right now, it is unknown whether or not Tate will be available for Week 2, so go ahead and pick up West now, start him if Tate’s out, stash if he isn’t because West will not make an impact every week, but may be worth stashing on your bench if you have room.
● Santonio Holmes - Bears
Talk about a blast from the past, Holmes is good to hold onto with the fact that both Bears’ receivers (Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall) dealt with in-game injuries. Holmes is next in line if either of those guys can’t go and if you are in need for a third receiver, I could think of plenty of guys Holmes is a better option than.
Others: Isaiah Crowell - Browns; Bobby Rainey - Buccaneers
It seems every week, whether due to injuries, off-the-field incidents, or just playing better than the guy in front of them, there are two or three guys worth picking up off the waiver wire that could be season savers.
● Justin Forsett - Ravens
This guy actually qualifies for two of the three examples above as Ray Rice is no longer in the NFL and he looked like a better fit in the Ravens offense than Bernard Pierce did. Don’t be surprised if Forsett is the starter in Baltimore from here on out.
● Markus Wheaton - Steelers
I mentioned this guy as a potential sleeper on my fantasy radio show (ESPN 790 Fantasy Kickoff Show) and the reason is because of lack of depth in Pittsburgh and injury woes for the rest of the depth chart besides Antonio Brown. Wheaton is the number two guy in a potentially explosive offense.Others: Kelvin Benjamin - Panthers; Jake Locker - Titans
All of these guys below are players that underwhelmed in the first week and if you need to pick up somebody else, feel free to drop these guys.
● Darren McFadden - Raiders
As much as it pains me to write this, McFadden is the second running back in Oakland behind MJD and the run game didn’t impress this past Sunday. Sure, McFadden may be good for a 60 yard game here and there, but his best days seem to be behind him.
● Eli Manning - Giants
Talking about not impressing, the Giants offense looked horrific in their Monday night tilt vs the Lions. Cruz seemed checked out and Manning couldn’t get anything going on offense. There are better options at QB than Eli right now.
Others: Chiefs D; Tavon Austin - Rams
Predicting which running back is going to get the majority of the carries in a timeshare can
be tough, so let me figure it out for you. Each week I will break down 2 running backs by
● New Orleans Saints - Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson
All three of these guys will be worth starting once the bye weeks starts as in that explosive offense of New Orleans there is plenty to go around. Start Thomas and Ingram, but Robinson is still a work in progress. All three need to be owned though.
● Miami Dolphins - Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller
When the season started, Lamar Miller was the guy flying off draft boards first, but it was Moreno that actually led the NFL in rushing yards in Week 1. Miller didn’t play too shabby himself though and both are worth starting until one establishes himself as “the guy.” Moreno proved he still has plenty left in the tank.
Make sure you catch ESPN 790 Fantasy Kickoff Show on ESPN 790 every Sunday from 11 AM-Noon right up until kickoff so you are prepared for the week in Fantasy Football. I am the host and Bennett Doyle produces. Last week was the first episode and plenty of great advice was given, check it out for yourself below.