Saturday, October 19, 2013

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em (Week 7)

Start 'Em:
CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
If you picked Spiller with your first round pick in this year's fantasy draft, you're probably about as happy as an environmentalist watching Swamp Loggers.  However, this could be the week that Spiller begins to turn it around.  Injuries have haunted him all year, but in the last two weeks, Spiller has had a fantastic average of 6.7 YPC, and as his injury problems continue to fade away, he should see more and more of the ball.  Additionally, Spiller gets to go up against a very weak Dolphins run defense this week.  Expect a breakout week out of Spiller that will help him steal the starting spot back from Fred Jackson.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton has had a very inconsistent season, with one very impressive week of 140 yards and two touchdowns, but also four weeks with less than 50 yards.  This week, you should expect a performance more reminiscent of the former, with Hilton going up against a Broncos secondary that has given up the 30th most points to opposing wide receivers.  Also, if the Broncos get up early on the Colts, we may see a long game of Andrew Luck playing catch-up, which means more targets for the speedy T.Y. Hilton.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
There's no denying it, Manning has had a horrendous year.  But there are some positives that can be taken out of his performances so far.  For instance, he is on pace for a respectable 24 touchdowns.  Of utmost importance in fantasy football is touchdowns, while interceptions have a significantly smaller effect.  Thus, going up against a poor Vikings defense, Manning could very well put up a couple touchdowns and 200 or more yards (in addition to a pick or two).

Sit 'Em:
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins
Miller was a guy that many people picked up as their sleeper pick at the start of the year.  Unfortunately, he has not quite lived up to expectations, as he is yet to reach 70 yards in a game this year.  In Miller's only two weeks above ten fantasy points (ESPN standard) he scored a touchdown, but the Buffalo Bill's defense has only given up one rushing touchdown all year.  If Miller is unable to get into the end zone, he could have a very disappointing week.

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
Johnson has underperformed so far this year, and a new quarterback, Case Keenum, probably won't help him turn around his season.  Keenum, in his first NFL start, will be going up against a sturdy Chiefs defense that should cause him lots of problems.  Meanwhile, Johnson still has not gotten into the end zone, and this trend probably will not end against a Chiefs defense that has allowed only five passing touchdowns all year.  Expect Johnson to rebound from his slow start at some point, but don't expect it to be this week.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
The biggest knock against Rodgers this week is his hurting receiving core.  With Randall Cobb and James Jones out this week, Rodgers will be at a big disadvantage.  Additionally, the Browns pass defense, lead by cornerback Joe Haden, is quite formidable and should take advantage of a wounded Green Bay offense.

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