So as if we don’t have other pressing society issues to get into a twist about. All I hear this morning on the radio on my way in is the controversy surrounding Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles asking Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning for an autograph.
* * GASP * * HE DID WHAT???
Sense my sarcasm? Hope so, I am laying it on pretty thick.
You would have thought he solicited a twisted sexual favor later at the team hotel after the game. Nope, he just wanted an autograph. Now are the players themselves up in arms over this seemingly god-awful request? No, just the fans. Look, it is not as though Charles was so in awe of the greatness that is Peyton Manning that he decided to take the week off theoretically and not give 100% in the game. Despite the Chiefs futility in 2012, Charles is playing quite well week in and week out. So let it go folks, players do this all the time, and don’t act as though you wouldn’t do the same thing if a future Hall of Famer was walking past you on the field.
Don’t we have other issues to direct our angst and ire at? Like the yo-yo fantasy pundits that ranked the likes of RB Ronnie Hillman and an unproven journeyman RB in Jalen Parmele as the next coming of fantasy royalty. Fact is, things happen in this crazy hobby we all love and it rarely goes according to plan. But alas, that it the maddening fun of it all!
Incidentally, I’ll be here for autographs all week. Not that other stuff, I’m married.
Waiver Wire, anyone?
QB Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals – Will this week be the week that Kolb returns to the Cardinals lineup? His rib injury and weekly participation in practice bears monitoring, as if he can go, he is by far the best option Arizona has. Not for nothing, but I am sure I am not alone by wanting WR Larry Fitzgerald to have some viability late in the fantasy season and Kolb holds the key.
QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers – The kid is dynamic and has the hot hand. Only question here is what San Francisco Head Coach Jim Harbaugh decides to do, and right now that is an unknown. That said, he’s more than proven his worth in fantasy circles and if the 49ers decide to take a look at their future at quarterback for the reat of the season and go Kaepernick, he could be a wavier wire steal if he’s still available.
RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos – Well, sometimes it takes actual game action to determine who the go-to guy will be. So much for the sweet science of fantasy prognostication, eh? It certainly looks like if Moreno is healthy, he’ll get the opportunity to be the lead dog for the Broncos as opposed to RB Ronnie Hillman. He is more than worth a look down the stretch, although Denver will be a pass first team without question.
RB Michael Bush, Chicago Bears – Let me first say shame on the RB Matt Forte owner for not lassoing him on draft day as a handcuff! But if Forte’s injured ankle keeps him out and Bush is available, he is a quality option moving forward, as he was in Oakland.
RB Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars – STOP IT. I was seeing if you were paying attention. The guy is a fantasy head-scratcher, despite the touchdown. RB Jalen Parmele went out a few times with a leg injury, opening the door for Jennings against a terrible Tennessee Titans rush defense. Aside from the touchdown. Jennings averaged only 2.7 yards per carry, to Parmele’s 5.6. If Parmele misses next week’s game against the Buffalo Bills, Jennings is still a desperation play at best, but a starting running back in fantasy football is always worth the gamble.
RB David Wilson, New York Giants – You saw the role played by back up RB Andre Brown, right? Well with Brown landing on the new IR with a broken fibula, the time is now for the rookie Wilson to step up and make some noise. Expect his role to dramatically increase in the coming weeks.
WR Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals – With a force at receiver like WR A.J. Green, it was only a matter of time that one of the other Bengals receivers stepped up and embraced the WR2 position. Say hello to Mohamed Sanu. He is benefitting from the obvious attention paid to Green, and is a force in the red zone for QB Andy Dalton.
WR Santana Moss, Washington Redskins – As the season moves along, it seems that QB Robert Griffin III is looking to his veteran teammate Moss more often. The Redskins are still in the hunt for a wildcard spot, and with a nice schedule down the stretch, you might want Moss to grow on your roster. Wow, that was terrible.
WR Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins – While teams are still stuck on his teammate WR Brian Hartline, Bess is starting to pick up his game. He is gaining more and more targets from rookie QB Ryan Tannehill and with a sweet match up against the Patriots forthcoming in Week 13, Bess could be a player to consider if you need a late playoff push.
WR Brandon Stokley, Denver Broncos – He is the quietest of the three wide receiver options in Denver, but the past chemistry with QB Peyton Manning is evident as he is looked to early and often. If you are in a pickle at receiver, you could do worse. Bottom line is the Broncos score points and Stokley is a risk worth taking.
WR Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys – He missed last week’s game experiencing concussion symptoms, but assuming he is cleared and gets on the practice field, he will likely get the starting nod across from WR Dez Bryant. With WR Miles Austin questionable to play, the week one waiver wire darling gets another opportunity to shine. And shine he will against the hapless Philadelphia Eagles secondary. Wow, it hurts to type that.
TE Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals – Like his teammate WR Mohamed Sanu, Gresham is benefiting from a solid passing offense, built around both QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green. Gresham has seen an increase in targets and overall activity in the passing game.
TE Daniel Fels, New England Patriots – Yes, I am still on the Fels bandwagon. Understand that neither Fels or TE Aaron Hernandez had to be much of a factor this past Thursday night against the New York Jets. That said, I think that changes a bit this week against the Miami Dolphins. Call it a hunch, but the Patriots utilize the tight end position heavily and there will be more than enough to go around beyond Hernandez and I think that spells a nice day for the former Denver Bronco.
Have a great week and keep battling as the fantasy playoff picture is starting to come into focus. If you are out of the mix already – PLAY SPOILER, DO NOT GIVE UP!!!
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