The national nightmare will soon end. All season long, people pose the question “when” not if concerning when this man will play his first snap as a starter. Ladies and gentlemen, the Tim Tebow Era is under 48 hours away. Oh, and 12 other football games. But Tebow!!!
Here are my sleepers and busts of the week:
(This week’s byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NYG, Philadelphia, San Francisco)
“Gun-to-my-Head-Sleeper-Matchups” of the Week
Tebow – Timmy was not in the brief intro randomly. I really like him this week to put up good fantasy numbers against a porous Miami defense. Though he played one half against San Diego, Tebow scored 16.96 fantasy points, or good for the 12th-best quarterbacking performance of Week 5. It’s uncertain if he helps Denver win, but a nice fantasy day is surely in store for him. (Note: Keep an eye on Demaryius Thomas. I think that next week he will be a nice player to pick up, should he, ya know, stay healthy for once in his brief NFL career).
Torain, Part II – OK, Ryan Torain. This is the part where you redeem yourself because you utterly sucked last week. Carolina is TERRIBLE against running backs, fantasy-wise. Hopefully, he won’t be Shanahan’d.
DeMarco Murray – Murray is a trendy sleeper this week and for good reason. With Felix Jones out this week against St. Louis, Murray will receive a bulk of the carries. So when Jason Garrett is scared of Tony Romo keeping a lead, Murray will benefit.
Earnest Graham – Graham, the 31-year old back who received all of 20 carries last season, looked good filling in for LeGarrette Blount last week in Tampa’s win in Nawlins. Chicago has not been amazing stopping backs this year, so Graham could have another solid day.
Nate Washington – This one is a bit of a hunch. Similar to Boldin last week, I think Tennessee’s number one wideout will benefit against Houston. Just guessing here.
Fred Davis – John Beck is an unknown quantity. If he’s good, Davis may get a couple of targets and maybe a red zone look or two. But if he’s bad, then checking down is a more important phrase in Beck’s vernacular, which would benefit Davis. Plus, it hasn’t hurt that Davis has already produced this season from the tight end position.
Dallas/Cleveland D – So, Dallas is playing the inept Rams at home, and Cleveland is hosting the anemic Seattle offense that will probably feature Charlie Whitehurst? Sign me up for either!
The JaMarcus Russell Honorary Prospective Fantasy Busts of the Week
Mark Sanchez – Sanchez had his second-best game of the year last week, but playing against a team that has their shit together — at least compared to Miami — in San Diego? It will not get Baltimore-game-ugly, but he certainly should not be relied upon.
Maurice Jones-Drew – MoJo is awesome to watch as Jacksonville’s only terrifying threat. That’s why Baltimore’s defense will (if they’re smart, which they seem to be) key in on him and try to take him out of the game, making rookie signal caller Blaine Gabbert win the game. Good luck, Jones-Drew owners.
Peyton Hillis – Bad hammies are no joke, which Hillis seems to have currently. Plus, Seattle’s defense is sneaky good; it is ninth in fantasy points allowed to running backs. Be careful.
Larry Fitzgerald – Be wary, Larry (I’m so clever) owners: Fitz will be facing the stingiest WR fantasy defense when they host Pittsburgh. Most likely, you’ll have to start Fitz if you own him, but this matchup sucks.
Jets D – Though they are currently a top-five fantasy defense, San Diego will have some fun up in Jersey this weekend (and NO, they won’t be partying at the cesspool that is the shore).
Team of the Week
QB – Aaron Rodgers, GB @ MIN
WR – Mike Wallace, PIT @ ARI
WR – Miles Austin, DAL vs. STL
WR – Nate Washington, TEN vs. HOU
RB – Darren McFadden, OAK vs. KC
RB – Matt Forte, CHI @ TB
TE – Jimmy Graham, vs. IND
K – Jason Hanson, DET vs. ATL
D/ST – DAL vs. STL