On Thursday night, the NFL welcomed back the original referees, as they officiated the first game of Week 4. They were certainly missed, but I give fans a week until they are back complaining about these “zebras.”
Today, on the other hand, I welcome you all to the first edition of the “Fantasy Football Mailbag.” In this series, I will be taking any fantasy football related questions and answering them right here. Remember, you can tweet your questions to @aPfeiferRS for a chance to be featured.
So, without further ado, let’s get started.
@apfeiferrs you like Kenny Brit and dez Bryant as my 2 wideouts. I got Crabtree on the bench
— Nicholas Sippel (@nicksippss) September 28, 2012
First things first. Keep your eye locked on Kenny Britt this weekend, who is currently listed as questionable. He is dealing with an ankle injury which kept him from practicing all week. Certainly not a good sign, although head coach Mike Munchak believes there is still a chance Britt plays this Sunday against the Houston Texans. Even if Britt suits up, the matchup is horrid. The Texans are allowing the third-most points to opposing wide receivers. Britt is too risky a play this week so I would replace him with Michael Crabtree. Also, if available, I’d grab Nate Washington. As for Dez Bryant, while the matchup isn’t favorable, he is a must-start in your situation.
Ahh, another victim of the big goose egg Dennis Pitta put up on Thursday night. Listen, it may have been frustrating to not see your points go up at all last night, but you shouldn’t panic. Pitta is still highly involved in that Baltimore Ravens offense. He leads the entire league among tight ends in targets (although that should change after Jimmy Graham plays on Sunday). Another thing people are forgetting is that this guy probably wasn’t even drafted this year. Everyone has an off game, so stick with Pitta.
Well, this is an easy one. In my Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down column I had Shonn Greene as a thumb down option. And for good reason. Greene is just averaging 2.8 yards per carry this year and is running with no burst. He faces the San Francisco 49ers this week, which is an automatic sit. Not to mention, rumblings out of New York indicate that Bilal Powell could cut into Greene’s workload. While Alfred Morris doesn’t have a great matchup this week either, I’m staying far away from Greene.
Look, do I think Jamaal Charles will duplicate his 200+ yard performance this week? Probably not. However, does he need to be in your starting lineup each week? Without a doubt. Charles had 39 touches last week against the New Orleans Saints and will continue to get the ball. Especially since Peyton Hillis and Dexter McCluster are both dealing with injuries. Charles has the explosiveness and dynamic running ability to produce big-time fantasy numbers for your team. As long as he continues to get the touches, I think Charles will continue to put up solid fantasy numbers.
@apfeiferrs Would you start Fred Jackson or CJ Spiller, why or why not?
— Scott (@TheProfessorSD) September 29, 2012
Great question. The Buffalo Bills backfield situation has been the talk of fantasy land this week. Although listed as questionable, Fred Jackson looks like he will be active this Sunday. C.J. Spiller is also questionable. From a fantasy perspective, if there are no other alternatives for you, I’m definitely playing Jackson. He has been ahead of schedule in his healing process and historically plays very well against the New England Patriots. I believe if Spiller does play, Buffalo will use him in a smaller role. Possibly in the slot as a receiver. Don’t think they want him to re-injure that shoulder. Jackson will most likely get more touches than Spiller if both suit up, especially at the goal-line. Sunday’s divisional tilt is the biggest game so far for Buffalo and I think Jackson will be huge.
Thanks for all of the questions. Hopefully I helped you out and good luck in Week 4!
Adam Pfeifer is a fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.
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