For as much as I love fantasy football, sometimes I hate fantasy football.
I mean, seriously. Just when you think you know what you’re talking about, something happens to confirm that you actually know nothing.
Thanks, Brandon Jacobs.
And as annoyed and confused I am, fantasy owners have questions of their own. As always, let’s get to the questions.
Q: Brandon Jacobs’ performance due to Giants line or Bears struggling defensive line? (Jeff Shull)
AP: I was extremely annoyed watching this game. I mean, there was no reason whatsoever for Jacobs, a guy who hasn’t been fantasy relevant in years, to rush for over 100 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears on Thursday night. Myself and many other experts barely had him ranked inside the top-40, and of course, he will likely finish as a top-10 back this week. As for his success, I think it was a mixture of both. The Giants offensive line did a tremendous job of opening up massive holes for Jacobs all night long. Boy, just imagine what David Wilson would have done. Of course, the Bears have certainly missed defensive tackle Henry Melton, as their defensive line hardly pressured Eli Manning. However, the biggest aspect of Jacobs’ success was the atrocious tackling from the Bears defensive players, which allowed Jacobs to fight for extra yards. Everything played a factor, but the poor tackling was the biggest component, in my eyes.
Q: Who is going to get the targets in Atlanta with Julio Jones out for the year? Is he worth adding?(Lorin Cox)
AP: Honestly, the guys who will benefit most are obviously Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White, who is still ailing from injury himself. If you can find an owner who is becoming frustrated with White, I’d try to buy low because he’ll be the number one receiver when on the field, and the Falcons’ defense will force quarterback Matt Ryan to throw the ball quite a bit. Those are the obvious beneficiaries, but what about a guy like Harry Douglas? John Paulsen from 4for4.com pointed out that in 2011, Julio missed two games. During those two games, Douglas saw his snap count increase from an average of 33 to 51. He’ll step in and serve as the number two wideout, and he has shown flashes during the past. Even with Julio in the lineup, Douglas has still averaged a respectable 5.4 targets per contest, and that number should climb up towards the range of seven or eight. Also, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter loves drawing up variations of screen plays to Jones, and Douglas is a guy who can make plays after the catch. He’s no Julio Jones, but he should get some looks in that regard. If you are hurting at wide receiver, I would 100 percent add Douglas. Opportunity plus volume usually equals fantasy production.
Q: Will Jay Cutler maintain his top-10 rankings the rest of the way? (Ryan Heckman)
AP: I love Cutler this year. In a league where I own Matt Ryan, I’m looking to deal Ryan because I’m so confident in Cutler the rest of the season. I have been a big believer in Marc Trestman‘s offensive approach, and it appears it has been helping Cutler immensely. Cutler is currently 4th in the league in touchdowns (12), 8th in completion percentage (65.9), 5th in yards (1,630) and 9th in QB rating (95.2). The offensive line has been huge, as Cutler has only been sacked nine times this season, which is fourth-fewest in football. Huge progress after Cutler has been one of the most sacked signal callers over the last three seasons. For fantasy purposes, I think Cutler will continue to throw the ball a lot because this defensive unit really isn’t as dominant as in year’s past. They are allowing 26.8 points per game (12th in football), so Cutler could be involved in a fair share of high scoring affairs. And look at his juicy schedule. Mouth watering, indeed.
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Q: Doug Martin? Buying, selling or staying put? (Erik Settelen)
AP: I think if I owned Martin, I’d hang tight. It’s been an all-around mess in Tampa Bay this season, and it can only go up from here. Sure, Martin has only found the end zone once, and is averaging a weak 3.4 yards per carry, but you can’t complain about the volume. Martin is currently on pace for 400 carries, which would be the sixth-most in the history of football. The offensive line hasn’t been as good as we thought it would be with the return of both Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph, but Martin is the focal point of that offense. And with a rookie quarterback under center, I’d imagine Tampa would want to lean on their stud running back. He’s only caught seven balls thus far, but prior to the start of the season, head coach Greg Schiano stated that he wanted Martin to be utilized in the passing game even more this season. I think he begins to turn it around this week against the Eagles, a defense that is allowing more than 15 fantasy points per game to running backs.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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