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The 2008 season has been full of stories good and bad. In our short time of play (only 6 weeks), I have witnessed the trends that make this game great and at the same time not so great. Looking at the data and also going back through my fantasy drafts a couple of months ago, I have come to a few conclusions. Drumroll please…
It just seems like every season that Laurence Maroney is expected to be the centerpiece of the Patriots’ running game. The reality of the situation is that Maroney is overrated and injury prone. He has never played a full 16 games and due to the crowded backfield in New England, he will never get a full amount of carries which means he will never break the 1,000 yd mark in a season.
The Patriots have not had a 1,000 yd rusher since 2004 (Corey Dillon, 1,635 yds) and have not had a player break 1,000 yds rushing in consecutive seasons since Curtis Martin did it from ’95-’97.
Now with up to 3 or 4 players splitting carries in that backfield, you should plan on not drafting a New England back in the future. As for the rest of the season, if you need to pick up a back to fill a roster spot then please look elsewhere.
I don’t care who you have or at what position, if you have somebody going up against St. Louis or Detroit, then play them with full confidence.
First up we will do the Rams. St. Louis has the 2nd worst defense in the NFL by giving up 403 yards per game. They are allowing 32.5 points per game on the season and surrender over 160 rush yds per game to opposing backs. They have recorded only one INT all season which indicates that their DB’s are not a threat in any sense of the word. In fact, there is only one team that has a worse defense than the Rams. And that would be…
The Lions! Playing Detroit’s defense reminds of when I used to play Madden for XBOX and set the diffuctly to “rookie” while I played the NFL Europe’s Barcelona Dragons. The Lions have the worst ranked defense in all of football by giving up a mind-blowing 421.6 yds per game that includes over 250 pass yds and over 170 rush yds per game. Like the Rams, the Lions have also only recorded one INT this season but they have also been anemic with their pass rushing, having recorded only 9 sacks.
What is also interesting to note is that now with Jon Kitna done for the season and Roy Williams recently traded, all the offense has left is Calvin Johnson. QB Dan Orlovsky presents no threat to opposing defenses at all and by not being a seasoned veteran, will be prone to erratic throws and poor decision making. The running game has yet to get off the ground with rookie Kevin Smith and former Bengal Rudi Johnson. I dare to say that you can even play any defense against Detroit and come away with big points.
NOTE: I am playing the Houston Texans’ Defense against Detroit this Sunday with no hesitation.
Yes it is sad but true.
Carson Palmer and the passing game has been close to non-existent all season. Palmer himself has been battling an elbow injury and has amassed only 731 yds. After three straight seasons with 3,800+ yds, Palmer has hit a wall. After average over 250 yds per game during the past two season, Palmer only averages 182.8 yds per game in ’08.
Chad Johnson was the Bengals’ leading receiver from 2002-2007 with five straight seasons with over 1,200 yds receiving. So far in 2008 he has 216 yds. His best game of the season came in Week 6 where he had 57 yds on 5 catches.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who was tied for first in the NFL last season in receptions with 112, has also hit tough times with an ailing Carson Palmer. Houshmandzadeh only has 400 yds receiving on 38 catches. At this point last season, T.J. had 505 yds and 7 TD’s.
Backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has averaged only 154 yds passing in his two starts this season. He has been sacked 8 times and has lost 2 fumbles. His QB rating stands at an unimpressive 57.7. He is starting this Week against the Steelers (the 2nd best ranked defense in the NFL).
Until they get their act together, you should not start and member of the Cincinnati offense until further notice.
We are only coming up on Week 7, so things do have the potential to improve. But, judging by the recent trends, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Oh yeah, and stream Kickers. If it was up to me, they wouldn’t even be allowed to be drafted. Just pick them up every week based on the matchup. In the SoB league, we had a kicker (Nick Folk) go in Round 9. This is ridiculous, there were still starting QB’s available!
Tavaris Jackson sucks.