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This weekend, we celebrate the accomplishments of Christopher Columbus, a spunky young sailor with an “I’ll prove you wrong” attitude. “The world is flat? HA! I’ll show you! I’m going to sail this boat west and come out on the other side…see you in India!”
Well Columbus was half right. Indeed, the world was not flat, but he didn’t make it to the Indies. Instead, he ran into a little thing now called America. What a discovery it was. Now sure, the Vikings probably found this place first, but still, we honor Columbus for being “the man.”
The fantasy football world isn’t flat either. Now, with star players on bye weeks every week, the need for waiver wire “discoveries” is more important than ever. So make sure you’re “sailing” through the free agent listings during the week, searching for your “India.”
Last week, my discoveries paid off big. Let me float these numbers by you…
David Garrard: 27 of 37 for 323 yards, 3 TDs, no INTs, 126.3 QB rating (check plus)
Carson Palmer: 23 of 44 for 230 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 3 rushes for 20 yards (this is a win)
Tashard Choice: 14 carries for just 33 yards, 5 catches for 47 yards, no TDs (can’t take credit for this one)
Glen Coffee: no TDs, but 106 all-purpose yards (cha-ching)
Jerricho Cotchery: no TDs either, just 5 catches for 71 yards (ok, not great)
Matt Cassel: just 15 of 32 for 127 yds., with 2 TDs (2 TDs, but still a stinker)
Marshawn Lynch: 8 carries for only 4 yards, 5 grabs for 43 yds. (also a stinker)
Fred Taylor: 7 rushes for 25 yards, no TDs, ankle injury (definitely a stinker)
Ted Ginn Jr.: touched the ball twice, one 22-yd rush, one 4-yd catch (I sure know what stinks!)
Greg Olsen: one 7-yd TD catch (TD yes, but still smelly)
So I’m back on track, with a respectable 8-for-10 performance last week. I am not going to get too cocky though…Week 5 is a tough one to figure out. Here now, ten discoveries that I hope pay out. Maybe some day, I’ll get a Monday holiday of my own. Do they give out holidays for fantasy football gurus?
Yes, this is his first game back from a rib injury, but this week’s matchup against the Bucs is too good to pass up. Tampa has given up 9 TDs through the air through the first four games, and look for McNabb to make some trips to the end zone on Sunday as well.
Coming off a great performance last week, with 152 total yards, Harrison should continue his success this weekend against Buffalo, who is among the league’s worst run defenses. Harrison is a great bye-week replacement for those of you with guys like Matt Forte or Pierre Thomas.
Bradshaw does have a sore foot, but he’ll be good to go Sunday, and with Eli battling a heel injury, look for the G-Men to rely heavily on Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. While Jacobs has more carries and more yards, Bradshaw has a better yards per carry, so both should run wild this weekend against the Raiders.
Did anyone actually draft this guy before the season started? If you did, take over this weekly article, because Mike Sims-Walker has truly come out of nowhere. He is clearly the best WR option David Garrard has, maybe ever, and that run should continue this week against a suspect Seahawk secondary.
Two TDs last week vs. San Diego. Five or more catches in three of his first four games. A matchup this week vs. Detroit, who has given up a league-worst five TDs to tight ends thus far. All signs that point to Heath Miller lighting up the scoreboard in Detroit on Sunday.
Sure, you probably spent your first round pick on Jackson. But he’s facing the daunting task of going up against the Vikings this week, one of only two remaining teams who haven’t given up a touchdown to an opposing running back. With no other legitimate offensive option, look for Minny to stack the box against Jackson, leading me to believe that S-Jack will do jack bleep this week.
The Jets are going to make QB Chad Henne beat them on Monday night, as they attempt to take Brown and Ricky Williams out of the game. Jets head coach Rex Ryan had a lot of success stopping Brown last season as defensive coordinator of the Ravens. In two matchups, one in the regular season, one in the playoffs, Brown was held to 46 yards total in the two games with no TDs. Look for Brown to struggle this week.
If Denver cornerback Champ Bailey can fit inside Moss’s pants, he will. Bailey, along with Brian Dawkins, will be all over #81 on Sunday, making Tom Brady rely on other options. Denver is one of just two teams left that haven’t given up a touchdown to a wide receiver yet this year, and if they do this week, it won’t be to Moss.
The other team not to give up a TD to a WR yet this year, the Atlanta Falcons. Who does Atlanta play this week? The Niners. Morgan has started to come alive in the last two weeks, hauling in 82 yds and a touchdown in that time, but look for Morgan’s production to take a bit of a dip this week against the Falcons.
Cadillac has proven to be a valuable asset this season. In his limited amount of touches, he is averaging 5.0 yards per carry, and he had 77 yds on 16 carries last week against Washington. If you think he will be a good play due to the struggles of new QB Josh Johnson, then think again. Against the Eagles, the Cadillac will stall as Philadelphia hasn’t allowed a 100-yd rusher all season and they only give up 262 yards of total offense each week.