Wasn’t it nice to see Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) and Jamaal Charles (KC) come back to life last weekend? Fitz finished the week tied for sixth in points scored from wide receivers with nine catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. He would have tied for fifth with Nate Washington (TEN) and T.Y. Hilton (IND) had it not been for Golden Tate’s (SEA) late “touchception” against the Green Bay Packers.
It’s a sad day when the initial urge is to write more about NFL officiating, or lack thereof, before discussing fantasy football.
Seeing as I already blasted the NFL for continuing to put financial interests ahead of player safety and the integrity of the game last week in The Purple Drank list, there’s no need to belabor the point.
Let’s talk about fake football. After all, if we were all happy with the league and our particular real teams, why on Earth would we be playing fantasy football in the first place?
Wasn’t it nice to see Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) and Jamaal Charles (KC) come back to life last weekend?
Fitz finished the week tied for sixth in points scored from wide receivers with nine catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. He would have tied for fifth with Nate Washington (TEN) and T.Y. Hilton (IND) had it not been for Golden Tate’s (SEA) late “touchception” against the Green Bay Packers.
As for Charles, the running back ran for 233 yards and a score, added six receptions for 55 yards and was the league’s top fantasy with 34 points in standard leagues.
Darren McFadden (OAK) also had a strong performance against Pittsburgh with 113 yards and a TD.
The most encouraging game easily was Charles’ though, after bombing in Week 2. Some wondered if the Kansas City running back would ever be the same, but after Peyton Hillis’ injury and Charles taking 33 carries against New Orleans, it’s safe to say Charles is back.
I’m sure all three players have increased their trade value, but I doubt you’re quite ready to hand them over to anyone.
A stud no longer
There’s another player with dreadlocks that you probably figured would bounce back, especially since Detroit’s defense isn’t exactly stout against the run.
Unfortunately, Chris Johnson (TEN) once again failed fantasy owners everywhere.
The running back has somehow gotten worse since last season and is averaging an embarrassing, uninspiring 1.4 yards a carry. He’s averaging 15 yards a game with a season-high 24 yards a game.
In terms of fantasy, Johnson is averaging 2.6 points a game.
I’ve always leaned on the side of waiting things out with fantasy studs. But Johnson simply isn’t a stud any more.
Have fun trying to trade the 27-year-old back who’s playing as though he’s 37 and just hasn’t produced, regardless of the reasons or excuses.
Can’t Wait! Waiver Wire Pickups
There’s plenty of temporary fixes to injury concerns at needed positions available this week, but one player who may still be available in your leagues could be a permanent fixture to your roster.
Mikel LeShoure (DET) is owned in around 58-60 percent of leagues, but he should easily the top priority on your waiver wire.
QB: Jake Locker (TEN)
RB: Mikel LeShoure (DET), Tashard Choice (BUF), Ryan Williams (ARI)
WR: Ramses Barden (NYG), Jeremy Kerley (NYJ)
Breakin’ Bread List
Guess what? "Thursday Night Football" invades our TVs yet again this week. Ugh.
The only reason you’d actually want to watch the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns is fantasy football.
But it’s here and no matter how much people moan and whine about officiating, everyone will tune in to watch what will likely be a horrible game.
Below, three players from Thursday’s game will be included in the Breakin’ Bread List. Yay.
Also leave in Aaron Rodgers (GB) your lineups for one more week before you jump off the ledge. It will get better.
I’m just not adding him on the Breakin’ Bread list for the week.
QB: Robert Griffin III (WAS) at Tampa Bay, Joe Flacco (BAL) vs. Cleveland
RB: LeSean McCoy (PHI) at NY Giants, Ray Rice (BAL) vs. Cleveland
WR: Andre Johnson (HOU) vs. Tennessee, Torrey Smith (BAL) vs. Cleveland
The Purple Drank list — presented by Roger Goodell
You already know why. I won’t bore you with further details.
Just know that the unreliable Chris Johnson has once again made his way to the list. He’ll stay here until he can produce 10 or more points for two or more consecutive weeks.
Also, welcome back to Earth, Blaine Gabbert (JAC).
QB: Brandon Weeden (CLE) at Baltimore, Blaine Gabbert (JAC) vs. Cincinnati
RB: Chris Johnson (TEN) at Houston, Shonn Green (NYJ) vs. San Francisco
WR: Anquan Boldin (BAL) vs. Cleveland, Randy Moss (SF) at NY Jets
Don’t sleep on my sleepers
QB: Christian Ponder (MIN) at Detroit, Alex Smith (SF) at NY Jets
RB: Bilal Powell (NYJ) vs. San Francisco, Pierre Thomas (NO) vs. New Orleans
WR: Jerome Simpson (MIN) at Detroit, Steve Breaston (KC) vs. San Diego
Joey Baskerville (@jmark79) writes his column every Wednesday during the NFL season. Reach him at email@example.com.