Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

Episode 20: First Aid (Week 6)

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In this episode, the Helpers talk about the fantasy implications of two games including the Packers/Dolphins and Bengals/Panthers, hand out their weekly awards and give a brief preview of tonight's game and its possible fantasy outcome. 

Green Bay Packers vs. Miami Dolphins

Incredible game, Packers ended up winning at the last moment. Rodgers finished with 264 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He gave fantasy owners 3 points in rushing as well (34 yards). It wasn't to say the Dolphins didn't get any pressure on him, they did. But Rodgers managed to make some great plays out of the pocket and avoid the rush.

That last touchdown which ended up sealing the victory for Green Bay could actually be credited to lineman T.J. Lang, who fell on the ball when Rodgers fumbled on 3rd down with under a minute to go. That recovery by Lang allowed the Packers to get one more down, which resulted in a 4th down conversion by Rodgers on a pass to Jordy Nelson. The drive ended with an Andrew Quarless touchdown pass which gave Rogers' fantasy owners a third touchdown

In the running game, Eddie Lacy slowed out of the gate and finished with 40 yards on 14 carries. The Packers relied on the pass more for this one since they were behind for a large portion of the game. Also, James Starks saw eight carries of his own and tallied 31 yards which may indicate a cut in Lacy's workload.Aside from his 105-yard performance against Minnesota, Lacy is averaging just 40 yards per game. He's a flex option at this point and fantasy owners should look elsewhere for RB2 production.

In the receiving game, Jordy Nelson led all receivers with 9 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Nelson has scored at least one touchdown in his last three starts. He's still a strong WR1/2.

Davante Adams benefited from Jarrett Boykin's absence and totaled 6 catches for 77 yards. His eight targets where second on the team to Nelson's 16 and Adams could creep into flex status as long as Boykin doesn't eat into his targets.

Randall Cobb finished with 5 receptions for 58 yards and one touchdown. He's still in the WR2/3 range.

On the defensive side, the Packers played better than average. They intercepted Tannehill twice and sacked him once. Coming into the game, the Packers ranked last in rushing yards allowed per game (163), but they held Miami to just 112 rushing yards. While it looks like Green Bay's defense could be getting its act together, they're not worth picking up any time soon because of their upcoming schedule. They play the Panthers, Bears, Eagles and Saints in their next four games, which are all teams capable of putting up high numbers on offense.

On the Miami side, the big fantasy takeaway from this game was the performance of Jarvis Landry. Owned in just 2 percent of leagues, the rookie out of LSU broke out for the first time this season, catching six passes for 75 yards and one touchdown. His eight targets were second-most behind Mike Wallace and he almost broke a return for a touchdown had he not been tripped up as well. Landry is a must own in 12-to-14 team leagues.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill flashed signs of brilliance at times and inconsistency at others, going 20-for-31, 244 yards and two touchdowns. Tannehill has quietly been a very solid fantasy quarterback, averaging around 200 yards per game and 1.5 touchdowns. The only problem is he doesn't give owners those great highs, as he hasn't thrown for more than 300 yards or 3 touchdowns in a single game this season. He's still a great bye-week filler in the right matchup though. Miami plays the Jaguars in two weeks, which could be Tannehill's best chance at QB1 production.

Knowshon Moreno played in his first game after returning from a dislocated elbow, but was a non factor. The Dolphins looked like they were easing him back in the offense, as he only carried the ball six times for 10 yards. Miami did try and get Moreno out on a screen pass though, so that should give fantasy owners some hope that Moreno will be back in the No. 1 RB role as soon as he gets up to speed.

Mike Wallace finished with five receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. Wallace has now caught a touchdown in four of five games and is a strong WR2/3 going forward.

The Dolphins defense managed to keep the Packers' rushing attack in check and also recorded three sacks, but couldn't generate any turnovers and still allowed Rodgers to move the ball down the field enough to throw three touchdowns. They've been a middle of the road defense throughout the season and while they could pop in a good matchup, they aren't worthy of starting in any 12 team leagues.




Last modified on Monday, 13 October 2014 02:13
George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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