Just some random thoughts before I get to my entry into the SiriusXM Salary Cap Challenge for this week.
If you own Matt Stafford and have a backup that others can start and can upgrade your team at running back or wide receiver, keep in mind that Shaun Hill is a viable fantasy starter and is no doubt available for nothing, so trading away your backup and picking up Hill could strengthen your team. You will just need a backup for Week 9 which should not be too hard to find.
Speaking of Detroit, if you own Jahvid Best or even if you don’t, jump on Maurice Morris. I was quite surprised he was available for me at the end of the first round of this week’s waivers in a couple of leagues. With so many players on bye, any starting running back has value.
With the acquisition of Brandon Lloyd this does not have the same punch, but even before the deal, I felt Sam Bradford was going to enjoy a better second half.
If you are carrying two defenses, drop one as there will be one available on waivers each week, I promise.
Now onto the SiriusXM Salary Cap Challenge. Last week, I finished 142nd out of about 4000 entries. For the season, I am 195th which is in the top 5 percent, not bad for a baseball geek. There are only two SiriuxXM fantasy football hosts ahead of me. Here is the first draft of the team I will enter this week.
QB: Drew Brees ($8000) – though it was difficult, I decided to switch to Brees from Aaron Rodgers. I think Brees versus the Colts and Rodgers versus the Vikings is close enough to opt for the slightly cheaper Brees.
RB: Ray Rice ($9700) – the most expensive player in the contest, I love Rice this week and expect him to thrash the Jaguar defense, scoring a couple of touchdowns along the way.
RB: Darren McFadden ($9500) – Love the matchup against the Chiefs. McFadden has come close to breaking off a few long TD runs. This would be the week he gets one…..or two.
WR: Miles Austin ($6100) – Austin looked good last week in his return and should be ready to exploit the Rams secondary. I have a feeling that Tony Romo wants to make a statement and there is no better way to do that than throw a few TD passes to your favorite target, with apologies to Dez Bryant.
WR: Dwayne Bowe ($6400) – This is my least confident pick of the week, primarily because I have yet to see the Chiefs play and I prefer to go with receivers with a QB I trust more than Matt Cassell, but Bowe is ranked quite high this week by those who are supposed to know what they are talking about.
WR: Pierre Garcon ($4000) – The Colts are going to have to throw to keep up with the Saints and Garcon continues to have something going with Curtis Painter, though his fumbling has me a little worried.
TE: Brandon Pettigrew ($4300) – After using the two most expensive RB, I could not fit in Calvin Johnson, but I still want a piece of the Lions’ passing attack and Pettigrew is a major component, especially in the red zone.
FLEX: Earnest Graham ($4000) – The perfect flex at that price, Graham will earn his keep with quantity of touches and if he scores, BONUS!
D: Oakland Raiders ($4000) – Again going on the cheap, the Raiders have a great matchup against the rival Chiefs and should rack up the fantasy points.
K: Dan Bailey ($3800) – I actually burned myself last week by getting cute and switching in John Kasay for Bailey, and while I can afford a slightly higher kicker since I am leaving $200 on the table, I will use Bailey since I like his matchup.
Good luck to your squads this week.