Baltimore at Kansas City
Kansas City went to the air only 18 times, 7 of which were late in the fourth quarter and 5 of which went to running backs That has to be concerning to anyone that owns Chiefs wide receivers Last week’s interception fiesta clearly left an indelible impression in Brian Daboll’s mind The first year offensive coordinator already had an inclination to run, and with the Ravens never building more than a 6 point lead, Kansas was content to feed the rock 30 times to the most electric runner in the league right now: Jamaal Charles The heavy workload does not bode well for his chances of holding up over the long haul, but if you could guarantee me 16 games from the former Texas Longhorn I would be tempted to draft him No. 1 overall He is that good He trusts his knee now, something he wasn’t doing in the preseason His lateral speed is back as is his explosive cuts I saw back in 2010 which led me to draft him all over the place last year I was a year too early as I think Jamaal could end up the most productive fantasy running back in 2012 The only concerns are health and if they’ll frequently have to play catch-up in the second half, forcing them to pass. Jonathan Baldwin owners need to be worried about the mere 3 targets he received Whether it’s Brady Quinn or Matt Cassel under center, Romeo Crennel is unlikely to have much faith in either Shaun Draughn looked better than the 3.3 YPC would seem to indicate He’s a nice desperation flex if you need one Torrey Smith is what he is, a feast or famine WR that will be fine in total points at the end of the year, but will frustrate you in H2H formats Anquan Boldin apparently dipped his gloves in some sort of slippery liquid before the game.
Tennessee at Minnesota
It may be time to trust Kendall Wright The rookie received 11 targets on Sunday and has 38 targets the last 4 weeks On the season he has 44 with Nate Washington second with 25 looks Javon Ringer suffered a torn MCL and will miss a few weeks Some will run to grab Jamie Harper as Chris Johnson’s backup I’d be more interested in Darius Reynaud He’s not worth a pickup yet After all, as lame as Chris Johnson’s fantasy line has been this year, he never gets injured However if he continues to put up less than 2 YPC many more weeks, Titan coaches may be tempted to give the 2nd best runner on the roster more carries If they actually did that, it would be Reynaud getting more touches, not Harper.
Cleveland at New York
I drafted Trent Richardson early and often prior to his knee scope After the operation I divorced the rookie out of LSU for more ‘safer’ first round options So much for Richardson being a risk because of his rookie status If a rookie gets touches, he’s going to produce as long as he gets consistent touches and has running skills The risk lies in the coaches not trusting rookies due to poor pass protection skills or lack of ball security Every indication was that Trent would be the bell-cow as soon as his knee would allow it He is currently the third most productive fantasy running back Those who invested a late 1st round pick were mocked on draft day, but the joke early in the season is on those that eschewed the Browns workhorse Jordan Cameron saw his snap count drop from 26 to 17 and his targets fall from 6 down to 2 That’s not going to get it done The Browns coaching staff’s actions don’t back up their high praise of the athletic rookie On the other hand much has been made recently of Rueben Randle’s lack of work ethic If the report is accurate, then the Giants must appreciate sloth as they decided to reward his laziness by targeting him more than any other Giant receiver The Tiger hauled in 6 catches for 82 yards With all the questions surround Hakeem Nicks’ knee and foot, Randle might be worth a look as a stash and hold He can’t be trusted as a fantasy start yet until we see increased snaps (still in on only half of New York’s offensive plays) It could be a weekly rotation with Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden also competing for looks. If ANY of the three emerge as Nicks’ regular/primary replacement, they will have enormous fantasy upside Yep, those preseason reports were correct Ahmad Bradshaw sure looks washed up, and that sophomore slump Victor Cruz is mired in is brutal.