Fantasy Football: Chapter 7

October 22, 2015

Chapter 7: The ACL Tear

Every year, the curse of an ACL tear falls upon a significant football player.  This year it was Jamaal Charles, last year it was Carson Palmer.  Each time this injury occurs, it affects not only that player, but also a wide assortment of Fantasy Football owners. Thus, we can conclude ACLs are unnecessary and whoever created them is an unintelligent prick.


Matchups from Week

Steven Marinkovich beats Jordan Schilling 115-80

Ethan Stern beats Ben Cleasby 122-87

Peter Snodgrass beats Jamie Cullen 110-101

Dillon Scheel beats Eric Maser 112-95


Love/Hate List

Steven Marinkovich

Love: Frank Gore – After a slow start to the season, Gore has picked it up and started to look much more nimble than previous years.  A home matchup with the Saints could allow for a big game from Gore, as the opposition have allowed the third most rushing yards per game this season.  Everyone loves Frank Gore, and he’ll have a great game this weekend.

Hate: DeMarco Murray – Despite finally have a good game last week, I really expect Murray to repeat that performance.  A tough road matchup against a good Carolina defensive front doesn’t help his cause.  Expect Murray to be back to his 1-2 YPC self.


Ben Cleasby

Love: Doug Martin – The hamster is almost back to his muscled self. Before his bye last week Martin the previous two weeks had a 19 followed by a 33 including 3 touchdowns. As for all those rumors about fellow RB Charles Sims breaking out and getting more carries, Martin in those two weeks had a total of 44 carries, which is a lot. This week the reviving muscle hamster is facing a wingy Washington defense, look for Martin to have another solid outing.

Hate: Dion Lewis – Even though he had a solid start to the season, Lewis is now hurt and put up a 3 last week against the Colts. With only 4 carries last week, as long as Lewis is kind of hurt and not 100% Belichick is gonna feed Legarrette Blount who has looked good with his opportunities thus far. Look for Lewis to not get many carries and spend most of his time on the sideline.

Ethan Stern

Love: John Brown – Our week 1 deep sleeper and gift to the fantasy community of John Brown had a solid week one, but followed this performance with a string of mediocrity until Brown rose from the grave and showed out in week 6 solidify his role of WR2 for the boys in Glendale. With Carson Palmer being ranked as QB1 going up against a permeable Baltimore secondary, i forecast Brown to put up a 12+ fantasy points.

Hate: Hating people – With spirit week among us there is a lot of inter grade tension and hate, and to hate a decent man just trying to make a living in the NFL is just too much for my mental state. I forecast everyone to do splendidly this week.


Peter Snodgrass

Love: Le’Veon Bell – So far this year, the Chiefs D/ST has allowed almost 15 points to a running back, a very high total.  Bell, who has been injury prone, will have a breakout week if the Steelers establish a solid passing game.

Hate: Keenan Allen –  With a slight injury from last week, Allen is heading into this week with ailments.  I predict Allen will have trouble putting up more than a four.


Jamie Cullen

Love: Todd Gurley – Fresh off a bye, Todd Gurley can put up points again, and that’s exactly what he will do against the Browns awful run defense. Look for the Rams to feed Gurley early and often, and watch him run all over the Cleveland defense.

Hate: Joseph Randle – Randle has struggled recently, and he’s averaging less than 4 yards per carry on the season, which could lead to the Cowboys giving Christine Michael more carries to see what he can do in a starting role. Facing the Giants strong run defense, Randle will have a hard time with the carries he gets.


Deep Sleeper of the Week

Chris Hogan – With Sammy Watkins iffy after leaving last week’s game and Percy Harvin reportedly not making the trip to London with the team, Chris Hogan will slot into the No. 2 wide receiver slot and have the potential to have a great game.  Nicknamed 7/11 because he’s always open, Hogan is the perfect player to list as deep sleeper this week.


Bold Prediction of the Week – Devonta Freeman to put up at least 35 fantasy points

The player of the year thus far, Freeman has an easy matchup against the awful Tennessee Titans on Sunday morning.  There is no reason why Freeman can’t replicate his week three performance where he put up a 37.


This Week’s Matchups

Steven Marinkovich V. Peter Snodgrass

Ben Cleasby V. Jordan Schilling

Ethan Stern V. Eric Maser

Dillon Scheel V. Jamie Cullen


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