Lorenzo Taliaferro
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There were some unusual heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
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Austin Davis, QB, St. Louis Rams
Davis threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys. He’s been a nice story for the Rams, but shouldn’t be on your fantasy radar.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Smith threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins. He also ran for 17 yards. He’s not a consistent fantasy option.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans
Blue ran for 78 yards against the New York Giants. He added one catch for 10 more yards. Unless Foster misses again, Blue is not worth adding.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Taliaferro will be a hot acquisition this week. He filled in for Bernard Pierce and ran for 91 yards and a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns on 18 carries. He’s definitely worth a look if you are hurting at running back. Pierce could be back as early as this week so don’t use too much of your free agent bid money.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Miles Austin, WR, Cleveland Browns
Austin caught six of seven targets for 51 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. It’s his second straight week with a score. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues, but I’m still a little hesitant to add him.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Brown caught four of six targets for 52 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers. He’s up to three touchdowns, but he’s averaging 36.3 yards. Brown is only viable in deep leagues at this point as the team’s third option in the passing game.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cleveland Browns
Hawkins caught seven of 10 targets for 87 yards against Baltimore. He’s averaging seven catches for 81.3 yards. He’s worth an add in  points-per-receptions leagues.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Matthews caught eight of nine targets for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’s worth a look in Philadelphia’s explosive offense.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams
Quick caught two of four targets for 62 yards and a score against the Cowboys. He’s averaging 78.3 yards per game. Quick is solid wide receiver depth during the bye weeks.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers
Royal caught four of six targets for 42 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills. He had seven catches for 69 yards in Week 2. He’s worth a look during the bye weeks, particularly in PPR  leagues.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Andrew Quarless, TE, Green Bay Packers
Quarless caught four of five targets for 43 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. There are too many solid tight options to consider Quarless.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Andrew Chafin
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Andrew Chafin, Arizona Diamondbacks @ Minnesota Twins
Chafin is 0-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two career starts. He has a favorable matchup against the Twins at Target Field.
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Season Totals: 53-55, 922.2 IP, 808 Ks, 3.82 ERA (390 earned runs), 1.28 WHIP (890 hits, 294 walks)
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Tyler Matzek
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Tyler Matzek, Colorado Rockies @ San Diego Padres
Matzek is 6-10 with a 4.19 ERA. He’s 4-1 in his past five starts with a 1.56 ERA.
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Season Totals: 53-55, 918.2 IP, 805 Ks, 3.82 ERA (390 earned runs), 1.27 WHIP (888 hits, 293 walks)
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Cory Rasmus
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Cory Rasmus, Los Angeles Angles vs. Texas Rangers
Rasmus is 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He’s 2-0 at home with a 2.17 ERA. Rasmus has a 3.38 ERA in 5.1 innings against the Rangers.
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Season Totals: 52-55, 913.2 IP, 800 Ks, 3.82 ERA (388 earned runs), 1.28 WHIP (882 hits, 292 walks)
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Should You Quit on Fitz?

19 September 2014


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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has seven catches for 73 yards through two games. Those were numbers that he would record through three quarters of most games back in 2011. Fitz still has the name appeal, but he has failed to reach 1,000 the past two seasons and is on pace to fall well short of that mark this year as well. Fitz did salvage some value last year by catching 10 touchdowns passes, but he has yet to reach the end zone this year.
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If you selected Fitz thinking he would return to that old form, you don’t feel like you are in Pokies Heaven. If you started him the first week you are downright mad. Fitz caught one pass in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers. It was enough to get Larry Fitzgerald Sr. upset with his son’s role.
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Last week got better for Fitzgerald, particularly if you are in a point-per-reception format. Fitz caught six passes for 51 yards. Those aren’t the type of numbers that will win you money in daily fantasy leagues that you can use at Vegas Casino Francais, but they could help your fantasy team.
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Going forward I would expect Fitzgerald to be more involved in the offense like last week rather than Week 1, particularly this week with Drew Stanton at quarterback.
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Palmer has the big arm and that benefits Michael Floyd. Stanton is more likely to lean on Fitzgerald in shorter routes. In PPR leagues Fitz should be a solid WR3 with WR2 upside given his ability to get in the end zone. Fitz has scored 87 touchdowns in 158 career games.
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He’s in his 11th season in the NFL, but Fitzgerald is still just 31. He takes great care of his body. If the Fitzgerald owner in your league is down on him, this is a good time to swoop in and buy him low.
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Fitz won’t match the production associated with his name, but he still should be a solid fantasy option, particularly in PPR leagues.
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T.J. House
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T.J. House, Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins
House is 3-3 with a 3.42 ERA. He’s 1-0 in his past three starts with a 0.86 ERA. He’ 2-0 against the Twins with a 1.56 ERA in 17.1 innings.
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Season Totals: 51-55, 908 IP, 793 Ks, 3.83 ERA (386 earned runs), 1.28 WHIP (874 hits, 290 walks)
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Vincent Jackson Bucs
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is off to a slow start with eight catches for 87 yards through two games. The 6’5″, 230 pound Jackson is capable of so much more.
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The SportsbookNavigator.com odds suggest that things should get better quickly for V-Jax, most likely starting tonight against the Atlanta Falcons. Last year Jackson abused the Falcons in both meetings. He had 10 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7 and 10 catches for 165 yards and a score in Week 11. Clearly they had no answer for the enormous receiver.
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Jackson did his damage with Mike Glennon at the helm. It takes time for to gel with a new quarterback, but it’s not like Glennon set the bar extremely high. Once Josh McCown gets comfortable with Jackson, he should take off. McCown just has to throw it up to V-Jax and trust that his guy will come down with it.
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The Falcons are the perfect team for McCown and Jackson to turn things around against. Not just based on what Jackson did last year against them, but the way they have defended the pass this year. The Falcons have allowed 635 passing yards through two games. They gave up 333 yards to Drew Brees in the opener and 302 to the Cincinnati Bengals last week. They head in to Week 3 with the 31st ranked pass defense.
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The Bucs have faced two solid front sevens in two weeks against the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams. They’ll get some relief in that department against the Falcons. Atlanta is the only team to have not recorded a sack in the first two weeks. With a little more time and a struggling secondary, Jackson should be on full display tonight.
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Jackson can be a streaky player. He had five games last year with 35 or fewer yards. He also had four games with at least 114 yards. This week feels like it would be more like the latter.
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