Ahead of the Curve – Week 7
Fair Warning: I’m not clairvoyant. I don’t even play one on TV. That said, it really doesn’t take a crystal ball to anticipate some changes for your team. So, with a bit of deductive reasoning, logic, and historical evaluation you can finally stop reacting and start anticipating. For once you won’t be sniped at the waiver wire, but actually be ahead of the curve.
Some things you just don’t see coming. Like if I would have predicted that Roy Williams was going to be traded to the Cowboys, I’d probably be able to quit my day job. However, the trading deadline is behind us, so I should be OK from here on out.
1. Greg Camarillo – WR Miami Dolphins 14%
Camarillo poses an intriguing dilemma. Would you rather be the first Wide Receiver out of 9 options, or the 2nd of 4? I guess it would really depend on who’s throwing the ball. When the answer is Chad Pennington I’d personally prefer to be the 2nd of four instead of the first of nine like Camarillo is, but given time Camarillo has the real possibility to distinguish himself from the pack and get more receptions. He seems to be getting plenty of looks, it’s a matter of getting good looks and good passes. He’s only caught one touchdown, but is averaging 5 catches per game with double digits in yards per catch. Definitely one to watch as the chemistry between he and Pennington improves week to week.
2. Ryan Torain – RB Denver Broncos 11.4%
Before his early August elbow injury, Mike Shanahan called rookie RB Ryan Torain “one of the most gifted Running Backs I’ve been around for a long time.” – www.espn.com. Torain was also being compared to the likes of Terrell Davis. He easily could have been put on IR at the start of the season, or on the DL, but he wasn’t. His spot was saved, which to me says a lot about his value to the Broncos coaching staff. His original predicted recovery date was week seven – while he won’t quite make that date, he started catching balls in week six, and will be practicing in week seven. Given that the Broncos have a bye in week eight; Torain will have a full extra week to practice with the offense. Look for him to have a possible breakout game in week 9 against Miami given Coach Shanahan’s penchant for running back unpredictability.
3. Devin Hester – Chicago Bears 36.6 %
Hester gets my vote for taking an opportunity and making the most of it. Brandon Lloyd has been sidelined with a knee injury, which has given Hester the opportunity to show that he’s more than just a flashy kick returner, but has actual down-to-down value. In the last three weeks, he’s averaging almost 5 catches per game with a high of 87 yards against the Falcons last week with a solid upward trend. He didn’t have a touchdown in last week’s game, but had one in each of the previous two. Hester is expected to have continued high participation in the passing even after the indeterminate return of Lloyd. If your league has points for punt returns by individual players, then Hester is an absolute must this week, just ask Reggie Bush about Minnesota’s special teams coverage.