Ahead of the Curve – Week 8
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.
One man’s pain is another man’s gain – as the old saying goes. But are players up to making the most of the opportunities they’ve been handed? These three are what I consider the most likely to take the opportunities that they’ve worked really hard for and turn them into personal and fantasy gold.
1. Nate Washington, PIT WR – 6.6% owned
Washington has turned into a favorite deep target of Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as of late, with 2 touchdown receptions of almost 50 yards a piece in each of the last two games. His attempts only promise to increase with the suspension of Santonio Holmes. Per www.espn.com Coach Tomlin has been praising Washington’s practice habits. “Nate has been very consistent in practice,” Tomlin said. “Last year he showed us flashes of being a guy to be reckoned with. He could step up and have a big game and then three or four weeks step up and have another big game.” Now is the time Washington finally realizes all that potential.
2. Donnie Avery, STL WR 22.3% owned.
In addition to Steven Jackson, Avery has been the biggest beneficiary of the new Jim Haslett regime. He has quickly become the number two target in a suddenly resurgent Rams offense; an offense has been consistently scoring more points each week. He has eight catches and 128 yards in the last two games, numbers that could have been even better had he not had a touchdown reception called back due to a penalty. But possibly the best news about Avery – his matchups for fantasy playoffs are Arizona, San Francisco and Seattle. This means get Avery now while you still can, even if he’s not needed until the playoffs.
3. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, NE RB 15.6% owned
Green-Ellis looked sharp on Monday night as the lone remaining healthy back for the Patriots. Sammy Morris is out 2-3 weeks and Lamont Jordan will definitely be out again for the third straight week this week. Some sources have reported that the Patriots are going to go to ‘Running Back by committee’ but last week after Morris went down Green-Ellis was the dominate back, getting thirteen carries in the second half. Green-Ellis is the perfect position to become the featured back and to hold the spot permanently.