Fantasy Football Out on a Limb Volume 1

Sep 4, 2008

Fantasy Football Out on a Limb is back for another season.  I scour the rosters to select a player who I feel will outperform a higher profile player in that given week.  I base my decisions on matchups, how the players are trending, and the ever-important hunch.  To mix things up I’ll occasionally do some two on one matchups or even pit RB or WR duos against each other.  Sometimes I’ll spot a player some points. 

Scoring
6 points for rushing or receiving TD
4 points for a passing TD
0.1 points per yard for rushing or receiving
0.05 points per passing yard. 

Quarterback
 
Tony Romo
over Tom Brady
They are two of the best QBs in the league.  They both are linked to hot chicks.  They both have easy matchups (Romo vs. CLE and Brady vs. KC).  I think missing the preseason will leave Brady a little rusty.  Romo should be sharp and pile on the numbers vs. the Brownies.

Running Backs
 
Michael Turner
over Ryan Grant
The Burner gets to make his Atlanta debut vs. Detroit with a Rookie QB at the helm.  You get the feeling they are going to try and protect him and lean on Turner & Co.?  Me too.  Ryan Grant gets to face a tough Minnesota Run Defense without Brett Favre.  Considering what Grant showed before last year, his fluke factor has to be questioned.

 
Selvin Young
over Darren McFadden
The backs square off as Denver and Oakland collide.  I hate to rely on a Bronco Running Back, but I think he gets off to a better start than Run DMC.  First of all, he’s facing a much easier Defense.  Secondly, he doesn’t have as talented a back (Justin Fargas) to share with.

Wide Receivers
 
Larry Fitzgerald
over Randy Moss
I hate to gang up on the Patriots, but I see a team that will be much more balanced this season.  I don’t see quite as many multiple TD games for Moss.  If Kansas City gets physical with him, Moss could see a dip in his productivity.  With Kurt Warner at the helm, Fizt could be one of the busiest wideouts in Week 1.

 
Jerricho Cotchery over T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Brett Favre is going to get Cotchery involved early in often as the Jets take on Miami.  I see a long TD reception for Jerricho as he quickly becomes Favre’s favorite target.  Meanwhile, Housh is trying to recover from a hamstring injury with a QB that could be gun shy following a broken nose.  Top top it off, he gets to face Baltimore.

SUPER STRETCH
 
Ray Rice
over Fred Taylor
Maybe I’m crazy for making this prediction, but I think Ray Rice gets off to a real nice start to his NFL career.  He gets to face Cincinnati and McGahee is pretty banged up.  That should give Rice the touches he needs to make an impact.  Meanwhile Taylor has to share a backfield with MJD and face a tough Tennessee team.

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Stan "MadMan"
    September 4th, 2008 at 10:54 am #

    Ray rice is posed to be a monster this year

  2. LestersLegends
    September 4th, 2008 at 11:00 am #

    I hope so. I snagged him in a few leagues.

  3. Chuck
    September 4th, 2008 at 11:18 am #

    I hope the Vikes can shut Grant down.

  4. LestersLegends
    September 4th, 2008 at 11:23 am #

    If they can it will make life tough on Rodgers.

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