A Sign of things to come?
Matt Schaub posted an uncharacteristic 527 passing yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in what turned out to a very entertaining shoot out. The Texans thus far this year have been known as a rather run heavy offense which pushed Matt Schaub to the waiver wire in many standard leagues. While this game may have seemed like a bit of an aberration in the passing game it also seems to be an aberration for the Texans rushing attack as Fantasy super star Arian Foster rushed for a mere 90 yards and no touchdowns. For Arian Foster that is rather unusual but perhaps a sign of things to come for the remainder of the regular season. I am not saying by any means that you should not start or get rid of Arian Foster, he remains a must start in all formats. Just don’t be surprised if Schaub is passing a bit more as the Texans try to open things up a little in preparation for their title run. I am hoping this potential move will make the Texans more dangerous on offense which in turn will open up holes in the defense for both players.
Catch up kings
The Oakland Raiders have been a valuable source of fantasy football points throughout the season for those who can stomach their awful ways. Last week against the high power Saints offense the Raiders once again found themselves down 3 touchdowns to one heading into the half. Falling behind early has sort of been the Raider’s M.O. this season forcing Carson Palmer to air it out. This works out just fine for fantasy football purposes but predicting the benefactor of this passing barrage isn’t as easy it you might think. Last week I incorrectly advised benching Marcel Reece who of course had strong outing posting over 190 total yards. Half of those yards came through the air which brings me to my point. As of this writing the top five Oakland Raiders in targets on the year are; Denarius Moore (74) Brandon Meyers (67) Darrius Heyward-Bey (49) Darren Mcfadden (48) and now Marcel Reece (48) So for those keeping score, Denarius Moore is the top dog followed by Carson Palmers tight end Brandon Meyers. After that Heyward-Bey who has missed a little time and then what appears to be Carson Palmers security blanket; the two starting running backs. It would seem that while Carson Palmer still has a good arm, his game has regressed to a lot of dink and dunk dump off plays. This of course gives any starting running back for the Oakland Raiders tremendous value in any format, especially PPR. Watch the injury reports and keep them on your radar at all times. The Raiders will continue to be down and passing making any of the aforementioned players viable options any given week.
The Pittsburgh Passing Problem
If there was one player the Pittsburgh Steelers could not afford to lose it was clearly Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben was without a doubt the engine that made the offense go in Pittsburgh and his absence was felt on Sunday night. It’s not that Byron Letwich’s passing yardage total was terribly bad (199 yards passing in his first game in a long time isn’t too shabby) but his accuracy and arm strength was clearly lacking. Add to that his broken ribs and now you have Charlie Batch as your starting quarterback heading into week 12. Mike Tomlin is a seasoned coach and knows what he is doing so I’m sure the Pittsburgh offense will get things worked out; just don’t expect it to be through the air. I think the big benefactors here would be Heath Miller and the three headed running back committee of Rasard Mendenhall, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman. Heath Miller has been one of Roethlisberger’s favorite red zone targets this year and will continue to be a favorite target of whatever “retread”quarterback the Steelers trot out there. I’m sure Mike Wallace will still get his targets but if you have a willing buyer I might sell him off for 80 cents on the dollar.
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