Week 8 has begun and I have to agree with many of the NFL players harsh critiques about Thursday night games. I can’t look back over the first 7 weeks of the season and say there was a game that was truly worth watching. Why would the National Football League have a game on Thursday on a channel that you most likely have to pay for and put two teams on that no one wants to watch? I mean the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers match up should have just been mixed in with all of the games on Sunday to allow a match up that might draw some national interest and attention. Alright now that I have gotten that off of my chest let us get down to business on this week’s booms and busts around the league.
*Quick side note...Brett Favre received a job offer and turned it down thank god. The gunslinger didn't want anything to do with the pain that would be inflicted upon him in St. Louis. Keep it on the couch Favre its better for all of us.*
Jarrett Boykin, Wide Receiver Green Bay Packers – As hard as it is to come back from the loss of a dynamic play maker like Randall Cobb the Green Bay Packers seem to have done so with relative ease. Jarrett Boykin really stepped up to the plate last week with 8 receptions, 103 yards, and a score. It doesn't hurt having a top 3 quarterback like Aaron Rodgers throwing it your way, but this is the NFL and you still have to make that grab. With Cobb’s return date unclear I would seek out Jarrett Boykin as he should be a worthy WR #3 and flex play for the foreseeable future. BOOM
Mike James, Wide Running Back Tampa Bay Buccaneers – With the loss of Doug Martin rookie Mike James is going to be counted on to hold down Tampa Bay’s running game for what seems to be the rest of the season. I feel bad for the young running back as he and the rest of his teammates are going to see some major struggles in the upcoming weeks. It is tough to succeed in the NFL with a team of seasoned vets and almost impossible to do so with a rookie quarterback and running back. I get the idea of adding Mike James based on the fact that he is the clear cut #1 in Tampa Bay right now, but if you have to cut someone else that is half way productive to get him I suggest staying away. However if you are a Doug Martin owner you almost certainly have to try and pick him up to fill the void. BUST
C.J. Spiller, Running Back Buffalo Bills – Its is a sad day for me when I have to write something negative about C.J. Spiller. His explosiveness and speed are well documented and ability to score on any given play are undeniable………….in any season up to 2013. While dealing with an ankle injury he has given up a majority of the carries to old man river Fred Jackson. I don’t see this really changing much until either C.J. Spiller is truly healthy (which may not come until after their week 12 bye) or Fred Jackson goes down with an injury. This is not to say that Spiller won’t break off a few here and there, but to count on him to guide your team to the fantasy playoffs is a bad strategy at this point. Try to get something in return based on his name alone and move forward with your season. BUST
Jason Campbell, Quarterback Cleveland Browns – The quarterback carousel continues with the Cleveland Browns and the new horse Jason Campbell is not a safe bet to make it all of the way through the ride. Although he has had reasonable success throughout his career in Washington and Oakland the train wreck that is the Cleveland Browns may not be his best bet for a career revival. Sure they have a young star in Josh Gordon, but rumblings and grumblings around the league have him heading off to greener pastures before the trade deadline. I think Tight End Jordan Cameron will continue to have a monster year because Jason Campbell will need a solid check down, but he won’t allow Campbell enough to make him fantasy worthy in any format. I suggest you turn your head and walk away before you get yourself into trouble. BUST
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