THUNDERING BLURB » week 8 ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 en hourly 1 Top RB Performances for Week 8 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 20:33:00 +0000 admin Brian Westbrook -209 total yards, 6 catches, 2TDs - It’s not that I didn’t think Westy was a good start – but there were so many great matchups, I didn’t expect him to have the day he did. yet here he is, proving once again that you cannot bench him. Amazingly 167 was on the ground. People write him off as a guy who catches more than runs, but folks, those people are wrong. Another great matchup against Seattle this week.

LaDainian Tomlinson – 170 total yards, 5 catches, 1 rec TD - Guess who’s back? LT is healthy and I fully expected him to go off on the Saints. He did most of his damage (about 90 yards of it) in the first half – imagine if the Chargers hadn’t once again dug themselves a hole again and started passing to keep up? LT is back folks and now has two weeks off to get even healthier. He looked like his old self, with burst and crisp cuts. As a LT owner, you should be excited for the rest of the season.

Leon Washington – 101 total yards, 1 TD, 3 catches, 1 rec TD -I had a Jets RB ranked highly. Just not this one. And it only makes the Jets bizarre play calling more painful. Because I thought Washington might be a good play (ranked him 21st) but how can you run just 24 times against the worst run defense in the league? And throw 40 times! it’s almost as if Mangini And Schottenheimer were like ‘hey they’ll NEVER expect this!’. It was Monty Pythonesque – ‘NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition – I mean 40 passes!’. Poor playcalling aside, this is what Washington brings to the table folks – shifty moves, a dangerous runner in the open field and a good pass catcher. You can’t rely on this every week – especially with such counter-intuitive playcalling. But he’s a decent flex when the matcup is right. Don’t know why Thomas Jones couldn’t get more done (14 carries, 60 total yards, 1 TD) but maybe he just never had a chance to get a rhythm going…..

Frank Gore – 159 total yards, 7 catches - Preseason, many people (experts included) were blowing Gore off as a guy who would disappear with Martz and a woeful Oline. I was not one of those – in fact I said he would get it done regardless. Martz is no dummy (well, ok, maybe) and Nolan – and now Singletary – know who the engine of this offense is. Gore is a factor both on the ground and in the pass game. He is a first rate stud and can get it done almost regardless of the weapons around him. He’ll have some rough patches but wire to wire, he’s worth the draft pick.

Kevin Faulk – 107 total yards, 4 catches, 1 rec TD – Where did BenJarvus go? He was running the ball and then just stopped. He wasn’t cutting all that well and I think eventually they just went with the proven guy, Kevin Faulk. The Pats didn’t run a ton and they threw some passes Faulk’s way – again, he’s the Vet and even if BJGE can catch, Faulk will get the work as he is proven and they already have one unproven starter in a key slot. Will this continue? Not sure, but Faulk, as long as everyone else is hurt, is a good flex play depending upon matchup. Even better in a PPR league.

Honorable Mention – Leonard Weaver - Honorable Mention for his 129 yds on 4 catches and 2 TDs. More WR than RB though – don’t get suckered into it. His TDs were long receptions and against a better playing D, never would have gone the distance. The Seattle run game was atrocious and I don’t know that they will keep throwing to Weaver. Shaky waiver wire prospect.

Also –
DeAngelo Williams (123 total yards, 2 catches 1 TD) continues to hold off J Stewart. I feel like I have read this book before….. Chris Johnson (96 total yards, 1 TD) and LenDale White (14 total yards, 2 TDs) didn’t blow up Indy, but they were good plays. Yes, you read that right – 14 total yards for White. And that’s why I said during the Stampede you might want to sell him high…. By the way – Chris Johnson is amazing to watch – he looks good out there…… Jamal Lewis (88 total yards, 1 TD) continues to get it done regardless of help from the supporting cast. He’s the most reliable guy in the whole offense – fantasywise or not….. Dis Mah Son aka Marshawn Lych (95 total yards, 5 catches, 1 TD) finally got some use in the passing game. I don’t know about you, but I was wondering if the Bills had too much Fred Jackson in their eyes and forgot Lynch can catch the ball….

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Top WR Performances for Week 8 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 17:57:00 +0000 admin Roddy White – 8 catches, 113 yards, 2 TDs – I think you can say Matt Ryan has arrived and with him, Roddy White. White is proving that he has the ability to get separation and can make the big catches when he needs to. An excellent play week to week.

Santana Moss – 9 catches, 140 yards, 1 TDs – An outstanding day, as I expected. Moss is looking like he did a few years ago, when he was dynamic and consistent. Campbell clearly favors him and he continues to put on a show near every week.

Donnie Avery – 6 catches, 162 yards, 1 TDs – Donnie WHO? Avery far exceeded expectations and given the last two weeks, might he be supplanting Tory Holt? Avery has definitely caught my attention and is looking more and more like the third big WR surprise amongst a rookie class we all thought was meh at best.

Steve Smith – 5 catches, 111 yards, 2 TDs - I expected Smith to mount up and regulate this week, and he did. Delhomme knows who to go to when he needs things done and it was only a matter of time before 1) the run game faltered and they had to throw and 2) Smith remembered where the end zone was.

Anquan Boldin – 9 catches, 93 yards, 2 TDs - Not a bad return, huh? Both Fitz and Breaston had more yards but when it counted, there was Boldin. To quote the graphic novel Dark Knight Returns, the man’s balls nasty Don. Boldin will continue to be a good start even on one leg. Boldin did not shy from contact nor did he suddenly get alligator arms, worrying about who might hit him. Great game for a man just back from injury.

Other notables – Dr. Rockso er, Matt Jones played like a man about to go to jail (8 catches, 117 yards and a TD) and as long as the NFL Feds can’t catch him, will continue his crime spree against Cinci in week 9… Andre Johnson (11 catches, 143 yards) is still looking for the end zone on a consistent basis, but is good to start regardless of matchup and in fact will probably see the endzone with Minny shutting Slaton and whatever injured castoff he gets paired with this week….. It pains me to admit it but Tedd Ginn Jr (7 catches, 175 yards) is beginning to look consistent and solid at the Wr position. I think I threw up in my mouth a bit…… OK, that might have been harsher than I needed it to be…… Usually Kevin Walter (5 catches, 70 yards, 2 TDs) is a better play in return-yardage leagues but he put up some fine points for his owners this weekend against a struggling Bengals team…. Jerricho Cotchery (9 catches, 102 yards) was a safety blanket for Favre today and it shows you how much the two jell. Too bad they should have been running the ball all game. I suspect Schottenheimer and Mangini got a little too cute. Critical game for the Jets vs the Bills this week – I think Cotchery will be very involved if his shoulder holds up……

RBs a little later.

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Top Fantasy QBs of Week 8 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 17:03:00 +0000 admin Drew Brees – 339 yards, 3 TDs - No weather problems. No Chargers secondary. No Shawne Merriman. Drew Brees is just amazing. Never hesitate to line him up. Ever. EVER. Colston isn’t even 100%. Bush is out. Shockey banged up. Brees could have the forwards from Arsenal out there and he’d still be throwing TDs.

Phillip Rivers – 341 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT - I didn’t figure that Rivers would rank this high – especially when you consider Tomlinson had a darn fine game as well. But remember two things against the Saints – first, the secondary ain’t very good. Secondly, people fall behind New Orleans – far behind. Which means the opposing QB throws. If he has talent (like Rivers) he should do well. Amazing that both the former Chargers QB and his replacement both top this list this week.

Kurt Warner – 381 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT - A disappointing loss for Warner and the Cards, but still an amazing amount of yards and no sign of Matt ‘Keg Stand’ Leinart. As I always say, there is plenty of love to go round in that offense. Was surprised Breaston still got so many targets – but with those three, Warner has many, many weapons to throw to. While he will turn the ball over, near 400 yards and a pair of TDs is pretty darn good.

David Garrard – 283 yards, 2 TDs, 59 rushing yards – Sigmund Bloom made a good point in that despite the way the Jags usually function (no primary WR, spread the wealth) Matt Jones has given Garrard a consistent target. Moore will ride pine soon but we don’t know quite when, but until then, Garrard is going nuts. Not a consistent top start, but certainly a consistent QB2 with upside. Against Cinci he may be back on the bench as the Jags might go crazy on the ground.

Matt Schaub – 280 yards, 3 TDs - Schaub is finally playing where I thought he would before the season. Could be tough going against Minny this coming week, although you can certainly paste them via the pass. Schaub will need to throw and Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels will be good targets for him. Schaub is hot – ride him while you can.

Close but no cigar – Tyler Thigpen (280 yds and 2 TDs) – really Jets? Really?…… Manning: The Peyton (223 yards, 2 TDs, 1 rush TD, 2 INTs) is looking less consistent than Manning: The Eli…… Chad Pennington (314yds, 1TD) has to be looking at the Jets and thinking ‘wait, do they think I’m still there with that playcalling?’ – the Dolphins fit him like a glove…. Jason Campbell (328 yds, 1TD, 1INT) continues to look pretty good in Zorn’s offense and has become a very good member of your QBBC….. Marc Bulger (301 yards, 1 TD, 1INT) is back BABY – Donnie Avery has stepped up and given the Bulger a reason to hang in the pocket despite no real protection…..

I refus to acknowledge Joe Flacco’s production – anytime you outscore yourself at QB as a WR, it’s not worthy of really noting…..

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RB Rankings for Week 8 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 23:51:00 +0000 admin Clinton Portis has been having a monster season and somehow people still expect the wheels to come off at any minute. They won’t, especially not this week. As bad as I said in the first two posts that Detroit’s pass defense is, the run defense is just as bad if not worse. Portis should see as much success as Steve Slaton and Ahman did combined.

Yes, Frank Gore and the 49rs struggled against the Giants last week. But I don’t think I need to point out that Seattle is nowhere near the Giants’ league. While Seattle had a better week defensively than they have had of late, it’s not the norm and Gore should bounce back. In the plus column will also be new couch Mike Singletary who I believe will work hard to make sure Gore – the marquee piece of the offense – gets his carries and that offensive line opens lanes for him and protects JT O’Sullivan. Just because he has kept Martz, don’t think he’ll let Martz let the QB get killed or the running back get stuffed again.

Steven Jackson is hampered a bit by a quadriceps injury and is listed as ‘questionable’ but I think he’ll play and if he does, the Patriots will have a hard time containing him. While they have played well against the run, I think Jackson is playing too well to be contained and it seems as though the Rams have turned things around. If that’s the case, Jackson is the key to keeping it going.

It’s hard to know what LaDainian Tomlinson will do week to week, but reports are that his toe feels back to normal. Sure, the Saints can air it out, but the weather and the lousy pitch in London might make that tough so they won’t just run away with the game. If Tomlinson is healthy, the Chargers need to get him back on track. The Saints are a middle of the pack rush defense and got beat up by the Panthers last week for 143 yards and a TD. I think the Chargers will run LT hard and Tomlinson will rise to the challenge.

I expected Thomas Jones to have a good season and it may be that he has finally started that process. Three TDs two weeks ago and a 159 yards last week. He can combien the tow (to some extent) against the team that is 32nd against the run and has allowed more yards and more TDs on the ground than any other franchise this year. The Jets might try to air the ball out a bit and get Favre’s groove back, but they will definitely pound Thomas early and often. Kansas City is a phenomenal matchup for nearly any back and has the potential to vault them to the #1 fantasy RB spot for that week. I don’t think Jones will do that but he will certainly do well in a game the Jets have to win after last week’s debacle in Oakland.

Other thoughts – Is this Deuce McAllister’s last hurrah for a while? That steroid rumor is bizarre. Still he should have a good game in the mud at Wembly this week with Bush out….. Brandon Jacobs is a stud sure, but I really, really hate this matchup…. LenDale White should benefit from a great matchup this week, but don’t expect last week to happen again…. Benjarvus Green-Ellis is a guy I want to rank higher but we just have no read on him yet, though I have liked him since we profiled him on Draftguys.TV. Big weekend for him and potentially a great dark horse for the rest of the season…. Le’Ron McClain is another guy who feels like he should be higher, but has had a couple of dud games. If he shines this week and you can do it, you might want to move him…..

Running backs

  1. Clinton Portis, Redskins at Lions
  2. Frank Gore, 49ers vs. Seahawks
  3. Steven Jackson, Rams at Patriots
  4. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers vs. Saints
  5. Thomas Jones, Jets vs. Chiefs
  6. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars vs. Browns
  7. Chris Johnson, Titans vs. Colts
  8. Brian Westbrook, Eagles vs. Falcons
  9. Marshawn Lynch, Bills at Dolphins
  10. Steve Slaton, Texans vs. Bengals
  11. Earnest Graham, Buccaneers at Cowboys
  12. Marion Barber, Cowboys vs. Buccaneers
  13. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins vs. Bills
  14. Willis McGahee, Ravens vs. Raiders
  15. Michael Turner, Falcons at Eagles
  16. Deuce McAllister, Saints vs. Chargers
  17. Brandon Jacobs, Giants at Steelers
  18. Jamal Lewis, Browns at Jaguars
  19. LenDale White, Titans vs. Colts
  20. Mewelde Moore, Steelers vs. Giants
  21. Leon Washington, Jets vs. Chiefs
  22. Edgerrin James, Cardinals at Panthers
  23. Tim Hightower, Cardinals at Panthers
  24. Julius Jones, Seahawks at 49ers
  25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots vs. Rams
  26. Dominic Rhodes, Colts at Titans
  27. Fred Taylor, Jaguars vs. Browns
  28. Cedric Benson, Bengals at Texans
  29. Jerious Norwood, Falcons at Eagles
  30. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers vs. Cardinals
  31. Maurice Morris, Seahawks at 49ers
  32. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers vs. Cardinals
  33. Le’Ron McClain, Ravens vs. Raiders
  34. Ahman Green, Texans vs. Bengals
  35. Justin Fargas, Raiders at Ravens
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WR Rankings for Week 8 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 20:56:00 +0000 admin Am listening to the Fantasy Sports Channel on as I type this, something I don’t get a ton of time to do lately. Do like to listen to the other folks on the channel and see what else folks are thinking out there.

Again, as I said on There It Is this morning (ESPN 1230 on your Bakersfield AM dial) Andre Johnson is a no-brainer here. Yes, I know he can’t find the end zone right now, but I think we’re looking at a change this week. The Bengals are tied with 10 TDs given up against the pass so far. While they are not awful against the pass, they do give up the scores. And it will be all they can do to stop the run game, thereby opening things up for the pass. Johnson will have a good game here, even if the run is going off.

Yes, Anquan Boldin appears poised to re-emerge and yes Carolina is very good versus the pass, but I still believe Larry Fitzgerald will play well this weekend – in fact, Boldin may make life better for Fitzgerald. He’s enough of a threat to draw coverage from Fitz regardless of health. And as much as I think Breaston will not be as much of a factor as he has been, he will be a threat as well. You can’t cover them all and I think Fitz will find plenty of room to move.

Steve Smith is the flipside of this matchup between the Cards and Panthers and while I think the Cards will keep Delhomme hopping (one of the teams with the most sacks vs one of the teams who doesn’t give them up) Smith will get open against Arizona’s questionable secondary.

Clinton Portis will get the ball a lot sure, but expect Santana Moss to see the ball a lot too. The Lions are poor in both aspects of the defense – in every way. They have given up the second most TDs (11) and have only 1 INT this year. Moss might get held back by Portis’ success but frankly I think they use the pass early then burn clock with the run the rest of the game. That’s good for Santana. And as I said in the QB post – if Orlovsky finds Furrey and Calvin Johnson, you might see the Skins throw more than we expect.

Finally we have Lee Evans. Like I have said a few times this week, Lee Evans and Calvin Johnson have similiar issues – neither is getting the ball enough. Difference is, Evans has a decent Qb and a good team around him. Miami is 27th against the pass and also loves to give TDs up. Evans will get yards and a TD – but how many passes will he get? I think more than average. They HAVE to get him the ball. Regardless, I think he can break one long even if it’s out of two catches.

Jets update – Coles is probable and Cotchery is questionable and a GTD. At this point you have to be a little worried if you are a Cotchery owner as you have to know they can win this without him. They may rest him or play him and then not use him much – they can just run Thomas Jones and Leon Washington all day against a pathetic run D. It’s too good a matchup to bench either one – they could very well go off. I’m just saying I am worried.

I extended the usual top 35 or so, because we have so many injury issues and question marks. Guys like Camirillo, Stuckey and a reminder that Steve Breaston exists seemed to be necessary this week.

Wide receivers

  1. Andre Johnson, Texans vs. Bengals
  2. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals at Panthers
  3. Steve Smith, Panthers vs. Cardinals
  4. Santana Moss, Redskins at Lions
  5. Lee Evans, Bills at Dolphins
  6. Reggie Wayne, Colts at Titans
  7. Randy Moss, Patriots vs. Rams
  8. Calvin Johnson, Lions vs. Redskins
  9. Plaxico Burress, Giants at Steelers
  10. Hines Ward, Steelers vs. Giants
  11. Terrell Owens, Cowboys vs. Buccaneers
  12. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals at Panthers
  13. Braylon Edwards, Browns at Jaguars
  14. Wes Welker, Patriots vs. Rams
  15. Roddy White, Falcons at Eagles
  16. Antwaan Randle El, Redskins at Lions
  17. Matt Jones, Jaguars vs. Browns
  18. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals at Texans
  19. Vincent Jackson, Chargers at Saints
  20. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets vs. Chiefs (QUESTIONABLE)
  21. Laveranues Coles, Jets vs. Chiefs (PROBABLE)
  22. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers at Cowboys
  23. Marques Colston, Saints vs. Chargers
  24. Devery Henderson, Saints vs. Chargers
  25. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers vs. Cardinals
  26. DeSean Jackson, Eagles vs. Falcons
  27. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs at Jets
  28. Derrick Mason, Ravens vs. Raiders
  29. Chris Chambers, Chargers vs. Saints
  30. Kevin Curtis, Eagles vs. Falcons
  31. Torry Holt, Rams at Patriots
  32. Kevin Walter, Texans vs. Bengals
  33. Lance Moore, Saints vs. Chargers
  34. Josh Morgan, 49ers vs. Seahawks
  35. Marvin Harrison, Colts at Titans
  36. Isaac Bruce, 49ers vs. Seahawks
  37. Roy Williams, Cowboys vs. Buccaneers
  38. Amani Toomer, Giants at Steelers
  39. Donnie Avery, Rams at Patriots
  40. Mike Furrey, Lions vs. Redskins
  41. Greg Camarillo, Dolphins vs. Bills
  42. Anthony Gonzalez, Colts at Titans
  43. Chad Ocho Cinco, Bengals at Texans
  44. Chansi Stuckey, Jets vs. Chiefs
  45. Steve Breaston, Cardinals at Panthers
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QB Rankings for Week 8 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 19:27:00 +0000 admin Hey folks – was hard to choose the top 5 order. Theer are a bunch of great matchups and some top 10 guys who could also have jumped up a few spots.

As I said on There It Is – The Jake Stevens Show on ESPN 1230 this morning (see the link to the right) I expect a very good game by the OG DMac (I call McFadden a pretender while Donovan is the contender so he gets the nickname). The Falcons like to give TDs away through the air and McNabb gets Westbrook and Curtis back. Looks good to me.

I almost went with Matt Schaub as #1. Love Schaub this week and am starting him in as many leagues as I own him. He’s against a pretty unfortunate Bengals team – what could kibosh it, and what kept me from putting him first is, as bad as they are against the pass? They are worse vs the rush. So Steve Slaton could have a fine day as well and maybe they don’t need to air it out as much and Schaub’s numbers might be less than they could be.

Jason Campbell is also a great start with a great matchup. The Lions are just not good. Campbell may see a lot of Clinton Portis running between the tackles, but he should have plenty of time to get the ball to Moss, Cooley and Randel-El and compile some very good stats. There is always the chance that Orlovsky finds Furrey and Calvin Johnson and maybe the Redskins could find themselves passing more than we expect.

Now you will ask yourselves – JT O’Sullivan? Is Santonio Holmes the one on dope, or is it Andrew? Ah, my friends, once again the answer is probably both. But O’Sullivan has a lot going for him. A bad defense across from him (29th vs the pass, 10 TDs so far to 1 INT). A new coach. A (potentially) unshackled Martz. A heckuva running back. Ike Bruce and Josh Morgan on the prowl. I love this matchup. If you were waiting for an excuse to start JT, this is the matchup to do it. Again the biggest negative is Gore might just go cukoo against an equally sad run D.

Finally I close with Kurt Warner. Yes, his matchup is not as tasty as some behind him – in fact it is pretty darned bad. But getting Boldin back (and I do believe he will play) to pair with Larry Fitz will make some hay against Carolina. Do I think he’ll throw 6 TDs? No. But I think this will be a game where his explosive offense will make some ground against a stallwart defense. Sometimes you need to go with your gut, even in the face of numbers. Warner has been able to get yards against some good defenses. I think he can again in Carolina.

Close but no top 5 ranking – I worry Drew Brees will not be able to fight the weather and that the absence of Bush could make it a tougher day than it otherwise should be….. Manning: The Peyton will have to throw – a lot – against a tough Tennessee run D and his numbers will be good because of it…. The Cowboys secondary is pretty shaky (although maybe improved without Roy Williams the Safety) and Jeff Garcia is startingto roll….. Big Ben Roethlisberger (even if VP candidates mangle his name like I used to) should attack the Giants at the weaker secondary (compared to the rush D of course – it’s all ugly in NY) and is on a hot streak right now. Holmes being out will hurt a bit though…….. Trent Edwards will have a good time against the 27th ranked pass Defense as well……


  1. Donovan McNabb, Eagles vs. Falcons
  2. Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Bengals
  3. Jason Campbell, Redskins at Lions
  4. J.T. O’Sullivan, 49ers vs. Seahawks
  5. Kurt Warner, Cardinals at Panthers
  6. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Chargers
  7. Peyton Manning, Colts at Titans
  8. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers at Cowboys
  9. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Giants
  10. Trent Edwards, Bills at Dolphins
  11. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Saints
  12. Jake Delhomme, Panthers vs. Cardinals
  13. Eli Manning, Giants at Steelers
  14. Brett Favre, Jets vs. Chiefs
  15. Matt Cassel, Patriots vs. Rams
  16. David Garrard, Jaguars vs. Browns
  17. Chad Pennington, Dolphins vs. Bills
  18. Derek Anderson, Browns at Jaguars
  19. Kerry Collins, Titans vs. Colts
  20. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Eagles
  21. Brad Johnson, Cowboys vs. Buccaneers
  22. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals at Texans
  23. Marc Bulger, Rams at Patriots
  24. Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Raiders
  25. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders at Ravens
  26. Dan Orlovsky, Lions vs. Redskins
  27. Seneca Wallace, Seahawks at 49ers
  28. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs at Jets

WRs soonish.

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