It's like clockwork. My fantasy predictions are correct around 65% of the time. Last week, I was able to achieve my typical level of mediocrity with uncanny precision. My strikes have been pretty good all season, surprisingly. Vincent Jackson awoke from his fantasy slumber, and Danger-Russ Wilson torched the Redskins "really good defense" on Monday night hand delivering me an L in one league despite being up 35 points going in. But, I wasn't even mad, because I KNEW IT WOULD HAPPEN! Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go...
I hit on all my strike calls. Le'Veon Bell would have had a huge game instead of a good game if the Pittsburgh coaching staff was competent at all. Welker produced double digit fantasy points in PPR and Jennings was well on his way to a monster game before leaving to injury. I'll take a .5 point for that one since he still had good numbers for one half of football. 4.5 out 5 on the strikes was great! My Gutter calls left much to be desired. Steven Jackson played well enough and found the end zone, Desean Jackson may have exposed a weakness on the Seahawks defense (that being covering speedy wide recievers) and of course the Pats offense exploded against one of the best defenses in the NFL because God hates us all.
Let's give this another shot... On to the strikes!
Eli Manning: Elisha has played very well over the past few weeks, and the Giants are much better than advertised. Also, the Eagles Defense, while very opportunistic, doesn't seem to enjoy practicing the fundamentals. Pesky things like covering Wide Receivers and tackling running backs seem to really bother them. A very sneaky play that could pay big dividends this weekend.
Ben Tate: I dropped him after his week one injury thinking Terrance West was the real deal. You know what this means? He ran for 100 yards last week and they were down by multiple TDs much of the game. I don't want to talk about how great Ben Tate is going to be anymore.
Branden Oliver: Oh man, what a great match up against the Oakland Raider this week. The Chargers may be the best team in the NFL. How does Phillip Rivers feel about this?
I'd much rather have the Chargers win the AFC than the broncos or pats. So, yay I guess?
Emmanuel Sanders: WOOOOOO Boy, the Jets are terrible. That has definitely been my favorite part of this season. Their pass defense has been especially awful. Geno Smith is making me not miss Mark Sanchez as much as I thought I would. Regardless, Sanders has been great in the Broncos offense this year, and the Jets can't cover anyone. Also, geno Smith doesn't know Time Zones..
Courtesy Dolphin Start of the Week, Lamar Miller: The Packers seem vulnerable to the run. The Dolphins have been surprisingly effective on the ground this year. I feel like our only hope to win on Sunday is playing ball control and taking advantage of the heat, and trying to keep the Packers offense off the field. If Moreno plays I'd start him over Miller. I just love the way he runs the ball.
Chris Johnson/Ivory: Running against the Broncos defense is going to be tough for the Jets on Sunday. In a very bold prediction, I am going to say the Jets will find themselves down by a large margin on Sunday afternoon. I want to watch just to laugh.
Doug Martin: While the Bucs have definitely proven they are not the worst team in the NFL, they have certainly showed that they are not very good. Especially at running the ball. The Ravens ARE very good at limiting the opposition's running game. Bad match up for a man who has regressed alarmingly fast since his breakout rookie campaign. Never Forget...
Dez Bryant: Obviously you aren't benching this superstar and clear cut WR1 in all formats. However, I don't think he will have a great game against the Seahawks this weekend. I expect Sherman to lock him down, and be a humble and gracious winner, not saying much of anything after the contest has been decided.
Cam Newton: I expect the Cincinatti Defense to be a little angry on Sunday. I don't predict good things for Carolina going in there this weekend. Look elsewhere if you can.
Courtesy Dolphin Sit of the Week, The Defense: It was a tremendous showing two weeks ago in London. But don't get cute. The Packers are a very strong offensive unit. I hope the Defense plays its heart out on Sunday and helps get us a HUGE win. But do the smart thing and keep them on your bench this weekend.
This is a huge weekend in Miami for the Dolphins. The season certainly doesn't hang in the balance yet, but this will be a great measuring stick for our beloved marine mammals moving forward. Fantasy seasons should be starting to take their shapes as well. Hopefully, you are above .500 and pushing for play-off seeding as well as pissing off your close friends, family members and co-workers. As always, follow this advice at your own risk and leave any comments or questions you may have below. GO FINS!
Well, dude, sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you...