Mid-Week update for Week 8

Percy Harvin is expected to play this week after injuring his ribs again. He will probably be limited in practice to keep him fresh. The emergence of Mike Jenkins as Ponder’s go to guy is actually a very good thing in my opinion. Harvin has never been a true #1 WR and is far better when the defensive focus is on someone else. Ala the Sidney Rice days. If he can stay healthy and Jenkins keep playing well, expect Harvin to finally reach the end zone and up his production. The Vikings also cut Bernard Berrian today so Harvin is the clear cut number two.

Chris Cooley and Tim Hightower were each placed on the I.R. yesterday which means Fred Davis’ value sky rockets. Davis has outperformed Cooley all season and Beck will take advantage of his athletic TE. At RB, it will be a carousel as far as who is the starter week to week. If you can unload Helu and Torain, I would do so. Nobody wants to play a guessing game week to week and each could carry enough value to help you fill holes on your roster.

Joseph Addai is expected to be a part of the game plan this week after tweaking his hammy once again. I expect Delone Carter to at minimum share the load this week, with Donald Brown winding up as the odd man out. Carter may even get the start in this game. Both Addai and Carter are decent flex plays against the Titans but it is a crap shoot which will be the better performer overall.

Peyton Hillis will return to practice today and take over lead back responsibilities. Still, Hillis faces the 49ers solid run defense and shouldn’t be expected to post big numbers in his first week back. Massaquoi and Watson are very questionable this week with concussions so the Niners will be able to focus on Hillis and limit his production.

Matthew Stafford did practice on a limited basis Wednesday and looks like he will be a go this week at Denver. I am expecting plenty of passing from Stafford this week since Mo Morris and Williams are each serviceable but far from being Jahvid Best. The Lions didn’t get rolling until the second half last week which saw him start to air it out more. Denver does have issues against the run but should be able to handle the Lions backs with more ease.

Cedric Benson will serve his one game suspension this week, leaving Bernard Scott as the primary ball carrier. Seattle is a better defense than people think but I like Scott’s upside. He is more shifty than Benson and has shown he can carry the load. Scott is a nice sleeper start this week, especially if you’re in a bind.

Hines Ward is questionable this week, leaving the door open for future stars Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Brown was the yardage guy while Sanders picked up the touchdown. I would roll with Brown if you can claim him off waivers. He had 7 catches last week and Ben seems to trust him.

Braylon Edwards finally returned to practice on Tuesday and could be effective right out of the gate against the Browns. The Ninersshould have plenty offensive opportunities this week which means some good looks for Edwards.

Legarrette Blount practiced today and seems like he will be ready for week 9. Good thing as the Bucs lost Earnest Graham for the season last week.

Beanie Wells apparently is telling people he will be ready to go this week. He had better be at full health since the Cards face the Ravens. Even if he is, keep your expectations limited if you are forced to start him. We see this from players all the time where they say they will play but coaches decide otherwise. Keep an eye if he practices on Friday.

Ovie Mughelli has been placed on I.R. leaving Jason Snelling as the Falcons main fullback. This helps Snelling’s value a bit since the Falcons have shown they aren’t opposed to using the FB out of the backfield in the red zone. While this doesn’t make him a must start every week, it is nice to see some added value.

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5 Responses to “Mid-Week update for Week 8”

  1. kobe says:

    Yo, Mr Destiny did you replace the flukie? Would you start Antonio Brown over Ryan Torain in a PPR league? I feel like an abused wife w. Ryan Torain. 3 weeks in a row I have been beaten down…

    • Mr. Destiny says:

      Hey Kobe, just an update. As of 10-27, local papers are saying Sanders will get the start over Brown in Ward sits. Sanders has still played more on passing downs but you may want to take this into consideration. The news makes Torain and Brown more of a toss up.

  2. Mr. Destiny says:

    Tough one given Brown is facing a bad secondary and Torain is facing a bad rushing defense. I would err on the safe side with Brown if he gets the start. Brown caught 7 of his 9 targets last week and posted 102 yards. I don’t like that Sanders got the score, but if Ward is out we can expect similar numbers or better. The Pats will focus on Wallace and run plenty of zone leaving Brown to take advantage of the weak spots. Ben trusts him and will utilize him. Torain depends more on how Helu produces. Shanahan will go with the hot hand even if Torain gets the start. Also Moss, Hightower, and Cooley are all out leaving Gaffney as the only threat to keep the Bills on their toes. The Bills will focus on stopping the run since Gaffney doesn’t strike fear into anyone’s heart.If Brown gets the start he is the best option, especially in PPR since Torain has 0 receptions and Brown has only dipped under 4 catches in 3 of his 7 games regardless if Ward was the starter. Those are valuable points that could make a difference.

  3. kobe says:

    Mr D – you did alright for me. Brown had 25 pts last week and Torain had 3. So I made some trades this week. I had Tebow (who I still have) and I traded for Rivers.

    Do you start Rivers against a weak pass defense in GB even though Rivers has been off this year?

    Or do you start Tebow and hope he gets a ton of points in garbage time against a legit Oakland team?

    Please advise….

    • Mr. Destiny says:

      I’m a big supporter of teams coming off the bye week because of all the extra time they get to prepare. Oakland has a great defensive front and while I do believe Tebow has a much better game, they will test him as Detroit did. Rivers has been far from himself but we finally saw the guy we are used to in the second half Monday night. Antonio Gates makes all the difference in Rivers confidence and Green Bay is not the same defensive unit as last year although they too had a bye week to prepare. I say roll with Rivers because of his better weapons that can make plays after the catch although its a very close decision.

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