Early Thursday morning the NFL and the officials Union announced they had agreed in principle to an 8 year deal. The deal would allow the “Real” Refs to return to the field for tonight’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. Although the agreement still needs to be ratified with a 51% vote of the officials 121 members, it is expected to be ratified.
With the return of the official Officials fantasy players have to be aware of the on field ramifications. Of course, there will be better control of time-outs and challenges, which should limit some extra plays from happening. But, the big impact will come on the field.
The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has served his suspension. After sitting out the first 3 games of the regular season, Simpson looks to step into the starting line up opposite Percy Harvin. At 6’2″ and roughly 200 pounds Simpson is a perfect counterpart to the smaller Harvin and should be a fantasy contributor early on.
Simpson is not worth of a starting Fantasy Football spot, but he’s got an NFL size frame and can work well in the Minnesota system, especially with how well Christian Ponder is playing. As soon as Ponder and Simpson develope chemistry, expect Simpson to become a versatile deep threat for the Vikings.
Free agent running back, Ryan Grant, will be joining the Washington Redskins. The 30-year old free agent and former Green Bay Packer will be working as the backup to rookie Alfred Morris. With Roy Helu out with a foot injury and Evan Royster suffering from a patella injury the Redskins can use the veteran for much needed depth.
In the ever changing world of Fantasy football, it is vital to know what is happening around the NFL and what effect that has on its players. For example, 4 years ago, many people thought Tashard Choice was a valuable fantasy sleeper and could challenge for carries in Dallas. Well, that never happened, however, now Choice is a incredibly value fantasy addition with C.J. Spiller going down. Can the same be said for Daniel Thomas?
Week 4 players to add:
Jerome Simpson: Back from a three game suspension for violating the NFL drug policy, Simpson will step in right away as the number two receiver in Minnesota. Simpson is the perfect counterpart to the Vikings #1, Percy Harvin. As Christian Ponder continues to develop, Simpson and he should be able to connect on a few down field strikes a game. Pick him up now and stash him away, in two weeks you’ll have a diamond (thanks Ferris for allowing the butchered quote).
Armon Binns: Binns has shown solid hands, above average route running and has the faith of Andy Dalton. He has solidified himself as the number 2 man in Cincinnati and that should continue. As long as the Bengals are airing out the ball, expect Binns to stay on his 10 – 12 point per week performances.
Despite some major production value late in games this past week, none of the players below should be taking up roster spots in standard 10 team leagues. One or two of them may still be worth holding on to in deeper leagues, but below is a pretty safe bet on who you won’t be playing the rest of the season. Drop these guys quickly and get in on the waiver wire to pick up some other Fantasy Football relevant talent.
Time to go….
Marcedes Lewis: He played for a paycheck. He got his paycheck. Now he looks like the TE version of Albert Haynesworth. Next.
Issac Redman: You can get one more play out of him if you must, but it won’t be a great one. There is no question that he will wind up as the #3 back behind Rashaard Mendenhall and Johnathan Dwyer when healthy. Which may not be this week, but soon.
This is one of the nastiest rivalries in the sport, perhaps any sport, and can yield some truly ugly match-ups. On paper, with key injuries on both sides, notably Charles Tillman and Brian Urlacher (who will probably start) for the Chicago Bears, and Greg Jennings severely limited, if playing at all, with a groin injury.
Aaron Rodgers is a sure start, just like he always is. He is simply the most reliable player in fantasy football right now. Win or lose, he will get his. As far as the receivers are concerned, I would look for a big day from Jordy Nelson, and especially Jermichael Findley. The last two meetings between the clubs, he put up four TD’s, and the Bears really do not have a counter for him yet.
We’ve got our first round of injury news coming out of Week 1 of the NFL season. Very few fantasy football viable players are among those under concern. The list is headlined by Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers. Jennings is suffering from a groin injury suffered against San Francisco and his availability to play on Thursday against the Bears is in question.
|Fred Jackson||BUF||Knee||All accounts have Fred Jackson sitting out at least 3 weeks (Jackson has said he’ll be back in 4 weeks). C.J. Spiller is the back up. Moving up to the number 2 back with be former Cowboy running back Tashard Choice (may want to keep an eye on him)|
With so many Fantasy Football players losing their minds after one week, many will be considering adding free agents. To do so means you must cut players on your team. Here is our list of 11 players that can safely be cut to add a new stud player from the NFL pool of Free Agents.
|Rashad Jennings||JAX||Jennings was limited in his duties week one because of an injury, oh yeah, and Maurice Jones-Drew is back and shows no affects from his hold out. Let the man go.|
|Kendall Wright||TEN||Wright looked a bit out of sorts early in the Patriots game, but began picking up Regular Season speed over the course of the game. I’m not sure I would release Wright just yet. I can see him on the Add list in 2 or 3 weeks|
Several players are being considered for free agent waiver wire additions after the first week of NFL action. The Fantasy Football world explodes with excitement after the first week. Many players will over react to a slow start and look to cut players that they “know have lost a step” in favor of the flavor of the week. Read below the Top 11 added players and what you can expect from them.
|Kevin Ogletree||DAL||As the slot receiver in Dallas Ogletree will continue to see plenty of playing time and should be a viable low-end 2/high end 3 Fantasy Receiver. A safe play.||B|
Who likes ugly football? Appearently the Oakland Raiders do. The Raiders v. San Diego Chargers match-up was doomed from the moment that Raiders Long Snapper, Jon Condo, went down. When back-up Snapper Travis Goethel came in, things started to unravel for the Raiders. Two low snaps and a poor job of blocking on a third punt led to three punts being blocked. The Blocked punts left San Diego in firm control of field posision with little the Silver and Black could do to recover. The bright spot for the Raiders was Darren McFadden.