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Last Minute Emergency Lineup Changes: Week 7

The deadly week 7 is upon us and every fantasy football owner in the world is shaking in their boots.  Teams on their bye this week are the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and the San Diego Chargers.  Throughout those teams there are some real fantasy studs that need to be replaced this week like Matty Ice, Peyton Manning, Jamal Charles and LeShawn McCoy.  With big names like these on the bench this week, fantasy owners are scrambling to fill their rosters and pick up the best players available on the waiver wire.  Well I’m here to make your decision making a little easier.

Andrew Luck (QB):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

The #1 draft pick from this past years draft is making his first appearance on the Sports Debaters Sleepers article…he should be honored.  With 4 regular fantasy starting quarterbacks on bye weeks (Peyton, Ryan, Vick, Rivers), many owners need to find a reliable replacement.  Andrew Luck has been having a pretty solid rookie campaign throwing for nearly 300 YPG.  One of Luck’s issues, which is common among rookies, is his turnovers.  Through his first 5 games, Luck has thrown 7 picks and fumbled 3 times.  Luckily for Luck- see what I did there- he has the privilege of facing the god awful Cleveland Browns this week on his home turf.  With the Colts starting tailback, Donald Brown, out for the near future, Luck will have a lot more responsibility in an already pass-friendly offense.  I can see this being Luck’s best game as a starter for the entire season.  If your regular starting QB on your fantasy team is off or injured this week, or if your QB just has a tougher matchup then your comfortable with, Luck is a must start.

Predictions for week 7:  28-50 for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns, 2 rushes for 15 yards

Leonard Hankerson (WR):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

The Washington Redskins have been an anomaly this season.  They have won games they should have lost, lost games they should have won, they have star players injured and no name rookies exploding for ridiculous numbers, i.e. Alfred Morris, and they are doing all of this with a rookie QB, who in my mind is the front runner for Rookie of the Year.  In week 1, RG3 found a favorite target in Pierre Garcon but since Garcon got shook up in that game he hasn’t been the same since.  RG3 has had to find other help like Morris, Fred Davis and the always reliable Santana Moss.  This week in their division matchup against the first place New York Giants, RG3 is going to need to unload his entire bag of tricks and I think that will start by introducing the second year man out of Miami, Leonard Hankerson, to the world.  Hankerson has already showed signs of talent and he even had a game in week 3 where he was targeted 11 times against the Bucs in a Redskins thrilling win.  With Garcon most likely not playing again this week, RG3 will be taking advantage of Hankerson’s speed and I see this being a breakout game for the sophomore.  The Giants secondary is nothing to brag about but they have been playing better of late, but knowing Tom Coughlin, their focus will be on the Redskins ground game.  That leaves the field open for my man Hankerson.

Predictions for week 7:  7 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown

Greg Olsen (TE):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

Greg Olsen has been driving fantasy owners, including myself, crazy for years.  The six year man out of the University of Miami has extremely reliable hands and is one of the best rout running Tight Ends in the NFL.  So why are his numbers so inconsistent?  No one knows.  Olsen has had the second most targets on his team and is only 4 behind Cam Newton’s favorite target Steve Smith.  The 1-4 Panthers have been a huge disappointment this year and I honestly don’t think things are going to get any better.  This week they go up against the reeling Dallas Cowboys in a game that I can all but guarantee the Panthers will lose.  Dallas will score early and often forcing Cam to try and comeback on his arms and not his legs.  Smith will get his targets and even Lafell will get some looks, but I think the biggest receiving performance for the Panthers will come from Olsen.  I’m expecting Olsen to be the recipient of a lot of short dump passes from Newton when he feels DeMarcus Ware breathing down his neck.  Olsen also has the potential for some big plays up the seam.  With Tony Gonzalez on bye week, I feel that Olsen can feasibly have the best week out of any TE in the league…plus he has a ridiculously hot wife!

Predictions for week 7:  9 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown

Carson Palmer (QB):  Sunday 4:25 PM EST

I remember a time when Carson Palmer was a must start in every league 8 teams or more, when Chad Johnson was a respectable and feared receiver and the Cincinnati Bengals were an extremely scary team to face.  How things change.  Now Palmer is at the helm of one of the laughing stocks of the NFL.  The Oakland Raiders are so beyond bad that success does not seem like it will be coming any time soon.  Arguably two of the worst teams in the NFL, the Jaguars (1-4) and Raiders (1-4) face off in a battle that will prove who is actually on the bottom of the league.  The Raiders are pathetic but I think the Jaguars might be worse.  While Palmer’s season ending numbers won’t be anything to hang on the refrigerator, I think this week will be a successful one for the former #1 draft pick out of USC.  Palmer is coming off of his best start of the season (23-53 353 yards 1 TD 1 INT) against an Atlanta Falcons defense that is more than impressive.  This weeks task is much easier and if you are in need of a quarterback this week and Andrew Luck is already taken, Palmer will be a very safe and smart start.

Predictions for week 7:  24-46 for 320 yards and two touchdowns

Jonathon Dwyer (RB):  Sunday 8:20 PM EST

Information surfaced early yesterday that Rashard Mendenhall and Issac Redman will both be inactive for the Steelers Sunday Night Football matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.  Jonathon Dwyer is the Steelers third tailback and will now be the starter with the top two backs out with injuries.  He will be splitting runs with their fourth tailback, Baron Batch, but Dwyer will be seeing the majority of touches in the backfield.  Dwyer is yet to do anything of significance this season but this will be a game where he can prove his worth.  It is a nationally televised game against a team that just fell to the only team without a win in the NFL.  The Bengals are falling from grace really fast and since Big Ben and company are coming off of a surprising loss themselves, this game is a must win for Pittsburgh.  I do feel that majority of the Steelers offense will rely heavily on the air attack, but that doesn’t mean Dwyer won’t benefit from that.  Dwyer has wicked fast speed and if he is lucky enough to be on the receiving end of a Roethlisberger screen pass, he can easily take at least one to the house.  I think this game can be the answer to whether or not the three year man out of Georgia Tech can be a formidable option in the NFL.

Predictions for week 7:  15 rushes for 80 yards and a touchdown, 4 receptions for 50 yards

Last Minute Emergency Lineup Changes: Week 3

Here are our fantasy predictions for football. I mean our football fantasy predictions. You know – make-believe guesses about make-believe teams.

Welcome back for the third installment of “Last Minute Emergency Lineup Changes.”  Through the first two weeks, we have seen some of our predictions blossom into lineup mainstays as well as some predictions completely busting and making us look foolish.  Every team in the league seems to have something to prove this week as 20 of the 32 teams have a 1-1 record and have a make or break game in week 3.  This means that there are going to have to be some players who might not have shined thus far that need to step up and make a difference.  We are going to do our best to predict who those shining stars will be.


Steven Hill:  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

Making a mountain out of this Hill.

It was bound to happen people! I went the first two weeks and didn’t pick any Jets to be over performing sleepers, but this week I truly feel that it is warranted.  While week 2 for the Jets looked like the offense most people predicted they will have throughout the year, I feel that there is a lot more of what they portrayed in week 1 waiting to be unveiled.  One of the surprising contributors to the Jets week 1 outburst was the impressive play of Hill.  While he was labeled as an inexperienced buttery fingers rookie, Hill proved that he was able to hold on to pretty much anything thrown his way.  The only problem with his big week 2 doughnut was that he never got the ball passed to him.  As a matter of fact, Sanchez had a hard time throwing to anyone.  Luckily for Hill and Sanchez, they are going up against the crappy Miami Dolphins and both of them should put up similar numbers to week 1.  While I don’t think Hill will have the same 100 yards and 2 touchdowns, I do feel that he will benefit from Dustin Keller missing yet another game.

Predictions for week 3:  7 receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown

Buffalo Bills Defense:  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

We have bills to pay, so watch out! Hey, we ARE Bills to pay!

After an underwhelming week 1 debacle against my New York Jets, the Bills got their shit together and showed the world that they won’t roll over this season.  Buffalo laid the smack down on the Kansas City Chiefs in week 2 and one of the main reasons for their success was their highly coveted defense.  The great news for Buffalo is that they get to have their encore against the lowly Cleveland Browns.  Now this will be a reoccurring theme for my predictions; as long as Cleveland remains an abysmal team, I will always suggest starting their opposing defenses.  If you don’t have a strong commitment to your defense on your current roster, like myself, Buffalo is available in a majority of the leagues and is a must start against the hapless Browns.  I am expecting a huge game from the Bills defensive line and I think this will be Baby Mario’s break out game.  I feel bad for Brandon Weeden because I feel that he will be spending more time on the ground than a legless whore.  The Bills defense is going to have their way with Weeden and the rest of the Browns offense.

Predictions for week 3:  3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 5 sacks and 1 defensive touchdown

Jon Baldwin:  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

Baldwin will shine like the luster of ice on a cold turd; the only bright spot in a pile of …

In the only battle of the week between 0-2 teams, we are sure to see some ugly play.  Surprisingly, the two 0-2 teams that are playing each other were both predicted to be better than their respective records are indicating.  Both the Saints and Chiefs have shown how weak their defenses are, which means a lot of fantasy points are up for grabs in this battle for the worst record in the NFL.  While I think that the Saints will come out of this matchup victorious, I think that Jon Baldwin will be the breakout star of the game.  The Saints have proven to have no respectable secondary to stop any pass attack from their opponents so I think this will be the perfect game for the sophomore to have his breakout NFL game.  With only 3 catches for 62 yards this season, Baldwin is available in more than 75% of ESPN fantasy leagues.  Matt Cassel is a very solid QB and usually puts up good yardage.  Against the Saints and their pathetic defense, Cassel will look a hell of a lot better and will find a reliable friend in Baldwin.  I am predicting that this will be the best game of Baldwin’s young career.

Predictions for week 3:  8 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown

Jason Avant:  Sunday 4:05 PM EST

Avant to be alone … in the middle of the field … catching balls!

One of the best matchups of the week is between the 2-0 Philadelphia Eagles and the 2-0 Arizona Cardinals.  The Eagles are a surprising 2-0 after having to perform an amazing escape act for both of their victories.  The Cardinals reached their fast start with a huge week 2 upset against the NFL favorite New England Patriots.  While the Eagles were picked to have a decent year that could land them as one of the wildcard teams in the NFC, the Cardinals were not expected to do much with a new starting QB, Skelton, and a pretty weak overall offense.  Regardless of the preseason predictions, these two teams are 2-0 and are playing for the best record in the league.  I feel that the Eagles will come out of this game victorious and I think Michael Vick will be the reason why.  Two of Vick’s favorite targets, Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, are both out with injury.  That leaves a lot of pressure on the star receiver DeSean Jackson.  Jason Avant has been moved to the #2 receiver on the Eagles for the week and I expect him to capitalize on the constant double teams that Jackson will be drawing for the entire game.  Avant is quick and has good hands and I am expecting him to have a big game this week in Arizona.

Predictions for week 3:  7 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown

Isaac Redman:  Sunday 4:25 PM EST

The running Redman – I expect to see a lot of this.

Now I know a lot of people got angry at Redman during week 1 when ESPN predicted he would put up 15 fantasy points and he came out of the game with a pathetic 1, but I truly feel that this will be Redman’s week.  With the Steelers starting running back, Rashad Mendenhall, still out with an injury, the carries will be split between Redman and Jon Dwyer.  Dwyer has gotten most of the carries in the first two weeks but after being shaken up with the all too familiar turf toe, Redman is looking like the go to guy in this game.  Add that with the fact that the Steelers are playing the God awful Oakland Raiders and their extremely permeable defense, Redman is poised to come up big in this game.  Not only do I think Redman will get a lot of carries, but I think he will be a good option for Roethlisberger if he ever gets pressured by Oakland.  Even though this is only week 3, I feel this is a must win game for Pittsburgh because they really want to avoid a 1-2 record.  While the Steelers are a primarily pass first offense, I think this is a week where they will mix it up and depend on the running game a little more.

Predictions for week 3:  16 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown, 5 receptions for 50 yards

Here is our free advice for you to take now and thank us later.  We will be posting 5 players every week who we feel will make a significant impact for that week.  If you agree or not with our predictions let us know.  If you take our advice and are successful because of it congratulations and tell your friends.

Last Minute Emergency Lineup Changes: Week 2

The time has come again to shuffle your lineups and prepare yourself for some intense Fantasy Football action.  Week 1 had some great stories and the entire league ended up having the most points scored ever for an opening weekend in the NFL.  Last week I gave you advice on what last minute changes could be made to benefit your lineups and while I wasn’t right with all 5 players, I did have a couple of stars.  The Colts Coby Fleener proved to be Andrew Luck’s second favorite target behind Reggie Wayne and Brandon Lafell, on the Carolina Panthers, showed the world what I told he would; he’s a scorer with ridiculous speed.  This week offers up all new matchups which means there is a new set of sleepers that I feel will help build your lineup into a winning one.  Heed my advice and come Tuesday, you can be the one bragging about the high score of the week.

Scott Chandler:  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

While Buffalo got smacked around by the Jets last week, there were a few bright spots that the Bills were able to take away from the game.  Stevie Johnson had two touchdowns and the 5th year Tight End out of Iowa, Scott Chandler, had another.  Chandler is conceivably the Bills number two go to guy and now that Fred Jackson and David Nelson are out for at least month, Chandler should see even more passes come his way.  He has a huge build and is often looked at by his QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick, once the Bills are in the redzone.  Buffalo is playing the Kansas City Chiefs and when they had the same matchup last season, Buffalo went on to win 41-7 and Chandler found the endzone twice.  I am expecting another huge game from not only Chandler, but the entire Buffalo team.  With the crowd going wild at Ralph Wilson stadium, you can expect at least 12 targets for Chandler throughout the game.  It will also be beneficial for Chandler with the Chiefs starting safety, Kendrick Lewis, and their starting cornerback, Brandon Flowers. both questionable with injuries for tomorrow’s game.

Predictions for week 2:  8 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown

Denarius Moore:  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

Week 1 for the Oakland Raiders shouldn’t be an indication of where the offense will end up this season.  With a healthy Darren McFadden and an experienced Carson Palmer with an entire offseason under his belt, the Raiders will have one of the more formidable offenses in the NFL this season.  While McFadden will garner the majority of touches for his offense, Palmer will still need to air some passes out to keep the opposing defenses honest.  Darrius Heyward-Bey is the #1 receiver for the Raiders and will draw every one of the top defenders towards him.  That will leave Denarius Moore in the open often and he will constantly be found with one-on-one coverage.  Moore is a FA in a lot of leagues, and for the ones that he is owned in he usually isn’t a starter.  I strongly suggest starting him this week because the Raiders #3 receiver, Jacoby Ford, is out with an injury and the Raiders are going up against arguably the worst team in the NFL, the Miami Dolphins.  Moore missed the first week of the season with a minor hamstring injury, but he is now cleared to go.  Moore led the Raiders in receiving TD’s last season and I expect him to show flashes of that talent again tomorrow.

Predictions for week 2:  7 receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown

Anquan Boldin:  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

Coming into this season, there were not many people that still had faith in Anquan Boldin…besides myself.  Everyone was saying how Torrey Smith is the only receiver worth mentioning on the Baltimore Ravens team and that Ray Rice will be the #2 receiver even though he is the starting tailback.  Well, after week 1 some critics might being singing a different song since Anquan had twice the receptions that Torrey had and Boldin found the endzone which Smith did not.  The Ravens QB, Joe Flacco, made a bold statement during the offseason, stating that he is the best QB in the NFL.  After the Ravens impressive 44-point outburst in week 1, his argument got a little stronger.  Ray Rice will always draw the attention of multiple defenders and Boldin will more often then not find himself with one-on-one coverage.  The Ravens do have a formidable defensive opponent this week in the Philadelphia Eagles, but I strongly believe that Boldin will find the endzone for the second straight week.   While his receptions and yards total might not be outstanding, his overall fantasy impact will make him an easy start for the flex position in majority of fantasy leagues.

Predictions for week 2:  5 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown

Alfred Morris:  Sunday 4:05 PM EST

IT’S NOT A FLUKE!!! I know that Mike Shanahan is notorious for having no set #1 running back, but I think all that has changed.  Week 1 marked a more than impressive debut of Alfred Morris for the Washington Redskins, as the rookie out of Florida Atlantic had 2 TD’s and 96 yards on the ground.  He entered the game as the #3 back for the Skins but ended the game as the clear #1.  The chemistry between Morris and the rookie sensation RG3 looked so good that I believe it will be a tandem to recon with for years to come.  The impressive performance by Morris in week 1 came against a respectable New Orleans Saints defense and in week 2 he has the luxury of going up against the laughable St. Louis Rams defense.  Morris is a must start in every league with 8 teams or more.  With RG3 demanding every defenders attention because of his ability to not only gun the ball, but the fact that he can roll out of the pocket at any given moment and sprint faster than majority of QB’s in the game, Morris will find himself in a lot of favorable offensive situations.  I feel bad for both Roy Helu and Evan Royster, who will see all of their playing time and touches diminish as RG3 and Morris take over the NFL.  I am expecting Morris to have as big, if not bigger, of a game then he had in week 1.

Predictions for week 2:  20 carries for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns, 3 receptions for 30 yards

Randy Moss:  Sunday 8:20 PM EST

I chuckled a little while I was typing Moss’ name because I never thought that he would be relevant again in the NFL.  I guess the jokes on me because Randy’s week 1 performance was more than any San Francisco 49ers fan could have hoped for.  Besides my Jets game, this matchup between the Lions and 49ers is the game I am looking forward to the most.  Last seasons infamous handshake between Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh is the main reason why, but the fact that both of these teams are extremely exciting to watch is the other reason.  The game will be close throughout and I think offense will dominate on both sides.  The 49ers QB, Alex Smith, looks as if he is coming into his own and his receiving core are reaping the benefits.  While Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis are the top two targets, Moss proved in week 1 that he is not someone to be taken lightly.  I honestly think the Moss will be the go to guy when it comes to the redzone playbook for San Fran.  With Mario Manningham demanding some attention as well, Moss will rarely have more than a single defender on him.  Randy Moss is one of the greatest receivers in NFL history and I think he knows that his best chance at a Super Bowl ring at this point in his career is with these 49ers.  Plus this is a prime time game on Sunday Night Football and no one loves the spotlight like Moss does.  Look for another big game from the rejuvenated Moss.

Predictions for week 2:  5 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown

Here is our free advice for you to take now and thank us later.  We will be posting 5 players every week who we feel will make a significant impact for that week.  If you agree or not with our predictions let us know.  If you take our advice and are successful because of it congratulations and tell your friends.