Some Fantasy Football w/TJFord

Since I have talked TJFord into jumping on board here I’m going to post this Fantasy writeup of his that he had posted at There is NO Offseason. We are happy to have Mr. Canaduh on board and hopefully he can help us pump out some more Fantasy Football content.

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This week should be a great week for the NFL in general. Goodell gets a dream matchup between the unbeaten Colts (7-0) and the unbeaten Patriots (8-0). Unfortunately, for the majority of football fans, the hype surrounding this matchup is overshadowing many good matchups; Cowboys v. Eagles, Ravens v. Steelers and Packers v. Chiefs to name a few.

In Fantasy Football, after week 8 is about the time of year where your position in the standings becomes clear. Your team is likely to cruise to the playoffs or be a a dogfight for a wildcard berth or your team is a writeoff. Hopefully, this week’s picks will help you along. I made a couple great calls in Marc Bulger, Brett Favre, Selvin Young and Greg Jennings. Let’s see if I can keep the good calls coming. As always, start the players in green with confidence, black indicates a so-so start, red is a caution and blue indicates my sleeper.

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Rundown: Brett Favre has never won at Arrowhead. But that being said, the Pack have won 10 of their last 11 dating back to last season. The Chiefs defense is tight in the front four and linebackers Donnie Edwards, Derrick Johnson and Napoleon Harris are more than adequate run-stoppers. That being said, Green Bay needs to commit to the run to ensure that Jared Allen doesn’t get into a groove. Favre could be in for a long day if Allen gets to him with any regularity. DeShawn Wynn was placed on IR after Monday night’s game with a shoulder problem. Ryan Grant will get the nod at running back for the Packers. The Chiefs’ offense hasn’t be the good all year so look for the Packers defense to expose Damon Huard after shutting down Larry Johnson.

Perch’s Pick: PACKERS by 10

QB: Damon Huard (Chiefs)
QB: Brett Favre (Packers)
RB: Larry Johnson (Chiefs)
RB: Ryan Grant (Packers)
WR: Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs) – 5 rec 80 yds 1 TD
WR: Donald Driver (Packers)
WR: Greg Jennings (Packers)
WR: James Jones (Packers)
TE: Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs)
TE: Donald Lee (Packers)

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Rundown: Matchup between two bad teams should produce some fireworks based on the situations. Buffalo is coming off of a win against division rival Jets and Cincinnati is coming off of a tough loss against Pittsburgh. Kenny Watson, running back of the Bengals, is dinged up with a concussion he suffered last week and Rudi Johnson is still hampered by a bad hamstring. Look for Dede Dorsey to get more carries with Watson hurt. I don’t like the prospect of any Bengals running game this week because of that. Chris Henry is also returning from suspension this week. Starting him is a risky proposition; his production is a crapshoot at best when he is prepared for the season, let alone unpracticed for 8 weeks. Trent Edwards (Bills QB) is declared Out with a sprained wrist which opens the door for former starter JP Losman. Last week, he was a glimpse of the great Losman-Evans combination that led many fantasy teams to the playoffs last year. Evans started to turn it around at this point last year. Look for him to get it together. Bottom line? The Bills secondary will have no answer for the Bengals attack. Lynch will have a field day running but the score will be high in a Bengals win.

Perch’s Pick: BENGALS by 7

QB: Carson Palmer (Bengals)
QB: JP Losman (Bills)
RB: Kenny Watson (Bengals)
RB: Marshawn Lynch (Bills)
WR: Chad Johnson (Bengals)
WR: TJ Houshmandzadeh (Bengals)
WR: Chris Henry (Bengals)
WR: Lee Evans (Bills) – 5 rec 100 yds 1 TD
WR: Josh Reed (Bills)

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Rundown: My Falcons are home this week to the 49ers. The Niners offense has been awful this year but I expect this week to be different. Darrell Jackson has been a non-factor in San Francisco this year and Vernon Davis has struggled through injury yet again. Gore has not been the impact RB he was last year but all signs point to the Niners breaking out this game. Playaction was working late in the game last week. Alex Smith was accurate. Vernon Davis was a factor. The Falcons defense has not been good against the run this year (22nd in the league) and DeAgnelo Hall beng nicked up may prove to be costly in the passing game. Arnaz Battle has caught a TD in 2 of his last 3 games; look for him to find the end zone again this week. On the Falcons side of things, Bobby Petrino refuses to give Jerious Norwood more carries than Warrick Dunn despite Norwood having a 5.1 yard per carry average versus Dunn’s 3.1 ypc. Alge Crumpler (TE) is dinged up with both knee and ankle issues. He rested over the bye week and all signs point to him playing; however his production has been weak at best so I’d bench him until further notice. Joey Harrington will get the start over an injured Byron Leftwich (ankle) which spells a good day for Roddy White if he can free himself from Nate Clements. But that is a big IF. Bottom Line? Falcons lose big, at least two touchdowns.

Perch’s pick: 49ERS by 14

QB: Alex Smith (49ers)
QB: Joey Harrington (Falcons)
RB: Frank Gore (49ers)
RB: Warrick Dunn (Falcons)
RB: Jerious Norwood (Falcons)
WR: Darrell Jackson (49ers)
WR: Arnaz Battle (49ers) – 3 rec 50 yds 1 TD
WR: Roddy White (Falcons)
WR: Michael Jenkins (Falcons)
WR: Joe Horn (Falcons)
TE: Vernon Davis (49ers)
TE: Alge Crumpler (Falcons)

Cheers and enjoy this week’s games.

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