FF Brainwave – 9/15
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Titus Young: Head Butt Or Butt-Head?
Let’s go with both. Young was kicked out of practice during OTA’s for an incident with a teammate, but put together a nice training camp afterwords. Young has the ability to be a breakout option in fantasy leagues, but a head butt during the Lions week one game against the Rams proves he’s still immature.
Not sure whether Young will every figure it out and we could easily see Ryan Broyles pass him on the depth chart some time next year.
For now, Young should remain on the field most of the time and I wouldn’t recommend you release him off your team. Just know he could be disciplined, not only form the league (was fined for the head butt) but by his team again, because of his on the field issues that were problematic in his rookie year as well.
Matt Forte High Ankle Sprain
A tough injury for fantasy owners who selected Forte in the early rounds. Forte will be out a least a few games, if this is a high ankle sprain and it may take him a few more weeks after he returns before he plays at the level we’ve come to expect.
In the coming weeks Michael Bush will be a RB2 and he has a terrific matchup against the Bears next week. Let’s keep an eye on Forte’s progress and hope he can return to practice by the end of the month.
Antonio Gates Rib Injury
Gates toughed it out on Monday night and played most of the snaps throughout the game, even when his team had things wrapped up. Returning to limited practice on Friday, Gates will be on the field against the Titans.
As is listed below, we should expect Ryan Mathews back on the field and that is a good sign for Gates fantasy stock. With Mathews active, defenses will pay more attention to the running game, dropping a safety down in the box and opening some opportunities for Gates up over the middle.
Ryan Mathews Likely To Play
One week of missed game is all Mathews lost after an early preseason shoulder injury took him out of action.
The bigger problem for Mathews is the Chargers offensive line that had trouble opening holes for Ronnie Brown and Curtis Brinkley last week. The Raiders have a decent front line, and this week San Diego gets a Titans defense that gave up 125 yards to Stevan Ridley on 21 carries. Don’t expect those numbers from Mathews but he’s worth a flex play start.
Cowboys WR’s vs. Seahawks CB’s
As Tim MacMahon points out in the tweet below, the matchup between Dez Bryant, Miles Austin vs Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman will be a good one this week.
The Seahawks starting corners are tall with long arms and are good at locking up their opponent, pressing them at the line of scrimmage. Sherman was dominant against Larry Fitzgerald last week, so expect average numbers from the two starting receivers.
LeSean McCoy vs. Ravens Defense
McCoy can run the football against the Ravens with Terrell Suggs and Jarrett Johnson (left to San Diego via free agency) out of the lineup. While the tweet below would appear McCoy is being a little cocky, he does go on to give (in Frank’s article linked below) the Ravens a lot of respect.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 91 yards and a score last week against Baltimore, but McCoy is a different style of running back, so let’s see how this matchup turns out. Expect at least 75 yards on the ground and 30 plus through the air as McCoy will be an active piece to this offense, weekly.
Darrelle Revis Out, Kyle Wilson In
A game changing situation for the Steelers receivers. Last week the Broncos rotated Champ Bailey on Antonio Brown and some on Mike Wallace. This week Kyle Wilson, a former first-round pick will get his chance to prove he’s worthy of starting on the outside.
I like the Steelers odds of exploiting this defense in the passing game, with Revis out and Brown should be considered a WR2 at this point.