FF Brainwave Report 10/15
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Antrel Rolle’s Exploits Alex Smith
While Rolle was still slowed in practice because of a knee injury he suffered against the Panthers last past week, he’s still a big part of the Giants defense. I questioned if Rolle was worth putting in IDP lineups after hearing of the news about his problems in practice but we should feel good going forward.
Will be interested to watch the coaches tape on both of Rolle’s interceptions as he clearly had Alex Smith confused, basically throwing the football right at him on both picks.
Kevin Kolb Injured
After nine sacks in a matter of five days it was only a matter of time before Kolb would be knocked out of action. The Bills posted five sacks on Sunday and Kolb is now dealing with a rib injury.
Ahmad Bradshaw Runs For Over 100 Yards Against 49ers Defense
The 49ers struggled badly in the second half, especially on offense which translated in the Giants offense being on the field for a fair amount of time. Like Marshawn Lynch’s 100-yard effort and score last season, Bradshaw displayed tough, physical running and took advantage of very good field position off a turnover, for his touchdown.
Let’s hope the veteran can stay on the field because he’s running better in the past two weeks than I’ve seen him throughout his career.
DeMarco Murray’s Foot Sprain
It appears Murray didn’t leave the Cowboys locker room in a boot after suffering a foot sprain against the Ravens.
Time will tell when Murray is back, but let’s hope when he does return he doesn’t run with pain, which is the problem still with Pierre Garcon who suffered a sprain week one. The fact that he didn’t have a cast on the foot is a good sign.
Robert Griffin’s Big Run
Hopefully you stuck with Robert Griffin in your lineup if you normally start him because he posted a huge performance on the ground.
His 76-yard touchdown is a reminder that this quarterback is dangerous with this legs from anywhere on the football field. What was even more impressive is that he did this on a blitz, something the Vikings didn’t do a lot of because of Griffin’s running ability.
Dez Bryant Breaks Out
A big game for Bryant and while he dropped a key two-point conversion, consider this game his true breakout performance.
In a game where the Cowboys were highly successful on the ground, you wouldn’t think Bryant would have 15 targets and 13 receptions. We should expect good things going forward and his matchup against the Panthers next week, will make him a WR1 on my board in my weekly rankings.
Lions Front Four
Not only did Detroit’s front four get to Michael Vick but they did a good job blowing up run plays and holding LeSean McCoy to only 22 yards on the ground.
We know the Eagles have had some big injuries on the offensive line, and if they can’t improve, we should consider McCoy a low-end RB1 the rest of the season.
Pete Carroll’s Emotions
Ok, this is just a fun one (or maybe not so fun for Packer and Patriot fans) but it just cracks me up to see Carroll look like a little school boy that just walked away with an extra twinkie at the lunch counter.
Trent Richardson’s Rib Injury
Keep an eye on Richardson’s status this week as he seems confident he will play. This could be the case as we watched Willis McGahee try to come back into a game with a rib injury and couldn’t finish, only to play the next week against the Raiders.
Ravens Give It Up Big On Ground
I’ve taken some heat for ranking running backs high, even though they would play the Ravens that weekend. This isn’t the same run defense of old, and perhaps after this game, all fantasy owners will know that.
The Cowboys have struggled to run the football this year and yet they set a franchise low (or high depending on how you look at it) performance in Baltimore history as the Ravens gave up 228 yards on the ground. With Lewis down for some time, things won’t get much better in the future.
Ray Lewis Could Be Lost For Rest Of Season
Because this is Ray Lewis I have to think there must be some way he will get back on the field by the end of the year, but he will be out for some time no matter what. Possibly done for the season, the loss of Lewis is a huge blow to a defense that has struggled against the run more this year, than any year I can ever remember.
Lardarius Webb Possibly Tore His ACL
A huge loss for the Ravens secondary as Webb was probably the one corner they could count for consistent play.
With Lewis out as well, this defense may rally for a game or two, but they shouldn’t be considered a top ten defense going forward.
Fred Jackson Plays Without Brace
Both Jackson and C.J. Spiller ran the football better against the Cardinals and should have good days against the Titans this week.
Now playing without a brace, it appears we should feel good about Jackson holding low-end RB2 status going forward.
Bilal Powell Shoulder Injury, Greene’s Job Safe
A disappointment for Powell owners as I thought this would be the game we watched him surpass Shonn Greene on the depth chart. Instead, Greene had a monster game and Powell had a shoulder injury. Greene’s starting job is safe going forward.