FF Brainwave Report 10/9
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LeGarrette Blount / Buccaneers Ground Game
Before the Buccaneers matchup against the Redskins, Coach Greg Schiano left use some bread crumbs through the press that LeGarrette Blount would see more action in the running attack. While the Buccaneers took to the air early and often, they did use Blount in a close to even time share with Doug Martin and it was Blount that received the goal-line work.
Blount continues to impress in practice and we should anticipate the third-year veteran to continue to work in a close to even split with Martin this week. The good news is that Tampa faces off against the Chiefs, a team that is likely to go with Brady Quinn at quarterback as Matt Cassel works his way back from a concussion.
If Blount should continue to work in goal-line situations he could end up as the better play to Martin in the short term.
When focused, Blount is a very competitive running back and will give the Buccaneers sound production on the ground. That’s about all he brings to the table as his pass protection and receiving skills are average at best. This makes Martin the better option for third-down work, and his ball security should be better than the veteran as well.
I still like Martin as a low-end RB2 this week but Blount is probably going to be a respectable flex play in his own right as the Buccaneers should run the football over 30 times in this game.
Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller Splitting Snaps
This is a killer situation for both Jackson and Spiller fantasy owners. Both have proven to be very effective when given a majority of the touches and because Jackson is such a respected player in the Bills locker room, it doesn’t make sense to say the Bills will just keep him on the bench, opting for the more explosive Spiller.
Both are less than 100 percent and are trying to fight their way through injury. Of the two we should like Spiller to hold RB2 value as he’s just coming back from a shoulder injury and his style of play can work with around 10 to 12 touches.
As for Jackson, he doesn’t seem right as he’s come back too fast from a knee injury that should have cost him more time.
Earl Bennett Could See An Increase In Targets
With Alshon Jeffery likely out for four to six weeks because of a hand injury, slot receiver Earl Bennett is inline for an increase in targets. Worthy of a look off the waiver wire (especially in PPR leagues) Bennett will get another chance to prove he’s worthy of being on fantasy rosters over the next month.
Colin McCarthy Struggling With Short Week
A week one high ankle sprain has knocked Colin McCarthy out of most of the action in the first half of the season. A huge blow for the Titans defense but their ailing star middle linebacker returned to action last week and had a fair outing for a player still coming back from injury.
Unfortunately for IDP owners with McCarthy and for the Titans as a team, Tennessee plays an early matchup this week against the Steelers on Thursday night. McCarthy should be considered unlikely to play, which will make life much easier for the Steelers offense.
Brian Cushing Done For The Season
The Texans have overcome losing key players in the past but some may be surprised that the loss of Cushing could prove to be the biggest loss yet. Cushing covers a lot of ground and has the skills to not only disrupt at the line of scrimmage but perhaps more importantly help out in pass protection.
When the Cowboys lost Sean Lee for a short stretch last season in Dallas, they relied on Bradie James and Keith Brooking to play inside, which turned out to be a disaster. James is playing with the Texans now, and as long as Cushing was around, he could play more of the Lee role in the defense.
Without him, the Texans have a void in the middle of the field that can be exploited by tight ends, running backs and even slot receivers.