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The Tuesday Hangover: A look back at the week that was in fantasy football

Posted by Jeff Thitoff October 15, 2013
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The Tuesday Hangover:

A look back at the week that was in fantasy football


Last evening’s tilt out west was supposed to be a marquee highlighted by a performance for the ages in Andrew Luck’s debut on Monday Night Football.

Instead, it was a game dominated by… kickers.

Luck passed for 202 yards, no touchdowns and one interception while Nick Novak and Adam Vinateri combined for SEVEN field goals as the San Diego Chargers knocked off the Colts 19-9.

If you needed a big game for your fantasy football team from anybody wearing a double-digit uniform number, you were out of (ahem) luck.

On Sunday, we finally saw some life from Stevan Ridley and Knowshon Moreno continued to show why I am a genius by scoring three touchdowns. Remember, back in August, I told you to draft him and that he would be the guy in Denver ahead of Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman. And two weeks ago, before he made his season debut, I told you to grab Justin Blackmon. In two games, he has 19 receptions for 326 yards and a touchdown.

(forget about my liking Isaac Redman and Bernard Pierce and focus on my Moreno knowledge)

Some big-name receivers made a splash — finally. A.J. Green (6-103-1) and Larry Fitzgerald were solid. Detroit running back Reggie Bush had a big second half against Cleveland. Make all the inappropriate jokes you want, but I hope you had V.D. this weekend, because the San Francisco tight end had eight catches for 180 yards and a pair of scores.

Injuries decimated Green Bay’s receivers and it looks like Randall Cobb might be out a few weeks. Rob Gronkowski missed yet another game and Jimmy Graham didn’t record a catch and was also dinged up. The Saints are on a bye in Week Seven, but go ahead and see if the Graham owner in your league is desperate and try to buy low on Graham.

Waiver wire pickups I recommend are Nick Foles, Percy Harvin, Zac Stacy, Brandon Jacobs (but make sure he’s healthy), Rueben Randle, Kris Durham and Harry Douglas. Others to consider are Jacoby Jones (just back from injury) and Joseph Randle, who should get the bulk of the work in Dallas with DeMarco Murray out.

I never, ever condone hate mail, angry tweets or threats. However, I am using jabbing pins into the voodoo dolls of Dwayne Bowe, DeAndre Hopkins, Ryan Broyles and Willis McGahee. I thought they would be better. They aren’t.

Lastly, here is my sneaky advice.

The Bengals are going to keep relying on BenJarvus Green-Ellis in clutch situations. Giovanni Bernard is an exciting, big-play threat — but as the season progresses, BJGE is going to have more touches and more trust from Marvin Lewis.

If you can buy him at a reasonable price, do it.

As always, you can hit me up on Twitter (@Tito971thefan). Be sure to tune in to the Thursday Night NFL Countdown Show at 6 PM and Tim Hall and I are at the OH at the Hollywood Casino every Sunday from 12-3.