HOT/COLD List, Week 9
Welcome back to another week of my HOT/COLD list. As usual, this list is not a rankings post. By that, I mean that just because Marlon Brown is HOT and Torrey Smith is COLD does not mean I suggest starting the Ravens’ number 2 wideout over their starter. It just means that relative to that players’ expectations, I believe that Brown will perform well and Smith will underwhelm. Both the HOT and COLD sections will be laid out like an actual fantasy football team (QB, 2RB, 2WR, TE, D/ST,) Without further ado….
QB: Philip Rivers – Once upon a time, Rivers was headed for a Canton. Then another once upon a time, Rivers was done as a quarterback, both in fantasy and for the Chargers. Now we are in the year 2013 and the San Diego quarterback leads the NFL in completion percentage and has thrown a touchdown in his past 11 games dating back to last year. The floor is normally very high for Rivers, and playing the Redskins this week, his ceiling is as well.
RB1: Ryan Matthews – Two Chargers in a row? Yep. I only have one stat on Matthews, but it’s going to blow your mind. Who is the only player to rush for 100 yards in back to back weeks this season? Adrian Peterson? Nope. LeSean McCoy? Nuh uh. That man would be Ryan Matthews.
RB2: Le’Veon Bell – The Patriots run defense has been a mess (ranked 31st in the NFL) since Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo were placed on IR. There is a gaping hole in the middle of the Pats D and Bell should be able to take advantage of that. New England allowed Lamar Miller to have his best game of the season in week 8 and there’s reason to believe Bell should have similar numbers on Sunday.
WR1: Terrance Williams – I feel like I write about this guy all the time (he was on the HOT list last week too) but he has turned into an absolute stud. He has now scored a touchdown in 4 straight games and is easily Tony Romo’s favorite target. Against a Vikings defense that allowed the Packers to score on every possession last week I think Williams finds the end-zone yet again.
WR2: Marlon Brown – He has been a fantasy non-factor for several weeks now, but with Torrey Smith covered by Joe Haden all day, I believe Brown could see a hefty amount of targets. Don’t forget, in week 2, Brown scored a touchdown against Cleveland.
TE: Martellus Bennett – With Josh McCown starting, I expect a lot of “dink and dunk” short throws to get him acclimated to the offense. A tight end with good hands like Bennett will be key in this divisional matchup vs. the Packers.
D/ST: Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens have never lost a game coming off a bye week under head coach Jim Harbaugh and they get to feast on Jason Campbell this week.
QB: Tom Brady – Who would’ve thought that Brady would fall outside the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks so quickly? After throwing a touchdown in 52 straight games, (2nd longest streak in the NFL) Brady only has 2 scores in the last 4 weeks which is unheard of. The matchup also isn’t great as the Steelers have an underrated yet very formidable pass defense.
RB1: Steven Jackson – Many deemed Jackson as the best signing of the offseason, but after only playing 3 games over 8 weeks, that clearly isn’t the case. In his first game back from injury against the Cardinals last week, the Falcons’ running back was given 11 carries but managed a measly 6 yards. I don’t have Jackson in any leagues, but if I did, there’s no way I would start him.
RB2: Chris Johnson – Traditionally, the St. Louis Rams have a terrible run defense, but they seemed to have turned the corner recently. On Monday Night Football last week they held Marshawn Lynch to 23 rushing yards. Not to mention Chris Johnson hasn’t reached 100 yards rushing or a rushing touchdown at all yet this year.
WR1: Torrey Smith – He has just 4 catches in his last 2 games and will be covered by Joe Haden all afternoon. I don’t like those odds at all. The only chance Smith has is if he can break a long one, but I just don’t see that happening.
WR2: Marques Colston – He has been terrible all season long but was ruled inactive for Sunday. Get him out of your lineup.
TE: Scott Chandler – Jeff Tuel is the quarterback against arguably the best defense in the league? No thanks.
D/ST: Chicago Bears – The Packers’ offense is looking like a well-oiled machine and the Bears aren’t your father’s Bears anymore.