Nov 4,2009

Week 9: One for the Money, Two for the Show, and Three to Let Go

I just want to take a moment to curse Mike Bell‘s name. His lack of focus and spaghetti arm fumble in the final moments of the Monday night game cost me my Week 8 fantasy match up. Thanks to this “closer” RB, I lost by a heart-wrenching .46 points and dropped from 1st all the way down to 5th place (very evenly matched league – coming down to point totals).

EFFING EFF EFF EFFER!! @*&*@$#&^)&*#$@!(*$@(*$&(!#)) BRING BACK DEUCE!! (*$#)(*(&#%!$#($&!@###@

Ok, I think I’m done now.

Since I have no idea what I’m doing next week, I thought I’d give you a few pointers heading into Week 9…

The Money:

FLO762180While I’d like to pass out benjamins, all I’ve got this week is a little pocket change. The Chargers announced on Monday that Chris Chambers was being released and that Malcom Floyd would start as the No. 2 WR opposite Vincent Jackson.

Since 2004, Floyd has had an on-again off-again relationship with the Chargers. In the past few weeks, however, his 6’5″ frame and all around athleticism has caught Rivers’ attention. On Sunday’s game against the Raiders, he recorded two receptions for 64 yards, including a fantastic 53 yard catch in the first play of the game.

In an offense that’s had to adjust from strictly run to sometimes pass, Floyd has started to emerge as another potential weapon. While Jackson and Gates will undoubtedly continue to get most of the opportunities, the 28 year old out of Wyoming should see more action now that Chambers is in KC.

Don’t expect #80 to go all Larry Fitzgerald, but if you’re in a deeper league and need a 3rd string WR pick him up now while he’s still on the cheap.

The Show:

DAV318170A huge fan of his blog, I totally gasped when cutie-pie Chris Cooley went out with a broken ankle in Week 7. Luckily for the Skins, Fred Davis was able to deliver and show Washington fans why he was scooped up in the second round of the 2008 draft. In by far the best game of his professional career, Davis had eight receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown, leading the Redskins’ less than productive offense.

The timing for Davis could not have been better. Determined to make something of his opportunity, this USC alum reportedly canceled his vacation plans and spent the bye week working with coach Scott Wachenheim. That kind of commitment (coupled with an obvious talent and subsequent ego) is exactly why I think Davis will pay off… at least in the short-term.

This kid is young, healthy, and confident. More importantly, he likes to talk to the press and he loves the spotlight. Look for him to show up – and then soak it up – in the next 4 weeks. Assuming the blocking challenges don’t deter him, Davis should prove to be a decent TE or flex option while Cooley is out. That being said, all good things come to an end. Once the pottery master returns it’ll be time to send Davis back to the waiver wire.

To Let Go:

Anquan BoldinWhile I love the boldness of actually dropping Anquan Boldin, I’m not recommending a full on letting go of the three-time Pro Bowler. Go ahead and keep him on your roster, but please do bench him this week. And, no, I’m not just saying that because the Cards are facing off against the Bears in Week 9.

The truth is Boldin has been all sorts of injured all season long. As early as Week 1 he handled a tweaked right hamstring. Most recently, he’s dealt with ankle issues after suffering a sprain in Week 5 against Houston. For the past three games he’s admirably hobbled along and tried his darnedest to produce for the Cards. While he definitely gets an A for effort, his fantasy stats have sort of sucked. Sure, if you’re in a PPR league his numbers have been decent, but the guy has only had one touchdown all season!

The question isn’t whether or not #81 will play, but rather how well he’ll do. Two weeks ago against the Giants, he had to sit out the second half when his ankle got sore and stiffened up. Last week against the Panthers, he aggravated the sprain after taking a hit in the third quarter. Do you see a pattern forming?

In my opinion, the best thing to do is shelve Boldin for now and throw in a 3rd string WR with a favorable Week 9 match-up (Malcom Floyd, perhaps?). Fingers crossed the former Seminole will be back in 2nd string WR shape very soon. In the meantime, however, it’s better to start an average player who’s at 100% than a great player whose average has slipped.