In “Setting Your Lineup” for the week I broke down a couple of either/or’s, some expectations, and tight end recommendations for week 8, according to me, The Fantasy Ace. Every Monday afternoon (or Tuesday morning if some of my players listed are in the Monday Night game) I will be posting “Coming Clean,” a look backward at how well (or poorly) my lineup choices did during the week.
Go with Rodgers over Bell
Well, I was right about the Falcons being careful with Steven Jackson after that injury, but I was a dead wrong about Rodgers, as the Falcons’ running game just never got going since they were down early and often. I promised you 12 fantasy points from him, including a touchdown, and his line was really 2 runs for 8 yards, and 2 receptions for 11 yards, for a grand total of 1 standard fantasy point. By contrast, Bell had 11 fantasy points on 4 rushes for 32 yards, 1 reception for 22 yards, and a rushing touchdown. Bell was clearly the better choice for week 8.
Go with Cruz over Brown
I anticipated a shootout in Philadelphia that never materialized as both defenses played better than advertized, and the Giants never did even score a touchdown, which seriously limited Cruz’s ceiling this week. However, Brown didn’t fare any better playing for an anemic Steelers’ offense that ended up losing. Both players had over 80 yards, but no touchdowns between them.
What to Expect From:
My expectations for Romo were for him to get over 200 yards passing, but to also have 2 turnovers, and to get under 20 standard fantasy points in the process, and I was pretty close. In reality, he had 206 passing yards, which went for 26 standard fantasy points, but he contributed to no turnovers on the day.
Broncos’ Defense/Special Teams
Unlike a lot of fantasy football analysts, I saw the matchup against the Redskins as advantageous for a crew that had been much maligned this year, and were generally left on waiver wires or benches for this week. Too bad for those who didn’t read my article for week 8 because the Broncos came to play on both sides of the ball this week. After allowing 21 points in the first half, the defense stiffened up and completely shut down the Redskins. Their final line was 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 defensive touchdown, and a whopping 4 interceptions, for 23 standard fantasy points, the second most by a defense this week (Cincinnati was first with 30 standard points).
Tight ends I recommended in Week 7 and how they fared:
Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins
Prediction: 12 fantasy points. 1 touchdown.
Actual: 3 fantasy points. No touchdowns.
Joseph Fauria – Detroit Lions
Actual: 0 fantasy points.
Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins
Actual: 9 fantasy points.
Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals
Actual: 2 fantasy points.