Fantasy owners cash in on blind faith

Posted Online: Oct. 05, 2013, 7:56 pm
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Sometimes you just have to stick with the guys you drafted to get you where you want to go. Even when your top guys are struggling, blind faith pays off even when you don't expect it. No guy is better evidence of that than Buffalo's C.J. Spiller. Going into Thursday night's game, Spiller had 230 yards through four games and no touchdowns. Spiller also suffered an ankle injury in his Week 4 contest. That's when I put blind faith into Spiller, a guy I traded for in the off season to put my team over the top. Despite carrying the ball just a couple of times in the first half, my faith in Spiller paid off. Spiller wound up running the ball eight times for 66 yards and a score. Bursting for a 54-yard score and making a good cut on the injured ankle. Five Guys You Should Start Philip Rivers, Chargers QB: Rivers has been as close to a fantasy stud as someone not named Manning, Brady or Rodgers can be. Rivers has scored the third-most fantasy points through the first four games. Rivers goes up against the Raiders this week. Rivers is nearing a must-start status every week. Ray Rice, Ravens RB: Rice has been very disappointing so far this season. But as I did Spiller, I would put faith into him. Rice goes up against the Dolphins, who have given up the seventh-most points to opposing runners. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys RB: Murray has been really good so far this season, scoring the seventh-most points at running back. The Cowboys play the Broncos this week, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs. Jordy Nelson, Packers WR: The Packers have the potential to have three 1,000-yard receivers this year. Nelson, along with Randall Cobb and James Jones, are having big years through three games. Coming off the bye week and playing the Lions spells success for Nelson. Last time Nelson played the Lions at Lambeau Field, he had 162 receiving yards and three scores. Julius Thomas, Broncos TE: Thomas struggled to get going in the Broncos' 52-20 win last week over the Eagles, scoring just 4.2 points. Things should improve for Thomas owners this week. The Broncos go up against the Cowboys, who have allowed the most yards to opposing tight ends this year and the seventh-most points. Five Guys You Should Sit Colin Kaepernick, 49ers QB: I wrote before the season started the Kaep wouldn't live up to what he did last season. Thus far, I have been right. I don't expect it to get any better this week. Kaepernick and the 49ers face the Texans, who have allowed an average of 17 points to opposing signal callers this season.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals RB: The Bengals have started to ween down the Law Firm's carries, giving them to rookie Giovanni Bernard. The Patriots have allowed a little more than 13 points to opposing runners on the road this year and most of those points will go to Bernard. Mike Wallace, Dolphins WR: I am playing against Wallace in one of my leagues this week, so this will probably come back to bite me. However, Wallace has been pretty boom-or-bust so far this season, with 51 pass catchers ranking ahead of him. If you take away being chewed up and spit out by Peyton Manning in Week 1, the Ravens have allowed 15 points per game to opposing wide outs. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs WR: Fantasy owners had to expect Bowe's stats to suffer with dink and dunker Alex Smith in Kansas City, but I don't think anyone expected Bowe to have the season he is having. Bowe is a risky start against the Titans, who have allowed the least amount of fantasy points to receivers at home and fifth-least overall. Martellus Bennett, Bears TE: Bennett has been huge this season for fantasy owners and Jay Cutler alike. "The Black Unicorn" is the sixth-highest scoring tight end in the league thus far. But this week could bring a halt to his productivity. The Bears play the Saints, who have allowed just 11 catches to tight ends through for games.
Fantasy writer DJ Jarvis is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. For questions about fantasy football, DJ can be reached at or on Twitter @DeejJarvis


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