Campbell's Best Bets: Fantasy Football
Published: Friday, November 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, November 1, 2013 16:11
Over half way through the NFL season and one thing has become clear: it is hard to stay relevant in the NFL. The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons, the two best teams at this point of the previous season, are now having losing records and injuries to their best players. As the Kansas City Chiefs are the only undefeated team left in the NFL, staying relevant relies on each team’s best players playing like the best. This week’s fantasy matchups will determine who plays like they are the best, but even the best performance will have a hard time topping Calvin Johnson’s monster game last Sunday.
Bye Weeks: New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions.
Best Bet: Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints vs. New York Jets
Drew Brees is having a fantastic season with 2,290 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Having the league’s best tight end in Jimmy Graham definitely helps. Against the Jet’s defense, Brees should have a great game. If the pass rush doesn’t get to Brees, the secondary will be eaten up.
Cautious Bet: Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
The Texans defense took a huge hit with linebacker Brian Cushing out for the season. However, at home, the Texans defense has always been good against the Colts. However, Andrew Luck has been the quarterback to beat in Indy, with wins against Seattle, San Francisco and Denver. Luck could be on the Colt’s side this week.
Worst Bet: Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Dolphins have been on a four game losing streak and a lot of it has been because of Ryan Tannehill’s poor play. So far he only has 11 TDs and 9 INTs. The Bengals have been a solid defensive team this year and after last week’s 49-9 win against the Jets, they all are a tough team to face. Tannehill is not going to have a good game against the Bengals. One touchdown at best.
Best Bet: Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
The Kansas City Chiefs are the only undefeated team left in the NFL and Jamaal Charles is the biggest reason why. With 635 rush yards and 6 rushing touchdowns, Charles is one of the league’s best running backs, if not the best. Playing against a questionable Bills defense is going to make for an exciting game for Charles. He could take this as the opportunity to prove himself the best of the league.
Cautious Bet: Ryan Matthews of the San Diego Chargers vs. Washington Redskins
Matthews has had two back-to-back 100 yard games this season. So far he has been the only running back to do so. Maybe he has found his stride, or maybe he just got lucky. Either way, he is a solid number two back or flex player in many fantasy leagues.
Worst Bet: Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
Ray Rice is already having career lows in yards per carry and yards per catch, and he only has had a touchdown in two games this season. This week will fare no better for him, as he plays the Cleveland Browns. It may be time for fantasy owners to consider dropping or trading Ray Rice. Shocking.
Best Bet: Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings
Dez is certainly making a name for himself this season, both on the field and on the sidelines. He has 8 touchdowns this season and has recently been deemed as a “diva”. Maybe a strong performance against a bad Vikings defense will silence all the sideline talk and just focus on him being a good receiver.
Cautious Bet: Vincent Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Seattle Seahawks
The problem with Vincent is not that he isn’t getting targets; it’s that he isn’t getting touchdowns. He only has scored in two NFL games this season, which is one reason why the Bucs have not won a single game yet. His chances of scoring aren’t any better in Seattle but he will continue to get targets.
Worst Bet: Mike Wallace of the Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals
As stated before, the Dolphins are on a four game losing streak and Ryan Tannehill is playing poorly. As such, Mike Wallace, the team’s best receiver is playing poorly as well. It does not get much better for the Dolphins as they have to play a Bengals team which no one should want to play against. Trade Mike Wallace, get something for nothing.