This weekly article will discuss those players "Heading North" (fantasy value is rising), "Going South" (fantasy value is falling), or "East-West" (fantasy value is still undetermined, but worth watching)...
Most fantasy leagues are now at the halfway points of their seasons.
By now the cream has risen to the top, the dreck has fallen to the
bottom, and everyone else is fighting for a wild-card playoff position.
If you're the cream of the crop in your league, then your roster is
probably pretty well settled.
You may want to try to deal from your areas of depth and shore up
any holes you might still have.
If you're at the bottom of the standings with no hope of swiping a
playoff position, now is the time to take some chances with players.
Grab Willis McGahee or Michael Bennett.
Take a chance on Michael Vick.
Your sole job now is to keep trying to win and knock other teams
out of the playoffs.
By continuing to play your best lineup each week, you'll probably
surprise a few teams and earn the respect of the rest of the owners.
"Heading North" – Players whose fantasy value is rising
Rookie Domanick Davis had a breakout game last week.
He finished the day with 199 total yards (although he had two TDs
vultured by Stacey Mack).
While this coming week's match up with Indianapolis would seem to
be a bad one for the Texans, as they’ll probably be playing from behind
the entire game, Davis could still impress.
He is an active part of the passing game (something Mack wasn't)
with nine receptions against the Jets.
He has the ability to score from outside the red zone, so Mack
won’t get all of the TDs.
Jake Delhomme has found his favorite receiver in Carolina.
Steve Smith has put together a couple impressive games in a
row against decent defenses.
Smith has big-play ability and Delhomme has been looking his way,
not Muhsin Muhammad's, when he needs a crucial catch.
I'd expect Carolina to return to the ground game for the next
couple weeks against New Orleans and Houston, but it won't be long before
Carolina needs to go to the air again and Smith has shown the ability to
put up some big numbers.
"Going South" – Players whose fantasy value is slipping
Be very wary of the entire Cleveland Browns offense.
Three starters are missing from the offensive line.
William Green has a shoulder injury that caused a pair of fumbles
The quarterback situation is still unresolved.
Tim Couch was pulled from last week's game after throwing two
interceptions and having to deal with a number of penalties and dropped
also sprained an ankle, although that shouldn't cause him to miss any
Holcomb came in last week and led the team to a couple scores, but is 1-3
in games he’s finished and is still suffering some after-effects of his
There is no go-to WR on the team as four receivers split catches.
Kevin Johnson leads the team in receptions and receiving yards,
Dennis Northcutt leads the team in receiving yards per game, Quincy Morgan
leads the team in yards per catch, and Andre Davis leads the team in TD
Do yourself a favor and avoid using any player from Cleveland this
"East-West" – Players whose fantasy value is still undetermined
If you only looked at the box-score for the Patriots game last week, it
would appear that Troy Brown had an outstanding game.
Six catches for 131 yards and a TD is a very solid fantasy outing.
But the truth of the matter is that at the end of regulation, Brown
only had four catches for 38 yards and no scores.
Sure, overtime statistics count in your fantasy scoring, but the
point is that Brown tends to have more games like he did in regulation,
and very rarely has games like last week including overtime.
Brown may still be the number one receiver in New England, but he
is averaging only 48 yards per game and has only two TDs in 2003.
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