The Fire Sale: Foster shaking off early troubles to regain dominance
Jerry Jones' ego may prompt Dallas to start Felix Jones over DeMarco Murray
Keiland Williams has best combo of run, pass-catching skills with Jahvid Best out
Eric Decker, Broncos wide receivers will struggle with Tim Tebow's poor passes
I don't have much to say this week. Sure, I would love to know why people over 70 are allowed to drive or why two minutes after I declared American Horror Story to be my new favorite show DirecTV announced they are dropping FX. I would love to get answers to those burning questions but I doubt you care, so I'll skip it.
I just want to address one thing. Last week I had Arian Foster coming down. I believe Foster is the best running back in the NFL along with Adrian Peterson. I also believe Foster is the best fantasy player, that's why I traded for him. However, two weeks ago against Baltimore he was in and out of the game, which prompted me to say either he isn't 100 or his coach is an idiot. I think that debate was cleared up on Sunday. Foster is obviously healthy, so ...
Sometimes I have studs coming down for a particular reason but that doesn't mean I don't think they're good fantasy players. It just means something about their situation concerns me. When I see the best back in football rotating series with Ben Tate I get concerned.
So Foster made me look like a douche. Big deal, I look like a douche all the time. I would rather have the 50 fantasy points. Hey, sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself.
Luckily, I have a lot of practice in that area. When you say stuff like Mike Tyson will get beat by Trevor Berbick way back in middle school, you learn how to eat crow at an early age. It gets easier over time.
Oh, and I had no idea whether to have Tim Tebow going up or coming down, so I just left him off. In 30 years of watching football I've never seen a guy throw a worse ball than Tebow. I have no idea how he ever completes a pass. I still say in two years Tebow will be out of the NFL and preaching on the Internet like Mike Seaver from Growing Pains.
Now, on with the Fire Sale ...
Shonn Greene, RB Jets -- If you got him, trade him. Greene's value won't get any higher than it is right now. Also, substitute "Plaxico Burress" for Greene and do the exact same thing. It's like Rodney Dangerfield said in Caddyshack: "They're all buying? Then sell, sell, sell!"
DeMarco Murray, RB Cowboys -- Last week I said I've seen enough of Felix Jones and that Murray should be the starting running back in Dallas. Now you see why. That wasn't bad for a first career start.
Yes, Murray was playing the Rams but if you watched the game, you saw the potential Murray possesses. If you tell me Jones runs the ball with the same authority Murray ran with on Sunday you need to watch more football because that isn't an accurate statement. Forget about the gaudy numbers (253 yards). It was just nice to see a Cowboys running back not dance in the backfield for a change.
So what does this all mean? Well, knowing Jerry Jones it means the average Jones will regain his starting job once he returns because Jerry can't admit he made a mistake drafting him over Chris Johnson and Rashard Mendenhall. Hey, you think that's why the owner and general manager shouldn't be the same person? You think maybe that's the reason Dallas hasn't won a darn thing in 16 years?
Like I said, I've seen enough of Jones (Both Jerry and Felix). I've also seen enough of Tashard Choice. Can someone explain why he's still touching the ball? The fact that teams were interested in trading for Choice is comical. The guy can't play. Then again, what do I know? I wasn't the one who drafted Quincy Carter in the second round when there were already rumors swirling that he had a raging drug problem.
Rams or no Rams, Murray is the most talented back on the Cowboys roster. Just remember this will be Murray's best game of the season by far, so keep your expectations in check. I mean if you have Murray and LeSean McCoy, you're still starting McCoy.
Also, don't be afraid to shop Murray. Like I said, it won't get any better than this so Murray's value is at an alltime high. You can bet I will be shopping Murray around this week to see what I can get for him.
Roy Helu, RB Redskins -- Sure, why not? Torain is brittle, so if you're going to take a shot on Helu, you might as well do it this week. I don't know if this is a Freudian slip but when I went through and edited that sentence originally said "If you're going to take a sh*t on Helu ..." Maybe God is trying to tell me something.
No one knows what Mike Shanahan is going to do. I'm an educated man but I'm afraid I can't speak intelligently about the coaching habits of Mike Shanahan. I would ask what movie that line is from but I tried that nonsense last week and got 100 e-mails, so I'm not doing that again.
Most people thought at some point this season Helu would be the main ballcarrier in Washington and it appears that day is coming. Torain will be the starter now that Tim Hightower is out for the year, but expect Helu's role to increase as well.
As we've seen in the past, Shanahan isn't against making a change from week-to-week. If Helu outperforms Torain one week, he could be the starter the next. Listen, this isn't rocket science. In terms of talent, it's not even close. Helu possesses way more physical tools than Torain. However, Torain has more experience in the Redskins offense, so he'll get first crack at being the lead back.
So Washington is going with Torain at running and John Beck at quarterback and they want us to take that team seriously? You know what? If I were Daniel Snyder I would fire Shanahan tomorrow because with that offense the team has no chance of winning anything.
Put the ego aside, coach, and stop using practice squad players so people will say you're a genius. Your job is to win football games. When you did, you were a genius. Now you're just the guy who won two Super Bowls because you had John Elway.
Keiland Williams, RB Lions -- If you remember, way back at the end of August I told you to keep an eye on Williams this year. Here's what I said before the start of the season about Williams:
"Now, it's anyone's guess which running back in Detroit will get most of the carries once Jahvid Best gets hurt but Williams is an intriguing candidate. At 230 pounds, Williams brings more power to the table than Jerome Harrison or Maurice Morris. He's also a solid receiver out of the backfield, meaning Williams could see significant touches when Best goes down.
"Keep an eye on Williams. His skill set is a nice fit for the Lions offense and he could end up being a huge fantasy sleeper down the line."
Williams brings the best combination of running and pass catching skills to the table out of all the Lions running back options at this point. Williams and Morris each got nine carries on Sunday, but with Best's immediate future unclear, I think Williams is the better long-term option.
The Lions love Morris because he's such a good pass protector, and when you throw the ball all the time like Detroit does, that's going to get you on the field. As a runner, though, I think Williams is more talented, and sooner or later the Lions will have to run the ball a little. Matthew Stafford can't pass on every down or he's going to get killed ... again.
A lot of people rushed out to grab Morris last week, and while he certainly has some value, I like Williams a little more. I believe he's the Lions back with the most upside. In the event Best is out for a while look for Williams to start getting more and more touches in the coming weeks.
Jabar Gaffney, WR Redskins -- Looking back at last week's Fire Sale, I really wasn't right about a whole lot. One of the few things I didn't screw up was telling you to try to deal Santana Moss if you could.
Obviously, I didn't know Moss was going to get injured but that's beside the point. When you tell people to trade Arian Foster, you have to take what you can get. Now Moss has a broken hand, which will likely sideline him for the rest of the fantasy season, opening the door for Gaffney.
I know Gaffney well from my time in New England. Gaffney is always my example of an average receiver. I actually don't mean that as an insult. Not everyone is talented enough to be Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald. In my opinion Gaffney gets the most out of his talent, he just doesn't have a lot of it. He's average.
Gaffney now becomes the No. 1 receiver in Washington, which is equivalent to being the top Republican candidate for President. While Gaffney will now draw the defense's best cover guy, he should also see more targets, so it's a bit of a good news, bad news situation for Gaffney.
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