Fantasy football roundtable (cont.)
3. Dez Bryant has only 12 targets for the season and an unimpressive 102 yards receiving through two games. Will Bryant ever become the star some believe he can be?
Beacom: Bryant had a bad week. It happens. He looked good in Week 1 (85 yards), and I have confidence that he'll finish the year with 1,200 yards and seven or eight touchdowns. He may not be ready to join the elite group of fantasy receivers, but he is a far cry from being labeled a bust. Plus, don't read too much into Dallas' woes on Sunday; this is still a high-powered offense with plenty to offer fantasy owners.
Carroll: Discount the Week 1 numbers since he was coming off a knee injury. In Week 2 he faced a tough Seahawks defense, though the fumbles are worrisome. Bryant has plenty of time and talent to emerge, but Tony Romo's going to have to get him more involved and its unclear if Romo has that inclination yet.
Mack: Yes. It will start this week. He is just too talented and the Cowboys are just too potentially potent to have many stinkers like they had in Seattle. Chalk it up to rust from a long layoff after the Wednesday night opener. The Cowboys are going to be fantasy monsters in the passing game, and that includes Romo and Bryant this season.
Sabino: The problem with Bryant is that while he's an imposing physical presence, his route running leaves a lot to be desired, which keeps him from getting the separation Romo needs to confidently get him the ball down field. Right now Bryant is averaging fewer yards per game than Jeremy Kerley, Mohamed Massaquoi and Andrew Hawkins, and has become the Cowboys' fourth option. Dallas' coaching staff worked extensively with him in camp on his route-running and there were promising signs, but through two games his seven catches on just 12 targets for 102 yards and no scores is not something that I want in my starting lineup.
4. Carson Palmer has 670 yards passing but only two touchdowns in two games. Will his scoring numbers fatten up or will the fact that Oakland lost both games alter his value?
Beacom: Oakland will continue to throw the football, so Palmer will continue to post big numbers. But to improve his touchdown count, Palmer will need a little help. The Raiders began 11 of 13 drives this week with 80 or more yards in front of them, and the offense barely set foot in the red zone. It's difficult to throw touchdown passes from midfield.
Carroll: Touchdowns are always a bit fluky, and Palmer has shown he can move the ball. He still hasn't had his WR1 either. The one worry here is that he doesn't have a great red zone target, someone he has confidence in for a score. We'll have to see if someone emerges and if the Raiders make any progress under yet another new coaching staff.
Mack: Palmer needs to develop something with an outside receiver before he is considered a weekly fantasy starter. With Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore off to slow starts, Palmer has yet to really take off in fantasy production. He will have big weeks, particularly if the Raiders keep losing and playing from behind. The Steelers and Broncos the next two weeks have tough pass defenses Palmer owners should steer clear from, and then there's a Week 5 bye. In other words, Palmer is going to get worse before he gets better.
Sabino: The yards are misleading. The Raiders' running game has been virtually non-existent; Oakland has the second-fewest total rushing attempts (34) and the worst per carry average (2.0) in the league. Palmer has been forced to throw a lot (second in the NFL to Drew Brees in attempts), especially in Week 2 when the Dolphins blew Oakland's doors off with a 28-point second-half offensive explosion. I can't see a team with Darren McFadden that has had little success scoring maintaining such a dramatic imbalance toward the passing game. Palmer's still only worth carrying as a backup.
5. I've been offered Amendola or Demaryius Thomas for RGIII ... his stock is really high now ... I'm rollin' with Vick ... Should I?
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Beacom: I'm not sure Amendola or Thomas is enough value for RGIII. You can afford to deal one of your two quarterbacks, but RGIII should demand a better pay-off.
Carroll: No. Vick and Griffin are a great tandem because both are injury risks. Vick we know about, and with Griffin, we're making some assumptions. If he's more like Vick than Cam Newton, you need a good backup. The hope is that one or both is healthy in any given week. Unless you get more, say a huge upgrade at wide receiver, I'd wait.
Mack: It depends on what your wide receivers look like. If Vick and RGIII are your quarterbacks, you probably have some early-round stars at running back and receiver. That makes it less likely you need Amendola or Thomas. I would keep the quarterback depth, because it is the highest-scoring position in fantasy and Vick is no sure thing -- statistically or health-wise. If you do make a deal, go with Amendola in PPR formats and Thomas in all others. You probably shouldn't be dealing away RGIII just yet, though.
Sabino: There are two things to think about here. I'm not sure Amendola or Thomas is really enough for Griffin the way he's playing, especially for a team that needs a quarterback. Of those two I would take Thomas, but I'd also ask for another player upgrade in the deal. You took a chance drafting Griffin, and now that he's becoming a fantasy star, you should reap the benefits of it. The better move might be trading Vick and rolling with RGIII instead. Vick is an injury risk, and although he's been great the first two weeks, Griffin is better, ranking first among fantasy quarterbacks and second to C.J. Spiller overall. I'd feel more comfortable pinning my hopes on the rookie.
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