Fake Football, Real Questions (November 23rd Edition)
November 23, 2013 | Staffy Stafferton
Pick one rest of season: Bobby Rainey or DeMarco Murray
I’m sticking with DeMarco Murray. He’s been productive when given the opportunity this season and while Dallas isn’t going to suddenly become a more run-focused team, Murray will get the carries when they are there and he’ll be involved in the passing game. Rainey looked great against a terrible Atlanta defense and Tampa seems to have figured out their run game problems from earlier in the season, but the schedule has some difficult matchups looming. I think Rainey is a perfectly viable option for the rest of the season, but I’d still rather have Murray.
Murray isn’t just the bigger name. He’s still the better talent and on a better team. I’m not going to be completely sold on Rainey against tougher matchups and would rather go into battle with Murray down the stretch.
I am going to need Rainey to bust out a big performance against a better defense than Atlanta to give him the nod over Murray. Although Dallas’ inconsistent usage of Murray (and Dex for that matter) is frustrating, I still lean Murray’s way here.
Best QB streaming option for this week only: Case Keenum vs. JAX, Eli Manning vs. DAL, Ryan Fitzpatrick @ OAK, Josh McCown @ STL
As long as he isn’t subject to another random benching at the hands of the Texans coaching staff, I like Case Keenum to have a very good Week 12. Jacksonville has one of the league’s worst pass defenses and has given up 20 touchdown passes on the year. Meanwhile, Keenum has thrown at least one touchdown in every game he has played this season, including three-score outings in Week 9 and Week 10. He’s a top-10 fantasy quarterback for me this week.
I like Eli this week. And by “like”, I just trust everyone else less. Keenum can be great, but he’s generally pretty bad in the second half of games, got yanked last week and faces an underrated Jags pass D. Fitzpatrick needs no explanation. He’s just generally shaky. I really like what McCown has done over the last four weeks, but on the road against a Rams D that can get to the quarterback isn’t exactly a safe play. Neither is Manning, but he’s at home against a really bad Cowboys pass defense. I’ll take my chances with Eli.
Case Keenum is my favorite this week, although Eli certainly deserves heavy consideration with a nice matchup against Dallas. His word doesn’t mean a ton in my world right now, but Gary Kubiak claims he is committed to Keenum going forward after that debacle last week so I wouldn’t be too scared of another benching. Carson palmer torched Jacksonville last week, so Keenum can definitely get Johnson, Hopkins, and Graham rolling on Sunday.
Saddled with Jason Campbell as his QB, Jordan Cameron is your ____ ranked TE from today forward.
Cameron is struggling to stay in my top 10 at this point. The Browns passing game has been uber-conservative with Jason Campbell at the helm and Cameron hasn’t seen a single red zone target since Campbell took over at quarterback. The potential is still there for Cameron to have good from time to time, but there are several guys that I would rather have for the rest of the season, including Jordan Reed and Coby Fleener.
Every week he dips a little lower, and it’s really unfortunate. I still think Campbell has enough to make him a top-10 guy, but we have to take it week by week. For now, I’d keep him at 10 for ROS and hope he can stick there.
Cameron is really dropping right now and I would say he is in the 10-12 range. With other TE’s like Coby Fleener emerging, there are suddenly better and more frequently used options. It is beginning to feel like he will go from 2013 potential star to 2014 draft day bargain.
Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen recently suggested Rashad Jennings may remain the Raiders starter, even after Darren McFadden is healthy. Is Jennings a RB2 from here on out, or are you writing it off as coach speak?
I view Jennings as a RB2 as long as McFadden is out, but if Run DMC gets back into the mix, he’s at least going to steal a portion of the running and receiving opportunities. Jennings could very well remain the starter in name, but if 15-20 carries becomes 10-15 carries, that can equate to a lot of lost potential. As long as he remains the primary ball carrier, Jennings will still have fantasy value, but his position as an RB2 for me depends on McFadden remaining sidelined.
I think Allen just knows McFadden won’t ever stay healthy, so he’s boosting Rashad’s confidence now while he can. It won’t matter either way, but Jennings needs DMC to be out to have top-end value. If that happens, he absolutely has RB2 value.
I am going to break out some fourth grade math here and call this 3/4 coach speak and 1/4 reality. I hope that adds up right. Anyhoo, Jennings will remain useful for RB thin squads, but I am not too excited about his prospects once DMC is back in the fold. I’d call him more of a RB3 type.