Monday Night Football: Sit and Start Report

Ridley will have quiet night against a brutal Panthers defense

Ridley will have quiet night against a brutal Panthers defense

Week 11 wraps up with the New England Patriots high-powered offense taking on the stingy Carolina Panthers defense. Both teams have players who possess plenty of fantasy value and could be the difference in you taking home a win this week.

Start:

Cam Newton- Cam Newton’s ability to produce strong numbers through both the air and on the ground makes him an extremely valuable fantasy option. His Monday night matchup against the New England Patriots will allow him to take advantage of both skill sets. The Patriots rank 12th in the league against the pass and 29th against the run. Fantasy owners can expect Newton to produce in both categories and is a must start on Monday Night Football.

Danny Amendola- The New England Patriots are coming off their bye week, which means that the injury prone Danny Amendola had extra time to rest up. While the Panthers pass defense is top five in the NFL, a lot of the focus will be on tight end Rob Gronkowski. Amendola, when healthy, is one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets. His fantasy value is strongest in point-per-reception (PPR) leagues, however, he is worth a start in all fantasy formats.

Sit:

Stevan Ridley- The Carolina Panthers defense has been very good this year and is a majority of the reason for the team’s success this season. With the leagues third best rush defense, not many running backs have had success against the Panthers. Stevan Ridley, who has really developed into a strong fantasy option since his weak start to the season, will take a majority of the carries Monday night, however Shane Vereen will dress for the first time since week 1. With Vereen’s return and the dominance of the Panthers rush defense, Ridley will serve a better purpose on your bench.

DeAngelo Williams- The Carolina Panthers have struggled to get their running game going this season. With Jonathan Stewart returning to the team’s backfield rotation, DeAngelo Williams’ stock has dropped. Fantasy owners can expect an equal workload from Williams and Stewart against the Patriots on Monday Night Football, making Williams a weak flex option in fantasy leagues.

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Bench These Wide Receivers During Week 9

Heyward-Bey should be warming fantasy benches this week

Heyward-Bey should be warming fantasy benches this week

As middling fantasy teams make their playoff push, every roster decision is a crucial one. With Sunday fast approaching, fantasy owners should avoid starting these three wide receivers who have a tough Week 9 ahead.

Benching of the Week – Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks

With another six teams on bye in Week 9, fantasy owners have surely been scrounging around the waiver wire for a wide receiver to start this week. After an explosive Week 8, Golden Tate has been a hot commodity and is being pushed into many starting lineups. However, owners using the second year wideout are in for a disappointing week. Seattle faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, meaning Tate is taking a Sunday trip to Revis Island. As Revis begins to play more and more man in Tampa Bay’s defense, opposing teams’ wideouts are having an even tougher time against the Bucs. A boom or bust type player, Tate will struggle to find room against the All-Pro corner.

Danny Amendola, New England Patriots

With each passing week, Danny Amendola is proving that he is no Wes Welker. Performing well in Week 1, when he had 104 receiving yards, many people felt Amendola would be able to fill the void left by Welker. Since then, Amendola has been injured twice and and is ineffective when he’s been healthy. Returning from a concussion last week, Amendola only caught three passes for 15 yards. As Tom Brady continues to struggle and tight end, Rob Gronkowski, receives most of the targets, Amendola is becoming a liability to fantasy owners. With a matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers and their second ranked pass defense upcoming, Amendola belongs on your bench this week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts

Thrust into an increased role with Reggie Wayne lost for the season with a torn ACL, Darrius Heyward-Bey would now seem like a worthy starter for most fantasy teams. However, this is not the week to place him in your starting lineups. After tweaking his hamstring earlier this week in practice, it seems as if Heyward-Bey will be playing at less than 100% on Sunday night. To make matters worse, the Colts face off against the Houston Texans who boast the league’s top defensive unit. The Texans give up the least fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers so let Heyward-Bey ride the pine for at least one more week.

Bench These Wide Receivers During Week 9

Heyward-Bey should be warming fantasy benches this week

Heyward-Bey should be warming fantasy benches this week

As middling fantasy teams make their playoff push, every roster decision is a crucial one. With Sunday fast approaching, fantasy owners should avoid starting these three wide receivers who have a tough Week 9 ahead.

Benching of the Week – Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks

With another six teams on bye in Week 9, fantasy owners have surely been scrounging around the waiver wire for a wide receiver to start this week. After an explosive Week 8, Golden Tate has been a hot commodity and is being pushed into many starting lineups. However, owners using the second year wideout are in for a disappointing week. Seattle faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, meaning Tate is taking a Sunday trip to Revis Island. As Revis begins to play more and more man in Tampa Bay’s defense, opposing teams’ wideouts are having an even tougher time against the Bucs. A boom or bust type player, Tate will struggle to find room against the All-Pro corner.

Danny Amendola, New England Patriots

With each passing week, Danny Amendola is proving that he is no Wes Welker. Performing well in Week 1, when he had 104 receiving yards, many people felt Amendola would be able to fill the void left by Welker. Since then, Amendola has been injured twice and and is ineffective when he’s been healthy. Returning from a concussion last week, Amendola only caught three passes for 15 yards. As Tom Brady continues to struggle and tight end, Rob Gronkowski, receives most of the targets, Amendola is becoming a liability to fantasy owners. With a matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers and their second ranked pass defense upcoming, Amendola belongs on your bench this week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts

Thrust into an increased role with Reggie Wayne lost for the season with a torn ACL, Darrius Heyward-Bey would now seem like a worthy starter for most fantasy teams. However, this is not the week to place him in your starting lineups. After tweaking his hamstring earlier this week in practice, it seems as if Heyward-Bey will be playing at less than 100% on Sunday night. To make matters worse, the Colts face off against the Houston Texans who boast the league’s top defensive unit. The Texans give up the least fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers so let Heyward-Bey ride the pine for at least one more week.

Tight End Rob Gronkowski Cleared for Takeoff Against the Jets

Tom Brady will target Gronkowski against the Jets all day long

Tom Brady will target Gronkowski all day long against the Jets

It looks like Rob Gronkowski is all systems go for Week 7 against the New York Jets. Amenolda – Shamendola – Gronkowski is the guy that the Tom Brady has been waiting for to lift his passing game out of the depths of mediocrity.

Gronkowski needs to be immediately inserted into all fantasy lineups as the wait finally seems to be over.

New England will likely limit the number of snaps for the stud tight end, but resist any temptation to leave him on the bench.

Gronkowski is a prolific red zone target and Brady will be looking for him all day long against the Jets at Metlife Stadium.

Don’t Look for Danny Amendola During Week 7

Once again, Amendola is down and likely out in New England

Once again, Amendola is down and likely out in New England

It’s no shock that the New England Patriots have no updates on the playing status of wide receiver Danny Amendola. Amendola got knocked unconscious during Week 6 against the New Orleans Saints and is currently struggling with a concussion. He hasn’t been anywhere near the practice field and is very likely out for Week 7.

This early exit for Amendola was salt on an open wound for him, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. It was only Amendola’s second game back after suffering a groin injury during Week 1. Without Amendola, the Pats find themselves running dangerously low on offensive weapons.

Five Patriots were unable to practice on Wednesday, seven more were limited at practice and know one seems to know when Rob Gronkowski might grace us with his presence. The Patriots have been able to fight through their unfortunate bill of health through 6 weeks, but you have to wonder how long they can keep it up.

Amendola is arguably Tom Brady’s top target when he is on the field and he will surely be missed if he is unable to go against the Jets in Week 7.

 

NFL Week 6 Buzzer Beater from the Man Cave

The Sporting Guy dishes out last minute performance and injury advice heading into Week 6 across the National Football League. There are several injury concerns surrounding several key players including Rob Gronkowski, Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson and Alfred Morris.

NFL Week 5 Buzzer Beater from the Man Cave

The Sporting Guy dishes out last minute performance and injury advice heading into Week 5 across the National Football League. There are several injury concerns surrounding several key players including Rob Gronkowski, Rashad Jennings, Josh Freeman and Zac Stacy.

Looks Like a Game-Time Decision for Patriots Receiver Danny Amendola

Week 5 is crunch time for Danny Amendola owners

Week 5 is crunch time for Danny Amendola owners

There’s few things fantasy owners hate more than the dreaded game-time decision, but that’s exactly what’s in the cards for Danny Amendola owners coming into Week 5. While New England travels to Cincinnati this weekend, fantasy owners can either risk a zero by putting Amendola into the lineup or once again make alternate plans at the wide receiver position.

The Patriots signed Amendola during the off season in hopes that he could fill the void left by Wes Welker. But wide-eyed fantasy owners had the injury risks staring them right in the face when they drafted Amendola who’s been nursing a groin injury which has prevented him from returning to the team at full capacity.

If Amendola does play, owners should feel a great sense of relief because he is by far Tom Brady’s most talented receiver. The Bengals defense is dealing with some serious injury issues in  and if Amendola plays, he could have a big day. The Bengals have also allowed the 15th most fantasy points to wide receivers which isn’t the best match up, but still pretty good especially with Brady throwing Amendola the ball.

Consider Amendola a high risk high reward start for Sunday and be ready to pull the plug if he can’t play.

NFL Week 4 Buzzer Beater from the Man Cave

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The Sporting Guy dishes out last minute performance and injury advice heading into Week 4 across the National Football League. There are several injury concerns surrounding several key players including Rob Gronkowski, Ray Rice and Miles Austin.

Patriots Wide Receivers Starting to Find Their Form for Brady

Going into the regular season, there was a great deal of discussion on the risks involved with drafting Danny Amendola. Now all the skepticism about his health issues have so far been proven correct. But with Amendola out of the lineup, Brady’s receivers finally seem to be coming around. If you haven’t grabbed Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins or Aaron Dobson off of waivers, now would be the time to do so.

Since Week 1, Julian Edelman has yet to score a touchdown, but he is Tom Brady’s most experienced receiver and a pass catching machine in PPR leagues. Edelman already has 27 receptions and caught every ball thrown to him this past week against the Buccaneers.

Kenbrell Thompkins should also be on every fantasy owner’s radar after this weekends 2 touchdown catches. The 25-year-old out of Cincinnati may still be immature, and out of sync with Brady, but he is showing improvement after every game. Thompkins’ red zone effectiveness will most likely dull down once Gronk returns, but he’s showing promise that should not be ignored.

Aaron Dobson  is getting a lot of looks from Brady and in just 2 games, he has a combined 10 catches for 108 yards, and a touchdown. Fantasy owners shouldn’t start Dobson yet, but maybe snag him and have him coast on the bench until he matures a bit.

Expect Thompkins, Edelman and Dobson to flourish even more when Gronkowski and Amendola return from their injuries. Defenses will be forced to defend and double team Gronk and Amendola often leaving the other receivers in single coverage situations.