Monday Night Football Sit and Start Report

Most fantasy owners gave up on Rice weeks ago

Most fantasy owners gave up on Rice weeks ago

Week 15 wraps up tonight on Monday Night Football with the Baltimore Ravens traveling to Detroit to take on the Lions. In a matchup that has the potential to produce some big fantasy numbers, your fantasy week could be decided with the right sits or starts.

Start:

Reggie Bush- Lions running back Reggie Bush has been electrifying all season. Bush has rushed for 854 on 180 attempts and three touchdowns in his 11 games this season. He is averaging an impressive 4.7 YPC and has also added 45 receptions for 448 yards and 2 touchdowns on the year. While the Ravens have a solid rush defense, fantasy owners should expect Bush’s dual threat ability to produce strong fantasy numbers on Monday Night Football.

Torrey Smith- Ravens third year receiver Torrey Smith is looking to eclipse the 1,000 yards receiving mark for the first time in his career. With 55 receptions for 963 yards so far on the season, Smith can likely accomplish this feat against the Lions in Week 15. With the offense faces a strong rush defense, fantasy owners should expect to see strong performances out of the Baltimore receivers who will be facing the league’s seventh worst pass defense.

Sit:

Ray Rice- As one of the best multipurpose runningbacks in the NFL the past couple of years, Ray Rice has struggled to find his mojo this season. Through the first 12 games this season Rice has rushed for 549 yards on 185 attempts, averaging 3 yards per carry (YPC). The Ravens will be facing a daunting rush defense in Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Ezekiel Ansah, and Willie Young. Fantasy owners should expect the Ravens to rely much more on quarterback Joe Flacco’s big arm than on Ray Rice up the middle.

Nate Burleson- Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson has failed to live up to the potential he showed in the two games before he was injured. Since returning from his broken arm, Burleson has a meager nine receptions for 95 yards in three games. While the Ravens do not possess one of the premier pass defenses in the league, allowing an average of 231.7 yards per game, Burleson is a risky play in any fantasy matchup. Fantasy owners should keep Nate Burleson out of any starting role this late in the season.

 

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Lions Reggie Bush a No-Go at Practice

Bush says he will play, but fantasy owners have to wait and see

Bush says he will play, but fantasy owners have to wait and see

The multi-talented Lions running back Reggie Bush has not returned to the practice field since reinjuring his calf during warmups in snowy Philadelphia last week. This is not what fantasy owners who are still in their respective playoffs want to hear.

On a positive note, Bush has all the confidence in the world that he is going to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bush’s status came down to the wire last week and he ended up not playing because he slipped in the snow before the game even started. It looks like Bush is going to give it a go come Friday at practice. Fantasy owners should be hopeful that this dynamic talent will play Sunday.

Bush is a matchup nightmare for defenses as he’s been running the ball effectively as of late and we all know what type of tools he brings to the passing game. Make sure to keep an eye out for future injury reports on Bush. If he cannot go, expect Joique Bell to carry the load similar to last week against Philadelphia.

Lions Reggie Bush a No-Go at Practice

Bush says he will play, but fantasy owners have to wait and see

Bush says he will play, but fantasy owners have to wait and see

The multi-talented Lions running back Reggie Bush has not returned to the practice field since reinjuring his calf during warmups in snowy Philadelphia last week. This is not what fantasy owners who are still in their respective playoffs want to hear.

On a positive note, Bush has all the confidence in the world that he is going to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bush’s status came down to the wire last week and he ended up not playing because he slipped in the snow before the game even started. It looks like Bush is going to give it a go come Friday at practice. Fantasy owners should be hopeful that this dynamic talent will play Sunday.

Bush is a matchup nightmare for defenses as he’s been running the ball effectively as of late and we all know what type of tools he brings to the passing game. Make sure to keep an eye out for future injury reports on Bush. If he cannot go, expect Joique Bell to carry the load similar to last week against Philadelphia.

Snow Slips up Lions, Bush in Philadelphia

Bush aggravated injured calf during snow-plagued warmups

Bush aggravated injured calf during snow-plagued warmups

With a blizzard roaring down much of the east coast on Sunday, conditions were unbelievably bad at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for the matchup between the first place Eagles and Detroit Lions. With inches of snow covering the field, the Lions lost one of their key pieces to their offense in Reggie Bush before the game even started when Bush slipped and aggravated a calf injury.

Listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, Bush was limited in practice all week due to a newly concerning calf injury. Bush had been dealing with a knee issue all season, but this calf injury was new and had threatened Bush’s availability for Sunday. However, Bush was in line to start Sunday afternoon before he slipped in pregame warm-ups. Bush was seen slamming his helmet down in disgust and was unable to play in the game as a result.

With Bush being such a valuable piece to many fantasy owners this season, the new injury is very concerning as the extent of the injury still has not been revealed. If Bush is to miss any time, Joique Bell will be a must-add for any Bush owner. Bell filled in adamantly for the injured Bush on Sunday as he fumbled twice in the snowy conditions, but gained 127 total yards and scored a touchdown as well as a two-point conversion.

Bush owners who are still alive at this point in the season are sure to be in a bind, but still have one or two options on the waiver wire. Both Daniel Thomas and Toby Gerhart could be productive next week if Lamar Miller and Adrian Peterson need to miss time from their injuries sustained on Sunday.

Packers versus Lions: Thanksgiving Day Sit and Start Report

James Jones is already one of Matt Flynn's favorite targets

James Jones is already one of Matt Flynn’s favorite targets

With Thanksgiving Day approaching, many Americans are looking forward to the three F’s of Turkey Day: Family, Food, and Fantasy Football. To get you prepared for your football fix, check out this week’s sit/start report for the classic Thanksgiving matchup between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.

Start:

James Jones, Green Bay Packers – There was probably no one happier to see Matt Flynn enter the game on Sunday for the Green Bay Packers than wide receiver, James Jones. With Scott Tolzien at quarterback the last few weeks, Jones was barely seeing any balls thrown his way (16 targets in Weeks 9-11). Sunday was a different story, though, as Jones saw 12 targets from Flynn, totaling 80 yards on seven catches. This week, Jones has a juicy matchup against a Lions secondary which is surrendering the second most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. Look for Jones to keep producing this week with Flynn under center.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – Stafford has been a stud quarterback all season long, and this week should be no different. With Nate Burleson returning from injury this past Sunday, Stafford had yet another weapon at his disposal, throwing for 297 yards and three touchdowns and has now thrown for multiple TD passes in 5 of the last 6 weeks. While he did throw four picks, Stafford should fare well this week, returning to the friendly confines of Ford Field. He also gets a nice matchup against a Packers defense which has allowed opposing QBs to throw for at least one touchdown in all but one of their games this year.

Sit:

Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions – A solid option all year, Bush may struggle to find running room this week against the Packers. The Packers played the Lions well in their first meeting, limiting Bush to only 69 total yards. Bush has also seen a decreased workload the past few weeks. Since recording 21 carries in Week 8, he has not received more than 15 carries in any of the Lions last three games. Temper expectations this week for the running back.

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers – Eddie Lacy looked unstoppable last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, racking up 158 total yards and a score. This week, however, Lacy faces a much stiffer test. The Lions front seven has been borderline dominant the past six games as they have not allowed an opposing rusher to rush for more than 61 yards or score a touchdown in that span. Facing such a porous secondary, Green Bay may look to air it out more than usual this week to pick up the win. If that’s the case, Lacy may not see the type of success he has recently been having.

Calvin Johnson Owners Face Game Time Call

Fantasy owners counting on Megatron to play Week 6

Fantasy owners counting on Megatron to suit up for Week 6

After missing last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions play maker Calvin Johnson has been limited in practice this week with a knee injury. After Thursday’s practice, Johnson reported that his right knee felt “good” and plans to play against the Cleveland Browns.

Johnson has missed practices before and still showed up to play the next game. That’s why fantasy owners were surprised to see that Johnson was left out of the line up against the Packers during Week 5. The coaching staff is keeping their mouths shut on Megatron’s injury and claim that he will be a game time decision.

The Lions need Johnson on the field as their wide receiver corps is stretched thin with Nate Burleson out with a broken arm and tight end Tony Scheffler on the bench with a concussion. If the star receiver sits out another game, the Lions will be left with Ryan Broyles, Kris Durham and the newly acquired Kevin Ogletree to fill some pretty big shoes.

The entire offense runs through Calvin as he stretches the field and allows other team mates like Reggie Bush to gash the defense.

Fantasy owners are left in a ‘hope for the best and plan for the worst situation.’ In other words, expect Johnson to play, but have a backup ready to plug in for Sunday morning.

NFL Week 3 Buzzer Beater from the Man Cave

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The Sporting Guy dishes out last minute performance and injury advice heading into Week 3 across the National Football League. There are several injury concerns surrounding several key players including Vernon Davis, Ray Rice and Reggie Bush.

NFL Week 3 Buzzer Beater from the Man Cave

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The Sporting Guy dishes out last minute performance and injury advice heading into Week 3 across the National Football League. There are several injury concerns surrounding several key players including Vernon Davis, Ray Rice and Reggie Bush.

Lions Reggie Bush Questionable for Week 3

Reggie Bush's status is up in the air for Week 3

Reggie Bush’s status is up in the air for Week 3

An MRI revealed no serious damage to Reggie Bush’s banged up knee.

This is great news for Bush fantasy owners, although they should watch his status to see if he will be good to go for a juicy Week 3 matchup against the hapless Redskins defense.

Since the Lions running back will be unable to practice all week with the sore knee, ESPN speculates that he will be listed as questionable going into this weekend.

Bush has a long history of injury and knee issues, but fantasy owners knew what they were getting into when they drafted him.

Start Lions Joique Bell, Wait on Pierre Thomas

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Joique Bell is proving his worth alongside Reggie Bush

It’s never easy finding a solid free agent running back that you can plug into your starting lineup and have him produce right away.  Usually owners have to take a flyer on a guy to see how he pans out, or they have to own a handcuff running back when a must-have running back gets hurt.  Right now, Joique Bell is a great Flex start in all PPR (Point Per Reception) leagues and Pierre Thomas may be a great Flex start or RB2 in the weeks to come.

Joique Bell

Joique Bell is no longer a secret after his week one performance against the Vikings. Bell scored two rushing touchdowns and added five catches for 67 yards. It appears that Bell is the early season goal-line back and simply put, Bell is a PPR machine!  Bell was a relatively unknown running back coming into the season, but he quietly caught 52 passes for 485 yards in 2012.

Bell flew off the waiver wires this week but is still available in 25% of Yahoo leagues.  Bell should be owned in 100% off all leagues because he will be catching balls all year and he will be the man in Detroit if Reggie Bush can’t stay healthy. Bell is a great start this week as a Flex in a PPR league as the Lions might find themselves in a shootout in Arizona.

Pierre Thomas

It’s never fun owning a running back on the Saints roster not named Darren Sproles. Sproles gets most of the third down action at running back as he is one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL. When Sproles is not in the game, Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram split time fairly equally.  It’s clear to most NFL fans that Thomas is a better back than Ingram, but the Saints continue to feed Ingram the ball.

Thomas does not have a favorable match-up this week as the Saints take on one of the NFL’s best rushing defenses, Tampa Bay. Fantasy owners should avoid starting Thomas this week, but he definitely has long-term potential to be the featured back in New Orleans.