With fantasy sports possibly becoming more popular than the actual sports themselves, it’s only right that the Free Press takes a look at what’s taking over many of my Sundays: fantasy football.
(Warning: I don’t claim to be a fantasy expert, so don’t blame me if you take this advice and you don’t find yourself at the top of your league.)
This week’s fantasy heroes
Lions rookie Javid Best turned in one of the best performances of the week, totaling three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) while racking up 232 total yards, including 78 rushing, and 154 through the air. It’s the second week in a row that Best has put up big numbers, though I wouldn’t be shocked with a drop off in production next week as the Lions take on the Vikings.
Plenty of fantasy points were put up in last Sunday’s Texans-Redskins game. Both Houston quarterback Matt Schuab and Washington quarterback Donovan McNabb had over 425 passing yards (497 for Schuab, 426 for McNabb). As far as skill players go, Houston’s Andre Johnson pulled down 12 balls for 158 yards and a touchdown, while Washington’s Santana Moss had 10 receptions. Week one’s fantasy beast, Texans running back Arian Foster, carried the ball 19 times for 69 yards.
Who you can expect to put up big numbers this week
Playing a Cowboys team who is 18th in the NFL in passing yards against, Matt Schuab should have plenty of opportunities to drop back and slice the Boys’ secondary.
With the Ravens taking on the lowly Cleveland Browns (129.5 rushing yards allowed) this weekend, running back Ray Rice is poised to run wild.
On the waiver wire, try picking up Michael Vick or Jason Snelling. Vick was named the starter of the Eagles this week, and with the Eagles going up against the Jags, Vick can put up big numbers.
Snelling might be a name football fans may not be aware of, but as all savvy fantasy players know, having a stud’s backup is always a good policy. Snelling is Atlanta’s backup running back, and with Michael Turner on the bench, Snelling is a great addition. Get him before your league catches on.