We are right in the middle of a typically unpredictable NFL season – but that doesn’t mean we won’t keep taking chances and trying to predict what’s going to happen anyway – that’s what fantasy sports gambling is all about.
Kudos to anyone who had the Philadelphia Eagles defense last week – they put a hurting for the ages on a once-again clueless New York Giants team. The Eagles are on bye now, though – so who to pick up?
D/ST Sleeper: Jacksonville Jaguars – yes, you read that right. After picking whoever has played against the Jags this season, I believe this week could be one where you could get a surprisingly not-terrible performance out of these neutered kittens (and keep rolling with whoever faces their offense too, if you can). The Cleveland Browns travel to Jacksonville this week – and while everyone has hopped on the Brownie bandwagon, I’m not ready just yet to annoint them as a playoff team. Teams crash back to earth very quickly in this league, and Cleveland’s offense is more workmanlike than explosive – plus the Browns just lost all-pro center Alex Mack. Jacksonville will probably win a game this year, so why not this one? And more importantly, why not some sacks and turnovers from their D?
DL Sleeper: Chris Jones, New England Patriots – he gets the occasional sack, and the Pats host the sad-sack New York Jets on Thursday night in what figures to be one of the final nails in coach Rex Ryan’s extra-large coaching coffin. Roll with any NE defender you can get your hands on this week. Even if Michael Vick remembers to take his job seriously and plays in the second half, the damage will already have been done and your fantasy defense will be happy.
LB Sleeper: Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs – this pass-rushing specialist may have lost a few steps over the years, but he still gets to the QB enough to warrant fantasy consideration. The Chiefs head to San Diego this week – not an easy matchup – but the Bolts do like to throw the ball, and the fact that KC was on bye last week means that guys like Hali could be had off the waiver wire, if the previous owner had to make a move to field a full week six lineup.
DB Sleeper: Rashad Johnson, Arizona Cardinals – he won’t grab two picks and score again this week – but one pick is definitely within reach, especially in Oakland. Bump up Johnson and the rest of the Arizona secondary, then trade them after this week when the schedule gets a little tougher, with games against Philly and Dallas.