Avoiding the MASH Unit

Week 7 Survivor Draft

Last Week

Edholm—113
Miglio—92.9

Overall

Edholm, 5-1

fantasy

Team Miglio

It’s back to the loser’s column for Team Miglio, which was ravaged by yet another unexpected goose egg and Tony Romo’s flat game in a juicy matchup against Washington. At 1-5, this team is teetering on the brink of collapse. Can it pull a miracle turnaround?

It all falls on the Dolphins offense this week, as I hope Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace will combine their powers to put up big numbers against that weak Buffalo secondary. Of course, tasty matchups don’t guarantee points, as we have been over with Romo and last week’s abominable fantasy score.

We are only in Week 7 and running backs are already starting to run thin, so it seems I will be playing just two for the foreseeable future. I am pinning my hopes on the upside Ryan Mathews has against that Jaguars defense and Bilal Powell has against a Patriots defense that is now missing Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo.

As usual, I stuck with my “whoever is playing the Jaguars” defensive strategy, though that didn’t work out too well in Denver last week. I am also hoping Eddie Royal and Antonio Gates will benefit from the attention Keenan Allen should be getting now that he has had a couple of big weeks.

Team Edholm

The Edholm train scratched out another win in ugly fashion. A balanced, if not uninspired effort, although the good news is that no one let me down. This week, I saved up a pair of rookie running backs—both of which Alex had already used—in Eddie Lacy and Giovani Bernard with solid matchups, so I picked them last knowing he could not touch them.

I focused instead on my almost weekly QB-WR exploitative pair—this week, it’s Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall—and tried to find a few other players (such as Greg Jennings) who might be able to break out. I also feel better than I normally do about my defensive (Chiefs) and kicking (Nick Novak) choices.

The weekly survivor-style fantasy game has reshaped my thinking—I honestly get more enjoyment out of playing weekly matchups, and strategizing all-new weekly lineups, than I do in traditional leagues where my rosters are virtually static. You should try it.

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Antediluvian
Antediluvian

Good call on suggesting that we "sit" Russell Wilson. Good call.

samasters88
samasters88

Floyd did well for me last night - Ellington not so much. I need a worthy replacement to Hopkins, with Houstons troubles, and trying Fauria this week. After last weeks performance, he's bound to see the field more, yes?

samasters88
samasters88

Floyd did well for me last night - Ellington not so much. I need a worthy replacement to Hopkins, with Houstons troubles, and trying Fauria this week. After last weeks performance, he's bound to

MichaelDuerre
MichaelDuerre

Glad I stuck with Wilson.  235 passing/3 TDs/29 rushing yards.  Wilson was money tonight.  He didn't have a perfect game, but he came through big against a tough defense with a patchwork O line in front of him.  I won't be benching Wilson the rest of the year!

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

The Seahawks offense has been weak with the offensive line missing 2 starters.  They were last in pass attempts in the NFL last year, and want to run the ball more than anything.  Wilson is never a good choice as a fantasy starter unless he is the only starting QB you can get.

ea10
ea10

Is it time to cut bait on Jared Cook? (i.e. should he be dropped in most standard leagues?)

It seems like every fantasy football pundit had him as a top 10 TE, and aside from week 1, he's been terrible.

What happened? How did all of the pundits miss so badly on this guy?

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

@Antediluvian  

I admit I was wrong about that.  And I am a Seahawks fan.  

 Wilson has no "ceiling".  He will make whatever play is out there to make.  He can be as good a passing QB as his WR's and coaches will let him be . He is on a team that focuses on D and running the ball.  But if he were on an offense that was all about passing, he would throw for 400 yards a game. He can do it all.  The guy doesn't even like to run, he only does that because he has to sometimes. If the Hawks ever get some stud receivers, Wilson will be put up huge passing numbers.


jb22
jb22

@samasters88 I wouldn't count on it, I think you can do better with someone else.  He's still DET's No. 2 TE, and really only sees goal line action.  The two games prior to his 3 target/3 TD game were : 0 receptions, 0 targets, and 0 receptions, 0 targets.

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

@MichaelDuerre   Were his fantasy numbers still good even with 3 fumbles?  He did have a great game in reality. Without him, the Hawks offense would be awful.  

Notice how the Seahawks had Wilson run on the very first play of the game. With his offensive line playing so bad, the Hawks needed to give the Cardinals something else to worry about besides Lynch.  Wilson and Lynch really make the entire Hawks offense work.   

MichaelDuerre
MichaelDuerre

@unitcaptain11 Out of 7 games this year, Wilson has had 20, 20, 27, and 26 in Yahoo league scoring.  The other 3 weeks were 15, 11, and 18.  Not stellar, but definitely not a poor choice as a fantasy starter.  He's right there with Andrew Luck, Michael Vick, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan.  He's not far behind Aaron Rogers, Jay Cutler, Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford, and Phillip Rivers and he's having a better year than Tom Brady.  Also having a better year than Kaepernick, RGIII, Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, Big Ben, Eii Manning.  Out of the marquee fantasy QBs, Wilson is right there in the middle of the pack.  When he gets Harvin and his two starting tackles back, his production is sure to go up.

AlexMiglio
AlexMiglio moderator

@ea10 Good question. Cook has become excellent at fooling us all into thinking he will produce consistently. I'm not sure about cutting bait—depends on who is available—but there are plenty of tight ends who are producing more and consistently.

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

@MichaelDuerre @unitcaptain11  

Excellent points!  And Wilson threw 3 TD's last night.  Looks like the Seahawks offense is starting to get it going.  I am glad to be so wrong about his fantasy value.  Wilson has the skill to put up huge passing numbers.  But not the team around him to do it, at least yardage wise.  But as we saw last night, he can throw 3 td's with minimal attempts and yardage.

GO HAWKS!

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