A couple weeks ago I mistakenly took Giants’ WR Victor Cruz off my fantasy radar when they signed veteran slot receiver Brandon Stokley. Well, yesterday Cruz proved me wrong with 3 receptions for 110 yds and 2 TDs. With Domenick Hixon out for the season and Mario Manningham out yesterday after suffering a concussion, and with Hakeem Nicks getting the heavy coverage, Victor Cruz was Manning’s only long option. It worked for Week 3, but, going forward, he’s probably only worth a fantasy add in deeper leagues, and really only playable if Manningham or Nicks aren’t playing–otherwise he’ll be too unpredictable.
Adios, Michael Vick… Well, at least for the next 3-4 weeks he’ll be sidelined with a broken hand. Even when he was playing, though, the Giants exposed the “Dream Team” Eagles as beatable. As expected, Nicks got shut down, but the Eagles D was largely ineffective against Bradshaw and Jacobs. What I didn’t understand was why the Eagles didn’t take advantage of the Giants’ beat up secondary earlier on in the game? The work load seemed to rely heavily on LeSeaon McCoy, and DeSean Jackson was a non-factor. Maybe it’s a sign that Vick wasn’t 100% after being knocked around in Week 2? Regardless, if you took Matthew Berry’s advice and drafted him with your first pick, I hope you have a good back up….
Winning Ain’t Breesy in the Big Easy Fantasy owners of Drew Brees could breath a big sigh of relief in the 4th quarter of Saints vs. Houston yesterday. After a slow start with only 1 TD vs. 2 sacks and 2 INTs, Brees kicked it into gear in the 4th quarter, adding on 2 more TDs, a two point conversion and totaling 371 yds for the day, leading the Saints to a comeback victory. This is exactly the kind of performance that reminds me why I’d rather draft a reliable, top-5 QB early than take a chance on an up-and-comer in the mid rounds.
The Colts and The Bolts Unexpected performances in both the Indianapolis and San Diego games yesterday. First, in San Diego, the Chargers narrowly eked out a win over the league’s most hopeless team, the Kansas City Chiefs. Without his favorite target, Antonio Gates, Rivers threw for a low-ish 266 yards but also had two picks. Fortunately, Cassel saved thousands of Survivor pool entrants across the country by throwing a last minute pick of his own. Speaking of picks, Roethlisberger threw one and was sacked twice for fumbles that set the Colts up for all three of their first half scores, proving that maybe they can win games without Peyton Manning. In the end, Harrison & Polamalu kept that from happening, but Curtis Painter may get a shot at winning a game next week in place of concussed Kerry Collins.