There is a game of comparison used for everything from party icebreakers to corporate training called “Would you rather?” Basically, it asks you to choose between two relatively equal options. It is meant to test one’s personality and explore personal preferences of, for example, a three-day weekend or two hours of more sleep per day.
There is no right or wrong answer to these questions, just opinions. Consider Brad Pitt, who years ago “would rather” Angelina Jolie than Jennifer Aniston. But preferences of pretty boy weirdoes aside, when it concerns fantasy football starters, your choices will be proven to be right or wrong. And so goes week 7 as we ask, “would you rather …”
Cam Newton or Tony Romo? They play one another’s teams this week and, while the Cowboys seem destined to win they may do so via the run rather than the pass. Newton has had an off week to assess his current state vs. where he wants to be. Unfortunately for him, the Cowboys play better against the versatile quarterbacks than they do the traditional stiffs. It is close, but Cam gets the nod by ascribing to a revision to Newton’s Law: what has gone down must go up again.
Ravens’ or Texans’ offensive weapons? This game could turn into a rare shootout for the Ravens, so expect big things from Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith and, as always, Ray Rice. Conversely, the Texans will keep pace with Owen Daniels, Arian Foster and possibly Ben Tate. Avoid both teams’ defenses.
Johnsons or Jacksons? Usually, this column space is reserved for the Johnson Watch only, but the Jacksons (specifically Fred, DeSean, Steven and Vincent) have a little more to offer this week than do the Johnsons (Chris, Andre and Calvin, although Stevie has a good matchup against the Titans).
Think negatively or positively? For every DeMarco Murray injury, there is the promise of a Felix Jones resurgence, as well as an Ahmad Bradshaw-Andre Brown or Donald Brown-Vick Ballard situation.
The Raiders’ Mike Goodson is looking promising as Darren McFadden’s counterpart. The best news for both is the matchup with the Jaguars. Would it be crazy to start both on the same fantasy team? And where have you gone DeAngelo Williams and Titus Young? Ranked 80th and 95th respectively in the draft, they have had few good moments so far. A pessimist would quit on them, an optimist would look ahead to their better matchups, and an opportunist would consider a trade.
Last week, as my cursor hovered between two names, I had a personal game of “would you rather” that I wish resulted in neither. Andrew Hawkins or Reggie Wayne was the quandary. Hawkins was going up against the Browns, who I’d thought would concentrate on stopping A.J. Green and allow Hawkins more opportunities. Wayne was up against the Jets and would likely draw the attention of their only good cornerback, so I went with Hawkins. To the dismay of everyone except my opponent, who coincidently started Green, the plan backfired. Hawkins’ yardage was in the 30s and he did not score.
Because there is only one ball per game, Green received it more often, totaling more than 130 yards and exactly two TDs. Meanwhile, Wayne’s yardage was in the 50s and he also failed to score. Stevie Johnson was on the bench and, although he only had 80-some yards, he would have been better than either (and equal to both), but was held out due to a fear of the Cards’ defense.
So, would you rather have good players to choose from or depend on or some delusional rationale? To answer that question, I dropped Hawkins this week and acquired the Rams’ Brandon Gibson, who is suddenly his team’s top target.