After the Buzzards would be a cool name for a fantasy team and an even better name for an alternative rock band. In fantasy football week 8, it is a way of life. The buzzards are circling, so make sure you have extra water, a compass and Wi-Fi connection so you can update your roster. Because they can’t carry all that they’ve scavenged, look for what they leave behind. Hence the name: After the Buzzards.
There are so many key injuries that suddenly Rashad Jennings and Titus Young are as coveted as were Roger Craig and Jerry Rice in a land and time long ago. But, if they are selected by teams with a higher waiver status (i.e. more losses) than your team, then just be cool and see who they drop in order to make roster room.
Jennings is of course stepping up for the injured Maurice Jones-Drew against the Packers this week and perhaps for many more weeks ahead. Jennings may be a non-fantasy-points-factor if this game gets out of hand in the Packers’ favor. Young is suddenly in demand due to the injury to teammate Nate Burleson. Young had been touted, shunned, benched, and even drew trade considerations among fantasy owners, but his stock has risen again as circumstances would have it. He is stepping up – and proverbially stepping “in it” – against the Seahawks’ vicious secondary. Those are some angry birds of prey.
Speaking of birds, the Cards’ defense may have played its last really good game. They could have a decent game left in them against the offensively spotty 49ers this week, but that is a gamble at best. The Packers and Falcons are up in the next few weeks, so it’s time for these birds to fly. If you can, trade them. Dispatch these birds for a good player with a better matchup. You can sell the deal by saying something like this: “11 players for 1? It’s madness!” That should garner some interest.
The Redskins Pierre Garcon is hurting and the scramble is on for Santana Moss. Their opponent this week, the Steelers, will welcome the return of running back Isaac Redman but not Rashard Mendenhall. But if anyone on that team is going to have a big game, it is Antonio Brown.
Jacksons vs. Johnsons this week finds some on a bye, but others in either really good or really not-so-good situations. The good matchups are Steven Jackson against the Patriots and Chris Johnson against the Colts. The not-so-goods are DeSean Jackson vs. the Falcons and Calvin Johnson against the Seahawks.
Cam Newton’s confidence level is at an unfamiliar low and the Bears defense poses a huge obstacle for him to regain his form. Don’t worry all who own Cam, he will find his stride again – just not this week. Those who will likely stride well this week are the Eagles’ LeSean McCoy (surprisingly, the Falcons can be run upon) and the Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas (unsurprisingly, the Saints can be passed upon).
The following is a true story about a scrap found After the Buzzards had struck. There once was a team – we’ll call it Team 1 for the sake of this story – that hoped to snag Rashad Jennings and start him at running back. But another team – we’ll call it Team 2 – with more losses and a higher waiver status scooped him up. To make room, Team 2 dropped the Chargers’ Malcolm Floyd. Team 1 promptly added Floyd off of the waiver wire for a matchup against the Browns. Will this be a happy ending for Team 1? Find out Sunday.