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The Danario Scenario

Tuesday, October 19, 2010




Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford, Lions - Stafford nearly entered the game as the emergency quarterback last week, a sign that he should be good to go when the Lions come out of their bye in Week 8. He'll return to an offense ranked eighth in the NFL in scoring and sixth in passing yards. The bye week comes at the perfect time, enabling Calvin Johnson (shoulder) and Jahvid Best (turf toe) to get back to full strength. Stafford could flirt with QB1 value the rest of the way if he stays healthy.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Matt Cassel, Chiefs - Cassel came through with three touchdowns and 22.9 fantasy points against a disastrous Texans secondary last week. It's more of the same this week with an equally porous Jaguars pass defense on the docket. Cassel will be a top-15 fantasy option against a defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing QBs.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play

Josh Freeman, Buccaneers - Freeman continues to make steady progress, increasing his completion percentage to 60 while cutting down on his turnovers this season. He's consistently between 15-20 fantasy points each week, which leaves him as a solid if unspectacular TE2 option. He takes on the Rams' suddenly frisky pass defense this week.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks - Hasselbeck can look like a spry 25-year-old one week and an over-the-hill cripple the next. Fortunately he has a plus home matchup against a Cardinals defense allowing the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this week. Hasselbeck is a top-20 option for owners of bye week studs Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a bye-week fill-in

Colt McCoy, Browns - Considering his lack of experience and the opposing defense, McCoy was arguably more impressive than Ben Roethlisberger in the Week 6 loss. He showed no fear of the pass rush and was accurate enough to squeeze throws into tight spaces. McCoy is expected to start this week at New Orleans, and he may just keep the job with another inspiring performance.

Recommendation: Worth a look in two-quarterback leagues

Max Hall, Cardinals - Steve Breaston (knee) and Early Doucet (groin) are expected to begin practicing this week, which should give Hall a boost heading into Seattle. The Seahawks allow the sixth-most points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks, but keep in mind that they play much better at home. With his receivers getting healthy and Beanie Wells taking over the feature back role, things are looking up for Hall. For now, he's only a low-end TE2 option.

Recommendation: Worth a stash in 12-team leagues

Kyle Boller, Raiders - Jason Campbell may have a torn meniscus and Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder) is touch-and-go for this week's game against the Broncos. Boller "absolutely" could start this week, according to coach Tom Cable, and he can't do worse than Campbell did in Week 6. He's only a desperation fantasy play for those in two-quarterback leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a desperation play

Fliers Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Moore, Kerry Collins, Trent Edwards

Fitzpatrick has been living well off garbage time points, but he can't be counted on against the Ravens this week. ... The best that can be said about Moore is that he's played well in lost seasons before. ... Collins and Edwards would play this week if Vince Young (knee) and David Garrard (concussion) can't go. Neither is an attractive fantasy play.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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