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Tuesday, October 29

FANTASY FOOTBALL TWITTER REACTIONS - WEEK 8

Each week I will be walking through the Twitterverse extracting some of the best commentary from trusted fantasy football minds and delivering to the general public.  Twitter can be overwhelming with the amount of information that streams live, but it also proves to be one of the fastest and easiest ways to communicate.  In 140 characters or less you can learn something about a player you would have never thought to analyze.  Trends, stats, analysis and simple suggestions pour out weekly after the NFL action is completed and below are some of the highlights to consider when hitting the waiver wire or seeking trades to win your fantasy championships.

Tony Gonzalez, Falcons - Gonzalez had another disappointing outing, but as Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) pointed out, "In two games without Julio & Roddy this season, Tony Gonzalez has a total of five catches for 56 yards and no TDs. Extreme focal point of D."  Hard to expect much from Tony G at this point and he has now come out saying he is open to a trade.  Fantasy owners probably will not be open to trading for the Falcons main target at this point so you are most likely stuck with low end production.

Eddie Lacy, Packers - If you bought low or held onto Lacy after an early injury, congrats.  Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) remarked, "Eddie Lacy averaging 26 touches per game since returning from his concussion. #horse."  Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) also noted that, "Lacy has also accounted for 18% of the Packers targets over the last two games, which is a huge number."  Lacy is a clear RB1 the rest of the season and tied to a great offense.   If you can still acquire his services via trade, make it happen.

Marvin Jones, Bengals - Marvin Jones had scored a TD in each of the weeks leading up to his week 8 explosion and now sits as the 12th overall WR in standard league scoring.  His low usage turned into touchdowns though is reminiscent of Eddie Royal early in the season.  PFF's Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) tweeted, "Before you spend on Marvin Jones, know that he played 19 snaps yesterday. Still No. 3 at WR."  Josh Moore (@4for4_Josh) also remarked it is, "Hard to get excited about Marvin Jones outside of Sanu injury possibilities... not playing a ton, but does have 250 yards, 6 TDs in last 3."  Both Mike and Josh make great points about his usage and likely regression, but John Sarmento (@RumfordJohnny) also declared, "Marvin Jones is a lottery ticket. If you don't chase points in his case, you won't score points. Worthy of a flex play."  You would hope his recent success would gain more reps and targets, but also temper expectations.  I would prefer WRs such as Antonio Brown, Torrey Smith and even T.Y. Hilton if you can make a trade.

Jake Locker, Titans - Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) offered an interesting insight yesterday, "For Brady owners: Jake Locker has produced on a par w any QB in NFL over last 3 starts + weak 2nd half sked. The "secret" FF QB1 on your WW."  Brady has a tough matchup with the Steelers followed by the bye week, so adding Locker who is almost assuredly on your waiver wire could provide a much needed increase in points at the QB position. 

Alex Smith's Targets, Chiefs - Being invested in the Chiefs passing game is likely not paying dividends from fantasy perspective as Dave Ricahrd (@daverichard) pointed out, "KC fun: DMcCluster 10 targets JCharles 7 targets DAvery 5 targets ASherman 3 targets AFasano 3 targets SMcGrath 2 targets .. DBowe 2 targets."  The last 5 weeks Smith has averaged only 21 completions per game.  Charles is getting his share and with the way the remainders of looks are getting spread out, owning any Chiefs WR for fantasy purposes is not advised.  Yes you should have dropped Bowe a while ago unless you are playing in leagues requiring you to start 6 WRs each week.

Antonio Brown, Steelers - Probably the quietest WR2 performance this season in standard leagues and closer to WR1 in PPR leagues, Brown has been the model of consistency.  As JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) tweeted, "I've mentioned this a lot over the last few weeks, but lost in the Steelers losing is Antonio Brown's pace to catch 128 balls this year."  Catching an average of 8 balls a week, Brown is getting it done as a weekly start.  If he could find his way into the end zone even every other week he would be a clear WR1.

Lamar Miller, Dolphins - Miller has been a frustrating RB to own in fantasy as the coaching staff has appeared committed to not letting him cease the feature role.  John Paulsen (@4for4_John) broke down his week 8 performance stating, "Lamar Miller turned 21 touches into 112 yards (50 snaps), while Daniel Thomas had 10 touches for 52 yards and a TD catch (27 snaps)."  If he could somehow maintain a 2/3rds share the remainder of the season Miller could easily be a RB2. 

Terrance Williams, Cowboys - Josh Moore (@4for4_Josh) commented on the Cowboys receiver after week 8 stating, "Terrance Williams only caught 2 balls yesterday, but was targeted a team high 10 times. He should remain heavily involved."  Now with a touchdown in four straight games, Williams should be an every week start as long as Austin remains out, and even if he returns Terrance deserves Flex consideration.

Alfred Morris, Redskins - Per Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL), "Alfred Morris' carries by week (starting with Wk 1): 12 - 13 - 15 - 16 - 16 - 19 - 17  #Trending."  Eric Hardter (@EDH_27) responded to Mike's tweet remarking, "Having an even better year than last year, but all anyone can look at is the early season volume."  Now while Morris is actually averaging an average of 2 less fantasy points per week in 2013 compared to 2012, he is averaging 5.2 yards per carry this season versus 4.8 the year prior.  The fact is he remains an RB1 in standard , 12 team leagues and if you can find an owner upset with his usage and situation, make offers now.


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