Sunday, September 14, 2008


With due respect to the ESPN NFL experts who are loaded with contacts, it would appear only Keyshawn Johnson, of all people, has done his homework among the panel of NFL experts on ESPN's NFL pre-game show.
He is the only one who thinks Matt Cassel can slip in and provide Brady-like numbers as a replacement for the injured Tom Brady.
Did any of these guys talk to or read comments from Cassel's previous coaches at USC or in high school? Or what about the Pats scouts who recommended to draft the kid out of college despite never starting there?
I think it's certainly going to be tough to win at the Jets today, but I believe Cassel will put up solid fantasy numbers today, including two or three touchdown passes. One thing I like about this guy is he is mobile and can move around if the pocket around him collapses. If you're hurting at QB today and have Cassel, use him. I have Cassel starting in two of my eight leagues.

If you are hurting at wide receiver, don't be afraid to give Logan Payne a shot. Who? With the Seattle Seahawks decimated by injuries at receiver, no-names Payne and Courtney Taylor will be starting today. Payne will be in the slot and what I've learned is this guy has huge breakaway speed. Many fantasy experts are saying start Seattle receivers at your own risk today. Do not be afraid to give Payne at least one shot. Seattle is home and the Seahawks always seem to bounce back with huge games at home after struggling on the road.

If you need a running back, one guy still available on a lot of waiver wires this weekend is Saints back Pierre Thomas. With Marques Colston out, Reggie Bush will be used more as a receiver. Thomas should get anywhere from 10-15 touches or more and should score a touchdown or two.

Some experts also don't believe Falcons back Michael Turner, who had over 200 yards rushing last week, is a guy who will dominate this season, including this week against the Bucs defense. I think this guy will be phenomenal every week and will prove it today. He's a bruising speedster on a mission this season to prove he is an elite back....and he will. Start this guy. I see him getting at least 100 yards and a touchdown or more.

If you have a better option, I would sit Jamal Lewis today because he has a horrible history against the Steelers. If you have to start him, expect about 40-50 yards and maybe, if you're lucky, a TD.

NOTE: Just a reminder, as if you needed it at this stage, that the Ravens-Texans game has been moved to November due to damage to Houston's stadium caused by Hurricane Ike. Do not activate any Texans or Ravens today...and good luck!!!


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