Beast or Bust Week 7: NFL Fantasy Analysis

Posted on October 22, 2011


By Jeremy Sickel

Beast: Tim Tebow – The Tebow chants finally paid off for the Broncos fans and what better team for Tebow to get reacquainted as an NFL starting quarterback than the Miami Dolphins. There isn’t a team more equipped to keep this whole “Suck for Luck” train chugging along at full steam than Sparano’s; he just might not be around long enough to see it come to fruition. Back to “The Mile High Messiah” – Tebow is widely regarded as a signal caller that will never live up to expectations, but as long as he is a starter, the Fantasy Football world will reap major rewards. Not often is the team’s quarterback also its primary goal line option for rushing touchdowns as well. This fact alone bumps Tebow up the chart for weekly starts, and none more obvious than this week against the hapless Dolphins.


Bust: Carolina Backfield – This two-headed monster has given fantasy owners headaches for years and with Cam Newton in the mix now it is a complete gamble to choose between any of their running backs. With the rookie taking over at quarterback this year, one would think they would have relied heavily on the run to aid in the development of the #1 pick, but boy were we wrong. Not only is there a time share in Carolina, they also aren’t producing at the rate they have in the past. This trend, combined with the Redskins only giving up 106 YPG on the ground, creates a toxic recipe for disaster.


Beast: Jimmy Graham – The kid is an absolute stud and quite frankly I am pissed at myself for not labeling him as a beast earlier in the season. He is drawing major comparisons to another tight end that is having a resurgent campaign this year in Tony Gonzalez, and for very good reason. It is a very good sign for the fantasy owners of a tight end that leads his team in all of the major receiving categories, especially when they get to tee off on a wretched Colts defense. This could shape up to be a monster game for the former University of Miami basketball player.


Bust: Larry Fitzgerald – The Pittsburgh Steelers rank first in the NFL in opponents passing yards per game and while the Cardinals rank near the middle themselves slinging the rock, it is more out of necessity rather than effectiveness. Being Arizona’s only viable weapon in the air, Fitzy will be keyed on all day long which will minimize his targets, thus destroying any chance at worthy production.



Beast: Tony Romo – This is a huge opportunity for Romo to escape some recent criticism not only from his fans, but his fantasy owners as well. Although the Rams are average in passing yards allowed they have yielded eleven touchdowns thru the air which is tied for second worst in the league. With a healthy Miles Austin and a hobbled and misguided running attack, the Cowboys should throw the ball early and often allowing Romo to put up very solid numbers this week.


Bust: Philip Rivers – His only reliable weapon (Vincent Jackson) will be a captive of Revis Island this week and Rivers himself has been a major disappointment this year. Chalk it up as Antonio Gates missing the majority of the year or maybe even Darren Sproles bolting for the Bayou this off-season, but something just doesn’t seem right with Rivers and the Jets defense isn’t a good starting point to right the ship either.


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