NFL Fantasy How Kitna, Smith, and Stafford Will Impact Your Fantasy Team
Okay full disclosure...I sat Kenny Britt on my fantasy team last week! I Know RIGHT? Statistically I still
believe it was the correct move...however my team's record disagrees slightly. So for Week 8 I will go
with statistics and that all so powerful gut instincts. But honestly with the bye weeks, and players
dropping all around, diligence is going to be the key to fantasy victory! In that spirit here are three
quarterback changes you might want to pay particular attention to.
DeAngelo Hall Defensive Player Of Week 7
Matthew Stafford versus Washington Redskins
This will be Stafford’s second start of the year. In his half action against the Bears, Stafford
completed 11 of 15 passes for 83 yards and attempted only one deep pass to Calvin Johnson. Stafford
though possessed of deep strength talent seems to like the underneath routes the most.
Now Stafford is going against the 31st ranked total defense. But this same defense is tied
for second in takeaways (17); and is tied for ninth in the league for points per game allowed (19). What
half as reckless as Jay Cutler, Stafford is playing the second game of the year.
This leads to Washington Redskins defense START. Calvin Johnson is a stud although he
may not see the end zone he should get lots of yards. Jahvid Best did I mention he is leading all
rookies in yards from scratch and that was with a quarterback who likes to throw long.
Troy Smith Getting Ready For London Debut
Troy Smith versus Denver Broncos
This will be Troy Smith’s third start in his NFL career. But he has Frank Gore, Vernon
Davis, Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn Jr., yes I said Ted Ginn Jr. The only reason I mention Ted Ginn
Jr., is that he and Troy Smith played together in high school and college, which doesn’t mean more
passes (or any) but it is someone Troy Smith is comfortable with which could mean extra looks, but
will it be enough to warrant fantasy points? Let’s talk Frank Gore, so far he has 135 attempts with 573
yards and 1 TD. Gore is averaging 4.2 yards a carry. The 49ers have been using him…and using
him...and using him. There is no reason to believe this Sunday will be any different. They will be going
against a run defense that ranks 30th having given up 156.3 yards per game. Keep in mind these stats
are slightly skewed by last Sunday’s debacle against the Raiders were the Broncos game up 328
thing to remember is that the Broncos defense is getting back Brian Dawkins and Andre Goodman
This should help the Broncos defense but will it save it? Can it be saved? Bottom line you know Frank
Gore will be getting the ball ALOT! Vernon Davis has a touchdown in four consecutive games leading
the team with four touchdowns. Vernon Davis is also suffering from a lingering ankle malady. If healthy
you cannot sit Vernon Davis. Michael Crabtree will be depended upon a quarterback who is starting his
third NFL game, and has other options than a sometimes shaky Crabtree.
Dez Bryant Part Of a Talented Dallas Team
Jon Kitna versus Jacksonville Jaguars
On the surface this appears the best match-up for throw –in quarterbacks. In Jon Kitna’s game
against the Giants he had 16 of 33 in passing with 187 yards 2 touchdowns, 3 sacks and a lost fumble.
Although the touchdowns came in the last closing minutes Kitna appeared to connect with Dez Bryant.
Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst team versus the wide receivers with 12 touchdowns allowed in seven
games. The Jaguars are second in the NFL with 10 rushing touchdowns allowed allowing six running
backs to reach double digits fantasy points. And Dallas is beyond desperate and talented. The running
allowed wide receivers with less talent 12 touchdowns in seven games.
Brian Dawkins Making a Much Needed Return To Denver's Line-Up
Repeat with me... I will remember the byes, look at current injury reports, check the statistics and TRUST
MY INSTINCTS! Jon Kitna and the talented but under achieving Dallas offense versus Jacksonville
defense. In London Troy Smith will go against an abysmal Denver defense that was without Brian
Dawkins, his return means the run defense will be better (hope is it cannot get worse). And first
round pick Matthew Stafford will go against a very confident DeAngelo Hall and Redskins takeaway