BY J.P. SCOTT ON OCTOBER 3, 2013
Yesterday I gave you the names of some sleepers that you could plug some holes in your lineup with. Today, I’m here to tell you about some weaknesses in your lineup you may not have known existed.
Here are five players — one quarterback and four running backs — who because of matchups, you might want to think about sitting if you have other options.
Andrew Luck, QB, Colts – Luck draws the Seahawks this week in what many are calling the Game of the Week. I don’t know about that. I don’t think his receivers are collectively as good as Matt Schaub’s are and Seattle picked him off twice. Not to mention the fact that I’m not sure Trent Richardson’s presence is enough to keep Seattle’s D honest. I see a rough go of it for Luck this week. He’s a solid start most weeks, just not against the Seahawks.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys – I’m sure the plan will be to keep the Broncos off the field by pounding the ball to Murray. That should work for about one series. The rest of the game will be a shootout with Tony Romo trying to keep pace with Peyton Manning and Denver’s ridiculous offense. I doubt that shootout involves many dump-offs and hand offs to Murray. If you got a guy who looks like he’s gonna get a high volume of carries, I’d swap Murray out for him.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers – Never mind the fact that Lacy is coming off of a concussion, his Packers are about to be in a shootout with the top team in the division. That alone does not bode well for Lacy’s power-running style. Adding to my reluctance to plug him into a lineup would be the fact that no running back has rushed for over 100 yards against the Lions through the first four games. The guys who have tried include Rashard Mendenhall, Alfred Morris, Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson.
Bilal Powell, RB, Jets – Powell is the flavor of the month in terms of waiver-wire pickups (I added him myself in one league). That said, Monday night against the Falcons would be a bad time to put him in your lineup. The lack of offensive weapons on the Jets means most of Atlanta’s defensive focus early on will be shutting down Powell. After that, the Jets are likely to be playing catch-up with a team that most agree is much better than their 1-3 record indicates. The Falcons, like the Lions, have not allowed a 100 yard rusher and I don’t expect Powell to come anywhere near being the first.
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans – Kansas City’s secondary is good enough to play man coverage against Tennessee’s receivers, especially against quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. That will allow the Chiefs’ front seven to focus on wreaking havoc in the Tennessee backfield. Only LeSean McCoy has cracked the century mark against the Chiefs, largely because of the other weapons Philly had that Kansas City needed to account for. The Titans don’t have those kinds of weapons. It will be a long day with very little running room for CJ2K.
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