A mixed bag of results following an exciting Week 2. Our teams went 1-1. More after the jump..
Team: The Cowboy Chicken 1
QB: Michael Vick (vs SD): 38.60 points
RB: Reggie Bush (at ARI): 9.90 points
RB: Matt Forte (vs MIN): 26.10 points
WR: Anquan Boldin (at SEA): 1.70 points
WR: Torrey Smith (vs CLE): 15.50 points
TE: Jordan Cameron (at BAL): 17.00 points
FLEX: Michael Floyd (vs DET): 5.20 points
FLEX: Frank Gore (at SEA): 4.00 points
K: Garrett Hartley (at DET): 12.50 points
DEF: New England (vs NYJ): 17.00 points
Team Score: 147.60 (League Rank: #2)
Record: 2-0, (147.60 vs. 124.75)
Waivers: Added Brandon Bolden (Dropped: Nick Toon, $9); Joseph Fauria (Dropped: David Ausberry, $16); Doug Baldwin (Dropped: Chris Polk, $16)
Waiver Strategy: We added a little bit of bench depth. Fauria scored a touchdown in Week 1, but he’s more of a speculative add. Bolden hasn’t played yet, but given the injury to Shane Vereen, we added him. Finally, we added Doug Baldwin after a good Week 1 performance.
Lineup Decisions: We didn’t have any this week. We knew Gore and Boldin were in for tough weeks against Seattle, but were hoping the rest of our team could pick it up. Reggie Bush was injured and only played through the third quarter. He’s questionable for Week 3 against the porous Redskins defense. Michael Floyd is getting red zone targets, but hasn’t scored yet. We’re going to stick with him.
Injuries: Again, Roddy is an issue. At this point, I hope he sits out for two or three games and comes back 100% healthy. We have depth behind him. We have no plans of starting ‘Decoy Roddy’ and teams won’t respect him.
Final Thoughts: We’re finished with Zach Dudfeld. He’s going on waivers. Tyler Eifert had a nice 60-yard grab on Monday Night Football, but we need to see more out of the rookie. If Reggie Bush is out this week, we’ll stick him in the lineup and hope for the best. Our opponent had Eddie Lacy and he left in the first quarter with a concussion. Sometimes, it pays to be a little bit lucky with the timing of injuries. Still, we’re 2-0 and rank in the top half of teams in terms of points scored.
Team: The Cowboy Chicken 2
QB: Cam Newton (at BUF): 19.95 points
RB: Adrian Peterson (at CHI): 11.70 points
RB: Pierre Thomas (at TB): 8.80 points
WR: Brandon Marshall (vs MIN): 24.30 points
WR: Demaryius Thomas (at NYG): 10.20 points
TE: Jordan Cameron (at BAL): 17.00 points
FLEX: Marques Colston (at TB): 10.30 points
FLEX: Rueben Randle (vs DEN): 4.40 points
K: Greg Zuerlein (at ATL): 6.00 points
DEF: Baltimore (vs CLE): 13.00 points
Team Score: 125.50 (League Rank: #4)
Record: 1-1, (125.50 vs. 136.10)
Waivers: Added New Orleans (Dropped: St. Louis, $9); Joseph Fauria (Dropped: Toby Gerhardt, $16); Brandon Bolden (Dropped: Nick Toon, $16)
Waiver Strategy: We added a little bit of bench depth. Fauria scored a touchdown in Week 1, but he’s more of a speculative add. Bolden hasn’t played yet, but given the injury to Shane Vereen, we added him. Bolden did not play in Week 2. Finally, we like what we’ve seen out the Saints defense. They may be worth a play in Weeks 3 and 4 (vs. ARI, vs. MIA)
Lineup Decisions: We didn’t have any this week. A lot of injuries sitting on our bench. Losing Vereen hurt.
Injuries: We’re hanging onto Vereen. He’s out until Week 11, but we expect to play in the playoffs, so he’s worth hanging on to. Ray Rice was dinged, so we may the opportunity to start Bernard Pierce in Week 3 at home against the Texans. He’d be a welcome boost.
Final Thoughts: We’re finished with Zach Dudfeld. He’s going on waivers. This was a tough week for us, though. The Broncos put up 40+ points on the Giants, but Demaryius didn’t score. The Saints had a tough game, which was delayed by weather, against the Buccaneers. Tampa’s front seven is tough, so Pierre didn’t find much room to run. Mark Ingram hasn’t looked good at all, so we’re hopefully Pierre gets more touches.
Pierce is really the big key for this team. Rice has been an iron man, but maybe the carries are catching up to him. Pierce is an explosive player that can play all three downs. My gut says Rice plays in Week 3, but Pierce has a large role.
On to Week 3…