We're gonna cover fantasy football all season long here at Bird's Nest by answering five questions every week about various fantasy-related topics. FLESH FOR FANTASYYYYYY. Let's roll.
1. Could all the really good players, like, stop getting hurt now? I know! Every season, there seems to be that one early week where a bunch of marquee fantasy players go down for the year (like Tom Brady back in 2008), then everything settles down. I thought that week was last week, when Jamaal Charles bit the dust. But no! No, now the Kenny Britt Show is also on hiatus thanks to the dreaded ACL/MCL combo plate, and the injury parade shows no sign of abating. You Eagles fans already know that Mike Vick is not long for this world. Jeremy Maclin also got hurt on Sunday. Arian Foster got deactivated. Beanie Wells has a bad wheel. IT'S CHAOS! CHAOS, I TELL YOU! And despite the league's best efforts to jack up passing stats and avoid big hits, the hitting this past week was fiercer than ever, especially if you watched Falcons/Bucs, Vikings/Lions, or Eagles/Giants. More balls in the air means more QBs exposed to hits, and more wideouts being caught off guard. They're gonna keep dropping. All you can do is hold on for dear life.
2. Is that Wes Welker as the top scoring non-QB fantasy player? It is! Our little grit machine has 458 receiving yards and four TDs in just three games. Even though Tom Brady had himself a little pickerception festival in Buffalo on Sunday, he's still putting up insane numbers with Welker and tight end Rob Gronkowski the main benefactors of his largesse. It's not going to stop either. Look at the Pats' schedule, then look at their atrocious pass defense, and the truth is staring you in the face: Brady will break his own TD record this year, and Welker will get a whole lot of them. THAT'S OW-AH SCRAPPY LITTLE SCRAPPAH!
3. What's the biggest surprise at running back so far? While Darren McFadden's big numbers have been impressive, I think he's more or less fulfilling the potential we all know he had in him. But look at Fred Jackson. The man ranks third in RB fantasy scoring, and there is no sign that former first rounder C.J. Spiller poses any challenge to Jackson's status as the bell cow of a shockingly robust Bills offense. Jackson is officially upgraded to STUD status. And I like his name. Sounds like he plays in the year 1986.
4. Will Arian Foster EVER be back? He will. If this lousy three-game stretch has proven anything, it's that Ben Tate is a very nice back who is NOT as good as Arian Foster. So when Foster's hammy finally heals up and he gets back to the lineup, he won't find himself relegated to the dreaded RBBC situation. He'll be back, and his status as the Texans' lead back is unquestioned. I say this because I drafted him No. 1 over Adrian Peterson and IF HE DOESN'T COME BACK I WILL TEAR DOWN ENTIRE CITIES.
5. Jermichael Finley! Told you so.