Each week we take a look at a marquee matchup in the dynasty league managed by the IDPDynasty.com writers. We use Matchup of the Week to highlight key players and provide sit/start advice
Another week in the books and we still have two undefeated teams as Saved By Le’Bell and Team Mascia took care of business. Take It Breezy gave Saved By Le’Bell a scare in last week’s Matchup of the Week. With a 235 to 178.8 lead going into Monday Night Football, Breezy probably liked his chances with Will Allen who previously scored 17 points each of the past two weeks, but it didn’t work out that way as he only scored 3.5. Le’Bell’s two “must starts” Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates along with Le’Veon Bell combined for 65.5 points to pull off the improbable victory to stay undefeated. Led by NaVarro Bowman’s 28 points Team Mascia moved past Team Woodman with the third highest scoring total of the week 226.3 to 211.8. Here’s the standings after five weeks.
1. Saved By Le’Bell 5-0 W5
2. Team Benovic 3-2 W3
3. Take It Breezy 2-3 L1
4. Team Santigate 2-3 L3
5. Hostile Combover 1-4 W1
1. Team Mascia 5-0 W5
2. Team Woodman 2-3 L1
3. Team jones 2-3 L2
4. Renegades of Punt 2-3 L3
5. Team He Hate Me 1-4 W1
Even though both these teams have already been highlighted, we finally have the matchup we have all been waiting for, Saved By Le’Bell vs Team Mascia. Saved By Le’Bell is 1st in points scored, Mascia is 3rd but his 226.3 points last week was the most scored all season. Mascia will try and keep this momentum going and try and stay undefeated.
With a surprising 24 points last week without Steve Smith, Joe Flacco continues to impress with 20 or more fantasy points three of the last for games. He has another strong matchup this week against San Francisco, who was just torched by Eli Manning for 441 yards and 3 TDs . Flacco also gets the possible addition of his favorite receiver Steve Smith. After all that, I still consider Flacco a sit this week. Yes, his 20+ points three times this season is nice, but Flacco has failed to throw for over 210 yards in three games this year and has as many turnovers as passing TDs (6). He was aided by two one yard TD runs last week and without those 12 fantasy points he would have had a measly 12. Flacco also is only completing 62.4% of his passes which is 25th among qualifying QBs and 32nd in yards per attempt with 6.5. Don’t let these crooked fantasy numbers fool you and leave Flacco on your bench.
Mascia will be hurt by the bye week this week as four of his regular starters will be missing (Todd Gurley, Joseph Randle, Aaron Donald and Jarnoris Jenkins). Mascia will try to fill the void at RB with Rashad Jennings and Tevin Coleman but both are on a time-share and it hasn’t worked out for them too well so far. Neither are good plays this week but Mascia is out of options.
Mascia has been carried by his defense all season as almost every starter has averaged more than 10 FPPG but will be without two of his top guys out he will look for someone to step up. This man will be Clay Matthews. With 5.5 sacks his past three games Matthews is starting to catch fire. Matthews has the pleasure of going against San Diego and Philip Rivers who has already been sacked 14 times and have given up a sack to a linebacker in each of the last three games. Start Matthews with confidence especially in high sack point leagues.
Saved By Le’Bell has another tough call this week at QB with Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson both facing tough matchups. As mentioned, Rivers will be facing Matthews and the Packers who have yet to give up a 300 yard passer, but Rivers is averaging 322.8. Wilson is facing the Panthers who have given up a measly 4 TD passes and only 12 FPPG in standard leagues, which is what Wilson scored last week. There is a 3rd option for Le’Bell but Matthew Stafford can not be trusted after being benched in Week 5. It’s tough to recommend starting any of these guys but as Rivers is leading the league in passing yards and top 5 in every other standard QB stat it will have to be him. Even with the tough matchup the SD vs GB game could finish as a shoot-out with two of the best QBs going head to head and you have to leave Rivers in.
Jonathan Stewart has been a huge disappointment this year averaging only 6.4 FPPG. After averaging 4.6 yards per carry last year, Stewart is down to 3.7 this year. Even with a favorable matchup before the bye, Stewart amassed only 50 rushing yards against the Buccaneers and still has not found the end zone. On top of that, Stewart gets to face the top ranked Seahawks rush defense this week who have yet to give up a 100 yard rusher. You have to be desperate if you are starting Stewart this week as it would be wise to find someone on the waiver wire to replace him. Possible additions could be Charcandrick West or Knile Davis filling in for the injured Jamaal Charles, pass catching backs Shane Vereen and Theo Riddick or Buffalo backs Anthony “Boobie” Dixon and Dan “Boom” Herron who will split carries against the Bengals who were just torched by Thomas Rawls for 169 yards and a TD.
Everson Griffen has a fantastic matchup this week against the Chiefs who have given up the most sacks in the league (22) in their five games. After being held in check with only one tackle before the bye against Denver, Griffen will be hungry and Alex Smith should be scared. With nine sacks after Week 5 last year, including a stretch with seven in five games, Griffen has shown he can dominate and already has three sacks through four games. The bye week could not have come at a better time for Griffen though as he already has seven penalties and needed to get his head cleared. Don’t be scared off by the Denver game and start him with confidence this week as he could end up being the #1 DE.
Even though I have already wrongly picked against Mascia twice this year I have to pick against him again this week. Saved By Le’Bell have six players averaging over 18 FPPG whereas Mascia’s highest FPPG is Rob Gronkowski at 17.5. Even though Saved By Le’Bell has had the pleasure of the least points against he has averaged 26.84 FPPG more than any other team. There is no way I can pick Saved By Le’Bell to lose.
Saved By Le’Bell 260
Team Mascia 223