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 as we near the halfway part of the season its turning out to be a pretty tight league. Once again I bet against Team Mascia and he proved me wrong, winning 261 to 220 to move to 6-1. I vow to never pick against Mascia again this season because at this point he is making me look quite stupid. Saved By Le’Bell also took care of business again to stay undefeated at 7-0. The most convincing win of the week was from Hostile Combover over Team Jones by 127.5 points! His 292.3 points was the highest this season led by 76.5 combined points from Lamar Miller and Telvin Smith. He will look to keep it rolling in this weeks matchup against the Renegades of Punt. The rest of the standings look like this:
1. Saved By Le’Bell 7-0 W7
2. Team Benovic 4-3 L1
3. Take It Breezy 3-4 L1
4. Team Santigate 3-4 L1
5. Hostile Combover 3-4 W3
1. Team Mascia 6-1 W1
2. Renegades of Punt 3-4 W1
3. Team Woodman 2-5 L3
4. Team jones 2-5 L4
5. Team He Hate Me 2-5 W1
After starting 0-4, Hostile Combover has gone on a nice roll with 3 straight victories and now is locked up with Take it Breezy and Team Santigate at 3rd in the division. This just goes to show that its a long season, so hang in there. Renegades of Punt is also 3-4 and is looking to pull away from the rest of the pack in the West with a win this week.
After a great start to the season, Travis Kelce is a must start once again this week. Kelce had his biggest game in Week one scoring his only two TDs along with his only 100 yard game. Although the Lions have only given up an average of 44 yards a game to TEs, they have already given up five TDs to five different TEs. In addition, they haven’t really face any elite TE’s (Jimmy Graham doesn’t count this year) and Kelce will be their biggest test. With Jeremy Maclin expected back after missing last weeks game the Lions will be forced to focus their coverage on him leaving one on ones for Kelce to run free. Start him with confidence as he is sure to at least find the end zone this week.
Lamar Miller had a huge week last week with 236 total yards and 2 TDs in Miami’s dominating win over Houston. This week will be a little different though going against the undefeated New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football and I am going to recommend you leave him on your bench. How can you leave someone on your bench after that performance? Look at the history. Lamar Miller has played the Patriots six times in his career. In those six games Miller has 76 touches for 343 total yards one TD and one fumble lost. That’s 57.2 total yards per game. Also, including last season, in road games Miller is averaging only 66.7 total yards compared to 110.2 at home. Combine that with the fact New England has not allowed a 100 yard rusher since Week 1 (DeAngelo Williams) and you have a recipe for a sub par game from Miller.
After a smack down of the Detroit Lions, Teddy Bridewater will look to continue his roll after three consecutive games of at least 249 yards while going against another division opponent, the Chicago Bears. Fresh off their bye week, and tough loss to the same Lions, the Bears will try and fix their pass defense that gave up over 400 yards in Week 6. However, even after the 405 yard 4 TD performance by Matthew Stafford, I think Bridgewater is a tough play this week. Historically, Bridgewater has averaged only 183.5 yards 1 TD 1 INT per game against the Bears and before the Lions game the Bears had only given up 197.2 yards per game this season. Also, before this current three game roll Bridgewater averaged only 168.3 yards per game with only one TD and two INTs. In addition, it has been feast or famine against the Bears as they gave up a combined 11 TDs in three games and only four in the other three. In a divisional game after a bye week the Bears will be well prepared for Bridgewater and I recommend you leave him on your bench as Bridgewater will lean towards the famine side of the curve.
For Renegades of Punt, his elite linebackers have a tough matchup this week. Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis have been arguably the best duo this season but are facing the Colts who have yet to allow a 10 tackle performance by any linebacker this season. This includes mediocre performances from Preston Brown, Telvin Smith and Jamie Collins. As the Colts lack a dominant rushing attack this year they have been forced to throw the ball more which is leaving less tackles for the linebackers. This has led to the Colts giving up the 2nd fewest fantasy points to linebackers this season. Although it is tough to sit either of these elite guys, if you have a viable replacement it is highly recommended.
On the flip side, Chris Johnson is a must start this week as he is going against the Cleveland Browns who have been consistently gashed this year. They have given up three consecutive 100 yard rushers and Johnson is going to continue that trend. Aside from being held in check by Pittsburgh in Week 6, Johnson has averaged 6.23 yards per carry in the other 4 of 5 previous games and is looking like CJ2K once again. The Browns are giving up an average of 203.2 total yards and a TD to RBs this year so make sure he is in your lineup because he could be the #1 back this week.
On the surface it looks like a pretty tough matchup for Alshon Jeffery this week but he has to be in your lineup. After a dominating return against Detroit, Jeffery will look to repeat against another division rival as he faces the Minnesota Vikings this week. The Vikings have been pretty stingy against the pass coming in at 7th best against receivers this year. They have only given up one 100 yard receiver this year (Keenan Allen) but they are about to give up their second. In his career Jeffery plays his best against the Vikings. Two of his best stat lines have come against them including a 12 catch 249 yard two TD commanding performance in 2013 followed by a 11 catch 135 yard one TD performance last year. Don’t have him on your bench for the next outstanding performance against his division foe as he will be fresh and healthy off the bye, ready to dominate.
The Renegades of Punt catch a break as Telvin Smith is on his bye after his ridiculous 40.8 point performance for Hostile Combover. He also has favorable matchups with CJ2K and Jeffery as mentioned in addition to having the edge in 13 of 20 of overall position rank per matchups including 3rd ranked Danny Woodhead and 7th ranked Antonio Brown and Cam Newton. I think all these factors combined will lead to a Renegades victory and bring the Combovers back down to earth.
The Renegades of Punt 230
Hostile Combover 187