Strategy session: Six-pack of fantasy insight from Standig, Murphy
4) Rest of the season: Fred Jackson or Knowshon Moreno?
Ben Standig: While I still fear Moreno remaining healthy through Week 16, I'm much more scared of what will become of the Bills offense. Maybe Thad Lewis is the next Brian Hoyer. Odds suggest he's not. Even though Buffalo will lean heavy on Jackson and C.J. Spiller, the offense may stall far too much to matter. Besides, Jackson's current top-10 RB ranking is out of whack for his talent and situation. Trade him if you can, but ride Moreno out.
Brian Murphy: Moreno. I think his 24 touches last week said enough. He is clearly the No. 1 running back in Denver. Ronnie Hillman changes the pace, and Montee Ball is lost somewhere on the Rocky Mountains. Jackson is a nice player who gets the goal-line carries for Buffalo, but it's C.J. Spiller whom that team (and fantasy owners) want to take control of that backfield. Spiller is still the top guy there when he's healthy. Plus, with E.J. Manuel out for the foreseeable future, defenses will just stack the box to shut down the Bills' running game. No, they will not respect Thad Lewis or Jeff Tuel. Opponents can't do that to Moreno; he's got a good quarterback with a few respectable weapons around him. That's why Moreno is averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
5) Which player that you drafted relatively high (not final few rounds) have you already cut bait with and why?
Murphy: This answer comes from a heavy heart. I can't believe I have to say this, but ... I would cut Jared Cook. My favorite player of the summer is still making mental lapses, but his lack of ascension has more to do with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who clearly has no idea how to use young, athletic, fast, versatile receivers correctly. He is awful at his job, and it's crushing Cook's value. I could seriously rant about Schottenheimer enough to make this a 2,000-word piece.
Standig: Since David Wilson and Carson Palmer still live on my rosters, I'll go with Chris Givens, though I don't blame him. Like with most big play options, Givens is not a consistent play. That weakness is compounded by his quarterback's inability to connect with his down field threats or his offensive coordinators frustrating play designs. My belief is the second-year receiver has moments of viability this season, but counting on them is now the issue.
6) Week 6 decision: Jared Cook or Jordan Reed?
Standig: Reed faces the Cowboys, who have allowed the most points to fantasy tight ends this season. The rookie is back practicing after a quad injury kept him out Washington's Week 4 contest. Despite missing that game and the last six quarters, Reed ranks fourth on the Redskins with 13 receptions. Meanwhile, Cook's gone from Week 1 hero to a four-week zero or at least under achiever. Independent of matchup, Cook is the better bet. Factoring in his slumping mojo and Reed's scenario, going with the rookie.
Murphy: Go ahead, give me Reed. I'm not a big fan of his, but I can't even look at Jared Cook anymore. It just hurts too much.
Bonus question: Will the Broncos cover the 27-point spread over Jacksonville?
Murphy: Jacksonville beats the number! The Broncos aren't going to put up 50+ simply because they won't have to. I assume they will get out to a 31-0 lead, then sleepwalk through the final 15-20 minutes. That's when Cecil Shorts, Blackmon, and Henne go to work. Garbage time: Peyton Manning knows what that's all about from his much-younger days. Broncos win, 41-20.
Standig: As I stated above, Chad Henne makes plays, it's just that he makes them for both teams. Even if Denver scores lots and lots, the Jags will score enough. Vegas counts garbage points which is why in this flip of the coin scenario, I'll take the points.