What’s up Colts Nation? So I’m going to try a different approach for my weekly fantasy football blog presented by Taco Bell. Typically I talk about the previous week and a little about the upcoming week. So for this blog, I am going to talk about the upcoming week as you can guess I didn’t have great success last week.
This is a great week for me! The only bad thing, aside from having a bunch of Patriots on my team, is that Houston is on a bye and their defense has been very solid for me this year. It seems like a lot of my players are facing favorable oppositions this week which should bode well for my squad. Below I’ve attached my starting lineup for this week.
I feel really strongly about Big Ben as my QB against a Redskins defense that is giving up a lot of points. I also thing this should be a good week for Ryan Mathews who faces the Browns. I picked up Martellus Bennett prior to last week’s game and he has been a steal so far. I think he will put up good numbers against the Cowboys this week.
Now for my “start em” and “sit em” picks of the week.
Week 8 Start em: I’m keeping this one at home. I’m going with Colts QB Andrew Luck. I think that he’s done enough to prove that he’s a legit fantasy starter in almost every league. I’m even hearing a lot of people say that he should be your fantasy starter for the rest of the year. That’s fine with me. The Titans have been giving up double-digit points to every QB they’ve faced this year and I think this week is no different.
Week 8 Sit em: I’m going with Michael Turner of the Falcons and here’s why… The Eagles have been rather stingy with their rushing defense, not to mention Turner’s carries have diminished lately, and add in that Matt Ryan is playing the best season of his career. I think it’s safe to sit him.
Week 8 Random Thought: I look for tight ends to have a big weekend for fantasy teams. There’s a lot of good tight ends out there playing teams with subpar short yardage and interior pass defense, so look to get some points from your tight ends this week and if you have two really good ones, do some research on if you should start the other one in the flex spot if your league allows that.
That’s it for me today, don’t forget to check out my homepage on Colts.com to see what I’ve been up to! (especially my tailgate videos)
Yours in Football,
Tags: Colts, Colts Casey B, fantasy football, football
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Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak finds himself pulling for Andrew Luck just about every weekend.
That will obviously not be the case on Sunday but what’s Munchak’s connection to the Colts signal caller?
“I was roommates with his dad (Oliver Luck) when we came into the Houston Oilers back in ’82 together,” Munchak said via conference call on Wednesday.
“We were in the same rookie class and we were roommates our rookie year. Oliver and I were good friends and obviously I followed his son when he was in Houston and Katy, when (Andrew) started to develop into a really special quarterback, and obviously at Stanford. He’s someone I’ve kept a real close eye on and have rooted for.”
Munchak was the sixth overall pick of the Oilers back in 1982 and Luck was selected 44th overall in the second round.
Even though Munchak has never met Andrew, he has been very impressed with the rookie’s performance through the early part of his first NFL season.
“He’s going to be special,” Munchak said of Luck. “He’s already playing beyond a rookie. He’s got eyes down the field all the time.”
“He’s not just throwing short passes to get the ball out of his hand. He’s throwing the ball down the field, making plays and he can run.”
Munchak and Oliver played together for four seasons in Houston.
Oliver is currently the Athletic Director at West Virginia University and he will be making the trip down to Nashville this weekend to watch his son take on his former roommate’s team.
When looking at father and son, Munchak sees some similar mental characteristics between the two but admitted there is a difference in talent.
“He handles things very well. He’s a lot like his dad in that way. He’s a better quarterback than Oliver (laughs),” Munchak said of Andrew.
“I think Oliver has taught him well. He seems like he’s a good pro and he seems like he’ll be a great leader there. It’s hard to find a weakness in the guy. I’m looking forward to meeting him.”
Tags: Andrew Luck
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We’ve all seen games lost in the dying second of a match up and that was on the table when the Colts defeated the Browns! One second to go of play time, great clock management by the Colts but then the Browns start throwing the ball around and in every code of football I have seen a player break out to score the match winning points. So, like every Colts fan, I’m jumping up and down, screaming, “Stop him, get the ball” Then relief when it was all bundled over the sideline! Instant relief, because as Trey Wingo said on NFL LIVE, “It’s hard winning any game in the NFL.”
At 3-3, the Colts are, not surprisingly, in the hunt in the NFL. And while it’s good to look to our future, I wonder if there is a lesson from our immediate past? That one second of play time that could have changed the result; could we learn from that moment. The Browns were on their 20 yard line, the ball went back to the quarter back who goes back to the 12, throws and then they keep throwing laterally, reaching the fifty. A gain of thirty. Ironically, Andrew Luck’s first play was also a gain of thirty. So why do we not have lateral passing as part of our playbook? Or if it is in the playbook, why don’t we use it?
Last Saturday night an International Rugby Union game was played in Australia; New Zealand had not lost a game in their last 16 international games and were heading to a world record. They played Australia, whom they had beaten on their last few encounters. But this time, Australia played a different game. Instead of kicking, they held the ball, lots of lateral passing and lots of rushing in NFL terms. All unexpected by New Zealand, and while Australia did not win outright, they held the score to a draw, which was a mental win for Australia against a proven champion team.
So if the Colts are on the opposition’s 30 yard line, why not try an unexpected play; an actual structured, set play with several lateral passes. The only concern is ball security, but that does come with practice. Players have to watch that their pass isn’t picked off and playing on the field, in the heat of battle, it is much harder. So, instead of using throwing the ball around in desperation time, the dying minute when you are down by a touchdown or less, practice it as a set play and use it when the opposition least expects it. Actually, there was a famous coach in Rugby League, Jack Gibson who use to visit the States regularly, watching football games and learning training methods that he could utilize in Australia. The thing he loved was he could bring back unexpected plays to the Aussie game. It certainly could be an addition to the weapons a team already has, a bit like the fake field goal. I guess it could beef up our offense without having to add or change any players and might take pressure off what is the era of the quarterback.
Of course, this is all just idle rambling from an Aussie half way around the other side of the world, standing upside down to your point of reference. The thing I do know is that my beloved Colts are in safe hands; great players, great managers and fantastic coaches as we continue to build our new team and show our stuff on the gridiron.
Rooting for the Colts a half a world away. Our resident Aussie blogger, Rob Zammit, is a veterinarian and dedicated Colts fan.
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Heading into the Sunday’s game between the Colts and Browns, no one on Cleveland’s starting offensive line had ever missed an NFL start.
The five players combined for 190 starts in their 15 years of NFL experience.
Compare that to an injury-ridden Colts offensive line that was starting the same five players together it had the previous week for the first time all season.
Bruce Arians saw a jump from Week 6 to 7 with his offensive line and is hoping that continues.
“The communication was (better),” Arians said. “It was easier at home than it has been on the road but it was better. It showed up in the running game more than anything.”
The Colts attempted 37 rushes on Sunday afternoon which was seven more than the high from the first five games.
It wasn’t just the attempts that were a season high for the Colts. They turned those carries into 148 yards rushing with 10 of the 37 attempts resulting in first downs.
A balanced Colts offense sits just fine with quarterback Andrew Luck and the rookie knows the continuity among the offensive line is key.
“I think it’s great, especially for the o-line guys knowing who is next to them, knowing their calls, their tendencies, how they operate,” Luck said. “Hopefully we can build off last week’s performance which they did a great job and continue to get better.”
The offensive line might even benefit from a little depth this weekend as offensive guard Joe Reitz was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.
Reitz was the starter at left guard during the preseason but due to a leg injury, he is still waiting to make his debut.
For now, left guard Jeff Linkenbach will continue to start but Arians loves having some options up front.
“He’s going to get more practice time. His reps will grow in practice,” Arians said of Reitz. “Right now I don’t know if we’re ready to make any switches, we’re playing pretty well in there. He’d have to knock my socks off on the practice field to make me take Jeff Linkenbach out of there right now.”
Heading into this week’s matchup with the Titans, the Colts are expected to carry that same starting five of LT-Anthony Castonzo, LG-Linkenbach, C-Samson Satele, RG-Mike McGlynn and RT-Winston Justice on the offensive line for the third straight game.
“I think it’s important to have that continuity. It needed to happen some time,” Justice said with a laugh on Wednesday. “It’s good to have the same guys out there. It’s more important to play with the same person next to you,”
Tags: anthony castonzo, bruce arians, Jeff Linkenbach, joe reitz, mike mcglynn, Samson Satele, winston justice
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