A two-time champion in a hardcore keeper league, including some know-it-all media "experts", Adam Boedeker gives his fantasy expertise on a weekly basis.
Start of the Week
Matt Cassel, QB, KC — I'm going for a deep sleeper this week with Cassel, who has an intriguing matchup against not only a questionable Saints defense, but also against a prolific offense led by Drew Brees. Cassel has thrown a ton through the Chiefs' first two games and has actually been a top-10 fantasy quaterback through the first two weeks. If there were ever a week to get him in your lineup, it's this week. The Saints defense has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than any other NFL defense through the first two weeks, getting lit up by Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton. Last week against Buffalo, Cassel threw for over 300 yards and had two TDs with a pick, and there's no doubt he'll be playing from behind and forced to throw the ball early on. Get him in your lineup.
Honorable mention: Andre Brown, NYG (at CAR); Lance Moore, NO (vs. KC); Brandon LaFell, CAR (vs. NYG).
Dud of the Week
Tom Brady, QB, NE — I realize this seems crazy, but if you happen to have Brady as your QB1 and Cassel as your QB2 or even QB3, get Cassel in your lineup this week. Brady has a tough matchup against the Ravens in Baltimore, and is now without one of his favorite targets in tight end Aaron Hernandez who suffered an ankle injury last week. Plus, just look at the first two weeks. Brady has less fantasy production than guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alex Smith, and yes, Matt Cassel. I realize it doesn't make logical sense, but follow my lead, guys.
Honorable mention:Peyton Manning, DEN (vs. HOU); Adrian Peterson, MIN (vs. SF); Larry Fitzgerald, ARI (at PHI).
Last week's verdict: Well, last week didn't go so well. Jay Cutler was our stud and failed miserably against the Packers thanks to a horrible offensive line, and our dud Michael Vick led a big comeback victory over the Ravens.