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Tyson Q's: Fantasy Football Corner
Each week articles with helpful tips and unique insights will be posted online. The fantasy football message board is also a place to gain valuable knowledge for the upcoming match ups. Any questions posted there or emailed to email@example.com will be reviewed, researched, and answered.
Now on to the reader's questions:
How do you think Michael Turner's 370+ carries last season will affect his fantasy production? -Jez Kline
Michael Turner was finally given the chance to be the feature back last season. He responded by posting career highs in nearly every category and leading the Atlanta Falcons to a playoff berth. Turner's 376 carries were the most in the league. This may look like a cause for concern, but it definitely is not.
Consider this, Turner has carried the football 604 times during his NFL career. Consensus number one fantasy draft pick Adrian Peterson has already nearly surpassed Turner with 601 total carries. If you are concerned with the tread on Turner's tires, wouldn't you also have to be worried about Peterson? Obviously, Peterson is still perfectly capable of dominating defenses. Rest assured that Turner is as well.
Other notable veteran running backs to have successful seasons after hitting the 350 plateau the previous season are Ladanian Tomlinson (1645 yards, 13 TDs), Ricky Williams (1372 yards, 9 TDs), and Deuce McAllister (1074 yards, 9 TD's). Additionally, none of these players had carried the ball less than Turner at that point in their careers.
As a flex option, should I start Larry Johnson against Baltimore, or Eddie Royal against the Bengals? I was leaning towards Royal, but I just don't know. -Bryan Salva
Larry Johnson may have one more fantasy worthy season left. That said, this question is really a matter finding the lesser evil. Can LJ score on the daunting Ravens defense? Will Kyle Orton complete a pass in his debut? Let alone complete more than one pass to Eddie Royal.
LJ is the safe start here, but only if Cassel is a go for the game. If the Ravens defense only has to contend with the likes of Brodie Croyle, LJ may not gain more than 40 yards. Keep an eye on Cassel's status. As of today it is not looking as if he will be on the field.
Eddie Royal should get more looks than usual because of Brandon Marshall's recent problems. Sadly, with Kyle Orton chucking the rock, that may not matter. The good news? Orton is playing the Bengals, a team just bad enough to give him a chance.
Bottom line: If Cassel is ready to go, ride LJ's 75 yards and a TD. If he can't make the start, look to Eddie Royal to provide 50-75 yards receiving and a possible deep touchdown.
How will Brandon Marshall be used in the Denver offense? Will he see starter playing time? -Nathan Adams
Marshall has the potential to excel in the NFL. His talent level will certainly force the Broncos to get him the football. The main concern, as previously mentioned, is who will be distributing the ball. Kyle Orton flip flopped with Rex Grossman in Chicago and never put together a string of consistent games. Even with his responsibilities limited to "don't screw it up, just let the defense take care of it", he still threw costly interceptions.
Marshall will be the focus of the offense, but unless Orton starts channeling John Elway or even Jake Plummer, Marshal will struggle to reproduce last year's numbers (1265 yards, 6 TDs).
What are Boldin's chances of playing all 16 games as a Cardinal? -Brad Child
The soap opera that is Anquan Boldin has been airing in the desert since spring of 2008. Boldin has still managed to maintain a decent fan base in spite of constant grumblings. The question of Boldin's future will ultimately be decided by the Cardinals' ability to rebound from the Super Bowl defeat. Even with wins coming steadily, Boldin was still unhappy. Flip that scenario to a losing season and the Cardinals may have a potential locker room poisoning situation.
Boldin's fantasy owners should not be as concerned as Cardinal fans. Through the midst of a disgruntled season Boldin proved that he can continue to play at a high level. Boldin will undoubtedly remain a Cardinal if the franchise continues to win. If, however, the Cardinals fall victim to the "Super Bowl Curse", Boldin will finally be free to play outside the heat of Arizona.
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