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The Farm Club Fantasy Debacle: Nich’s Recap & Week 2 Pickups

Week 1 is in the books and so is The Farm Club Debacle’s first wager. Just before the Lion’s game in a debate about who a friend of mine should start, The Fighting Sheeds (Jack Crawley) and The Heenan School of Broadcast Journalism Brainiacs (myself) wagered on who would perform better between Vincent Jackson and Kevin Smith.  The Brainiacs and Kevin Smith pulled out that win thanks to the same last second touchdown that helped the Lions achieve a comeback victory in front of thousands of roaring fans.    Now in week 4 when the Sheeds visit the Brainiacs, a certain someone gets to set The Fighting Sheeds’ lineup.

Ladies and gents, that is not all, you see the general manager Crawley and his team suffered the worst fate of all this week.  They now hold the new record for fewest points scored in a TFC Debacle game at a measly 76 points.  Meanwhile on the other side of the coin, Sacko Del Torro followed up his strong draft with the new record for most points scored in a single game with 116.5.   In case you missed it, below is message from me to the rest of the league as well as a link where you can check out the league yourself.

The Brainiacs are Ready

The Farm Club Debacle League Page

Now it’s time for some weekly pickups.

Steve Smith -St. Louis Rams

You’re looking at the screen right now thinking “Why Nich Why?”  The guy has received nothing but support from his coaches all through the preseason talking about how he looks as good as he did before his injury when he was on the New York Giants.  In the 2009 season he had 107 catches with over 1,000 and 7 touchdowns.  He was well on his way to similar stats when he went down in 2010.  Yeah, it’s been a while since his great years, but consider he missed half of the 2010 season and spent 2012 on a new team with a new offense that doesn’t fit his abilities while fighting his way back from injury.  Consider this: He’s been on the Rams since training camp so he’s had the chance to learn the offense and he’s now over a full year removed from micro-fracture surgery on his knee.  I was at the Lions/Rams game this past Sunday and kept my eye on him from warm-ups to the finish of the game.  He looked good and there were at least 5-7 plays where he was wide open but Bradford never looked his direction.  If Bradford gets in sync with Smith, you could see a really strong second half of the season from him.  Mark my words, Steve Smith will be a flex or better option by the season’s end.

Steve Smith looks like a great fantasy option for the second half of 2012.

Kevin Ogletree – Dallas Cowboys

Is he this year’s Laurant Robinson?  We’ll have to wait to find out.  If you want more analysis than that you can look in the more popular places like ESPN and NFL.com

Rod Streater – Oakland Raiders & Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints

10 targets a piece.  Targets mean everything to wide receivers.  If they’re getting the targets, they’re getting open and it’s only a matter of time until they produce large numbers.  Lance Moore has already started (6 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown).

Owen Daniels – Houston Texans

I still have to watch the game film, but based on his stats, he looks like he’s back.  He’s on the verge of being a Top 10 Tight End this season if he can keep producing.

Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins

You’re still dealing with the Shanahan fire pit of runningbacks but any back that can have those stats (28 rushes for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns) needs to be on a team.

Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts

He should already be on a team, but if not, run to get him.  Any quarterback that throws 45 times in a game is bound to have fantasy value…unless you’re Brandon Wheedon.

Keep an eye on:
Blaine Gabbert, Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer, Dennis Pitta, Alex Smith, Jacquizz Rodgers, Kendall Hunter,  and Daryl Richardson

Jerry Lawler, wrestling legend, collapsed during the RAW broadcast this past Monday likely due to stroke or heart attack.

On a completely unrelated note, my thoughts go out to wrestling star Jerry “The King” Lawler after his heart episode on RAW this week.

If anybody wants fantasy advice or just wants to talk any and all things football, wrestling, or otherwise follow me on Twitter @twoxtreme.

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About nichbeesley

Nicholas Beesley is a Michigan State University student majoring in television and film, a producer for MSU&U, and a lifelong wrestling fan. Also, he will gladly argue over facts, but will spend hours trying to form a simple opinion on any topic that’s not wrestling or fantasy football related.

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