#FantasyFootball: Should I add Giovani Bernard and/or Doug Martin, or neither?

As Week 4 of the NFL season approaches, TBD sits at 1-2. I recently asked who I should attempt to trade for in order to make the team better. So far, the public has picked Brandon Marshall as the trade target, with Andre Johnson going the other way. I’ve proposed this trade to Marshall’s owner with a message asking what he/she wanted for Marshall. So we’ll wait and see with that. In other transaction news, both Giovani Bernard and Doug Martin have hit the waiver wire. Should I add either of these players, or do I have enough running back depth? Let me know in the usual ways (Twitter: @BenRosener /@knowhitter272, comments, and/or the poll below).

(I’m leaving most all of this up to you guys, even the team name. So long as it’s not vulgar or offensive, send me your suggestions on Twitter @BenRosener /@knowhitter272  or in the comments.)

The Case for Giovani Bernard

Giovani Bernard Fantasy

Bernard is stuck in a timeshare with Jeremy Hill, who entered the season as the starter in Cincinnati. However, that hasn’t stopped Bernard from ranking fifteenth in scoring amongst fantasy running backs. Hill scored twice in Week 1, racking up 18 points in the process, but has struggled since. He fumbled twice in Week 2 en route to 39 yards on 10 carries. He finished with -1 fantasy points. Week 3 brought a slight improvement, but not much. Hill had 12 carries for 21 yards and two fantasy points.

The stat line for Bernard is extremely different. The running back had eight fantasy points in the first game of the season before taking full advantage of Hill’s fumbles in Week 2. Bernard ran for 123 yards on 20 carries (13 fantasy points). He followed that up with 49 yards on 13 carries in Week 3. He managed seven fantasy points last week.

Both figure to hold value with the Bengals playing so well. One is bound to feature as the team’s top back, and judging on recent performances, that could be Bernard.

The Case for Doug Martin

Doug Martin Fantasy

Martin has been Tampa’s lead back this season, amassing 46 carries over only three games. While those three carries have only gone for 176 yards, having an unquestioned starting running back (no matter what team they play for) can be valuable in fantasy. If nothing else, you know they will get consistent carries each week.

Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims will get looks going forward,

There’s potential with Martin, but just like Bernard, there is risk. He hasn’t come close to equaling his 2012 numbers when he ran for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns in addition to 472 receiving yards and another score through the air.

#FantasyFootball Trade Targets: Melvin Gordon, Larry Fitzgerald, C.J. Anderson, Brandon Marshall and Tyler Eifert

Early votes are in and Arian Foster is the current leader in the race for starting running back in the TBD TBD starting lineup for Week 4 in the NFL.

If you’d like to vote on that (other options include Marshawn Lynch, Todd Gurley and David Johnson) head on over to this link and find the schmancy/snazzy poll at the bottom.

This post, however, will be dedicated to trade targets. TBD TBD is dedicated to trade targets.

(I’m leaving most all of this up to you guys, even the team name. So long as it’s not vulgar or offensive, send me your suggestions on Twitter @BenRosener /@knowhitter272  or in the comments.)

With that in mind, here are some players that could make sense on the team. Vote and decide who you want TBD to try and acquire. If you want more info on the players, check out the bits below.

The Case for Melvin Gordon

Maybe a luxury given the team’s current personnel, but you can never have enough running backs. It would be a different story if Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch weren’t injury concerns, but here we sit. Additionally, Dion Lewis is in an offense that can be extremely fickle towards running backs. Another of the team’s backs, David Johnson, is low on the depth chart in Arizona while Todd Gurley is stuck in a time share.

Gordon hasn’t established himself as a pass catcher in San Diego’s offense yet, but he does seem to be ahead of the pack in terms of rushing. The rookie is extremely talented and could be in for a breakout if he receives the lion’s share of the snaps during passing and rushing downs.

The Case for Larry Fitzgerald

While Gordon is somewhat of a luxury, Fitzgerald is a definite need. Randall Cobb is a must-start every week, but outside of that there aren’t any other locks. John Brown could be in for a breakout here soon, and is clearly Arizona’s second receiver, but hasn’t put up the fantasy points many expected. He’s been respectable so far with 20 points in three games, but that isn’t going to cut it as a starting receiver. Adding Fitzgerald would allow Brown to be worked into the mix at the FLEX slot, where (given his current production) he is a much more appealing play. Did I mention Larry Fitzgerald has 333 yards and five touchdowns over his first three games? Yeah, guy’s pretty good.

The Case for C.J. Anderson

The ultimate low-buy candidate, Anderson has struggled out of the gate. The Denver Broncos’ running back has managed only 74 yards on 32 carries. He has six catches on ten targets for 30 yards. Anderson has zero touchdowns this season. There’s talk of him losing his starting place in the Denver offense, but personally I don’t buy it. Anderson has been banged up with injuries as of late. Once healthy, he should claim the majority of the touches. His production means he can be had for cheap.

The Case for Brandon Marshall

Very similar to Fitzgerald in the sense that TBD needs high-end receivers. Marshall has scored in all three games this season, while eclipsing 100 yards in each of the last two contests. Overall, he’s netted owners 42 points. Translation: He’s a lock for double digit fantasy points, especially when you consider that the Jets don’t have a ton of weapons. Marshall will continue to get looks in New York.

The Case for Tyler Eifert

Eifert seems to have established himself as a secondary target in a suddenly pass-happy Cincinnati offense. He’ll always play second-fiddle to A.J. Green, but that should be fine for fantasy owners as long as Eifert is a prominent pass-catching option in the Cincy aerial attack. He had zero catches last week, so now could be a time to buy low. Additionally, tight end is the weakest position on TBD TBD’s roster, so there is a definite need.  

Here’s the team roster. Let me know who I should trade for any one of Gordon, Fitzgerald, Anderson, Marshall and/or Eifert.

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(Note: At this point, Andrew Luck, Randle, Foster, Cobb, Lynch, Gurley and Brown are untouchable either because of production or potential. Everyone else is in play).

Ultimately, you decide what propositions I make, so put on your GM hat and send me your trade ideas on Twitter (@BenRosener / @knowhitter272) or in the comments.

For more about TBD, as well as the current season in Fantasy Football, click here. 

What We Learned From the Seahawks Win, Plus a Playoff Preview and the Great NFL Coaching Purge

Will the record holder for most touchdown passes in a rookie season please stand up?

Russell Wilson continued to scribble out portions of the Seahawks’ record book, and the NFL’s for that matter, and write himself in. Wilson now has tied Peyton Manning for the most touchdown passes thrown in a rookie season. Not something people would have expected for a Quarterback who was selected after five other QBs, one of whom isn’t even starting (Brock Oswiler is Manning’s backup.)

It Doesn’t Come Cheap

(That sounds nothing like any kind of title, it’s mainly there to make my other bolded title look better by default.)

The Seahawks demolished the Cardinals, Bills and 49ers in recent weeks. Maybe you heard. Point is that another blowout probably wasn’t going to be beneficial, at least for the playoffs. The Seahawks had to work for this win. That will be nice when the playoffs roll around and teams won’t be losing by astronomical amounts.


“Playoffs? Don’t talk about—playoffs?! You kidding me?! Playoffs?!”

That would be Jim Mora talking about, you guessed it, the playoffs. Yes, the glorious playoffs are here. We all get to wait and see who delivers the play of the postseason. Last season it might have been Kyle Williams’ muffed special-team handling, maybe Mario Manningham’s Super Bowl catch. The year before that, gave us Marshawn Lynch’s brilliant touchdown run against the Saints. Hopefully this year someone will provide us with a play that belongs in the same breath as the Lynch run or David Tyree’s catch. Because frankly, as much as I just amped up the Manningham catch and Williams’ trouble holding onto the ball, those plays are summed up in one word: anticlimactic.

The playoffs are a different animal this year in the NFC and almost the same relative animal in the AFC. The “National” Conference returns only Green Bay, Atlanta and San Francisco from last years’ playoffs with Seattle, Washington and Minnesota as the newcomers. The AFC meanwhile has the exact same lineup (Houston and Cincinnati played in the 3-6 game last year and will do the same this weekend, they must love playing each other) with the sole difference being Indianapolis taking Pittsburgh’s slot.

In the first round of the playoffs, I think Andrew Luck is going to win many a playoff game in his career, but I can’t see the Ravens losing this game. Not with it being a home game, not with it potentially being Ray Lewis’ last game, not with it being possibly Lewis’ last home game period, win or lose. The Ravens will beat the Colts 33-21.

The Bengals will definitely be more competitive than in last year’s 31-10 romp. That being said, I don’t think the Bengals can keep up with the Texans top-ten ranked offense and defense. Houston wins 24-14 over Cincinnati.

Over in the NFC I like the Vikings to beat the Packers. The Vikings won last week over Green Bay, and nothing says momentum like beating a team and then playing them again. Adrian Peterson could very well have another field day. It will be a surefire win if the Vikings’ 9th-ranked pass defense can bottle up Aaron Rodgers, Bahia Verde’s (that’s Spanish for “Green Bay” for all you folks at home) 20th-ranked run offense could stick out like Clay Bennett in Seattle. Minnesota wins 27-21.

The Great Coaching Purge: NFL

It’s being dubbed “Black Monday,” but the day that a good portion of the league lost coaches was mainly due to lack of quarterbacks. Arizona, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego and Philadelphia all made changes. All of those teams, with the exception of Chicago (Lovie Smith probably got fired for not getting it done in the postseason, or even getting there) and maybe San Diego, have serious long-term questions at the quarterback position.

I’ll check in next week with the divisional round preview. See you then.