If you need a quarterback, go get Washington’s Kirk Cousins and start him with Rashad Jennings, Pierre Garcon and Niles Paul in tomorrow’s Thursday Night Football (TNF) game.
Cousins replaced the injured Robert Griffin III and in two games has moved to the No. 10 spot among quarterbacks and No. 14 overall in fantasy football. He has 55 fantasy football points and a quarterback rating of 105.8. The second-year player from Michigan State has tossed five touchdown passes and thrown for 338.5 yards.
Cousins’ favorite target is wide receiver Pierre Garcon who has 38 fantasy football points. It may not sound like much, but week #4 of the NFL schedule is also the first “bye” week of the season so players like Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (79 points), quarterback Russell Wilson (67.5 points) of Seattle, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (63), running back Giovani Bernard (54) of Cincinnati and tight end Julius Thomas (51) of Denver will be home watching the TNF game and Sunday’s games.
Garcon has 22 catches for 227 yards receiving and one touchdown reception. The rest of the Washington receiving corps has been revamped to feature former Eagle wide-out DeSean Jackson and tight end Niles Paul. Paul is a TNF “sleeper” pick because he is No. 2 behind Jimmy Graham in receiving yards among tight ends with 253 yards. He has 36 fantasy football points, one touchdown reception, 18 catches and an impressive 14 yards-per-catch average.
The New York Giants earned their first victory of the season in week 3 thanks to running back Rashad Jennings’ stellar performance against the Houston Texans. Jennings ran for 176 yards and one touchdown in the Giants’ 30-17 win over Houston. His 23-point performance in week 3 plus a combined total of 27 points in weeks 1 and 2 gives him a total of 50 points. Jennings is currently No. 6 among running backs in fantasy football..
This year’s fantasy football advice is being combined with references to top-rated television shows from the past and present. This article focuses on the 1970’s funniest late night weekend show – Saturday Night Live (aka “SNL”).
SNL’s “Blues Brothers” Picks
SNL featured the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players”, which consisted of seven comedians doing short skits that frequently parodied current events and created popular comic characters. One of the best ongoing skits featured cast members Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the “Blues Brothers”. If Elwood and Jake Blues were picking the best players for the TNF game, they’d select:
- Kirk Cousins, quarterback, Washington – Cousins should have his third productive week in a row after replacing the injured Robert Griffin III. Expect him to score 20 fantasy points.
- Pierre Garcon, wide receiver, Washington – Garcon’s contributions have steadily increased as the season progresses, so expect him to collect at least 18 points.
- Rashad Jennings, running back, New York Giants – Jennings emerged as a reliable source of fantasy football points in week 3. He should score 14 points in this game.
SNL’s “Miserable Performance” Picks
SNL also featured a musical artist or group every Saturday night. They had their fair share of miserable performances. For example, Meat Loaf did a terrible rendition of “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” in a 1978 episode of the show. Here are two players who could mirror Meat Loaf’s performance in week 4’s TNF game:
- Rueben Randle, wide receiver, New York Giants – The Giants wide receivers are having trouble scoring more than 10 points per game. Though it is a “bye” week, it would be best to sit Randle.
- Andre Roberts, wide receiver, Washington – Roberts is the No. 3 wide receiver and averages just seven points a game. He won’t be a difference maker in this game.
SNL’s ”Surprise Skits” Picks
One of SNL’s original and funny skits was a parody of the film “Jaws”. Chevy Chase portrayed a “land shark” that was stalking Lorraine Newman. Posing as a “candy gram”, Chase’s shark was able to gain access to Newman’s apartment and devour his prey. If Chevy and Lorraine were picking the surprise or “sleeper” picks for the TNF game, they’d choose:
- Niles Paul, tight end, Washington – Paul is an emerging fantasy football star. He is averaging 12 points-per-game and should exceed a dozen points Thursday night.
- Alfred Morris, running back, Washington – Morris also averages 12 points-per-game. He is good solid starter for the NFL’s first “bye” week of 2014.
Next up – The focus is on fantasy football predictions for week #4’s weekend games as well as the Monday Night Football (MNF) game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs.