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Week Two: Boom or Bust

So at the beginning of each of my columns I typically start off with a little story or some sort of the anecdote about the upcoming week but I am feeling slightly nostalgic today so bare with me. 2012 Fantasy Season, I go 11-2 in the regular season, with easily the best roster in the league and the best team name, Two Times the Johnson (I had Andre and Calvin). 12-Team non-PPR league , 6 teams make the postseason and I was the only one with double-digit wins.

The 6th seeded player finished 6-7 in the regular season and won his first round playoff game to set up a semi-final match-up with yours truly. This dude had 4 QB’s (FOUR) on his roster and went with a rookie in this game and what does this rookie do? Rush for 3 TDs, throws for another and drops 40 points on your boy. I lost by 12 and he went on to win the title after putting up a whopping 78 points in the final! Moral of the story, he took a huge risk with starting the rookie and it paid off hugely.

Moral of the story is this, to make it to the top and win some cash and possibly some season long leagues, you need to take some chances. In the business we refer to this as the “boom or bust” phenomenon. It is a hit or miss situation where it will pay-off in huge ways or will completely bust your team. Here are a few of those players that could go off this week or completely crash and burn. Take a chance, right?

Marcus Mariota – ($7,400) @ Cleveland

We all saw Mariota going off for 4 TDs on just a mere 13 completions, right? Wrong. However, the composed and veteran like presence he brought to this offense was an extremely positive sign and while we can’t expect the same performance against Cleveland, we can see the potential here.

Bennie Cunningham – ($5,800) @ Washington

Let me preface this by saying this play lies solely on the status of Tre Mason. If Mason is healthy then I avoid this. But hammy’s linger so Cunningham could be in a for a good week. He went for 122 all purpose yards against Seattle and could easily do that and more against Washington.

Chris Johnson – ($5,700) @ Chicago

With Andre Ellington on the shelf with his PCL issues (I don’t expect this to be the first time), Bruce Arians said that Chris Johnson will be the “Lead Dog” this weekend and he notoriously dislikes rookie backs. Chicago’s defense is going to struggle all year and with his speed, he should be able to get the edge a few times.

James Jones – ($5,400) VS Seattle

So the guy who got cut by the Raiders comes into week one and catches 4 of the 5 balls thrown his way for two touchdowns and 19.1 FDPs… Right… Well the Seahawk’s secondary is probably infinity times better than the Bears so this is truly a boom or bust situation. Aaron Rodgers loved James Jone’s in the red-zone and with Kam Chancellor holding out for a bigger contract, the Packers should be able to chuck it a little bit.

Steve Johnson – ($5,700) @ Cincinnati

This game could be a good one, during San Diego’s comeback over Detroit last week, Rivers chucked the ball 42 times for 407 yards. While I don’t expect another 40+ pass attempts, I think with their lack of a consistent ground game they will still chuck. Johnson caught all 6 of his targets for 82 yards and a TD. We can’t expect the same output every week but I expect this receiver to go Boom this week again.

Jared Cook – ($5,200) @ Washington

Failing to find consistency in the past few years, Cook seemed to have some rapport with Nick Foles after catching 5 balls for 85 yards. Washington is not good against TEs as it is so Cook could be a good choice in general this week. I expect the Rams to win this game in a bunch of different ways this week and truly do think Cook will see the end zone.

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