Keep in mind when you’re reading our weekly Boom or Bust pages, you’ll very rarely find us using top tier, star caliber name players to Boom and low end, underperforming players to Bust. Anyone can tell you Peyton Manning is going to have a monster game but the talent is knowing when Manning’s going to have a not so great week. This is the type of information we try to provide our readers. Let’s get started, shall we?
The following teams will be resting their aching bones this week and you will need to find suitable replacements for players who are off:
Atlanta Falcons Buffalo Bills Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers Tennessee Titans
Now on to my Week 9 Booms:
My Quarterback Boom of the week: Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings – I know I like to go out on a limb quite a bit on my weekly quarterback booms but Bridgewater? What am I thinking?
Yes it’s hard picking a quarterback who has shown us very little in the limited games he’s started this season. However, I’m liking the rookie quarterback out of Louisville this Sunday when the Vikings play host to the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have given up the second most points in the league to opposing quarterbacks (20.5) and Bridgewater is coming along and seemingly getting better each and every week. Am I anticipating 350 yards and 3-scores? No. But I do see him throwing for 260 yards and having his first multiple touchdown game of the season this week.
Other recommended quarterbacks to Boom are: Alex Smith vs. New York Jets; Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Philadelphia Eagles; Brian Hoyer vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
My Running Back Boom of the week: Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos- Averaging close to five yards per carry (4.7), Hillman has done a very nice job coming in and replacing the injured Monte Ball in the Broncos running game. Let’s face it, this is a Peyton Manning run offense where everything runs through the passing game. That being said I still like Hillman to have himself a decent game against the Patriots who are allowing opposing running backs to average 119 yards per game on the ground.
Other recommended running backs to Boom are: Marshawn Lynch vs. Oakland Raiders; Ahmad Bradshaw vs. New York Giants
My Wide Receiver Boom of the week: Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles – coming off of his best performance as an Eagle, Maclin is primed for another fantastic outing when his teams heads south this coming Sunday to take on the Houston Texans. Maclin who had himself a great game this past week when he faced the Arizona Cardinals, went for 12 receptions for 187 yards and 2-scores. This week he’ll be facing a team who has the sixth worst defense to opposing wide recievers and have allowed more receptions and touchdowns than the Cardinals. We like Maclin quite a bit this game in what has the potential to be a shoot out in Texas.
Other recommended wide receivers to Boom are: DeAndre Hopkins / Andre Johnson vs. Philadelphia Eagles; Andrew Hawkins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
My Tight End Boom of the week: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs – it’s been a bit oof an inconsistant season for the second year tight end out of Cincinnati. Kelce comes into the Sunday’s game against the Jets having only 28 receptions for 352 yards and 3-touchdowns on the year. I am thinking he will find an increased roll in the Chiefs offense this Sunday as the Jet’s have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. Giving up a league high (22) touchdowns on the season through eight weeks.
Other recommended tight ends to Boom are: Vernon Davis vs. St. Louis; Mychal Rivera vs. Seattle Seahawks
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