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Postby Plindsey88 » Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:25 am

I was just going over my weekly numbers and I noticed something when investigating whether or not to play Griffin in my flex this week:

Did you all know that San Diego has the 7th ranked rush defense - allowing just 89.7 rushing yards per game?

And Tampa Bay has the 26th ranked rush D - allowing 132.3 rushing yards per game?


Wow... I never would have guessed that...

Looks like Griffin is getting the call this week...


(Another good play this week is Jimmy Smith who is facing the worst secondary in the league...)
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Postby Presto » Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:28 am

Hope you like negative points again...
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Postby killiansjmd » Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:31 am

I agree Plindsey...Griffin will get back on track this weekend with the poor matchup and Jimmy Smith is also a good start this week.
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Postby Bowie » Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:33 am

Forgive me if things have changed signifigantly this year, but isn't Tampa DEF traditionally known for getting torched by big, straight ahead runners while dominating scat backs? I'm not saying you should bench Griffen, I just think this is worth considerring.

Edit: In your case, with your team, you have to start Griffen. I'm just not sure how confident you should be in him.
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Postby 34=Sweetness » Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:46 am

Presto wrote:Hope you like negative points again...
Can I see your projection formulas so I know how you predicted this? The Chargers made Plummer beat them, and he did. The Chargers aren't terrible against the run, as Plindsey pointed out, while TB gave up 100 yards to Tyrone Wheatley. Griffin should be good.
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Postby Free Bagel » Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:50 am

Bowie wrote:Forgive me if things have changed signifigantly this year, but isn't Tampa DEF traditionally known for getting torched by big, straight ahead runners while dominating scat backs? I'm not saying you should bench Griffen, I just think this is worth considerring.


^^Yep, TB has a very fast, but small, defense. Big bruisers running up the middle tear them up, but scat backs usually end up doing most of their dancing in the backfield.

As a Griffin owner, I'm just hoping he gets a cheap 1yd TD sometime along the line.
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Postby DanDigital » Wed Sep 29, 2004 11:26 am

Alot of it has to do with the opposing offensive line, too. If Denver's line can open big holes in the front four, Griffin will do fine, he won't need to dance until he gets into the secondary.
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Postby Free Bagel » Wed Sep 29, 2004 11:27 am

DanDigital wrote:Alot of it has to do with the opposing offensive line, too. If Denver's line can open big holes in the front four, Griffin will do fine, he won't need to dance until he gets into the secondary.


Even here though the Denver O-line isn't the right "type" of O-line for beating Tampa. The TB can be pushed around by big guys, Denver's o-line is one of the smallest in the NFL, they're renowned for their speed in getting to their blocks and such on counters and upfield, but that's not the style that runs well on Tampa.
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Postby Amazinz » Wed Sep 29, 2004 11:35 am

Free Bagel wrote:
DanDigital wrote:Alot of it has to do with the opposing offensive line, too. If Denver's line can open big holes in the front four, Griffin will do fine, he won't need to dance until he gets into the secondary.


Even here though the Denver O-line isn't the right "type" of O-line for beating Tampa. The TB can be pushed around by big guys, Denver's o-line is one of the smallest in the NFL, they're renowned for their speed in getting to their blocks and such on counters and upfield, but that's not the style that runs well on Tampa.

I agree with this. I think this is a bad match up for Griffin. I am benching him in leagues where I have other (viable) options.
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Wed Sep 29, 2004 11:35 am

Generally, straight ahead downhill runners fare better against Tampa's defense. Change of direction backs like Griffin get clobbered by Tampa, so I wouldn't expect much out of Q-tip. It's looking grim for Griffin owners, and with Carolina looming next week, it's doesn't get any easier.
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