Gut Check No.351: Week 6

Richard Sherman by Keith Allison

Charcandrick West, SPARQ scores, Green-Sherman duel, McCown-Benjamin connection, and scouting lag.

Welcome to my in-season column. If you’re seeking strategic tips, match-up advice, game observations, IDP info, and dynasty advice with a little bit of current “football” events opinion (if anything involving the madness of the NFL commissioner’s office actually qualifies) added into the mix then you’ve come to the right place. Think of the in-season Gut Check column as a department store with a variety of areas:

  • Re-Draft
  • IDP
  • Dynasty
  • Futures (Rookies and College Prospects)
  • Opinion
  • Wild Side

How much attention each department earns depends on what I observe. If you missed the first two weeks, you can pay a visit down memory lane. Here are weeks 123, and 4.

Last week, I wrote about players capable of filling bye-week gaps and many of them have the potential to become permanent starters. The names included, Gary Barnidge, Allen Hurns, Willie Snead, Marquess Wilson, Duke and David Johnson, Stefon Diggs, Ladarius Green, Jamison Crowder and Dwayne Harris. If any of these players are still on you waiver wire or you’re in the market to negotiate a deal that either involves one of these players as an added component to match what you’re giving up, read here.


Should you blow your waiver stack on the second-year back from Abilene Christian? It’s the most common question I’ve seen on Monday after Jamaal Charles suffered the second ACL tear of his NFL career. The answer from the athlete centric crowd is yes.

They love West’s SPARQ metrics. The Chiefs new starter had the sixth-best score among 2014 rookie runners, besting Tre Mason, Dri Archer and Charles Sims. If you’re not familiar with SPARQ, Wikipedia is the best place to learn. If you don’t care, skip the next 11 paragraphs and look for the bold heading: What about West?

The Seattle Seahawks value high peformers in the SPARQ rating. As the NFL became more interested in the score, Nike removed the breakdown of the rating from the public eye. Read the rest at 

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