Week Four, Fantasy Football Thoughts


If you can’t laugh at this crazy thing called fantasy football then you will undoubtedly pull your hair out.

A week after star wide receivers A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Randall Cobb and Steve Smith put up stellar numbers not one of them posted top-25 WR numbers.

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Last week 3 of the top 5 quarterbacks in scoring were Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton and Tom Brady. Heading into Monday Night Football three of the top five  scoring quarterbacks are Sam Bradford, Josh McCown and Kirk Cousins.

I can’t make this shit  up. Honestly, I can’t.

Let’s get to some things that  tickled ‘ole Toad’s fancy this week.

Man, oh man, Chris Ivory runs hard. Wait, he just gouged a pathetic Dolphin defense for 10 more yards. I guess I was wrong. once again. Miami’s defense on paper SHOULD be one of the best in the NFL. Wrong!  I was surprised Joe Philbin kept his job through half-time across the pond.  I get the feeling he won’t last much longer as the Dolphins look disinterested.

Was that Ryan Fitzpatrick or Steve Young running that ball at QB for the Jets?  The “Amish Rifle” was running like a deer Sunday. Sure it’s like an older and slower deer but still a deer.

It looks like we have a breakout DE in Stephon Tuitt of the Steelers. The position needs some fresh faces and the rookie has looked awesome the last two weeks.

Well, hello Justin Forsett. We were wondering if you planned on joining us this season for fantasy purposes.

Michael Vick looked “meh” on Thursday night and he still outplayed Joe Flacco. Got to give credit to Vick for being the only guy that could stop WR Antonio Brown‘s  thirty five game streak of at least 5 receptions and 50 yards receiving.  Way to lay a huge egg, Mr. Flacco.  By the way, have I told you I hate Thursday Night Football ?

Alshon Jeffery missed another game. Knock me over with a feather.

The Devonta Freeman show just continues to roll. The kid is flat out tearing it up and is exciting to watch. On the flip side, is the train wreck that is the 2015 Houston Texans. What’s the old saying, “When you have two starting quarterbacks you have zero starting quarterbacks?”:I think the saying should be…When you have Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett at QB, you have no QB. The Texans do not have a NFL quarterback. Brian Hoyer to C.J. Fiedorowicz. Really?  Rushing touchdown for Chris Polk. Seriously? Houston can’t even get ‘garbage time’ right. Well, they got it a little right DeAndre Hopkins. Philbin may want to share a taxi out of town with Bill O’Brien.

Leonard Hankerson certainly did a very nice Julio Jones impersonation today.

Ed Dickson owners love that fumble return for a touchdown (assist to Jonathan Stewart). I don’t even think Ed Dickson’s parents own him in their fantasy league. Never mind. There are no Ed Dickson owners.

Attention! Attention!! Always put the starting tight end against the Oakland Raiders defense in your lineup. Always. You are welcome.

Oh, and also go ahead and try to stream whatever team defense is lining up opposite Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Is Jameis Winston going to play Ryan Leaf to Marcus Mariota‘s Peyton Manning?The kid is handing out turnovers like candy on Halloween.  Winston will also keep things interesting when trying to pick a wide receiver to play for Tampa Bay. Last week he targeted Mike Evans 17 times and this week it was Vincent Jackson that saw 15 targets.

It appears as if Jeremy Hill is officially out of the doghouse in Cincinnati.  Which still doesn’t mean that Giovani Bernard doesn’t have value as the Bengals have quite the “Thunder and Lightning” backfield going on. I am guessing that Latavius Murray could use a big old hug right about now.  Any of his fantasy owners willing to step up and help out? Yeah, me neither.

I really thought Shane Vereen would flourish in the New York Giants offense and especially so in PPR formats. I was wrong. Dead wrong.  When Rashad Jennings takes a short pass for a 51-yard score it does not bode well for Vereen heading forward in any scoring format.

Poor Sam Bradford. Even when he has a good game the Eagles lose.  And they lose on a late game drive led by Kirk Cousins. Ouch!

The Chicago Bears won and Jay Cutler actually looked pretty good.  Never thought I would be typing those words this week. I think we all gave way too much credit to Oakland. The Bears may have suffered a big loss if Antrel Rolle’s ankle injury is a long term one. Early reports are that x-rays came back negative on the ankle being broken.

James Jones has simply been amazing since returning to the Green Bay Packers. That sideline catch he made was a thing of beauty. Great concentration.

It was nice to see Johnathan Cyprien return and post double-digit solo tackles.  The kid makes that Jaguars defense better.

Anybody else get the feeling that the RB by committee situation in Denver is soon going to be C.J. Anderson backing up Ronnie Hillman? Using just the good old ‘eye test’ Hillman appears to be the better of the two.

I get the feeling that Coby Fleener wouldn’t mind if Matt Hasselbeck started a couple more games.

With second and goal from the one (after a no gain carry by Melvin Gordon) the San Diego Chargers threw a touchdown to tight end John Phillips.  How does that make you feel Gordon owners? Danny Woodhead is the only San Diego running back that belongs in fantasy lineups. Some will keep playing Gordon in the hopes that he has that breakout game. Not me.

How solid has Vincent Rey looked at LB for the Bengals this year? He racked up double-digit solos this week and is holding things together with the absence of Vontaze Burfict.

Remember when Colin Kaepernick was fun to watch? Now it’s just sad.

Nick Foles throws two touchdowns to Tavon Austin and another to Stedman Bailey in a road win over Arizona. Yep, we all saw that coming.

Mark the day. Mark the time. Todd Gurley time has begun for the St. Louis Rams. This kid is going to be all sorts of special moving forward.

The foot injury suffered by LB Alec Ogletree is a big blow to the Rams defense.

So Stefon Diggs is raising eyebrows all of a sudden for Minnesota.  Diggs had a very nice career debut in Denver and will be a sneaky good waiver wire add this week.

Speaking of the waiver wire grabbing, Dontrelle Inman of the Chargers is a good idea.

What the heck. Let’s throw Willie Snead of the Saints in the waiver wire mix too.

Both Stevie Johnson and Malcom Floyd were banged up today and the youngster looked comfortable in the offense.

Welcome to fantasy relevance Gary Barnidge. The Browns tight end has topped 75 yards and scored in consecutive weeks. For the sake of full disclosure, I wrote a piece about Barnidge being a breakout tight end prospect 4 years ago. To quote Maxwell Smart, “I missed it by that much.”

Enjoy that win at home over Cleveland, Chargers fans. Then realize your team just allowed Josh McCown to hang 356 passing yards and two touchdowns on them.

I am really liking this new pass catching version of Mark Ingram. He has become a dual threat running back for the Saints.

That’s the way to say hello C.J. Spiller. Game winning 80-yard touchdowns are always nice.

For all those folks that argue kickers shouldn’t be included in fantasy football I present Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos and his week 4 numbers.  There are a lot of owners that will win this week because of Santos.

The Dallas Cowboys offense is quite painful to watch. Now with the injury to Lance Dunbar I feel it’s only  going to get worse. Luckily on Sunday night they faced a Saints defense that isn’t…ahem…good. How did Rob Ryan keep the defensive coordinator job in New Orleans? My answer, he’s living off Rex and Buddy.

I will say it again. I do like this Hau’oli Kikaha kid. High motor player who’s fun to watch.

Ugh. Always hate to see Sean Lee leave a game with any sort of injury.

I think I’ll end things on that IDP note.

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