Week Ten, Fantasy Football Thoughts


It seems only fitting that Week 10 would be down for fantasy scoring purposes, as there was one utterly shocking result that caused a seismic shift in the NFL (and fantasy) landscape. It wasn’t Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson, but it was close.

The Lions won in Green Bay for the first time in 24 years. Leave it to ‘ole Toad to use a 25-year-old event to refer to something that hasn’t happened in 24 years. Allow me to appeal to our younger readers by making an analogy to something that’s happened a little more recently than when the first George Bush was in office back in 1990…It’s not Holly Holm (no relation to Tony, at least that I know of) beating Ronda Rousey, but it was close.

The way Jeremy Langford has been playing is going to make it very easy for the Bears to play hardball in negotiating a contract with Matt Forte. With Langford scheduled to make around $1.85 million over the next three years, I doubt the Bears try to bring back Forte who is just finishing up a 4-year $30 million deal. The way Langford has looked will also make Forte press that much harder to return from his injury.

With Julian Edelman suffering a broken foot I am looking to buy stock in Danny Amendola moving forward.

While LeSean McCoy had a strong game, the Bills need to find a way to get Karlos Williams more touches. The kid has a nose for the end zone.

Good luck figuring out who benefits most in the Indianapolis Colts offense now that Matt Hasselbeck is back under center. I’ll tell you who benefits the most with Matt Hasselbeck under center….we do. Because we don’t have to see Andrew Luck‘s neck-beard!  In Hasselbeck’s two game stint earlier this season, T.Y. Hilton led the team in targets, receptions and receiving yards while Andre Johnson caught a pair of touchdowns. Then there is Coby Fleener who also caught a touchdown and led the tight ends in targets. My money is on Frank Gore as he averaged 20 touches per game (and scored once) with Hasselbeck leading the offense.

Here’s hoping that the bye week helps Antonio Gates knee issue as the Chargers are running out of receiving options. His final numbers were bad, but Sammy Watkins didn’t back down on his visit to ‘Revis Island.’ Things may have been much different had he not miss-timed his jump on that early deep pass where he had beaten Revis. The touchdown Brandon Marshall scored semi-salvaged what was an otherwise brutal night. There were way too many drops for the veteran this week.

Buffalo safety Corey Graham continues his breakout campaign for IDP purposes and will challenge for the top spot among DBs for the season.  It took 10 games but this was the Buffalo Bills D/ST that we thought we’d see this season. They were flying to the ball and creating turnovers leading to scores.

On a totally unrelated and non-fantasy side note…those uniforms the Jets and Bills wore Thursday night were awful.  Guess it goes with the shit show of Thursday Night Football.  Have I mentioned that I hate TNF.  Those uniforms would have been more appropriate for a game closer to Christmas.

It was Ben Roethlisberger to the rescue as he bludgeoned the Cleveland Browns once again. Unfortunately, he was on the bench for most fantasy owners with Landry Jones getting the start. It just goes to show you, that it’s not just fantasy owners that sometimes make poor decisions on who to start and sit. That loud cheer you heard when ‘Big Ben’ entered the game was from Antonio Brown owners around the globe. Yes. He went off again with Roethlisberger at the helm.

So, Dexter McCluster is the running back we want from the clown car that is the Tennessee backfield. No thanks.

I mentioned this in the opening, but as a long time Packers hater, I can’t help but feel it should be touched on again.  The Green Bay Packers lost at home to the Detroit Lions. Let that sink in. I will give you a few moments. Wow. Let this sink in…2-7. Be worried Packers’ fans. Be very, very worried.

Don’t look now but Jay Cutler is becoming a consistent fantasy standout.  He absolutely lit up the St. Louis defense and added salt to the wound with a 26-yard jaunt. Run, Jay, run! Of course, it would have been nice if Alshon Jeffery were involved in the rout of the Rams.

Move over ‘Gronk’ because TE Zach Miller of the Bears is coming for ya! Ok. That may be an overstatement but the kid has scored three times in the past two games.

The Dolphins may have put Sam Bradford and his fantasy owners out of their misery (at least temporarily) by sending him to the sideline with a concussion and sprained AC joint.

It appears to be Mark Sanchez time in Philadelphia. Let the ‘butt fumble’ jokes commence.

It was so nice to see Kyle Rudolph drop a sure touchdown pass this week after I was singing his praises as a nice sleeper start. Every tight end lights up the Oakland Raiders. You are dead to me fantasy-wise, Mr. Rudolph. Dead.

Check your local roadways for Matt Jones as he is still running wild on a screen pass. What is it going to take for Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to get fired? The fact that Rob Ryan still has a job is a testament to greatness of his dad Buddy Ryan. It’s been 30 years since the great Bears defense of 1985, but it’s more than enough to keep Rob employed.

Yes. That was Kirk Cousins that just threw four scores on the Saints.

Here is some not so late breaking fantasy advice. Always start your quarterback against New Orleans. Always.

Well…maybe not Peyton Manning. Or whatever is left of Peyton Manning.  The man simply looks done. Manning is shot both physically as well as mentally. We could be in full-fledged ‘Old Yeller’ situation here.  It’s time for Denver to sit him down.  I couldn’t be happier for John Elway.

After finally reaching the field, rookie RB Jay Ajayi is flashing the skills that had Miami so high on the kid. He will be interesting to watch down the stretch as his role increases.

Travis Benjamin continues to be one of the lone bright spots on a struggling (I am being kind) Cleveland offense. Another Browns’ bright spot, Gary Barnidge, got back on track this week even with ‘Johnny Football’ under center.

Veteran safety Will Allen continues to have a big year for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Replacing Troy Polamalu was never going to be an easy task but Allen is making his IDP owners very happy.

We finally had that breakout 100-plus yards receiving day from our Philadelphia Eagles tight end. No. It wasn’t Zach Ertz. It was Brent Celek.  It’s time to cut bait on Ertz folks. Actually it’s past time.

I was so close to starting Will Tukuafu this week when I heard Marshawn Lynch (who played) might sit out. Not! Tukuafu sharks the touchdown in Seattle. Really? Thanks for dropping that touchdown Jimmy Graham.

Tony Romo should use this seven-game losing streak by Dallas as a huge bargaining chip for a new deal. That offense has been lost without him.

Love to see the way the Arizona Cardinals attack defenses with the deep passing game. Even defenses like the Seattle Seahawks at home. Although, the Cardinals are a Carson Palmer injury away from looking like the Dallas Cowboys. Palmer had over 200 yards and two scores in the first half! Well-done Cardinals.

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