Week Eleven,Fantasy Football Thoughts


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Ouch. The way that players are dropping in Week 11 reminds me of the beginning of Saving Private Ryan.’ The big metal door dropped and carnage has followed.

If your team survived and managed a victory this week then ‘ole Toad offers sincere kudos to you.

We even lost backups to studs such as Charcandrick West along with players on their way to big weeks like Justin Forsett.

Well, nobody has ever said it would be easy to navigate these crazy fantasy football waters.

Let’s take a look at some things Toad found interesting this week.

How bad was the Washington Redskins running game this week? I am glad you asked (or were going to ask). On one carry (for four yards) Kirk Cousins outgained both Matt Jones and Alfred Morris combined. The duo put up a laughable zero yards on seven carries.

Not going to lie here. I expected a much better day from Frank Gore (I know he lead the team in receiving) but was happy to see Ahmad Bradshaw score twice. Interesting stat – Matt Hasselbeck was 9-for-9 in passes to running backs Frank Gore and Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw keeps bouncing back from injuries like Rocky Balboa does from knockdowns.

DeAndre Hopkins had himself quite a day on “Revis Island.” This kid is putting up huge numbers with such mediocre quarterback play. I was completely off base with my preseason evaluation of Hopkins.  Hey, ‘ole Toad will always be willing to admit when he is wrong. The entire fantasy football community was down on Hopkins due to the Texans’ poor QB situation and Hopkins’ solid, but not overly impressive, first couple of years. But, with Hopkins becoming a target-monster, he currently leads the league with 137 (Julio Jones is second with 135), big stats were bound to follow. In 2014, Hopkins had 127 targets in 16 games for a stat line of 76/1210/6.

How was that Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars game not scheduled for London? Actually it was a perfect game for Thursday Night Football as it was ugly, sloppy and tough to watch. Or, what we here in South Dakota call a Detroit Lions game. There I go again grabbing that low hanging fruit.  On a side note, at least their uniforms matched the game. UGLY!   The lengths the NFL will go to in order to make a buck.  Again, have I mentioned how much I love TNF?  NOT!

It looks like Devin Funchess is starting to become a big part of the Carolina Panthers offense and that is very good news for Cam Newton. Speaking of Newton…wow. Nice game, Sir Newton!

Hey, Matt Ryan. If you are going to throw three scores while your team blows a lead and loses do us a favor. Do not throw two of those touchdowns to someone named Patrick DiMarco.

The Chiefs are now using Dontari Poe as their goal line back. That must feel good to all those Charcandrick West owners out there. Adding insult to injury is that West is nursing a hamstring issue. Pick up Spencer Ware ASAP West owners. You are welcome!

Tevin Coleman is going to be a hot pick up off the waiver wire this week with Devonta Freeman in the league’s protocol for concussions. Coleman better play a lot better than he did Sunday to make the pick up worthwhile. Back on August 3rd, I severely overpaid for Coleman in a dynasty league as I expected him to do what Devonta Freeman has been doing. If you can buy-low on Coleman in your dynasty league, I would do it.

Don’t look now but the Houston Texans are tied for first place in the AFC South. I guess that means they won’t be firing Bill O’Brien anytime soon…too bad.

Did we really just see Jameis Winston throw for five touchdowns and Doug Martin rushes for 235 yards? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are becoming the greatest show on turf!  It’s that or the fact the Eagles defense is hitting rock bottom…. like their offense. I hope that Chip Kelly is only renting a place in Philadelphia.

The Brock Osweiler era is off to a nice start for the Denver Broncos.  I wonder which poor front office schmuck is going to have to tell Peyton Manning that he has been benched if and when he gets healthy. They were keeping Manning together with duct tape until he could set the all-time passing yardage record. Who am I kidding? Gary Kubiak will do it himself and I’m guessing with a big ol’ smile. After running for a combined 161 yards, Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson will gladly give Manning the news of his benching.

How the hell was Case Keenum allowed to keep playing after hitting his head like that? I love this game but situations like that make me very angry. That man was seriously out of it and nobody seemed to care.

Oh, you wicked little minx Kyle Rudolph. Just as I am getting over my man crush and moving on you go out and do that. It’s OK, Kyle, because I am not above kicking a man when he is down and now Zach Ertz is officially dead to me. Yes, I know he suffered a concussion today but that does not change things.

It was certainly raining missed extra points today. I would stagger you with the actual numbers but I have lost count. The NFL got what it wanted…more excitement from the PAT. I love the new format!

This nightmare season cannot end soon enough for the Baltimore Ravens.  Even when they win they lose. Joe Flacco (ACL) is done for the season and Justin Forsett (broken arm) will more than likely join Flacco on IR.  At least one of the Harbaugh brothers is a having a good year.

I am guessing that while being placed on IR and facing surgery is never a good thing, Colin Kaepernick is a bit happy to be off the sinking ship that is the San Francisco 49ers.

It’s time to break up the Detroit Lions after their second win a row.  Or maybe it’s time to start printing up those playoff tickets.  How flat did the Raiders offense look against a banged up and makeshift Detroit secondary?  Amari Cooper is going to have a long day at film session this week. The rookie easily had his worst game but should bounce back next week at Tennessee.

That was a hell of a 37-yard catch by James Jones at the end of the third quarter and a nice touchdown grab early in the fourth. There is the Oakland Raiders version of Jones and the one that Aaron Rodgers loves. As a girl named Dorothy once said, “There’s no place like home.”

I feel sorry for Philip Rivers. He has no running game and a rag tag group of receiving options. Yes. I am including a banged up Antonio Gates in that rag tag group. For as long as he can stay healthy, Stevie Johnson of the Chargers is going to have some big days. This team is going to trail often and garbage time points count too.

So this J.J. Nelson kid from the Arizona Cardinals is pretty fast, eh?

Welcome back to IDP relevance Lavonte David. Those two picks sure were nice this week. With Kwon Alexander facing a suspension look for David to continue to post elite numbers moving forward.

It appears that the Green Bay Packers are not going to give up their grip on the NFC North so easily after all. With Eddie Lacy running the way he did Sunday this division is going to continue to go through Wisconsin.

Sorry Vikings fans, but you will always have those memories of being in first place after Week Ten.

Hey, Marshawn Lynch. Please take all the time you need to recover from your latest malady. I heard it was a hang nail keeping him out this week.

Yes, I own Thomas Rawls in one league. The kid is flat out balling for the Seahawks when called upon.

That is it for week eleven folks. See you next week.

One comment

  1. Enjoyed looking through this, very good stuff, appreciate it. “To be positive To be mistaken at the top of one’s voice.” by Ambrose Bierce.

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