Week Eleven, Fantasy Football Thoughts


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After their first game was a 41-38 fantasy bonanza, it stands to reason that a Thursday night meeting between New Orleans and Carolina would be a 23-20 clunker.

Curse you, Thursday Night Football!

It was rough watching Luke Kuechly leave the game the way he did. Really, really tough. That’s the dark side of the sport we love folks. Get well soon. This is just my personal take on Kuechly’s concussion. But after seeing Kuechly crying on the field, I have to wonder if he might be considering retirement. He did miss 34 days at the start of the 2015 season due to a concussion.

I’m not going to lie. It’s tough to find a lot of fantasy-worthy things to write when a game was primarily dominated by injuries.

I suppose Tim Hightower owners will take those numbers but a touchdown sure would’ve been nice.

It also would have been nice if Drew Brees would’ve thrown that score to someone rather than Brandon Coleman. Who am I kidding? He would have just thrown it to John Kuhn.

Curse you, Thursday Night Football!

On behalf of all Frank Gore owners, I would like to just let Robert Turbin know that we hate him. We are also not too happy with Andrew Luck and his pair of 2-yard touchdown passes to Donte Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton. Show our man some love inside the 5-yard line!

I’m guessing that Jordan Howard owners aren’t exactly feeling the love for Jeremy Langford right about now either.  It looks like I  could have called this edition of Fantasy Football Thoughts the Vulture.

It’s 2 pm on Sunday and there have already been four missed extra points today. That is absurd.

Wait. It’s now 2:01 p.m. and there have now been five extra points missed. This is amazing.

Yes. I am  easily distracted by useless statistics at times. Oh yeah … it’s six missed extra points now.

Hang on. It’s 2:19 p.m. and we are now at seven missed extra points … or eight … I’ve seriously lost count. Someone please stop me.

Let’s hope for the best, but that hamstring injury A.J. Green suffered looked pretty serious. Practice reports out of Cincinnati will be closely monitored by a lot of nervous Green owners this week. Early word is that Green will miss at least a couple of weeks, if not the rest of the season.

It looks like we will see if rookie Tyler Boyd can handle WR1 role for Cincinnati.

Congratulations to those owners who started the Minnesota defense/special teams this week. Minnesota had both a kickoff return for a score as well as a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.

I still can’t figure out where Carson Palmer was trying to get the ball on the play Xavier Rhodes put up the pick-six. That being said, Palmer has not looked right all season.

It wasn’t a bad week to roll with the Detroit defense/special teams either as it put up a punt return for a touchdown as well as an interception return for a score.

Always chase Blake Bortles and the bumbling Jacksonville offense … always. Bortles has thrown 10 pick-sixes since 2014.

Sorry to get all stats crazy there.

This just in from the newly created “missed extra points desk”… we are at nine … wait … 10. I can’t stop. I can’t.

Sorry to see Kansas City outside linebacker Dee Ford knocked out of Week 11 with a hamstring injury. The kid was really coming on and has 10 sacks on the season. At least the team got Justin Houston back this week as it looks like he’ll be needed.

The Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant connection is going to win plenty of folks a fantasy championship this year.

Here’s hoping the thumb injury suffered by LeSean McCoy isn’t of the multi-week variety. The league is much more fun to watch with McCoy in it. Early reports are that it is only a dislocated thumb … whew.  Is it  wrong for me to view everything that happens in the NFL in terms of how it affects my fantasy teams?

The news is not as favorable for Chicago tight end Zach Miller as he’s done for the season with a broken foot. Tough break (literally) for Miller as he was having a big day against the New York Giants.

If you don’t enjoy watching Baltimore’s Steve Smith play football then you don’t like football. Nice to see him have another big day.

Ah, now I see why Tampa Bay traded up to select kicker Roberto Aguayo. The kid went 4-for-4 on field goals this week in the big win over Kansas City. Hey, who else but me is giving love to kickers?: On a day when the NFL would set a record for the most missed extra-points, who would have thought that Aguayo would make all four of his FG attempts and his only extra-point attempt?

I bet best-selling author James Patterson was elated to see Alex Cross of the Buccaneers catch a touchdown…wait…what? Oh, it was Alan Cross … never mind.  Maybe I should save that joke for my book club?

It is actually painful to watch Detroit try to run the football. The next time one of the team’s offensive linemen run blocks effectively will be the first time all season.

Thank you Sen’Derrick Marks for jumping offside when everyone knew Detroit was not going to run a play on that fourth down.

It only took 11 weeks but we have a Gary Barnidge touchdown for Cleveland.

Hey, I’m trying Cleveland. You aren’t exactly giving me much to work with.  Would it be so wrong if Cleveland was tanking the season? I think not.

The fact that Barnidge now has as many touchdown receptions as Russell Wilson pretty much says it all.

It’s officially an epidemic, folks. New England and Seattle have now missed extra points in the late afternoon games. I think we are at 12 now. Soon there will be cats and dogs living together.

Let’s hope that C.J. Prosise doesn’t miss too much time for Seattle after suffering a shoulder injury against Philadelphia.  A scapula? Prosise is expected to miss up to 8 weeks. Oh, well. A few weeks back in one of my dynasty leagues, I dealt Rawls/Dion Lewis/Breshad Perriman for Prosise. I still have Bilal Powell, Blount, Kelley and Smallwood as possible options moving forward.

In the meantime if he does, Thomas Rawls looks ready to roll.

That Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham touchdown pass in the second quarter is the reason Old Toad believes Seattle is heading to the Super Bowl. A healthy Wilson extended the play with his legs and Graham was a mismatch in coverage then bullied his way to the end zone. A Dallas/Seattle NFC title game would be very exciting.

The beginning of the Jared Goff era is eerily similar to the Case Keenum era for Los Angeles. OK. He didn’t look particularly good but at least Todd Gurley had a nice game.

Let’s face it, folks. That Miami and Los Angeles game was hard to watch. Let’s also be honest here. All Los Angeles NFL games are hard to watch.

It’s hard to believe that prior to this week Tom Brady had never played in San Francisco.

It’s not hard to believe that he lit up a porous San Francisco secondary this week for four touchdown passes.

Ryan Tannehill gets his shot against the San Francisco next week. All I’m saying is, “You feeling lucky, punk?”

That being said, I’d definitely start DeVante Parker against San Francisco in Week 12. That’s fantasy money in the bank.

The Sunday Night Game gave us plenty of fantasy scoring as well as the revelation that Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense is still a bit off. Not off enough to ever consider benching Rodgers but still off.

Kirk Cousins continues to be hot and we can look forward to a big Thanksgiving Day showdown with Dallas.

Finally. Old Toad’s breakout tight end of the year update. Jared Cook returned to the lineup and posted 105 receiving yards and a touchdown. I told you he was a breakout player. It just took awhile.

Oh yeah. Final missed extra point tally for today … 12.

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