Week Fifteen, Fantasy Football Thoughts


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I’ve made my feelings quite clear about Thursday Night Football and I believe the Seattle Seahawks uniforms were just Thursday night further messing with me…ugh.

If Russell Wilson owners managed to survive last week’s debacle of a game then they are a much happier group after that nice performance against the Rams.

Unfortunately, I was not one of the lucky ones. Each of the three touchdown passes was another punch to the gut.

Thanks, Russell.

Looks like Tyler Lockett is going to help lead some teams to championships. It took long enough but he’s peaking at the perfect time for fantasy purposes.

I have nothing good to say about the Rams. Nothing. Well wait…. They did finally fire Jeff Fisher. If only all of us could walk away from a firing/layoff with $12 million.

The Saturday night ‘Battle of the back-up quarterbacks” was a bit more entertaining than I expected.

If you started Matt Moore then congratulations are in order and you are a braver soul than I am.  Let us not confuse bravery with desperation.

The same sentiment to those owners that rolled out tight end Dion Sims in a game during the fantasy playoffs. A bold move that paid off and a hearty “Well Done!” to those gutsy owners. All three of them.

Watching the way Bilal Powell has played lately makes me wonder why he wasn’t more involved in the offense earlier in the season. I suppose that is why the Jets are…well…the Jets.  Why would you have Matt Forte active and only give him 5 touches? Either play him, or sit him. But 5 touches? Really?

When writing Individual Defensive Players articles (IDP) I’ve often used the phrase that certain edge rushers will have a big day and “Let’s meet at the quarterback” moments. It actually happened to poor Bryce Petty when Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh put the ‘Malachi Crunch’ on the poor kid.

Go ahead and look up ‘Malachi Crunch’. I’ll wait.

Yes. Old Toad just dropped a “Happy Days” reference. Speaking of Happy Days, how many spinoffs did Happy Days spawn? Take a look here.]

If Petty is unable to go next week after being knocked out of the game by that hit, then we could see “The Amish RifleRyan Fitzpatrick starting yet again. That has me concerned about wide receiver Robby Anderson’s hot streak coming to an end and whether he’s worth a start. In a PC world gone mad, is it disparaging to the Amish people to refer to Fitzpatrick as “The Amish Rifle”? Is Ryan Fitzpatrick even Amish? Or is it just the beard? This is getting way too deep.

Decisions. Decisions.

Thank you Robert Turbin (twice), Derrick Henry (twice) along with Mike Gillislee for “sharking” (see what I did there?) those touchdowns from Frank Gore, DeMarco Murray and LeSean McCoy. Nothing feels worse at this crucial time of the year…ugh.

Yes. I am  in full-on “Get off my lawn!” mode.

At least “Shady” McCoy managed to get a couple scores later in the game to likely lead his owners team to a victory.

No. I’m not including Tim Hightower as a vulture as he’s been in a running back by committee (RBBC) with Mark Ingram and his toe issues for weeks now.

It took them long enough, but the Texans finally benched quarterback Brock Osweiler. Bravo. Once again, kudos to Brock Osweiler for chasing the money. A payday like that only comes along once in a lifetime.

Let the Tom Savage under center era begin!

DeAndre Hopkins just may be revitalized enough to help some teams down the stretch as Savage looked his way plenty.

That’s all I have regarding that dreadful Jacksonville and Houston game.

Never did I dream that before the season I would be typing that Ty Montgomery is helping fantasy teams win playoff games as a RUNNING BACK. You can’t make this stuff up folks.

That being said, I wish the Detroit Lions had a running back as good as Montgomery. Rookie RB Dwayne Washington simply is not getting anything done. Heck, I’d take the much traveled Christine Michael of the Packers over Washington at this point.

All the success the Packers had running the ball this week didn’t do Aaron Rodgers owners any favors.

I hope that there weren’t many owners brave (desperate) enough to have rolled out Adrian Peterson this week. He was struggling to generate numbers early in the season when the Vikings offensive line wasn’t a mess.  The Vikings should have traded Peterson when they had the chance. Even Peterson doesn’t stand a chance vs. Father Time.

It seems forever ago when Minnesota was undefeated and folks were mentioning them as a force in the NFC. Probably not so much for Vikings fans.

That Chris Boswell versus the Cincinnati Bengals game was quite the barn burner. OK. Ben Roethlisberger did manage to salvage his day (and a Steelers win) with a late touchdown toss.

Unfortunately, it was not to Antonio Brown and his day hurt plenty of fantasy teams.

I didn’t agree with the whole going for two-points with three minutes left instead of tying the game with a kick by the Tennessee Titans but what do I know? That was a surprising win for sure for the Titans.

Was hoping for some more rushing yards from Marcus Mariota to bolster his numbers but that did not happen. Tough game for the kid but a big win for the team.

If you managed to survive his miserable Week 14, then Devonta Freeman likely moved your team into next weekends championship (in most formats) with his huge game. Congrats.

Why can’t every game be like the Arizona and New Orleans showdown? Points aplenty for the big names.

What has happened to the once vaunted Arizona Cardinals defense?

I’m liking Russell Wilson, Thomas Rawls and Tyler Lockett a bit more heading into their Week 16 matchup with the Cardinals. As long as the weather cooperates in Seattle, of course.

Keep John Brown and Alshon Jeffery in mind as players that have been off the radar but could bring home the championship for teams next weekend.

Heading into the Sunday night game, the top-3 scoring tight ends are Dion Sims, Charles Clay and Erik Swoope this week.

Sure. We still have the likes of Jason Witten, Cameron Brate, Greg Olsen and a banged up Jordan Reed to play, but this has been a crazy year for the position.

I’m officially avoiding it until at least the 9th round in 2017. How’s that for some early prognosticating?  There should be plenty of new names emerging at the TE position next season.

Let’s talk a little IDP shall we? A name to keep in mind down the stretch as well as for our 2017 drafts is linebacker Sio Moore of the Cardinals. He put up 11 solo tackles this week and has generally produced when given the chance.

I’m willing to take the risk and will target him often in next year’s drafts.

Let’s also keep defensive end Trey Flowers of the Patriots stashed away as a name to remember heading into our 2017 drafts. Call it a hunch, but I think he looks like the future of the Patriots pass rush. In one of my expert leagues, I’ll be heading home after Week 15 thanks to me benching Bilal Powell (27.2 points) and Trey Flowers (10.5).

Ooh, wait. It’s time for another update on my breakout tight end of the year, Jared Cook of the Green Bay Packers. He had six receptions for 85 yards in Week 15!

Yes. I am selectively choosing as to when to update folks on my breakout tight end of the year. Hey. It’s been a rough season and I need all the wins he can get.

With that being said I must admit that, unfortunately, there will be no coverage of tonight’s Sunday night game this week, once again. I am frozen and tired.  Time for sleep.

Whether you’ve enjoyed this article over the years or not, I’ve always given it my best shot.

Thank you! And good luck if you survived your playoffs Week One!

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