Adam Rank | Tags: Tom Brady, Ben Obomanu, Brandon Jacobs, Chris Johnson, Deion Branch, Derek Anderson, Drew Brees, Dwayne Bowe, Matt Cassel, Michael Vick, Peyton Hillis, Peyton Manning, Rusty Anderson, Rusty Hilger, Rusty Koontz, Rusty Smith, Rusty Staub, Rusty Wallace, Sam Bradford, Tom Brady, Vincent Jackson
A pretty strange Week 12 is in the books. Many fantasy studs failed. One is lost for the season. And now we are in the final week of the regular season for fantasy leagues. Let’s get to it.
There are a lot of nominees here, Browns RB Peyton Hills, the Chiefs’ duo of QB Matt Cassel and WR Dwayne Bowe … but the winner is Patriots QB Tom Brady. Possibly because of the sharp red throwbacks the Patriots were wearing. But really, what is better than waking up early for the Thanksgiving game and watching Brady already win your week for you? Or if you were on the other side, being so far out of contention on Black Friday that you thought it would be funny to start Giants RB Brandon Jacobs?
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Training camp apparently is important. Chargers WR Vincent Jackson lasted a handful of plays before having to exit Sunday’s game against the Colts. Apparently I gave Jackson too much credit when I said during the Fantasy LIVE chat Sunday morning that he would play at least a quarter before injuring himself. And now there is a concern just how long Jackson is going to be out. Missing the Raiders game is likely.
Best player nobody was playing
St. Louis rookie QB Sam Bradford was started in just 5.3 percent of leagues. And he finished with more points than Eagles QB Michael Vick, Saints QB Drew Brees, and Colts QB Peyton Manning.
Best player nobody was playing, parts II & III
Patriots WR Deion Branch (started in 13.5 percent of leagues) and Seahawks WR Ben Obomanu (owned by less than one percent of fantasy enthusiasts) outscored every receiver outside of Bowe. Obomanu is a good waiver wire pickup this week, too. He’s no fluke.
Worst player everybody was playing
Tough time for Titans RB Chris Johnson to have his worst game of the year. Thanks a lot, Rusty Smith. Here are some other famous Rustys that would have been much better quarterback options than Rusty Smith: Rusty Hilger, Rusty Staub and Rusty the gassy horse from Seinfeld. There is Rusty Koontz, Rusty Wallace and Rusty Griswold from “Vacation.” And finally, Rusty Ryan from “Ocean’s 11,” guitarist Rusty Anderson, and Rusty Smith the Olympic medalist in speed skating. Good news, Kerry Collins might be back this week.
You just made the list, buddy