Post Mortem: Vick rises to the occasion

What in the name of Bud Grant happened this week? Outdoor football in Minnesota? Rex Grossman? And Tim Tebow having a better fantasy week than Philip Rivers and Drew Brees?  What a crazy week, let’s break it all down.

Fantasy superstar of the week
Patriots QB Tom Brady.

Just kidding.

It only seems like my employment is predicated on mentions of Brady. But the true superstar is the one who comes up huge for the fantasy playoffs. And that was Eagles QB Michael Vick who had an amazing 46 points (in my league’s scoring) on Sunday. There was once a debate on who was the fantasy MVP for 2010. That discussion is over right now.

America is a forgiving nation, and all you have to do is help a fantasy enthusiast win his league.

Thanks for nothing
There are guys who rise to the occasion in the fantasy playoffs. But there were quite a number of fantasy superstars who took a siesta during the first week of the playoffs. Right Adrian Peterson?

The Vikings running back ruined a pretty pleasant outdoor football game in Minnesota by taking himself out of the game. Seriously, when the inactives were announced, staffers wondered if that other Adrian Peterson was still playing for the Bears. Way to reward the faith of those who believed in you. Starting with handsome members of the Fantasy LIVE crew.

America is a forgiving nation, but judging from some of the Tweets coming through on Monday night, America has a new fantasy enemy.

But it was not just Peterson.

Browns RB Peyton Hillis has slowed down. Once the best wire pickup outside of Vick, but he killed a lot of fantasy teams on Sunday. Seriously, that is what you came up with against the Bills and Bengals.

Texans RB Arian Foster was limited because of muscle spasms in his glute. This, of course, gave headline writers everywhere the chance to write their most clever “pain in the butt” headline imaginable. Hopefully that will keep you amused while you watch your friends battle it out in the fantasy championship.

Falcons RB Michael Turner was decent, but not the superstar he was in Week 14.

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew also disappeared against the Colts – a team he traditionally destroys. The only upside is that MJD starts himself in his two fantasy leagues. Hope he lost both of them.

And can you imagine MJD lobbying for more carries, not because he cares about the AFC South, but because he wants to win his fantasy title? Regardless, he still let down fantasy enthusiasts everywhere.

Best player everybody was playing except for one guy
Ravens RB Ray Rice scored the most points of any fantasy running back on Sunday and you would have had to have been a fool to sit him on the bench. Who would be dumb enough to bench Rice?

Oh right, me. Again folks, this is why you start your fantasy stars. Much better to go down with the ship, playing MJD, Turner and Foster, than to be bounced from the playoffs because you played the hot matchup.

But says that Rice was started in 88.4 percent of leagues. Who else was with me?

Quick poll: Most surprising quarterback performance of the week?
Grossman with four touchdowns?
Packers QB Matt Flynn with three touchdowns against the best team in the NFL?
Colts Peyton Manning not throwing an interception in a big game?

All three are unheard of. But Manning not throwing an interception in a big game has to be the most unexpected, right?But Manning ranked just 13th among quarterbacks on, trailing both Grossman and Flynn.

And speaking of Grossman, do we owe coach Mike Shanahan an apology? What could the Redskins have done if Grossman was the team’s starting quarterback all year?

And finally …

This is a shame, but, this play yielded no fantasy points.

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