NFL Fantasy Football Post Mortem: Rodgers is king again

(Associated Press)

Many fantasy enthusiasts likely feel a lot like Felix Baumgartner this morning after some players (and let’s put this mildly) didn’t come through on Sunday. Though, some old standbys finally showed themselves. Let’s get into it.

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Player of the week
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Sorry, Robert Griffin III, you were going to be the headliner on Monday morning … until Aaron Rodgers happened on Sunday night. To be honest, this wasn’t a huge surprise. If you follow Shek to the Future, you know we had Green Bay winning this week.

But in fairness, yeah, Rodgers throwing for six touchdowns might have been better than imagined. Rodgers has been disappointing lately. One tweet came through the NFL Fantasy Live account on Sunday with the question of who to start, Rodgers or Alex Smith. Thankfully, that’s not only one I caught, but actually got right.

Jordy Nelson also proved his doubters wrong with three touchdowns against the once-vaunted Texans’ defense. I still have my doubts Nelson can continue to be a true No. 1 receiver for the Packers and your fantasy team. But he’s not as good as his 16 touchdowns last season, and clearly not as bad as we thought him to be after he struggled a touch.

He’s a receiver, this is kind of what they just do. You can’t count on them week after week. If we could, they’d go in the first round more.

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Garbage time hero
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If you’re playing Matthew Stafford in your fantasy leagues, you’d better hope the Lions fall behind early. It’s hard to think of a quarterback who does better playing from behind than Stafford. Imagine how great he would be in garbage-time points if he had Dwayne Bowe!

Although, Stafford does have a pretty good receiver.

Stafford finished with a strong game, and even mixed in a rushing touchdown. The matchup this week against the Bears is going to be a tough one. Still, I would stick with him unless you have an overwhelming option at quarterback. Like if you backed him up with Robert Griffin III.

We all know we’re starting RG3 from now on, right? Hey, I was just checking.

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Gag Greene
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This might surprise you, but even as I pour over the fantasy data for countless hours, sometimes I make a mistake. I like to equate playing fantasy football to playing poker. You can do everything correct, play the percentages and know the odds, but you’re still at the whim of the cards. And in fantasy, you’re still relying on human beings. So there are no automatics.

I tried to think of the poker equivalent to losing to Shonn Greene over the weekend. To me, it’s like getting a pair of aces and then having your opponent knock over the table.

Seriously, three touchdown runs from Greene? That was a season’s worth of production in one afternoon.

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No luck
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Yes, it wasn’t the greatest afternoon for young Andy Luck, but he still nearly passed for 300 yards. Even when he’s lousy, he turns in a pretty good day. Shame he couldn’t even get one touchdown, though.

But he’s still a rookie playing on the road. Luck is going to have his good matchups this season and he’s going to be a good play, especially this week at home against the Browns. I will have to make the decision in my league of record (a league of my life-long friends from Corona, Calif.) between Luck and Cam Newton.

To be honest, the early lean is for Luck. I almost want to chase a bad performance with a good one.

There is no way I’m doing that with Alex Smith. I should have known better. If you started Smith because of me, I apologize.

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What’s the deal?
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So what is the deal with the San Francisco 49ers defense? Can you now start running backs with impunity? Or even the Texans defense, too? Well, I would still consider the 49ers and Texans to be pretty good defenses. And if you have mid-card running backs going against those defenses, they are best left on your bench.

The big question this week will be what to do with Marshawn Lynch against the 49ers defense. Lynch snapped the 49ers’ streak of games without allowing a rushing touchdown last year, and even though Lynch wasn’t anything special against the Patriots, he’s still a must-start for me.

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Giant win
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I said this on NFL Fantasy Live on Sunday morning, but if you have Eli Manning, you obviously feel like he’s an elite fantasy option. So you play him, and don’t get cute. There is no team I really fear about Manning playing against. Same goes for Victor Cruz, and Ahmad Bradshaw is quickly earning my trust, too.

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Injury update
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Our Gregg Rosenthal has you up-to-date with all of the injury news fit to print. The most disappointing injury was to Trent Richardson‘s flank. Whatever that means. He hurt his flank?

Richardson was primed for a huge day, too. He’s day-to-day right now.

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You nearly made the list
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Matt Ryan was the consensus No. 1 pick at quarterback on NFL.com in Week 6. And then Sunday happened. You were playing in the 10 a.m. game against a West Coast team heading to the East and you throw three interceptions? Did Ryan think it was a playoff game or something?

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And finally …
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There isn’t enough written about A.J. Green. He opened the season as my No. 2 fantasy receiver, and I’m still kicking myself for not putting him at No. 1. But is he on the same pace as Megatron last year? Let’s take a look at the numbers through six games.

AJ Calvin
Rec.: 43; 36
Yards: 628; 564
TD: 6; 9

He’s ahead of Megatron in receptions and yards, but behind in touchdowns. Still, that’s an amazing tear.

For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live,
Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 70,000
followers, and Fabiano has 60,000. Me? Just 13. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook (oh wait, I told you to stop going to Facebook). Go instead to Google+.
Also be sure to catch the latest “Dave Dameshek Football Program.”

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