Fantasy Post Mortem: This is why you start Calvin Johnson

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You’ve heard this before, but this is why you always play your studs. Calvin Johnson has led the world this season in being tackled at the 1-yard line. No, seriously. Elias passed along this note before the start of NFL Fantasy Live on Sunday which said Megatron had been tackled at the 1-yard line after four of his catches. And each time, the Lions ran the ball in and did not go to Johnson.

Which, to be honest, isn’t that cruel to fantasy owners? But also your franchise player who has done so much work for you. Give the guy his touchdowns, even though I say it selfishly.

But Johnson changed all of that on Sunday. He once again racked up a ton of yards. He was once again tackled inside the 5-yard line. But they did run a play for him near the goal line, and if you watch the video, you can tell there was no way he was going to be denied.

So make sure you start Johnson every time he is on the field.

No more bagels
So often we are used to our tight ends adding a bagel in the points department (that was left to guys like Reggie Bush this week), but the tight ends dominated in Week 10.

Jimmy Graham was the third-leading scorer in all of fantasy football on Sunday, as he notched 26.60 points in a two-touchdown performance. Tony Gonzalez also had two touchdowns, which were career touchdowns No. 100 and 101. And even Greg Olsen chipped in with two touchdowns to be the third tight end with at least 20 points on Sunday.

We also welcomed back Dennis Pitta, Scott Chandler and Kyle Rudoph. It was like old home week for our long-lost tight ends.

But we all know these guys are going to ruin us next week, right?

No longer Eli-te?
I felt bad for Eli Manning (seriously), so I figured I’d help him out and put him in my dislike ledger in my weekly Like/Dislike column. I did it to help out you, my fantasy constituents. I know many of you needed a big game from Eli this week. But it just didn’t happen.

The word among some of the scouts is Eli has a tired arm. Which, to me, seems kind of strange. I get it with Philip Rivers and his unique delivery. But for Eli?

There were a couple of plays where Eli’s receivers could have helped him out. Victory Cruz dropped a sure touchdown at one point.

The Giants will have a bye this week and return in Week 12 to face the Packers at home. That will be a favorable matchup for him, and let’s see if he can turn this around.

Quick side note, though. We have four teams on a bye this late in the season and none of them will play on Thanksgiving? Does that seem strange to anybody? I’m just talking out loud.

The Flacco rule
If Joe Flacco is at home with a good matchup, you start him. If not, you leave him on the bench. Here is Flacco’s schedule during the fantasy playoffs: at Washington, at home against Denver, and at home against the Giants.

Boy, would I have the guts to start Flacco over RG3 in that first week if I’m fortunate enough to make the playoffs in our NFL AM league? Again, I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. But that will be an interesting call.

Red Hulk smash
Fred Jackson looked like he was at risk to lose carries to C.J. Spiller headed into Week 10. And why not? Spiller had crushed it in recent weeks. So if Jackson was on your fantasy bench because of something I said, I apologize.

But be sure to keep an eye on what happens in Buffalo this week. Jackson was slowed at the end of the game. Plus Jackson lost two huge fumbles which could impact his playing time. Well, it would hurt his playing time if he played in Miami.

The Bills play on Thursday night, so be sure to check back throughout the week for updates on injuries and possible demotions.

Future beer commercial

Sorry, I know this isn’t really fantasy relevant, but it’s pretty much how I felt after Philip Rivers threw a pick-six, which hurt me in both fantasy and reality.

Rivers at least looked better physically, but he still made some bad decisions. That, to me, goes on the coaching.

Vincent Jackson didn’t have the game you’d figure he would have and Josh Freeman wasn’t great. He wasn’t bad, mind you, as he still scored more than 15 points. It just wasn’t the game you figured it would be.

Strange stat line of the week
Red Dalton had just 199 passing yards, but he did have four touchdowns. We (or just I) often talk about A.J. Green as the one-man band, with nobody else there to support him. But Green had only one touchdown. Seriously, if you told me Dalton was going to have four touchdown passes on Sunday, I would have figured Green would have had all four of them. All right, maybe three of them. But not one. I’m almost disappointed by this.

The St. Louis FC must have known what they were doing when they told Steven Jackson he was going to be a free-agent at the end of the year. Jackson ran through San Francisco like it was an audition for a new job next season. Maybe he wanted to impress Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers who assembled quite a team of curtain-jerkers and washed up stars during the offseason. Jackson might be a fit in San Francisco after the season.

More complaints about rules
Now, I’ve been a guy who really wants to change some rules in fantasy football. And you would think as President of NFL Fantasy Live, I could get this stuff done. But remember there are three branches of fantasy government so I’m going to have to work with fantasy legislatures to get some stuff done.

Now, one of the rules I would like to see is for interceptions to have increased point deductions throughout a game. For instance, one interception is a freebie, the second docks two points, the third takes away five points and 10 points for a fourth interception. Pick sixes could be worth negative six. And so forth.

However, I would like interceptions that bounce off a receiver’s hands to no longer count against the quarterback. This is for real football and fantasy. We should create a new statistical category called caroms, to define it when a turnover off a pass first hits a receiver’s hands. It would really change the way we look at some quarterbacks, I would imagine.

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