Adam Rank | Tags: Reggie Bush, A.J. Green, C.J. Spiller, Cecil Shorts, Chris Rainey, Dez Bryant, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Justin Blackmon, Knowshon Moreno, Mark Sanchez, Matt Forte, Matthew Stafford, Michael Bush, Michael Turner, Mike Tomlin, rashard mendenhall, Red Dalton, Reggie Bush, Rob Gronkowski, Robert Griffin III, Ronnie Hillman, Tom Brady, Tony Romo
One of the biggest fears as a fantasy enthusiast, other than having to start Mark Sanchez, is for one of your guys to have a huge day … after you’ve long given up on him.
The fear became reality when Reggie Bush ran in for a touchdown against the Seahawks. Honestly, there was no reason to start Bush. He’d struggled. The matchup was bad. And there were (perceived) much better options available.
Bush finished with 14.40 points from my bench, in my League of Record. And the real decision will come in the next few weeks. Was this enough for him to earn some playing time in your starting lineup? The matchup is tough next week against the Patriots. I’m not sure I’m ready to jump feet-first back into the Reggie Bush business.
Another Bush caused problems for fantasy owners, too. Michael Bush saw as many carries as Matt Forte, even before the latter went out with an injury. Bush scored two touchdowns, and he could become a nice option if Forte is out for an extended period of time. The Bears play host to the Seahawks next week.
Player of the Week
Let’s go back to Thursday and Robert Griffin III‘s monster performance against the Cowboys. Sure, Tom Brady might have had more points, but RG3 did both fantasy enthusiasts and Americans in general a huge favor with his game against Dallas. You not only get the game ball, RG3, you are No. 1 for this week.
Excuse the plane-related puns as the Jets continue their descent into NFL obscurity, but matchup defenses might be the play going forward. The Jets will play host to the Cardinals next week, so Arizona could be a nice matchup play.
And seriously, he slid into his lineman’s backside. Unbelievable.
I’m not sure if Tony Romo will ever win a Super Bowl. Well, I’m kind of sure. I might not even be sure if he’s going to win another playoff game, but he’s still a good fantasy option for you.
Sometimes reality can bleed into fantasy. So while Romo might throw game-crippling interceptions and not be what you would call, clutch, he still is capable of a monster fantasy game.
And same goes for Dez Bryant. He’s going to be targeted almost exclusively by Romo, so he needs to start for you, too. While he might miss a block, run the wrong route or do something foolish on the field to cost his real team, he’s as solid as they come for your fantasy team.
Let the Cowboys fans lament who should be blamed for the team’s on-field woes while you reap the fantasy rewards.
It’s a quarterback league
We often forget how good Tom Brady can be. And we don’t need to see the polar opposite in Sanchez to recognize that fact. Brady led all quarterbacks in fantasy points, and it didn’t seem to matter at all that Rob Gronkowski was out this week, and will be for the conceivable future.
Matthew Stafford had another solid performance with 441 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’s got the Colts next week, which is a great matchup for him.
And Red Dalton was on fire once again. He’s often overlooked as quarterbacks around him put up monster numbers. Dalton didn’t pass for a ton of yards, but he had three touchdown passes.
Your A.J. Green update
When you see Red Dalton has three touchdown passes, you assume one is going to A.J. Green. And why wouldn’t you? Green had a touchdown in nine consecutive games. But alas, the one-man band gave way to Mohammed Sanu(!) and Jermaine Gresham.
But Green still had more than 13 points, which is a pretty solid game for a receiver. Seriously, if you don’t have a touchdown and go for 13, nobody can complain. Well, you could complain, but you would look like a (expletive).
Let’s be honest, too. You knew Green was going to go scoreless in a game. Let it be right now prior to the playoffs. Now if he wouldn’t mind, another touchdown streak would be super.
Turner the touchdown vulture
Michael Turner had a solid fantasy game despite having given way to Jacquizz Rodgers. The Quiz looks like the much better back. But Turner was given a charitable touchdown plunge. Hey Mike Smith, it’s cool and all that you want to give back to NFL seniors, but enough with the nonsense. I’m not sure you want to risk your fantasy games on Turner any more. He had 30 total yards.
The Falcons have the Saints on Thursday night, but I can tell you already the fantasy anxiety meter will register off the charts for Turner. And Rodgers, too.
The great Britta or Annie debate
And if you aren’t familiar with Britta or Annie, shame on you. You’re missing one of the best shows on TV over the past few years. Though probably no fault of your own because NBC doesn’t show it consistently.
Oh, and don’t bother going to the Google, I’m talking “Community.”
Though the real debate is between Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon right now. Akbar Gbajabiamila and I were on opposite ends of this debate, with the Admiral wearing his Shorts and me going for the high-end guy, Blackmon. And the two of us rooting for our respective guys, you would have thought we were cheering for our respective alma maters (though San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton will be Big West rivals in a few years).
In the end, Shorts got the best of the day. But don’t sleep on what Blackmon was able to do. Blackmon caught a nice touchdown reception (much to Akbar’s chagrin) and had a good day. If you started Blackmon and he got you just 13 fantasy points, my apologies.
The most-added player on NFL.com this week was Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman. So imagine the calamity on Sunday morning when word spread that Knowshon Moreno would get the start against the Chiefs. Well, it touched off a firestorm. Hillman was likely the most benched player in fantasy football.
And should it come as any surprise, this all emanated from the home of #shanahanigans in Denver? Apparently it’s still in the drinking water or something.
Moreno had a pretty decent day with 11.10 points. Hillman had 0.90. Sorry to those of you who burned a waiver claim on that one. Yikes.
The situation wasn’t much better in Buffalo. C.J. Spiller had a nice day with just over 10 fantasy points. But there were questions about his usage. In fact, a certain Hall of Fame running back took umbrage with Spiller’s lack of attention.
This is horrible..RT @patrickmoranbsd: CJ Spiller went the final 13:33 of the game without a single carry.
— Thurman Thomas (@thurmanthomas) November 25, 2012
Yes, it is terrible.
And also in terrible running back news, the Steelers can’t find a guy to run the ball. Or at least hold on to it. Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman all lost fumbles in the fourth quarter. Coach Mike Tomlin was so upset, he put Byron Leftwich in at running back.
Just kidding, that would have been silly. Leftwich is injured.
He did put Chris Rainey in there. But don’t look for him to be an option down the road.
But is he fantasy elite?
Welcome back to fantasy relevance, Eli Manning. I was pretty confident in Eli this week. I even went toe-to-toe with Akbar in the Fantasy Flight Club.
There was no way Manning was going to continue down that path. He had gone 99 attempts without a touchdown. And then it stretched into Sunday night’s game briefly until he threw a nice touchdown to Reuben Randle. And for good measure, he made sure Victory Cruz and Hakeem Nicks got into the mix, too.
How very nice of him.
But before we declare him back for good, let’s remember Eli’s history against the Redskins — it ain’t good. But we’ll hear a lot about this for sure in the coming week.
This never works
Many of you mix and match defenses each week, myself included. A couple of weeks ago, I advised many fantasy enthusiasts on the Chargers defense vs. the Chiefs on Thursday night.
I, of course, didn’t play the Chargers.
I never get this stuff right. It always seems like I’m just missing out. On Sunday, I played the Browns. And you know what, it worked! Wow, this does feel pretty cool to have the right defense for a change. It’s a weird sensation.
And finally …
As our fantasy associate editor Marcas Grant put it, leave it to the San Diego Chargers to allow Joe Flacco to carve them up on the road.
Forget my football life.
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