Fantasy Post Mortem: Adrian Peterson is not human

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I made a decision this season to go all-in on Andy Luck in my League of Record, and I can’t say that I’ve regretted it. Oh, I regret that I didn’t start Josh Gordon over Reggie Bush. Mainly because somebody fretted about the weather in my ear.

But Luck has been as solid as they come and he had a monster game for fantasy enthusiasts on Sunday. And if I might be so bold, I would say Luck deserves to be in the conversation for the NFL MVP award, as well.

Much like Mike Trout, however, they won’t give it to him.

Player of the Week

Attention every player in the league who does the Superman reveal after a touchdown … knock it the (expletive) off. The only person who can even claim such a thing is Adrian Peterson.

I know it’s hyperbole to say he’s an alien with the way he’s bounced back from his injury, but let’s be real for a second. I honestly believe he’s from another world. Peterson had 220 scrimmage yards and a touchdown for fantasy enthusiasts in Week 13.

On an unrelated note, Darren McFadden missed Week 13 with an injury.

Kill Bill, Vol. 3

Well, we don’t use standard scoring in my League of Record (six points for TDs, passing bonuses), so Luck did have more fantasy points than Cam Newton in that league. But Newton was the top scorer in fantasy football through the early games, so yeah, that premonition still came through.

And it was enough to kill my fantasy squad. Well, him along with Calvin Johnson, Cecil Shorts and the Houston Texans. Yes, it was unfair I had to go up against those teams. I might be able to back-door my way in through some tie breakers because my team scored a lot of points, too.

But the bottom line is Cam killed my team both as my quarterback and as my opponent.

It’s made me think, too. We always say to deal one of your elite quarterbacks if you have a pair. But sometimes, I wonder if that’s the right strategy to take. If I didn’t deal Newton, my opponent would have likely started somebody like Chad Henne or Ryan Tannehill. So there might be something to stashing guys on your bench.

What now?

Well, it was predicted by most that Colin Kaepernick would likely cost his team with his inexperience. And he did on the field for the 49ers, and he might have ruined some fantasy teams, too. Kaepernick managed just over 14 points in an overtime loss to the St. Louis FC and now we’re going to be in for a week of “who will start?” questions coming out of San Francisco.

And honestly, I know I’m not the only one who was wishing for another tie between these two teams. Would have been the most amazing thing of the weekend. Maybe even the season.

Don’t forget Russell Wilson

Another rookie quarterback who deserves to be in the conversation for MVP is Russell Wilson, who has the Seahawks primed for a postseason spot. He’s even had a couple of nice games on the road for the Seahawks.

Like Luck, Wilson was thought to be more of a home quarterback for your fantasy teams. But if he can deliver the points outside against a team like Chicago in December, you don’t really have to worry too much about the matchups.

Oh, and on an unrelated note, Robert Griffin III plays on Monday Night Football. Amazing, you have three rookie quarterbacks who could compete for the MVP award this season, and win fantasy leagues.

It’s D-T’s world

Remember when we thought Eric Decker was the better receiving option in Denver? That was quaint. But Demaryius Thomas is purely a beast. And to be honest, I might even keep Decker on the bench. If he can’t manage to get any points against the Bucs’ defense, what matchup can you trust him against?

Just what I wanted to deal with as I head into the fantasy playoffs.

Imagine if he got into the end zone

Jamaal Charles has another solid fantasy game (13.80 points) and once again he failed to get into the end zone. One of these days he’s going to score and we won’t know how to act.

But if Brady Quinn can at least be a credible offensive quarterback, Charles would be excellent. Quinn doesn’t have to be good, just credible and Charles could carry your team in the playoffs.

The Chiefs will be at Cleveland next week. Wow, I smell a Quinn revenge game.

Or not.

On ice

We might have forgotten about this, but the Falcons have really given us pause going forward into the fantasy playoffs. Matt Ryan seemed like such a sure thing at quarterback, but you have a right to be concerned if you typically start him. Same for Roddy White and Julio Jones.

And I get the anxiety. I’m the fantasy fraidy-cat, mind you. But the Falcons will take on the Panthers this week. Yes, the same Panthesr who made Quinn look like a legit NFL quarterback on Sunday. So you have to like Ryan’s chances this week against the Panthers and I wouldn’t get cute. I wouldn’t care about home or road splits. You start all five guys (I will throw in Tony Gonzalez and Matt Bryant, too).

In fact, if you look at the other matchups in the playoffs (Giants, at Lions) you have nothing to worry about when it comes to the Falcons. You will start them as long as you play.


You know the Buffalo Bills could end up in the playoff race because the AFC is so awful after the top four teams. But the Bills shouldn’t be allowed for the way Chan Gailey jerks around C.J. Spiller.

Or maybe Chan knows what he’s doing because the Bills were able to win on Sunday. Nah, that’s no excuse. Spiller is a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. That 60-40 split Gailey promised surely didn’t happen. I mean, I went to Cal State Fullerton and yet my math still tells me the split wasn’t even.

Curses, foiled again!

Remember when we thought Calvin Johnson might have been Madden cursed? Well, not me. I never wavered on Johnson. The guy went a few games without doing anything super special, but he’s been as solid as they come. Sunday was no exception.

BTW, was I the only one who hoped the Lions would lose just because of the way Matthew Stafford wears his hat?

Not happening

I won’t even condescend to talk about the Jets and Cardinals game. Not a chance.

And Finally …

I’ve mentioned this before and this deserves to be mentioned again. But interceptions need to cost you more in fantasy football. As president of NFL Fantasy Live, I’ve proposed a sliding scale for interceptions which would probably make sense to a lot of you.

The first pick is a freebie. You can typically escape with only one interception.

The second pick costs you two points, the third costs you four and the fourth pick costs you five. (The exact point totals might change, but you get the idea.) This would make picks more devastating as they pile up. And Luck’s day looks a lot different.

I also like the idea of pick six interceptions as the same value of a touchdown pass in your league’s scoring. Again, make it like real life.

I can make that happen, right?

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 85,000 followers, and Fabiano has nearly 100k. Me? Just four. 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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