Fantasy Post Mortem: Airing of Grievances

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If you fine folks have followed along, you know I received a Festivus miracle last week when the Tennessee Titans defense scored 18 points (thank you, Mark Sanchez) to secure the win against Matt “Money” Smith.

I ultimately fell short in that league (more on those circumstances in a moment). I went 2-2 on Championship Weekend, as I again took out “Money” in our NFL.com Experts League. So I’m stuck in kind of limbo, fantasy purgatory similar to the finale of “Lost.” But two championships is pretty cool. And to fight off my NFL Fantasy Live peers for the second time in three seasons is pretty cool, too.

Moving on, it should be noted so many fantasy football championships were decided on Festivus. And since I can’t seem to just be happy about stuff, I feel it’s time for an airing of the fantasy grievances because I’ve got a lot of problems with you people. So let’s take a look at some of the biggest offenders from Week 16, because I know a lot of you are hurting today.

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Danny Amendola
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You were a PPR darling. You were going up against the worst pass defense in the NFL and somehow you managed to score negative points? Well, I do believe the blame for this one falls squarely on my shoulders. How could you even consider a receiver who did this last week? That should have been a huge red flag.

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Sam Bradford
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I warned many people not to fall in love with the matchup with Bradford.

A friend was intent on starting Bradford over Peyton Manning because he was afraid the Broncos quarterback would hand the ball off way too much. But this is what I always say; you can come to grips with losing if your stars let you down. RG3 didn’t have the best game and he part of the reason why I lost in the NFL AM league. But it’s cool because he got me so far.

Seriously, I would always prefer to lose because my studs didn’t come through in the big game, instead of me doing something foolish like benching a stud.

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Trent Richardson
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I had kind of resigned myself to a bad performance from Richardson. The matchup was lousy and only my stubbornness kept him in my lineup. Seriously, that was the only reason. The same intuition that kept me from over-thinking the matchup with Peyton, will end up hurting you with a guy like Richardson.

And I know many of you probably want to add Stevan Ridley here, but he was close to 10 points. I can’t do it. Richardson, I certainly can.

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Darren McFadden
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Consider this a season-long grievance that finally had its thesis statement published on Sunday. McFadden had a great matchup and if you survived this long with him, it would have been apropos for him to finally come through with you when you needed him most.

But like McFadden has done for pretty much his whole career, he ruined your fantasy season when you needed it most. I feel like we should all get together and make a pledge to not draft Darren McFadden next year and just take him out of the game all together.

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DeAngelo Williams
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The tide of Cam Newton rose all of the fantasy studs in Carolina. So you kind of felt good about Williams who became a pretty reliable running back option in the past few weeks.

So it would only make sense he pulls the Houdini in your championship game.

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Chris Johnson
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Are you (expletive) kidding me? What are we supposed to think about you, CJ? You’re like a Hollywood starlet who refuses to show any skin once she hits the big time. (That means Kristen Bell is your leader in the clubhouse to be this week’s Like/dislike girl.)

What do you make of Johnson’s troublesome season? Has he really become a matchup running back like the rest of them?

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Red Dalton
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Nobody really expected you to have a monster game throwing the football. But with an untested cornerback on A.J. Green, you should have done a better job in getting him the ball. Green was open enough and you kind of didn’t come through. Oh, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, a word with you, too. And that word is disappointment.

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Everybody on the Giants
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Come on, where are the Giants who upset the Patriots in the Super Bowl? You guys just made Joe Flacco look like a viable quarterback.

Eli Manning was brutal, but you were told not to start him this week, so it’s all good. Victory Cruz was awful, though. Even when your fantasy quarterback struggles, a receiver can turn it around with 45 yards and a touchdown reception. But he didn’t even get you that.

At least when something like this happens, I’m happy when the team loses. That’s right, it’s petty, but fantasy losses can make a person vindictive.

And it makes what happened to the Cowboys worse. At least the Cowboys were able to give you great stat lines. It was almost enough to make you feel bad for them. Until you remembered it was the Cowboys and it became hilarious.

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Aaron Hernandez
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Seriously? After back-to-back monster weeks you nearly pulled the bagel? This was a fantasy killer with a huge matchup against the Jaguars.

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Dennis Pitta
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The original of the Bagel Boys. If you guys want to eliminate the tight end position next season and institute more flex options, you certainly have my attention.

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Danario Alexander
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This son of a gun had the audacity to ruin your fantasy week in the semi-finals and then he completely twisted the knife with a 12-point performance against the Jets in your consolation game? And worse if you actually survived his bagel and then kept him on the bench in your championship round. That’s the worst kind of fantasy performance.

There’s no way everybody was covered here. Please be sure to send yours along via Twitter or in the comment section below.

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No laughing matter
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Arian Foster left Sunday’s game with an irregular heartbeat, so please, be kind to him. This is serious business. I’m hopeful people won’t go all “internety” on him via Twitter. He deserves better and he’s been good to a lot of you fantasy wise.

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Fantasy Player of the Week
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Associated Press

Hey, we’re not all sass here in Week 16. A lot of you won your fantasy leagues, so congratulations. And we should take some time to recognize those who committed the feats of strength to help carry you to a title.

Peyton Manning, as we talked about earlier, shook off all fears of a heavy-handoff game with a monster performance. Yes, you knew it was only going to be a matter of time before Manning finally took control of a game and tossed a couple of touchdowns.

Cam Newton was great, too. The biggest question of the weekend was RG3 or Newton. And the Panthers signal caller finally paid off for those who spent a first-round draft pick on him (or those who wisely bought low on him just prior to the trade deadline).

But Roddy White was truly the fantasy player of the week. He got the fantasy work week off to the right chord when he scored darn-near 30 points on Saturday night. And the fantasy greed got boiled in my veins because I was upset he was tackled at the 1-yard line late in the game and Matt Ryan couldn’t connect with him on another end-zone target even later.

But if you started White, it’s hard to imagine a situation where you lost.

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And finally …
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I hope you had fun, it was a blast for me. But I’m not going to go away. We still have the Playoff Challenge. And don’t forget about the DDFP and my other works here on NFL.com. Don’t be strangers.

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 90,000
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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