The "12 Pack" Week 13 Fantasy Recap, & the Week 14 Fantasy Playoffs 411 (with bonus #SNF "40-Ounce."
The Sunday games are now in the books, here are my early week 13 takeaways to ready you for your fantasy playoffs...
(1) I lead today with an unfortunately tragic event, the murder of Kasandra Perkins, girlfriend and mother of Chief's LB Jovan Belcher's 3-month old daughter. We know very little, other than Belcher had an argument with Perkins, shot her several times, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium, clearly distraught, and shot himself in front of Head Coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli. In light of these events, the Chiefs decided to continue with their plans to play the Panthers. I still believe Goodell should have stepped in to reschedule the game, but the Chiefs as an organization, united in light of the tragedy...and came away with a win. Hopefully it fortifies the team going forward.
As for the masses on social media who are quick to call Belcher a murderer, you are right, he was...but he was also his own judge, jury and executioner. We can all stand down now and grieve, for this was a sad, tragic event that left a three month old girl with no parents.
(2) Whenever the Pats are down a key playmaker (Gronk), the other playmakers step up. Ridley scored a rare rushing TD vs. a stingy Phins defense, and Welker made the most of his ample targets. Hernandez had some key drops, but was a big part of the game plan. Edelman? Not so much, unless you count special teams reps. Edelman was also donning crutches and a walking boot after the game.
(3) Advice I gave this offseason, but couldn't act on? Picking up Adrian Peterson as my RB2 in all of my leagues. I just missed out on grabbing him in the latter end of multiple leagues, and he's gone on to be a top 3 fantasy back for most of the year. Unreal.
(4) Matt Schaub reminds me a lot of Tom Brady early in his career from a fantasy perspective. Not singling out his studs, but taking what's given to him defensively. Not a good or bad thing in reality, but maddening from a fantasy perspective, since Casey and Jean's scores likely helped no one in week 13.
(5) Ryan Broyles' knee injury was unfortunate. From a fantasy perspective, it may give some life to Mike Thomas, but more likely an uptick to Pettigrew and Scheffler going forward. Leave super turd, Titus Young, on the waiver wire. *UPDATE* Jim Schwartz confirmed that Broyles tore his OTHER ACL, and will be out for the rest of the year. Tough break for a talented just making his way way. Godspeed, kid.
(6) As I stated earlier, the Chiefs played with heavy hearts this week, but I wouldn't get cute and pickup Brady Quinn off waivers. The Panthers aren't very good to begin with, and the Chiefs are much better at home. It certainly didn't hurt Jamaal Charles, who can help nurse a lead late in the game.
(7) As much as I loathe Chan Gailey for his misuse of C.J. Spiller, it's hard to argue against it when Fred Jackson drops a 25/109 stat line. Even so, Spiller made the most out of his table scraps, tallying 15 fantasy points on the way to a 34-18 beatdown of the Jag Rags.
(8) Cecil Shorts found the end zone, as is the case on a weekly basis...but took a nasty shot to the head that ended his day. Something to monitor going forward once your fantasy playoffs begin next week.
(9) Russell Wilson is all the 4th quarter slight of hand of Tebow...without all of the douchey media hype narrative. From a fantasy perspective, he gets the Cards at home (where the Hawks are exponentially a better team), then travels to BUF (layup), and hosts the Niners in week 16. The last matchup is tough, but if you are hurting at QB, Russellmania can run wild, or in the very least help you out in a big way if you're hurting at QB.
(10) T.Y. Hilton is emerging as a low end WR1 or in the very least a WR1A in Andrew Luck's offense. The Lion's did focus on shutting down Wayne, but Hilton is explosive and manages to put up fantasy points in the teens every week, a la Cecil Shorts. Hold onto him for your playoff stretch.
(11) Jets 7 Cards 6. Fantasy Juggernauts.
(12) Rummy On the Board-
As our buddy Forbes would say, it was a James Jones kind of stat line... 2/40/1TD. Other than that, Aaron Rodgers did enough to win, little to help fantasy owners.
I'm no doctor, nor do I play one on Twitter, but you have to think a sore ribbed Roethlisberger would have been worlds better than Methusaleh Batch, despite the Ravens looking like the OLD Ravens defense, as opposed to the Ravens of old.
The Marcel Reece era is over in Oakland, as he was back in at fullback to block for Stewart. Don't expect it to change when McFadden returns.
For those of you pissed that Decker is second...or even third banana in Manning's offense, don't look at me, folks. I was a Demaryius Thomas guy from the get and I don't expect much change in 2013. Dynasty owners take note.
Week 14 Playoff Waiver Wire Adds: Russell Wilson, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate (face Arizona at home). Tony Scheffler, Mike Thomas (at Green Bay). Chris Givens (at Buffalo), Jacob Tamme (at Oakland).
Playoff (Week 14) Streaming Defenses: Jets (at JAX), Bills (hosting Rams).
Sunday Night Football "40-Ounce"
What can you say about Bryce Brown that hasn't already been said? Welp, he balled out for over 30 fantasy points the last two games...and he also fumbled three times. My sentiments remain the same, this is audition time for the young players. Foles looked better (still wouldn't use him for fantasy...YET), and Damaris Johnson is worth a spec pickup, especially if you're awarded return yardage points. Brown's fumble came late again, and was a game changer, but there's no denying his explosive ability, and he could still help you on your way to your fantasy championship. Again, I doubt they rush back Vick and McCoy with essentially nothing to play for...not even Reid's job is saved by late season wins, as Jim Washburn was the second scapegoat to be fired after the Eagles' defense continues to be a fantasy dream matchup for opposing offenses.
As for Dallas, Romo, Witten and especially Dez Bryant continue to put up solid late season fantasy numbers. Ride all of these horses deep into the fantasy playoff horizon. DeMarco Murray owners? Patience rewarded. He looked good when he did run, a little gimpy afterwards. Make no mistake, the Boys need him to keep defenses honest, so monitor closely, and start with confidence if his health remains in tact.
Stay tuned to Twitter on Tuesday morning for my Monday Night Football recap, you can follow me @Rumfordjohnny. Cheers.
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