The "12 Pack" Week 14 Fantasy Recap, Week 15 Fantasy Playoffs 411 & the #SNF "40-Ounce."
The Sunday games are now in the books, here are my early week 14 takeaways to ready you for round two of your fantasy playoffs...
(1) Just when I thought my streaming defensive pick (Cleveland) was about to bust in the first few minutes of the game, after giving up an 80-yard TD to Jamaal Charles, Travis Benjamin rips off a 93-yard punt return for a TD...the longest in franchise history. Along with 5 sacks and an INT, this is an every week fantasy defense.
(2) Check your Mayan calendars, Anquan Boldin is fantasy relevant again. Three TDs in his last two games. Granted, the Skins secondary is awful, but he's getting it done. Crazy.
(3) Bryce Brown vs. a legitimately stout Tampa run defense? Yeah, we didn't expect it to be this bad, but we tempered expectations. He carried you for two weeks, if you make it to week 15 of your league playoffs, don't get cute and drop him. Bengals are a tough run defense, but Maualuga injured his knee in the game, and Murrary (who's not 100% yet) looked just fine.
(4) Speaking of Jamaal Charles, what a tough S.O.B. Literally came in and out of the game multiple times, and still fought through a rib injury to put up monster numbers. Chalk one up for slight RBs.
(5) Someone needs to test Benjarvus Green-Ellis for Adderall. That dude is hyper in his diapers. Color me convinced. Also convinced the Cowboys couldn't stop a run in a pair of pantyhose, but whatever.
(6) Chan Gailey really doesn't care about your fantasy team...or winning. At least Fred Jackson's unnaturally bent knee may breathe some hope again into a full workload for Spiller...hopefully.
(7) Even in a steaming dookie of an offense, Danario Alexander's talent continues to rise. If his knees hold up, he'll be a great dynasty add in 2013. Just a big time talent.
(8) Not a great day for QB health, Jay Cutler (neck) and RG3 (knee) were both injured in their respective games, the latter carrying many fantasy teams individually, while Cutler being out literally destroys any fantasy value that Brandon Marshall possesses. Campbell and Cousins did lead impressive late TD drives (to Marshall and Garçon), but it's not the preferred options for your playoff fantasy strength. Something to monitor closely. *UPDATE* It was reported that RG3 suffered a right knee injury, and is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. Again, monitor closely.
(7) At least the return of Roethlisberger was good for Mike Wallace (7/112/ 2TDs), but did little for the rest of the skill players. The Steeler run game virtually disappeared this week.
(8) David Wilson's 97 yard kickoff return is a good sign of things to come in dynasty leagues. Eli's pick six? Not so much. *UPDATE* Bradshaw came up lame vs. N.O., so the door may finally be open for him to shine the next few weeks. Run, don't walk to the waiver wire, as Wilson scored a 2nd half rushing TD as well...his role should increase.
(9) Cam Newton's demise was greatly exaggerated by Hater Nation. He carried your fantasy team ( 287/2TDs through the air and 119/1TD on the ground). Smiff and Olsen both benefitted this week, and even DeAngelo Williams was fantasy relevant. Newton faces a beatable San Diego defense on the road in week 15.
(10) Don't fuck with the Seahawks at home. This is not a suggestion.
(11) Ray Rice had another monster game, but came away with a hip pointer. If you don't already have Bernard Pierce rostered, you might want to pick him up. He's legit if given the chance to shine.
(12) Rummy On the Board-
Nick Foles getting better every week. Why I said rushing back made no sense, it would kill the audition for Foles for 2013. Foles completed 2/3rds of his passes for over 350 yards and 3TDs (one of them rushing).
Ryan Mathews apologists, he got 25 carries...produced 65 yards. Now please go away.
An injured Brent Celek gave way to Clay Harbor, who's not a bad WW add if you need help at TE. 6/52/1TD stat line.
The Cardinals are an awful franchise. Their QB situation alone, not to mention terminating Larry Fitzgerald's flourishing career, should get Ken Whisenhunt fired. Abysmal.
All The Black Unicorn does is score TDs and poop rainbows...and catch falling humans.
Chris Johnson: 19 carries for 44 yards...vs. the Colts. Ugh.
Frank Gore will not die. Stop trying to kill him in fantasy drafts...okay?
Nice day, Brandon Gibson. Don't get used to it.
If Hakeem Nicks is listed as probable? Start him. Easy, right?
Adrian Peterson. That's all. Turn out the lights when you're done, son.
Week 15 Playoff Waiver Wire Adds: David Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Andrew Hawkins, Nick Foles, Clay Harbor, Robert Turbin (back issues for Lynch), Marvin Jones.
Playoff (Week 15) Streaming Defenses: MIAMI-(they host the Jag Rags, who could be down Cecil Shorts once again. The underrated Phins safeties are likely to hold Marcedes Lewis in check, giving Cam Wake plenty of time to abuse the Jags OL and Chad Henne.
CINCY- The stout Bengals defense visits Philly in week 15, and the Eagles are playing with house money after a week 14 win. The Bengals are still in the hunt, so Nick Foles should have hands full with a depleted offense in no hurry to rush back injured players. I expect Bryce Brown to still be effective in a low scoring situation for Philly, with sacks and turnovers a-plenty.
CLE- The injury news for RG3, makes this a much more desirable matchup for the opportunistic Brown's D. Get em' while they're white hot.
Sunday Night Football "40-Ounce"- Who doesn't love a good snow game, eh? The usual suspects got it done, Calvin beasted (10/118) and had a solid PPR day, even if he was denied the end zone. Both run games were featured, but if there is one back to own in this mess, it's Joique Bell. He's a little Danny Woodhead/ a little Marcel Reece. In other words, he's a reliable outlet and arguably the most trusted part of Staffard's passing game behind Megatron. Everyone else is a Dalmation...spotty at best.
Randall Cobb continues to reward fantasy owners every week, especially in leagues where they account for return yardage. I said last night on Twitter that they need to keep feeding this playmaker on a Percy Harvin type level, and it looks like they're beginning to do so. Cobb is my favorite Green Bay draft target (once again) in 2013. Aaron Rodgers? What can I say, he salvaged a poor showing by rushing for touchdown, but otherwise this was a bad day, and not all on his wide receivers. He gets a shitty weather pass this week, but it's worth monitoring going forward with a depleted wide receiving corps and running back weather on the horizon.
Stay tuned on Tuesday morning for the Monday Night Football recap, and follow me on twitter at @Rumfordjohnny. Cheers.
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