Like/dislike: RG3 injury a concern but not really


What we are talking about:

  • Cam Newton

    He's the one

  • Norv Turner

    Hot-name free agent for 2013

  • Josh Hamilton

    Another surprise Angels fans

Megan Fox said last week she is no longer going to take "sexy" roles. And my immediate thought was, who cares because she's still Megan Fox (and this must have come after "This is 40" because that's the only thing she does in the film).

And that's the philosophy I will take with RG3 this weekend. Yes, even if he's limited with a leg brace and not the sexy play he was all year, he's still (expletive) Robert Griffin III. And he's pretty dad-gum good.

Yes, RG3 can make things happen with his legs, but he's pretty good as a passer, too. I will take my chances. If RG3 doesn't play well and it costs me a title, I will shake his hand, wish him well and move on. You win or lose the game on the field.

But if you bench RG3 to play it safe for Red Dalton (or anybody outside of Cam Newton), then your fantasy league can be lost on your bench.

Don't be that guy (or girl).

Let's watch the injury report, but know full well, if RG3 is active on Sunday morning, he's in my lineup.

All right, let's get to the fantasy football.

Likes and dislikes are in bold, for those of you who don't want to take the 88 minutes required to read this column. (But it's Friday: What better way to cruise through it than by checking out my thoughts on fantasy football, comic books, wrestling, TV and music?) Facebook doesn't give you the option to dislike stuff, but I certainly do.

A big hand to stats maven Bill "Sudsy" Sudell for dropping the knowledge.

And without further ado ...

Philip Rivers had a nice outing against the Steelers last week, but you can't trust him as your fantasy quarterback. The Panthers have been tough on fantasy quarterbacks this season, so it's not a perfect matchup.

Our Matt "Money" Smith grabbed Rivers in our NFL AM League because he felt like he was the best option for those of you who missed out on Griffin. I just don't see it. This isn't a normal December for the Chargers. I mean, I guess you would have to start him in a worst-case scenario. Not me, though.

You know, if I waited for RG3 and he didn't play and my only other choice was Ryan Lindley, I might take the bagel from my quarterback in fear of the Cardinals' signal caller giving me negative points. You laugh, but it's the truth.

Joe Flacco is a guy who I would consider as a spot start for RG3. Flacco at least had three touchdown passes last week so there are some signs of life.

But really, two of those touchdowns went to Anquan Boldin? Really? Really? Really? Sorry to go all Miz on you. BTW, is anybody into the Miz as a face? His talk show (I won't even condescend to look up the name of it) is one of the worst segments in WWE history. Thankfully Hornswoggle as the anonymous RAW GM will keep Miz TV (I'm guessing that's the name) from being the worst thing on RAW this year.

Going back to the Ravens, I don't believe the elevation of Jim Caldwell is going to help Flacco that much. It should help Ray Rice as he should become the focal point of the offense. But as our Daniel Jeremiah said on the DDFP this week, Flacco has terrible pocket awareness and no change in coordinator will help that.

BTW, am I the only one who wants the Ravens to completely collapse and miss the playoffs? If for no other reason, it would make me feel better about the Chargers.

Still stand by a previous statement that Norv Turner should be the big free-agent signing of the offseason for the Ravens. He would give the Ravens something similar to Cam Cameron, but a better play caller. Daniel Jeremiah said Turner could be in a package deal with QB Alex Smith during the offseason. Smith had his best non-Jim Harbaugh season with Turner as the 49ers' offensive coordinator.

ImageEnjoy Arizona, you guys! I can see the Cardinals firing Ken Whisenhunt (mistake), but giving the gig to Ray Horton. Turner comes in as OC with Smith, that's not a bad revamp. You can then try to develop a quarterback behind Smith (which he would just love).

ImageSpeaking of free agents, my Angels made a big move with Josh Hamilton here. Not sure how I feel about this. Ever since the current Lakers experience with Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, I'll cool my thoughts on any potential "dream team." Shame, too, because Anibal Sanchez might have been a better fit. 

ImageAt least the Los Angeles area teams have spent money. Everybody says the Angels and Dodgers are trying to be the Yankees. But the team we all need to catch is up the coast in San Francisco.

ImageAt least the Angels let Torii Hunter go. It's not like they are going to need Hunter's calming clubhouse presence. No, not at all. The Angels are loaded with team leaders like, uh, oh right. I thought the money the Tigers gave Hunter was crazy, but now he's going to have some added motivation.

ImageThe true upside of all of this is Texas will probably have to respond to this move with the acquisition of Nick Swisher or something. Which would be pretty funny. But it's like the 1980s for the Angels again when they brought in scores of free agents, and that worked out perfect.

Ben Roethlisberger isn't a great start. I don't buy into the cult of the Cowboys defense, because you can throw on that team. But there are just some better matchups I like a little bit better.

Ben did make me laugh this week when he referred to the Steelers as the "World's Team." Cute. Everybody with taste doesn't care for the Cowboys' label of "America's Team." But the Steelers are the "World's Team?" If anything, the most beloved sports team in the world is the Los Angeles Lakers. To my knowledge, outside of the rust belt, people are rather ambivalent to the Steelers. And if you don't like the Steelers, odds are it's because of Roethlisberger.

The Steelers could be in serious trouble after their loss to the Chargers. The playoffs aren't a given. I'm not going to concede wins over the Bengals and Browns by any sense.

ImageRoger Goodell has said he wants to add more teams to the playoffs. No he doesn't. The New York Jets still alive in the playoff hunt is the biggest indictment against Goodell's desire to increase the number of playoff participants. Yes, let's keep the Jets and Chargers alive for a few more weeks. This is a bad idea. The NFL regular season still means something; let's not water it down like the NBA or NHL.

Does anybody else still remember the NHL?

ImageI'm serious, do you know how long I've waited to see the Los Angeles Kings banner in the Fabulous Forum/Staples Center? And this is the year we have another lockout. The Kings (and the Galaxy) are the only local team we can truly be proud of and they're the one not playing. Wonderful.

Colin Kaepernick still gives the 49ers the best chance to win a Super Bowl. And he's scored at least 14 fantasy points in five consecutive games. But he hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in back-to-back games. His pass yards have decreased over the last three. And the Patriots have allowed only one touchdown pass in the last three games.

If you want some good news for Kaepernick, the Patriots have allowed three rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks this year, good for second in the league.

I have the Patriots over the 49ers in our weekly Pick'em contest for The Patriots just don't lose in December. Or January. They only lose to the Giants in February. But we did cheat on a few of these as Dave Dameshek and I jumped into the DeLorean for Shek to the Future.

Frank Gore does not have a 100-yard rushing game since Week 7 (131 yards against Seattle). The strength of New England's defense is the front seven. This could be a rough game for Gore.

Russell Wilson has scored at least 20 fantasy points in back-to-back weeks. He has 10 touchdowns and just two turnovers in his last five games. But this seems like a trap game to me. The Bills defense has played well in recent weeks, with only one touchdown pass in four straight games. The Bills have also allowed 240 passing yards or less in five consecutive games.

I'd feel better about Joique Bell if he hadn't jumped into the end zone celebration with Scheffler last week and drew a 15-yard penalty. Bell was poised to become the best of the Lions back, but really hurt himself with his inability to keep his ish together on the field. Which, of course, seems so strange for the Lions.

You almost get the sense Jim Schwartz is so mad at Ndamukong Suh he's going to limit Bell's playing time as a result.

How is this possible, nobody wants to play Romo against the Steelers after Rivers torched them last week. But nobody seems to have a problem with DeMarco Murray going against the Steelers, even though they've allowed the fourth-fewest points to running backs this year. What am I missing? Murray is a low-end No. 2 for me, a flex at best.

If you have a choice between Murray and Stevan Ridley, I like the Patriots running back because he has the history. Murray always raises my anxiety because he can't seem to stay on the field. But I wouldn't be surprised if this was a Danny Woodhead-type of game for the Patriots, and Ridley isn't featured as much.

ImageThis would be the time of year when Bill Belichick would "punk" us. Or maybe it's a new episode of "Impractical Jokers." I don't know if you've caught the commercials on NFL Network. I can't tell if it's a bad "Punk'd" knockoff or if it's actually good. It's on TruTV and they didn't steer me wrong with "Rehab: Party from the Hard Rock Hotel."

Matt Forte hasn't scored a touchdown in his last six games against the Packers, and he's totaled 100 scrimmage yards only once in his last six games against them. The Packers have allowed less than 80 rushing yards in four straight road games against the Bears.

Michael Turner has a rushing touchdown in four consecutive games. Can you imagine a scenario where you wake up on Monday morning to find he has a touchdown in five consecutive games? Well, don't make your decisions based on that. It's like coin flips, past results don't matter to the current one.

I have Turner as a flex at best this week because the Giants have allowed just five rushing touchdowns this season, sixth-fewest in the NFL.

Even DeAngelo Williams has scored fantasy points last week. It was the first time he topped 10 fantasy points in nine games. Williams has had fewer than 70 rushing yards in 16 consecutive games. The Chargers have allowed only one rushing touchdown in their last five.

Montell Owens had a great game in Week 14, but don't chase the fantasy points here. The Dolphins are pretty tough against fantasy running backs, and he's not somebody I want to risk it with this week.

Vick Ballard looked great in stretches, but you can't trust him against the Texans this week. If you can hold on to him this week, Kansas City looms during championship week.

The Packers will try to establish the run with Alex Green. That should be fun for a while. But Green won't be able to make enough noise to warrant a spot in your lineup.

You know the Jets are serious about a playoff run when they bring in talent like Braylon Edwards. Do you think Terrell Owens ran out to his driveway to do about 1,000 crunches when he heard the news?

I've been on Eric Decker all year, but if you have two really good options, there's no chance I can play him. Adam's Boutique in the NFL AM league has Welker, Cobb and Colston all ahead of him. I can't play him.

Decker has only one 100-yard receiving game this season (Week 3 vs HOU, 136 yards) and he's not getting into the end zone on the reg any more, either.

Miles Austin has topped eight fantasy points once in his last seven games (and only one touchdown during that stretch). He's had fewer than 60 receiving yards in five consecutive games. The Steelers have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to receivers in 2012 and less than 190 passing yards in four consecutive road games.

Donnie Avery has had some spotty production at times, but he hasn't been able to be consistent. He's third (at best) in the pecking order with the Colts. And the way Wayne plays against the Texans, he's too much of a risk.

I warned you guys about Malcom Floyd during the offseason. He's never been able to take advantage of his opportunities when he's given the chance.

Speaking of guys who couldn't take advantage of his situation, Justin Blackmon continues to be a huge disappointment. It's like the receiver version of Heath Shuler and Gus Frerotte.

Jermichael Finley has played well against the Bears in the past, with four touchdowns in his last three games against Chicago. But Finley has only one touchdown in his last 12 games, and more than seven points once during that stretch.

ImageEvery tight end should go into the dislike column. None of them have been able to do anything. I often don't draft a kicker and defense in my drafts, because you can typically scoop them up off the wire. I might do the same thing with tight ends next season.

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