Like/dislike: Looking for one true fantasy QB


What we are talking about:

  • Ryan Tannehill

    This week's QB of the year

  • Robert Griffin III

    Dude, what happened to you?

  • Sting

    He was awesome, just want more

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Mine was pretty great, until I realized my youngest nephew looks an awful lot like a young Jordy Nelson. (And his sister looks like a young version of Claire Danes. I don't know what's going on with their parents.)

In addition to time with family, there were a lot of fantasy relevant players going on Thursday. I mean, you always get a large number of players going with three games. But at least in the past couple of years we've had the Raiders or some team going that gave us a bit of a break. Instead we had six fantasy-relevant quarterbacks on the docket.

With that in mind, here are some random thoughts I had in my mind as I watched "Maleficent" with the kids late into the evening.

* The Chicago Bears looked like they had a great game plan. For one drive. And then they seemingly made few adjustments. Matt Forte struggled a bit, but that was only because the Bears decided to not even try to run the ball against the Lions. Brandon Marshall had another poor game, but I wouldn't give up on him yet. He's still a WR2 with home run potential. Martellus Bennett made a huge impact for the first time in weeks, it seemed like. So that was a pleasant surprise.

* Matthew Stafford looked great against the Bears, but I would still be worried about him down the stretch run. He gets flustered easily in the pocket, and the Bears just don't have the players on defense to make him pay.

* Twitter sure was quiet after Mark Sanchez smoked the Cowboys. Actually, I have no idea if it was or not. My sister-in-law gives me the evil eye if I go for the phone during the afternoon. And the Baby Jordy Nelson actually started to play games on my phone during this game, which was actually a nice respite. I will only imagine the web was very complimentary of Sanchez and the game-plan employed by Chip Kelly. I said it on Fantasy Live earlier in the day, the short week would favor the Eagles offense.

* So, are the Tony Romo fan boys going to lecture us again about how great he is? I will say Terrance Williams did him no favors on one of those interceptions. But the Cowboys got out-worked by the Eagles.

* I'm with you, Richard Sherman. As a youngster who grew up just a bike-ride away from Anaheim Stadium (home of your Los Angeles Rams and California Angels), you would think I would have a big grudge against the Raiders. And actually, yeah, I do. Those carpetbaggers moved to Southern California in the early 1980s and won a Super Bowl which is something the Rams never did, so there was that. But I had the most disdain for the San Francisco 49ers. By the time I was old enough to realize what was going on, the 49ers had four Super Bowl titles. And their fans in Anaheim certainly weren't gracious.

* I will admit I missed the whole postgame deal in Santa Clara, but that was kind of funny. I understand Sherman can be very derisive, but I like the guy. But then again, I've long rooted for the heels in professional wrestling. Which is kind of strange since I support some of the most beloved sports teams in the world, starting with the Los Angeles Lakers who nobody hates.

* San Francisco 49ers fans should take a quick look at the pre-Jim Harbaugh 49ers before they call for a coaching change. I'm sure the fans in Chicago would welcome a return of Harbaugh. Although, I've now moved on to think Rex Ryan might be a better fit in the Windy City next year.

A big hand to stats mavens Careen Falcone, Matty Fredrick and Mickey for dropping the knowledge. Oh, and our man Patrick Crawley continues "Patrick's Corner" this week.

And without further ado ...

I'm glad Aaron Rodgers set the record straight and called out those "idiot trolls" who thought he mocked the Minnesota Vikings with a postgame Grape Crush soda. I mean, we've all seen plenty of photos of Rodgers with a bottle of Grape Crush, right? (None exist on the internet, but sure, we'll roll with that.) Rodgers even went on to say he would never stoop to such things, even though his idiotic TD celebration is him hoisting an imaginary championship belt around his waist. A move so popular, it became an ad for State Farm. So yes, you're all idiots for thinking he was trolling people.

I'm scared of the Jets, but then I realize Geno Smith or Michael Vick will be the quarterback of this team this week against a pretty good Dolphins' defense. I know Rex Ryan will get fired, but is this really his fault? Would Bill Belichick be able to win with this lineup? I hardly think so. I can't wait to get Rex into a competent organization. Maybe the Los Angeles Rams next year?

Philip Rivers has a great matchup against the Ravens who have allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last month. But I just can't trust Rivers this week. He's struggled in recent weeks, but it's not all his fault. The Chargers will use their fourth center of the season. Fourth! You would be hard-pressed to find many quarterbacks who could thrive with that.

Joe Flacco isn't much of an answer on the other side of the ball, either. The matchup is good enough as the Chargers haven't forced an interception in four of their last five games. But Flacco has been majestically mediocre in recent starts. He's had less than 19 fantasy points in five straight.

You haven't paid attention if you believe I'm going to advocate Eli Manning against my friends down in Duval County, Florida. (I won't even put in the name for fear it highlights and you think I don't like them.) But Sacksonville has been pretty tough on quarterbacks this season and really got after Andy Luck last week. The Bridge Brigade is tough at home, so if you know what's good for you, bench Eli.

If you're brazen enough to go with Andy Dalton this week, I'm all for it. Of the quarterbacks mentioned above, he would be the one I would have the most confidence in. The numbers might lead you to believe the matchup isn't as great as you would think. But consider that the Bears just didn't throw last week in the second half because the defense(!) created a bunch of turnovers which led to short fields, so this probably is a good matchup.

So much for Robert Griffin III in DC. Can't wait until he's the starting QB for the Los Angeles Rams next year. I guess they would need to make a big splash, so it would make sense. I don't see much hope for Colt McCoy this week, though he doesn't hurt the receivers as much.

We can't really advocate LeGarrette Blount this week. I mean, we've kind of cracked the running back code for the Patriots. At least we can take a stab at the game plan. But the Packers have been stunningly good against running backs this year, which kind of surprises me. But it's in Lambeau Field where the Packers D just plays better so I'd give the Pats RBs a pass.

Latavius Murray was a revelation and one of our preseason Rank's 11 guys. We knew it was just a matter of time before he got his opportunity. I expect St. Louis to be much tougher for him this week. Especially at home, too. St. Louis is going to be able to game plan for Murray and I'm afraid they will answer him. Murray will be this week's version of Jonas Gray.

Trent Richardson just had to take that touchdown opportunity, right? How bad has it become when Richardson is viewed as the touchdown vulture for a guy who was way down the list on the team's depth chart to start the season? It's rather stunning when you stop to think about it.

Arian Foster has a great matchup this week. Oh, I would play him. But I hold Blue in all of my leagues because I wouldn't touch Foster headed into the season. So I selfishly want Foster to kick back and take the rest of the year off. No need to rush back or anything, Arian. Take it easy.

Terrance West is clearly the No. 2 back for the Browns. And it's cool. There might be some matchups where I would consider him. But the Bills this week is not one of them. I'd be willing to give Crowell the chance against a tough matchup on paper. We're not there yet with West.

Ryan Mathews is going to be tough to trust this week. He did really well against a tough matchup last week with St. Louis. But the revolving door at center not only hurts Rivers at quarterback, it could have a big impact in the running game, too. Plus, the Chargers held him out at times last week against the FC, so I really just get uneasy when I watch the Chargers' O.

Giovani Bernard returned to the Bengals last week, but it's clear Hill has passed him by. Bernard would be good as a complimentary back and the distribution should lean towards Hill each and every week. But that's only if the Bengals want to win. And before you assume that, you might want to reconsider when you think about the amount of money they threw at Red Dalton.

If anybody has any (expletive) clue what his going on with the Bucs backfield, can you please drop me a line? I can't wait until Doug Martin is killing it for the Patriots next year. Totally happening.

Hey Rex Ryan, if you're the coach of the Chicago Bears, nobody will fault you if you call your own offensive plays. Seriously, I would trust you more than some offensive coordinators.

Wouldn't it be cool if Andre Williams was like, "Nah, coach. Let Rashad have this goal-line look because I have him on my fantasy team?" Oh well, I guess I can keep dreaming about that.

Give credit to Jay Gruden as he did the right thing with RGIII. He really did. But can this translate to the running back position, too? I mean, it only makes sense to reward the guy who did so much to get you all the way down to the goal line. I know, I know, I'll keep dreaming on this, too.

ImageWhere was Sting on RAW? Why were we left hanging? That might have been the ultimate bait-and-switch moment of the evening. And seeing Daniel Bryan now just gives me the sads. But that might have been one of the worst follow-ups to a shocking moment in wrestling history. Every time I want to give credit to the WWE for doing something great (and this was great), it finds a way to retreat like a glacier. Even the Anonymous Raw General Manager was fun for a moment, but then it just made me sad once again because they blew off the angle years ago with a Hornswaggle reveal. This doesn't leave me with confidence in Dolph Ziggler's impending push.

ImageAnd why did John Cena have to come out and hug Ziggler at the end of the match? Oh yeah, it's John Cena so what else would he be doing? Maybe we could have Face Ziggler going up against Heel Cena in the Main Event of WM31. I mean, he's the only one who can bring back Trips.

A couple of veterans in the Colts and Redskins tilt to avoid would be Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne. Garcon has a long way to go to ever regain my trust. Wayne has kind of taken over the Marvin Harrison role that he pushed him in to a long time ago. I bench both of them.

Vincent Jackson is also another veteran I can't trust, this time being cast aside by a huge rookie. If this was wrestling, Jackson would eventually just turn and waffle Evans with a metal folding chair to start his run as a heel before they eventually teamed back up again down the road.

ImageSorry to go back to the wrestling (not really), but what can Cesaro do to get to the top of the card? I was there at WrestleMania XXX and he might have been the most-over guy not named Daniel Bryan (although he's actually named Brian Danielson, but details). Cesaro is just too good. He's like the receiver who never gets thrown to, but you start him anyway because he's just too damn good.

Kendall Wright has been a huge disappointment this season. He's had fewer than eight fantasy points in four consecutive games. He does have a nice history against the Texans. But it's not enough to push me into starting him. Not at this stage of the season.

Andre Johnson has more than 10 points only once this season. That's the good news. He's had one receiving touchdowns in six consecutive meetings against the Tennessee Titans. Avoid!

Larry Fitzgerald has averaged fewer than five fantasy points on the road this year. He also has only one touchdown in six career meetings against the Falcons which just doesn't seem possible.

Dwayne Bowe has fewer than 10 fantasy points in every game this season. Don't act like you're surprised to read that. He's also had no touchdowns in 11 of the 13 career games he's played against the Broncos. If you care about that sort of thing. I only do when it proves the point I'm trying to make. At least I'm honest about it.

ImageTime for Patrick's Corner. Our homepage editor Patrick Crawley (please follow him) has been given the chance to offer his Like/dislike for the week. Take it away, Patrick: Earl Thomas' anti-sunflower seed stance. How dare you defame the salty snack of our childhoods? I know your anger is your power, Earl, but what did sunflower seeds ever do to you?

ImageI'm going to have to agree, what's the beef with seeds? I have to imagine if you asked Russell Wilson, he would prefer coach Pete Carroll chew sunflower seeds all day instead of chomping on gum into his headset for three hours on Sunday. Seriously, how much gum do you think Carroll goes through in a day? It's got to be a pretty epic rate.

ImageI noticed when I looked up the trailer for Wing Commander that along with Freddie, the movie also starred Matthew Lillard, too. Were they trying to make Prinze Jr. and Lillard a thing back in the late 1990s? They did "She's All That" and "Scooby Doo" and "Summer Catch" together, so it had to be, right? Maybe if Freddie was in the original "Scream" they could have been a team like Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.

Scott Chandler is fun, but he's too much of a risk for me at tight end. He did score last week against the New York Jets, but everybody does that. Plus, he had a nice history against them, so it only made sense.

Kyle Rudolph has been kind of a disappointment since his return. Kind of hard to trust him to get back into your lineup right now.

ImageBTW, I know a lot of people have been irked because the SEC plays some easy opponents during the middle of November. But what about USC this week playing some weak-ass independent team after Thanksgiving?

ImageI don't know if you saw the news but top football recruit Cordell Broadus, the son of rapper Snoop Dogg, isn't so high on USC after the loss to UCLA. Oh man. Broadus plays at the renowned Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. And hey, why can't you go to UNLV? Stay home and represent, young man!

ImageI don't want to cramp your Black Friday shopping. But if you're one of those folks who goes out and shops at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, you should shake yourself. At least think of the poor retail worker who has to cut their holiday short because you had to hit up the door busters. And if that doesn't do it, this will.

For the record, I stopped following Star Wars on Twitter because I didn't want any spoilers. I caved in like for seconds and watched the trailer on YouTube. Well, I figured I'd do it after I had a couple of belts one night, so might as well do it now.

For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 300K followers. Me? Just 14. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook (if you're RG3). And if you follow me on Sundays, I'll quote "The Wolf" from "Pulp Fiction" and then it's game on! Although, it's tough to catch me on Facebook. Twitter is your go-to." Plus seriously people, I'm not taking your tweets after Midnight. I'm into the #HashtagWars via @Midnight. I've started to mute people who ask me questions at that time.