What we are talking about:
Dreadful matchup vs. the Vikings
Goff v. Wentz
Top picks collide!
The future of the Bears
Trubisky/Howard the next Goff/Gurley?
I know, I know. Nobody wants to hear about my fantasy team. Although, that is usually the refrain of those who have suffered humiliating public defeats and don't want to talk about it. But I'm going to bring up the subject because I hope it can lend some assistance to those who might be in a similar situation.
A little backstory (which is always the best when talking fantasy); I was cruising, CRUISING, to a second-consecutive title in my Second City fantasy league last year. I had a tough call of going with either Marcus Mariota against the Jags, or Dak Prescott against the Giants when it was threatened that he was going to play half the game.
I did crowd-source it. Because it feels good to have people back the move that you want to do. I wanted to play Dak last year, but couldn't pull the trigger because it just seemed smarter to go with the guy who was supposed to play the full game. (Dak played the full game, and I'm going to cheer when the Cowboys don't make the playoffs. I'd never @ a player, because he's doing his gig. But Jason Garrett. Dead to me.)
But there are legit reasons for playing Carr this week. His past performance against the Chiefs. Kansas City suspended Marcus Peters. Michael Crabtree is coming back. This has all the makings of me starting Carr; him getting eight points and me being stung again in this league. So this all sounds like a lot of fun.
But here's the thing you need to know. I'm starting Carr. So if you'd like fade what I've got going on, here's your chance.
And without further ado ...
Only Tom Brady has a higher passer rating than Keenum after Week 10. I totally called that at the beginning of the year. (I did no such thing.)
Philip Rivers has eight touchdowns in his last four games. He's been awesome. I don't know how James Koh and I didn't make the playoffs in the League of Leagues.
Image The Danger Zone took in RAW this week at Staples Center. Great show. A lot of wrestling, including the cruiser weights stealing the whole thing. Well, outside of Samoa Joe. Dude was amazing. I guess you could consider it a homecoming because he went to Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach (so I would say the Honda Center in Anaheim is his true hometown show). But Joe crushed both Jason Jordan and Roman Reigns on the mic. The only problem was that segment didn't make it to the RAW broadcast. Which is too bad. But it looks like the E wants to keep Somoa Joe down, even though the fans love him.
Free Derrick Henry. Arizona has allowed 31 offensive touchdowns this year. Fourth-most in the league.
Keenan Allen is the first player in NFL history with at least 10 receptions, 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in three consecutive games. He has 33 receptions for 436 yards since Week 11.
Cooper Kupp has at least five receptions in four consecutive games. Damn it, this is going to end up being a shootout, right? Every time two great offenses come in contact with each other, it ends up being a shootout. No matter how great the defenses have been.
Marvin Jones Junior has been great. He's averaged 14.24 fantasy points per game since Week 6. That's second among receivers.
Image I've loved "The Challenge" this season. Here is an interview with THE GOAT Johnny Bananas. I sat next to him one time at an Angels vs. Red Sox playoff game (we won). And now I have to believe that we are best friends.
Hunter Henry is one of my dudes this week. Washington has allowed a lot of fantasy points to tight ends. Rivers has been rolling. Let's do this.
But quarterbacks who went first in the draft are 5-2 against the No. 2 quarterback of the same draft. Rick Mirer and Marcus Mariota are the No. 2s who have won.
Wow, one of those names on the "Like" side sure seems like it doesn't belong, right? I can't believe Smith is in there. Hahaha. You all thought it was an obvious Peyton joke, didn't you? You know me well.
I know it's tough. But I'm going Carr (as mentioned above). He's a quarterback I would start over Wentz or Goff. I know it's tough to bench them with how hot they've been. But I'm worried about these matchups.
Tom Brady has lost eight games in Miami (7-8 record), his most losses in any city outside of New England. Miami and Denver are the only cities where he's below .500 with a minimum of five starts.
But I'm not playing Tom Brady this week. Mostly because I have a bye with every team that has Brady. True story. I have him in three leagues. A bye in all of them. That's fun, no? But you should totally play him. Sorry for any confusion.
Image Alabama being added to the college football playoff was the most obvious thing ever. I mean, it was pro-wrestling obvious. Like when J.J. Dillon was trying to convince Barry Windham to join the Four Horsemen. Still though, it's completely stupid. USC had more Top 40 wins than Alabama and Ohio State. And, oh yeah, IT WON ITS CONFERENCE. But I guess conference titles don't matter. Part of me feels like they did this on purpose to push the college playoff to eight. But for real, you could just make Clemson vs. Georgia and I would be just as happy with the playoff as I am right now. Because can you even remember who played in the semi-finals last year? I know Washington was outmanned. I don't even recall how Clemson played.
Image But if you really want to do this right. And I mentioned this to Joe Thomas on Twitter (SICK NAME DROP), but break up the Big XII. Not to exclude them or anything. But make four mega conferences with 16 to 20 teams. The conference title games become the quarterfinals. The conference winners play in the semi-finals. And then you have your championship game. But what if there are two great teams in one division? Tough (expletive). I don't want to go Highlander on all of you, but there can be only one.
Image Shane McMahon is literally the worst. Dude, you punished Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn enough. Let it go. But I hope this is all leading to Daniel Bryan heading a heel faction that includes KO and Zayn. Maybe Nakamura goes full heel as well. Maybe a stable of independent darlings. Though Nakamura is far from an indie wrestler. But I'm into that. Although, I do prefer the return of Bryan Danielson going back to face Cody Rhodes.
Image I'm curious as to what the Chicago Bears are going to do next season. Seems obvious there is going to be a coaching change. I'm of the mind Mitch Trubisky and Jordan Howard could be the Jared Goff and Todd Gurley of 2018. But it has to be the right hire. I have a bad feeling the Sean McVay/Kyle Shanahan model is going to make more teams hire super young coaches, without thinking that McVay and Shanahan grew up coaching, basically.