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Nobody likes to watch those procedural dramas with me anymore. I don't necessarily try to figure it out. But I have a knack of looking past the red herrings and figure out who the culprit is within the first few blocks of the show. I mean, most of them are rather formulaic in approach. For years, I believe it was "CSI" or "Criminal Minds" or something, where you just knew the first person they let off the hook was going to actually end up being the criminal. Shoot, maybe that was "Bones" now that I think about it.
(And on a completely unrelated note, Jennifer Love Hewitt is going to join the cast of "Criminal Minds" this season, which has me way too excited. Unless that means "The Client List" is going to be off the air, which will bring me back to earth. But I digress. Wait, is the drama I was thinking of the "Ghost Whisperer" perhaps? And did you know Jay Mohr and Aishia Tyler were semi-regulars on that show, which had 100 episodes. How is any of that possible? Again, I digress.)
But the key to me was looking forward. And it seems way too much in fantasy football, people fall for these red herrings all the time. Chris Johnson has now been written out of fantasy circles because he had a bad game in Green Bay. See, we knew this guy was going to be a bust! And at the same time, Stevan Ridley has found the magic elixir and he's going to bring you fantasy gold now!
There seems to be nothing more reactionary than fantasy enthusiasts who chase the points, and those who are ready to turn the page on players way too quickly. We really need to stop doing that. I want to take some time to see if Ridley really is going to get a significant number of touches in the coming weeks for the Patriots. Nobody in football seems to rotate their running backs more than Bill Belichick, who has made Mike Shanahan look like the second-coming of Bud Grant.
Likewise, I'm not ready to bail on Johnson who has a pretty good matchup against the Bears on Monday night. Now, I'm torn about playing a guy who is going against my Bears, but that's a discussion for another day. But the Bears give up close to 20 points per game to running backs. Do you want to be sitting there on Monday night kicking yourself because CJ has put up 16 points, while the curtain-jerker you benched him for ended up with six points?
Zac Stacy was another one, not sure he quite fits in this example. But people were ready to write him off for the sheer fact, "welp, he just can't do it again." Because science.
My only suggestion here for you is to look forward at your fantasy roster. How does your roster look this week? Don't try to chase the points you left on the bench last week. And don't continue to smart when one of your top guys has a bad performance. That happens to everybody. So let's chill out and stick with our starters.
Let's proceed in what our homepage editor Patrick Crawley called the best use of a soap box in world history. Or something like that.
And without further ado ...
Andrew Luck has scored at least three touchdowns in every game this season! I know; it seems less impressive when you point out the fact he's played just two games this season. But dude, trend!
Cutler was near-perfect after the illegal hit late in the first-half. I think he was something like 80-for-80 with 65 touchdowns after that. Or so it seemed. I know a lot of you knock Cutler, but how can you hate this guy?
As my friend Alex said, "He might be an (expletive), but he's our (expletive)!" Totally agree.
Philip Rivers was started in just 5.6 percent of fantasy leagues on NFL.com last week. I feel like I had something to do with it. But I'm riding him for the rest of the year. He's had 13 touchdowns and just five turnovers in the last six games.
ImageSpeaking of baseball, I feel a little weird complaining about having the best team in baseball, but dang, can my Angels catch a little bit of a break when it comes to the injuries. Matt Shoemaker was one of the great stories of baseball this year, and if his oblique injury is serious, well, it might not be a long postseason for us.
What a great scene at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night. Thousands of fans after the Angels win to watch the Rangers rally to beat the A's, and then the team came out to celebrate. Hey look, team sports can be fun.
Knile Davis has six touchdowns in 93 career touches. Gil Brandt said this guy was going to be awesome this year.
If Alfred Morris getting the football in the red zone was a band, I would buy it on vinyl. Treasure it. Forever.
Zac Stacy has rushed for 628 yards and five touchdowns in his last six games at home. He's topped 100 rushing yards in four of those games. St. Louis needs to be patient.
ImageI remember as a youngster how awesome it was for Cowboys vs. Rams week. But since the Rams haven't existed since 1994, the Cowboys vs. the St. Louis Football Club just isn't the same. With everything that's going on in the NFL right now, I wonder how much St. Louis is going to fight to keep the team from moving back. Although, I now question my desire for how much I really want the team to return to Los Angeles.
Brandon Marshall is way too amazing for words. I understand a lot of you had to go with other options last week, but Marshall is one of those guys worth waiting for.
Pierre Garcon received just four targets against the Jags, but I want to see a full game-plan from Cousins to see if he looks his way.
Cordarrelle Patterson, as many of you know, is my ride-or-die guy this season. I'm still riding with him!
The Saints have allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to receivers this year, and the most passing yards, too. And are prone to huge plays. So I feel real safe with Patterson.
Receivers with hamstring problems are pretty bad. Those injuries always seem to linger for some reason. But I'm going to ride with Alshon Jeffery.
ImageWe do get a Super Bowl rematch this week, which is pretty cool. I don't really care for the championship rematch between John Cena and Brock Lesnar. I've preached about fantasy owners to not be reactionary, yet I'm still convinced Cena undoes months of buildup for Lesnar and ends up taking back the strap. Even though there is a little bit of common sense that says there is no way that can happen.
Antonio Gates is still the truth. Two weeks, and Rivers won't take his eyes off of him. You can't deny it.
ImageI sat in Starbucks on Wednesday as I penned this column. And there was some dude who explained to some millennial who Rob Lowe is. Super Colts fan, Rob Lowe, And I'm all, hasn't this kid even seen "Wayne's World"? Which I realize is 20 years old. Then I figured probably not. But "Parks and Rec." is still on the air. Thank you, dear readers, who convinced me not to bail after the first season. Aziz Ansari is the truth.
ImageState Farm has done a nice job as it reached back in the past to dust off some old Saturday Night Live gags. Some might argue that it's dated, but State Farm clearly is going more for nostalgia instead of being all, "Hey this is some cool, hip new SNL gag!" Plus, it probably speaks more to the demographic they are trying to reach.
Image"Sons of Anarchy" has been fantastic. Jax continues to be the dumbest smart guy going. I'm going to leave it at that, as to avoid the spoilers (which you can find in the dislike side of things). Some of you have told me that you jumped ship already, and it's cool. But I'm loving every second of it. And now I'm behind on "The League" because I need a cleanser show before I go to bed. Plus "Top Gun" was on Tuesday night, too. But I caught it right at the point where Goose dies. Oops, spoiler alert.
But how is it possible Flacco has played six games in Cleveland during his career? I know he's a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, but it doesn't seem like he's been in the league that long.
The last time Romo was in a situation like this, he played just six games way back in 2010.
Kirk Cousins is one of my sleepers for this week. If you're really hurting for a quarterback this year. But only one Washington QB has thrown for more than 300 yards in Philly since 1983. Do you know who it was? Don't look it up; Brad Johnson.
But he is playing Oakland this week, so I can see the Patriots winning huge, Brady not having a big game.
ImageIt's a shame Matt Shoemaker won't be considered as the American League ROY. I remember when Mike Trout wasn't the MVP his rookie year because the Angels didn't make the playoffs (but had a better record than the Tigers). Shouldn't Shoemaker be given a similar deal here because the Angels are in the postseason, while Jose Abreu isn't?
ImageDon't bother tweeting me, either. I know Shoemaker has no chance in H-E-Double hockey sticks of winning, but give me my chance to vent, you know? That's all I ask.
But I would continue to play Lynch cautiously as he continues to fight through this.
So you're going to bench Johnson this week even with the great matchup and he's going to run wild.
With so many running backs on the wire, I had to make a tough decision this week, and I straight-up released Bishop Sankey. I hope I don't regret it.
The problem with Sankey is, he doesn't look good when you compare him to other NFL RBs. Plus, waiting for him is a luxury to some of us who need backs now.
I know Richardson lost only one of those fumbles, but the coaches certainly don't see it that way.
I've hung on to Benny Cunningham as a pure backup for Stacy in St. Louis. But he sure hasn't shown me enough this year. Again, if you need room, cut him. Because he didn't look good last week.
ImageIf the Los Angeles Rams return, first thing, ditch the all-blue uniform. Certainly not a great look for a football team. I'd even kick around the idea of going with the Deacon Jones blue/white look. Second, the first game needs to be against the Dallas Cowboys. Those games were fun. Although, given the current climate, maybe the L.A. Rams should play Chicago and the winner gets my full support in the future.
ImageThis goes without saying, too, but I'll put it out there on Front Street. Don't bring back the Super Bowl trophy with you. Keep it in St. Louis. Your fans won that, and we don't need it here in L.A. Put it on display at Busch Stadium or something. Wait, the Cardinals have plenty of World Series trophies. Maybe you can lend it to the St. Louis Blues so that franchise can have a championship trophy to display. Hang the Super Bowl banner and Dan Dierdorf's number up in the rafters, too. We don't want it.
Vincent Jackson has scored less than six fantasy points in each game this year. He has no TDs in 10 of his last 11 roadies.
My hope is Torrey Smith eventually does benefit from Triple S being on the other side of him. Because all he does right now is run nine routes with little to no success.
People always wanted to compare Amendola to Welker for one obvious reason. Both played at Texas Tech.
A lot of folks feel there isn't any such thing as a "revenge" game during the regular season. But I present to you the Broncos vs. the Ravens from Week 1 in 2013. Remember when Peyton threw away the playoffs with a costly interception against Baltimore? Yeah, how did that end up? Seven touchdown passes for Manning, I can't really predict that many touchdowns this time around, but this game will be more high-scoring.
The only reason you continue to play Jason Witten each week is because of name value. That's it. I'd start Gates, Donnell, and Paul over him this week. I'm not joking.
ImageI was enjoying this list of Adam Sandler's greatest hits on Saturday Night Live and then I realized there was no "Schmitt's Gay." Easily one of the best fake commercials ever crafted by the SNL. Not just as a Sandler gag, but all-time best. I don't want to link to it here, but you must go out and find it. I also liked when Sandler did one of his bits on "Weekend Update" where he talked about all of the cheap Halloween gimmicks for poor people. "I'm crazy pickle arm man. My arm is a pickle! Give me some candy!" Wait a minute, why is this on the dislike side? Oh that's right, I wasn't fond of the list. But love Sandler.
Image"Sons of Anarchy" spoiler. I mean SPOILER. Sometimes I think Jax is the dumbest smart guy I know. But maybe he's really playing a long con here. Maybe he understands Gemma was the one who killed Tera. But he just doesn't care. He's just trying to light a powder keg that ends the Sons forever so his kids don't have to suffer with the life he was led into. I could see him igniting this street war, but at the very end going to his mother and saying, "I know it was you," before ending her.
ImageOr maybe it will be Abel writing in his journal about his dead brother Thomas and how his dad once wanted to take the club legit, but couldn't. Which has been my conjecture since the series began.
For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 200K followers, and Fabiano has 165K. Me? Just four. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook. And if you follow him on Sundays, he'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.