What we are talking about:
Let it fly
Numbers not good
Hahahaha Enjoy, Houston!
I've been known to bench fantasy players for various offenses and perceived slights, and I might have to make a bold move with Jordan Cameron. The Browns tight end joined me for the latest episode of the Adam Rank Gridiron Podcast for Kids (a spin-off of the "Dave Dameshek Football Program) and we got to the heart of a number of serious matters.
For starters, which superpowers are clearly overrated. Cameron, like so many others, believed flight was the way to go. Yet, I would hate to be able to fly because for starters, you would be asked to help people move all of the time. It would be worse than having a truck. Plus think of all of the other stuff you have to do. I mean, your entire post-Thanksgiving weekends would be booked helping people put up Christmas lights.
Plus, are you going to be impervious to cold when you are flying? What about wind shear? Do you have to get your flights approved with the FAA? Because it would be terrible to run into a jet plane. Or birds. Bah, you can keep your ability to fly.
Invisibility would also be a bummer, don't even suggest it. Are your clothes also invisible? If not, you would only be able to use your super powers in the nude. And let's say you were going to use those powers to help the Angels win, and all of a sudden, your invisibility stops working. You'd be out there in the nude in the middle of Angel Stadium looking like a stoop. Forget about it.
But to get back to the issue at hand, there was one subject we got into with Jordan that was somewhat embarrassing. Namely, he loves the Twilight books. Actually, I have no issue with that. I mean, I wear sherbet-colored shirts, I have a Green Lantern coffee mug, I read comics myself so I can judge no man who likes the Twilight books.
The issue came when I made a Kristen Stewart joke and Jordan actually defended her. What the what? That might be inexcusable. This is the kind of thing that gets you traded in a fantasy league, buddy! Timmy Wright is going to be my fantasy tight end for the rest of the year now!
Turns out Jordan is a huge fan of "Adventureland" and we're all friends again. Seriously, you should check out the movie, because it's rather awesome. A must-see. Even though Jordan and I kind of spoil it for everybody. Sorry about that.
Who else do I like and dislike this week? 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 ...
Manning is 10-4 after the bye, and 7-0 in his last seven after the bye. Manning's last lost after a bye was a dramatic 27-24 loss in 2004 to the Jaguars; Manning threw for 368 yards, three touchdowns and no picks with a passer rating of 124.7.
Romo has 728 pass yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions in his last two meetings against the Saints. Brees has 1,480 passing yards with 10 touchdowns in the last four games.
Romo has 60 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in his career during the month of November.
The Cowboys are one of two teams in the NFL which have allowed more than 300 passing yards per game. They have already allowed more than 500 yards of offense in three games this year, just two off the NFL mark.
Nick Foles has 14 touchdowns and no interceptions, which ranks third behind Randall Cunningham on the list of QBs with the most consecutive passing TDs before throwing their first interception of the year.
Six of Riley Cooper's 10 career touchdown receptions have been thrown to him by Foles, who clearly loves the kid. Cooper has had at least 85 receiving yards in three of his last four games. He's had at least five targets in four consecutive games.
One key to success en route to the Panthers surprising 5-3 record is rushing touchdowns. Carolina has nine rushing touchdowns in its five wins, and none in three losses.
The Bears defense has allowed 3,049 yards through eight games, the most by the Bears since 1940. They have allowed at least 26 points in four games this season, after doing so only once last year. Start Matthew Stafford, and ignore his three touchdowns and eight turnovers in four road games at Chicago.
Zac Stacy has 261 rushing yards in the last two weeks, which is the most in the NFL. He is only the third St. Louis FC running back since 2003 to have two 100-yard rushing games in a single season.
Andrew Luck has three winning drives and has engineered the most winning drives in a quarterback's first two seasons since 1960.
Luck is much better at home, too, with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions in his career at home. He's a much different quarterback.
Don't look now, but Chris Johnson has scored at least 14 fantasy points in three of his last four games, and he's scored four touchdowns in those games. The Jags have allowed the most points to fantasy running backs this year.
Jake Locker has scored at least 19 fantasy points in three of his last four games, with at least a touchdown in his last five. The Jags have allowed the second-most points to quarterbacks this year.
Marvin Jones has failed to reach 11 fantasy points just once in the last four games. He's had a league-high six receiving touchdowns in the last four weeks.
Colin Kaepernick has fewer than 200 passing yards in six of his last seven games, but he has three rushing touchdowns in his last two. Finally, he's running after he started with none in his previous nine.
The Broncos defense has allowed the ninth-fewest points to fantasy quarterbacks over the past month, and it would have been even stingier if you take away Luck's great performance against them.
Philip Rivers has fewer than 280 passing yards in each of his eight career home meetings. Rivers has four touchdowns and six interceptions in the last two meetings.
Darrel Young rushed five times for 12 yards and three touchdowns last week. Young was the first player with 12 or fewer rush yards and three touchdowns since Jerome Bettis gained one yard on five rushes with three touchdowns for the Steelers in 2004. Keep this up, Darrel and people will want you to be in the Hall of Fame.
ImageHonestly, if you were in the middle of a Super Bowl run and could have only one running back would you want Terrell Davis or Jerome Bettis in their prime? Be serious, you'd want TD. And to be honest, I'm not even sure it's close.
Ben Roethlisberger has 12 touchdowns and 14 turnovers this season. He's lost a league-high five fumbles on the year. But he has attempted the most passes over the past couple of weeks.
Ryan Tannehill also has lost five fumbles this season. He's also had fewer than 210 passing yards in three consecutive games. Now he's going to be without a couple of his linemen. That should help.
There is a part of me that believes the Dolphins could come out and blow the doors off Tampa Bay this week. They rally the troops to have their best game of the season. But I see this ending poorly for them.
I had Lamar Miller penciled in as a starter this week, but just had to put him on the bench. There is just too much going on right now to really trust any of the Miami starters. The team could rally around this, but I expect Schiano's bunch to rise up to the challenge.
This might be the first time in NFL history when a team says, "Nobody outside this locker room believes in us" when in fact, nobody outside of the Dolphins locker room actually believes in them.
ImageSpeaking of Houston, how do you like Dwight Howard right now? He missed the big free throws to allow our heroes, the Los Angeles Lakers to rally and win. This might have been the least surprising story of the year. Well, until Peyton Manning loses in the playoffs. Then that will be your least surprising story of the year.
There wasn't any other way the Lakers vs. Rockets game could have ended, either? Howard misses some big free throws (he's not clutch, folks) and the Blake Mamba sticks it right in front of him. If an alien came to Earth and asked to describe Dwight Howard in one sequence, that would be it.
Jackson hasn't scored a rushing touchdown in five games (he did have a receiving touchdown) and he's had more than eight fantasy points only once this year. So he's going to need to do it against a great Seahawks team to make it happen.
At least Jackson was my second-round pick, and not a waste of a first-round pick. Can you imagine the team that drafted Spiller and SJax in the first two rounds this year followed by RG3 in the third?
Although, isn't this the kind of game where Jackson would end up torching the Seahawks, who have allowed more than 100 rushing yards in seven of their last eight roadies?
McFadden has been ruled out for Week 10. That doesn't mean there won't be some teams who will think they should bring in McFadden next year when he's a free agent.
Jay Cutler has returned and is expected to start for the Bears this week. I like Jay. I find him kind of cool. But if Josh McCown has played well, why not stick with him until you need to make a change? It's kind of like the way the Lakers won on opening night against the Clippers. The bench played so well in the fourth quarter, there was no reason to sub them out. Sometimes you need to stick with the hot hand, as they say. Imagine what would have happened if Bill Belichick had continued with Drew Bledsoe back in 2001? Sometimes you just need to ride it out and see what you have.
I like what Houston has done with Case Keenum. But, I would only play him as a sleeper. The Birds are a tough matchup. And too many times we get caught up trying to chase fantasy points. It's like people who always play black on the roulette wheel because they think it's bound to come up. It doesn't always work that way.
Since we honor Mr. Perfect with the "Curt Hennig All-Stars" I guess the reverse for the worst fantasy team should be the Curtis Axel All-Stars. Here is a list of the biggest big-name disappointments for the week: Matt Ryan, Steven Jackson, Trent Richardson, Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, Jared Cook, Dallas Cowboys, any kicker who isn't Seabass.
ImageBTW, I didn't hate John Cena this week. If you caught his awesome celebration after a win, you know what I mean. I just kind of wish they'd keep him on SmackDown! seeing as I rarely watch the show. That would be the best of both worlds, really.
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