More importantly, I'm going up against Bell when I take on Akbar for the NFL Fantasy Live title this season. I'm going to be tilting hard because not only is it Le'Veon Freaking Bell, but I lost Antonio Brown. I wouldn't have even shrugged if I still had Brown going for me this week. He's been the fantasy MVP. I almost wanted to just forfeit after I lost Brown. Because now, I'm not sure what the hell I'm going to do. Other than spend some time with the fam. Actually, I feel like I'm going to not watch the game until Tuesday morning just to make sure my Christmas is still good. Because I'm that person who will be up 70 with just one guy left (being Bell in this case), but still stress over it.
The converse for me is true in that if I'm down a point with guys like Bell, Zeke and Todd Gurley left to play and will convince myself that it's not happening.
But let's not talk about that too much. What I would like to devote today's column to is finding viable replacements for Antonio Brown this week. It's not going to be easy. But here are a few things to remember. First, you don't necessarily have to start a Steelers receiver. I'm sure JuJu Smith-Schuster is not available in your league. Martavis Bryant likely is. And he's not a terrible option. The Steelers need to keep winning. The Texans have allowed the fourth-most points to receivers this season. Third-most over the last two. And I'm going to give you some real talk here. I'm kind of into playing Bryant because I want to have a little hope going up against Bell in the final draw.
All right, so enough about my dilemma. I do appreciate you all giving me the opportunity to vent a little bit. I know Akbar really wants to win this title, but I just can't let him have it without a fight. So let's talk about some more replacements.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers: I just talked about him. He had six targets on Sunday, that was the most on the team. And he made some big plays, including a one-handed touchdown catch.
DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins: Now we are starting to get a bit riskier with the picks. I'd be worried about this one here. But his targets have increased in his last three games. Kansas City has allowed the fourth-most points to receivers this year.