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The link between Tom Hanks playing a quiet FedEx delivery man who finds himself stranded on a remote island and Russell Wilson‘s rookie season is a bit more apropos (snooty word of the day!) than at first it would appear.   In watching the movie, you get to observe Tom Hanks evolve before your eyes.  Here’s a man who is a shining example of civilization.  His main challenges for a typical day consist of showing up to work on time, doing a proper job and heading home.  But what happens when you take this modern man and throw him back into a time that even the boy scouts can’t fully train you for?  You get to watch as Hanks’ character is first beaten, matches and then eventually triumphs over a harsh environment.  Considering Wilson was nothing more than an afterthought by most coming into regular redraft 1QB leagues, the Wilson we saw game 1 of this season is no longer playing.  You know, the guy who was asked to hand it off to Marshawn Lynch over and over and let his defense do the dirty work.  Just manage the game, the clock and the field position.  Instead, what we have now is a hardened, smart and confident QB who is ready and willing to take over the offensive reigns in Seattle.  Coming into the day, Wilson was the 15th ranked QB in terms of fantasy production according to yahoo and no doubt after today, that number will be a little higher.  Though his last two weeks will be challenging with San Francisco and St Louis, they’re both at home, a place where the Seahawks as a team have excelled.  We might be looking at a late season surge to be a QB1 on the year.  Oh and the other movie connection?  Both the movie and this rookie season have been done in near silence.  Robert Griffin, III has been amazing and Andrew Luck had the Colts in playoff contention coming into Sunday and they were drafted higher.  Of course ESPN is going to talk about them every chance they get.  But after today’s 92 rushing yards to go with 3 touchdowns with a side of 205 yards through the air and another TD, Russell is leaving his owners Sleepless in Seattle with what the future brings.  Now that last one was definitely a pointless and-  if I do say so for myself – bad pun.  Can’t all be apropos!  In other fantasy football news for 2012 fantasy football…

Adrian Peterson - There are no words for this.  He had 8 yards on 8 carries to start the game.  He finished with 212 rushing yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.  AP must’ve went to the same doctor that Henry Rowengartner kid did.  Now if only Christian Ponder could break his arm and get sent there.  Wait, arm’s fine.  Does he do anything for decision making?  Can we break his head?

Kirk Cousins - We have a QB controversy on our hands!  For all the teams that didn’t draft Kirk and are starting guys like Brandon Weeden.  Finished with 329 passing yards and 2 touchdowns against a decent defensive squad in the Browns.  If RG3 is still out, he gets the Eagles next week who – though they looked good on Thursday – have been terrible defensively for most of the year.  Might still be a good time to go with Captain Kirk.

Dennis Pitta - The pitta patta of Dennis’ feet were heard in the end zone as he finished the day with 125 yards on 7 receptions and two touchdowns.  Others had him ranked as a fringe TE start this week at 11.  I placed him at 4.  I also whip my hair back and forth from time to time so I won’t say I make the right call every week.

Alfred Morris - There were a lot of ‘should I start X running back or David Wilson‘ this week.  I got one about The Butler and I shook my finger at them like I was Dikembe Mutombo.  Alfred finished the day with 87 yards on 27 carries to go with 2 touchdowns.  He even threw in 2 catches for 6 yards.  Though Alfred got off to a rough start, Kirk finally got rolling and opened up the rushing lanes.  Morris could be found after the game Kissing Cousins.

Drew Brees - Two weeks after ruining the chance of some teams getting into the playoffs and one week after possibly killing a team’s round 1 chances, Brees returns for 307 and 4 TDs.  I’d like to take this opportunity for Brees owners to say, ‘Thank you very much for this week, Drew.’  Of course, if he knocked you out already, mad lib the heck out of that ‘Thank’.

Josh Freeman - No words to describe how bad that was.  The Saints defense just held the Buccaneers scoreless.  Doug Martin finished with 16 yards on 9 carries to go with 19 yards on 3 receptions and Freeman had 5 turnovers.  I was asked multiple times whether or not to start Matt Ryan over Josh.  I said Josh every time for multiple reasons and none of those reasons came to be.  Freeman wasn’t even close on half his interceptions and missed quite a few wide open shots, including a potential touchdown pass to Mike Williams.  Here’s to hoping Freeman owners still pulled out the win because I won’t be a free man from that call for a long while.  Fun stat: there were three teams shut out in terms of scoring on the day (Buccs/Giants/Chiefs) and two teams that only scored field goals (Raiders/Jaguars).  And by ‘fun stat’ I mean some fantasy teams got hosed.

James Jones/Leonard Hankerson/Mike Tolbert - Scored 7 combined touchdowns today and no one started them.  I blame the media.

Mark Ingram - Had 90 yards on 14 carries in the destruction of the Buccs.  I didn’t like him coming into the season.  I was right then.  I started liking him around the time of this post and I called him a good flex option.  Basically, he’s been Michael Turner since that call which means…yep, he’s been a decent flex option and pretty freaking boring outside of that.  If the Saints ever decided to trade away some of their running back depth, Ingram would get interesting.

Knowshon Moreno – So much hate/disrespect for a running back whose worst yardage output as a starter this season was 83.  Like I said in the weekly rankings, he takes advantage of good matchups.  The Ravens were a good matchup.  He finished the day with 118 rushing yards on 22 carries and a touchdown to go with 8 yards on 2 receptions.  Could’ve had another TD but it was clearly Jacob Hester‘s time to shine.

Eric Decker - Of course last week was the start to something beautiful…of course.  Finished the day with 8 receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown as he finally didn’t trip over grass or yardage lines in the open field.

Arian Foster - After 27 carries for 165 yards and 2 receptions for 4 yards, Foster has 325 carries and 36 receptions on the year.  Future me just came back from 2013 and told me not to draft Arian in the first round next year.  Future me also got his eyebrows waxed.  Gotta say I look pretty good in 2013.

Andre Johnson - Has basically been Brandon Marshall since week 11.  Which is to say, if Matt Schaub is throwing the ball, he’s looking at Andre and no one else.  If you just heard that ‘boooooooo’, it was coming from Owen Daniels owners.

Darren McFadden - Playing in a game that should only be watched if you have a Raider or a Chief player on your fantasy team, finished with 110 rushing yards on 30 carries to go with 4 receptions for 39 yards and a fumble.  The only person to score on the day was Sebastian Janikowski but he was drunk and she looked liked a reject from an audition to be Snooki’s friend…wait, what were we talking about?  Oh right, this game was terrible but DMC did good.  Oh and so did Rod Streater (5 for 62 to lead the team in receiving).  Take that last little nugget and tuck it under your hat, or in your back pocket or wherever you typically tuck nuggets.

Beanie Wells - Ah, the winner of circumstance.  Lions turn the ball over twice and the Cardinals defense gets the ball within the 5 and Wells takes advantage.  Then for good measure he runs it for 31 on a beleaguered Lions defense in the 4th for his 3rd and final touchdown to finish the day with 67 yards on 17 carries.  How many teams have scored 38 points when their QB goes 14/21 for 104 yards, no touchdowns and an INT?  And now the team that lost 58-0 in week 14 have a better record than the Lions on the season at 5-9…yep, both real and fantasy football make no sense sometimes.  The fact I’m not talking about Wells tells you just how much I give a flip about his day.

Aaron Rodgers- For all of those people who’ve been frustrated with Aaron this season, shhhh, don’t tell anyone but I have a secret for you.  He’s still good: 291 passing yards and 3 touchdown passes.  Last season was pretty magical for most QBs, don’t hold 2011 against Discount Double Check.

Dez Bryant - Caught a touchdown and 4 passes for 59 yards with only nine fingers.  He gave me one of his middle working ones for distrusting him this week.

Ryan Mathews - Beautiful disaster…had 22 yards on 4 carries and then left the game with a broken left clavicle.  No, not the one he broke to start the season.  The other one.  I don’t know what’s been more disappointing with Mathews this season.  The suck that happened for 14 weeks or the promise of a good game that got dashed in week 15.  I’m sure owners will opt for C) All Of The Above.  At least you can drop him with disdain at this point…just try to not drop him too hard.  He breaks easy.

And just as we’ve done for most of the season, our Sunday Night Football specialist jaywrong will bring up the rear end and after he does that, he’ll talk about football.  Stay tuned!

34 Responses

  1. southwick says:
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    As my fantasy season comes to a horrific win I wanted to say thank you for all the advice. This is always my first stop.

    It looked like I was going to destroy my opponent as Peterson and Pitta combined for over 54 pts. Unfortunately I also had Cruz, DX,, and Matthews, who combined for 3pts. I lost by 9 and will now be forced to watch AP wrack up points that help no one.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey thanks for coming along for the magical ride that is fantasy football with us this season. Wish this wasn’t the last stop for you and with AP/Pitta it shouldn’t have been. What a trio of guys to fail you, too…well, Mathews isn’t that surprising but you know what I mean.

  2. Murph says:
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    Don’t forget about the other Wilson, David who left everyone who started him with confidence stranded on the island of disapointment

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Oh I mentioned him in my Morris blurb and I think my Knowshon blurb. But you have to admit, if that game doesn’t get out of hand so early, Wilson was looking primed for a decent day. Not RB1 numbers but not 12 for 55…not exactly Bryce Brown :)

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky:

        I will admit that they fell behind early though I feel he is a better asset in the pasing game than the run game. Yes both were disapointing but I think 3 thursday night points equal like 17 Sunday points!!! haha
        If only I could have been smart enough to recommend Mark Ingrahm, Beanie Wells and Mike Tolbert over both of them.
        Great call on Pitta Patta…I did some serious damage with him in a few daily leagues. How great of a call was that to fire Cam Camereon? Idiotic in my opinion they go from possible AFC Champions to now possibly not surving the first round.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’ll give you that, RE: Wilson. That’s the problem with talent: it all depends on who drafts them what they’ll do. I’m very curious about LaMichael James for 2013 because his team knows how to use them. The Giants won’t know how to use him correctly.

          Tolbert, Wells, etc…good grief. Lot of fantasy points on waivers/benches this week.

          That Ravens team will be doing some soul searching this off season. Even without the injuries, that defense wasn’t very good this year and I really think Harbaugh has his head up his ass when it comes to his offensive players. Ray Rice’s use is so inconsistent, Torrey Smith is simply a wasted asset and Flacco is just good, not great which makes him look terrible because of all the surrounding issues. Ravens need to make some major changes and it has nothing to do with their o-coord, as is now evident.

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky:

            Did you say Flacco? I though I was watching Shane Falco play for the ravens all year haha
            Yeah I agree with all on ravens ( ray rice owner for the last 4 years)

            it will be interesting to see how all these rookie running backs will be utilized next year in a leaugue where the RBBC is used so frequently it is really hard to find that consistent weekly starter. It should make for a talent loaded draft next year. Can’t wait!!!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha, I think that might have to be his nickname from now on!

              Agreed, there should be some nice late round finds from this class in 2013. Pierce will be one of them since they cant use Ray effectively, of course

              • Murph says:
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                @Sky:

                Hard to belive that Rice will lose his place in Baltimore but Pierce is interesting an extremely hard runner very “Ahmad Bradshaw” like wecould see the same split we saw with mcgahee and ricky willams in Baltimore. I will do my best next year to stay clear of Rice although that’s easier said than done. Look forward to your preseason rankings 2012 has been a great season. Thanks for everything Razzball posts and conversations have taken my teams to the next level I hope to sneak into one of the Razzball commenter leagues next year. Put in a good word for me Sky!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  On talent alone, it should never happen but oh those crazy Ravens…

                  I’m with you, RE: Rice. I’m also avoiding Foster next year if he goes first round. @325 carries on the year with 2 games left…that’s a little scary.

                  It’s totally open about the RCL’s. We started promoting them in August so stay tuned. Sounds like you’re going to be being one of the 2013 RCL commissioners! I think we had about 20+ leagues, we’d love to make even more.

                  In either case thanks for hanging with us in 2012, it was fun for me as well!

  3. FillyP says:
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    Thanks for the advice all season, Sky. In my infinite wisdom I went with Myers over Pitta…. and promptly lost my semis by 14 points. Ouch. You have no idea how sharp the pangs of regret are today.

    Oh, and Josh Freeman’s paltry 5 points didn’t help either. Neither did Wilson’s 6 in a Giant blowout. Or Danario’s goose egg. I heard Phish’s “Wilson” in a soundbyte on the Fan (NYC) late last week and took it as a sign to start him…. and one Wilson did show up on Sunday indeed. Well – time to start preparing for my 3rd place matchup! Thanks again – and next time I’ll be sure to listen to ALL of your advice.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Oh man that sucks! Yeah, I liked Pitta more than Myers this week but I didn’t think he’d be that much of a game changer. Just a sweet matchup.

      To be fair to David, he played well. He was a victim of gameflow. 12 carries for 55 ain’t bad and he had most of that at the half. Even he can’t make Eli not turn the ball over and Freeman…ugh. Not even a junktime TD. He should’ve finished top 5 for QBs on the week. I swear he had to be the most off-target QBS out there this side of Matthew Stafford this week.

      Well, go take that bronze and if I don’t hear from yah until then, merry x-mas/kwanza/winter solstice/new years!

  4. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    What a horrible way to end the season. My 11-3 RCL team, which had won 9 of it’s last 10 (which included scoring 155 points last week!), came crashing down in the first game that really mattered. To a team that I’d already beaten twice this season (including that 155-98 win last week) no less.

    Thanks for your contributions AP (27.2 pts), Decker (19.3 pts), and Seattle’s DEF (16pts). A really special thank you to the following guys though:

    Connor Barth – 0 pts in a great matchup.
    B. Myers – 1.5 pts.
    R. White – 1.6 pts despite his team putting up 34 points.
    R. Rice – 4.1 pts after back-to-back-to-back 14+ point games.
    Eli – 4.44 pts, shut out for first time in 16 years…just in time for the 1st round.
    Colston – 6 pts, targeted 3 times even though his team put up 41 points.

    Now as long as Chris Johnson doesn’t put up 34+ points on Monday night to knock my other RCL team out of the playoffs I think I will survive.

    The fantasy football playoffs can be so cruel!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It really can be a cruel mistress. Here’s to a reasonable output from CJ tonight that your team can afford to deal with. Viva la crazy that is fantasy football!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Sky: I think 26.01 would be reasonable for CJ tonight.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, as we play for pride this week. I think I’m in the championship if I don’t miss the playoffs. Just proves how wet and wild fantasy football can be.

          Given how you predicted my demise I wouldn’t put that 26.01 past CJ

          • nostrathomas says:
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            I’m up 17.45 points but opponent still has CJ to play tonight. Standard scoring, non-ppr. Do I have a shot or you think he goes off tonight?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Hey, you’re NostraThomas…shouldn’t YOU be predicting the future? I keed…its possible given the matchup but he’s only scored over 17 four times this year and the last time was week 10. Would require the game to get away in Tennessee’s favor for it to happen and I don’t see that happening.

            • Murph says:
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              @nostrathomas:

              It’s really going to depend on game flow Johnson has issues producing when the Titans get down early but if the defense can keep Sanchez and company out of the end zone and locker can refrain from throwing multiple interceptions CJ had an excellent opportunity to expose a less than impressive jets run d

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Sky: I’m actually exactly 26 behind with only CJ left in the RCL playoffs too.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @VinWins: Oh man, really? Well now I’m torn. As much as I like my plastic consolation trophy, I almost want him to go off then. Just to think, if it were week 4, you would’ve already written it off as a loss relying on CJ.

              • VinWins

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                @Sky: True. You know, with The Writers League being PPR, CJ could get 26 there while falling short in the RCL. Realistically though, I’m not expecting anything tonight. My bench sure killed yours, though!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Well then here’s to me having my cake and eating it too

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  And apparently I failed reading comprehension…well, in either case I’m glad I didn’t face the wrath of Sam Bradford and the other J. Jones.

                  • VinWins

                    VinWins says:
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                    @Sky: OK, now it’s interesting.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I called him a buy after week 3, I think. Whatever happens the rest of the way tonight, Razzball wins!

  5. VinWins

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    Well, Sky, that sounds like a moral victory!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha! If that’s all I can get, I’ll take it.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Sky: Guess I could have gone to bed at halftime like CJ did. Oh, well, didn’t really expect 26 points. Nice pickup of the Bengals this week. Much better than my choice of the Rams. That was the big difference.

        • VinWins

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          @VinWins: Also tough luck for nostrathomas as CJ scored 18.2.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @VinWins: Ugh, no kidding. I thought he was going to get held to under 100 in the first half. I swear every one of his plays outside that 94 one either went for none or negative one. Brutal way to end a season for sure.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @VinWins: Yeah, Thursdays have been a bit of a boon for defensive pickups this year. Not a perfect formula but rookie QB against a team leading the league in sacks who’re trying to reach the playoffs? Yes please. Rams are still a good DEF but Peterson is just…not of this world.

  6. firebase says:
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    i crashed and burned in the 2nd round of our playoffs with Freeman and Doug Martin starting. It was pathetic. I closed out the regular season with the highest score in the league, 4 out of 6 games (I also have Romo, Bryant, Demarco Murray, all 3 benched vs PIT, finished my long win streak of 10 games starting Megatron, AJ Green, and Knowshon (the sole star on my lineup this week). to top it off, in addition to my TB offense, my kicker (Tynes) and my W/R Danario Alexander put up goose eggs. I picked up the CLE D just to play Cousins, and got like 2 pts. Cursed?

    Very sad, disappointing season stretch for what was a very exciting TB Offense. I voted their whole offensive line to the Pro Bowl just for kicks. That Atlanta loss was the toughest to take, but this New Orleans debacle, after that huge first meeting, was too much.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ugh, I hate when nothing goes right…Can you take your votes back at least?!?

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