Now I think there’s been enough touting of Keenan Allen around the world that I’m not gonna make any claims to being the first to get you in on this action. But just in case, I will point out my sage Sunday advice from two weeks ago here. At first I thought I’d mentioned him in a buy/sell up to that point or at least a writeup but…nope. I didn’t even really talk about him in the writeup that Sunday. Snoozing at the wheel, apparently, or perhaps I talked about him so much in comments I assumed I’d already mentioned it. Well whatever the case, owners coming into tonight’s MNF game were rewarded for either their draft day patience or their waiver wire savant ways as Allen went off. After a 9 catch 107 yard night that was capped off by a 22 yard touchdown (and a later RZ target) to go with 12 targets overall, it’s safe to say the battle in Chargers country for #1 target not named Gates went to Allen. I really thought it would go to Vincent but hey, I’m no Rivers over here. Allen adjusts to the ball well and makes the job of the QB easy. That’s what I liked when I tweeted about him and that’s clearly what Philip likes about him. I’m not gonna fight it. With DX and Floyd out, someone had to step up in San Diego and it looks like it’s time to go all-in on Allen. In other news from MNF for the 2013 Fantasy Football season…
Andrew Luck – He looked fine. So did his passes. Apparently his receivers didn’t think so. So many bad, drive-killing drops. Only so much you can do when everyone around you plays like their Greg Little. Tack on the late INT and I’m pretty sure Luck’s end line was about 1/3rd of what everyone expected from him against this Chargers defense.
Darrius Heyward-Bey – Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking ‘DHB’ is simply an acronym for his name. It really means ‘Drops His Balls’. Yes, Colts fans, this is the guy that was getting snaps over TY to start the year. You know who to blame.
Ryan Mathews – Despite the bone-headed run out of bounds late when they were trying to run out the clock, Mathews showed up big on Monday, rushing for 102 yards on 22 carries. Quietly useful so far this year is how best I’d describe Mathews. Which is better than being a mime in a singing competition. That’s just being quietly useless.
Philip Rivers – If I haven’t said it yet in this write up – clearly I should read some of this before I post it if I’m asking this question aloud – it was a weird night. Luck provides the lone turnover on the night and Rivers seriously had 3 passes that should’ve been INTs. Extremely errant throws here. Maybe that’s why they weren’t intercepted: literally no one was near where he threw it. His end line wasn’t exciting with 237 yards and a TD but he did provide us with more Rivers face. Always a crowd pleaser when he adds another derp image for our google searches. Some say it was about the victory he was so pumped. I’m calling it was about his 7th kid. He goes and has that many and complains about his protection…c’mon man!
Randall Cobb – Out 6 to 8 weeks with a knee injury. The original report was ‘multiple weeks’ from McCarthy. Multiples of what, Mike? We’re not all math majors around here. I bring this info to you as you need to do what you need to do when it comes to injury issues. I’d say he’s droppable in many formats with that timeline. I say this knowing Keenan Allen is only owned in like 35% of yahoo leagues. Wanna know what that smell is? That’s the food I’m giving to you for your thought.
Trent Richardson – Looked both good and bad tonight. Not gonna lie, my buy call didn’t smell right tonight. Tough seeing Donald Brown this involved when an offense goes out and buys your guy for a 1st round pick. The minuses were his early runs but his pluses were seeing the Colts FINALLY throw him the ball. His catch for 13 yards looked like T-Rich of old. Hey Indy, DHB keeps dropping passes and you have this guy you traded for who’s not half bad out of the backfield getting the ball in open space. Just throwing that out there…just in case you didn’t know it…cuz clearly you don’t…all this to say, I’m not being obstinate about my T-Rich buy call but I will say that if the Colts want to succeed with him involved, they’ve gotta start making wiser decisions on how they use him to get their worth out of the deal.
Danny Woodhead – The little Woodhead that could gave you 83 total yards and 5 receptions to PPR enthusiasts. Meanwhile, Brady keeps throwing to the ghost of Danny and Wes and wondering why no one is catching it. Bee-tee-dubs, this is what Woodhead looks like for those who simply watch the box score the next morning. Some players look fierce. Others look mean. Danny just looks adorable. Think I’m gonna have to start calling him ‘The Beav’. If anyone in this jaded age could bring back the term ‘gee willickers!’, it’s Danny boy.