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It was looking like a lost season for Pierre Garçon and his owners just a few weeks ago.  After starting the season with a 4 catch 109 yard performance with a touchdown in the first quarter against New Orleans, plenty of fantasy owners who jumped on him late as a WR3 had to become completely elated.  Here was a wide receiver who’d put together solid seasons with Peyton Manning at the helm in Indianapolis, a man who’d just finished of a 70 catch, 950 yard season with guys like Curtis Painter throwing to him.  The sky was the limit with RGIII leading the offense.  But then, the sky started falling.  A little tumble that he took into coach Shanahan in that first half made him sit out the second half.  He then proceeded to miss the next two games but returned with hope renewed against one of the weakest secondaries in fantasy football in the Buccaneers.  So when he only caught 1 pass for 20 yards, we owners out there had started to worry.  After another clunker the following week, Pierre was shut down until late November and had become nothing more than an FA that you used to know.  All reports kept saying there would be no time table and that he wasn’t going to play until his plantar tear in his right foot was good enough to go.  So when he finally returned against a weak Eagles defense – 3 receptions for 5 yards – it was most likely the final nail in the fantasy coffin for Pierre owners.  But somehow, Pierre has found the health and the spark to re-ignite that  je ne sais quoi we all saw early in the season.  Over the last two weeks, Pierre has played as a top ten receiver and there’s no reason to think – health permitting – he won’t keep at that pace for the rest of the season, regardless of matchup.  If I wax ecstatic any more, I’ll start rapping in French about him.  The blessing in disguise about all this 2012 fantasy anguish is his WR1 status is going to be masked going into 2013.  Don’t believe me?  I specifically learned that weird squirrel tail on the ‘c’ of his last name because I think I’ll be writing it plenty moving forward.  You see me putting umlauts on Todd Marinovich?  Hrm, he doesn’t have any umlauts on his name…but he should!  But without further ado, let’s take a look at some other players of note from week 13 Monday Night Football for the 2012 fantasy football season…

Robert Griffin, III - Even when he fumbles, he helps the Redskins score.  As Gruden puts it, ‘the magic of RG3′ or as I like to put it ‘Gruden is a blonde’.  Overall, it was a solid performance as his rushing game – 72 yards on 5 carries – saved his mediocre passing stats of 163 and a TD.  The 4th quarter turned into clock management as the Redskins weren’t in a shootout or down two touchdowns as they normally are so plenty of handoffs were made.  Sorry, reality is gonna wreck your fantasy sometimes.  This ain’t Madden folks; you don’t go for a touchdown with under 4 to play when you have a 1 point lead in the real world.

Martellus Bennett – Scored the lone touchdown on the night for the Giants but was very productive in the passing game as a whole with 5 receptions on 7 targets for 82 yards against the third worst team in terms of fantasy points against by opposing TEs.  He gets the 9th and 11th worst next in the Saints and the Falcons before having a week 16 flattener in the Raiders.  I know ‘flattener’ isn’t a real word, wordpress.  I’ve already written in French and about Marinovich.  Do you really think I care?  In the end, he’ll most likely end the year a top 15 TE with a shot at being a top 12.  Now go look back at weeks 4 thru 6 to realize how little that all means.

Alfred Morris - I want RG3 to be called Batman so bad so that we can call Alfred his butler.  It’s just such a fitting analogy.  While everyone is in awe of Griffin, Morris just quietly plods along for 124 yards on the night.  Sure he had a costly fumble at one point but we can’t all be blessed with ‘the magic of RG3′.  Yeah, I’m gonna take a rip at Gruden twice for that.  Absurd.  Neverthewho, Alfred has been the quiet, steady low-end RB1 that no one saw coming and even if he loses a little time to Roy Helu in passing situations next year it’s hard not to see an RB2 for 2013.

Ahmad Bradshaw - So Andre Brown went down.  So what?  You’re still not getting a goal line shot!  Finished the night with 116 total yards and 3 carries inside the 20 that eventually led to the aforementioned Bennett TD.  But don’t worry, Ahmad, you’re still my Bradshawty.  Meanwhile, David Wilson continues to do nothing which means Bradshaw has no concerns with splits moving forward.

Victor Cruz - No salsa dancing but plenty of production with 5 receptions for 102 yards.  Even though Hakeem Nicks lead his team in targets with 10, Manning has been set on Cruz control all year due to Nicks’ dings.  Google ‘If he could only stay healthy’ and you’ll get images of Hakeem.  If you take the safe filter off, you get naughty pictures but really, you could type anything and get that with the filter off.  Internet rule #34.

Eli Manning - It really looked and felt like a playoff game out there tonight.  That is until Eli didn’t lead a 4th quarter comeback after multiple team mistakes leading up to what had them down 1 point in the 4th.  Obviously still regular season, then.  Finished the night with a quiet 280 yards, 1 TD and gave plenty of fantasy owners Manning Face as he went against one of the worst secondaries in the league.

21 Responses

  1. Magnum says:
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    In a 2 QB league, Palmer or Locker?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Palmer’s good for junk time stats for the most part. Locker is just extremely inaccurate and hard to predict. Rather have Carson there.

  2. Comatose says:
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    Good morning. I know I’m jumping the gun a bit here as it’s early in the week, but I woke up super pissed because I didn’t get a bye, despite being second in my league because I didn’t win my division. Anyway, is there anyone out there worth dropping Kaepernick for that will make a difference the next three weeks? Also, some start/sit advice would be very helpful. We play QB 2 RB 2 WR TE K D PPR

    Freeman, Schaub, Kaepernick
    Forte, Peterson, Knowshon, B. Brown, Reece
    Marshall, Colston, Shorts, T. SMith
    Daniels
    Tucker
    Broncos, 49ers

    Thanks, you’ve been a huge help all year.

    • Comatose says:
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      @Comatose: Forgot to say we have a FLEX too.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Hate how that plays out sometimes, re: seeding.

        That’s really hard to say, I don’t know what your waivers look like. In a two QB league, I’d hesitate to drop Colin but again, it all depends on what is out there.

        Haven’t really had a chance to look at week 14 matchups yet but:

        Freeman/Schaub
        Forte/Peterson with Knowshon as flex. If McCoy is still out, I’d switch Brown in for Forte even with the bad matchup.
        Marshall/Colston/Shorts assuming Cecil is healthy enough to play
        Tough between those two defense. Great matchups for both but Denver probably has the better chance at scoring off a TO. I’d give them the edge.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Oh and no prob. Glad to hear Razzball is supporting it’s readership!

  3. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Early survivor question (feel free to jump in if you’re out there, Zorboss): 19 left in my pool, and SEA v Ari is clearly going to be the pick of the week. I hate going with the crowd, but that really does seem like the safest play on the board, and at this point there’s not going to be a winner before the playoffs, when picks will reset, so I’m fine with playing it conservatively. Here’s how my best options map out:

    wk 14: SEA v Ari, SF v Mia, TB v Phi, GB v Det
    wk 15: MIA v Jax, OAK v KC, Sea @ BUF, SD v Car (yikes – all scary)
    wk 16: GB v Ten, TB v StL
    wk 17: SF v Ari, SEA v StL, GB @ MIN

    I’m the only team in the pool with GB and SF left, and I like the idea of saving them for weeks 16 and 17. Everybody in the pool has SEA and TB left, and those are the likely consensus picks in weeks 14 and 16. Week 15 is a rough one, especially with JAX playing better lately and OAK and SD predictably screwing the pooch. I could save SEA for that, but they’re bad on the road (though this is in Toronto, so not a full road game, and avoids Buffalo’s December weather, and SEA is looking better).

    So, which path?
    1: SEA-MIA-GB-SF
    2: TB-Sea-GB-SF
    3: GB-Sea-TB-SF
    4: SF-MIA-GB-SEA
    5: Other?

    • Murph says:
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      @Steve Stevenson:

      Good to see Romo and the boys pulled out a win for you.

      Personally I think this is the last week you can count on Seattle for a win. With looming suspensions on defense a road game to play buffalo and a division game against San Fran makes this the only safe week for Seattle.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Murph: Thanks. Yeah, the Cowboys made me sweat, as expected. That return was classic. But a win’s a win, and Old Man Batch knocked a few out of my pool. If I can just find a way through week 15 I’ll be golden.

    • Zorboss

      Zorboss says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Congrats on another winning week and surviving through the always entertaining and stressful Dallas Cowboys.

      I agree with Murph in that Seattle seems like the best play this week with all their uncertainty in the following weeks. If the conservative road is the way you want to go then option one is the road.

      How much of a risk taker are you? The best chance at winning one of these pools is to go against the majority. If that is the case then taking SF is the way to go this week as most in your pool will be taking the Seahawks. Saving SF for week 17 is great, but it is week 17, and you never know which teams will be playing hard or resting their starters.

      What about RG3 in week 15?

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Zorboss: Yeah, I do still have RG3, and @ CLE is at least as good as those other wk 15 options. Nomally I’m all about taking risks in these pools, for the reasons you stated. But at this point, with 19 left and 4 weeks, it seems likely that there’ll be more than one coming out of the regular season. Which seems to mean the value shifts to playing conservatively to get through the next four weeks, and then going back to throwing bombs when the playoffs start. But I could be swayed, and of course if Arizona somehow managed to pull the upset this week the whole dynamic of the pool would change, as I’d bet a dozen people take them.

  4. Murph says:
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    Ok so dropping Myers made me look pretty stupid last week but with Bennett and Garçon I pulled out a needed win 4 of 4 teams playoff bound. I agree Bennett is a great ROS due to Browns absense (mentioned that last week) I am also hoping Garçon is over looked in next years draft as I think we are looking at a solid top 10 WR as the few games he has played with RG III have been truly amazing.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, gotta love when junktime strikes. Dude scored I don’t know how many points in the final 3 minutes. Everything was Palmer 3 yards to Myers. Team wasn’t even trying to win. I seriously think the coach owns half his team on fantasy rosters. Maybe he dropped Denarius Moore and DHB a couple of weeks ago…

      I’m 100% with you. Garcon’s a sleeper in my book if he can stay under the radar enough ROS. The three relatively healthy games he’s played has produced some crazy good numbers (16 receptions/301 yards/3TDs). He’s clearly an RG3 favorite and isn’t the drop problem that others on the team seem to have. At worst, he’s a high end WR2 next year, health permitting for both him and Griffin.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky:

        Yes sir!!! And RG III is most likely going to attempt more passes than runs next year as teams will work on the off season to prevent the success of the read option and when the coaching staff finally realizes that their prized draft pick needs to stay healthy if they want more than 4 full seasons out of him. With my draft stradegy 3 – 4 RB and 1 QB in the first 4 rounds I wouldn’t mind Garcon as a WR1 or 2 but a big if on the health foot injuries are always big impact of receivers IE Hakeem Nicks

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          That’s a tough one. Though I do agree that is prudent, it would take away from his game so much, I’d be surprised if it happens this early in his career. Of course the difference between him and say Cam or Vick is he’s good in the pocket but I think the transition to less running is still a few years away

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky:

            Yes I agree nothing drastic but 5-10 more passes a game just opens up more opportunities for Mr. Garçon. It’s not even week 16 and already looking forward to next year haha

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha it’s the best time of year to do it!

  5. prezii says:
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    How do i have the most points in my league in 6th place 6-7, and might not make playoffs. I have 2066 to first places (11-2) 2016…. How is this possible? not to mention i just lost to him by 4 after he threw up a whopping 185 to lead the league for the week. I was down by 40 with tynes, brown and morris… So close.. but not enoughh! Haha check this.. at one point i was 6-3 with the total of points between all three losses being 8!! L by 2. L by 1. L by 5.

    The most unlucky season ever? I still could make playoffs with a W and 1 of 2 ppl losing(obviously i have points lol) but if they both win… I lead the league in points and dont make the playoffs. And my team is champ material, no slouches. Brees & romo, julio, cruz, morris, AP, ammy are just the noteables.. ughh

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Same way I’m second in points scored in one of my leagues and barely got in with a same 6-7 record. Football is such an unforgiving beast in the fantasy world. As much as I’d like to pretend strategy solves it all, the fact is you can have the second most points for 5 straight weeks and meet the points leader each time.

      • prezii says:
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        @Sky: man its ridiculous! This guy is 11-2! If i had the same schedule i would be 12-1.. instead im 6-7 barely holding on! We need the fantasy gods on our side this week sky.. we deserve it!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I agree! They have no idea how much human flesh I’ve sacrificed in their name this year to win!

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