Trent Richardson entered like a Lion and came out a Liger in his first matchup against what is considered to be one of the most intimidating matchups for star Running Backs. Some of you are going to tell me he didn’t do a great job because of his YPC. Well I’m here to tell you he out-did Rice in that area 3.4 to 2.7. And by the way, am I the only one who wants a YPC petting Zoo? Is that too creepy to ask for? People who are above 5 getting petted? I’m sure some of you want to pet C.J. Spiller for other reasons but that is not the point. In fact, I think I’ve forgotten the point. Oh yes, Trent wasn’t necessarily impressive in the trenches this week but that is proof of being a good back: you find ways to get involved. Though he scored a touchdown on his 14 carries for 47 yards, he also chipped in 4 receptions for 57. I’m not gonna lay any math on ya, but that’s a good night for an RB2, let alone an RB1. I originally had him in my top 20 on the year and I think it’s high time we recognize he’s of that caliber. If someone wanted to buy him from me for, say Rice, Foster, McCoy, or MJD? Yeah, I think I’d listen. But just as nobody puts baby in the corner, no one drops a 16 point night on the Ravens defense and doesn’t deserve recognition and praise. Richardson owners, we salute you. In other fantasy football news…
Ray Rice - His night was just a’ight as he went for about 100 yards total. In PPR leagues, he was a bit more useful as 47 of his yards came on 8 receptions. Like the lede mentioned, it was tough sledding on the ground for Rice tonight. So tough, he lost a touchdown to some unibrowed person who looked like a baby Gazelle as they scampered into the endzone. No, that wasn’t some strange attempt to defame Tom Brady and his wife. I have other attacks for that.
Joe Flacco - Was on his way to a useful but not over the top fantasy night until he scampered in on this 1 yard run. Not saying he looked bad in any way but without that 6 point shimmy shake, he finishes the night with 16 points, not 22+. The Browns sold out on the line of scrimmage for every play of that goal line drive, forcing Baltimore to make the QB create a play and of course he did. Again, not taking away from the night but Flacco had 4 career rushing TDs coming into the night. Anyone counting on 22 fantasy points based on a rushing touchdown is a bit touched in the head. Not THAT head. Jeez, buncha pervs.
Greg Little/Jordan Norwood – Led Cleveland with 10 targets apiece respectively. They ended the night with the same amount of receptions as Trent. I know, I’m asking a lot of you to remember what I said in the lede paragraph. I figure if you’re going to read this while you’re at school or at work, you’re at least going to put some effort forth. That poor rec to target ratio lies solely on the fact they’re Browns. Ok, what I really mean is Brandon Weeden sailed a few and the WRs missed a few. There is plenty of blame to go around and none of it is T-Rich’s. Sorry Drew Carey, Cleveland does not Rock.
Torrey Smith/Anquan Boldin – This game was a tale of two halves. Torrey completely owned the first half as he caught 4 catches for 71 yards and a touchdown en route to a 6 catch, 97 yard night. Then when the rains started to pour, Anquan became em-Boldined going 125 of his 131 yards on 9 receptions. Flacco can pretty much thank Anquan for his 1 yard touchdown as 60 of the team’s 89 yard drive were caught by his mitts. Some might say it was a T&A show but I’d like to think we’re more highbrow than that.
Jacoby Jones - For those of you in deeper leagues that count return yards, Jones is looking like a decent add. Though he only had 2 receptions, he was targeted 7 times on the night. In a high pass offense, that’s a nice, under the radar night. It’s never been about talent with Jacoby just more about whether or not he can catch the ball. Maybe he becomes Stickoby Jones. Trust me when I say, there are weirder things.
Dennis Pitta - Got two targets and with those said targets, got zero receptions. You think that’s bad? I have multiple targets on my back for saying he was a top ten Tight End this week. How much does a Kevlar vest cost?