I must admit on some occasions I went out like a punk
and a chump or a sucka or something to that effect
The Pharcyde, Runnin’ circa 1995
I got punked (World Star is NSFW) by Drew Stanton last week as he pushed aside my doubts and gave Michael Floyd and John Brown the gift of points while Aaron Rodgers is making Davante Adams owners double heckle him for his malfeasance. Marques Colston still sucks going 4 for 56 on 8 targets, and backing up my drop him for someone with upside or handcuff capabilities. OK, enough about last week. It hurts too much. I lost to Sky in our writers league by a count of 137 to 141.34. With that score, I would of beat any other team but his. On a good note, I wouldn’t want to lose to any one else, and yes, that’s me crushing on that hairy beast from the PNW.
Note: All evaluations are based on 0.5 PPR, and ranks are from FantasyPros.com
Bishop Sankey (75) vs. Jonas Gray (76) vs. Fred Jackson (72) vs. Stephen Jackson (66)
“In with the new and out with the old” should of been the title this week. You need a DeLorean to see Jackson and Jackson get relevant again. I will say right now from this day forward, I will never own either Jackson for the rest of my life. Actually, I haven’t owned either in two years. They were old then and aren’t getting any younger. I know that was harsh, but in reality, Fred is done and Steven has a few more gallons in the tank to eek out this year. But I think the experts this week are missing the boat on Fred. He’s stuck in a three-headed clusterf*ck, and with only one relevant game (week 5 vs. Detroit) on the year doesn’t deserve any of this love. He has become a pass-catching back after years as a run first guy. He’s actually on pace for a career high in receptions but that isn’t enough to save him. He gets the Jets this week and they give up the 7th fewest points to RB’s on the year. The last time the Bills faced them they were without Jackson and managed only 59 yards on 29 carries. Now, on the other end of the Jackson spectrum is the Buick of 2014. Chipping in far more than his namesake in Buffalo, this Jackson has some value left in that tank. There is no ceiling left, just an unimpressive floor. Against Cleveland this week, he gets the 17th worst rush defense who made Alfred Blue look like an elite back. He has a chance at 70-80 yards and a score, throw in a few receptions and we got week 10 and his 16.50 points. Not bad, actually kinda good, but not what I want to hang my hat on. But you said it was a good size? OKAY…OKAY, it’s not that bad. Kinda cute actually. Wait! Am I still talking about his fantasy value or talking to my own inner critic? Dah! Let’s move on, he’s a solid yet unspectacular play this week.
Unless you’ve been living under a log, or a rock or in a van down by the river you should know about Gray going off for 201 yards and 4 TD’s last week. Oh, if you didn’t notice his 199 got stat-corrected to 201. I hope that doesn’t hurt any of you with a 200 rushing yards bonus some leagues give out. This week, he gets the Lions and that stout rush defense of theirs. Giving up the 10th fewest points to running backs on the year may lead some to stay away. I don’t blame them, because I’m cautiously with them on that. Most likely Shane Vereen will be primary, catching lots of balls out of the backfield and Gray hopefully getting a lot of killing the clock carries. It’s not going to be a sexy game, that’s for sure Bst with Detroit on the road and New England swinging a mighty stick lately, I can be tentative to play the kid. I think the best we can hope for is 60-70 with a TD.
On the other side is Bishop Sankey, who has been about as effective as a cup of Sanka. Do any of you remember that one? It’s not good. Sankey’s been averaging 3.5 YPC over the last 5 weeks and gets the Eagles who are currently giving up the 13th most fantasy points to RB’s. Now, you will have to go back to Week 4 to see the last time they have given up more than 70 yards. From where I’m sitting, I see about 60 yards on 17 carries and maybe a few catches. The Eagles should pounce on them early and that leaves us with lots of throws as the Titans will almost certainly have to chuck it to stay in it. One of these days I would like to see him get into the open field and see what he has, but until he best’s his season high 22 yard run I can only wait and hope. Damn it’s lonely over here!
I’m taking Steven Jackson ahead of all these other guys but have Gray in second, Sankey third and Fred Jackson last. Sorry Fred, nothing personal, I’m just not seeing it. Please prove me wrong, you’ve been a good guy. Gray is the one that can churn out a surprise week and drop a high teens/low 20 spot for you but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Sankey is not in a good spot and that isn’t his fault. Pepper me with all your flex and whatever football or non football related questions you have.
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