There’s a common occurrence in golf which all avid golfers are familiar with. Here’s how it goes down: a golfer plays a horrific round of golf that they’d like to burn out of their memory like that time you caught your parents in a threesome with your neighbor Randy. Then, on the 18th hole, the golfer hits one of the purest, most beautiful shots of their life. The golf gods always keep you coming back for more. Monday night’s Steelers vs. Bengals game was the complete opposite of this golf phenomenon for many fantasy football owners who played a great season only to fall flat on their face on the next to last hole as Ben Roethlisberger forgot how to play football going 20/38 for 170 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Big Barf tried to drag the rest of the Steelers’ fantasy weapons down with him, but Diontae Johnson (8 catches for 59 yards and his 6th touchdown) and Benny Snell (18 carries for 84 yards, 3 catches for 23 yards and his 4th touchdown) were impervious as they mopped up the barf. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:
Chase Claypool – 3 catches for 54 yards. If Claypool had a QB who wasn’t 40 years old coming off elbow surgery this could’ve been a special season for the electric rookie. Sorry if you had to start either of Claypool or Juju Smith-Schuster (3 catches for 15 yards) in your semifinal matchup. Better luck next year.
Eric Ebron – 0 catches on 1 target. Ebron left early with a back injury, but let’s be honest, the chances Ben was going to be able to get him the ball were slim.
Ryan Finley – 7/13 for 89 yards, 10 carries for 47 yards, 1 passing touchdown and 1 rushing touchdown. It was pretty obvious you should’ve started Finley over Big Ben this week.
Gio Bernard – 25 carries for 83 yards, 1 catch for 14 yards and his 5th and 6th touchdown. The Stache is back! One week after being benched for his first fumble in 20 years–while simultaneously destroying my championship hopes in one league–Gio totally redeemed himself like Harry in Dumb and Dumber.
Tee Higgins – 3 catches for 31 yards. Higgy put up 60+ receiving yards in Joe Burrow’s final six games prior to the ACL injury. He’s only posted 50 receiving yards once in five games since the injury. If Burrow’s back for the start of the year, Higgins might be the best buying opportunity since 2-for-1 pastrami night at Schmaltz’s Deli.
A.J. Green – 2 catches for 40 yards. The former stud pass catcher has surprisingly played in all 14 games this year, averaging 3 catches for 33 yards. Safe to say he won’t be winning comeback player of the year!
Tyler Boyd – 0 catches on 1 target before leaving with a concussion. I do hope his brain is alright, but I owe Boyd a gift basket after his injury allowed me to sneak into the RazzBowl championship final round of 10. May the best Donkey win. Don’t forget to sign up for the 2021 RazzBowl now!