If you’re not up for story time, you can skip right down to performance checks. It’s personal and probably not for everybody, but I wanted to tell it anyways.
Speaking of worries, we had a medical emergency with my son on Sunday afternoon and that would explain why I didn’t post on Monday. Before we continue on this crazy journey, everything is fine now. On Sunday afternoon I was watching the games and switching off checking on our son with my wife. He had a lingering stomach ache since after breakfast. He actually threw up and said he was starting to feel better. I checked for a fever, nada. We Gave him some medicine to settle his stomach down. Everything is fine, he just has a stomach bug.
Around the time the late afternoon games kicked off, things got really intense. He yelled “MOM, DAD!” and we ran upstairs. He was sitting on the floor holding his stomach grimacing in pain, his chicken noodle soup untouched. It was time to go to the hospital.
We get to the hospital, I think that he has food poisoning and my wife thinks that his appendix is on the verge of bursting. The doctor? He thinks it’s gas. They do an X-Ray, there are no blockages (not a gas issue). The pain is intensifying for him and my palms are getting sweaty and my wife is getting tears in her eyes. My patience is wearing thin.
They do more thorough testing on his stomach and there is blood in his stomach, and not a small amount. So now things are past scary. There are 3 nurses and us in a little ER room trying to put a needle into a crying 9-year-old to put painkillers in him to ease his pain while they figure out what we’re going to do next. Exploratory surgery is the answer, are we staying at this hospital though? There is also talk about flying him to the university hospital. I promise this gets less grueling.
The surgeon, who I would now give my life for, thinks he can find the answer right where we are. They prep him for surgery and we head up to the waiting room. I turn on the Chiefs and Indianapolis to try and sidetrack myself. I stay busy texting home friends and Razzball friends and checking on the wife. Basically, I’m trying not to pass out for the better part of an hour and a half.
Great news! The surgery was a success. It turns out that he had an accessory spleen (google it, it’s pretty interesting, and rare). That accessory spleen found a way to obstruct and open a blood vessel. In all, he lost a liter of blood, but sorry for not being good with medical terminology; they did their thing with the blood, and made it good again. He didn’t have to have a blood transfusion. He’s sore as hell, but walking. He’s eating solid food, but not a lot. And he might be home a few hours after you read this. It was the scariest day of my life and I couldn’t be happier to be on the other side of it, breaking down Monday Night Football. And now, George Kittle is back to being a useful tight end, at least for this week. I was more than a Kittle worried the last 24 hours, but things worked themselves out.
- George Kittle re-established his dominance and doubled the rest of the 49ers in target share. George Kittle turned 8 targets into 70 yards and a touchdown. Hell, he even had an 18 yard carry because, why not? The 49ers face the Rams next week and they can’t stop a nosebleed so I expect this trend to continue in a matchup where the 49ers will likely need to put up over 20 points.
- Jimmy G da Game Manager (rap/porn star banger name), managed another W by handing the ball off to the Shanahan backfield squad. He did throw two touchdowns in the process, but it wasn’t enough to have a huge big fantasy day. He is a useful QB2 and streaming option going into next week against the Rams.
- Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida are quite the 1-2 punch. They both found the endzone on double-digit carries and averaged over 6 YPC. Both running backs can be started with confidence next week if you have a flex spot. Wow, I’m really disrespecting the Rams, but I think that they deserve it.
- Yeah, I was wrong. Dante Pettis just isn’t going to be a thing.
- I don’t think Freddie Kitchens is the only terrible one. Baker Mayfield might not be very good either. Ugh.
- Nick Chubb deserves better.
- The Browns are finding creative ways to get Beckham the ball, but it’s just not working from a fantasy or real football standpoint. I’m personally holding onto him and hoping for better things. I still don’t want to sell such a talented player for a discount. I wouldn’t be able to fault you if you wanted to though.
- Antonio Callaway just isn’t good at football. His hands are bricks.
- Jarvis Landry caught 4 of his 6 targets for 75 yards. At least Beckham is opening up routes for somebody.
- Marquise Goodwin is probably rosterable. Maybe something will come of him being a favorite target of Jimmy G.
I’ll catch you on Wednesday morning for weekly rankings and you can follow me on twitter.