Maurice Jones-Drew had another huge game, but fell down at the one instead of running it in. No, he wasn’t drunk, at least I don’t think.  The Jags were down at the time so it seems like a questionable call, but hey, I don’t care about the real football, I needed those points!  MJD apologized to fantasy players and to himself, since he owns himself in his league, but this kind of fantasy play is uncalled for from MoJo.

Ronnie Brown: He had a TD and over 100 total yards before he went down with an ankle injury.  He thinks it isn’t that bad, but we have to wait for the physicians to do their thing.  He has a short turn around before playing Thursday night so even if he isn’t hurt badly I doubt he’ll play then.  Burn some incense and sacrifice a Harry Carson rookie card to the Fantasy Gods so he only misses the one game. If you have Ricky Williams, burn something else.

Michael Turner: The Burner had his ankle torched.  We have to wait on more word, but he also looks like he could at least be out a week or two.  Jason Snelling will be a good pickup if Turner is out for an extended period.

Justin Forsett: He totaled 149 yards and a touchdown with Julius Jones breaking a rib early in the game.  He is a must pickup even if Jones comes back in a couple weeks.  It’s hard not to see Forsett getting a lot more touches from here on out.  Sadly he plays Minnesota next week, but still.  If you are in a deep league you should also give Louis Rankin a shot.  He looked stout, quick, and fast on the touches he had.

Brian Westbrook: He suffered his second concussion this season in Sunday’s game.  This wasn’t just some twist of fate that he had this happen again. If we see him back on the field this season I will be surprised.  Lesean McCoy will take over for Westbrook, but who knows if the Eagles will remember how to even run the ball.

Darius Heyward-Bay: He dropped, juggled, and caused an interception as the Raiders were moving down for a possible winning score.  He no longer is just worthless, he is actively losing games in a worthless manner.

Beanie Wells: The guy is just too good to keep down for long.  Tim Hightower works well in the AZ system, but they are going to have to change the system because Wells needs to be in there.  He had 2 touchdowns and 117 total yards.  Buy high!

Jason Avant: 156 yards! Pick him up! Pick him up! Wait, on second thought, don’t.

Jamaal Charles: Finally! I talked to Haley right before the game and implored him to give the ball to Charles.  He said, “Suck it Doc!” I was a little upset, but I knew my man Charles would just go ahead and take control and give Haley no choice! Well, I hoped, and he did.

Cedric Benson: He left the game with a hip flexor, but out of all the running back injuries this weekend his seems to be the least worrisome.  I could see grabbing Bernard Scott, but I wouldn’t waste a waiver claim on him unless news gets worse.

Sidney Rice: The guy has sold his soul to Lord Favre and could be the last piece that will bring about Favrageddon!

Pierre Thomas/Reggie Bush/Mike Bell: This three-headed turd is not making me happy.  Reggie had a nice game when it looked like PT Loser was the main man coming into a cake walk against the Rams.  I still think Thomas is the man for the rest of the year, but you can’t discount Bush as an erratic impact player.

Ladell Betts: He was supposed to be hurt and share the rock with Rock, but instead he ran for 126 yards and a TD against what’s supposed to be a good defense.  He’s gone from your free agent pools, but he made a strong case to be started even in tough matchups.

Calvin Johnson: He had a workman like performance for an elite wide receiver.  It was nice to see.  Eight receptions for 84 yards is a step in the right direction.  I think you’ll be glad you own him down the stretch.

Terrell Owens: He had a decent game, but was going all TO on everything.  He wants out of Buffalo before the blizzards hit.

Marques Colston: Another down game.  He will turn it around.  Grab him from the sweaty palmed Colston owner.

Donnie Avery: 2 touchdowns and 67 yards ain’t too shabby. He’s on a bad team, but he is by far the Rams’ best receiver and as long as he stays healthy he’ll get end zone looks. I would only use him in three wide receiver leagues though.

Bill Belichick: Peyton Manning’s bitch.

  1. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    “Bill Belichick: Peyton Manning’s bitch.”


  2. Guy says:


  3. AL KOHOLIC says:

    that was the worst decision ive ever seen bye a great coach,and to burn 2 of his timeouts in the meantime,

  4. rosie says:

    Just read the following in your GameDay Companion section:
    “[Sanchez is] worth a start over Alex Smith, oh wait, he already sucked all your potential fantasy points out of your team.”

    That was written specifically for my team. Sanchez & Ryan on bench, A. Smith started. Good thing Wayne and SJax pulled me through for a win.

    I want to beat Alex Smith with a man-hole cover.

  5. Guy says:

    Do you think Morris could take the job from Maroney when he returns (hopefully next week)? Especially considering Maroney’s gaffe last night?

  6. Jo says:

    now that the saints and colts are 9-0, should we be looking to trade Brees/Peyton for someone that will be playing all season. I have Brees and a 2 week playoff (wk 15 & 16) I’m thinking about going after Rodgers for him. What do you think

  7. @AL KOHOLIC: AL, for once, I have to disagree with you. Check out this post at Advanced NFL Statistics:

    In a nutshell, the statistics bear out that this was at the worst, a wash, and almost certainly the right call. But if you are into number crunching, read the post.

    I realize that it is difficult for any astute fan, sportswriter, and most coaches to comprehend, because on the surface the decision seems close to ludicrous. This difficulty in comprehension is analogous to how managers and fans viewed relative worth in baseball before Bill James came along with Sabermetrics. Even Joe Morgan doesn’t believe that he was more valuable the Rogers Hornsby, but he was..

    Bellicheck learned the strategy of going for risky 4th downs late in the game from his former mentor, Bill Parcells. In this case, the stats don’t lie. In this situation, it was a good move even against an average NFL offense, but allowing for the fact that Peyton is having one of the best years of any QB in NFL history , and that the New England defense was showing little capacity to stop the Colts in the 4th quarter, one can say that although punting would be the PC decision, Bill went with the numbers.

    Even considering all of the above, you are correct, Doc – BB is Peyton’s Bitch! and BTW, I am hoping that Ray Rice comes up mildly lame tonight. Nothing personal, just business…

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: in all reality faulk slightly bobbled but had control right at the 1st down marker but thety had no more challenges left,the dallas game was a joke to watch ,penalty after penalty

  9. Broadstreetbrawler says:

    Gotta give Chris Johnson some props, guy dropped 44 in my PPR league!

  10. 4th down says:

    Belichick made the right call. Either way, Manning was going to score. The only way to stop him was to keep the ball out of his hands.

  11. dbhammel says:

    Im 9-1 switching between Ryan and Garrard as my QB in a standard scoring 10 team league, and am looking to upgrade my QB spot with my eyes towards the playoffs…who do people think is someone to target going forward? I was thinking schaub or warner, both have relatively easier scheds and may be able to buy low(ish) with injury history.

  12. dbhammel says:

    Ive also got forte and would like to move him so i dont have to deal with his playoff sched. Although given his re-emergence in the passing game it might be alright.

  13. Jim Parkey says:

    Anyone see value in LJ at Cinci (with or without an injured Benson) and/or see Benson’s value dropping much?

  14. Drew

    Drew says:

    @Jim Parkey: It’s an interesting move. Makes you wonder what Benson’s injury situation is. They are probably looking at it from the standpoint that it won’t cost them anything to sign him and he’s an insurance policy for Benson. Regardless it looks like Benson’s value is going to take a severe hit which is disconcerting to those of us who own him in several leagues.

  15. Howie says:

    Beanie or Snelling for a pickup? I’m a Turner owner and the reports are not promising for his return anytime soon. I don’t think I will drop Turner just yet…but will bring one of these guys in from waiver wire island and drop one of this year’s many underachievers currently found on my roster.



  16. Drew

    Drew says:

    I’d try to find room for both if possible. If you must choose between the two today, right now, I’d probably go with Beanie as the better long term (including playoff run) option. If you’re down in the standings and have to win to get in Snelling would be the better selection.

  17. Jim Parkey says:

    Drew, your assumption about Cinci’s motives to add insurance appear correct:

    “Amid the breaking news that the Bengals were going to sign RB Larry Johnson, head coach Marvin Lewis added some clarity to the situation. Lewis said that Johnson would be with the Bengals as an insurance policy and not as a running back to take carries from Cedric Benson. He added that Johnson would not impact the team’s depth chart, meaning that backups Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard would be ahead of Johnson in the rushing pecking order. Johnson would even be listed as inactive “initially,” according to Lewis.

  18. wakeNbake says:

    Any thoughts on McCoy’s value the rest of the way?… Low-end RB1, High-end RB2 possibly? Also how about his keeper value now? Thanks.

  19. Howie says:


    Regarding the Beanie/Snelling pickup(s)… non-PPR, redraft… whom would you jettison?:

    Big Ben, Cutler, Palmer
    DeAngelo, Forte, Turner, Slaton
    Bowe, Carolina Smith, Roddy, Megatron, Driver

  20. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Howie: How’d you end up with 3 QB’s? I’d be trying my hardest to ship Cutler and either Ben or Palmer off.

  21. Howie says:


    Fair question. I missed out on the stud QBs early in my draft (opted to go DeAngelo/Turner on the 7/10 picks (8-man league). I picked up Ben in the middle rounds and nabbed Cutler soon thereafter as a backup. A few weeks ago when I recognized the error of my ways with Cutler, I picked up Palmer as he has a nice playoff schedule and thought I would have some flexibility at the QB position and “play the matchups” the rest of the year (again, since I lack one of the studs). This weekend was an unmitigated disaster for me at the QB position as it didn’t matter whom I would have started as Cutler’s abortion of a performance on Thursday (7 fantasy pts. for me) was not topped by either of my other QB starts yesterday.

    Things are so bad I’m thinking of going with Vince Young next week.

  22. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Broadstreetbrawler: Agreed, dude is a beast! have him in a couple leagues thankfully.

  23. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Howie: Harder to evaluate players in an 8 team league, as the line between rosterable and nonrosterable players is very, very thin. Bowe would be my first drop on that roster.

  24. Howie says:

    @mgeoffriau: Nostradamus-like…

  25. Jimbo says:

    PPR league. Need to fill my second RB spot. I’ve got Slaton, Beanie and Forsett? Other options still available in free agency are Betts and Snelling. Thanks for the advice.

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