The pit of despair known as my NFL season continued to rear its ugly head once again on Sunday and had me questioning why I don’t just stay in bed all day on Sundays. Maybe I could take my family out to lunch or help more around the house. There is an outdoor ice skating rink right by my house. I haven’t skated in years. Watching Tampa pop up on the red zone channel never does anything but make me sad and angry. Then watching players that I shouldn’t have benched go off for touchdown after touchdown after touchdown continues to take its toll. Being on the brink of elimination is a helpless feeling. Watching Kirk Cousins pull his pants down and defecate all over your two-quarterback league team is the culmination of all of my sadness.
I’m still alive in a couple of leagues. I must push through for the people! You all must push through for me. Avenge Me! Avenge my decision to play Ted Ginn Jr. over Rod Smith this week. Help me forget I use all of my transactions and FAAB like they will never run out. Let’s bring home titles for the brand! Between Zach, Jay, Rudy, myself, and the rest of the contributors at this superior fantasy football blogging establishment, we will give you the edge that you need to bring home another title.
From a pure football perspective, Sunday had a lot of exhilarating football. The blizzard game in Buffalo had the group chat between a few of the Razzball writers and myself on the edge of our seats. The Browns blew a game in such a disgusting fashion that Hue Jackson made Jeff Fisher look like Bill Belicheck. The Seahawks came back to make the game against the Jaguars watchable just past the two-minute warning. And then, a Seahawks player got a beer thrown on him and he tried to climb into the seats. That was… interesting. The “over” got obliterated in one of the better games that we’ve seen this season between the Eagles and the Rams. Let’s talk about the fantasy impact from this week and how it affects the rest of the playoff season going forward.
- Carson Wentz might have torn his ACL and that would be horrible for an already dire landscape for the rest of the 2017. He has been such a treat to watch this year while being a touchdown machine. If this was the last game of Carson’s breakthrough sophomore season, he went out on a good note finding the end zone 4 times through the air.
- Josh McCown was a terrible recommendation for a 15-point floor. Even if the injury didn’t happen, it sure looked like he wasn’t going to get there. The Jets have the ability to look like a competent offense one week, then a complete disaster the next.
- Adam Thielen has 6 straight games with at least 50 receiving yards. It seems like he’s good for at least one big catch per game. He did have a couple of drops in the end zone today, but he was able to make up for it with a late touchdown catch.
- Jordan Howard followed up two bad games with a monster game on Sunday against a less than stellar Bengals rushing defense. A matchup with the Lions is on the horizon for Howard next week, so we should see more of the same from him as long as the Bears can avoid falling to a big deficit early in the game.
- Marquise Goodwin has been excellent while Jimmy Garappolo has been starting for the 49ers. Last week, Goodwin went for 99 yards and he followed it up this week with his 2nd 100-yard receiving game of this season. That’s two more than Mike Evans has. Goodwin’s yardage has been a nice surprise, but he only has one touchdown on the season.
- Speaking of Mike Evans, he has 4 catches for 58 yards in the past two weeks.
- Cameron Brate brought in one pass for 11 yards on Sunday. O.J. Howard found the end zone and caught 4 balls for 54 yards. I expect Brate to bounce back nicely next Monday night against Atlanta, but it has to be brought to your attention that O.J. Howard has at least 3 catches and 50 receiving yards in 3 out of the last 4 games. He also has two touchdowns in that span and he might be worth a flyer pickup at a terrible tight end position. He’s owned in under 10% of ESPN leagues.
- Kizer might be bad at football at this point in his career, but his fantasy value is increasing. He threw a horrible interception in the 4th quarter that was reminiscent of Nathan Peterman’s previous start against the Chargers. But, Kizer did throw 3 touchdown passes. With Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman on the field, Kizer has some real threats that can break big plays at any time.
- A lot of snow is really good for running backs, ask Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy. We are well into December, so let’s keep this in mind while setting lineups over the next couple of weeks.
- I’m really bummed out that we only have one more week of Rod Smith until he disappears into the oblivion when Ezekial Elliott returns. Rod Smith has 4 touchdowns in the past three games while Alfred Morris only has one.
- Wayne Gallman out-touched Orleans Darkwa 19 to 12. I can’t believe it took this long. Oh wait, yes I can, Ben McAdoo was coaching this team up until this week.
- I failed to realize that you should start Trey Burton when Zach Ertz is inactive. I doubt that this applies now that Wentz will probably miss the rest of the year. While we’re on the subject, don’t give up on your Eagles receivers just because Wentz is hurt, but I can’t say that it shouldn’t be a factor in your decision if it’s a close call.
- Cooper Kupp is great, but the Rams really miss Robert Woods.
- Stan Son made a great call on Kareem Hunt on the Razzblitz podcast this week. I hope that it helped some Razzballers because I have been pretty anti-Kareem Hunt lately. Not because I don’t think Hunt is in the top half of talented starting backs in the league, but because Andy Reid has a tendency to abandon giving the ball to one of his best players.
- Peyton Barber averaged 4.8 yards per carry on Sunday and Doug Martin averaged 2.6 yards per carry. Doug Martin also fumbled. Peyton Barber did not fumble.
- I expected a lot more out of Tion Green today.
- Eric Ebron hasn’t had more than 4 catches in a game since week 2 until he had 10 catches today. I can’t beat myself up to bad for not sniffing this performance out.
- Derrick Henry is the only offensive weapon that the Titans have. Mariota is trash.
- Jonathan Stewart had the same amount of touchdowns today as he had all season coming into the game. Jonathan Stewart scored 3 touchdowns. What the hell.
- Alex Smith didn’t throw a touchdown pass against the Raiders. ALEX SMITH IS AN AVERAGE NFL QUARTERBACK! LISTEN TO ME!
- Blake Bortles is playing really good. I’m not kidding in the slightest. Bortles has a cupcake schedule the rest of the way with the Texans and 49ers on the horizon.
- Dede Westbrook plays the same cupcake schedule mentioned above. He has some snaps under his belt and is starting to break out. I think that he warrants flex consideration for most rosters. A lot of people think he is going to be a star and I have liked what I have seen thus far, especially what he did on Sunday.
- Speaking of the Texans, I propose that a portion of the dead money on NFL salary caps be donated to DeAndre Hopkins because you cannot pay this man enough money to do the things that he does with the quarterbacks that he is given. I can’t wait to see DeShaun Watson back throwing to him next season. We will definitely see more games like this from Hopkins next year.
I’ll see you in the comment section!