I always love this time of year because the NFL playoffs are always so full of storylines and captivating and at the same time I am typically watching with the glow of a fantasy champion. I’m most of you reading this and have frequented our site share a similar glow at this time of year. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Just tell your league mates when they start to get sick of said glow, “Haters gotta hate!”
The sucky part about this time of year is that it’s over!! We spend all summer, offseason, preseason, etc prepping for the draft. We spend all season glued to our computer screens and televisions hanging on every carry, pass, or reception. Then nothing. Each carry, pass, and reception has lost its luster. An 8 yard reception by Andre Johnson in the 4th quarter could be the difference between taking the lead or losing the league, and now it probably just moves the Texans from the 31 to the 39 yard line. It also means it’s time to look back. It’s time to get nostalgic. High school graduation, a wedding day, and so forth when good times are culminated it is only human nature to look back at the great moments and the not so great moments. Our time is now…..
I hope you’ve….. had…… the time of your life……
Until next year that is!
- I for one was a huge advocate of taking big time QBs this year because they were automatic and could single handedly win you games. While there wasn’t the huge separation that there was last year, the big time QBs still led many teams the playoffs and championships. Brees continued his dominance, as did Brady and Rodgers as a familiar 3 finished at the top once again. It’s pretty automatic with these guys year in and year out.
- Projections for rookie QBs rose a little bit this year thanks to the emergence of Cam Newton the year before, but once again they exceeded even the most bullish optimists. Both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III finished in the top 9 in standard scoring ahead of the likes of Mathew Stafford and Eli Manning. Griffin even led the league for a majority of the season until a knee injury and concussion slowed him down late in the year. Griffin looks like he may be the new Michael Vick going forward from the perspective of questioning his ability to play 16 games. Extremely dangerous and talented but takes too many hits. Also, don’t sleep on Russell Wilson going into next year. Quietly, he finished 11th and only 4 points behind Matt Stafford. As the Seahawks have become more comfortable giving him a full load, he has been a fantasy stud both running, passing, and not making mistakes.
- Busts were all over the quarterback top 10 predictions as the likes of Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Big Ben all finished 15th or lower. As did Matt Schaub and popular sleeper candidate Jay Cutler.
- Looking ahead: Next year the QB position will be deeper than ever, especially if RG3 is ready by opening day. I will never be opposed to taking one of those sure fire top studs, but there is a lot of depth behind them these days with Luck, Griffin, and Wilson all jumping to fantasy starter capabilities. Then guys like Freeman and Andy Dalton who showed some good things and could be ready for big break outs with another offseason of work.
Best Picks: (The Big 3), Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III, Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck
Worst Picks: Eli Manning, Mathew Stafford, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger
Running Back Position
In this week’s COM I want to emphasize to all of you that I follow my own advice. I don’t just come on here and spout nonsense that I don’t believe. I have played fantasy football for awhile now and I have been very successful. It would not behoove me to hold out on my feelings and thoughts in anyway. That said, I started Bryce Brown in every single league I am a part of. Yes, I got a zero or 2, or whatever terrible number your league scores his effort from one of my running back positions in week 1 of the playoffs. Sure, the bye week teams were only affected in total season point accumulation, but the point is, when I go hard on something on this site, I bask in the glow and suffer with all who follow. Brown did not come through for us this week and it is just one of those things. He had all the makings of a late season playoff stealer. He still very well could be. But yes, that hurt. He was not the only player expected to post big stats and faltered however, here’s lookin at you Aaron Rodgers, AJ Green, CJ Spiller, Chris Johnson, and others. Hopefully you had as few of the mis-hits as possible and are able to survive. If so, there are semi-finals games to look forward to. Brush that dirt of your shoulder and let’s keep it pushin!
Note 1: Bryce Brown
- What a jerk.
Note 2: Injuries
- Fred Jackson: Out for season. CJ Spiller owners unite. Tough match up against a hot Seattle D, but is really good when he is the main focus.
- Robert Griffin the Third: Sprained knee and is questionable for Sunday’s game. This is a big one as RG3 has carried many teams to the postseason this year. Garcon owners also patiently await the news.
- Lesean McCoy: Seeing a concussion specialist. Looks more and more likely he will be shut down. Time to bounce back Mr. Brown.
- Ahmad Bradshaw: Knee injury and status unknown. He missed time in the first half but did come back some for the second. No update quite yet, but rookie David Wilson certainly took advantage of his opportunity. You may see his name again in this article.
- Jay Cutler: Neck injury should be good to go this week against the Packers.
Note 3: Aaron Rodgers