Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is a #MCM following his 4 touchdown performance against the Chicago Bears.

I spent a nice weekend in my hometown of Porterville, CA. In the case of my hometown, absence made me appreciate west Texas. I learned that I have some of the best friends a guy could ever hope for. I also learned it takes me watching football at a sports bar 1300 miles from my couch for the Lions to win. Watching the Lions win with my best friend in this life made for a pretty good little Sunday.

After hanging out with Blake, Josh, and my best friend, Nick (I want to give a shout out to those guys), for the weekend, I watched the games through a different lens. So, in honor of those guys, today's man crushes are guys that I've crushed on in the past.

Matthew Stafford (QB, Det).

You could say he's a homer pick, but that typically means you have to like the guy. I have a love/hate relationship with Mr. Stafford. Stafford was benched last Sunday against Arizona after his 3rd interception. He came back this week with a four-touchdown, one-interception game. It was against a porous defense, but it was a much-needed, successful game for Stafford and the Lions. Detroit has a soft schedule coming up, so Stafford could be a good buy-very-low candidate.

Lamar Miller (RB, Mia).

Miller has been a bad fantasy option this season. The Dolphins haven't been committed to running the ball, leaving Miller with fewer than ten carries a game on average. Miami fired Joe Philbin before the bye week, and apparently that helped Miller. He had eighteen carries, over 100 yards, and a score. Expect more of the same. They blew out Tennessee and scored 38 points. If you can buy low on Lamar, do it.

John Brown (WR, Ari).

Brown has been better in reality than fantasy this season. He is a burner and has caused the most pass interference calls in the league. That doesn't equal fantasy points, but it shows that the Cardinals want to get him the ball on deep routes. That all came to fruition Sunday. Brown caught ten balls for almost 200 yards. Going forward, he's a boom or bust WR2, but with a nice floor. He's on most people's radar, but if he's on waivers, add him immediately.

Julius Thomas (TE, Jax).

Thomas has only played two games as a Jaguar. Last week his snap count was minimal. This week, double digit fantasy points. Jacksonville isn't as bad on offense as people remember. They're still raw, and Bortles will struggle at times. They've either been competitive or blown out this season, which is good news for the passing game. Thomas is the "physical freak" TE that's become more and more popular, and he's only going to be more involved. I believe he's a high-end tight end when healthy.

It was great watching these players perform. At some point, I've endorsed all four of them; and, at least for this week, they made me look good.

Not much different than my friends from home.

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