It was deja vu all over again. This week went a little too far with the injuries.
Le'Veon Bell and Steve Smith are out for the season. Matt Forte probably avoided a season-ending injury but is having tests today. He's probably out a couple of weeks at best.
There was a game in which over a hundred points were scored, and a game in which Aaron Rodgers threw for under a hundred passing yards.
I have a unique list of man crushes this week starting with a guy I gave my wife a hard time about.
Joe Flacco (QB, Bal) - 22.8 fantasy points.
Brit for the win. Flacco didn't have a monster game, but, what he did do, he did with both Steve Smith and Crockett Gillmore leaving the game with injuries. Every week after our radio show, which is broadcast live from Primtetime's Backstage Pass, we have a weekly DFS-style draft with our listeners. My wife and kids surprised me this week with a visit and showed up. My wife is not exactly a sports nut, but she drafted with us. Her QB...Joe Flacco. She liked his name. Mine...Matthew Stafford.
C.J. Anderson (RB, Den) - 16.6 fantasy points.
TJ for CJ. Anderson was my darling this offseason. I touted him as the next coming of Jim Brown (turns out that is Todd Gurley). It was good to see him come in as the second back and get over 100 yards and a score. He'll have a hard time winning the lead role back but expect more of this. A lot of carries for both backs.
Michael Floyd (WR, Arz) - 16.6 fantasy points.
Arz WRs are better than your WRs. Floyd is legitimately the third wide receiver on his own team, and he has been producing like a WR2 over the past few weeks. Floyd had a good game with John Brown an active scratch. Own Floyd. Brown has had hamstring issues all season, and Floyd has all the talent in the world. It could be a special second half for him in that offense.
Jacob Tamme (TE, Atl) - 16.3 fantasy points.
No Peyton, no problem. Tamme has been the backup TE in Peyton Manning offenses dating back to the Dallas Clark days in Indy. Then he backed up Julius Thomas in Denver. Tamme has been the typical low-end TE1 this season. He's boom or bust. Yesterday, he was just boom. With the possibility of Leonard Hankerson being out for a while, Tamme could be in for a lot more targets. His two best days have been without Hankerson on the field.
I could have easily listed everyone in the Saints/Giants game, and I would have been justified in doing so. I hope everyone played Brees/Eli/Beckham/Cooks/Watson in DFS.
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