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So E. Decker had a huge game, but who is the guy that is the hottest player at the moment? Who had the most yards this week? Cleveland (!) WR J. Gordon. He had 261 receiving yards and scored 2 TDs this week against the Jaguars (38.10 fantasy points). He also had 237 receiving yards and scored 1 TD last week against the Steelers. AND he had 125 receiving yards and scored 1 TD the week before that against the Bengals. Which means J. Gordon had 623 receiving yards (207.66 yards per game) and scored 4 TDs during the last 3 weeks. That is what I call a hot streak!!
Another guy that almost broke the 250 mark this week: CHI WR A. Jeffery. He had 249 receiving yards and scored 2 TDs (36.90 fantasy points).
I knew he could do it and he finally proved it. He is used a lot in the Dallas offense and I hope he can stay healthy: D. Murray had 39 receiving yards, plus 63 rushing yards and 3 TDs this week (28.20 fantasy points).
B. Tate! I am still mad at him. I started him in almost every league last week and he was a huge disappointment!! So after last week I didn't trust him this week against the Patriots and look what happened: B. Tate had 102 rushing yards and scored 3 TDs (28.20 fantasy points).
And now: we are getting close to the fantasy playoffs. Only one week left (in most cases). There are a lot of things that come into play at this point: who do you play this week? Who are your opponents playing this week? Do your players have good match-ups? What is the tie-breaker? If two teams have the same record, who's going to the playoffs? So in most cases, there will be a lot of different scenarios that will present themselves from Thursday Night Football until Monday Night Football. But when all is set and done, we do hope that your fantasy season is still alive and you have a chance to bring the fantasy trophy home. Good luck!!
We already know who's going to the playoffs in our official Fantasy Brothers NFL fantasy football league: Medulla Amendola (10-3), The Michael Keatons (10-3), Zaggedy Greeeens (9-4) and FanBroMike's Team (8-5).
Unfortunately: Annexation of Puerto Rico (5th, 6-7), INowPronounceYouGronkAndLarry (6th, 5-8), FanBroSteve's Team (7th, 5-8), Bristol Bond Divers (8th, 5-8), The Replacement Refs (9th, 4-9) and Seattle B (10th, 3-10) are out.
If you already clinched a playoff spot, you might want to start looking at the match-ups from week 15 and 16 and get your team ready for the playoffs.
If there is still work to do: a) keep looking at the waiver wire, there are still a few decent options out there and b) keep playing your studs. Tom Brady is back to his old self; J. Charles had a great game last week after a few not so great games; D. Bryant and C. Johnson always put up great yards and get you a lot of points even if they don`t score a TD (both of them are in our "Hot" teams this week); and even J. Witten proved why we picked him as our #4 overall TE for this season, scoring 2 TDs this week.
The Fantasy Brothers Ultimate Challenge is getting more and more interesting as well. Of course, the Ultimate Challenge will end after the regular season is over, so there are still 5 weeks to go.
Our top 100 looks pretty much like last week, so the only team we want to mention today is WhoDeys. In a crazy football week it was the only team who got additional credits by picking game winners this week (+4). Everybody else got 0 additional credits, or was even losing credits this week. So congratulations to WhoDeys.
Again, there are 5 more weeks left to play the Ultimate Challenge, so if you want to kick rocket appliances (fantasy points), FanBroMike (fantasy questions) and FanBroMike (weekly pick `em) off their top 100 top position, make sure you set your lineup!
Also: be aware that it is Thanksgiving week. So the games will kick off early on Thursday. Make sure to set your lineup before the first game kicks off.
Sometimes your entire roster of players that you drafted back in August has a bad match-up. Sometimes you have to deal with bye weeks and injuries. Sometimes looking at the waiver wire doesn`t help. Sometimes all the players that you have chosen to start have a decent week, scoring 10 fantasy points, but nobody has a great or a huge week and you end up with 80 total points. Sometimes you can know who`s going to have a great week, but you just don`t have any of those guys available to you. And that`s how you end up with a L or you end up losing 50% of your fantasy leagues.
Fantasy Football can be frustrating, but there is no time to weep. You have to focus on week 12 and you have to continue to trust your instincts. It`s all about getting into the playoffs!
With that being said: I had a monster week playing the Ultimate Challenge. Here is my team from last week:
QB N. Foles PHI (22.62), RB L. McCoy PHI (27.00), RB C. Johnson TEN (20.40), WR C. Johnson DET (29.90), WR D. Jackson PHI (8.20), TE R. Gronkowski NE (11.90), PK S. Hauschka SEA (11.00), DEF Seattle (17.00), W/R A. Brown NYG (9.30)
I ended up with 157.32 fantasy points (1st this week). I also got 7 additional credits answering our fantasy questions (1st this week). And I got 6 additional credits picking game winners (3rd this week).
The top 3 are now is in striking distance: rocket appliances 1270.92, FanBroSteve 1269.44, FanBroMike 1253.00.
Also, I am now leading the fantasy questions top 100 and the weekly pick `em top 100. So: there are 6 weeks left, if you wanna beat us!!
Mike: Fantasy Points (4th total - 5th this week)
Mike: Questions (1st total - 1st this week)
Mike: Pick 'Em (2nd total - 1st this week)
Steve: Fantasy Points (6th total - 2nd this week)
Steve: Questions (8th total - 6th this week)
Steve: Pick 'Em (11th total - 137th this week)
Fantasy Points, Current Leader: rocketappliances
Questions, Current Leader: FanBroMike
Pick 'Em, Current Leader: High Boltage
Here are the teams that are currently going to the playoffs in our official Fantasy Brothers NFL league:
The Michael Keatons (1st), Zaggedy Greeeens (2nd), Medulla Amendola (3rd), FanBroMike (4th)
#9: TB RB Mike James, who scored 13.10 fantasy points so far this season, had 8 receiving yards and 158 rushing yards this week. Which is pretty good. But he also had a beautiful 2-yard passing TD. He ended up with 20.68 fantasy points this week.
#8: I'm sorry, I don't know him. He had 4 total receiving yards and 19 total rushing yards so far. This week he scored 19.20 fantasy points! Granted, he only had 12 rushing yards and 0 receiving yards, but he scored 3 rushing TDs: Darrel Young
#7: Jimmy Graham / Rob Gronkowski - Jimmy Graham scored 2 TDs and 23.60 fantasy points. Rob Gronkowski scored 20.30 fantasy points. Those guys seem to deliver week after week.
#6: A guy who hasn't scored a rushing TD so far, playing against a decent defense against the run - that doesn't sound good. But Chris Johnson proved me wrong. 20 receiving yards, 150 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs. 29.00 fantasy points.
#5: For 9 credits I picked up a RB for my Ultimate Challenge Team (Underdog Flex Position) who looked sharp against the Seahawks in week 8, scoring 12.8 fantasy points without scoring a TD: Zac Stacy. Here are his stats for week 9: 51 receiving yards, 127 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs. 29.80 fantasy points.
#4: With Matthew Stafford as my starting QB on bye, I thought about picking up a backup for this week. I would have picked either T. Pryor (16.92) or Jason Campbell (24.48), who both had good games this week, but in the end I trusted my backup QB: Tom Brady. He was a huge dissapointment so far and he played the Pittsburgh Steelers who are supposed to be the #1 defense against the pass this year. Still, with Rob Gronkowski and Stevan Ridley back in the starting lineup, I took a shot. And Tom Terrific delivered: 33.18 fantasy points.
#3: Case Keenum / Andre Johnson - Matt Schaub threw pick-six after pick-six. Case Keenum on the other hand, had a great first half this week. At the end, he had 28.60 fantasy points, but he still lost the game. And Andre Johnson.. he hasn't scored a TD since December 16th, 2012 and he had 3 in the first half of the game this week. At halftime he already had 37.00 fantasy points. He ended up with 40.90, the second highest fantasy points this week, 229 yards and 3 TDs.
#2: Andrew Luck / T.Y. Hilton - I wasn't sure how Andrew Luck would do without Reggie Wayne. Still, I started T.Y. Hilton in every league I had him on my roster, because I knew he had to step up. And he did. Andrew Luck had 24.84 fantasy points this week and T.Y. Hilton had 30.10 fantasy points this week (121 yards and 3 TDs). Case Keenum and Andre Johnson might have had the better fantasy outing, but the Colts won the game, thanks to Andrew Luck's 10th 4th quarter comeback!
#1: Week 9 brought us the best QB performance in the history of the game. 14 rushing yards, 406 passing yards, 0 INTs, 0 fumbles and 7 (!!) passing TDs. A perfect passer rating of 158.3. 45.64 fantasy points. Peyton Manning, right? No. Drew Brees!? No. Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady!? No. The guy who did that was the (former) backup QB of the Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles!! Btw: Riley Cooper caught 3 of the 7 TDs, scoring 33.70 fantasy points.
rocketappliances also leads our fantasy questions top 100 (1st, 29 additional credits), but I'm getting closer (2nd, 27 additional credits).
High Boltage is leading our game picks top 100 (1st, 40 additional credits), but again, I'm getting closer (5th, 35 additional credits).
Here are Steve stats: Fantasy points (2nd, 1,044.00), Fantasy Questions (9th, 16 additional credits), Game Picks (9th, 29 additional credits)
Hats off to Matthew Stafford and especially Calvin Johnson!
But seriously.. How does this happen? With 01:02 left in the game, the Lions went 80 yards to score the game winning touchdown against the Cowboys. Megatron had 2 catches for 39 yards, including a 22-yard catch to the 1 yard line, with 33 seconds left on the clock. I mean come on... quadruple cover that guy!! Especially if the next most dangerous receiving weapon that day is a guy named Kris Durham who had 54 total receiving yards.
Again: hats off to Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson! But it seams like the Cowboys always lose those type of games.
There were a lot of other great performances on Sunday. For instance: Drew Brees and Andy Dalton (!) throwing for 320+ yards and throwing 5 TDs each. Or: Marvin Jones (who is a free agent in almost every fantasy league on the planet) who caught passes for 122 yards and, believe it or not, 4TDs. That's outstanding.
So it was a pretty exciting Sunday. But then you go into SNF and the game starts with a 109-yard kick return touchdown by rookie Cordarrelle Patterson!
That is why we love football!!
Also, potentially out for the year: Sam Bradford (STL), who, believe it or not, was the 7th best QB prior to week 7.
Other injuries that happened so far, that hadn't been as dramatic, but still affected weekly fantasy performances: Jay Cutler (CHI) is out for a couple of weeks, Roddy White (ATL) hasn't been completely healthy the entire season and is currently not even a top 100 WR, Calvin Johnson (DET) missed one game and didn't do much the week after, Michael Vick (PHI) was absolutely great the first few weeks and missed the last 2 games, rookie RB Le'Veon Bell (PIT) missed the first 3 games of the season, DeMarco Murray (DAL) got injured two weeks ago and Danny Amendola played week 1, got injured, played week 5 and is now out again with a concussion.
What does that mean for your fantasy season? It means, you have to be more active. You have to look to the waiver wire a lot and pick up guys who can help your team. For instance: Harry Douglas looks to be the #1 WR for Matt Ryan going forward. He had a great week last week (20.90 fantasy points). Percy Harvin might be back soon for Russell Wilson. Another option to save your fantasy season could be to make trades.
In one fantasy league I started the season with Julio Jones, Marques Colston and Pierre Garcon. A decent group of WRs, considering I got J. Charles, A. Foster and D. Murray as my RBs and T. Brady and M. Stafford as my QBs. Still, because of injuries and Bye weeks, I had to start J. Blackmon, A. Jeffery and K. Allen as my WRs the last couple of weeks and still won both games. It's all about adapting to the situation.
So: stay active and keep looking at our waiver wire section!!