Mike Shanahan kicked off Week 15 with the complete mishandling of the RG3rd String fiasco but he couldn’t make the Redskins the most dysfunctional team in the NFC East. The Cowboys upped the ante and had yet another epic meltdown in Dallas culminating with a Romo audible call and Dez walking into the locker room with 1:24 remaining in the game. With Eli and the Giants phoning it in and the Eagles defense unable to stop someone named Matt Asiata, we may not have an NFC East Division Champion this year.
In other big news, interim coach Wade Phillips inspired his Texans to score the least amount of points this season. Jay Cutler held off the McCown supporters for a week with a win over the Browns. Tom Brady failed to get a little officiating help as the Dolphins got into the wildcard conversation. The Saints may have been looking ahead to their rematch with the Panthers falling to the Rams while the Panthers took care of business at home over the Jets. The NFL Playoffs can’t start soon enough, especially to those that have been eliminated from their fantasy leagues.
To those that emerged victorious this weekend, you are now only one week away from glory. The trophy, the accolades and all of the envy of your fellow leaguemates will shower down upon you if you can make all of the right moves one more time. If you love to second guess and over think your roster, you’ll need to read this weeks 10 Names You Should Know before setting your championship lineup.
Trent Richardson, RB IND
T-Rich is back! Ok, not so much. Yes, Richardson had the best game of his season and his best game as a Colt by far, but a majority of his 102 total yards game in the 2nd half against a listless Texans defense that was getting blown out. Donald Brown was on a roll before succumbing to a stinger and it took quite some time before Trent could get anything going. The 102 total yards were the first time Richardson eclipsed the century mark in total yardage since Week 12 of last season. If Brown can’t go for some reason next week against the Chiefs, Richardson will still be impossible to trust despite his decent day.
Kirk Cousins, QB WAS
Everybody knows the Skins are a mess but the internal turmoil that is plaguing the capital city did not have an adverse affect on the fantasy production of its offense. Kirk Cousins stepped in for the embattled RGIII and was greeted with a Falcons secondary littered with rookies. Cousins started off hot before going into a bit of a tailspin ending his day with a respectable 381 yards and 3 TDs. Less than respectable were the two picks and fumble but with the Cowboys sieve-like defense next on the schedule for championship week, Cousins has definite starting appeal.
Matt Asiata, RB MIN
Matt Asiata was thrust into the fantasy landscape after Adrian Peterson and his backup, Toby Gerhart, were ruled out early Sunday morning. The 26-year-old second year man was called on to do his best Samkon Gado impersonation. For teams that had no choice but to start the man whose name they didn’t know at this time last week, they were rewarded with a whopping 3 TDs that can only be deemed a fantasy festivus miracle. Other than the goal line carries, Asiata offered very little which is what he will offer fantasy teams next week that attempt to test fate twice.
Andre Caldwell, WR DEN
When Wes Welker was ruled out due to concussion symptoms for the short week Thursday game, a hot topic of conversation in the fantasy community was who would replace this important cog? Jacob Tamme was immediately suspected as the beneficiary of Welker’s absence but nearly everyone was thrown for a curve when Andre Caldwell stepped in out of nowhere and came up with 10 targets on his way to six receptions for 59 yards and 2 TDs. While Welker is expected to return this week, concussions are unpredictable so it would behoove you to keep tabs on Caldwell.
Matt Flynn, QB GBP
Matt Flynn came on in relief of Scott Tolzien three weeks ago and had us believing in the Packers’ passing offense all over again. Then we all ate rancid cranberry sauce as Flynn left a bad taste in our mouths on Thanksgiving. A so-so day against a beatable Falcons secondary kicked him off the fantasy radar for good. In a true testament to how poor the Cowboys’ secondary is, Matt Flynn has stormed back after throwing 4 TDs in a wild one in Texas on Sunday Night. Unfortunately for Flynn, the Packers don’t play the Cowboys again. It was probably Flynn’s last hurrah, but what a hurrah it was.