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Couch Tomatoes – Week 4

One thing that can be said about early injuries is that hopefully you get your guys back quicker. Hmmmm—that does sound like a feeble rationalization doesn’t it? Perhaps it helps to get your butt in gear on the waiver wire and on trades.

Remember all your perfect drafts a few weeks ago? My teams have been carved up already like seven Thanksgiving turkeys. I have more losing teams than I can count and I am fighting to get back to a competitive level. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. So far this season is going as crazily as a Fast and Furious movie.

Bonnie has instructions this week to change our luck somehow. We need different snacks and different perspectives. Watching the Bears we have a new mindset. It is no longer the road to Super Bowl 50, but rather the road to the NFL Draft 2016. Now that Theo Epstein has built the Cubs, it is time to let him try his hand at football.

One thing I do regret about having so many teams is that if it were not for my writing requirements, I would probably miss some of the big picture. When we play this game we get immersed in fantasy stats and do not pay as much attention to things like standings, individual stats and details about different teams. Actually, the little things are almost too scattered to find on your own.

That is the purpose for a random-thoughts column like this that will be like a Cliff Notes (old, old book summaries available in the 1960s when you didn’t want to read the whole exciting book by Charles Dickens) version of the NFL.

Well, the countdown to watching the Raiders big win over the Bears continues and my fantasy teams will all rise from the ashes and demolish my opponents. Oh my, Bonnie, I know I said different snacks, but that has a head floating in it. Rattle Snake chili??? Another Food Network special! Oh well, I am heading to the couch. Bonnie, don’t forget the oyster crackers…

Last year, Jay Gruden spent the year messing with RGIII’s mind. This year he has set the young QB aside and is working on breaking Alfred Morris. I know, he is not a pass catcher, but that is what Roy Helu was for. Obviously, he sees a need to fix a position where he has a perennial 1,000 yard/10-TD-a-year guy. Bringing in Matt Jones and now introducing Chris Thompson says RBBC very loudly. Hey, it is Washington after all. Not all the idiots are in Congress. Some run football teams.

In three games, QB Eli Manning has thrown for 255 yards/game with a 4/0 TD/INT ratio. Why is he always the problem in New York and not part of the solution?

In Week 3, C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman (plus one TD) combined for 31 yards on 15 carries. I picked up Anderson this week from a disgruntled owner. He might be hurting for another week or two, but I like him better than the RBs we have not heard of before.
I am scratching my head about the Lions. Why does Abdullah with 8-23-0(rushing) and 2-19-1(receiving) numbers get equal touches with Bell who only put up 10-6-1/1 (-2). The net yardage game here has 42-4 results. No wonder the Lions are 0-3.

Meet the new Darren McFadden, talented but fatally injury prone—Sammy Watkins. After three games he has a 7-99-1 stat line and a mild calf strain and is likely out for Week 4. He is never 100% healthy.

Jonas Gray is alive and well in Miami. In Week 3 he out rushed Lamar Miller by a 49-38 count.

The Seahawks held the Bears to 48 net passing yards in their 26-0 rout Sunday. Why can’t the Bears get a backup with a pulse? They know that Cutler is likely to get hurt with that lousy blocking. Pass protection in Chicago is non-existent.

Speaking of QBs, after three weeks we find an avenging Tom Brady and an expected Aaron Rodgers at the top of the QB-scoring list. Did you expect to see Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, Tyrod Taylor, Carson Palmer and Marcus Mariota as the next five on that list?

Who would have guessed that after three weeks, everyone’s favorite QB Andrew Luck would have the LOWEST QB Rating around at 65.1? That rookie bust Jameis Winston has a 77.9 QB Rating. Raise your hand if you went out of your way to draft Luck this year? Keep that hand hanging, just like he is doing to us.

With all the added time stoppages for reviews on scores, there were also a record-setting 730 penalties accepted in the first three weeks. Adding so much more non-playing time adds more commercials and is making this even more of a No Fun League.

About Mike Nease

Mike Nease is a member of the FSWA and has been playing the game since 1985, while also writing about it since 2001. Over the years he has sampled about all the playing scenarios that fantasy football offers, including re-drafter, keeper, dynasty, auction, IDP and salary cap leagues. He and his wife Bonnie reside in West Chicago, IL You can contact Mike at mnease23@yahoo.com anytime and during the football season follow him @mikeinsights.