This game is all in the numbers — nothing more and nothing less. The numbers tell the story.
Another week, another whine festival … for what seemed like the 810th Sunday in a row, the sour grapes were flowing freely as the day wore on. It all started when I went to make Sunday lineup moves and realized that because of the London game, I was unable to replace Andrew Luck with Ryan Tannehill. Yes, I should have known, but three hours before normal game time here, it was disconcerting to say the least.
That ol’ rattlesnake chili did nothing for me luck-wise this week either. In fact, with Andrew Luck out and many of my studs looking like duds, I managed to have one of my worst weeks playing this game in 31 years. It was so bad that if I had been playing a weekly game Sunday I would have been asked if I needed a primer on fantasy football.
Last year found me inserting hope and prayer players in about Week 12. I already have a few this year and we are entering Week 5. Sheeesh!
If I had gotten two more rushing yards from Thomas Rawls I would have had a tie instead of a loss in an early divisional first-place matchup. All I could think of afterwards were the three or four losses he had right at the start of the game. Maddening! Absolutely, positively maddening!
Poor Bonnie had two teams that did not fare well either. I know her. With a couple more weeks like this one, she will hide the remote and we will be watching Madam Secretary and The Good Wife on Sunday nights in place of Sunday Night Football. Actually, that might not be a bad idea.
At least the Chicago Bears won. For this coming Sunday, I told Bonnie we will cook some baby back ribs and make some homemade salads. Maybe a back to basic week will help us snack wise, as well as football wise.
After five weeks, if some roster spot is not producing, quit holding on. Why handicap yourself? I made the playoffs just last year with a 1-4 team in a 14-team experts’ league. It can be done. All you need is a hard waiver wire push, a good trade or two and luck, both in general and if you have him, back on the field.
It was an illuminating week on the couch. It was a sort of a cold, cuddling friendly kind of … Yep, you are right Bonnie, we are here to talk football, not our sideline maneuvers.
The Jordan Reed pool ended just a couple weeks after the big bounce of survivor pool wannabes. With a concussion and sprains to both an ACL and ankle, he ought to be on the shelf for a while.
Seattle is tough enough to beat with that 12th man fan noise, but when the referees go all out stupid at the end of a game with blowing a call, you really have to wonder.
Somehow the San Diego Chargers slip through the cracks attention-wise east of the Rockies. Has anyone else noticed these interesting stat lines from last week’s game:
One other Chargers’ tidbit — When Malcom Floyd and Stevie Johnson both left the field injured, Dontrelle Inman came in and put up decent numbers (3 catches, 88 yards). I saw signs of Inman being a legitimate prospect at the end of last season. He might be a good sleeper pickup if you need a wide receiver.
Besides Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones, Leonard Hankerson is looking good in Atlanta. His numbers last week (6 receptions, 103 yards, TD) were pretty impressive compared to the Jones/White duo’s combined six receptions for 46 yards.
When Tevin Coleman returns he will likely split the running back job with Devonta Freeman (14 rushes, 68 yards, 3 TD; 5 receptions, 31 yards), much like Terron Ward (19 rushes, 72 yards, TD; 1 reception, 18 yards) did last week.
Is that the Rex Ryan Balloon we see about to burst in Buffalo?
I’m still dwelling on Odell Beckham. Breaking down his numbers finds that he put up pedestrian numbers in Weeks 1 and 4 (10 receptions, 82 yards combined for both weeks) and he had a pair of strong games in Weeks 2 and 3, with a combined stat line of 14 receptions, 225 yards and two touchdowns.
Let me see if I understand this. One week after being anointed the best team in the NFC West, the Arizona Cardinals went out and lost to the 1-2 St. Louis Rams at home. How did that happen?
Todd Gurley had a 161-yard game in his debut. Now the only question is this — how long will it be until he gives up his job to the next great St. Louis running back?
For a quarterback who many people passed on in the draft, Nick Foles is not doing too shabbily with 815 passing yards and a 5-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio?
Up in Minnesota, with Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright both hurting, Minnesota turned to that speedy wide receiver from the preseason, Stefon Diggs. He responded with a six-reception, 87-yard state line. It might be a good week to snap him up with Minnesota on a bye week.
Also, take a look at all the free agents just to see if someone in your league discards players on bye weeks. Being alert got me a top kicker this week — Stephen Gostkowski.
There is at least is some normalcy when you look at the top 5 wide receivers — Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, Julian Edelman, Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins. The names are all familiar, but Fitzgerald, Edelman and Hopkins are all performing at much higher levels than anticipated.
If you are still holding your arm up over the Andrew Luck question from last week — you can put it down. You should always read this to the end. If you had last week, you would have taken your arm down then.
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