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The Fire Sale – Week 12

I can’t believe we’ve hit Thanksgiving. Darn, it was just yesterday we were putting summer to bed and I was telling everyone to draft Allen Hurns. Then I said I would give my most dedicated Twitter follower $400 if Hurns was a Top 50 fantasy receiver because I put my money where my mouth is. Boy, that one really came back to bite me in the butt.

I want to wish everyone a great Thanksgiving. I got a 30-pound turkey. I don’t give a rat’s backside about all the steroids they pump into turkeys. The Casale family likes their turkeys to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I want a week’s worth of leftovers, so give them HGH if you have to. However you like to celebrate, I hope you have a great Turkey Day.

In closing I’ll leave you with a line I’ve been using for many years: Thanksgiving is about God, family and the Dallas Cowboys…not necessarily in that order.

You can follow me on Twitter @ThePigskinGuy.

Now on with The Fire Sale

I usually do my “Going Up” and “Coming Down” but since it’s Thanksgiving week, I’ll change it up a little. I’m going to list players and things in the NFL I’m thankful for both this week and the entire season.

–I’m thankful for Thomas Rawls. So last Thursday I went to pick up a player off the waiver wire. I had guys injured and on byes. I was playing a pretty bad team and toyed with starting DeAngelo Williams on a bye. Instead, I picked up Rawls. I figured Marshawn Lynch was battling injuries and the Seahawks might get a big lead. I was hoping for maybe 8-10 points out of Rawls. He got me 43. Not only that, but now Lynch may need surgery and be out for the rest of the year.

I’ve received questions on Twitter about Rawls and I think he’s one of the best backs in the NFL right now. Just watching him, if we took away names and draft history, tell me you wouldn’t think he’s a star? That kid is amazing. Rawls has three 100-yard games this year and he’s a backup. If it comes out that Lynch needs surgery Tuesday, spend every last cent to get Rawls.

By the way, I also picked up Roddy White and started him when Emmanuel Sanders was declared inactive but that story isn’t as interesting.

–I’m thankful for Allen Hurns. This one is pretty obvious for those who follow me. I had Hurns ranked as my WR32 this preseason. At the start of the year, Hurns was owned in five percent of fantasy leagues. I was probably responsible for three percent of that ownership with all my bullcrap. Hurns has delivered big-time.

–I’m thankful for Chip Kelly. The reason I’m thankful for him is because he’ll be back coaching college next year where he belongs. I get asked all the time who should be coaching in the NFL. I have no answers. You know why? Because there’s really only about 10 guys qualified to coach NFL teams. Not everyone else is trash like Ken Whisenhunt but most are just Jack Del Rio. Is Del Rio ever going to win anything? If you want to get to 9-7 then hire Del Rio. Most of the great minds are in college but they can’t succeed in the NFL. They’re only a few really good NFL coaches. Kelly came to the NFL and he has two average quarterbacks at best. His defense is a pathetic joke. So now the Eagles will hire a re-tread or an NFL assistant and you know what will happen? They’ll go 9-7.

–I’m thankful for Buck Allen. Allen was one of my pre-draft guys that I loved. I don’t want to toot my own horn but it only took the entire Ravens team to get injured for Allen to finally become the focal point of the offense. Seriously, the Ravens have to be waving the white flag right now. Allen isn’t going to do much on the ground because the Ravens can’t run the ball a lick but he’s a good receiver. I don’t even know who Baltimore’s quarterback is? Who plays on that team now? Is it Matt Schaub? Whoever it is will throw a bunch of short passes to Allen in between running for his life. Someone will write to me on Twitter and tell me Schaub is the Ravens quarterback. That’s the kind of world we live in now.

About Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and SI.com.