What in the name of Marcus Welby M.D. happened this week? Week 11 was supposed to be a week when players continue to settle down and find a groove. Instead, we were once again treated to an episode of General Hospital.
For some reason the fantasy football gods did not feel that this year’s injury sacrifice was sufficient. This makes little sense to me as we had already sent the likes of Le’Veon Bell, Jamaal Charles, Arian Foster and Tony Romo to the altar.
I believe it was the last one, Romo, that did us in. The gods were not happy that we took him back this week, and now they smite us. We need a couple of doctors to patch things up and the good news is I have been combing the medical facilities and may have found some of the surgeons you need to heal your line-up.
The powers that be struck down Joe Flacco this weekend as he suffered a season-ending knee injury. His backup Matt Schaub is getting some love on the waiver wire this week which begs the question…Is he the medical assistance my roster needs? To which I answer, Dr. No.
Flacco is a Super Bowl winner and can be a good fantasy QB, depending on the matchup, and even he had no hope creating fantasy points in that lineup. Put on top of that the fact that the Ravens just lost Justin Forsett, (we’ll get to that later) for the year and there is no way you want anything to do with Schaub. He and the Ravens will provide roster help elsewhere but the QB position is not to be trusted.
So who do we turn to in our time of need? How about a couple of Dr. Doogie Howser’s? The young rookie QB surgeons Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are both playing good ball and are available in a criminal 25% and 44% of leagues, respectively.
Winston tore apart the Eagles last week with a 5-touchdown outing, throwing for 246 yards. He became only the 3rd rookie in NFL history to do that. In his last 3 games, Winston only had 1 passing TD and was starting to garner some concern from fans and press. So he did what any good doctor would do, he told us to take 5TDs and call him in the morning.
His upcoming schedule, all the way through the playoffs, is incredibly juicy with the Colts, Falcons, Saints and Bears on the horizon. He can be an immediate help in your lineup if you have the need.
Mariota had 231 yards passing and 29 yards rushing with a TD against the Jaguars on Thursday. Mariota has cooled off the last few games but with Oakland and Jacksonville next and Houston during Championship Week 16, he could be just the Doctor you ordered.
With the man-bot Dr. Spock aka Peyton Manning already ruled out this week, you may be able to find some help in his backup Brock Osweiler. I realize that I told you to stay away from him last week, but I have to admit that this week he was quite efficient throwing for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns with zero turnovers, he is also available in 90% of leagues.
He still has Demaryius Thomas and company and gets to play at his Mile High home against a Patriots team that has been punched in the mouth, but survived, two weeks in a row by the Giants and the Bills. After that, it is San Diego and then Oakland at which point you have to seriously consider that he will be benched for a returning Dr. Spock. So if you need someone to get you by for a couple of weeks, Tyrod Taylor owners I’m looking at you, and the other QBs are not available, then Osweiler could give you the production you need to get you through to the playoffs.
Charcandrick West, aka, Dr. Feelgood for Charles owners, went down in the middle of the game with a hamstring injury. A virtual Dr. Who, as in, who is this guy, Spencer Ware came in for West since Knile Davis was a healthy scratch for the 2nd consecutive week, and racked up 96 yards and 2 TDs.
As nice as that sounds and as capable as he may be, I have to pull out my “on second thought” card here and tell you to pass on Ware. He may be the next in line but there is a very good chance that West is back which drops Ware from even needing to be rostered. Even if West does not come back this week, Davis may come back as well which will also crush Ware’s value.
On the mere chance that neither come back, Ware would get the starting nod against the Bills in Week 12 only to have one or both of the other two come back the next week. No matter how you look at it, Ware is a waste of a waiver claim right now.
Let’s just call Devonta Freeman Dr. Pepper because, well, wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too? We all know that Tevin Coleman would. Unfortunately, his game Sunday was more like Dr. Frank-N-Furter from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, it was just awkward and hard to watch.
Freeman carried the ball 3 times and had 43 yards before he left the game after a hard helmet-to-helmet hit in the first quarter. Coleman came in and rushed for 48 yards but took 17 carries to do it. He also had one fumble. It was aggravating to watch a defense that Freeman showed could be taken advantage of, in just 3 carries, stymie Coleman all day. Because of this I have to caution you away from Coleman even if Freeman does not play next week.
So that is two “on second thought” running backs in a row which probably has you asking, well who do you like then Dr. Know-It-All?
Glad you asked, I just happen to have a Dr. David Banner up my sleeve. Thomas Rawls has one week left in him and is available in 63% of leagues. It looks like Marshawn Lynch will be out one more week, maybe two and Rawls has proven to be a beast anytime he fills in for, well, the Beast.
Like Dr. Banner, Rawls sits on the sideline quietly and unassumingly until Lynch gets hurt and then this makes Rawls very angry, and we know what happens to Dr. Banner when he gets angry. If you have watched Rawls run, you know that I speak the truth.
He turned Seahawks green and scorched the 49ers on Sunday for 209 yards rushing and a touchdown plus 3 catches for 46 yards and another touchdown. Rawls smash! Put Rawls in your lineup now!