Welcome to a Week 10 edition of the Brew Crew Corner. Happy Veterans day! To all those who have served, we thank you.
This is an odd week in the NFL. Due to the lockout, the bye week schedule has no teams off on this week but will have four off in week 11. Thanksgiving is still two weeks away but Thursday games started this week, so I hope you made sure that you had your lineups ready to go on Thursday for all your Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers you plan to pay.
The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their team.
Vincent Jackson – 7 receptions, 141 yards, 3 TD. Finally a big game from Jackson. He was putting up just 33 yards a game in the three weeks prior with no touchdowns. However, he had a bad game this past Thursday against Oakland, hauling in just one catch for 22 yards.
Willis McGahee – 20 carries, 163 yards, 2 TD. Unless you are a McGahee owner, you may not have noticed that McGahee has been productive this season and has four 100-plus rushing games in seven games played. He is on pace to rush for 1,335 rushing yards and six touchdowns, which would be the most rushing yards in a season for his career and the most touchdowns he’s had since 2009.
Julio Jones – 3 receptions, 131 yards, 2 TD. Jones scored the first touchdowns of his career and topped 115 yards for the third time this season. If he can stay healthy, he will be a player to have when the fantasy playoffs arrive.
The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well, you know.
Delone Carter – 4 carries, 8 yards, 1 fumble. During this time of year when starters get injured and you are searching for players to get you by week-to-week, you will read about a player starting and decide to put him into your lineup. What you don’t expect is that player fumbling on the opening drive and then getting just two carries the rest of the game.
Jonathan Baldwin – 1 reception, 12 yards. After jumping on the fantasy radar with a good performance on Monday night, Baldwin showed why players can be very inconsistent from week to week. The Kansas City Chiefs stunk against a bad Miami Dolphins team.
Matt Schaub – 14-for-23, 119 yards, 1 INT. Schaub had his lowest fantasy total as he sat back and watched the running backs produce in this game.
Good quarterback match-ups this week:
Cam Newton against the Tennessee Titans. Newton is tied with Aaron Rodgers as the top fantasy quarterback and played really well against the Minnesota Vikings before last week’s bye, throwing the first three-touchdown game of the his career. The Titans come to town and the Panthers feel they can win this game after letting the Vikings’ game slip through their hands. Newton remains consistent and should be the offensive rookie of the year. The Titans are allowing 231.5 passing yards per game (15th) with 14 touchdowns and 8 interceptions allowed on the year.
Matthew Stafford against the Chicago Bears. This game is for second place in the NFC North division as well as a spot down the road for a Wild Card because the Green Bay Packers don’t look like they will give up first place. The Lions are coming off a bye week which should have been good rest for Stafford. The last time he faced the Bears he put up 219 passing yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The Bears defense has been playing well over the past three weeks but are still allowing 264.2 passing yards per game (26th).
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Joe Flacco against the Seattle Seahawks. Flacco has put up back-to-back weeks of 300-plus passing yards and has four over the past six games. The amount of touchdowns has been low, which has prevented Flacco from being an every week starter. The team is flying high after sweeping the season series with the Pittsburgh Steelers and has a game they should win. The Seahawks are 18th in the league in passing yards allowed (242.4 per game) with 10 passing touchdowns allowed this season.