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What do I know? Heading into Week 14


A few weeks back I wrote about receiving Targets and more specifically who is making the most of the
target opportunities. I want to follow-up with who has been getting the
most targets since Week 9. The top 20 (or so) targeted receivers since then are:

Roddy White (61)

Wes Welker (60)

Calvin Johnson (56)

Brandon Marshall (53)

Larry Fitzgerald (52)

Derrick Mason (51)

Andre Johnson (50)

Santonio Holmes

Randy Moss (49)

Davone Bess (46)

Hines Ward (46)

Pierre Garcon (45)

Houshmandzadeh (45)

Reggie Wayne (44)

Miles Austin (43)

Giant Steve Smith

Sidney Rice (42)

Michael Crabtree (41)

Mike Sims-Walker (41)

Hester (40)

Chad Ochocinco (40)

Greg Jennings (40)

These are the guys who
are being counted on to deliver the goods for their respective NFL teams when
it matters the most in fantasy leagues. What is interesting is some of the
surprises that appear on this list. Derrick Mason is sixth in targets despite playing
in a fairly conservative passing attack. Davone Bess has established
himself as Chad Henne‘s favorite target. Pierre Garcon has one more target than
Reggie Wayne, firmly cementing himself as the #2 wide receiving option for Indy.
Michael Crabtree has proven that he fits right in with the Niners offense. It serves as a reminder that receivers will emerge each season to
make a significant fantasy impact down the stretch.



Hath Frozen Over


Mike Tomlin was quoted after the Ravens loss saying “We
will not go gently. We’re gonna unleash hell here in December.” Well, he
must have a different interpretation of hell than I do. Unless he meant he
would unleash it on the Steelers fans. Apparently, that was all the bulletin
board material the formerly moribund 3-8 Raiders squad needed to pull off a
heroic victory in the waning seconds. Here’s my advice to Coach Tomlin, enough
of the sound bytes. We get it that you’re cool and you like to hear yourself
talk. Hell, he could double as Will.I.Am of the Black-Eyed Peas. He followed up
the Raiders loss with the quote

“This is not who we are”.

Well, he must not be paying attention too closely.

This is
exactly who they are, a non-playoff team. This team has not been focused for
much of the season for whatever reasons. I have watched this team closely all
season long and there is definitely something wrong in Steeltown regardless of how
they finish out the season. They have not been able to close out any team and
have played down to their competition all season long. They could easily be 11-2
or 2-11. This despite the fact that Tomlin’s main focus this off-season was
preventing another mediocre season following a Superbowl victory, as happened during
the 8-8 season after Superbowl XL. So much for that plan. Even if they somehow
right the ship the last few weeks, the damage has been done. Superbowl caliber
teams do not lose to 2-7 and 3-8 (and 1-11) teams. They just don’t. The real
test of a team and especially a head coach is when the team encounters
adversity. It doesn’t get any more adverse than this for the defending
Superbowl Champions. Enough of the bold quotes and focus on getting the team
prepared to win.




Meachem Ruling

There is
a mighty controversy across fantasy leagues nationwide this past week. Robert
Meachem stripped a Washington Redskins defender after a change of possession on
an interception and ran it in for a touchdown. One of the biggest fantasy
league manager sites (rhymes with tea leaves pressed) gave this rationale for
scoring the Meachem TD…



picked off Brees, there was a change
of possession. Obvious, right? As such, the Saints who were on the field became
defensive players because they were attempting to stop the Redskins from
scoring on the play. Meachem did just that by stripping the ball out of


‘s grasp and running it back for a
touchdown. He did this as a

defensive player, not an offensive player,
because he was technically on defense once the change of possession occurred…Did
Meachem catch the ball, throw the ball, take the ball on a handoff or get the
ball on a lateral? In short, did he do anything that a player who plays on
offense does to get Fantasy points? The answer is no. The only other way an
offensive player can get credit for points in Fantasy Football is on an
offensive fumble return for a touchdown, and that can only happen when the ball

change possession
. Again, Meachem was technically a defender at the
time of the strip and thus was and is considered a part of the Saints defense,
or DST”.

I think that the way it should be scored is Meachem
getting the TD. The Saints D was not on the field so they should not be given
credit for the TD. The main rationale for this is that when fantasy defenses
are drafted/claimed off waivers it is for the intention of those players
getting credit for turnovers/TD’s, not offensive players. It is a technicality
that the offensive player in this case turns into a defensive player (by NFL
rules) because of the change of possession on the play. Though not exactly the
same, I compare this to the situation where a punt returner scores a TD. The
special teams should get credit for a TD and the individual returner (assuming
he was started) should also get credit for one. In the Meachem case, the
offense is not a separate category of starter like the defense so no TD can be
awarded to the offense but Meachem gets credit for the touchdown.

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