Chet Gresham

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Curse Lifted

Monday, December 03, 2012

Game Busts


Eric Decker – For some reason Peyton Manning has started looking away from Decker, at least compared to earlier in the season. Decker had two targets compared to 13 for Jacob Tamme, 10 for Demaryius Thomas, five for Matt Willis, five for Knowshon Moreno and two for Joel Dreessen. That’s not going to get it done.


Ryan Broyles – Broyles hurt his knee early in the game and that was that. He was set up for a great end of the season run with Titus Young being stupid. We’ll have to see how bad the injury is, but initial rumor-milling sounds scary.


Jordy Nelson – Nelson can’t get healthy and he’s now killed owners with two extremely short games. It’s going to be very tough to trust him going forward.


Aaron RodgersAaron Rodgers has been out of the top 12 in quarterback fantasy scoring three straight weeks and four of the last five weeks. I need an assistant to tell me if that’s some kind of record for him, but it has to be close for one of the most consistent fantasy quarterbacks in the league.


Tom Brady – Brady had his lowest fantasy total of the season, passing for 238 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He got the win, but for a critical fantasy week, this was a horrible time for it to happen. (See Drew Brees)


Beanie Wells – After scoring two touchdowns his first week back there was a little hope he wouldn’t rush 15 times for 22 yards and no touchdowns. But he did.


Ryan Mathews – Well, it’s official. Mathews is a bust. Yes, we knew that already, but Jim Brown has now notarized it. Is his career a bust? It’s too early for all that, but Norv Turner, Philip Rivers and Mathews have combined for the most frustrating fantasy offense I’ve ever seen.


Marcel Reece – After Darren McFadden was ruled out against the Browns it looked like another great chance for Marcel Reece to put up another big yardage total, but unfortunately after a good start he lost the lead back duties to Jeremy Stewart. So that’s all she wrote.



Early Waiver Look


QB: Russell Wilson


RB: Jonathan Dwyer, James Starks


WR: Danario Alexander, Golden Tate, Chris Givens


TE: Dallas Clark, Jacob Tamme, Ben Watson





Fantasy MVP of Week 13: Adrian Peterson


Fantasy Breakout Player of Week 13: Brandon Myers


Fantasy Rookie of Week 13: Russell Wilson


Fantasy Disappointment of Week 13: Tom Brady


Fantasy Fluke of Week 13: Donnie Avery



Numbers Game


8 – Wins that Andrew Luck has led the Colts to, the most of any rookie quarterback drafted number one overall.


17 – Games in which Wes Welker has 10+ receptions, tying Jerry Rice for most all-time.


20 – The number of games the Patriots have won in a row in the second half of the regular season.


29 – The new Denver Broncos single season passing touchdown record set by Peyton Manning, surpassing John Elway and Jake Plummer.


31.5 – Aldon Smith now has 31.5 sacks in his first 2 seasons, breaking Reggie White's NFL record of 31.0 since sacks became official in 1982.


60 – Colts WR Reggie Wayne had 4 more catches today. That gives him an NFL record 60 straight games with 3+ receptions.


168 – Tony Romo’s career touchdown passes, passing Troy Aikman for the most in Cowboys history.



Twitter Talk


@RotoPat  -- Most people don't realize this, but that's Brady Quinn in the Cam Newton "Play 60" commercial.


@Liz_Mathews  -- Russell Wilson said "Matt Flynn going out and getting that coin toss was huge for us".


@MoveTheSticks  -- I'd love to know the thoughts of Alex Smith and Tim Tebow this afternoon.


@billbarnwell  -- Think that might be the final straw for Ryan Lindley. Just missed a wide-open Larry Fitzgerald for a likely score. 0-for-15 on third down.


@CaptainComeback  -- Fantastic numbers for Romo. I see the Eagles are continuing the worst 6 game stretch of pass defense ever.


@ChrisWesseling  -- #Bills are such a pathetic joke in the red zone. That's what happens when you take your best player off the field every time.


@PFF_ChadParsons  -- Adrian Peterson 210 rushing yards, Christian Ponder 5 completions. 14 points for Vikings offense. It's a passing league.


@scott_pianowski  -- Look everyone, I love Andrew Luck, too. But look at the efficiency stats and show me where Luck beats Russell Wilson. Keep looking.


@MartyCaswell‬ -- 4th quarter starts with a 13-10 Chargers lead. You can actually feel the muted despondency of the fans waiting for the loss to unfold.

Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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